Sport AFL grand final rarity as Geelong and Richmond both name unchanged sides

11:51  23 october  2020
11:51  23 october  2020 Source:   theroar.com.au

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Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats: AFL grand final preview. Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer had one leg shorter than the other but had built such a reputation by the time he arrived at Geelong in 1962 as a 27-year-old that there was speculation that he may be named captain of the club for his first VFL game.

Both the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats have named unchanged teams for tomorrow night’s grand final.

It marks just the third time both grand finalists have gone into the decider using the same line-up that won the preliminary finals, a recent trend that was only started in the Tigers’ 2017 premiership win, when they and the Adelaide Crows went unchanged for the last match of the year.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick’s decision to go with the same 22 that defeated Port Adelaide last week leaves former Cat Josh Caddy unable to face his former team in the decider. Caddy has been listed in the emergencies alongside Oleg Markov, Mabior Chol and Jake Aarts.

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Despite a minor health scare, it has been a low-key AFL grand final build-up for Geelong star Tom Hawkins. Both clubs have small groups of players based with their families at Royal Pines, while the majority of their travelling parties are stationed at separate bases a few kilometres down the road.

Chris Scott indicated earlier on Friday he would go with the team that got the better of Brisbane at the Gabba, and stuck true to form when the Geelong side was announced later in the day.

The Cats had a selection scare earlier in the week when Tom Hawkins didn’t train and was isolated after displaying very mild flu-like symptoms, but after returning a negative COVID test result, is clear to play tomorrow night.

2020 AFL grand final team line-ups

Richmond Tigers

B: David Astbury, Dylan Grimes, Noah Balta

HB: Liam Baker, Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli

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C: Kamdyn McIntosh, Dion Prestia, Marlion Pickett

HF: Kane Lambert, Jason Castagna, Dustin Martin

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Stars will collide when Richmond and Geelong meet in AFL grand final | Scott Heinrich. In Melbourne, not surprisingly, it hasn’t felt like grand final week at all. The Brownlow medal barely registered. There has been no long lunches, no tortured pleas for tickets, no barbecue invitations.

F: Tom Lynch, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel Rioli

Foll: Toby Nankervis, Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin

Bench: Jack Graham, Shai Bolton, Jayden Short, Nathan Broad

Emergencies: Oleg Markov, Josh Caddy, Mabior Chol, Jake Aarts

Geelong Cats

B: Jed Bews, Harry Taylor, Jake Kolodjashnij

HB: Lachie Henderson, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart

C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola

HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Gary Rohan, Gryan Miers

F: Mark O’Connor, Tom Hawkins, Gary Ablett

Foll: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie

Bench: Jack Henry, Brandan Parfitt, Zach Tuohy, Sam Simpson

Emergencies: Tom Atkins, Zach Guthrie, Esava Ratugolea, Brad Close

Grand final forecast: Richmond versus Geelong .
Wow, we finally made it.

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