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Footy's best kept secret ...

2003, Match Review — The Grand Final



Archive – 2003 Rounds 1 to 22, EQF, SF, PF ...


Week 4, Grand Final
Saturday, September 27

Brisbane Lions strangle Collingwood
Hat-trick of flags delivers 'champion' tag
The skies cleared from persistent morning rain to sunshine as 79,451 packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the culmination of season 2003. The bounce-down took place at the appointed time of 2.30pm with no changes to the selected line-ups announced on Thursday night. Only one brief, but heavy shower in the second quarter, interrupted proceedings. The ground was to a fine standard with only patches of moisture on the members wing.

The Brisbane Lions were universally acclaimed the greatest team of the modern era when they obliterated the more-favoured Collingwood to win their third consecutive premiership – the first club to do so since Melbourne 1955-56-57. In a one-sided contest, Collingwood was suppressed, strangled, overwhelmed and its huge army of supporters embarrassed.

Brisbane physically intimidated the Magpies from the start and never let go. By half-time, the inscription was on the cup when the Lions led by seven goals.. While Collingwood marginally improved their position winning the third quarter – 5.0 to 3.5 – Brisbane rammed home a quality last quarter to lead at one stage by as much as 69 points. The Magpies kicked the last three goals to make an obviously disappointing scoreboard appear more respectable.

PAUL GOUGH noted for afl.com.au: This was a dreadful performance by a Collingwood side that was brutally exposed as not having enough top-line players that premiership sides need and it hardly helped that one of their best players – ANTHONY ROCCA – was sitting in the grandstand as a result of his errant elbow in last week's preliminary final which suspended him.

In fact only five Magpie players could be proud of their performance – ruckman JOSH FRASER, skipper NATHAN BUCKLEY, the gutsy duo SCOTT BURNS and PAUL LICURIA and young defender BEN JOHNSON. The rest, including star forward CHRIS TARRANT who again disappointed as he did in the 2002 grand final, were simply humiliated.

CAROLINE WILSON summarised in The Sunday Age: Champions find brilliant and beautiful and different ways of walking into history, but Brisbane yesterday built a football dynasty on its wounded but fearsome pride. Michael Voss did it with a cyst the size of a golf ball on the side of his damaged knee. Nigel Lappin did it with a broken rib and Jason Akermanis with silly words and handstands but five devastating goals.

And Leigh Matthews did it with a humility that belied his achievement. The greatest player of them all yesterday coached his football team, to a third straight flag ...
2003 — GRAND FINAL
Collingwood v Brisbane Lions
Saturday, September 27, 2003
MCG, 2.30pm EST, crowd: 79,451
Conditions: Slippery from morning rain
Weather: Sunshine generally; heavy shower in second quarter
  1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
COL 3.3-21 4.7-31 9.7-61 12.12-84
BRI 5.5-35 (14) 11.7-73 (42) 14.12-96 (35) 20.14-134 (50)
Goals: Brisbane Lions: Jason Akermanis 5.2, Alastair Lynch 4, Blake Caracella 2, Jonathan Brown 2, Daniel Bradshaw, Craig McRae, Richard Hadley, Justin Leppitsch, Simon Black, Martin Pike, Shaun Hart. Collingwood: Alan Didak 3, Scott Burns 2, Shane Woewodin, Josh Fraser, Nathan Buckley, Chris Tarrant, Heath Scotland, Leon Davis, Paul Licuria.
Best: Brisbane Lions: Simon Black, Chris Johnson, Shaun Hart, Jason Akermanis, Alastair Lynch, Nigel Lappin. Collingwood: Nathan Buckley, Scott Burns, Josh Fraser, Ben Johnson, Paul Licuria, Alan Didak.
Umpires: Scott McBurney, Hayden Kennedy, Brett Allen (gold tops)
Norm Smith Medal: Simon Black (Brisbane Lions).
Report: From video, JONATHAN BROWN (Bri) for striking RHYCE SHAW (Col) during the second quarter. On October 7, Brown pleaded guilty to the charge and was suspended for two premiership matches.

Record 3.53 million watched AFL on TV ...
A record 3.53 million watched the 2003 AFL Grand Final on Saturday September 27 making it the most watched sporting event of the year. The peak viewing figure increased 108,787 on last year.

The 3,533,380 people who tuned to Network Ten's coverage were the biggest national audience of AFL footy since West Coast defeated Geelong in the 1994 Grand Final.

The game on Saturday also set a Melbourne record for the most watched Grand Final, peaking with an audience of 1.49 million.

In every capital city except Adelaide there were more viewers on average, than in 2002. Sydney recorded a peak figure of of 483,000 with an average of 352,212 viewers.

In Brisbane, the average audience jumped 200,000 compared with last year's figures.

