The 1999 AFL Grand Final
was the 103rd Grand Final in VFL/AFL
history. It was contested between the North Melbourne Football Club
and the Carlton Football Club
North Melbourne finished the 1999 home and away season in second position, a game behind Essendon, with the Western Bulldogs, West Coast, Carlton, Port Adelaide and Sydney making up the final eight.
The Roos had an easy 45 point win over the Lions, and while many experts predicted a Roos-Essendon grand final, Carlton unexpectedly pipped Essendon by just one point in the second preliminary final.
The Roos went into the match as extreme favourites, while Carlton were rated as one of the luckiest sides to make a grand final.
Carlton got the first goal, but North Melbourne, who were without suspended forward Jason McCartney
, also started well but led by only 12 points at quarter time. Then, during the second quarter, ruckman Corey McKernan
booted two inspirational goals, one a 65 metre goal, and one from a tight angle just a minute later. The Roos were in control and went into half time with a 20 point lead.
North Melbourne extended their lead in the third quarter; Winston Abraham kicked an easy goal and Carlton midfielder Justin Murphy injured his knee.
Carlton managed to reduce the Roos lead to just 13 points, but that was as close as they could get as the Kangaroos added goals through McKernan and Motlop to lead by 43 points at three quarter time.
The final quarter was simply a formality for the Roos who destroyed Carlton through their pressure and tackling and eventually triumphed by 35 points.
's Norm Smith Medal was even sweeter due to the fact that he had been canned for his poor performance in the previous grand final.