Excitement is building for footy fans ahead of this weekend’s Grand Final double header.

In Melbourne today, the AFL Grand Final Parade drew thousands of spectators.

Meanwhile, Rugby League fans are making their way to Sydney for Sunday’s NRL decider.

Marianna Economous reports.


The sun shone as AFL fans took over the streets of Melbourne.

The inner-city was filled with supporters, decked-out head-to-toe in the colours of Collingwood and Geelong.

A convoy of stars followed the traditional route of the parade.

It’s their last public appearance ahead of tomorrow’s decider.

A special team presentation concluded the show.

The Pies hope to go back to back, and farewell departing coach Mick Malthouse with a win.

Darren Jolly, Collingwood: “I’m extremely confident, we gave it a flogging on Wednesday and pulled up really well, so I’m ready to go.”

While Geelong aims to make it a dream debut season for Chris Scott.

Paul Chapman, Geelong Forward: “Hopefully the team plays well and hopefully we get the result we’re after.”

In Sydney the starting line-ups for both the Sea Eagles and Warriors look strong.

Manly have named Jamie Lyon as centre, Anthony Watmough and Brett Stewart in second row and Glenn Stewart playing fullback.

As for the Warriors, Feleti Mateo, Krisnan Inu, James Maloney and Shaun Johnson will play a staring role.

Both teams had their final training session today ahead of Sunday’s match.

Marianna Economous, QUT News.