26 Sep 2021

 
   
 

 

 
 


Grand Final Tables - See Also:  Lesser Known Grand Final  Facts and Figures: Part 1 - Part 2

Grand Finals  Ladder 1898 - 1923 - 1925-2021
ordered by win % then by Premierships won.



(All Draws were replayed)

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* Essendon won Premierships in seasons 1897 and 1924 which did not require a Grand Final to decide the Premiership.
  • Richmond has the highest percentage of Grand Finals from finals played. 25.81% of its 93 finals matches have been Grand Finals. The lowest are Fremantle's 6.67% of 15 Finals and WB/Footscray's 7.27%% of 55 finals. 
     
  • Richmond has made the Grand Final in 60.0% of its 40 Finals Series -  the highest percentage of all clubs. WB/Footscray with Grand Finals being played in 10.71% of the 28 finals series it has contested has the lowest.
    Hawthorn have the 2nd highest percentage (54.29%) of Grand Finals played from finals series contested 

Grand Finals 1898-1923 - 1925-2021
Win/Loss Record by Ladder Position.

  P %Plyd W L Win% %Prem**
1st 106 86.18 64 42 60.38 52.03
2nd 73 59.35 34 39 46.58 27.64
3rd 31 25.20 15 16 48.39 12.20
4th 27 21.95 7 20 25.93 5.69
5th 4 3.25 1 3 33.33 0.81
6th 4 3.25 1 3 25.00 0.81
7th 1 0.81 1 0 100.00 0.81

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%Plyd
- Number of Grand Finals played as a % of the 123 played.
M/W% - % of Grand Finals won against number played.
%Prem - % of Premierships won from total of 123 Grand Finals.
* Drawn Grand Finals not counted - only the replay.
** Doesn't include 1897 and 1924 Premierships won without a Grand final

  • The higher placed team on the ladder has won 61.79% of Grand Finals - 76/123. Under the current finals system (2000-21)  11 Grand Finals have been won by the higher placed team (50.0%).
  • Before 2011 the teams finishing top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season had won exactly twice as many Premierships as the team finishing 2nd on the ladder at the end of the H&A rounds.
    From 2011 to 2021 1st on the ladder has won twice (Hawthorn 2013 & Melbourne 2021) and 2nd has won 3 times. Third has won 5 times (Richmond 3 times) and 7th once.
  • First and second have played off 59 times, the team finishing top of the ladder have so far won on 34 occasions. Second has won 25 times including four of the last seven - 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2014.
  • First and third have played off 21  times with first winning 12 times and third winning 9 times - last in 2017. (The only time 3rd and 4th have played off has been in 2020.)
  • Two of the Grand Finals played by 6th placed teams were in the 8 team competitions of  1899 and 1900 when the first round of matches in effect counted for nothing. After 6th placed Melbourne won the Premiership in 1900, the system was changed. (The other 6th placed teams to make the Grand Final final have been  Carlton in 1999 and GWS in 2019.)
     
  • In 2016 the 7th placed team (WB/Footscray) played in and won the Grand Final for the first time.
  • Seven Grand Finals have been played between 2nd and 3rd. The 2nd placed team has  won 4 times. Last: West Coast (2nd) in 2018.
  • The only Grand Finals where neither of the top two teams played have been 1980 - Richmond 3rd v Collingwood 5th, 2019 - Richmond 3rd vs GWS Giants 6th and Richmond 3rd vs Geelong 4th in 2020.

Percentage of Grand Finals Played

  GF Series* % Finals* %
Adelaide 3 15 20.00 36 8.33
Brisbane 4 13 30.77 31 12.90
Carlton 29 68 42.65 137 21.17
Collingwood 42 82 51.22 180 23.33
Essendon 28 65 43.08 127 22.05
Fitzroy 13 28 46.43 56 23.21
Fremantle 1 7 14.29 15 6.67
Geelong 18 59 30.51 128 14.06
GWS Giants 1 5 20.00 13 7.69
Hawthorn 19 35 54.29 86 22.09
Melbourne 18 39 46.15 88 20.45
Nth Melbourne 9 32 28.13 74 12.16
Port Adelaide 2 12 16.67 27 7.41
Richmond 24 40 60.00 89 26.97
St Kilda 7 27 25.93 53 13.21
Sydney/SM 17 44 38.64 87 19.54
WB/Footscray 4 29 13.79 55 7.27
West Coast 7 25 28.00 54 12.96

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*Excludes 1897 and 1924 finals series without a Grand Final played and drawn finals matches replayed are counted as one final.


