The countdown to AFL’s Grand Final


Footy fever hits as fans flock to Melbourne ahead of tomorrow night’s AFL Grand Final.

Tens of thousands of fans will flood the MCG to watch the Swans and Hawthorn.

Sam Smith reports.

TRANNSCRIPT

It’s set to be one of the classics, the two best teams for AFL this season in a fight for the title of 2014 Premiers.

It is the Hawks third Grand Final appearance in as many years and star player Cyril Rioli has been recalled after twelve weeks on the bench with a hamstring injury.

Jordan Lewis, Hawthorn Midfielder: “He looked really good. And I suppose if the coaches had any doubt, they’d probably have a bigger headache now seeing as he trained really well and they’ve gone to make that selection.”

Another of their stars Ben McEvoy is also back in the lineup.

But the Swans have named an unchanged team and are the fovourites.

Lance Franklin, Sydney Forward: “Happy. Excited. All those things. As I said I’m just happy to be getting another opportunity at a grand final.”

And the players themselves are aware of the huge match ahead of them.

Jarrad McVeigh, Sydney Defender: “Third grand final in a row, they’re an unbelievable team. A prelim before that, so they’ve been up for so long. We highly respect these guys and the way they go about it. It’s gonna be a huge talk.”

Tonight, rugby league fans will get a dose of their brand of footy fever when the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Roosters meet.

The roosters know it will be a tough game.

Anthony Minichiello, Roosters Captain: “It’s a good challenge for us because they have had the week off. They are a strong powerful team and will have to try and stop that.”

The South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Roosters in a battle for a place in the NRL Grand Final.

Sam Smith, QUT News.