The AFL Grand Final 2019 – Sydney Giants v Richmond Tigers
The 2019 AFL Grand Final Between Greater Wester Sydney Giants and the Richmond Tigers takes place this Saturday afternoon.
AFL Grand Final fever has hit Sydney and Melbourne as 2019’s biggest sporting event takes place. This year a first, with the Giants from Western Sydney in their first AFL Grand Final.
The Giants, who only entered the AFL in 2012, are one of the youngest teams to ever enter an AFL Grand Final – taking just 8-years to make their first appearance.
Giants have a massive AFL finals series winning all 3 elimination games to reach the AFL Grand Final on Saturday.
Grand Final fever is building, with the NSW Parliament coming together to form an unlikely coalition of Giants fans from across the political spectrum.
Local newspapers in western Sydney are running front page stories about the GWS Giants first ever Grand Final.
Sydney Newspapers : Parramatta and Blacktown get behind their Giants.
Major news broadcasts have been surfacing stories all week about the Giants, with major media contingents at Giants press conferences all week.
Ten News Sydney reports on Giants fever hitting Sydney:
It felt strange in western Sydney today as people spent more time talking about AFL than NRL, and it's all thanks to @GWSGIANTS getting through to the grand final. | @cgoodlet pic.twitter.com/cKBXcGLABP— 10 News First Sydney (@10NewsFirstSyd) September 23, 2019
The game starts at 2.30pm on the minute, with 100,000 fans packing in the MCG in Melbourne and an audience of 8-million TV viewers across Australia.
How to Watch the 2019 AFL Grand Final?
You can watch the Grand Final live on Free-to-Air TV, on Channel 7 and 7HD from 9am Saturday, with pre-game coverage, including live entertainment from 1.30pm.
The network also streams the AFL Grand Final on 7Plus streaming app online and on Smart TV’s.
The official AFL app also streams on smartphones and tablets, via Telstra.
You can watch the AFL Grand Final Overseas?
There are on a number of cable and satellite TV channels carrying the AFL Grand Final live for 2019, according to the AFL Broadcast guide:
USA: Fox Sports 2 in the United States broadcasts live to American AFL fans
UK: BT Sports in the UK, and ESPN UK broadcast the AFL Grand Final.
Asia/Pacific Region: ABC Australia broadcasts live and ad free in the Asia-Pacific region on satellite and cable TV.
China: GZTV in China broadcasts the AFL Grand Final, nationally CCTV5 also broadcasts the Aussie Rules final.
New Zealand: Sky Sport TV broadcasts the AFL Grand Final on TV in New Zealand.
Canada: Aussie expats can watch the AFL Grand Final on TSN Sports.
Mexico & Latin America: In Mexico and Latin America, tune into Claro Sports.
Middle East: Orbit Showtime Network is live from Melbourne in various nations in the Middle-East and North Africa.
Russia: AFL Fans in Russia and several nearby nations can tune on on Viasat Sport.
You can also stream the 2019 AFL Grand Final online overseas with WatchAFL.com.au
Bounce-down takes place at 2.30pm on the dot so make sure you’re tuned in.
How long does the AFL Grand Final go for?
A typical game of AFL goes for about 2 hours and 40 minutes from start to finish, including breaks.
The AFL Grand Final will conclude around 5.10pm with post-match celebrations and presentations taking place between then and 6pm.
Who are the big stars to watch?
On the Sydney Giants side, the big names to watch are:
Toby Greene, the controversial small forward who was suspended for the Prelim against Collingwood.
Jeremy Cameron, won the Coleman Medal for kicking the most goals in 2019 and will need to kick a bag if the giants are to win.
Lachie Whitfield, a half back who will impress.
Matt De Boer will need to tag one of the Richmond midfielders and will be closely watched.
Phil Davis, co-captain and defensive midfielder will need to have a big impact.
Heath Shaw, who is one of the most experienced players on ground and won a Premiership in 2010 with Collingwood, is the defensive specialist who needs to have a cracking game.
Zac Williams is a star in the making and could be a key midfielder.
Stephen Coniglio could be in the mix. The 1.5 million per year player is suffering from injury. Could he make the side in a miracle comeback?
Who will win the 2019 AFL Grand Final?
The Richmond Tigers are playing on their home ground, the MCG, in front of a crowd that’ll be about 70/30 in favour of the Tiger army.
The Giants have had to win two close games in as many weeks to make it the the last Saturday in September and have suffered a few injuries to big stars.
However, anything can happen in AFL and we know the Western Bulldogs in 2016 came from low in the top 8 to win in straight sets, defeating the favourite Sydney Swans.
The Giants and Tigers have very different styles of play, with the Giants great at scoring from clearances/stoppages in play; while the Tigers typically score from opposition turnovers – such is their pressure style of play.
The Giants will need to tackle hard and run hard to keep up with the energetic tigers, while the Tigers will need to have excellent defense to ensure the Sydney boys don’t cause an upset.
Go the mighty Giants!
Our Tip: Giants by 5 points in a classic AFL Grand Final thriller.
The Sydney News Authors