AFL Grand Final Draw and Replay

Footy fans who joined us at the Buffalo Gap on Friday night witnessed an historic event that will be remembered for decades to come, as it has in the previous two occasions when the Grand Final resulted in a draw. The first Grand Final draw took place in 1948 when Essendon drew with Melbourne in front of 85,658 fans. The second occasion occurred in 1979 when Collinwood drew with North Melbourne. Players were strewn in disbelieving exhaustion across the hallowed turf of the MCG watched by 108,224 fans standing in unconscionable shock. Whether it is next week, next year or twenty years from now you will remember, the 2010 Grand Final battle that occurred at the MCG; the game that epitomized the ethos of Australian sporting heroes. Each team came out with “guns a blazin”, each taking the fight to the other, and although Collingwood got off to a quick start in the first quarter, it was St. Kilda’s steely resolve that kept them in contention throughout a low scoring affair. Memorable moments of this hard fought game will include Collingwood’s Alan Didak goal from the boundary line, the high flying last quarter grab by St. Kilda’s Brendan Goddard which resulted in an uplifting goal ,and the tenacious play of Lenny Hayes whose performance of 32 disposals, 12 tackles, five clearances, and five inside-50s earned him best on ground performance. Many of the players that represented St. Kilda and Collingwood this last week will, too, become legends of the game.

On behalf of the Portland Power Football club I would like to thank you for your attendance at the Buffalo Gap last Friday night. For the second year in a row we sold out the Attic and in the process raised approximately $1,500 that will go directly to covering the costs of us sending the Portland Power to the USAFL National Tournament for the very first time. Many Thanks to our sponsors: The Buffalo Gap, Widmer, Grant Laughlin – Laughlin Electric LLC, John Gawlista – Professional Grounds Management, Inc. and Guayaki Yerba Mate.

We are working closely with AFANA to determine how and when the AFL Grand Final Replay will be broadcast here in the US. Our commitment to Australian Football Fans here in Portland and the surrounding areas is to provide a venue that will allow us all to enjoy the highest , fastest, toughest and most skillful game in the world. As soon as we have worked out the details of the event, we will let you know. Until Friday night!!