Highest number/percentage  60.00

 

  Lost Last
Collingwood 10 2018
Geelong 4 2020
Hawthorn 4 2012
Sydney/SM 4 1996
Essendon 3 1959
Melbourne 2 1958
Richmond 2 1944
Adelaide 1 2017
Carlton 1 1921
Fitzroy 1 1923
Nth Melbourne 1 1998
St Kilda 1 2009
WB/Footscray 1 1961
West Coast 1 1991

Teams that were ahead at quarter time but lost the Grand Final. (Total 36)

  Lost Last
Collingwood 8 2018
Essendon 3 2001
Geelong 3 2020
St Kilda 3 2009
Carlton 2 1921
North Melbourne 2 1998
Fitzroy 2 1923
WB/Footscray 2 2021
Brisbane 1 2004
Melbourne 1 1946
Hawthorn 1 1984
Richmond 1 1982
Sydney/SM 1 2016

Teams that were ahead at half time but lost the Grand Final. (Total 30).

  Lost Last
Collingwood 3 1981
Carlton 2 1969
St Kilda 2 2009
Essendon 2 1947
Hawthorn 1 1984
Sydney/SM 1 1899

Teams that were ahead at three-quarter time but lost the Grand Final. Total (11)

 
 


 


 

History of the Highest Grand Final Margin

  Margin

15 1898 Fitzroy 5 8 38 Essendon 3 5 23
27 1901 Essendon 6 7 43 Collingwood 2 4 16
33 1902 Collingwood 9 6 60 Essendon 3 9 27
49 1906 Carlton 15 4 94 Fitzroy 6 9 45
57 1926 Melbourne 17 17 119 Collingwood 9 8 62
63 1946 Essendon 22 18 150 Melbourne 13 9 87
73 1949 Essendon 18 17 125 Carlton 6 16 52
73 1956 Melbourne 17 19 121 Collingwood 6 12 48
81 1980 Richmond 23 21 159 Collingwood 9 24 78
83 1983 Hawthorn 20 20 140 Essendon 8 9 57
96 1988 Hawthorn 22 20 152 Melbourne 6 20 56
119 2007 Geelong 24 19 163 Port Adelaide 6 8 44

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History of Team with Most Premierships

1899-1900 Fitzroy  2        
1901-1902 Essendon 2 Fitzroy  2    
1903 Collingwood 2 Essendon 2 Fitzroy  2
1904-1911 Fitzroy  3-4        
1912 Essendon 4 Fitzroy 4    
1913-1914 Fitzroy 5        
1915 Carlton 5 Fitzroy 5    
1916-1927 Fitzroy 6-7        
1928 Collingwood 7 Fitzroy 7    
1929-1980 Collingwood 8-13        
1981 Carlton 13 Collingwood 13    
1982-1984 Carlton 14        
1985-1986 Carlton 14 Essendon 14    
1987-1992 Carlton 15        
1993-1994 Carlton 15 Essendon  15    
1995-1999 Carlton 16        
2000-2021 Carlton 16 Essendon 16    

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History of the Highest Grand Final Score

  

1898 Fitzroy 5 8 38
1901 Essendon 6 7 43
1902 Collingwood 9 6 60
1904 Fitzroy 9 7 61
1906 Carlton 15 4 94
1926 Melbourne 17 17 119
1934 Richmond 19 14 128
1939 Melbourne 21 22 148
1946 Essendon 22 18 150
1972 Carlton 28 9 177

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Grand Finalists that both lost their opening match of the season.
1900 Melbourne and Fitzroy
1907 Carlton and Sydney/SM
1925 Geelong and Collingwood
1940 Melbourne and Richmond
1941 Melbourne and Essendon
1954 WB/Footscray and Melbourne
1974 Richmond and Nth Melbourne
1989 Hawthorn and Geelong
1992 West Coast and Geelong
1993 Essendon and Carlton
1994 West Coast and Geelong
1999 Nth Melbourne and Carlton
2018 West Coast and Collingwood


 

Premiers whose Grand Final score was their lowest winning score for the year.

