FINAL: Saturday September 29th 2007
The AFL Grand Final is the annual
Australian Rules football match, traditionally held at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground to determine the Australian
Football League premiership champions for that year.
Australian Football is a game unique to Australia and
played nationally although its spiritual home is in
Melbourne - the game is a highly energetic, highly
entertaining, fast paced, athletic and bruising
encounter between 2 teams of 18 players.
The Australian Rules Football Grand
Final has become culturally significant to Australia,
spawning a number of traditions and surrounding
activities which have grown in popularity since the VFL/AFL
went national in the 1980s, the yearly Grand Final
Parade through the streets of Melbourne attract huge
crowds of Footy fans. In 2006, an independent survey
concluded that the AFL Grand Final became Australia's
most important sporting event, with the largest
attendance, television audience and overall interest of
any annual Australian sporting event.