Grand final day in the BFNL has produced some classic finishes in recent years.
Here's our top five BFNL grand finals from the past 15 years.
2012 - Golden Square 16.10 (106) d Gisborne 14.19 (103)
Golden Square won its fourth consecutive Bendigo Football League premiership on Saturday after prevailing in an epic grand final against Gisborne that wasn't decided until a kick after the siren at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.
With Golden Square leading by three points, Gisborne's Rod Sharp marked a pass from team-mate David Antonowicz 45m out on the press box flank.
As Sharp walked back to take his shot at goal, the siren sounded at the 31-minute mark.
With the result of the game and 2012 premiership resting on the boot of the 32-year-old, Sharp launched his kick from 50m.
Off the boot, Sharp's kick looked headed for a match-winning goal, before landing on the goal-line where Golden Square ruckman Zac May punched the ball clear as Square celebrated a memorable 16.10 (106) to 14.19 (103) victory in one of the greatest BFL grand finals of all time.
As well as Sharp's kick after the siren, the game will also be remembered as the match in which Golden Square full-forward Grant Weeks set a new record for the most goals in a BFL season.
With his four goals, Weeks finished the season with 164, surpassing Frank Crapper's previous record of 163, set in 1933 for Eaglehawk.
Weeks broke the record 39 seconds into the last quarter when he threaded his fourth goal off his left foot in the pocket at the Barnard Street end to give Golden Square a 24-point lead.
But staring at a four-goal deficit and with tiring bodies in the hot conditions, Gisborne refused to wilt and over the following 15 minutes was able to bridge the gap back to two points after consecutive goals to impressive 19-year-old Lachie Crosbie, Tim Stanton-Smith - who was stretchered off the ground with an ankle injury soon after - and its best player, Darren Farrugia.
With the momentum back Gisborne's way, it was Golden Square's turn to rise to the occasion and answer the challenge.
A missed set-shot from Weeks was followed by a goal to Golden Square's Matt O'Toole when he roved a pack to give Square breathing space with a nine-point lead at the 18-minute mark.
However, O'Toole's goal was answered when Farrugia marked 50m out and was gifted a dubious 50m penalty, with the classy forward's sixth goal bringing the margin back to three points, before Crosbie missed a shot on the run.
But Gisborne still couldn't edge in front as, again, Golden Square responded when O'Toole marked a clever chip pass from fellow veteran Jason Griffin and kicked his second goal at the 24-minute mark.
With Square back out by eight points, O'Toole's goal was Square's last of the game, with its last two scoring shots behinds from set-shots to Weeks and captain Simon Rosa, who hit the post.
Down the other end, a missed shot from Farrugia was followed by a booming set-shot goal to Sharp courtesy of a free kick from outside 50 with 42 seconds left.
With Golden Square clinging to a three-point lead after Sharp's long-bomb goal, Square's Dale Lowry won the centre clearance and drove the ball to Weeks inside 50.
However, Lowry's kick was chopped off by Gisborne's Jarrad Lynch, who marked and cleared the ball to the grandstand wing, where he found Michael Steinbach.
Steinbach won possession and passed to Antonowicz, who was 50m out and close to the boundary.
In the dying seconds, Antonowicz marked and chipped a 15m pass inboard to a sliding Sharp, setting the scene for his dramatic kick after the siren.
Renowned as one of the longest kicks in the BFL, and considering only a minute earlier Sharp had nailed a set-shot from outside 50m, Square players and supporters had every right to be on edge as he prepared to take his kick.
With the kick in the air and looking headed for a goal, Gisborne's coaching and support staff burst onto the ground from the interchange bench ready to celebrate, only for the kick to fall agonisingly short.
Golden Square..... 6.1 8.4 13.7 16.10 (106)
Gisborne............... 1.4 6.9 9.13 14.19 (103)
GOALS - Golden Square: S. Rosa, G. Weeks 4, A. Baird, M. O'Toole 2, D. Lowry, C. Walls, L. Hammond, T. Baird. Gisborne: D. Farrugia 6, R. Sharp, L. Crosbie 2, C. Illman, M. Knox, D. Antonowicz, T. Stanton-Smith.
