2009 Premiers: The Cats

The grand final was played in cold and wet conditions on the 26 September 2009. It had rained heavily the previous night in Melbourne such that the ground was particularly wet around the boundary, and there were also several heavy showers during the game. The highest ambient temperature for the game was only 11.3 °C, the coldest on record for a grand final.

It was an extremely close game throughout: twelve points was the greatest margin at any stage of the game (Geelong’s lead late in the second quarter, and the final margin). There was a very high number of tackles laid during the game, although it should be noted that wet conditions are always conducive to high tackle counts: St Kilda’s 118 tackles set a new record as the highest by any team in any game, the combined total of 214 tackles set a new mark as the second highest on record, and Bartel’s 16 tackles matched the equal-highest personal tally on record – these tallies have all since been surpassed.

In general play, St Kilda throughout the first half earned 31 inside-50s to Geelong’s 15, and was consistently able to stop Geelong’s rebound through the middle. However, as noted above, they did waste many of their inside-50s by missing relatively easy shots on goal and were unable to defend the fewer entries by Geelong. In the second half, general play was much more even but Geelong had the better of the inside-50s and clearances, and were better able to break through St Kilda’s rebound defense. This attribute ultimately accounted for Geelong’s triumph. Geelong also became the first side since Essendon in 2000 to win both the pre-season premiership and the regular season premiership in the same season.

The AFL 2009 Footy stamps are postmarked with the Geelong Cats permanent pictorial Postmark. The Medallion Cover is postmarked with the Seasonal Grand Final postmark.

Coversplease produced three covers. One for the Premiership, another for Paul Chapman, the Norm Smith Medalist, and another for Gary Ablett Jnr, the Brownlow Medalist. (Australia Post did not produce any Philatelic items for the Brownlow Medal.)

Australia Post also produced a souvenir sheet with the premiership cup in the selvedge.