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1998 AFL Grand Final
1 2 3 4
ADE 1.9 (15) 3.16 (34) 7.19 (61) 10.21 (81)
WST 8.2 (50) 14.6 (90) 16.9 (105) 17.11 (113)
Date 26 September 1998
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 96,491
Umpires Andrew Coates , Hayden KennedyDarren Goldspink 
Coin toss won by Adelaide
Kicked toward Punt Road end
Ceremonies
Pre-match entertainment Muhammad Ali, Mark Seymour, Rob Guest, Jane Scali and Michael Cormick
National anthem Rob Guest
Accolades
Norm Smith Medallist Chris Grant (Western Bulldogs)
Jock McHale Medallist Terry Wallace
Broadcast in Australia
Network Seven Network
Announcer Bruce McAvaney, Sandy Roberts and Dennis Cometti
< 1997 AFL Grand Final 1999 >

The 1998 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football match to determine the premier of the 1998 AFL season. The game was contested between the Adelaide Crows and the Western Bulldogs. It was the 102nd annual AFL grand final and was attended by 96,491 spectators. It was won by the Western Bulldogs by a margin of 32 points.

Background

The 1998 Grand Final saw Adelaide playing the Western Bulldogs in their second finals match against each other. The Crows were coming into the match after narrowly missing the 1997 Grand Final after being beaten by the Western Bulldogs by three points. The Western Bulldogs were coming into the match being minor premier whilst also winning the 1997 AFL premiership.

The Adelaide Crows entered the finals after a 14-win, eight-loss season to place them 4th on the ladder. They managed to win their qualifying final against Melbourne by 16 points and sent them into the semi-final against 3rd place Sydney which they won easily by 36 points. Following these wins, Adelaide had to come from behind to win the 2nd preliminary final against North Melbourne to win by five points.

The Western Bulldogs came into the finals on the back of the minor premiership and being the current premiership side. With their 64 point win against St Kilda in the Qualifying Final, the Bulldogs went into the preliminary final against Melbourne which they won convincingly by 41 points. The Bulldogs entered the Grand Final as the heavy favourite.

Match Summary

Despite countless inside 50's, the Adelaide Crows failed to match the Western Bulldogs in scoring. In a 3.16 first half, the Crows had failed to catch up with the run-away Bulldogs.

In the second half, the Crows managed to drag the 56 point margin at half time to 44 at three quarter time, then back down to 32. It was the Bulldogs' first half heroics that won them the game, with 14.6 being scored during it. With the victory the Bulldogs became the first team since Hawthorn in 1988-89 season to win back to back premierships.

The Norm Smith medal was awarded to Chris Grant for his seven-goal, 39-possession game. Johnson came in second with five goals, and 29 possessions. The best in the Adelaide lineup was Mark Ricciuto, who bagged himself five goals during the game.

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