Geelong faces Sydney in the 2022 AFL Grand Final.
For the first time since 2017, both qualifying final winners claimed victory in their home preliminary finals, with the Cats defeating Brisbane and the Swans defeating Collingwood.
And even though the Cats and Swans were original VFL clubs dating back to 1897, this will be their first ever meeting in a Grand Final.
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Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s premiership decider.
WHAT TIME DOES THE GRAND FINAL START?
The 2022 AFL Grand Final starts at 2:30pm AEST on Saturday September 24, reverting back to its traditional timeslot after two night games played in Brisbane and Perth respectively.
It is the first Grand Final back at Melbourne’s MCG since 2019.
Victoria has a four-day weekend thanks to two public holidays leading into Grand Final weekend.
All of Australia has a public holiday on Thursday September 22 for a national day of mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, while Victoria has a Grand Final public holiday on Friday September 23.
The pre-game entertainment is likely to start between 1pm and 1:30pm AEST, with details TBC.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE AFL GRAND FINAL?
The 2022 AFL Grand Final will be broadcast live on Seven and 7Plus (on certain platforms only and only up to 720p HD), and you can stream it on Kayo after the game.
The Grand Final can only be streamed on TVs on 7Plus on Telstra TV, Samsung Tizen (2016 and later), Fetch TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and 5, Android TV/Google TV and LG TV.
You cannot Chromecast or AirPlay the 7Plus coverage of the AFL Grand Final.
Otherwise to watch it live on TV you will need free-to-air channels, or even a simple antenna plugged into the coaxial input on your TV.
Fox Footy will have a massive line-up of live pre-game, half-time and post-game coverage with full analysis from the best team in the business.
If you’re outside of Australia, you can watch the Grand Final as well as Fox Footy coverage and TV shows on WatchAFL.
WHO IS PLAYING IN THE GRAND FINAL?
The Geelong Cats will face either the Sydney Swans in the 2022 AFL Grand Final on Saturday September 24 at 2:30pm AEST.
The Cats are trying to win their first AFL premiership since 2011, having lost the 2020 Grand Final since then.
The Swans are trying to win their first flag since 2012, having lost the 2014 and 2016 Grand Finals since then.
WHEN WILL THE GRAND FINAL FINISH?
The 2022 AFL Grand Final will finish roughly just after 5pm AEST, with full details TBC.
CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE AFL GRAND FINAL?
There are no general public tickets available to the Grand Final unless you purchase an expensive package, with all tickets allocated to clubs, members and corporates.
WHO IS PRESENTING THE PREMIERSHIP CUP?
A club great will hand over the cup to the winning coach and captain after the Grand Final.
For Geelong, it will be premiership captain Cameron Ling. For Sydney, it will be 1995 Brownlow medallist Paul Kelly.
WHO IS THE 2022 AFL GRAND FINAL ENTERTAINMENT?
UK pop great Robbie Williams will perform with Delta Goodrem before the AFL Grand Final as the pre-game entertainment.
Iconic Aussie rock band Goanna, known for their hit song Solid Rock, will join first nations performers Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton on the half-time show.
Other performers include G Flip, Mike Brady, The Temper Trap featuring Budjerah and Ngaiire, and Katie Noonan.
AFL Grand Final pre-game schedule
1:25PM Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Hunter Jnr.
1:26PM Grand Final Motorcade in Toyota HiLux vehicles
1:33PM Mike Brady
1:40PM Telstra Pre-Match Entertainment – Robbie Williams with Delta Goodrem
2:11PM Umpire entry and Toyota match ball delivery
2:13PM-2:16PM Teams enter
2:24PM MC Hamish McLachlan – Acknowledgement of Country
2:25PM Delivery of the 2022 Premiership Cup by Bachar Houli, Premiership Cup Ambassador
2:26PM National anthem performed by Katie Noonan
2:28PM Coin Toss
2:30PM 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final starts
More Grand Final entertainment details here.
WHO IS RUNNING IN THE AFL GRAND FINAL SPRINT?
All 18 clubs will have a representative in the 100-metre sprint held before the Grand Final.
The Saints’ Brad Hill and the Magpies’ Isaac Quaynor will be among the favourites.
Adelaide Crows: Sam Berry
Brisbane Lions: Darcy Wilmot
Carlton: Matt Cottrell
Collingwood: Isaac Quaynor
Essendon: Jake Kelly
Fremantle: Karl Worner
Geelong Cats: Shannon Neale
Gold Coast Suns: Mabior Chol
GWS Giants: Seemed Aleer
Hawthorn: James Blanck
Melbourne: Kade Chandler
North Melbourne: Luke McDonald
Port Adelaide: Miles Bergman
Richmond: Hugo Ralphsmith
St Kilda: Brad Hill
Sydney Swans: Corey Warner
West Coast Eagles: Patrick Naish
Western Bulldogs: Laitham Vandermeer
AFL GRAND FINAL WINNER, NORM SMITH MEDAL AND FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
Geelong is the $1.50 favourite to win the Grand Final, with Sydney $2.65 outsiders. The line is 13.5 points.
Norm Smith Medal odds
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) $7
Callum Mills (Sydney) $9
Jeremy Cameron (Geelong) $9
Luke Parker (Sydney) $11
Isaac Heeney (Sydney) $13
Tom Stewart (Geelong) $13
Cam Guthrie (Geelong) $15
Tom Hawkins (Geelong) $17
Chad Warner (Sydney) $19
Tom Papley (Sydney) $21
Joel Selwood (Geelong) $23
Others available at $26 or longer
Grand Final first goalscorer odds
Jeremy Cameron (Geelong) $9
Lance Franklin (Sydney) $9
Tom Hawkins (Geelong) $10
Isaac Heeney (Sydney) $11
Tom Papley (Sydney) $11
Tyson Stengle (Geelong) $12
Gary Rohan (Geelong) $15
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) $15
Will Hayward (Sydney) $15
Logan McDonald (Sydney) $15
Others available at $23 or longer
All odds via Pointsbet and correct as of 5pm Thursday
AFL GRAND FINAL WEATHER
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it will be 14 degrees and partly cloudy in Melbourne on Saturday September 24.
There is a 30% chance of showers, most likely in the early morning.