Figures for the AFL were more than favourable when compared to those for the NRL grand final on Sunday night October 5.

The Channel Nine NRL telecast peaked at 513,000 in Melbourne, with an average of 489,000, but paled in comparision with the AFL Grand Final Final's 1,491,000 peak and 1,324,000 average.

The rugby league event peaked at 2,581,000 viewers nationally, compared to the AFL's 3,533,000 nationally. The AFL had a national average of 2,965,000, compared with the NRL's 2,315,000 – the difference of 650,000 representing 22 per cent.

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THE STATS THAT MATTER ...
<> The Brisbane Lions officially became the greatest side of the modern era in winning their third consecutive AFL premiership – the hat-trick was the first since Melbourne achieved it in 1955-56-57 ...

<> Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews enjoyed his eighth premiership success – four as coach, Collingwood 1990, Brisbane 2001-02-03 and four as a player with Hawthorn 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983
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<> previous clubs to win three or more consecutive VFL-AFL premierships –
Carlton, 1906-07-08
Collingwood, 1927-28-29-30
Melbourne, 1939-40-41
Melbourne 1955-56-57 ...

<> Brisbane achieved its hat-trick without winning a minor premiership – in 2001 and 2002 the Lions finished second on the ladder, this season they were third behind Port Adelaide and Collingwood ...

<> two Brisbane players added their names to the group who have won premierships with two League clubs –
Martin Pike, Kangaroos 1999, Brisbane 2001-002-03
Blake Caracella, Essendon 2000, Brisbane 2003 ...

<> Brisbane became the 18th VFL-AFL club to win a premiership by 50 points or more – most recent, Essendon in 2000 by 60 points, Carlton by 61 points in 1995, West Coast by 80 in 1994, Hawthorn by 53 in 1991 ...

<> Since its 1958 premiership Collingwood have played in 12 grand finals – losing 10, a draw in 1977 – with one win, the 1990 premiership under coach Leigh Matthews.

<> Brisbane's 50 point margin was its second-biggest against Collingwood – 52 points in 1998-R14-BCG is the biggest ...

<> Voting for the Norm Smith Medal resulted in Brisbane's Simon Black taking the honour with 15 votes from Clark Keating (Bri) 7, Jason Akermanis (Bri) 6, Mal Michael (Bri) 2. The panel voted –

Dennis Cometti (Channel 9) – Black 3, Keating 2, Akermanis 1
Bruce Eva (AFL Record) – Black 3, Akermanis 2, Keating 1
Gerard Healy (3AW) – Black 3, Michael 2, Keating 1
Robt DiPierdomenico (3AW) – Black 3, Akermanis 2, Keating 1
Mark Stevens (Herald Sun) – Black 3, Keating 2, Akermanis 1

<> for the first time in 107 seasons, umpires were not attired in white uniforms – they wore gold polo shirts and socks, with navy shorts ...

<> no new match records were noted ...

Grand Final crowd —

79,451 Collingwood v Brisbane Lions
6,351,644 2003 Total— (2002: 6,092,987)

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Martin Windsor-Black
Reflections on the Grand Final  ...
What a wonderful result - the first team to win 3 on the trot since Melbourne in 1955-57 - both beating Collingwood twice and Essendon once.

Some more stats from the Grand Final ...

<> Regarded as one of the greatest players to play the game, LEIGH MATTHEWS can now be regarded as one of the greatest coaches. In 2001, he became just the second person to win a premiership at three different clubs as player or coach (the other being Ron D. Barassi). This year Lethal became the only person to play 300+ games AND coach 300+ games. This weekend he has become the first person to coach 4 premiership sides in his first 4 grand finals. To top it off he now holds the record of the longest span between first and last premierships - (32 years between 1971 and 2003), beating greats Kevin Sheedy (31yrs), 'Checker' Hughes (28), Jock McHale (26), Norm Smith (25), David Parkin (24), Phonse Kyne (23), Malcolm Blight (23), Allan Jeans (23), Ron D. Barassi (22) and Reg Hickey (21).

With 32 years between his first and last Grand Final, Leigh Matthews has drawn level with Kevin Sheedy (1969-2001) and trails David Parkin (36 : 1963-1999) and Jock McHale (34: 1905-1939).

<> Brisbane have inflicted Collingwood's 25th Grand Final loss.
Brisbane have become the second team to win back-to-back premierships against Collingwood, following Melbourne's effort in 1955-56 when they won 3 in a row.
  Premierships      
1 Essendon

1901

1911

       
2 Fitzroy

1905

1922

       
3 Carlton

1915

1938

1970

1979

1981

 
4 South Melbourne

1918

         
5 Richmond

1920

1980

       
6 Geelong

1925

1937

1952

     
7 Melbourne

1926

1939

1955

1956

1960

1964

8 St.Kilda

1966

         
9 North Melbourne

1977

         
10 Brisbane

2002

2003        

<> Is it a September Grand Final Curse? Collingwood's have not won a September Grand Final since 1958 (v Melbourne). Since then they have played in 10 September Grand Finals for 9 losses (1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2002 and 2003) and one draw (1977).
*The 1977 replay and the 1990 Grand Final were played in October.

