Australia’s two major cities are embroiled in football Grand Final fever.
The Dragons take on the Roosters in Sydney for the NRL title while in Melbourne, Collingwood and St Kilda meet for a second time in as many weeks to decide the AFL crown.
Sophie Barrington reports.
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For the second straight week anticipation is building ahead of tomorrow’s AFL Grand Final re-match.
Collingwood will start favourite in what should be an exhilarating game.
Their fans were a little more low-key this time around, during an open training session today.
But couldn’t contain their excitement.
St Kilda held an open training session on Tuesday, but has since remained behind closed doors .. Maintaining their confidence.
Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda Captain: “I think it took a pretty special group to be able to do what we did in the second half.”
The Harbour city has gone overboard in the lead up to Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.
St George Illawarra is tipped to take home their first premiership in three decades.
Sunday’s game will be particularly exciting for the Rooster’s youngest player, eighteen-year-old Joseph BJ Leilua.
Previously a Dragon’s Junior, he quit the club last year and returned to schoolboy football.
Now, he’s taking on a Grand Final.
BJ Leilua, Roosters Winger: “It’s a big step but I just want to get the opportunity to just make the most of it.”
After yesterday’s excitement at the Opera House forecourt, the Dragons headed back to their camp at Bondi Beach.
Anthony Minichiello, Rooster’s Fullback: “It’s something that they’re used to but it doesn’t worry us we’ll stick to our normal routine.”
Sophie Barrington, QUT News.