Australian Football League AFL Grand Final Live stream Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks AFL Finals match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Saturday 27 September 2014 online, 14:30 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Well, we wouldn’t have it any other way with the two best teams all year coming together in what will be a massive Grand Final. Hawthorn wants revenge for their Grand Final loss in 2012 whilst the Swans want to validate the poaching of Buddy Franklin from the Hawks with a flag in his first year at the club. It will be on for young and old early, strap yourselves in for a cracking finale!
Will Cyril Rioli come back into the side after getting through three quarters of the VFL Grand Final? The Hawks livewire hasn’t played in the AFL since round 15 – which was three months ago. He looked rusty on Sunday but with his skills and match winning ability, Alastair Clarkson would be a brave man to leave him out. He’ll play and I doubt he’ll start as the sub either. Don’t expect too many other changes with Brad Sewell and Ben McEvoy both likely to miss out. For the Swans, they’ll go in unchanged for the third straight week with Jeremy Laidler, Dean Towers and Tom Mitchell likely to fill the emergencies.
The Swans rank third in points for and first for least points conceded per game this year. Sydney is 9-4 (7-6 against the line) vs top-8 teams this year. They are 5-1 both head-to-head and against the line vs top-four sides this year and totally outclassed North Melbourne in their preliminary final. The Hawks rank first in both disposals and points per game this season and held on for a tight win over Port Adelaide in their preliminary final. They’re 7-5 (6-6 against the line) vs top-eight sides and 5-3 (4-4 ATL) vs top-four teams this year.
These two heavyweights met in round 18 this year with the Hawks prevailing by 10-points. Hawks forwards Jarryd Roughead (four goals), Luke Breust (three) and Isaac Smith (three) all hit the scoreboard. Whilst, former Hawk Ben McGlynn earned three Brownlow votes for his 23 touches, nine tackles and three goal performance. For the Swans, Adam Goodes (four goals), Lance Frankling (3.5) and Kurt Tippett (two goals) all did damage.
Having been all over Sydney this year, they’re hard to jump off now. They deserve to be favourites, such is the way they dispatched North Melbourne. Expect Rampe and Grundy to be physical on Jack Gunston whilst Richards should get a lot of help with Roughead. Breust dominated Smith in round 18, so he will be looking to atone for that performance. If Roughead can be quelled then Sydney will win. Their midfields match up well but Sydney clearly has an advantage through Kennedy, Jack, McGlynn, Hannebery, Parker and Jetta. It is down forward where the Swans hold the most sway with Spangher invariably having to play on Reid whilst Lake and Gibson will take Tippett and Buddy. The Swans have been the best side all year and should win
B: Nick Smith,Ted Richards,Rhyce Shaw
HB: Gary Rohan,Heath Grundy,Dane Rampe
C: Kieren Jack,Josh Kennedy,Lewis Jetta
HF: Dan Hannebery,Lance Franklin,Harry Cunningham
F: Adam Goodes,Kurt Tippett,Ben McGlynn
Fol: Mike Pyke,Luke Parker,Jarrad McVeigh
I/C: Craig Bird,Jake Lloyd,Nick Malceski,Sam Reid
Emg: Tom Mitchell,Jeremy Laidler,Dean Towers
In: No Change
B: Josh Gibson,Brian Lake,Grant Birchall
HB: Sam Mitchell,Ben Stratton,Luke Hodge
C: Bradley Hill,Will Langford,Isaac Smith
HF: Luke Breust,Jack Gunston,Jordan Lewis
F: Ben McEvoy,Jarryd Roughead,Paul Puopolo
Fol: David Hale,Liam Shiels,Shaun Burgoyne
I/C: Cyril Rioli,Taylor Duryea,Matt Spangher,Matt Suckling
Emg: Jonathon Ceglar,Jonathan Simpkin,Brad Sewell
In: Ben McEvoy,Cyril Rioli
Out: Jonathon Ceglar (Omitted),Jonathan Simpkin (Omitted)
Milestones: Luke Hodge – Playing 250th game