Follow Daily Mail Australia’s live blog for all the updates and scores from the AFL grand final.
And the first grand final sprint win goes to…
Max Holmes of Geelong was the clear winner in his sprint heat after Cats assistant coach Daisy Pearce branded him the fastest player at the club.
Ticketing dramas hit fans less than two hours before kickoff
Melbourne Cricket Club members have been left furious after they were able to snap up seats that were released for sale to the public at 11am – only to find they couldn’t actually buy them online.
Chris Fagan reveals his keys to getting the best out of the Lions in the biggest game of their lives – and addresses MCG hoodoo
The Brisbane coach has told Channel Seven he didn’t want to overload his team with too many instructions and too much information in the lead-up to the match, given how many outside distractions grand final teams face.
He also addressed the hoodoo that has many fans convinced his side can’t win the flag today.
‘In terms of our record at the MCG, I can’t argue with it, it’s not very good,’ Fagan admitted. ‘But on grand final day I don’t think it matters where you play.’
Anthony Albanese has a go at Pies fans at the Grand Final Breakfast
It’s tradition for the PM and opposition leader to attend the function on the morning of the decider – and Albanese, a Hawks fan, wouldn’t have done Labor’s polling numbers in Collingwood any favours with a cheeky dig at the Magpies faithful.
Fan plays practical joke on Harris Andrews
Hawks legend Luke Hodge has revealed that a footy fan called the Lions’ hotel overnight, told reception there was an illness in the Brisbane co-captain’s family and he wasn’t answering his phone – and got put through to Andrews’ room.
When he picked up, the fan told him, ‘You won’t be taking any intercept marks today!’
Andrews is one of the best key defenders in the game and is the Lions’ intercept king – so it’s likely that fan will be proved wrong.
Grand final schedule
Here’s a detailed breakdown of what’s happening at the G today…
12.15pm: Grand final sprint heats
12.38pm: Grand final sprint final
1.31pm: Grand final motorcade
1.36pm: Performance by musician Mike Brady
1.42pm: KISS lead the pre-game entertainment
2.11pm: Umpires enter (boo!) and game ball is delivered
2.25pm: Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr
2.26pm: Advance Australia Fair performed by Kate Miller-Heidtke
2.30pm: Siren sounds and the game begins
G’day and welcome!
The biggest day of the footy year is finally here and Daily Mail Australia has you covered with all the latest updates, scores and photos as the Collingwood Magpies take on the Brisbane Lions at the MCG.
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