2005 AFL Grand Final
Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles, MCG, 2.30pm, Saturday 24 September
|B:||Jared Crouch||Leo Barry||Lewis Roberts-Thomson|
|HB:||Ben Mathews||Craig Bolton||Tadhg Kennelly|
|C:||Sean Dempster||Adam Goodes||Amon Buchanan|
|HF:||Ryan O'Keefe||Barry Hall (c)||Jude Bolton|
|F:||Paul Williams||Michael O'Loughlin||Nick Davis|
|Foll:||Darren Jolly||Brett Kirk||Luke Ablett|
|Int:||Jason Ball, Paul Bevan, Adam Schneider, Nic Fosdike|
|West Coast Eagles|
|B:||Adam Hunter||Darren Glass||David Wirrpanda|
|HB:||Daniel Chick||Travis Gaspar||Drew Banfield|
|C:||Tyson Stenglein||Ben Cousins (c)||Andrew Embley|
|HF:||Daniel Kerr||Ashley Hansen||Brent Staker|
|F:||Kasey Green||Michael Gardiner||Ashley Sampi|
|Foll:||Dean Cox||Chris Judd||Chad Fletcher|
|Int:|| Adam Selwood, Mark Nicoski, Sam Butler, Mark Seaby |
- Barry Hall 2
- Adam Goodes 1
- Amon Buchanan 1
- Darren Jolly 1
- Tadhg Kennelly 1
- Michael O'Loughlin 1
- Adam Schneider 1
Norm Smith Medallist
Chris Judd (West Coast)
UNBEARABLE TENSION . . . .
24th Sep, 2005
'ECSTATIC RELIEF. . . the Swans home by four points . .'
images by Michael Shillito
The match was tight for the whole four quarters, with the Swans slightly more dominant in the first half, and the Eagles threatening to steal the match in the second half.
Unheralded West Coast defender, Mark Nicoski, pulled off a 40-1 surprise by kicking the first goal just three minutes into the match. But the Swans defence quickly clicked into gear and smothered the Eagles forward line, as West Coast managed only one more goal (a sensational effort by Dean Cox) to half-time. Roberts-Thomson was outstanding at half-back as he shut out first Hansen then Gaspar, while frequently finding opportunities to rebound the ball.
Sydney had the chance to break the game open late in the second quarter when leading by three goals, but poor kicking for goal left the door slightly ajar for the Eagles. And they took full advantage, clawing their way back into the game to be only two points down at the final break.
Then, three minutes into the last quarter disaster struck Sydney. Luke Ablett took an acrobatic one-hand mark inside the defensive 50, but with a rush of blood tried to clear across the face of goal. Eagles captain Ben Cousins intercepted the kick and his goal put West Coast in front and looking strong. Minutes later, Hunter marked on the goal line and gave West Coast a 10 point lead.
Again the Swans rallied, and Michael O’Loughlin took a series of contested marks, only to ruin his good work with poor finishing.
And then Amon Buchanan snared a rover’s goal at 18 minutes to wrest back the lead by a point. Sydney continued to pepper the goals, but a series of four behinds in a row kept West Coast in the game, and produced a nail-biting arm-wrestle for the final ten minutes.
In the end it was two fantastic defensive marks that got the Swans home: first a fearless diving effort by Brett Kirk deep in defence, and then, as the Eagles applied enormous pressure in the last couple of minutes of the game, Leo Barry took one of his trade-mark flying leaps and snuffed out the Eagles last gasp in the dying seconds.
So there it was: Chris Judd took out the Norm Smith Medal, and the Swans took home their first premiership since 1933.
|2005 GRAND FINAL:|
SYDNEY: 3.0 6.3 6.5 8.10 (58)
Sydney: Hall 2, Buchanan, Goodes, Jolly, Kennelly, O'Loughlin, Schneider