<> The Grand Final crowd of 79,451 is the lowest Grand Final crowd in September at the MCG since 1940 (ironically in the middle of Melbourne's first *three-peat*) (Ed: I prefer *hat-trick)

<> Since the introduction of the Premiership Cup in 1959, Brisbane are the first to three in a row.

Other interesting 'fast facts' from the Sunday Herald Sun ...
<> It was the 15th time that two clubs met in successive grand finals
<> Brisbane joins Carlton, Collingwood and Melbourne (twice) as clubs to win three flags in a row.
<> Collingwood (31) used one less player than Brisbane (32) in season 2003.
<> Brisbane and Collingwood both won 17 matches this year, two less than finals failure Port Adelaide
<> Brisbane's three Grand Final debutants take the number of VFL-AFL premiership players to 1295.
<> Saturday was Brisbane's 9th win from its past 11 games against Collingwood
<> Incredibly, Hart, Lappin, Leppitsch and White have played in every final Brisbane have contested.
<> Brisbane is the first team to lose a final yet still win the premiership since Adelaide in 1998
<> Seven Pies played every game - Johnson, Didak, Woewodin, O'Bree, Lokan, Lonie and Tarrant
<> Collingwood is the first team to lose back-to-back Grand Finals since Geelong in 1994-95 (Collingwood were the last to lose three in a row in 1980-81-82)
<> With the oldest player in the competition (Alastair Lynch), the average age of Brisbane's list is 23.6
<> Nathan Buckley led the AFL in kicks and inside 50s this year.
<> Buckley and Voss played one season together with the Brisbane Bears in 1993.
<> In each of the past four years that season's Brownlow medallist played in the Grand Final.
<> Blake Caracella is the 21st player to play in a premiership side with two different clubs (Martin Pike was the 20th on the list last year)
<> Martin Pike is one of 59 players to play in 4 or more premiership sides.
<> Brisbane has won 58 of its 76 matches since 2001.
<> It was Leigh Matthew's 11th Grand Final as a player or coach; it was Mick Malthouse's sixth.
<> December marks the start of Scot Palmer's 50th year in journalism.

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THEY SAID IT ...

ROBERT WALLS, The Age, September 29, 2003
I feel let down. I’ve been short-changed, fooled, duped and embarrassed. And I don’t even barrack for Collingwood. But I did tip it. And it did not give a yelp. Never, not once at any stage in the game, did the team that I put my faith in show some resolve.

This team took us for a ride. It had so much going for it. Twenty-two fit players, fine form, the all-important week off during the finals, and a travel schedule that was almost non-existent.

If ever a team was poised to perform on the big day, Collingwood was it. But grand finals are something else. You cannot pick and choose what you do on "the" day.

Quite simply, the Brisbane Lions did not and Collingwood did.

There is no point in beating around the bush. Brisbane did not flinch. Not once. Each and every Brisbane player put his body on the line when it was his turn to go. I’m talking supreme courage.

Last year in the big one, Mick Malthouse’s men were brave. They were entitled to shed a few tears after a narrow defeat. There were no tears shed late Saturday afternoon, and nor should there have been, because the team effort was disgraceful.

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PATRICK SMITH, The Australian, September 29, 2003
Collingwood were not courageous enough on Saturday. They were big-headed and bloated by their own importance. They presumed they would win. They presumed Brisbane were tired and sore. They presumed Brisbane were there for the taking. At 2.30pm, Collingwood thought they were part of a fairytale and the last chapter just a four-quarter jig.

But the Lions were nothing like they expected. They came to dance wearing knuckle-dusters and hobnail boots. Their tackles didn't stop Collingwood players, they blunted them. They either gathered in the loose balls or killed them on the spot. The Pies were shocked and took fright. Not one or two but too many.

Brisbane are the greatest team in AFL history. It is now a 16-team competition, with salary caps and drafts in place to squeeze the competition flat. Brisbane play out of Queensland, a developing football state and criss-cross the country every second week. And they have won three premierships in a row.

Collingwood were not courageous because they were unprepared, not because they were frightened.

Collingwood baulked at the unknown. Brisbane won because they claimed what they knew belonged to them and not something that would have been nice to have.

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MIKE SHEAHAN, Herald Sun, September 29, 2003

The Brisbane Lions FC has the best football team in almost 50 years, perhaps ever.

With due respect to the sensitivities of Collingwood and its supporters, we have been privileged to be able to watch Brisbane of 2001-03.

