In the lead up to this Saturday’s big clash, we go back over the history books and list our top five best Grand Finals ever.
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5. 1977 – Collingwood 10.16 (76) drew North Melbourne 9.22 (76)
It had been 19 years since Collingwood last won the premiership and the Magpies had taken part in four losing Grand Finals in that time period.
Coached by the legendary Tom Hafey, Collingwood went out to bury the ‘Colliwobbles’ curse and had turned the side from wooden spooners to a spot in the Grand Final in the space of 12 months.
Hafey’s side went into the final quarter with a healthy 27-point point lead before a remarkable comeback saw North Melbourne lead by a goal in the dying stages of the match.
With 40 seconds left to play in the final term, Collingwood’s Ross Dunne kicked a goal to even the scores.
Sure enough, the siren sounded to mark just the second drawn Grand Final in the competition’s then 81-year history.
The two sides then met again in the replay the following week, with North Melbourne continuing Collingwood’s misery with a 27-point victory.