In the AFL Grand Final, both Hawthorn and Fremantle are doing the fine tuning of their team line up in preparation for the big game tomorrow night in Melbourne.

Hannah Chapman reports.


Hawthorn is the favourite going into the grand final. The only change to the team is defender, Brendan Whitecross, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, Jonathan Simpkin will take his place.

The twenty-five-year-old has had a successful first year with the Hawks, scooping “best on ground” in the VFL Grand Final last week.

The team is close to full strength and the players hope to make up for their loss last season.

Brett Ratten, Hawthorn Assistant Coach: “The boys are pretty confident, you know. Really looking forward to Saturday’s event. They’ve worked really hard this season and there’s a lot of confidence in the way that we’ve played.”

The underdogs, Fremantle, have kept the team lineup unchanged, after their victory against the Sydney Swans in the preliminary finals.

The Dockers do have some concerns about the fitness of three of their players – Chris Mayne, Michael Johnson and Luke Mcpharlin.

Those three still have minor injuries and there’s a slim chance at least one of them may have to be pulled from the lineup for tomorrow’s final clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Hannah Chapman, QUT News.