A Grand Final Replay
is necessitated when the Grand Final
Drawn games in the home and away season are recorded as drawn games in the ladder. However, until 1994, Australian football had no structure in place to break a tied finals game. As such, the teams would reconvene the following week to replay their game, pushing back the schedule by one week. This caused controversy in 1990, when a drawn qualifying final between Collingwood
and West Coast
meant the minor premiers Essendon
had a two-weekend bye instead of one. Insisting that the extended layoff had caused their losses to Collingwood, both in the Second Semi-Final and in the Grand Final (thus temporarily ending the Colliwobbles
), the AFL
initiated the use of extra time
(5 minutes each way) to decide drawn finals, except for the Grand Final; Grand Final Replays are still used for drawn Grand Finals.
Australian Football Grand Final Replays
Both the 1977
and 1978 New South Wales Rugby League
Grand Finals ended in draws, and were subsequently replayed. The 1977 replay was held one week later, the 1978 replay three days later.
In the 1977 decider, 20 minutes of extra time was played, this proviso was dropped for the following season. However, after two games were drawn in the 1978 finals series and hence necessitated replays, extra time was re-instated in 1979. In 2003, the system of golden point overtime was adopted, Grand Finals are now decided on the day.
NSWRL Grand Final Replays