Posted: 28 September, 2011 by The Learned One

Triple M Footy Nominates The Five Greatest Grand Final Goals Of All Time

Find out which grand final goal we rated No.1. Do you agree with our list?

Tags: afl, grand final, goals, Countdown

(Vision: Channel Seven)

5. Peter Matera (West Coast) Vs Geelong – 1992

Matera put in a few nominations on the day with almost all of his five goals involving a high-degree of skill but this pearler took the cake. Running back with the flight of the ball, Matera accepted a beautifully-weighted pass from Brett Heady before running down the Members’ half-forward flank at the city end to drill home a six-pointer from 55 metres out which easily cleared the goal umpire’s hat. Unsurprisingly, Matera won the Norm Smith Medal as West Coast won its first premiership just five years after joining the competition.

(Vision: Channel Seven)

4. Gary Ablett senior (Geelong) Vs Hawthorn – 1989

Ablett kicked a record nine goals against the Hawks in a Norm Smith Medal-winning performance, but his third in the second quarter stood out from the rest. At a boundary throw-in in Geelong’s forward pocket, Ablett flew over competing ruckmen Darren Flanigan (Geelong) and Greg Dear (Hawthorn) and, almost in one motion, plucked the ball out of mid-air and snapped truly from a tight angle to make the freakishly impossible look relatively simple. The Cats would lose one of the greatest grand finals of all time by a goal.

(Vision: Channel Seven)

3. Austinn Jones (St Kilda) Vs Adelaide – 1997

On a day where the Saints missed a chance to win just their second premiership in their history, 20-year-old Aussie Jones still managed to provide the highlight of the day. With his team trailing by eight points late in the first quarter, Jones accepted a pass from Robert Harvey on the half-back flank before going for a bit of a run. After taking one bounce, he found himself on the Southern Stand wing and when team-mate Brett Cook applied a strong shepherd on advancing Adelaide midfielder Kym Koster, Jones took a further three bounces to end up on St Kilda’s half-forward flank. He then cut across to avoid two Adelaide players and handpassed the ball to Andrew Thompson. Jones then accepted the ball back from Thompson, ran to the 50m line and unloaded a beautiful drop punt to kick a sensational goal at the Punt Road end of the stadium.

(Vision: Channel Seven)

2. Michael Long (Essendon) Vs Carlton – 1993

Long won the Norm Smith Medal thanks to a breathtaking performance which included 33 possessions and two goals – one of which set the MCG alight. After accepting a perfectly-weighted handball from team-mate Sean Denham on the Southern Stand wing, Long raced towards the city end with a full head of steam. In the blink of an eye he was on the edge of the 50m line after taking three bounces. He then easily evaded Carlton defender Michael Sexton, took another bounce and ran to within 30m before kicking one of the all-time great goals. Despite Blues full-back Stephen Silvagni trying to convince the goal umpire that he had touched the ball on the goalline, the man in white was having none of it and gave the all-clear for a blistering six-pointer! Essendon ended up cruising towards a 44-point win to clinch its 15th premiership against its old rival.

(Vision: Channel Seven)

1. Phil Manassa (Collingwood) Vs North Melbourne – 1977

Grand Final history reached a watershed moment in 1977 as not only did this season produce just the second drawn premiership decider ever, but the replay provided us with the greatest grand final goal ever kicked! The ‘Colliwobbles’ had well and truly taken a hold of the Magpies by now as North Melbourne eased to its second flag courtesy of a 27-point win but Collingwood’s Manassa stole some of the limelight away from the Kangaroos on their special day with his incredible individual effort. As you can see from the above vision, Manassa picked up the ball on the half-back flank, took three bounces along the Members Wing, sold some candy, took another bounce and drilled a legendary six-pointer in the final term to get Collingwood within 17 points of North Melbourne.

Do you agree with our top five? If not, what changes would you make?

Tags: afl, grand final, goals, Countdown

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