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Saturday, 22 September 2018

AFL Grand Final: Your ultimate guide


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There’s two teams left in the race for the AFL flag, and after their performances in the lead up to the grand final both the Collingwood Magpies and West Coast Eagles will fancy their chances at the MCG on Saturday.

West Coast were awesome in demolishing Melbourne 121-55, while Collingwood proved far too good for defending premiers Richmond 97-58.

This will be the first time the Magpies and Eagles have met in a grand final.

Grand Final details:

Grand Final:

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles, MCG, Saturday, September 29, 2:30pm.

Last time they met:

Finals Week 1: West Coast 12.14 (86) def Collingwood 10.10 (70) at Optus Stadium

It’s been just a couple of weeks since these two sides last met, with the Eagles kicking five goals in the final quarter to defeat the Magpies in the second qualifying final at Optus Stadium.

An inspired performance from Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy turned a 10 point deficit at three-quarter time into a 16 point victory that earned the Eagles the week off.

Key Players:

Mason Cox: The 211cm Texan-born Cox has quickly become a cult hero, despite only taking up the game four years ago. Collingwood fans were chanting “USA” during the preliminary final as the big man kicked three goals and grabbed 11 marks, eight of them contested.

Jordan de Goey: The 22-year-old rejected a big money offer to join the Kangaroos just a couple of months ago, pledging his allegiance to the Magpies for another two seasons. There was plenty of hype around the young star as he contemplated where his future lay, now is the time for him to stand up and show the headlines were justified.

Collingwood's Jordan de Goey.

Brodie Grundy: Selected as an All-Australian for the first time this year, the 24-year-old ruckman from South Australia has averaged almost 21 disposals a game in 2018. One of the early favourites for the Norm Smith Medal, look for Grundy to play a big role come Saturday.

Josh Kennedy – One half of West Coast’s “Twin Towers”, it was Kennedy’s early performance against Melbourne that kick-started the Eagles’ massive win. He kicked four goals in the preliminary final, if he can repeat that on Saturday the Eagles will take a giant leap towards claiming the premiership cup.

Josh Kennedy.

Jeremy McGovern – The 26-year-old signed a five-year contract extension with West Coast in July, believed to be worth over $1m a season. The Eagles will be hoping their key defender isn’t hampered by the bump to the hip he received during the opening quarter of the preliminary final against Melbourne.

Luke Shuey – The new father welcomed his first child into the world during the week off prior to the preliminary final, and what better way for young Oliver to be introduced to the world than seeing Dad receive a premiership medal at the MCG. Like McGovern, the Eagles will be monitoring Shuey after suffering a foot injury in the preliminary final.

What time is the opening bounce:

The grand final between Collingwood and West Coast gets underway at 2:30pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the MCG.

Grand Final Entertainment:

Hopefully we won’t see a repeat of 2011 when Meatloaf made headlines for all the wrong reasons, with Grammy award winners The Black Eyed Peas headlining the pre-game musical show this year, with rock legend Jimmy Barnes also performing.

Barnes’ daughter Mahalia will sing the national anthem and crowd favourite Mike Brady will be performing “Up There Cazaly.”

There’s two teams left in the race for the AFL flag, and after their performances in the lead up to the grand final both the Collingwood Magpies and West Coast Eagles will fancy their chances at the MCG on Saturday.

West Coast were awesome in demolishing Melbourne 121-55, while Collingwood proved far too good for defending premiers Richmond 97-58.

This will be the first time the Magpies and Eagles have met in a grand final.

Grand Final details:

Grand Final:

Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Eagles, MCG, Saturday, September 29, 2:30pm.

Last time they met:

Finals Week 1: West Coast 12.14 (86) def Collingwood 10.10 (70) at Optus Stadium

It’s been just a couple of weeks since these two sides last met, with the Eagles kicking five goals in the final quarter to defeat the Magpies in the second qualifying final at Optus Stadium.

An inspired performance from Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy turned a 10 point deficit at three-quarter time into a 16 point victory that earned the Eagles the week off.

Key Players:

Mason Cox: The 211cm Texan-born Cox has quickly become a cult hero, despite only taking up the game four years ago. Collingwood fans were chanting “USA” during the preliminary final as the big man kicked three goals and grabbed 11 marks, eight of them contested.

Jordan de Goey: The 22-year-old rejected a big money offer to join the Kangaroos just a couple of months ago, pledging his allegiance to the Magpies for another two seasons. There was plenty of hype around the young star as he contemplated where his future lay, now is the time for him to stand up and show the headlines were justified.

Collingwood's Jordan de Goey.

Brodie Grundy: Selected as an All-Australian for the first time this year, the 24-year-old ruckman from South Australia has averaged almost 21 disposals a game in 2018. One of the early favourites for the Norm Smith Medal, look for Grundy to play a big role come Saturday.

Josh Kennedy – One half of West Coast’s “Twin Towers”, it was Kennedy’s early performance against Melbourne that kick-started the Eagles’ massive win. He kicked four goals in the preliminary final, if he can repeat that on Saturday the Eagles will take a giant leap towards claiming the premiership cup.

Josh Kennedy.

Jeremy McGovern – The 26-year-old signed a five-year contract extension with West Coast in July, believed to be worth over $1m a season. The Eagles will be hoping their key defender isn’t hampered by the bump to the hip he received during the opening quarter of the preliminary final against Melbourne.

Luke Shuey – The new father welcomed his first child into the world during the week off prior to the preliminary final, and what better way for young Oliver to be introduced to the world than seeing Dad receive a premiership medal at the MCG. Like McGovern, the Eagles will be monitoring Shuey after suffering a foot injury in the preliminary final.

What time is the opening bounce:

The grand final between Collingwood and West Coast gets underway at 2:30pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the MCG.

Grand Final Entertainment:

Hopefully we won’t see a repeat of 2011 when Meatloaf made headlines for all the wrong reasons, with Grammy award winners The Black Eyed Peas headlining the pre-game musical show this year, with rock legend Jimmy Barnes also performing.

Barnes’ daughter Mahalia will sing the national anthem and crowd favourite Mike Brady will be performing “Up There Cazaly.”

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