2016 AFL Grand Final recap – One of the Best as the Doggies Win!

Bulldogs heroes ... Luke Beveridge (L) watches on as Robert Murphy and Easton Wood hold aloft the premiership trophy (AAP Image: Julian Smith)

Final scores: Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89) def Sydney Swans 10.7 (67)

Pic courtesy of the AFL
The Winning team pose for the camera – Pic courtesy of the AFL

Going down as one of the greatest Grand Finals in many a year, the Western Bulldogs have pulled off a mighty win against the Sydney Swans.

In reality, it could’ve gone any way up until the last 10 minutes, but it was the unflappable Bulldogs who had the run in the tank at the end.

Jason Johannisen won the Norm Smith medal with a great 4 quarters.
Jason Johannisen won the Norm Smith medal with a great 4 quarters – Pic courtesy of the AFL

Storming home from 7th spot on the ladder to win their first flag in 62 years, the Doggies put on a fierce and determined display of power footy, literally beating the Swans at their own game.

Looking like a side of no-names against the star quality of the Sydney Swans, the Bulldogs played tough, running football, and never gave up, never stopped believing!

In truth, nobody would have begrudged a Sydney win.

Josh Kennedy was a lionheart, the twin pillars of Heath Grundy and Dane Rampe near enough to impenetrable. Dan Hannebery fighting on one leg,

Buddy scores! - Pic courtesy of the AFL
Buddy scores! – Pic courtesy of the AFL

Lance Franklin kicking a bomb in the last with a busted ankle. They were there the whole way, but perhaps destiny intervened. They won’t be far away again next year.

As for my tipping prowess over the finals? – the less said about that, the better I think!

So how long until next season??

Not Toby McLean's best moment. Kennedy marks and is whacked. He then kicks his third, giving the Swans a two-point lead - Pic courtesy of the AFL
Not Toby McLean’s best moment. Kennedy marks and is whacked. He then kicks his third, giving the Swans a two-point lead – Pic courtesy of the AFL

Sources: AFL Official website, ABC online

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