Revealed: Eight Calm Words That Won The 2018 AFL Grand Final
The AFL has released unseen footage and audio of the 2018 Grand Final.
In the 14-minute video posted on its website, both the West Coast and Collingwood coaches are mic'd up in the rooms and during the game. It provides some rare insights, especially into the calm mindset of Eagles coach Adam Simpson.
You'll recall that the Eagles triumphed by less than a straight kick -- 11.13 (79) to 11.8 (74). You might also remember they started poorly, being down by 17 points at quarter time.
They were behind for most of the match, too. But Simpson never panicked.
"It is starting to turn," he said at halftime, after two goals late in the second quarter had reduced the deficit to 12 points.
"We are so close to going over the top of them," he added.
And then, Simpson threw in eight prophetic words that must now feel like daggers to Collingwood fans.
"It might take to the last five minutes."
And so it proved. Well, it took until the last two minutes to be precise, which is when Dom Sheed kicked the match-winner from an acute angle.
True leaders stay calm, even as their plans go awry and chaos unfolds around them. That's what Simpson did on the chilly afternoon of September 29, 2018, and you'll get chills reliving it.
For the record, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley also comes across really well in the video, especially near the end when he consoles his youngest son Ayce, who is crying uncontrollably.
"We're all alive and we're healthy," he says tenderly.
The 2019 seasons of both Collingwood and West Coast are alive too, with both teams coming off convincing wins last week ahead of this weekend's big grand final rematch at the MCG on Saturday night.