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 Preliminary Final - Hawthorn v Geelong Cats

    Sep 20, 2013

    Event:                    AFL Preliminary Final
    Teams:                  Hawthorn v Geelong Cats
    Date:                     Friday September 20
    Start time:              7.50pm

    Gate opening:
    Public/AFL members: 5.30pm
    MCC members: 4.30pm

    Public tickets are on sale at Ticketek HERE.

    View the MCG seating plan - Preliminary Final 

    MCC visitor tickets and reserved seats have sold out.

    Cheer squad allocations: 
    Hawthorn – M33
    Geelong Cats – M3

    Car park opening:
    Gate 3: 1.30pm
    Gate 5: 3.00pm
    Gate 6: 4.00pm
    Gate 7: 7.00am (pass holders only)

    Expected attendance: 88,000

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