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AFL Grand Final: Follow all the build-up, news and live action from Geelong v Sydney

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AFL Grand Final day has arrived, with Sydney and Geelong set to compete for the biggest prize in the game.

Stay up to date with all the latest news as we build up to the first bounce.Max Holmes is officially out of the Geelong side for the Grand Final with Mark O’Connor to take his place and Brandan Parfitt to be named the Cats medi-sub.

Geelong assistant coach Shaun Grigg confirmed ahead of the 1.30pm lodgement of final teams that Holmes would not be risked by the Cats.

Holmes had ticked off his rehab program at a Friday fitness test but the Cats believed it was not worth the risk given he could break down with the same hamstring concern that saw him miss the latter stages of the preliminary final.

It will be a heartbreaking decision if the Cats win the Grand Final after the second-year player believed he had proved his fitness on Friday.

Geelong coach Chris Scott made the tough call to leave youngster Max Holmes out of the Grand Final yesterday afternoon.

It’s understood Holmes was able to move at 100 percent during a secret training session on Friday morning and was confident he’d recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in the preliminary final win over Brisbane.

But Scott clearly didn’t want to take any risks into the game and instead made the brutal early call following Friday’s Grand Final parade which Holmes took part in.

Either Brandan Parfitt or Mark O’Connor, who has been the medi-sub for the Cats two finals, will come into the team.

Holmes, 20, has been a key part of the Cats rise up the ladder before he went down with a hamstring problem in the third quarter of the preliminary final.

With Holmes out of the team Parfitt has been told he will be part of the club’s 23 but is yet to be informed if he is in the 22 or will be used as the medi-sub.

The Cats have been aware for most of the back-half of Grand Final week that they were not prepared to take a risk on an underdone Holmes.

Even with a neural hamstring issue there is still a possibility it would fail him again early in a Grand Final.

But he needed a chance to be prove his fitness, with Parfitt to be preferred to wingman Sam Menegola.

Parfitt’s contested game will hold him in good stead against Sydney, given he is an elite inside ball winner.

Menegola is a better like-for-like swap for wingman Holmes but the Cats can tinker with their side and put Mitch Duncan or Zach Tuohy onto the wing.

If the Cats had played Collingwood they might have pushed for Menegola over Parfitt but at this stage Parfit expects to be a part of the side.

He has not played for 35 days given the club’s VFL side was not part of the finals but Geelong has played a scratch match against the Footscray VFL side and been in heavy match simulation.

It will give him confidence he will be able to run out a game if he is selected or is used as a sub but injected into the game early.

This will be the last AFL grand final with the current medi-sub format with the AFL committing to a review of the sub rule.

The AFL Doctors Association has sought assurances from the league that it will change a rule that puts massive pressure on club doctors to sub out players with border-line or minor injuries.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has cheekily roasted AFL boss Gillon McLachlan at this morning’s North Melbourne Grand Final breakfast.

Albo must have been watching the Brownlow on Sunday night, where McLachlan struggled to pronounced the surname of Melbourne gun Christian Petracca.

Petracca was caught on the coverage appearing to exclaim “it’s Petracca for f***s sake” .

And Albo didn’t miss McLachlan this morning.asdrftghjghh

“I’m glad that you didn’t have to do the honours introducing me today, I understand from Christian Petracca that you have a few problems with the Italian surnames,” Albanese said.sdfghj

McLachlan enjoyed the gag, which must have encouraged the Prime Minister, who went again soon after.

Turns out Albo wasn’t a fan of the new-look grand final eve parade, where players were floated on barges down the Yarra River.

“To Gill, I would say, having watched the parade on the Yarra yesterday, to quote a former Prime Minister, we do need to stop the boats,” he said.

The crowd applauded and McLachlan kept laughing.


Zach Tuohy’s family has made a last-minute dash from Portlaoise to Melbourne to hopefully watch the Cat become just the second premiership Irishman.

The 32-year-old will play his 250th game in the Grand Final, having uprooted his life from playing Gaelic football in Ireland at the end of 2009 to play Australian rules.

His sister Naomi and her partner landed in Melbourne on Friday morning and will be at the MCG as he bids to win his first AFL flag.

“My parents didn’t get up, but my sister and my brother in law booked flights at the last minute and got in (Friday) morning, which was a good effort,” Tuohy said on Friday.

“But the support back home is pretty immense at the minute. h


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