1899 Fitzroy 3.9-27
1900 Melbourne 4.10-34*
1905 Fitzroy 4.6-30
1908 Carlton 5.5-35
1909 Sydney/SM 4.14-38
1912 Essendon 5.17-47
1921 Richmond 5.6-36
1927 Collingwood 2.13-25
1933 Sydney/SM 9.17-61
1944 Fitzroy 9.12-66
1968 Carlton 7.14-56
1969 Richmond 12.13-85
1971 Hawthorn 12.10-82*
1979 Carlton 11.16-82*
1990 Collingwood 13.11-89
2002 Brisbane 10.15-75
2009 Geelong 12.8-80
2013 Hawthorn 11.11-77

 

Teams with their biggest loss for the year in the Grand Final.
(Total: 37)

1910 Carlton (14pts) v Collingwood
1916 Carlton (29pts) v Fitzroy
1949 Carlton (73pts v Essendon
1973 Carlton (30pts) v Richmond
1986 Carlton (42pts) v Hawthorn
1993 Carlton (44pts) v Essendon
1926 Collingwood (57pts) v Melbourne
1937 Collingwood (32pts) v Geelong
1956 Collingwood (73pts) v Melbourne
1960 Collingwood (48pts) v Melbourne
1977 Collingwood (27pts) v Nth Melb.
1980 Collingwood (81pts) v Richmond
1902 Essendon (33pts) v Collingwood
1948 Essendon (39pts) v Melbourne
1957 Essendon (61pts) v Melbourne
1983 Essendon (83pts) v Hawthorn
1906 Fitzroy (49pts) v Carlton
1994 Geelong (80pts) v West Coast
1995 Geelong (61pts) v Carlton
2019 GWS Giants (89 pts) vs Richmond
1963 Hawthorn (49pts v Geelong)
1975 Hawthorn (55pts) v Nth Melbourne
1985 Hawthorn (78pts) v Essendon
1946 Melbourne (63pts) v Essendon
1954 Melbourne (51pts) v WB/Footscray
1988 Melbourne (96pts) v Hawthorn
1974 Nth Melb. (41pts) v Richmond
1998 Nth Melb. (38pts) v Adelaide
2007 Port Adelaide (119pts) v Geelong
1928 Richmond (33pts) v Collingwood
1933 Richmond (42pts) v Sydney/SM
1940 Richmond (39pts) v Melbourne
1942 Richmond (53pts v Essendon
2009 St Kilda (12pts) v Geelong
1945 Sydney/SM (28pts) v Carlton
2014 Sydney/SM (63pts v Hawthorn
2021 WB/Footscray (74 pts v Melbourne
1991 West Coast (53pts) v Hawthorn
 

Premiers with their lowest or equal lowest scoring shots for the year in the Grand Final.

1921 Richmond (11) v Carlton (12)
1927 Collingwood (15) v Richmond (8)
1979 Carlton (27) v Collingwood (22)
2009 Geelong (20)* v St Kilda (23)

* Equal with round 14 v St Kilda and round 15 v Brisbane

* Equal lowest winning score for year.


 

Premiers with their biggest win for the year in the Grand Final.

