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Ando: The greatest finals (and one-percenters) of all-time

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Was Saturday night’s extra-time final the greatest ever seen?

Some, such as one Ross and John listener this morning, are labelling it just that.

3AW Breakfast sports correspondent Jon Anderson can’t argue with the drama – “Extra-time, goal after the siren – it’s fairly hard to toss”.

But he argued the low scoreline – West Coast and Port Adelaide were just 60 points each at full-time – meant it wasn’t the among the greatest of all time.

Here’s his top four:

  • Geelong def. North Melbourne: 1994 Preliminary Final 

Decided by Gary Ablett after the siren.

  • Hawthorn  def. Essendon: 1984 Semi-final 

Dipper and Merv Nagle went head-to-head in the match Kevin Sheedy has rated the favourite he’s ever been involved in.

  • Essendon def. Hawthorn: 1984 Frand Final

Hawthorn led by more than five goals, in the second quarter before an Essendon onslaught

  • Carlton def. Collingwood: 1970 grand final

121,696 people watch Carlton stage a remarkable comeback in a match later heralded “the birth of modern football”.

But Ross reckons the match did include one greatest hit.

3AW Breakfast ranks Eric Mackenzie’s collision with the point post to prevent Port Adelaide from scoring was one of the great one-percenters.

The top four:

  • Matthew Scarlett’s toe-poke in the 2009 grand final
  • Heath Shaw’s smother in the 2010 grand final replay
  • Wayne Harme’s knock-on in the 1979 grand final
  • Eric Mackenzie’s non-point
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