Public plea forces AFL into awkward backflip

The AFL has banned the post-goal music for Saturday’s grand final.

That’s what SEN has reported as Geelong and Sydney get set to meet in the decider at the MCG, after the league again copped a barrage of complaints following the preliminary final between the Cats and Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne venue.

The AFL wanted to blast the tunes after every goal throughout the entirety of the finals series, but the MCC approached the league after the Cats-Lions game and the decision to ditch the music was made.

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What time will the grand final start?

The opening bounce of the grand finale is set for 2.30pm (AEST) on Saturday, September 24.

What is the venue for the grand finale?

The grand finale will be played at the MCG for the first time since 2019.

COVID-19 resulted in the 2020 grand final being hosted by the Gabba and the 2021 decider by Perth Stadium.

How to watch

The grand finale will be broadcast on Seven.

You can also follow the day’s action in Wide World of Sports’ live blog on Saturday.

head to head

This season:

The Swans beat the Cats in the only clash between the two sides yet this season, overcoming Geelong 17.5 (107) to 10.17 (77) at the SCG in round two.

Last meeting in a final match:

Geelong trumped Sydney in the most recent finals match between the two sides, downing the Swans 15.8 (98) to 5.9 (39) in a 2017 semi-final at the MCG.

The clubs have never put in a grand final.

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final form

Geelong finished two wins clear on top of the ladder and reached the grand final in straight sets. Chris Scott’s men toppled Collingwood 11.12 (78) to 10.12 (72) in a qualifying final at the MCG, before thrashing Brisbane in a preliminary final 18.12 (120) to 7.7 (49) at the same venue.

Sydney finished in third on the ladder and opened its finals campaign with a 14.7 (91) to 10.9 (69) qualifying final win over Melbourne at the MCG. John Longmire’s men then edged Collingwood 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94) in a preliminary final at the SCG.

Odds (by Sportsbet)

Geelong $1.51, Sydney $2.56.

grand final tickets

Tickets have sold out.

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Recent AFL grand final history

2021: Melbourne 21.14 (140) defeated Western Bulldogs 10.6 (66)

2020: Richmond 12.9 (81) defeated Geelong Cats 7.8 (50)

2019: Richmond 17.12 (114) defeated GWS Giants 3.7 (25)

2018: West Coast Eagles 11.13 (79) defeated Collingwood 11.8 (74)

2017: Richmond 16.12 (108) defeated Adelaide Crows 8.12 (60)

2016: Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89) defeated Sydney Swans 10.7 (67)

2015: Hawthorn 16.11 (107) defeated West Coast Eagles 8.13 (61)

2014: Hawthorn 21.11 (137) defeated Sydney Swans 11.8 (74)

2013: Hawthorn 11.11 (77) defeated Fremantle 8.14 (62)

2012: Sydney Swans 14.7 (91) defeated Hawthorn 11.15 (81)

2011: Geelong Cats 18.11 (119) defeated Collingwood 12.9 (81)

2010 (replay): Collingwood 16.12 (108) defeated St Kilda 7.10 (52)

Grand final entertainment line-up

– Robbie Williams

– Goanna with Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton

-Mike Brady

– G Flip

– The Temper Trap featuring Budjerah Ngaiire

– Katie Noonan

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