St Kilda then gained the ascendancy in the middle part of the quarter, asserting an advantage in the midfield (partly through the influence of Lenny Hayes who tallied 11 touches and a goal in the first term) and stopping Geelong's rebound. However, the Saints scored three goals in the final minute of play with the second and third goal both coming within 5 seconds after Darren Milburn showed demonstrative abuse to the goal umpire to end the quarter taking a six-point lead into half time: Clinton Jones roved a pack to snap a goal from the pocket with about ninety seconds remaining; Justin Koschitzke got his boot to a broken marking contest in the goal square to score a goal with only twelve seconds left; and an angry Darren Milburn, believing (incorrectly, according to replays) that he had touched Koschitzke's kick off the boot, gave away an additional free kick on the goal-line for abusing the goal umpire.
This was the first time that St Kilda and Geelong had met in a grand final. Geelong started strongly, earning a two-goal advantage after eight minutes, with Max Rooke scoring the opening goal of the game after catching an unaware Raphael Clarke holding the ball. Bill Brownless' goalkicking prowess (fourth most for the Cats in 1989-2020) has him in over close friend Barry Stoneham. McEvoy pips Paul Salmon in the ruck for his work in dual premiership successes, while the team is so successful and so strong that even Darren Jarman and Gary Buckenara are left in reserve.
AFL.com.au/deadliest, Overall: Hawthorn 30 wins, Geelong 28 winsFinals: Hawthorn six wins, Geelong two wins. The strength of the starting midfield has pushed Brownlow medallists Dangerfield and Bartel to half-forward to operate in a dangerous forward 50 with Chapman and Johnson. Langford narrowly edges Norm Smith medallist Lake for the full-back spot, while Mitchell scrapes in ahead of triple-premiership stars like Isaac Smith for the final spot on the bench. St Kilda opened the second quarter better, but again missed relatively easy shots at goal from Schneider, Milne and Mcqualter. >> WHO WINS THE GAME?  It is remembered as one of the great grand finals in recent memory, due to the closeness of the scoreline, the physical nature of the game and the sheer brilliance of individual efforts from some of its participants. The Qantas choir performed "I Still Call Australia Home", and the national anthem was performed a cappella by the cast of Jersey Boys. They accounted for fourth-placed Collingwood by 28 points in their qualifying final and won a hard-fought and low scoring preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs by seven points to earn their place in the grand final. For so long a staple in the typical football week, we must sit and wait for the return of the flurry of line-ups dropping at 6.20pm AEDT. Video. It was an extremely close game throughout: twelve points was the greatest margin at any stage of the game (Geelong's lead late in the second quarter, and the final margin). The 2009 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the St Kilda Football Club and the Geelong Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 September 2009. St Kilda entered the three quarter time break with a seven-point lead. There was a very high number of tackles laid during the game, although wet conditions are always conducive to high tackle counts: St Kilda's 118 tackles set a new record as the highest by any team in any game, the combined total of 214 tackles set a new mark as the second highest on record, and Bartel's 16 tackles matched the equal-highest personal tally on record – these tallies have all since been surpassed. Coverage telecast live and in HD (via One HD) on Channel Ten and One HD with commentators Stephen Quartermain (host), Tim Lane (commentator), Robert Walls (expert commentator), Luke Darcy (expert commentator), Mark Howard (boundary rider) and Andrew Maher (boundary rider).  Most crucially, St Kilda was held goalless during the final quarter. From there, the Cats were in the process of moving the ball forward when the final siren sounded. The three-time Coleman medallist would have the six-time All-Australian for strength, but Scarlett's closing speed would keep it close. You can access more content with Watch AFL. "AFL Game Day - 2008 Grand Final" — Australian Football League, September 27, 2008 Some information contained in this article was obtained from television, radio, or live webcast sources.
, Had Dawson's spoil not gone directly to Scarlett, St Kilda would have been able to gain possession and go forward into attack themselves.
The Saints' home-and-away season was outstanding and they won their first 19 games (the longest winning streak in the club's history) before losing consecutive close games in Rounds 20 and 21 against Essendon and North Melbourne.
This week it's one of the great modern-day rivalries between Geelong and Hawthorn who were set to meet on Easter Monday at the MCG.