Essendon won the 2000 premiership and were looking to go back to back in 2001. They finished on top of the ladder ahead of Brisbane but only on percentage. But going into the match, Brisbane were confident after winning 15 consecutive games leading up to the grand final. It was a question on whether the experience of Essendon would prevail or would it be the hungry Lions who were in their first ever grand final in the lions colours.
Brisbane’s first half saw woeful goal kicking with 5 goal 10 points saw Essendon in the lead with more accurate kicking 8 goals 6 points. Brisbane managed to over run Essendon in the second cards and became more accurate, converting 10 goals 8 points to run out victors 108 points to 82 points.
It was the closest Grand Final since Hawthorn beat Geelong by six points in 1989. And, according to the footy world it was the best Grand Final since ’89 and a period in which the average margin from 1990-2000 was 46 points.
Norm Smith Medallist – Shaun Hart
Brisbane: C Johnson, J Leppitsch, D White
Essendon: G Moorcroft, M Lloyd, S Alessio
Brisbane: B Scott, C Scott, M Ashcroft
Essendon: J Hird, S Lucas, D Rioli
Brisbane: M Pike, J Akermanis, M Voss, R Copeland
Essendon: S Wellman, A Ramanauskas, C Heffernan, B Caracella
Brisbane: S Hart, J Brown, L Power
Essendon: M Johnson, D Solomon, D Hardwick
Brisbane: A Lynch, D Bradshaw
Essendon: D Fletcher, D Jacobs
Brisbane: C Keating, S Black, N Lappin
Essendon: J Barnes, J Johnson, J Misiti
Brisbane: C McRae, T Notting, M Michael, B McDonald
Essendon: M Mercuri, M McVeigh, J Blumfield, P Barnard