It's not just the three premierships. It's the awesome way the Lions play the game.

In three years, Brisbane has won 48 of 66 home-and-away games (plus one draw), representing a winning rate of better than 72 per cent.

Yet the real measure of this group is its finals record: nine out of 10 finals in that time.

The third flag has to be the most cherished of all. It proves the rare quality and durability of a team beautifully managed by Leigh Matthews, whose record is Barassi-esque, with four premierships as a player and now four as a coach (Barassi has 10).

The Lions have won three premierships with just 27 players.

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PATRICK FITZGERALD, *Crikey*, September 29, 2003
For Collingwood it must live with the shame of a final it gave away all too easily. But worse for some of them, they must learn to live with the fact that they will probably never get such a chance again. While also in the cold hard light of day, those who run the Magpies would do better to worry about them actually winning something as a football club and learn some humility where it isn’t about who’s got the biggest membership or makes the most money or pulls in the most sponsorship dollars.

Brisbane has none of those things going for it, but I will guarantee it touches more hearts in Queensland than Collingwood does in Victoria, and its football team has greater respect across the whole world of AFL than the Magpies can possibly lay claim to. So just what is it that is so great about the Collingwood Football Club that they must bore the socks off the rest of us telling us how great they really are?

Thanks to the Footystats website for the following info relating to Collingwood’s 12 day grand finals played since it won the 1958 premiership.

1 —1960 – v Melbourne (Lost)
2 —1964 – v Melbourne (Lost)
3 —1966 – v St Kilda (Lost)
4 —1970 – v Carlton (Lost)
5 —1977 – v North Melb (Draw)
6 —1977 – v North Melb (replay - Lost)
7 —1979 – v Carlton (Lost)
8 —1980 – v Richmond (Lost)
9 —1981 – v Carlton (Lost)
10 –1990 – v Essendon (WON)
11 –2002 – v Brisbane (Lost)
12 –2003 – v Brisbane (Lost)


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3AW's Graeme Bond delivered all the omens to his breakfast audience on Friday morning ...

The NUMBER 3:–
Everywhere I look I see things in THREES or the NUMBER 3 –
Does this mean that Brisbane are going to WIN 3 IN A ROW ...

On Monday night we had 3 Brownlow Medallists Buckley Goodes and Ricciuto – Brisbane skipper MICHAEL VOSS wears Number 3.

Brisbane finished 3rd on the ladder.

This is of course the Year 2003

Saturday is the THIRD time for the season they will play Collingwood at the MCG.
They lost just 3 games at "home" this season.
Their coach Leigh Matthews played over 200 games for Hawthorn in Number 3.

Brisbane have 3 Brownlow medallists in their side -- Voss, Akermanis and Black.
They have 3 of this years all Australians: Voss , Leppitsch and Lappin.
They have 3 aboriginals in the team Chris Johnson , Darryl White and Ashley McGrath.
They have 3 players who played with the Fitzroy Lions Alastair Lynch , Chris Johnson and Martin Pike.
They have 3 players with Brothers at other AFL clubs Voss , Power and McGrath.

They have 3 Players with Brothers on the list who have premiership medals Clark Keating's brother Aaron played in the Crows flag side of 1997 and of course the Scott brothers each have a brother with premiership medallions That makes 3.

They have 3 players in the side who are 30 years of age.

They have 1 player in the side who has played just 3 games -- RICHARD HADLEE.

They have only 3 players who have played all 25 games this season -- Black, Copeland and Power.

They have 1 player Martin Pike with 3 Premiership Medallions.

They have 3 players in the side with just 1 premiership medallion: Copeland, Bradshaw,Caracella.

Their Coach LEIGH MATTHEWS has coached 3 premierships.

His support staff JOHN BLAKEY and GARY O'DONNELL have three premiership medals between them.

Mal Michael is set to play his 133rd game
Martin Pike his 213th
Michael Voss his 223rd
Daryl White his 243rd
Shaun Hart his 253rd
and
Alastair Lynch his 293rd

Even Collingwood has 3 players on their list who played with Brisbane – Buckley, Molloy and O'Bree.

Other things of Note:

The last side to win 3 straight flag Melbourne in 1955-56-57 had wins over Essendon and Collingwood twice. Brisbane have had wins over Essendon once and Collingwood once ...

