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AFL Grand Final – But Not as we Know it.

This year’s AFL Grand Final between Richmond and Geelong will be, like most things in 2020, completely unprecedented. It will be the first night Grand Final (being played at 7.30pm, Saturday) and the first time the decider has been held outside of Melbourne, gracing the turf of Brisbane’s Gabba. The game will also be the first all-Victorian Grand Final since 2011, which is also the last time the Cats contested a decider. Richmond is shooting for a third premiership in four seasons, and its second successive. 

After three preliminary final losses in four years, the Cats broke through to set up the first all-Victorian AFL Grand Final since 2011, when Geelong last played in the decider. The 2020 AFL Grand Final will be a battle of two established groups – a Geelong team that has repeatedly put itself in contention but fallen short and a ruthless Richmond hunting for its third flag in four seasons. Coach Damien Hardwick, who famously survived an external club review after a disastrous 2016 season, could now win a third flag and sit only behind Tom Hafey for premierships coached at Richmond. 

Half time entertainment will feature rising rock trio DMA’S as headline act supported by a huge contingent of Australian artists to perform at this year’s Grand Final.  

I can’t say I’m the keenest football supporter going around, but having a 7 year old son has reinvigorated my interest in the game and I look forward to what I hope is a close contest on Saturday night. Fingers crossed that next year we get back to a ‘precedented’ Grand Final and see the game back home at the MCG.

Have a great weekend.

For and Behalf of the Anglesea Team.

Ben Jackson
Branch Manager
0437 380 706

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