Martin Flanagan In the minute before the ball was bounced on Saturday, I realised our game had changed significantly.
GREG BAUM The Sydney Swans will never know how they won this premiership, except that it is the way they always win.
CAROLINE WILSON Most premierships are foregone conclusions by the time living minutes become dying seconds in the twilight of grand final day. Many are anti-climactic and usually the short-priced favourite gets up.
ROHAN CONNOLLY We've certainly been spoilt for grand final thrillers over the past decade or so.
The 2012 AFL Grand Final player rankings. Former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd runs the rule over the 44 players who took to the field at the MCG.
Michael Cowley John Longmire took Adam Goodes at his word - each time he asked - and the Sydney Swans were rewarded with a premiership.
JAKE NIALL Lance Franklin was certainly Hawthorn's most potent player in the grand final.
JAKE NIALL Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.
EMMA QUAYLE At one stage, Norm Smith medallist Ryan O'Keefe had considered leaving the Swans. He's glad he didn't.
SAMANTHA LANE In the high emotion of a premiership aftermath, the truth so often pours out. Particularly when it has been concealed, or even denied, in the days before.
Anthony Daniher The long season reaches its climax and you've got to be on top of your game to get the job done.
Matt Murnane Canadian-born former rugby player Mike Pyke carried the ruck in the final quarter.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Has there been a better grand final? Arguably not. Has there been a gutsier win than Sydney's 10-point triumph over a warm favourite? While we're still smitten in the afterglow of an absolute epic, it's hard to think of one.
SAMANTHA LANE Mitch Morton finally achieves his life-long ambition of playing in a premiership team.
Edited by Scott Spits and Will Brodie Follow all the build-up to Australia's biggest sporting event, then the much-anticipated game itself.
Anson Cameron The grand final will be a contest between two great sides that have proved their worth.