Grand final weekend is upon us once more and while it might not feature the two teams the majority of us expected to be left standing, both teams have proven they deserve their chance at AFL glory this season.
It promises to be an absolute thriller.
AFL Grand Final 2013 Live Stream : We’ve broken down all the action scheduled for this weekend in our complete guide to the grand final with all the need-to-know details, viewing information, analysis and prediction.
The Roar will also be providing live commentary on the day.
Read on to see how the weekend ahead could unfold.
Date: Saturday, September 28, 3013
Time: 2:30pm AEST
TV: Live via Channel Seven
Radio: Triple M, 3AW, SEN, ABC, ABC Grandstand (depending on location)
Recent form: Hawthorn
Hawthorn finished the season in fine style – winning the minor premiership – and proved their finals credentials with a stirring victory over defending premiers the Sydney Swans to book a spot in the semi-finals.
The Hawks then followed that up with a narrow victory over Geelong last week to break the ‘Kennett Curse’, as they came from behind to record a five-point win.
Recent form: Fremantle
Fremantle came into the finals this year somewhat under the radar of the big three (Hawthorn, Geelong and Sydney), but soon dispelled any questions about their potency with a sensational victory over the Cats at Simonds Stadium.
Playing their first home semi-final in history, the Dockers then showed just how dominant they can be against one of the best teams in the league, smashing the Sydney Swans in a midfield masterclass to book their spot in the club’s first ever grand final. AFL Grand Final 2013 Live Streaming
Last five meetings
R4, 2013: Hawthorn 18.10 (118) def. Fremantle 11.10 (76)
R8, 2012: Hawthorn 17.17 (119) def. Fremantle 9.9 (63)
R19, 2011: Hawthorn 13.17 (95) def. Fremantle 6.8 (44)
R11, 2011: Hawthorn 17.9 (111) def. Fremantle 13.11 (89)
2EF, 2010: Fremantle 14.10 (94) def. Hawthorn 8.16 (94)
Key match-up: Sam Mitchell (HAW) versus Ryan Crowley (FRE)
With Hawthorn suffering a number of injuries to key players this season, Mitchell has again proved his importance to the club with a slew of stirring performances – including incredible night last week against Geelong.
The defender-turned-midfielder picked up 38 disposals and 11 clearances against the Cats, and will be looking for a big performance in this one.
However, if any man is capable of shutting down the red-hot Mitchell, it’s Crowley, who has done superb tagging jobs over the finals series so far on Steve Johnson and Kieran Jack respectively.
If Crowley can keep Mitchell quiet early in this one, the Dockers could be primed to launch one of the most thrilling upsets in grand final history.
Three facts to consider
1. Overall, Hawthorn holds a 20-7 head-to-head advantage over the Dockers.
2. There are 23 Hawks players listed who have played in a grand final before, but only two Dockers players have grand final experience (Zac Dawson at St Kilda and Danyle Pearce at Port Adelaide).
3. The last five times that the best attack in the league has played the best defence in the league in a grand final, the defence has won (1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2012).
With all the emotion and pressure on grand final day, this one will remain a pretty tight affair.
The Hawks have been the best attacking team all year and will be the deserved favourites, but there’s something about the Dockers.
Fremantle were ultra-impressive against the Swans last week and if they can win the midfield battle on Saturday, they stand a huge chance at pulling off an upset.
I’ve underestimated the boys from the west in both their finals games this year (and have been proven wrong both times), and while it might not be the natural prediction, they might just get up here.
They don’t have any expectations on them – being the outsiders and playing in their first grand final – and will be under far less pressure than the Hawks.
It’ll be a thriller and, just maybe, we might see an upset this weekend.
Dockers by two points.
Here are all the broadcast details of the AFL Grand Final marathon on Seven / 7mate.
The big game itself is due to kick off at 2:30pm Saturday, although coverage begins from 1pm. Hopefully this is the last time the game screens in SD. AFL Grand Final 2013 Stream
The 2013 AFL season reaches a climax on Saturday with the Grand Final between Hawthorn and Fremantle broadcast Live and Exclusive on Channel 7 around Australia.
