Will Richmond stand up or will the Giants glory be bound? Everything you need to know about the AFL Grand Final because the excitement for the decision maker reaches a fever
- GWS Giants and Richmond Tigers compete for AFL premiership on Saturday
- The ball falls at Melbourne Cricket Ground at 2.30 pm for thousands
- If the Giants win, this is their first premiership since they entered the AFL in 2012
- Tigers compete with their 12th premiership, the second trophy in three years
The Greater Western Sydney Giants were able to win their first flag as they prepare for the Richmond Tigers in the AFL Grand Final 2019.
While the Tigers hope to add to their growing trophy cupboard, the underdogs could make club history while the ball prepares to fall in the coming hours.
Dozens of fans have started flooding the Melbourne Cricket Ground for a day that promises nail-biting footy and entertainment.
Here, Daily Mail Australia explains all the things you need to know for the seasonal decision.
Tigers fans arrive at the MCG for the AFL Grand Final 2019 on Saturday
A GWS Giants with orange hair and face paint poses for the camera on Saturday
WHEN DOES THE GAME BEGIN?
The match is scheduled at 2.30 p.m. on the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Viewers looking for action on their TV screens can tune in to channel 7.
WHO IS THE BIG FINAL ENTERTAINMENT?
Paul Kelly is headliner of the Virgin Australia Pre-Game Show and is supported by Dean Lewis and Tones and I.
Dozens of fans flood the gates of Melbourne Cricket Ground for the decision between the Tigers and the Giants
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
If the Richmond football club wins Saturday's final, they will be crowned Prime Minister for the 12th time in the club's history.
The Tigers last won the cup in 2017 against Adelaide Football Club, where they defeated the Giants in the preliminary final.
There is demonstrably more at stake for major final rivals and GWS underdogs, who first entered the AFL in 2012.
In their debut season, GWS won only two games and lost five times with more than 100 points. They were wooden spoons for their first two years in the competition.
A victory on Saturday – their first major last performance – would mark the club's first seasonal victory.
AFL Premiership Cup ambassador, Steve Johnson (center) arrives at the AFL North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast on Saturday
Fans stand in line for the AFL 2019 Grand Final between the Tigers and the Giants
HOW WILL THEY GET THERE?
Richmond and GWS were two of the eight teams that earned a sport in the final series. They finished third and sixth respectively.
It is the first time since 1980 that first or second place did not win a place in the last race.
The Giants defeated Collingwood 56 to 52 to take a position in Saturday's decision-maker, while Richmond fought from 21 points to beat Geelong Cats on Friday.
PLAYERS TO VIEW
Brownlow medalist Dustin Martin, 28, is expected to deliver on the big stage, but all eyes will be on GWS tagger Matt de Boer, who managed to keep the Richmond midfielder to just 15 touches in round three.
Martin was suspended during the same game because he knocked Adam Kennedy off in a game that the Giants won with 49 points.
Marlion Pickett, 27, plays his first AFL game for the Richmond Tigers on Saturday. Pickett will be the first player to debut in the VFL or AFL Grand Final since Collingwood & Keith Batchelor in 1952.
He was picked for the mid-season Tigers in May and called for the final after Jack Graham was excluded with a shoulder injury.
Dustin Martin (left) was broken during a Tigers training session on Friday, while Matt de Boer (right) posed during a media session on Monday
AFL 2019 BIG LAST ODDS
Richmond $ 1.40
GWS Giants $ 3.10
(Via Sportsbet at 10.30 am AEST Saturday 28 September)
AFL BIG END SCHEDULE
10:00 am: Under-17 NAB All Stars Futures game
1:00 AM: Team sheet submission
1.26 pm: Motorcade
Outgoing players: Michael Rischitelli, Mark Lecras, Sam Gilbert, Aaron Sandilands, Dale Thomas, Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith, Dale Morris, Liam Picken, Scott Thompson, Daniel Wells, Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis, Shaun Grigg , Brett Deledio.
Umpires: Scott Jeffery, Shane McInerney.
Brownlow Medalist: Nat Fyfe.
Soccer woman of the year: Shelley Ware.
NAB AFL Rising Star: Sam Walsh.
NAB AFL Rising Star for women: Madison Prespakis.
NAB AFL Auskicker of the year: Mac Monaghan.
NAB AFL Leading Goalkicker for women: Stevie-Lee Thompson.
Australian cricketers: Meg Lanning, Pat Cummins.
1.34 – 2.10 p.m. Grand Final entertainment
02:11: Referees enter the field
02:13: Giants players enter the field
02:16: Tigers players enter the field
02:26: National anthem
02:28: Throw coin
2:30 am: Opening jump for the AFL Grand Final
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