- 1970 VFL Grand Final
The 1970 Victorian Football League Grand Final was held on
26 September 1970between Carlton and Collingwood. It is widely considered to be the epitome of a classic Australian Football Grand Final and the "birth" of the modern Australian game as we know it. The crowd of 121,696 in attendance remains an enduring record for any VFL/AFL match.
Grand Final Teams
Aussie rules team old| title = Carlton
centrehalfback = David McKay
halfforwardflank2 = Syd Jackson
forwardpocket1 = Peter Jones
ruck = John Nicholls (c)
Aussie rules team old| title = Collingwood
wing1 = Robert Dean
coach = Bob Rose
Carlton played poorly in the first half and many thought the game was as good as finished by the half time siren; perhaps it could have been, had Collingwood's scoreline read more accurately than 10-13-73. At the half-time break Carlton trailed by a seemingly overwhelming 44 points. During the break, champion Carlton coach
Ron Barassiinstructed his players to handball and play on at all costs, instituting a strategy to try and nullify Collingwood's long kicking game. A key positional move was the introduction of little-known Ted Hopkins, a small rover, as a substitute for Bert Thornleyin the second half. [ [http://abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/sportsf/sstories/sf970829.htm The Architecture of Triumph and Tragedy: the 20th Century Sports Stadium] The Sports Factor, ABC Radio National Transcripts, August 29, 1997]
These changes were highly effective and Carlton scored seven goals to one behind in the first thirteen minutes of the third quarter, almost completely erasing Collingwood's lead. Ted Hopkins lively contribution made a major contribution to the Carlton revival, highlighted by 4 inspirational goals.
Collingwood fought back strongly towards the end of the third quarter, leading by seventeen points at three-quarter time, and the game remained in the balance well into the final quarter. Late in the last quarter - Carlton leading by less than a goal -
Alex Jesaulenkosnatched the ball on the half forward line and sent a left foot kick bouncing towards goal. With no one guarding the goals, the ball bounced through for a goal, sealing the game for Carlton. Carlton completed a remarkable recovery, to triumph by 10 points, 17.9 (111) to 14.17 (101).
The game also featured the perhaps the most iconic mark in VFL/AFL history, taken by
Alex Jesaulenkoin the 28th minute of the second quarter. The mark prompted commentator Mike Williamson to make the now famous call "Jesaulenko, you beauty!" which is frequently repeated or paraphrased today. The mark is credited with the initiation of the Mark of the Yearcompetition, and the medal associated with the award now carries Jesaulenko's name.
It is often stated that the style of play, featuring frequent hand ball and open fast running play, displayed that day by Carlton was a precursor to the modern style of play, although Ron Barassi himself credits the idea to his own mentor and former Melbourne coach Norm Smith.
Although the match is justly famous for the contributions of many now legendary players of that era,
Brent Crosswell(Carlton) was contemporaneously generally regarded as the best player of the day for his four quarter contribution, especially in the first half when many Carlton players were not playing well.
Ted Hopkinsplayed only one further game for Carlton, soon quitting football to pursue other interests.
The 44-point half-time deficit overcome by Carlton was then the second-largest half-time deficit ever overcome in VFL history. The only larger deficit overcome before this was 52 points, by Collingwood against St Kilda in Round 10 of the same year (which remains the record today). [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/teams/allteams/gamer.html#16]
team1 = AFL Car
team1 abbr = AFL Car
team1 q1 = 0.3 (3)
team1 q2 = 4.5 (29)
team1 q3 = 12.5 (77)
team1 total = 17.9 (111)
team2 = AFL Col
team2 abbr = AFL Col
team2 q1 = 4.8 (32)
team2 q2 = 10.13 (73)
team2 q3 = 13.16 (94)
team2 total = 14.17 (101)
time = 2:30pm
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
September 26, 1970
attendance = 121,696
team1 goals = 4: Hopkins
2: Crosswell, Gallagher, Nicholls, Walls
1: Jackson, Silvagni
team2 goals = 6: McKenna
2: Dunne, Thompson, Tuddenham
1: Britt, Richardson
team1 best =
team2 best =
reports = nil
injuries = nil
coin toss =
1970 VFL season
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