The big game

by John Quiggin on September 24, 2005

For any Australian readers who aren’t already aware of it, the AFL Grand Final was won by Sydney Swans, defeating West Coast Eagles in a thriller. A brilliant defensive mark by Leo Barry in the last seconds kept them ahead by 4 points. The Irish contingent will be pleased to know that import Tadhg Kennelly, a convert from Gaelic football, played a solid part in the win.



Andy 09.24.05 at 2:52 am

I’m just back from watching at a friend’s place. If the Eagles had better forwards (or whatever the proper term is) then it wouldn’t have been as close as it wound up being. The Eagles are a young team though so hopefully they’ll be back next year.


Syd Webb 09.24.05 at 3:19 am

So nice to see a close Grand Final. Football is the winner!


nick s 09.24.05 at 5:34 am

Shown live in the US on Fox Soccer Channel: Murdoch’s stranglehold on sport sometimes has its advantages. The Eagles ran out of steam after an astonishing comeback. And hearing an Irish voice among the Aussies — Kennelly’s sister interviewed at half-time — was… bizarre.


Ian Whitchurch 09.24.05 at 8:39 pm

Cheer, cheer the red and the white
Honour their names by day and by night …

Ian Whitchurch

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