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2005 AFL Grand Final[edit]

Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles, MCG, 2.30pm, Saturday 24 September


Sydney Swans
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
Coach: Paul Roos

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
Coach: John Worsfold


Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Sydney 3.0 6.3 6.5 8.10 58
West Coast 2.4 2.7 5.9 7.12 54

Goal Scorers[edit]

Sydney Swans

Norm Smith Medallist[edit]

Chris Judd (West Coast)


2005 AFL Grand Final
2005 AFL Grand Final Stats


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RWO Article[edit]


Cliff Hammond
24th Sep, 2005

'ECSTATIC RELIEF. . . the Swans home by four points . .'
images by Michael Shillito

Finally, the Sydney Swans have broken their 72 year premiership with a nail-biting victory over the West Coast Eagles. The Swans’ main heroes were the much-maligned Nic Fosdike and Lewis Roberts-Thomson, who picked the very best time to show their best form of the season.

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.

All the statistics, apart from the hitouts, were marginally in the Swans favour, but Dean Cox battled valiantly to give the Eagles the edge in the ruck duels.

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.


SYDNEY: 3.0 6.3 6.5 8.10 (58)
WEST COAST: 2.4 2.7 5.9 7.12 (54)


Sydney: Hall 2, Buchanan, Goodes, Jolly, Kennelly, O'Loughlin, Schneider
West Coast: Hunter 2, Cousins, Cox, A Embley, Hansen, Nicoski

Sydney: Fosdike, Goodes, Barry, Roberts-Thomson, Hall, Kirk, Crouch, Buchanan
West Coast: Judd, Cox, Wirrpunda, Cousins, Hunter, Green

Injuries: none
Reports: none
Umpires: Allen, Goldspink, McLaren
Crowd: 91,898 at the MCG