West Coast started the better, and outplayed the Swans in the first half and led by a convincing 25 points at half time. The Swans fought back in the third quarter and the margin was just 11 points at 3/4 time. Goodes goaled within the first 15 seconds of the last quarter and the margin was suddenly less than a kick. It was goal-for-goal in one of the most intense final quarters of modern grand final history, with West Coast hanging on by a single point to win its first premiership since 1994 and avenge its heartbreaking 4-point loss to the Swans in the previous year’s grand final.
Andrew Embley of the Eagles was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield.
It was the fifth consecutive match between the two teams to be decided by less than a goal, and the first grand final to be decided by a point since St. Kilda edged out Collingwood in the 1966 VFL Grand Final (two other grand finals have been decided by a point, in 1899 and 1947). The match has been labelled as a ‘classic’.
Australia Post issued a Souvenir Cover to commemorate the win. This continued the tradition commenced in 2004. CoversPlease also released a cover shown in the banner.
The Eagles Footy Stamp Booklet was overprinted celebrating the win.
Coversplease produced a cover for all 22 players as well as the Banner Cover.