There you are 3 OMENS …

Graeme Bond
3AW Sports

September 27




Ladder after Round 22
W L D F A % Total
1 PORT ADELAIDE 18 4 2229 1752 127.2 72
2 COLLINGWOOD 15 7 2259 1858 121.6 60
3 BRISBANE 14 7 1 2295 1882 121.9 58
4 SYDNEY 14 8 2142 1862 115.0 56
5 FREMANTLE 14 8 2143 2078 103.1 56
6 ADELAIDE 13 9 2114 1754 120.5 52
7 WEST COAST 12 8 2 2326 1982 117.4 52
8 ESSENDON 13 9 2190 1960 111.7 52
9 Hawthorn 12 10 2011 1999 100.6 48
10 Kangaroos 11 10 1 2185 2223 98.3 44
11 St Kilda 11 11 2095 2187 95.8 44
12 Geelong 7 14 1 1819 2025 89.8 30
13 Richmond 7 15 1846 2078 88.8 28
14 Melbourne 5 17 1899 2344 81.0 20
15 Carlton 4 18 1784 2674 66.7 16
16 West.B'dogs 3 18 1 2014 2693 74.8 14

Positions after Finals
2003 FINAL PREMIERSHIP LADDER
Following a number of queries, the AFL wishes to advise that the final premiership ladder for 2003 will see Sydney finish in third position and Port Adelaide in fourth position. As such, for the purposes of the 2003 National AFL Draft, for picks in reverse premiership table order, Port Adelaide will pick before Sydney and the two clubs contesting this year's Grand Final.

Sydney officially finishes in third position due its victory over Port Adelaide in the first Qualifying Final, which is covered by rule 2.10 (a) in the AFL Rules and Regulations:
'The Club with the fewer number of defeats in the Finals Series shall be placed higher than the Club with the greater number of defeats;" –
AFL news release, Sept 29.

P W L D F A
1 BRISBANE LIONS 26 17 8 1 2704 2170
2 COLLINGWOOD 25 17 8 2521 2111
3 SYDNEY 24 15 9 2298 2050
4 PORT ADELAIDE 25 19 6 2468 2008
5 ADELAIDE 24 14 10 2309 1935
6 ESSENDON 24 14 10 2335 2100
7 FREMANTLE 23 14 9 2200 2179
8 WEST COAST 23 12 9 2 2383 2095



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Week 4, Finals 2003

BRISBANE LIONS 20.14-134 (Akermanis 5.2, Lynch 4, Caracella 2, Brown 2), best, Black, Keating, Akermanis, COLLINGWOOD 12.12-84 (Didak 3, Burns 2) best, Fraser, Buckley, Woewodin.
Saturday at MCG: 79,451.


