Sixty two years had passed since the Bulldogs won the premiership for their first and only time in 1954. At yesterday's final siren, six decades of pain was erased by two hours of end-to-end football.
Footy's biggest day has finally arrived, with the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs to contest the 2016 AFL Grand Final.
The 2016 AFL Grand Final will have two very different combatants after two enthralling preliminary finals over the weekend. Highlights and analysis in here.
Neil Diamond echoes off the rustic 100 year old stands as Noongar man, Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin rediscovers his knack in front of goal, and that guy in the Hawks jersey cops a razzing for the full 80.
West Coast beat Hawthorn but lost Natainui, and down in Tassie, North had another almost-but-not-quite against Sydney.
According to the game's first openly gay player, Jason Ball, "The AFL refuses to have a designated resource to focus on this particular area."
Port had the Tigers' measure and the Bulldogs dropped sweet scat all over the hometown Swans.
It was the battle of the bay and the cray Krays.
"It really shows the power of Aboriginal culture as a catalyst for conflict and we believe that conflict is necessary for positive change and a shift in consciousness to occur."