BEST - Golden Square: S. Rosa, A. Baird, D. Lowry, C. Walls, T. Baird, S. Wilkie, M. O'Toole. Gisborne: D. Farrugia, L. Crosbie, A. Belcher, R. Sharp, H. Simpson, T. Stanton-Smith, C. Medica.
NALDER MEDAL: Simon Rosa (Golden Square).
VCFL MEDAL: Darren Farrugia (Gisborne).
2007 - Eaglehawk 12.12 (84) d Gisborne 12.10 (82)
A Derrick Filo-inspired Eaglehawk snapped a 25-year Bendigo Football League premiership drought by winning a classic grand final by two points against Gisborne.
The Hawks looked gone early in the final term, but staged a remarkable revival over the last 20 minutes of the game to win 12.12 (84) to 12.10 (82) in windy conditions at the QEO.
However, eight minutes into the final quarter, it looked like the Bulldogs would claim the premiership cup and win what would have been their fifth flag in six years.
A goal to Gisborne's best player on the day, Ollie Messaoudi, eight minutes in extended the Bulldogs' lead from 11 points at three quarter-time to 16 points.
With Gisborne kicking with the aid of a five-goal breeze to the city end, the Bulldogs looked as good as home at that stage of the contest.
In the opening three quarters, just five goals had been kicked to the Barnard Street end of the ground - the end the Hawks were kicking to.
The Hawks would need to kick three in the last 20 minutes, while holding Gisborne goalless if it was to record a remarkable victory.
Somehow, against the odds, the Hawks did it.
The match-winning surge started with a goal to Nalder Medal winner Rhys Healey, who kicked his third on the run from 40 m out to cut the margin to 11 points at the 11:20 mark.
A minute later the Hawks had reduced the margin to under a goal when Brodie Filo crumbed a pack 20m out from goal and sprinted into an open goal to kick his second.
It was the first time all day a side had kicked consecutive goals against the tricky breeze at the Barnard Street end.
In a matter of just two minutes, the game had changed dramatically and the heat was on Gisborne.
But the Bulldogs couldn't respond as the Hawks, sensing something special, continued to lift.
While it was the young guns in Healey and Brodie Filo who had kicked the goals to give the Hawks a chance at premiership glory, it was fitting that it was Eaglehawk coach Derrick Filo who sealed the deal.
At the 15-minute mark of the quarter the 39-year-old outmarked Ryan Webster - a man 19 years his junior - in a one-on-one contest 40m out from goal.
Such was the strength of the breeze he was kicking into, not even he could get the distance, but his long kick was marked by Brady Herdman deep in attack.
Herdman was put on an acute angle on the boundary in the swimming pool rooms pocket, but his shot missed.
The Bulldogs led by four points, but with all the momentum against them.
Just over a minute later, Derrick Filo was in the thick of the action again when he was awarded a free kick for a high tackle, again 40m out from goal.
This time he got the journey as he kicked the most important goal of his 413-game career.
His goal gave the Hawks a two-point advantage with 11 minutes remaining.
It was the kick of a true champion and would prove to be the last goal of the match.
The Bulldogs had the chance to regain the lead at the 18-minute mark when centre half-forward Richard White was the recipient of a downfield free kick.
However, his set shot from 48 m out faded right and the margin was a solitary point.
Eaglehawk cleared the ball out of its defensive 50 from the resultant kick in, and the ball would not enter Gisborne's forward 50 again for the remainder of the match.
Eaglehawk did a superb job in the last nine minutes of the game in bottling the ball up inside its forward 50.
Whenever Gisborne did clear the ball from the Hawks' forward 50, it was either marked by an Eaglehawk player on the wing and sent back into attack, or the Hawks would win the disputed ball and pump it forward again.
