1998 AFL Grand Final

1998 AFL Grand Final

1998 AFL Grand Final

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The 1998 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Adelaide Crows and the North Melbourne Kangaroos, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 26 September 1998. It was the 102nd annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1998 AFL season. The match, attended by 94,431 spectators, was won by Adelaide by a margin of 35 points, marking that club's second premiership victory.

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This Grand Final saw the Kangaroos playing in their second Grand Final in three years (after their triumph in the 1996 AFL Grand Final, and reaching a preliminary final from 7th spot in 1997) and the Crows in their second straight, looking for back-to-back titles after winning the 1997 AFL Grand Final. Craig Sholl for the Kangaroos was to play his 200th game.

At the conclusion of the home and away season, North Melbourne had finished first on the AFL ladder with 16 wins and 6 losses, winning the McClelland Trophy. They had won their last nine matches. Adelaide had finished fifth with 13 wins and 9 losses - the second consecutive year they had finished with this record.

Adelaide fell to a heavy loss in their qualifying final encounter against Melbourne at the MCG by 48 points, but still progressed on to play a semi-final against Sydney at the SCG, which they won by 27 points. They then progressed to the preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG, which they...
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