MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jason Blake and Brendon Goddard of the Saints and Dayne Beams of the Magpies react as the siren sounds at the end of the game and it is a draw during the AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the St Kilda Saints at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The AFL is reportedly considering scrapping the controversial Grand Final replay.

Damian Barrett has reported on The Footy Show that the AFL Commission is discussing doing away with one of the oldest traditions in favour of playing extra time if the game ends in a draw.

Barrett said that the Commission could sign off on the change as early as this season.

St Kilda veteran Leigh Montagna, who played in the 2010 drawn Grand Final and the replay the following week, said that he is in favour of the move.

“I don’t think you’ll find a player that played in that Grand Final that wanted to play a replay,” Montagna said.

“I think extra time is common sense, it’s inevitable. I think now that it’s a national competition, it should be fair for all players.”


  1. Nooooooooo don’t change it. It’s a unique and rare thing so why is it even a discussion? We get two grand finals in a year, perfect 👌👌👌

  2. Changing it to extra time is disrespectful to the 3 teams that lost grand final replays. We’ll forever be hearing from Essendon, Collingwood and St Kilda supporters that “If only it was extra time back in…we would’ve won”
    Stop changing the game AFL! Tradition is a beautiful thing.

  3. Scrapping the replay and going to a system where teams would play an additional 10 minutes (5 each way to counteract things like wind advantage) is the only logical option, it is now a national competition, in the situation of a replayed grand final containing one interstate team, that team would be at a massive disadvantage for the replayed game, not to mention all the fans that had made there way cross country to the game. It is the only logical and fair outcome to scrap the replay

  4. Takes something else unique to our game away. Eventually they will play it with a round ball because some spark predicts that’ll be more commercially viable…

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