The siren sounded at the 27-minute mark, just as Gisborne rover Matt Fitzgerald was storming out of defence and about to launch the Bulldogs forward.
Eaglehawk 5.5 7.8 9.9 12.12 (84)
Gisborne 2.0 10.6 11.8 12.10 (82)
GOALS - Eaglehawk: R. Healey 3, B. Rogerson, D. Brown, B. Filo 2, D. Filo, M. Gretgrix, L. Milroy. Gisborne: L. Saunders 3, S. Davis, D. Saunders, O. Messaoudi 2, L. Moss, M. Fitzgerald, D. Farrugia.
BEST - Eaglehawk: R. Healey, K. Robins, J. Dole, D. Filo, J. Ketterer, B. Rogerson. Gisborne: O. Messaoudi, C. Medica, C. Summerfield, J. Duff-Tyler, M. Barham, L. Saunders.
Nalder Medal: Rhys Healey (Eaglehawk).
VCFL Medal: Kain Robins (Eaglehawk).
2008 - Eaglehawk 14.11 (95) d Golden Square 12.17 (89)
For the second time in as many seasons, Eaglehawk overcame a three quarter-time deficit to win the Bendigo Football League premiership.
Golden Square led the grand final by 10 points at three quarter-time and had all the momentum, but was unable to hold off Eaglehawk in a tense final term as the Hawks prevailed 14.11 (95) to 12.17 (89).
The Hawks were red-hot favourites going into the match, but halfway through the final quarter the Bulldogs looked on their way to defying the odds and becoming just the second team in BFL history to win the flag having come through the elimination final.
On the back of six consecutive goals in the last 12 minutes of the third quarter, the Bulldogs had turned a 27-point deficit midway through the term into a 10-point lead at three quarter-time, 10.13 to 9.9.
However, the Bulldogs were going to have to be at their best to hang on to their lead in the last term, with Eaglehawk kicking with the aid of the breeze to the city end in the final quarter.
And inside the first six minutes of the final term the Hawks had regained the ascendancy through goals to forward Matt Gretgrix and the busy Gareth Crawford to hold a two-point buffer.
Golden Square refused to lie down though and over the next seven minutes dominated play, having five consecutive scoring shots.
A behind to Darren Walsh was followed by a goal to Nick Carter - who later took the mark of the day on the swimming pool wing - at the eight-minute mark after he marked a pass from Chris Malone 30m out to put the Bulldogs back in front.
Carter's goal, his third for the game, was followed by a rushed behind after a goalmouth scramble in the Bulldogs' forward line, making the margin six points.
Teenager Brayden Dorrington then gave Golden Square a 12-point lead at the 11-minute mark when he goaled on the run 45m out.
With Dorrington's major, the Bulldogs appeared just one more goal away from cracking the Hawks.
And Walsh had the chance to deliver the blow when he marked 40m out on a slight angle at the 12-minute mark.
With the chance to put the Bulldogs 18 points up and kick his fifth goal, Walsh's shot to the Barnard Street end pushed right and registered just one behind.
From there, the Bulldogs added only one more point, while the resilient Hawks controlled the last 15 minutes of the game.
The Hawks' revival was sparked by Crawford's second goal of the final term when he received a handball from young ruckman Julian Lockwood and snapped in the rotunda pocket to cut the margin to eight points at the 14-minute mark.
Nalder Medal winner Damien Lock capped his fine game with a goal on the run from 50m after a handball from Crawford to bring the Hawks within two points.
When Lock goaled, making the score 89-87 in favour of Golden Square, there was 5:59 left to play.
Gretgrix then had the opportunity to put the Hawks in front at the 22-minute mark when he marked 30m out on the rotunda flank.
But his set-shot sprayed right, and with that behind, the Hawks trailed by one point, but were surging hard.
Scores then became locked together at 89 apiece at the 25-minute mark when a long kick in from outside 50 by the Hawks' Shannon Milward was punched through for a rushed behind.
It was the first time since scores were level at 22 apiece one minute into the second term that the two teams had been even.
