Super proud of the boys, the effort they displayed for the 80 minutes. Collingwood could not rebound the ensuing kick-in, and the siren sounded to give West Coast a 5-point win. Chaired by Gavin Wanganeen, the voters and their choices were as follows:, The teams were announced on 27 September 2018. Devastating line speed, even at this stage. For only the second time in history, and first time since 1937, scores were level at three-quarter time of a Grand Final.. 67min: Roberts is limping but isn’t leaving the field. And with that, I shall bid my own farewell, albeit significantly lacking in the same level of gravitas. This time from within his own 10m and motoring up to half-way before he’s brought down by Escare. De Goey broke the drought with his second goal of the afternoon, restoring Collingwood's lead to a relatively comfortable 23 points. It is regarded as one of the greatest Grand Finals of all time, and one of the greatest games in AFL history; finishing 1st on the AFL's 50 greatest games of the last 50 years in 2020. And it’s a bit like seeing your dad cry. 68min: Scratch that, Declan Patton is now on. Collingwood's final score of the game, a behind, came from Hoskin-Elliott in the 22nd minute. , The umpiring panel, comprising three field umpires, four boundary umpires, two goal umpires and an emergency in each position is given below.. The Storm qualified for their third-straight grand final, replicating the milestone they achieved in 2006, 2007 and 2008. All rights reserved. A very early goal to Kennedy inside the first minute of the quarter reduced the margin to six points, before tall forward Mason Cox kicked a goal in the fifth minute to restore Collingwood's two-goal lead. 59min: The Williams-Davies connection again nearly paid off for Wigan. As pre-match entertainment, the Black Eyed Peas performed a number of their hit singles, including "Where Is the Love? West Coast attacked again from the ensuing centre clearance; Darling dropped an uncontested mark almost on the goal-line, and Collingwood managed to force a behind to extend the margin to 5 points inside the final minute. The defence was outstanding that’s what you need in games like this. I’m not sure that Roberts was even expecting that, given he was the secondary option, at best. Despite this, the club produced its best season since 2011, finishing third. Warrington’s energy has been slowly sapped over the last 10 minutes, that Wigan vice slowly turned. Sydney and Melbourne last played each other in the finals in 2015, where the fourth-placed Storm defeated the minor-premiership winning Roosters 20–18 in the first week of the finals. Warrington are close. Full credit to the boys inside of me, I just had to put the ball down. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t look likely. With the Warrington line so, so static, the full-back just made a step, shimmied, droped the shoulder and cantered 20m through centrefield to within 20m but then Warrington surrendered the ball. 64min: Murdoch-Masila has had a quiet half with the ball in hand and he makes. Tomkins’ bad night with the boot continues. Have a good evening, one and all. Cox scored his second goal at the seven-minute mark to extend the margin back to 11 points, and Kennedy responded with his third goal 90 seconds later to bring the deficit back to 5 points. “From where we were 12 months ago, we can take some heart of how far we’ve come. Sydney and Melbourne finished first and second on the premiership ladder respectively, making up a top four in which all teams (together with the South Sydney and Cronulla-Sutherland) finished on 34 points. 60min: Biiiiiiiiiiiiig tackle from Clark stops Bateman in full flight on the 2nd tackle. Wigan are your 2018 Super League champions. He also has a bandage on. The grand final attendance of 100,022 people was the largest crowd since the 1986 Grand Final. Having a double home game advantage, both teams defeated the third-placed Rabbitohs and fourth-placed Sharks to earn a week off from the semi finals and a place into the grand final. The grand final would be Billy Slater's final game before his retirement after playing 319 first grade games in the NRL, becoming the 16th player to finish their career playing over 300 games at one club. In the 21st minute, a pivotal moment in the match occurred: Adams attempted to clear the ball from Collingwood's backline with a dangerous miskick which went towards Stephenson at centre half-back. He had Roberts on his shoulder, Ratchford wide open to his right but his pass was forward. As premiership winners, the Sydney Roosters qualified to play in the 2019 World Club Challenge. Wigan are held up 20m out but they’re going for the kill. Unlucky. Tomkins’ pass had a little too much heat on it. , With 11 votes out of a maximum possible 12, Luke Shuey was awarded the Norm Smith Medal, after collecting 34 disposals, eight clearances and a crucial second-quarter goal. Game over. But, deary, dear Roberts knocks on and all that hard work was for nothing. The perfect way for me to finish.  The match was contested between minor premiers the Sydney Roosters and defending premiers the Melbourne Storm. Available for everyone, funded by readers. ... Having come back from two years of constant injury problems to score two tries and win a Grand Final, you can understand why. The award was presented by 2001 Norm Smith medallist Shaun Hart. , Beaten by Greater Western Sydney in the previous season's semi-final, West Coast recorded its best season in three years, with a 16–6 win–loss record, to finish second on the ladder. 