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From the spot: The A-League grand final

From Daniel McBreen's 'bull run' celebration to Ian Dickinson's stage fright - Goal brings you all the news you might have missed from Sunday's A-League grand final

GOAL.com Indonesia   By ADAM LUCIUS at ALLIANZ STADIUM


FROM the Spot can exclusively reveal the background to Daniel McBreen's 'bull run' goal celebration after he sealed Central Coast's victory over the Wanderers from the penalty spot.

Take it away, Daniel.   

"That goes way back. It's called the stag dance. It was from when I used to play in the local league in Newcastle," McBreen told us. "We used to do it for celebration and it made the news in the local league 18 years ago. Everyone in the league has been asking me ever since to do it and I said I'd save it for the grand final."

So there you have it.

WANT to know why the grand final was late kicking off? It might have been down to the fact many in the 40,000-plus crowd were body searched before entering the ground.

The queue outside Allianz Stadium snaked for a few hundred metres as mums, dads, kids and everyday fans were frisked. It was all a bit OTT.   

THE Allianz Stadium surface came in for a bit of stick, although in fairness it probably played as little better than it looked. The ground was used for a Super Rugby match on Friday before Sydney was hit with a massive downpour on Saturday. That left ground staff racing the clock to get the pitch in shape.

Heart striker Dylan Macallister tweeted: "GF being broadcast around the world, after an amazing season, and they are playing on a surface like that!".  Fomrer team-mate and ex-Sydney FC goalkeeper Clint Bolton added: "I would bet that #BlackCaviar 's paddock is better than this pitch..." 

SYDNEY'S football codes were well represented at the grand final. The Roosters' dual international Sonny Bill Williams exchanged small talk with Swans star Adam Goodes and former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones in the corporate area.

Socceroos captain Lucas Neill was there along with ex-league international Luke Ricketson and his wife Kate Waterhouse. The beauty was supplied by former Miss Australia Laura Dundovic, while Prime Minister Julia Gillard led the cast of politicians, many of whom can sniff out a grand final opportunity from 100 miles.         

PRE-match, Mark Bosnich smiled when he said of his good mate Graham Arnold: "Like a lot of players who become coaches, Arnie's personality changed when he became a coach. He went from being the fun bloke to a strict disciplinarian. We always like to joke that he's happy when he's unhappy." But at full time the Central Coast boss wore a broad, broad smile that will not be wiped off his face for a few days yet.

HOW did the Mariners spend the night before the grand final? By watching the hilarious DVD Mike Bassett: England Manager. The satirical flick, starring Rick Tomlinson, pitchforks a loudmouth yobbo into England's top job with riotous results.

One scene sees Barrett write his line-up on a cigarette packet, resulting in Benson and Hedges being named in the England XI. Thankfully, Arnie's preparation was a lot smoother....       

WIN or lose, there were to be no big celebrations in the Mariners camp on Sunday. They were booked into an airport hotel for a 9am flight to Seoul for their Asian Champions League clash against Suwon Bluewings.

There are a mere 51 hours between the A-League grand final and the ACL kick-off.

THE man-of-the-match curse is finally over. For the past two years a player from the losing side has won the Joe Marston medal - a great honour but small consolation.

But this year the gong went the way of popular Mariners veteran Daniel McBreen, who scored the match sealer from the spot and was a constant threat up front.  

A bit like his team, high-profile Wanderers fan Ian Dickson was overcome by stage fright - at the Allianz Stadium urinal! With fans re-working a team chant from 'We sing for Wanderers' to 'We p--- for Wanderers', Dicko was good naturedly telling fans to shut up because he could not get things flowing at the crucial moment.

NOW for the one you've been waiting for - the winner of the great A-League mascots race. We can reveal exclusively that the Melbourne Heart made up for a disappointing season by winning the prestigious sprint, just holding off the blokes dressed in Glory and Roar suits.

Grand final entertainment doesn't come any better - or cheaper.

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