In a desperate final four minutes, the Bulldogs were unable to clear the ball from defence, and when Crawford won the ball from a boundary throw-in in front of the scoreboard and sent it back deep into the Hawks' forward 50, Gretgrix outpointed Golden Square youngster Jake Hall to take his ninth mark of the game.
Gretgrix marked 15m out on a slight angle and with his eighth goal of the game, put the Hawks in front 95-89 with 59 seconds on the clock.
It would be the last score of the game in what was the ninth lead change of the seesawing match.
Eaglehawk .........3.3 7.8 9.9 14.11 (95)
Golden Square ..3.4 3.7 10.13 12.17 (89)
GOALS - Eaglehawk: M. Gretgrix 8, G. Crawford, R. Healey 2, D. Filo, D. Lock. Golden Square: D. Walsh 4, N. Carter 3, B. Dorrington 2, M. Klein-Breteler, D. McLaughlin, M. O'Toole.
BEST - Eaglehawk: D. Lock, M. Gretgrix, G. Crawford, C. Milward, J. Ketterer, M. O'Rielly. Golden Square: D. Walsh, N. Carter, M. O'Toole, L. Davies, B. Dorrington, A. Baird.
Nalder Medal: Damien Lock (Eaglehawk).
VCFL Medal: Matt Gretgrix (Eaglehawk).
2017 - Strathfieldsaye 13.10 (88) d Eaglehawk 7.14 (56)
In terms of the final margin there's been closer scorelines than the 2017 grand final.
However, the story behind Strathfieldsaye's 32-point win over Eaglehawk made the grand final a clear selection in the best five deciders of the past 15 years.
The odds were stacked against the Storm at three quarter-time when they trailed by 20 points and had kicked just four goals against the red-hot Hawks that had won 14 games in a row.
But what unfolded over the final 31 minutes was the most memorable quarter of football the Storm had played in their short history.
From 20 points down at three quarter-time, the Storm kicked nine unanswered goals to win 13.10 (88) to 7.14 (56).
According to Bendigo Advertiser records that date back to 1950, the Storm were the first team through that 68-year period to kick nine goals in the last quarter of a grand final.
Storm forward Lachlan Sharp played a leading role in Strathfieldsaye's last term blitz.
The Hawks' Lachlan Atherton had battled manfully to restrict Sharp to just one goal over the first three quarters.
However, as the Strathfieldsaye midfield gained control in the last quarter and the ball was constantly sent into the Storm forward 50 at the city end - which was favoured by a significant breeze all day - Sharp exploded with five goals.
The first was Sharp at his best as he picked up a Trent Donnan kick on the half volley, wheeled around onto his trusty left foot and from 35m his kicked bounced through.
With Josh Formosa and Nalder Medal winner Kallen Geary having also kicked goals earlier in the quarter,
Sharp's snap brought the Storm within three points at the eight-minute mark.
When Sharp added his second of the quarter three minutes later after he got a favourable bounce and dribbled the ball through the Storm were in front.
At that stage after having kicked just four goals for the first three quarters, the Storm had added four in the space of only 11 minutes.
And there was no slowing them down as another five goals were to follow over the last 20 minutes as the Storm finished the game with the momentum of a runaway train, while the weary Hawks had ground to a halt.
Sharp added three more goals in the last 20 minutes along with singles to Brad Stringer - who finished with three for the match - and inclusion Jack Neylon.
With his five last-term goals contributing to a match haul of six that earned him the AFL Victoria Country Medal, Sharp ends a remarkable comeback season from a knee reconstruction with 142 goals - eighth on the all-time BFNL list
Strathfieldsaye ........2.2 4.6 4.9 13.10 (88)
Eaglehawk ..............2.3 4.7 7.11 7.14 (56)
GOALS - Strathfieldsaye: L. Sharp 6, B. Stringer 3, J. Formosa, M. Harvey, K. Geary, J. Neylon. Eaglehawk: M. Gretgrix 4, J. Mullen, R. Saunders, G. Hommelhoff.
