26 Sep 2010

AFL final to be replayed

5:44 am on 26 September 2010

The Australian Rules grand final will be replayed next weekend after St Kilda and Collingwood fought out just the third draw in AFL grand final history.

In a remarkably similar finish to the one-point win over Collingwood that delivered the Saints their sole flag in 1966, a scrambled kick from St Kilda midfielder Lenny Hayes bounced through for a behind as the final score.

It left the game tied at St Kilda 10.8 (68) to Collingwood's 9.14 (68), the Magpies left to rue the inaccuracy that has been their one major flaw in what had been a dominant season.

It was an incredible comeback from St Kilda, after the Magpies controlled the match for most of the first half and led the contest for all but a few minutes of the final quarter.