70min: Wigan have a penalty 45m out with Thompson all over the ball after tackling Bateman. West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy had the first score of the game—a behind—before the Magpies scored the first five goals of the game. In front of a crowd of 82,688, Sydney won the match 21–6 to claim their 14th premiership title and their first since 2013. The 2018 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2018 National Rugby League season and was played on Sunday September 30 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. Nathan Vardy kicked a goal at the three-minute mark to bring the deficit back to 6 points. Wigan are your 2018 Super League champions. All a bit scrappy. 61min: Escare has a bandage on and collects Roberts’ kick forward to start Wigan’s set. The 2018 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2018 National Rugby League season and was played on Sunday September 30 at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. The 2018 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 29 September 2018. 74min: Not ideal for Warrington with Ratchford taking a high-ish, but legal, tackle from Sutton. He looks to be okay but is a little stunned. 67min: And then Murdoch-Masila in more space, on the charge! Wigan with the finesse and that absolutely tough-as-teak defence which Warrington, with all their endeavour, just couldn’t stretch consistently enough. Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary was awarded the Clive Churchill Medalas the game's official … Their set was followed by singer Jimmy Barnes, who started his performance with a rendition of "Flame Trees". 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We could have executed better in stages but credit to Wigan. , The presentation ceremony following the match was the most watched television program in Australia for the 2018 calendar year, marking the fifth year running the AFL Grand Final topped television viewership, with 2.62 million viewers in the five largest Australian metropolitan cities. West Coast and Collingwood traded goals in the third quarter. Roberts didn’t want to go but he can barely walk, let alone run. And here’s Aaron Bower’s report from Old Trafford... Sean O’Loughlin carries the trophy over to his teammates and hoists it into the air. Daniel Tupou, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Boyd Cordner, and Mitchell Aubusson were the last remaining members from their 2013 premiership winning squad, while Frank-Paul Nu'uausala wasn't selected to play. Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk played in his eighth grand final, after playing all seven previous grand finals for the Storm; he equalled Steve Menzies in becoming the fourth most-capped NRL player in history; he also became the first player to win back-to-back premierships with different clubs since Johnny Mayes accomplished the feat in 1973 with Manly-Warringah then 1974 with Eastern Suburbs. , Collingwood dominated most of the opening quarter. Patton then loses it on the following tackle. West Coast scored two late goals in the final coupl… Having come back from two years of constant injury problems to score two tries and win a Grand Final, you can understand why. , The second quarter was a low-scoring affair, with only two behinds scored during the first twenty minutes of the quarter: one from West Coast's Mark Hutchings at the four-minute mark, and a rushed behind to Collingwood almost eighteen minutes into the term. Warrington were trying to force the issue on defence, committing men and the French full-back galloped clear off Tomkins’ inside ball. Davies drills a kick inside Charnley and Davies is bearing down on the Warrington wing but he just about gets the ball out of play. They’re going for it. Relive the action and colour as Eagles win a thriller The club had reached the preliminary finals in 2014, 2015, and 2017, yet were denied a grand final berth on each occasion when they were defeated by the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys, respectively. Do the Wire have the craft to get through the Wigan defence. Unbelievable.  Mike Brady performed "Up There Cazaly", his own traditional grand final song, while the national anthem was sung by Mahalia Barnes, Jimmy Barnes' daughter. Collingwood dominated most of the opening quarter. West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy had the first score of the game—a behind—before the Magpies scored the first five goals of the game. Shaun Wane is struggling to summon any words. The judiciary cleared Slater of any wrongdoing, presenting him with the opportunity to win a grand final in the final game of his illustrious career. You don’t get many chances and you have to take them.”. Tomkins is being hugged. They rebounded to defeat Greater Western Sydney in the second semi-final by ten points, then had an upset win against reigning premiers Richmond by 39 points in the preliminary final to advance to the grand final.. Dom Manfredi scored two tries as Wigan bid farewell to iconic coach Shaun Wane and Sam Tomkins with a 12-4 Grand Final success over Warrington, Sat 13 Oct 2018 15.36 EDT But, as in the opening quarter, the Eagles scored two late goals: one from Hutchings at the 22-minute mark, and the other from Luke Shuey at the 26-minute mark, to reduce Collingwood's lead to only twelve points at half time..