BEST - Strathfieldsaye: K. Geary, L. Sharp, J. Formosa, J. Sheahan, F. Payne, S. Heavyside. Eaglehawk: S. Hann, J. Bowe, L. Atherton, J. Collins, T. Miles, M. Gretgrix.
Nalder Medal: Kallen Geary (Strathfieldsaye).
VCFL Medal: Lachlan Sharp (Strathfieldsaye).
2019 - Strathfieldsaye 14.10 (94) d Eaglehawk 10.20 (80)
In the third consecutive grand final meeting between the two clubs, chapter three of the trilogy was the closest and an enthralling contest that ended in a 14.10 (94) to 10.20 (80) victory for the Storm.
While the Hawks spent the entire game trailing after Storm coach Troy Coates kicked the opening goal of the match, much like 2017 when they blew a 20-point three quarter-time lead, Eaglehawk was left to ponder what could have been.
The Hawks had six more scoring shots (30-24) and 10 more inside 50s (60-50) against a Storm side that was a rotation down from early in the match after gun on-baller Sam Heavyside suffered an injury to his AC joint.
But the Hawks were made to pay for their missed chances - their 4.9 with the wind during the second quarter particularly costly - as the Storm put the finishing touch to a 19-1 season of dominance.
The two best-on-ground medals were won by the Storm duo of Bryce Curnow and captain Kallen Geary.
Nalder medallist Curnow played roles both forward and back.
Curnow started the game forward and would later kick a third-quarter goal with a soccer kick off the ground, but it was at the defensive end where he was a thorn in the side of the Hawks with his intercept marking.
Skipper Geary was electric through the middle for the Storm with an inspirational leader's game - he was a running machine and the sight of him burning off an Eaglehawk opponent with his blistering pace and using the ball with his trademark class was regular throughout.
Geary - in a dream swansong given he has announced his retirement- was rewarded for his stellar game with the AFL Victoria Medal to go along with the Nalder Medal he earned against the Hawks in 2017.
While Curnow and Geary were both outstanding, it was Harry Conway who nailed the goal that knocked the wind out of the Hawks' sails in the final quarter.
Having started the last quarter 35 points in arrears, the Hawks refused to wilt and with momentum on their side, closed to within 10 points after a fine crumbing goal from Ben McPhee.
At that stage the Hawks had kicked 4.2 to 0.1 over the first 15 minutes of the final quarter and the Storm defence was under the pump, while the passionate Borough faithful down the Barnard Street end were in full voice, willing their side on.
What had been an 86-51 lead for the Storm at three quarter-time had now been whittled back to 87-77 by the surging Hawks, the season's best fourth-quarter team.
However, with the game threatening to slip away from the Storm, Conway delivered.
Having taken a strong contested mark from a Josh Formosa pass 40m out on the swimming pool flank, Conway went back and kicked the most important of his 15 career goals for the Storm.
Conways's set-shot pushed the Storm's advantage out to 16 points at the 17-minute mark and would be the final goal of the match.
Strathfieldsaye .....4.4 8.6 13.8 14.10 (94)
Eaglehawk ..........0.3 4.12 6.15 10.20 (80)
GOALS - Strathfieldsaye: H. Robertson 3, T. Coates 3, L. Sharp 2, H. Conway, K. Geary, H. Lawrence, W. Wallace, B. Curnow, B. Henderson. Eaglehawk: S. Knott 4, J. Collins, B. Filo, C. McGlashan, R. Saunders, S. Williams, B. McPhee.
BEST - Strathfieldsaye: B. Curnow, K. Geary, J. Formosa, T. Coates, K. Smith, B. Henderson. Eaglehawk: B. Filo, O. Madden, J. Collins, S. Knott, J. Fallon, C. Holmes.
Nalder Medal: Bryce Curnow (Strathfieldsaye)
VCFL Medal: Kallen Geary (Strathfieldsaye)
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