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NRL Grand Final

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The NRL season concludes with the Grand Final game played at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. The Grand Final usually takes place in September or October.As well as the match to decide the best in the National Rugby League, the day also has entertainment from famous singers, various ceremonies, junior level Grand Final games and also the National Anthem.

 

The most famous singer to perform before the NRL Grand Final crowd could be Tina Turner. Someone who didn't get his chance was Billy Idol, due to a power failure he stood out on the ground in silence before the prematch entertainment was cancelled.

 

It is the game that the crowd want to see and while some games have been one-sided there are others that have been very close. The Brisbane Broncos defeated the Melbourne Storm by a score of 15 to 8 in 2006. Two years earlier it was only a three point margin when the Canterbury Bulldogs beat Sydney Roosters. It was the second year in a row that the Sydney Roosters had been beaten in the Grand Final.

 

Some of the games that were not very close include the 2010 win by the St George Illawarra Dragons over the Sydney Roosters with the score being 32 to 8 and the 2008 NRL Grand Final was far from being close as the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles scored a huge win over the Melbourne Storm with a 40 to 0 final score.

 

Due to breaking NRL rules for the salary cap, the Melbourne Storm had two of their Grand Final wins taken off them.

 

The Clive Churchill Medal is awarded to the best player in the Grand Final. Some of the recipients include Gorden Tallis, Brett Kimmorley, Andrew Johns, Willie Mason, Greg Inglis, Brent Kite and Billy Slater.

 

ANZ Stadium is at Sydney Olympic Park, and was the main venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics. It has a capacity of around 80,000. It is easy to get to with public transport.

 
 

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