The two greatest AFL clubs of the last 20 years meet in a Grand Final for the very first time, as Geelong faces Sydney for the right to be called 2022 premiers.
Even though the Cats and Swans (as South Melbourne) were foundation members of the eight-team VFL in 1897, this is the first time they have met in the premiership decider.
Since 2005, they have shared five of the 17 premierships on offer, and no teams have participated in the finals more often – Geelong missing the eight just twice, and Sydney missing three times.
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But for the first time in a decade, one of them will avoid being the bridesmaid. Geelong is seeking its first AFL flag since 2011; Sydney its first since 2012. The pair have lost a combined three Grand Finals since those triumphs.
At selection, Sydney forward Logan McDonald suffered the heartbreak of being dropped for a Grand Final, becoming the 10th player in the 18-team AFL era to suffer that fate.
But late changes are looming large, with Geelong’s Max Holmes and Sydney’s Sam Reid both under injury clouds after incidents in their sides’ preliminary final victories.
One hour before the first bounce (2:30pm AEST) it will be confirmed whether Holmes (hamstring) or Reid (adductor) will be replaced in the 22, as well as who the medical substitutes will be.
The 2022 AFL Grand Final begins at 2:30pm AEST from the MCG.
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