As the end of September nears, footy fans from across the country are preparing for the one biggest event on the Australian sporting calendar – the AFL grand final.

Collingwood are hot favourites heading into Saturday’s match but St. Kilda fans won’t let you know it.

Kate Boston reports.

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In their only open training session before the big day, the Saints welcomed thousands of fans into their old home ground at Moorabbin.

Spirits high and voices strong, the dedicated supporters are positive the boys can bring home the trophy – even if they are the clear underdogs.

Vox 1: “How do I feel about Saturday? Same as I did last year. Very optimistic. Ready to rock and roll.”

Their 24 point victory over the Bulldogs left the Saints with some worrying injury concerns but injured midfielder Dal Santo says he’s a definite starter.

The grand final excitement has been temporarily overshadowed by tonight’s Brownlow Medal announcement with Collingwood’s Dane Swan tipped to take out the award.

The Magpie’s star is the shortest price favourite since Shane Crawford in 1999.

Of course not all the competition is played out on the field.

The footballers’ wives and girlfriends will fight it out on the red carpet for top fashion merits.

Controversial socialite Brynne Edelsten is keeping her outfit under wraps.

Kate Boston, QUT News.