Australian Gambling has compiled a brief summation of the history of all 18 AFL teams and the number of premierships each team has claimed, including the years of victory. Further below we’ve listed the results of every VFL/AFL Grand Final from 1970 up until the present time.
The biggest day on the football calendar is almost here with the West Coast Eagles and Collingwood Magpies set to battle it out for the ultimate prize in Australian sport on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.
Who’s the favourite as of today?
Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood outfit have proven all the experts wrong this year and are set to go in as favourites after finishing way down in 13th position on the ladder in 2017. The bookmakers currently have the Magpies as a $1.68 favourite with the Eagles out at $2.25 but the form line and the money coming in for the Eagles suggests it should be a much tighter contest than that.
So why the support for the Eagles? Well, they’ve beaten the Magpies on two occasions this year, including just three weeks ago in the Qualifying Final, when they saluted by 16 points in the best match of this Finals series so far. It’s no secret how these two sides have ended up on the biggest stage, they rank as the top two in contested possessions this final series and whoever comes out on top in this area on Saturday will lift the trophy.
There are a long list of prop betting options for punters to sink their teeth into, including the Norm Smith Medal market, which is awarded to the player judged best on ground.
As runner-up in the Brownlow Medal on Monday night, it is no surprise to see Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom as the best backed player in this market, at $8, just ahead of his teammate Brodie Grundy ($10).
The shortest priced Eagles player is Elliott Yeo ($10) who joins Grundy on the second line of betting while Magpies pair Scott Pendlebury and Adam Treloar are both at the $11 mark.
A win for the black and white army will see them lift the cup for a 16th time, which would equal the record of their arch-rivals and fellow Victorian powerhouses, Carlton and Essendon, while for the Eagles, who only entered the league in 1987, this would be their fourth flag, which is quite an achievement given the AFL’s modern day equalisation structures.
Adelaide: Two premierships – 1997 and 1998. After entering the competition in 1991, the Crows qualified for the finals in 1993, finishing in fifth place with 12 wins and 8 losses. Adelaide’s two premierships in its short history came back-to-back in ’97 (against St Kilda by 31 points) and ’98 (against North Melbourne by 35 points) with Malcolm Blight at the helm. Adelaide holds the current record of the most recent team to keep an opponent to one goal for an entire match, allowing Fremantle to register a paltry 1.7.13 full-time score back in July 2009.
Brisbane/Fitzroy: 11 premierships combined – Fitzroy: 1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916, 1922 and 1944. Brisbane: 2001, 2002 and 2003. The Fitzroy Lions (eight flags) merged with the Brisbane Bears (zero flags) in 1996 to form the Brisbane Lions, who became a dominant force in the early 2000s, going on to win three consecutive flags in ’01, ’02 and ’03 and featuring in a fourth Grand Final in ’04, but losing to Port Adelaide. Hall of Fame Legend inductee Leigh Matthews coached the Lions through all four Grand Final appearances.
Collingwood: 15 premierships – 1902, 1903, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1958, 1990 and 2010. Collingwood has won the third most premierships of any team (behind Carlton and Essendon), but has featured in the most Grand Finals of any club. It is also the only club to win four flags in consecutive years. Between Collingwood’s 1958 and 1990 premierships, the team made eight Grand Finals but lost each one (including one draw in 1977 and a loss in the replay) in an ear which was dubbed ‘the Colliwobbles’.
Carlton: 16 premierships – 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987 and 1995. Carlton holds the equal record for winning the most AFL/VFL premierships throughout its history, including a run of seven flags in the space of 20 years. The Carlton mantra: “Mens sana in corpore sano” means “a sound mind in a healthy body”. The 1979 Grand Final owns arguably one of the most memorable moments in VFL/AFL history – the Wayne Harmes boundary line tap back for a Ken Sheldon goal – was it out of bounds, Collingwood fans?
Essendon: 16 premierships – 1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993 and 2000. Like Carlton, Essendon holds the equal record for the most Grand Final victories. Kevin Sheedy, one of the most esteemed coaches in VFL/AFL history, led the Bombers from 1981–2007, taking them to seven Grand Finals and claiming four premierships. In 2013, Essendon was investigated for illegal use of peptide supplements in its sports science program and banned from playing finals after finishing 7th with 14 wins.
Fremantle: No premierships (one Grand Final appearance in 2013). Fremantle made its AFL début in 1995, becoming the second team from Western Australia to be admitted the competition. While the club has not taken home any flags, its most successful season was in 2013 when it faced Hawthorn in the Grand Final, ultimately losing by 15 points largely due to poor inaccuracy in front of goal (8.14 to Hawthorn’s 11.11). The Dockers have featured in six finals series: 2003 and 2006 under Chris Connolly, 2010 under Mark Harvey and 2012, 2013 and 2014 under Ross Lyon.
