One Fi­nal Mo­ment

The Grand Fi­nal is the ul­ti­mate date in the A-League cal­en­dar. As we head into the tenth sea­son cli­max, KATHY STONE re­lives its most amaz­ing mo­ments with those who were there in the thick of the ac­tion...

Australian Four Four Two - - JUNE 2015 -

It’s the ab­so­lute cli­max of ev­ery A-League sea­son and the Grand Fi­nal has de­liv­ered magic mo­ments in ev­ery one. On the eve of the 10th, we re­live the key mo­ments of the pre­vi­ous nine with ev­ery game’s he­roes, vil­lains, fans, coaches... and even the com­men­ta­tors.

If there is one thing the last nine A-League Grand Fi­nals have taught us, it’s this: Never leave early to beat the traf­fic. Even if your team is 2-0 down, you could miss one of the great­est all-time fight­backs in the his­tory of world sport. And just be­cause your team doesn’t win the game, your star player can still be man of the match as Mat Ryan, Ja­cob Burns, Iacopo La Rocca can tes­tify. (Although Ja­cob Burns did miss out on ac­tu­ally be­ing pre­sented with his medal af­ter an em­bar­rass­ing pre­sen­ta­tion blun­der that saw Thomas Broich, briefly, pick­ing up his first Joe Marston medal be­fore hav­ing to hand it back. He fi­nally got one of his own two years later...) Yes, Grand Fi­nal World is a crazy mixed up place that can mess with your head… It takes five red cards, three come­back wins, two penalty shootouts and an amassed grand­stand au­di­ence of more than 425,000 to gen­er­ate this kind of buzz, frenzy and nail­bit­ing angst. Nine grand fi­nals, across three cities, has pro­duced 23 goals, 15 goal scor­ing he­roes, five cham­pi­onship clubs (Syd­ney, Mel­bourne Victory, New­cas­tle Jets, Bris­bane Roar and Cen­tral Coast Mariners) and armies of loyal fans ready to march to the gates of hell. We take a look at the key piv­otal mo­ments that turned, killed or saved the match...

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