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The greatest finals

  • The greatest finalsAndo's gives his top four finals

And the greatest one percenters of all time

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

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.

And when it comes to the great one-percenters, 3AW Breakfast ranks Eric Mackenzie’s collision with the point post to prevent Port Adelaide from scoring.

The top four one-percenters:

  • 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

The greatest ever final? Judge for yourself

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Jon Anderson's top four finals:

  • 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”.