Geelong: Nine premierships – 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Across the years 2007 to 2011, the Cats made four Grand Finals and won three, becoming one of the most successful teams of the modern era. Two of the best players the game has seen – Gary Ablett Snr and Gary Ablett Jnr – both played for Geelong. Junior, who moved to play with the Suns at the end of 2010, is one of the most valued footballers, holding a record eight consecutive All-Australian call-ups (2007-2014), two premierships and two Brownlow Medals (one with Geelong & one with Gold Coast).
Gold Coast: No premierships (no Grand Final appearances). In 2009, the newly formed Gold Coast FC was granted a licence to join the AFL at the start of season 2011, and played its first official game in Round 2 that year, against Carlton. While the team lost by 119 points, it went on to register three victories for the year, its inaugural win coming against Port after trailing by 40 points in the third term. 2014 was the first year the Suns challenged for finals, entering Round 11 with a 7-2 record before captain Gary Ablett suffered a season-ending injury and the Suns slumped to finish 12th.
Greater Western Sydney: No premierships (no Grand Final appearances). The AFL agreed to establish a second Sydney-based team and an eighteenth club of the AFL in 2008, and in 2012, Greater Western Sydney made its long-awaited début against the Swans in its first official game that year. The Giants lost by 63 points, but secured their inaugural victory over the Gold Coast Suns in Round 7 by a margin of 27 points. Kevin Sheedy was appointed coach in 2009 on a three-year deal, and led the club from 2010 to 2012, before handing over the reigns to Leon Cameron at the end of the season.
Hawthorn: 13 premierships – 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Hawthorn claimed back-to-back-to-back premierships for the first time in its history after defeating the Dockers by 15 points in 2013, tearing apart the Swans by 63 points in 2014 and the Eagles by 46 points in 2015. The team is renowned for having won flags in every decade since 1960. The club’s mantra “spectemur agendo” means “by our deeds we shall be known”.
Melbourne: 12 premierships – 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1964. Melbourne is the only team to claim back-to-back-to-back premierships on two separate occasions, doing so in ’39, ’40 and ’41, and again in ’55, ’56 and ’57. The team played in seven consecutive Grand Finals from 1954 to 1960, and had a very strong rivalry with Collingwood during that era. In the last game of the season in 1947, Fred Fanning booted 18 goals and one behind – the current record for most goals kicked by an individual in any game of AFL/VFL.
North Melbourne: Four premierships – 1975, 1977, 1996 and 1999. North Melbourne played in five consecutive Grand Finals from the years 1974 to 1978 and claimed two premierships under the guidance of Ron Barassi (including winning 1977’s replay decider after a draw against Collingwood). North also participated in three of the four deciders from ’96 to ’99 and won two of those flags, coached by Dennis Pagan. The ‘Roos were involved in the greatest successful comeback match in the history of the game, blowing a 69-point lead to Essendon to lose by 12 points in 2001.
Port Adelaide: One premiership – 2004. Port Adelaide joined the AFL in 1997 and made its first Grand Final in 2004 after beating St Kilda by a goal in a thrilling Preliminary Final. The Power overcame highly-fancied Brisbane who was chasing a record-equalling fourth straight AFL premiership, and Mark Williams famously pulled his tie around his neck after the final siren to signify a choking action directed at the Lions. In 2007, Port again made it to the GF but suffered the largest ever defeat in VFL/AFL Grand Final history: a 119-point loss to a domineering Geelong team.
Richmond: 10 premierships – 1920, 1921, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1980. Richmond played in five deciders between 1972 and 1982 and won three of those on offer. Since playing in their most recent Grand Final in ’82, the Tigers had to wait until ’95 and then 2001 before reappearing in the finals, losing in Preliminary Finals in both those years. Not until 2013 did they force their way back in to September action, beaten by Carlton in an Elimination Final. In 2014, Richmond ended the H&A season with nine consecutive victories to sneak in the eight (best Tiger winning-streak since season 1980), but lost to Port by 57 points.
Sydney/South Melbourne: Five premierships combined – 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005 and 2012. As South Melbourne, the team won three flags, but had limited success after 1933, before the team became Sydney in 1982 (the first team to be based outside Victoria). Paul Roos was appointed coach in ’02 and the Swans defended their way to glory in ’05, beating the Eagles by four points to break the longest ever premiership drought (72 years). The Eagles and Swans renewed rivalries in the ’06 decider, with West Coast exacting revenge by a point. As underdogs, the Swans claimed the 2012 flag against Hawthorn, and then as favourites, lost the 2014 decider against the same team.
