Sport Unusual AFL grand final build-up in Perth leaves Melbourne, Western Bulldogs seeking relaxation

09:45  24 september  2021
09:45  24 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Football 's biggest day of the year, the AFL grand final , is finally here (well almost!). In a season once again affected by the COVID pandemic, with organisers having to work the schedule around lockdowns and border closures, we have completed all but one of the 225 AFL games for season 2021. Given the extra game time for 2021, the AFL moved the start time back 15 minutes, to ensure that play wraps up around the same time as last year. Barring unexpected delays or breaks for injuries, the AFL grand final itself should finish around 10:15pm AEST, 8:15pm local time in Perth (AWST), 9:45pm in

The Western Bulldogs go into Saturday's grand final with their sights set on a second flag in six years, once again doing it from outside the top four. They still have a strong cohort of players who featured in the 2016 win over Sydney, with nine taking the field in the Bulldogs ' big preliminary final But they're just enjoying the experience for themselves as well. It's all fresh, it's all new," he said. One player who has not been overawed by the Bulldogs ' run to the grand final is Bailey Smith. The 20-year old has booted eight goals in his three finals appearances this season while also collecting more than

Captains Max Gawn (left) and Marcus Bontempelli have visited Perth's Kings Park with the premiership cup. (ABC News: Julian Robins) © Provided by ABC Grandstand Captains Max Gawn (left) and Marcus Bontempelli have visited Perth's Kings Park with the premiership cup. (ABC News: Julian Robins)

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin says a "parma and a pot" overlooking the beach has helped him relax in the lead-up to tomorrow's AFL grand final in Perth.

Goodwin's Demons will be out to end a 57-year premiership drought when they face the Western Bulldogs at Perth Stadium.

The AFL's decision to hold a pre-game bye before the game has given both sides an extra week to prepare.

Goodwin said it had also meant more work for the coaches, and he was relieved the game was now in sight.

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Western Australia is hosting the Grand Final for the first time as a result of the AFL being forced to move the game from its traditional MCG venue for the second consecutive year as a result of the pandemic. Perth ’s Optus Stadium will feature a festival-like atmosphere in the lead up to Saturday night’s decider between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne The Demons are hoping to snap a record 57-year premiership drought while the Bulldogs are hoping to replicate their fairytale 2016 run to the premiership from outside the top four. Basil and Amy Zempilas at a tennis function in Perth .

The Western Bulldogs have brought Alex Keath and Cody Weightman back in their line- up for the grand final against Melbourne , where Ryan Gardner and Laitham Vandermeer both fell. Key points: Keath has recovered from the tightness of the hoarding to be fit for the grand final . Defender Keath (hoarding) and forward Weightman (concussion) missed the Bulldogs ’ preliminary final against Port Adelaide, but were fit for Saturday’s season decision in Perth . The pair last played in the Bulldogs ’ one-point semifinal triumph over the Brisbane Lions at Gabba.

"I think yesterday was the first time I got a chance to spend some time out," he said.

"I took a little drive to a place called Yanchep and laid on the beach, and then went up to the pub and had a parma and a pot.

"I just reflected on the challenge and the year that's been. It was just nice to have some time on my own."

Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli said visits to the local coffee shop had been his way of escaping the pre-game hype.

The 2016 premiership player said the longer build-up had provided more opportunity for relaxation.

"The perk of the longer lead-in does give you that opportunity on your days off to get away from the hotel for half a day here or there," he said.

"To embrace those quieter moments in between, and just reflect on the opportunity that lies [ahead], but obviously also on what's happened to this point."

Keath on track for AFL grand final return

  Keath on track for AFL grand final return Western Bulldogs key defender Alex Keath is on track to overcome a hamstring injury in time to play in the AFL grand final against Melbourne on Saturday.The key defender missed the preliminary final with a hamstring injury and was on light training duties at the Bulldogs' base in Perth last week.

West Australian football fans are the big winners as Perth Stadium gears up to host this weekend's AFL grand final and they don't come any more fanatical than Western Bulldogs supporter Kirsten Gianni. The Footscray Football Club, as it was known for more than a century, was renamed in late 1996 as the Western Bulldogs to gain wider support from the western suburbs of Melbourne . Key points: Kirsten Gianni will make the 570km drive from Kalgoorlie to Perth for the AFL grand final .

Penpix of the western bulldogs ' team for the afl grand final . Finals : 10. Second-year captain captain finished runner- up in the Brownlow Medal and is primed to Finals : 3. Under an injury cloud during the build - up after hamstring tightness forced him off the Back-up ruckman and tall defender played the first two finals before being left out of the preliminary final side.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said swimming had been his relaxation method, although he had mostly restricted himself to local pools, rather than taking a dip at the beach.

"Not swimming too far out in the Indian Ocean with the men in grey suits out there," he joked.

For Demons skipper Max Gawn, tomorrow's clash comes with a dual sense of responsibility.

Gawn is aiming to be the first Melbourne captain to raise the cup since 1964.

He said that would be an immense honour, but he was more concerned with the present day.

"We were able to get out of Melbourne at a pretty grim time for the city and come over to sunny Perth and live our dream," he said.

"We both have a responsibility to get out there and perform at our best and make our members and families and supporters proud back in the eastern states who are doing things tough.

"The drought is one thing but I'm more realistic about what's actually happening in Melbourne now."

Bontempelli, who played in the Dogs' drought-breaking premiership of 2016, said his advice to teammates who did not feature in that game had been simple.

"Enjoy the ride," he said.

"You never know when your next opportunity might be.

"So give yourself up to the build-up. It's an exciting prospect to be a part of."

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