Footy fans have braved pouring rain at today’s AFL Grand Final Parade in Melbourne.

Despite the bleak conditions, a one-hundred-thousand strong crowd turned out ahead of tomorrow’s decider between the Hawks and the Swans at the MCG.

Zac Street reports.


The gloomy skies and rain weren’t enough to dampen the spirits of these footy fanatics, eager for a chance to meet their sporting heros.

The players were safe and dry in covered utes as they paraded through a sea of rain jackets and umbrellas.

The Swans touched down in Melbourne last night.

They’re hoping to break their hoodoo at the MCG, where they’ve lost their last nine matches, but one former Swans great is confident of a win.

Jared Crouch, 2005 Swans Premiership Player: “They’re excited to be down here in Melbourne. This is a great atmosphere, all the colour in the streets. The boys are excited about being down here.”

Meanwhile, Hawthorn have made just one change to the line-up, recalling skipper Luke Hodge at the expense of defender Tom Murphy.

Both team coaches say further changes are not likely, despite more rain predicted for match day.

The Hawks, hunting their first premiership in four years, go into the decider as firm favourites.

But Sydney fans aren’t writing off their chances.

The stage is set and the biggest prize is only four quarters of footy away.

Zac Street, QUT News.