St Kilda: One premiership – 1966. With only one flag to their name, the Saints are the equally most starved club of premiership success (with Western Bulldogs) in relation to how long they have been in the competition. Having appeared in five Grand Finals since their 1966 flag, the Saints have lost heartbreaking deciders by seven points (1971), 31 points (1997), 12 points (2009) and who could forget the agonising draw against the Magpies in 2010, followed by a 56-point replay defeat. Legend Robert Harvey is a dual-Brownlow Medallist for the club, winning the award in ’97 and ’98.
Western Bulldogs/Footscray: Two premierships – 1954 and 2016. 1954’s premiership success was largely due to the brilliance of two club champions: captain-coach Charlie Sutton and Ted ‘Mr Football’ Whitten. 2016 was the year of the dog. Overcoming all in front of them to defeat Sydney by 22 points in the decider. They were underdogs in every final and proved everyone wrong on their way to their long awaited second premiership. Jason Johannisen was named as the Norm Smith medallist as the Dogs became the first team to win the Premiership from 7th place on the ladder.
West Coast: Three premierships – 1992, 1994 and 2006. Founded in 1986 as an expansion team, the Eagles entered the AFL the following season and have played in 19 finals series since their début. Under Mick Malthouse, they advanced to three Grand Finals in four years (1991-1994), winning the ’92 and ’94 flags (both against Geelong). John Worsford took charge in ’02 for 12 seasons, leading the club to a GF win over the Swans in 2006 after the club lost to Sydney in the previous year’s decider. Team-mates Chris Judd and Ben Cousins won the ’04 and ’05 Brownlow Medals, respectively.
The following table lists the full time results (winner listed first) of all VFL/AFL deciders since season 1970:
1970: Carlton 17.9.111 Collingwood 14.17.101
1971: Hawthorn 12.10.82 St Kilda 11.9.75
1972: Carlton 28.9.177 Richmond 22.18.150
1973: Richmond 16.20.106 Carlton 12.14.86
1974: Richmond 18.20.128 Kangaroos 13.9.87
1975: Kangaroos 19.8.122 Hawthorn 9.13.67
1976: Hawthorn 13.22.100 Kangaroos 10.10.70
1977: Kangaroos 9.22.76 Collingwood 10.16.76*
1977: Kangaroos 21.25.151 Collingwood 19.10.124**
1978: Hawthorn 18.13.121 Kangaroos 15.13.103
1979: Carlton 11.16.82 Collingwood 11.11.77
1980: Richmond 23.21.159 Collingwood 9.24.78
1981: Carlton 12.20.92 Collingwood 10.12.72
1982: Carlton 14.19.103 Richmond 12.13.85
1983: Hawthorn 20.20.140 Essendon 8.9.57
1984: Essendon 14.21.105 Hawthorn 12.9.81
1985: Essendon 26.14.170 Hawthorn 14.8.92
1986: Hawthorn 16.14.110 Carlton 9.14.68
1987: Carlton 15.14.104 Hawthorn 9.17.71
1988: Hawthorn 22.20.152 Melbourne 6.20.56
1989: Hawthorn 21.18.144 Geelong 21.12.138
1990: Collingwood 13.11.89 Essendon 5.11.41
1991: Hawthorn 20.19.139 West Coast 13.8.86
1992: West Coast 16.17.113 Geelong 12.13.85
1993: Essendon 20.13.133 Carlton 13.11.89
1994: West Coast 20.23.143 Geelong 8.15.63
1995: Carlton 21.15.141 Geelong 11.14.80
1996: Kangaroos 19.17.131 Sydney 13.10.88
1997: Adelaide 19.11.125 St Kilda 13.16.94
1998: Adelaide 15.15.105 Kangaroos 8.22.70
1999: Kangaroos 19.10.124 Carlton 12.17.89
2000: Essendon 19.21.135 Melbourne 11.9.75
2001: Brisbane 15.18.108 Essendon 12.10.82
2002: Brisbane 10.15.75 Collingwood 9.12.66
2003: Brisbane 20.14.134 Collingwood 12.12.84
2004: Port Adelaide 17.11.113 Brisbane 10.13.73
2005: Sydney 8.10.58 West Coast 7.12.54
2006: West Coast 12.13.85 Sydney 12.12.84
2007: Geelong 24.19.163 Port Adelaide 6.8.44
2008: Hawthorn 18.7.115 Geelong 11.23.89
2009: Geelong 12.8.80 St Kilda 9.14.68
2010: Collingwood 9.14.68 St Kilda 10.8.68*
2010: Collingwood 16.12.108 St Kilda 7.10.52**
2011: Geelong 18.11.119 Collingwood 12.9.81
2012: Sydney 14.7.91 Hawthorn 11.15.81
2013: Hawthorn 11.11.77 Fremantle 8.14.62
2014: Hawthorn 21.11.137 Sydney 11.8.74
2015: Hawthorn 16.11.107 West Coast 8.13.61
2016: Sydney 10.7.67 Western Bulldogs 13.11.89