A single moment in time can define a football club's success and indeed, an entire footy season. Marngrook's Grant Hansen looks back on the top eight game-changing moments of the 2015 season.
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Grant Hansen

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Marngrook
21 Sep 2015 - 1:05 PM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2015 - 10:07 AM

AFL is a game of personal stories, triumphs and successes and season-defining moments. So as we move closer to the brink of the 2015 grand final in early October, it's well time to look back nostalgically on 'those moments' that made sporting headlines, made your year, and perhaps even made AFL club history.

Here's my top season-defining moments from 2015 featuring eight of Australia's top clubs.

 

Marngrook Footy Show celebrates AFL Grand Final with a special event featuring sporting legends and music, live from Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Friday October 2, 7.30pm on NITV (Channel 34 free-to-air & Channel 144 Foxtel).

 

1. FREEMANTLE TOPS THE LADDER

The club finished on top of the AFL Ladder after 22 home and away games.

They beat Sydney in Perth in the Elimination Final!!

Freemantle is well placed to win the club's first ever premiership, having lost only five games.

In my view, they can go all the way to take out the whole season.

 

"Freemantle is well placed to win the club's first ever premiership, having lost only five games."

 

2. WEST COAST BOUNCES BACK

After a disappointing 2014 season, West Coast bounced back in 2015 to finish second on the ladder, behind Fremantle.

Marking a set of classic moments, it was remarkable that the players endured a numer significant injuries but still managed to win a host of important games.

 

"It was remarkable that the players endured a numer significant injuries but still managed to win a host of important games."

3. HAWTHORN INTENSIFIES THE PRESSURE

They Hawks finished in third position, having lost out to the West Coast Eagles in the Elimination Final in Perth. The three peat looks shaky with a number of key players out of form. The pressure is certainly building.

 

"The pressure is certainly building."

 

4. SYDNEY SWANS DEALT HEAVY BLOW

Buddy Franklin, Luke Parker and Kieren Jack were all injured just before the finals and their finals chances are dealt a heavy blow.

They go down to Freo in their first final in Perth. 

 

"They go down to Freo in their first final in Perth."

 

5. RICHMOND RECEIVES FLOGGING

The club beats a depleted North Melbourne in the last home and away game, only to be beaten the following week. Three final losses in a row in consecutive years leaves a huge question mark over the club's ability to stand up to finals pressure.

 

"Three final losses in a row in consecutive years leaves a huge question mark over the club's ability to stand up to finals pressure."

 

6. WESTERN BULLDOGS BOAST A NEW LOOK

A new coach and game plan sees the Bulldogs play an exciting brand of footy. The light is switched on early in the season with a big win against Collingwood in the NAB Cup, giving the Bulldogs an entry of confidence and self belief.

 

"The light is switched on early in the season with a big win against Collingwood in the NAB Cup."

 

7. ADELAIDE ENDURES TRAGIC LOSS

After the tragic loss of their coach Phillip Walsh in the middle of the season, the club bounces back to finish seventh on the ladder. They rise up to beat the Western Bulldogs in the first Elimination Final at the MCG!

 

"They rise up to beat the Western Bulldogs in the first Elimination Final at the MCG!"

 

8. NORTH MELBOURNE'S MIGHTY BOUNCE

In the last game of the year against Richmond, they rest nine players and lose to the Tigers. A week, later the Kangaroos bounce back and beat Richmond by 17 points before a crowd of 90,000. The coach Brad Scott is vindicated resting so many players.

 

"The coach Brad Scott is vindicated resting so many players."


 

Watch the Marngrook Footy Show's AFL Grand Final celebration: a special event featuring sporting legends and music, live from Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Friday October 2, 7.30pm on NITV (Channel 34 free-to-air & Channel 144 Foxtel).

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