NRL Grand Final
The NRL Grand Final determines the Australian rugby league football season’s premiers. Since 1999 it has been contested at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. The Provan-Summons Trophy is the NRL’s main prize, awarded to the team that wins the premiership. The player adjudged to be the man-of-the-match by the Australian national team selectors is awarded the Clive Churchill Medal.
About NRL Grand Final in brief
The NRL Grand Final determines the Australian rugby league football season’s premiers. Since 1999 it has been contested at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, which was the primary athletics venue for the 2000 Olympic Games. In 2019 the Government of New South Wales secured the grand final for Stadium Australia until at least 2046. The Provan-Summons Trophy is the NRL’s main prize, awarded to the team that wins the premiership. The player adjudged to be the man-of-the-match by the Australian national team selectors is awarded the prestigious Clive Churchill Medal. The award was created to honour Clive Churchill, one of the greatest rugby league players in history, following his death in 1985. In 2010 the Melbourne Storm were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships of the NSWRL. In 2009 the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm won the grand finals. In 2013 the match commencing at 7: 15 pm. The winners qualify to play the winners of the Super League Grand Final in the World Club Challenge. The grand final is one of Australia’s major sporting events. It is usually preceded by an opening ceremony featuring entertainment and the singing of the national anthem by well-known Australasian and international musical acts. After the pre-game entertainment it is traditional for the NRL’s official premiership trophy, to be delivered to the field by an Australian Army helicopter shortly before kick off. In 2015 the breakfast was cancelled. It was announced in June 2019 that the 2020 and 2021 Grand Finals will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while Stadium Australia undergoes redevelopment.
In July 2020, the Grand Finals would return to being planned at Sydney Olympic Park. The first year it was held at Stadium Australia broke the record for attendance at an Australian rugby League game, with 107,999 people attending. The trophy is awarded following each grand final to the captain of the winning club. The prize is a three-dimensional cast of a famous photo called The Gladiators, which depicts a mud-soaked Norm Provan of St. George and Arthur Summons of Western Suburbs embracing after the 1963 NSWRFL season’s grand final. The only two players to have won the award more than once are Canberra’s Bradley Clyde and Billy Slater of Melbourne Storm. In 2007 and 2010, Melbourne Storm’s Billy Slater and Peter Sterling of Parramatta Parramram were the recipients of the award. In 2012, the award was given to the winner of the Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm grand final, when it was announced that the award would be given to Peter Sterling. In 2014, the NRL awarded the award to the winning Melbourne Storm player, Peter Sterling, who was the first player to win the award twice in the same season. In 2011, the winning Parramattans player was Peter Sterling was the recipient of the Clive Churchill medal for the first time in his NRL career, when he was awarded the prize on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Grand Final.