The football feast kicks off late on Friday night with the traditional Grand Final eve marathon, before live coverage commences from 9am AEST with a special edition of AFL Game Day, hosted by Hamish McLachlan
The biggest names in football commentary will be on deck throughout the day, led by match callers Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti and including Leigh Matthews, Matthew Richardson, Luke Darcy, Brian Taylor, Cameron Ling, Tim Watson, Tom Harley, Nick Riewoldt, Basil Zempilas and Samantha Lane.
An enormous production team will ensure fans at home catch all the action, with over 175 crew, 55km of cabling and more than 50 cameras involved – including Spidercam, goalpost cameras, a chopper cam and cameras trained on the interchange benches, the coaches’ boxes and in the tunnels to and from the rooms.
Special features include Leigh Matthews interviewing Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and captain Luke Hodge; we’ve spent the month following Jack Gunston and Nathan Fyfe, speaking with them each week about the agony and ecstasy of September; we also catch up with Stephanie Gray, the mother of Docker Stephen Hill and Hawk Bradley Hill; and Fremantle mastermind Ross Lyon gives us his final thoughts on the game.
Seven’s AFL Grand Final coverage will be broadcast in 251 territories around the world including Asia-Pacific, UK, Ireland, Canada, Africa, USA, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and Latin America, as well as every country online.
Throughout the broadcast, viewers can also have their say on the Grand Final using the Toyota Viewer Vote function available via the 7Sport app or online at www.7sport.com.au/viewervote with results updated in real-time.
Friday September 27
Sandy Roberts hosts an all-night marathon featuring some of the great Grand Finals, including 1970, 1977, 1989, 1997 and the Swan’s triumph in 2012.
Melbourne 11.30pm on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 11.30pm on 7mate
Adelaide 11.45pm on Channel 7 (630am-7am on 7mate)
Perth 11.45pm on Channel 7 (5am-7am on 7mate)
Saturday September 28
AFL Game Day – Grand Final Edition
AFL Game Day comes live from the MCG in a special two-hour Grand Final edition hosted by Hamish McLachlan, with a rotating panel of guests including Jude Bolton, Michael Voss, Nic Naitanui, Wayne Carey, Leigh Montagna, Mark McVeigh, Nick Maxwell and Seven News chief AFL reporter Mark Stevens.
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 9am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 8.30am Live on Channel 7
Perth 7am Live on Channel 7
AFL Grand Final – Pre Match
At 11am AEST the pace picks up with Seven’s Saturday Night Footy team of Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling and Samantha Lane on the panel for the countdown to the premiership decider, with Giaan Rooney reporting from around the MCG. Special guests include Essendon captain Jobe Watson and the actress Jerry Hall, while we have the best of the Lie Detector, Max Bailey features in #Discovered and there’s a bumper edition of Media St. Basil Zempilas calls the Grand Final sprint with Leigh Montagna and Campbell Brown.
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 11am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 10.30am Live on Channel 7
Perth 9am Live on Channel 7
AFL Grand Final
An AFL Premiership season that began over six months ago with 18 teams in the hunt for the ultimate prize is now down to two – Hawthorn and Fremantle – on that last Saturday in September. Match callers will be Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti with expert commentary from Leigh Matthews, Tim Watson, Matthew Richardson, Tom Harley, Cameron Ling and Nick Riewoldt.
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 1pm Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 12.30pm Live on Channel 7
Perth 11am Live on Channel 7
AFL Grand Final Post Match
As the celebrations kick off after the final siren we bring you all the emotion and the stories from inside the rooms before launching into a post-match concert featuring Hunters & Collectors and Birds of Tokyo. And then the premiership-winning team will be presented to their adoring fans back on the MCG. With Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson and Cameron Ling.
Melbourne | Sydney | Brisbane 6pm Live on 7mate
Adelaide 5.30pm Live on Channel 7, from 6pm Live on 7mate
Perth 4pm Live on Channel 7, from 530pm on 7mate
Sunday September 29
AFL Game Day
Hosted by Hamish McLachlan with Leigh Matthews, Tom Harley, Andrew Welsh, Simon Marshall and Seven News chief AFL reporter Mark Stevens
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth 10am on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 10am on 7mate
AFL Grand Final Replay
Melbourne | Adelaide | Perth 11am on Channel 7
Sydney | Brisbane 11am on 7mate
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