1916 Fitzroy (29pts) v Carlton
1956 Melbourne (73pts) v Collingwood
1988 Hawthorn (96pts) v Melbourne



 

 

Teams with their lowest or equal lowest score for the year in the
Grand Final.
(Total: 28)

1901 Collingwood 2.4-16
1903 Fitzroy 3.11-29
1905 Collingwood 2.5-17
1908 Essendon 3.8-26
1912 Sydney/SM 4.9-33
1920 Collingwood 5.5-35
1921 Richmond 5.6-36
1923 Fitzroy 6.10-46
1927 Collingwood 2.13-25*
1927 Richmond 1.7-13
1931 Richmond 7.6-48
1933 Richmond 4.5-29
1935 Sydney/SM 7.16-58
1944 Richmond 7.9-51
1948 Essendon 7.8-50
1949 Carlton 6.16-52
1955 Collingwood 5.6-36
1960 Collingwood 2.2-14
1969 Carlton 8.12-60
1979 Carlton 11.16-82 *
1988 Melbourne 6.20-56
1990 Essendon 5.11-41
1994 Geelong 8.15-63
1998 Nth Melbourne 8.22-70
2002 Brisbane 10.15-75 *
2007 Port Adelaide 6.8-44
2015 West Coast 8.13-61
2017 Adelaide 8.12-60
2019 GWS Giants 3.7-25

* Winning score.

 

 
  • Since 1925 when Premiers, Geelong were goalless in the last quarter of the Grand Final, 15 teams have failed to score a goal in the last quarter of the Grand Final. Three of them won and of the 12 who lost, 4 were opponents of Geelong.

      Final 
    Result
    1927 Collingwood 0.4-4 v Richmond 1.0-6 12
    1950 Nth Melbourne 0.3-3 Essendon 3.3-21 -38
    1952 Collingwood 0.7-7 v Geelong 2.2-14 -46
    1957 Essendon 0.5-5 v Melbourne 5.3-33 -61
    1958 Collingwood 0.1-1 v Melbourne 2.4-16 18
    1960 Collingwood 0.2-2 v Melbourne 1.2-8 -48
    1963 Hawthorn 0.3-3 v Geelong 6.6-42 -49
    1968 Carlton 0.5-5 v Essendon 2.1-13 3
    1969  Carlton 0.2-2 v Richmond 4.7-31 -25
    1976 Nth Melbourne 0.2-2 v Hawthorn 3.4-22 -30
    1981 Collingwood 0.2-2 v Carlton 4.7-31 -20
    1990 Essendon 0-5-5 v Collingwood 2.1-13 -48
    1998 Nth Melbourne 0.7-7 v Adelaide 6.4-40 -35
    2009 St Kilda 0.3-3 Geelong 3.4-22 -12
    2011 Collingwood 0.3-3 v Geelong 5.4-34 -38
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  • In 2009,  before becoming the only team to win the Grand Final by only winning the last quarter, Geelong had won 12 consecutive first quarters in their finals matches.
     
  • The biggest 2nd half turnaround in a Grand Final is 98 points - 1970, Carlton lost the first half to Collingwood by 44 points and won the 2nd half by 54 points. 
  • The biggest turnaround in a Grand Final from the previous meeting of the grand finalists is 129 points in 1983. Hawthorn lost to Essendon by 46 points in round 19 but won the Grand Final by 83 points. (124 points in 2017 - Richmond lost to Adelaide by 76 in round 6 and won the Grand Final by 48 pts.)
  • The only Grand Finals where the first and second half were won by equal margins were: 1935, Collingwood won both halves v Sydney/SM by 10 points and 1986, Hawthorn won both halves v Carlton by 21 points.
  • The most common score in Grand Finals has been 89 points - eight times (last in 2016). (68 and 85 points have each occurred 7 times.)
    68 points been a winning score once, a losing score 4 times and was a drawn score twice. 
    85 points has won 3 and lost 4.
    89 points has won 4 and lost 4.

  • Until 2018 no Grand Final winning margin had occurred more than 4 times. The Grand Final margin has now been 5 points in 5 matches - 1907, 1918, 1843, 1979 and 2018. (Those which have occurred 4 times are  35,33,15, 9, 4 and 1.point/s)
  • Of teams that have played more than 5 Grand Finals in October, Geelong  (4/7)and, Collingwood  (8/14) have each won 57.14% and Richmond have won  55.56%% (5/9)
  • Outside of the Grand Final the eventual Premiers have played the eventual Runners-up 280 times for 153  wins, 123 losses and 4 draws. (Win% 55.36%).

     

See Also:  Lesser Known Grand Final  Facts and Figures: Part 1 - Part 2

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