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TRAVELLIN' — SEASON 2003
1 R1-S Port Adelaide v WCE Lost, 48pts 0/1
2 R1(n)-Hom Carlton v Syd Lost, 74pts 0/2
3 R1(n)-BCG Essendon v Bri Lost, 43pts 0/3
4 R1-FP Fremantle v Ade Lost, 56pts 0/4
5 R2-Dok Adelaide v StK Lost, 8pts 0/5
6 R2(n)-S Sydney v Fre Lost, 26pts 0/6
7 R2(n)-FP Brisbane v PA WON, 10pts 1/7
8 R2-YPL West Coast v Haw Lost, 2pts 1/8
9 R3-S St Kilda v WCE Lost, 70pts 1/9
10 R3(n)-Dok Brisbane v Kan DRAW 1/10
11 R3(n)-FP Hawthorn v PA Lost, 57pts 1/11
12 R3-SCG Adelaide v Syd WON, 27pts 2/12
13 R3-MCG Fremantle v Rch Lost, 48pts 2/13
14 R4(n)-BCG Collingwood v Bri Lost, 14pts 2/14
15 R4(n)-MCG Sydney v Haw Lost, 42pts 2/15
16 R4-FP West Coast v Ade Lost, 33pts 2/16
17 R4-PP Port Adelaide v Car WON, 30pts 3/17
18 R4-S Kangaroos v Fre Lost, 45pts 3/18
19 R5(n)-SCG Melbourne v Syd Lost, 24pts 3/19
20 R5-BCG West.B'dogs v Bri Lost, 27pts 3/20
21 R6(n)-Dok Adelaide v Kan WON, 54pts 4/21
22 R6-MCG West Coast v Mel WON, 33pts 5/22
23 R6(n)-Dok Sydney v Col WON, 20pts 6/23
24 R6(n)-FP Richmond v PA Lost, 27pts 6/24
25 R6-KP Brisbane v Gee WON, 14pts 7/25
26 R6-S Essendon v Fre Lost, 31pts 7/26
27 R7-S Geelong v WCE Lost, 16pts 7/27
28 R7(n)-FP Collingwood v Ade WON, 5pts 8/28
29 R7-SCG Brisbane v Syd Lost, 19pts 8/29
30 R7-MCG Port Adelaide v Mel Lost, 27pts 8/30
31 R7-Dok Fremantle v WB WON, 83pts 9/31
32 R8(n)-Dok West Coast v Col WON, 16pts 10/32
33 R8-FP Kangaroos v PA Lost, 54pts 10/33
34 R8(n)-BCG Adelaide v Bri Lost, 18pts 10/34
35 R8-SCG Geelong v Syd Lost, 39pts 10/35
36 R8-S St Kilda v Fre Lost, 41pts 10/36
37 R9(n)-Dok Port Adelaide v Ess WON, 50pts 11/37
38 R9-PP Brisbane v Car WON, 77pts 12/38
39 R9-MCG Fremantle v Mel WON, 30pts 13/39
40 R9(n)-S Richmond v WCE Lost, 52pts 13/40
41 R9-Man Sydney v Kan Lost, 25pts 13/41
42 R9-FP West.B'dogs v Ade Lost, 16pts 13/42
43 R10(n)-FP Collingwood v PA Lost, 25pts 13/43
44 R10-S Carlton v Fre Lost, 28pts 13/44
45 R10(n)-MCG Sydney v Rch WON, 32pts 14/45
46 R10(n)-BCG Melbourne v Bri Lost, 60pts 15/46
47 R10-KP Adelaide v Gee WON, 17pts 15/47
48 R10-Dok West Coast v Ess Lost, 22pts 15/48
49 R11-MCG Adelaide v Haw Lost, 5pts 15/49
50 R11(n)-Dok Brisbane v StK Lost, 5pts 15/50
51 R11(n)-Hom Essendon v Syd Lost, 54pts 15/51
52 R11-FP Fremantle v PA Lost, 49pts 15/52
53 R11-S West.B'dogs v WCE DRAW 15/53
54 R12-YPL Port Adelaide v StK WON, 42pts 16/54
55 R12(n)-SCG West.B'dogs v Syd Lost, 64pts 16/55
56 R12(n)-S Geelong v Fre Lost, 16pts 16/56
57 R12-BCG West Coast v Bri WON, 69pts 17/57
58 R12-FP Melbourne v Ade Lost, 73pts 17/58
59 R13-FP Sydney v PA Lost, 39pts 17/59
60 R13(n)-BCG Richmond v Bri Lost, 43pts 17/60
61 R13-YPL Fremantle v Haw Lost, 30pts 17/61
62 R13-PP Adelaide v Car WON, 42pts 18/62
63 R13-S Kangaroos v WCE Lost, 9pts 18/63
64 R14-S Brisbane v Fre Lost, 3pts 18/64
65 R14(n)-FP Richmond v Ade Lost, 28pts 18/65
66 R14-SCG West Coast v Syd Lost, 8pts 18/66
67 R14-KP Port Adelaide v Gee Lost, 1 pt 18/67
68 R15(n)-FP Essendon v Ade Lost, 41pts 18/68
69 R15-MCG Fremantle v Col Lost, 41pts 18/69
70 R15(n)-SCG St Kilda v Syd Lost, 51pts 18/70
71 R15(n)-S Carlton v WCE Lost, 116pts 18/71
72 R15-BCG Hawthorn v Bri Lost, 12pts 18/72
73 R15-Dok Port Adelaide v WB WON, 15pts 19/73
74 R16-PP Sydney v Car WON, 31pts 20/74
75 R16(n)-Dok Brisbane v Ess Lost, 8pts 20/75
76 R16(n)-FP West Coast v PA Lost, 64pts 20/76
77 R16-S Adelaide v Fre Lost, 1 pt 20/77
78 R17(n)-S Hawthorn v WCE Lost, 56pts 20/78
79 R17(n)-BCG Port Adelaide v Bri WON, 1 pt 21/79
80 R17-SCG Fremantle v Syd Lost, 14pts 21/80
81 R17-FP St Kilda v Ade Lost, 57pts 21/81
82 R18-S Richmond v Fre Lost, 23pts 21/82
83 R18(n)-BCG Kangaroos v Bri Lost, 54pts 21/83
84 R18-FP Sydney v Ade Lost, 4pts 21/84
85 R18-MCG Port Adelaide v Haw WON, 4pts 22/85
86 R18-Dok West Coast v StK Lost, 61pts 22/86
87 R19-MCG Brisbane v Col WON, 39pts 23/87
88 R19-S Adelaide v WCE WON, 24pts 24/88
89 R19(n)-SCG Hawthorn v Syd WON, 17pts 25/89
90 R19-FP Carlton v PA Lost, 44pts 26/90
91 R19-MCG Fremantle v Kan WON, 1 pt 27/91
92 R20(n)-Dok Adelaide v Col Lost, 37pts 27/92
93 R20-KP West Coast v Gee DRAW 27/93
94 R20(n)-FP Melbourne v PA Lost, 14pts 27/94
95 R20-BCG Sydney v Bri WON, 14pts 28/95
96 R20-S West.B'dogs v Fre Lost, 56pts 28/96
97 R21-Dok Fremantle v Ess Lost, 60pts 28/97
98 R21-FP Kangaroos v Ade WON, 10pts 29/98
99 R21(n)-BCG Geelong v Bri Lost, 37pts 29/99
100 R21(n)-Hom Collingwood v Syd WON, 18pts 30/100
101 R21-Dok Port Adelaide v Rch WON, 20pts 31/101
102 R21-S Melbourne v WCE Lost, 52pts 31/102
103 R22-MCG Sydney v Mel WON, 34pts 32/103
104 R22-(n)-Dok Brisbane v WB WON, 84pts 33/104
105 1EF(n)-S Essendon v Fre WON, 44pts 34/105
106 2EF-FP West Coast v Ade Lost, 56pts 34/106
107 2QF(n)-MCG Brisbane v Col Lost, 15pts 34/107
108 1QF-FP Sydney v PA WON, 12pts 35/108
109 2SF(n)-BCG Adelaide v Bri Lost, 42pts 36/109
110 1SF(n)-FP Essendon v PA Lost, 39pts 36/110
111 1PF-MCG Port Adelaide v Col Lost, 44pts 36/111
112 2PF(n)-Hom Brisbane v Syd WON, 44pts 37/112
113 GF-MCG Brisbane v Col WON, 50pts 38/113

