THE genius of Johnathan Thurston has finally had its way with a grand final, willing the Cowboys over the finish line in a golden point thriller.

    IT was perhaps the greatest game of rugby league ever played. But who stood up under the pressure and who cracked when it mattered most?

    IMMORTALITY awaits Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston. And it waited until the last, last moment, writes PAUL KENT.

    BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett slammed the golden-point concept, believing grand finals should not be decided by an extra-time shootout.

    THERE was hysterical sobbing and total disbelief — and that was from the winners. Don’t miss Robert Craddock’s take on an epic grand final.


    AFL Round 17 - Essendon v Collingwood

    Jul 13, 2014

    Event: AFL Round 17
    Teams: Essendon v Collingwood
    Date: Sunday July 13
    Start time: 3.20pm

    Gates open:
    Public/AFL members: 1.30pm
    MCC members: 1.00pm

    Car parking in Yarra Park:

    Yarra Park is CLOSED to the public due to its wet condition. Open to passholders from the following times:

    Gate 3: 8.30am
    Gate 5: 11.00am
    Gate 6: 12.00pm
    Gate 7: 11.00am

    Expected attendance: 62,000

    General admission seating:

    Great Southern Stand
    Q7-Q10 (Rows K-DD)

    Ponsford Stand
    Q31-Q36 (Rows AA-MM)

    Cheersquad allocation:
    Essendon: Bay M3 (Rows A-K)
    Collingwood: Bay M32 (Rows A-N)


    **Take advantage of our Sunday Play and Stay deal**


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