MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: The Western Bulldogs pose with the Premiership Cup after winning the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs win historic AFL premiership

The Western Bulldogs have won the 2016 AFL Grand Final, defeating the Sydney Swans by 22 points, 13. 11 (89) to 10.7 (67) in front of 99,981 fans at the MCG.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01:  The Bulldogs celebrates kicking a goalebrate winning the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 01: The Bulldogs celebrates kicking a goalebrate winning the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The win breaks a 62-year premiership drought and is just the second in the club’s history, after Footscray’s 1954 triumph.

Running half-back Jason Johannisen was awarded the Norm Smith medal for the best on ground, beating Sydney midfielder Josh Kennedy and former No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd, who enjoyed arguably the best game of his career, in what could prove to be a coming of age moment for the 21-year-old.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01:  Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs  celebrates kicking a goal during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 01: Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs celebrates kicking a goal during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

SYDNEY SWANS            1.2 (8)   7.3 (45)   8.5 (53)   10.7 (67)
WESTERN BULLDOGS  
2.0 (12)   7.1 (43)   9.7 (61)   13.11 (89)

GOALS:
Sydney Swans: Kennedy 3, Mitchell 2, Parker, N. Smith, Rohan, Franklin, Hewett
Western Bulldogs: T. Boyd 3, Dickson 3, Picken 3, Cordy, McLean, C. Smith, Stringer

Norm Smith Medal votes
10 Jason Johannisen (3-3-2-2)
8 Josh Kennedy (3-2-1-1-1)
7 Tom Boyd (3-1-3)
5 Liam Picken (2-2-1)

Crowd: 99,981 at the MCG

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