Consecutive matches
after 2003 Round 22 + Finals

155 – Adem YZE (Melbourne) since 1997-R8 – 15+25+22+25+22+24+22
133 – Simon BEAUMONT (Carlton) since 1998-R9 – 14+26+25+24+22+22
132 – Jared CROUCH (Syd) since debut, 1998-R7 – 18+23+22+23+22+24
131 – Joel BOWDEN (Richmond) since 1998-R5 – 18+22+22+25+22+22

111

– Ben GRAHAM (Gee) since 1999-R1 – 22+23+22+22+22

108

– Andrew KELLAWAY (Rch) since 1999-R6 – 17+22+25+22+22

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In the Goals — 2003 Games Goals GF Total
Score
Matthew LLOYD (Essendon) 22 93 x 93.30-588
Alastair LYNCH (Brisbane) 22 78 4.2 78.36-504
David NEITZ (Melbourne) 22 65 x 65.28-418
Barry HALL (Sydney) 24 64 x 64.35-419
Brendan FEVOLA (Carlton) 22 63 x 63.45-423
Phillip MATERA (West Coast) 19 62 x 62.27-399
Warren TREDREA (Port Adel) 23 58 x 59.36-384
Nathan BROWN (West.B'dogs) 22 56 x 56.51-387
Fraser GEHRIG (St Kilda) 21 55 x 55.34-364
Chris TARRANT (Collingwood) 25 54 1.2 54.44-368
Paul MEDHURST (Fremantle) 23 50 x 50.30-320
Anthony ROCCA (Collingwood) 24 45 susp 45.29-299
Byron PICKETT (Port Adel) 25 43 x 43.25-283
Brad JOHNSON (West.B'dogs) 22 42 x 42.23-275
Russell ROBERTSON (Melbourne) 22 41 x 41.29-275
Michael O'LOUGHLIN (Sydney) 16 41 x 41.20-266
Damian CUPIDO (Essendon) 23 39 x 39.23-257
Shaun BURGOYNE (Port Adel) 25 39 x 39.17-251
Justin LONGMUIR (Fremantle) 22 38 x 38.29-257
Nathan THOMPSON (Hawthorn) 15 38 x 38.15-243
Matthew PAVLICH (Fremantle) 23 37 x 37.30-252
Angelo LEKKAS (Hawthorn) 21 37 x 37.11-233
Alan DIDAK (Collingwood) 25 36 3.1 36.22-238
Brad GREEN (Melbourne) 21 35 x 35.19-229
Jade RAWLINGS (Hawthorn) 22 34 x 34.32-236
Matthew RICHARDSON (Richmond) 19 33 x 33.34-232
Kent KINGSLEY (Geelong) 15 33 x 33.21-219
Leigh HARDING (Kangaroos) 18 33 x 33.14-212
Nick DAVIS (Sydney) 24 32 x 32.19-211
Andrew EMBLEY (West Coast) 19 31 x 31.19-205
Ashley SAMPI (West Coast) 21 31 x 31.18-204
Adam SCHNEIDER (Sydney) 24 30 x 30.23-203
Nick RIEWOLDT (St Kilda) 22 30 x 30.17-197
Graham JOHNCOCK (Adelaide) 23 30 x 30.17-197


EVERY ROUND, EVERY GAME OF SEASON 2003

MATCH REVIEW ARCHIVE
Round One, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, Round 6, Round 7,
Round 8, Round 9, Round 10, Round 11, Round 12, Round 13,
Round 14, Round 15,  Round 16, Round 17, Round 18, Round 19,
Round 20, Round 21, Round 22, Elim & Qual, 1st & 2nd Prelim,
Grand Final


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THE ROAD TO THE FINALS

  ADE BRI CAR COL
R16 Fre (S) - L 1 Ess (Dok) N - L 8 Syd (PP) - L 31 Rch (MCG) N - W 69
R17 StK (FP) - W 57 PA (BCG) N - L 1 Col (MCG) - L 73 Car (MCG) - W 73
R18 Syd (FP) - W 4 Kan (BCG) N - W 54 Ess (MCG) - L 34 Gee (Dok) N - W 24
R19 WCE (S) - W 24 Col (MCG) - W 39 PA (FP) - L 44 Bri (MCG) - L 39
R20 Col (Dok) N - L 37 Syd (BCG) - L 14 StK (PP) - L 91 Ade (Dok) N - W 37
R21 Kan (FP) - L 10 Gee (BCG) N - W 37 Haw (MCG) N - L 74 Syd (Hom) N - W 18
R22 PA (FP) - L 16 WB (Dok) N - W 84 Kan (Dok) - L 124 Ess (MCG) N - W 16
EQF WCE (FP) - W 56 Col (MCG) - L 15 x Bri (MCG) - W 15
SF Bri (BCG - L 42 Ade (BCG) - W 42 x x
PF x Syd (Hom) - W 44 x PA (MCG) - W 44
GF x Col (MCG) - L 50 x Bri (MCG) - W 50

  ESS FRE GEE HAW
R16 Bri (Dok) N - W 8 Ade (S) - W 1 WB (KP) - L 18 Mel (MCG) - W 7
R17 Mel (MCG) - W 17 Syd (SCG) - L 14 Kan (Man) - L 18 WCE (S) N - L 56
R18 Car (MCG) - W 34 Rch (S) - W 23 Col (Dok) N - L 24 PA (MCG) - L 4
R19 WB (Dok) - W 67 Kan (MCG) - W 1 Mel (MCG) N - W 39 Syd (SCG) N - W 17
R20 Rch (MCG) - W 39 WB (S) - W 56 WCE (KP) - DRAW Kan (Dok) N - W 14
R21 Fre (Dok) - W 60 Ess (Dok) - L 60 Bri (BCG) - L 37 Car (MCG) N - W 74
R22 Col (MCG) N - L 16 WCE (S) N - W 14 StK (KP) - W 19 Rch (MCG) - W 4
EQF Fre (S) - W 44 Ess (S) - L 44 x x
SF PA (FP) - L 39 x x x

  KAN MEL PA RCH
R16 StK (Dok) - L 5 Haw (MCG) - L 7 WCE (FP) N - W 64 Col (MCG) N - L 69
R17 Gee (Man) - W 18 Ess (MCG) - L 17 Bri (BCG) N - W 1 WB (Dok) N - W 60
R18 Bri (BCG) N - L 54 WB (Dok) N - L 21 Haw (MCG) - W 4 Fre (S) - L 23
R19 Fre (MCG) - L 1 Gee (MCG) N - L 39 Car (FP) - W 44 StK (Dok) N - L 80
R20 Haw (Dok) N - L 14 PA (FP) N - L 14 Mel (FP) N - W 14 Ess (MCG) - L 39
R21 Ade (FP) - W 10 WCE (S) - L 52 Rch (Dok) - W 20 PA (Dok) - L 20
R22 Car (Dok) - W 124 Syd (MCG) - L 34 Ade (FP) - W 16 Haw (MCG) - L 4
EQF x x Syd (FP) - L 12 x
SF x x Ess (FP) - W 39 x
PF x x Col (MCG) - L 44 x

  STK SYD WCE WB
R16 Kan (Dok) - W 5 Car (PP) - W 31 PA (FP) N - L 64 Gee (KP) - W 18
R17 Ade (FP) - L 57 Fre (SCG) - W14 Haw (S) N - W 56 Rch (Dok) N - L 60
R18 WCE (Dok) - W 61 Ade (FP) - L 4 StK (Dok) - L 61 Mel (Dok) N - W 21
R19 Rch (Dok) N - W 80 Haw (SCG) N - L 17 Ade (S) - L 24 Ess (Dok) - L 67
R20 Car (PP) - W 91 Bri (BCG) - W 14 Gee (KP) - DRAW Fre (S) - L 56
R21 WB (YPL) - W 75 Col (Hom) N - L 18 Mel (S) - W 52 StK (YPL) - L 75
R22 Gee (KP) - L 19 Mel (MCG) - W 34 Fre (S) N - L 14 Bri (Dok) N - L 84
EQF x PA (FP) - W 12 Ade (FP) - L 56 x
SF x x x x
PF x Bri (Hom) - L 44 x x

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