Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans



The AFL grand final is upon us, with the big game’s return to the MCG to feature a host of pre-match entertainment before the Geelong Cats and Sydney Swans square off.

Check out The Roar’s full guide to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.

The grand final itself will see the first bounce once again at 2:30pm (AEST), having been shifted to a night-time slot in the past two seasons; but the day’s many festivities will get going long before the Cats and Swans begin to slug it out.

For Melbourne fans with tickets to the game, the gates will open at 9am (AEST), so get there early and enjoy all the action in the lead-up to the actual game.

The first item on the agenda is the grand final curtain-raiser between the NAB All Stars and an U18s future side, set to begin at 9:35am and broadcast exclusively on the AFL’s official website and the AFL app, while being free to watch.

The grand final sprint is up next; unlike last year, where due to Western Australian border restrictions the event featured only West Coast and Fremantle players, this year each team has provided a runner to take part.

The heats will take place from 12:30pm (AEST), before a final determines the victor. It is expected the heats will be divided into three lots of six, with the first three from each heat progressing to the final.

Kicking off the pre-match entertainment will be the Welcome to Country, performed by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr.

Having been impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years, the grand final’s return to the MCG brings back the traditional retiring players’ motorcade around the boundary.

Mike Brady will perform live at the grand final for the first time since 2019, having been included in the entertainment in the past two years while remaining in Melbourne.

Following him is the main act of the pre-match entertainment. Beginning at 1:40pm (AEST), music icon Robbie Williams will rock the stage alongside Australian legend Delta Goodrem.

From there, the teams will make their way on the field, the match ball and premiership cup will be delivered – the latter by cup ambassador and Richmond great Bachar Houli – and an acknowledgement of country will be performed by master of ceremonies Hamish McLachlan.

The national anthem will be performed at 2:26pm by Katie Noonan, followed by the toss of the coin and then, at 2:30pm (AEST)… first bounce.

Should the game go according to schedule, the half time siren will sound at roughly 3:36pm (AEST). Then it’s time for the half time entertainment, featuring Australian rock band Goanna alongside First Nations performers Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton. Also performing will be G Flip, The Temper Trap featuring Budjerah and Ngaiire, as well as national anthem singer Katie Noonan.

The half-time break is expected to go for 27 minutes, seven minutes longer than usual, to accommodate the entertainment, setting the start to the second half at a little later than 4pm (AEST).

Assuming there is no extra time required, the final siren will sound at roughly 5:06pm (AEST), followed by the post-match presentation. That will see the Norm Smith Medal awarded to the best player afield, the Jock McHale Medal to the winning coach, and of course, the lifting of the premiership cup.

Full day schedule: 2022 AFL grand final, Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans

8am – Melbourne Cricket Club gates open
9am – Seven Network pre-match coverage begins
9:30am – General and AFL Reserve gates open
9:35am – Grand final curtain-raiser begins: NAB All Stars vs U18s Futures match
12:30pm – Grand final sprint – heats and final
1:02pm – Teams warm up on the MCG
1:25pm – Welcome to Country
1:25pm – Retiring players motorcade
1:33pm – Mike Brady to perform
1:40pm – Pre-match entertainment: Robbie Williams with Delta Goodrem
2:11pm – Umpires enter field, match ball is delivered
2:13pm – Sydney players enter field
2:16pm – Geelong players enter field
2:24pm – Acknowledgement of Country
2:25pm – Premiership Cup delivered by ambassador Bachar Houli
2:26pm – National anthem performed by Katie Noonan
2:28pm – Coin toss
2:30pm – AFL grand final starts
3pm* – Quarter time
3:06pm* – Second quarter starts
3:36pm* – Half time
3:42pm* – Half time entertainment: Goanna with Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith, William Barton; G Flip; The Temper Trap, Budjerah, Ngaire, The Australian Girls Choir
4pm* – Third quarter starts
4:30pm* – Three-quarter time
4:36pm* – Fourth quarter starts
5:06pm* – Final siren
5:15pm* – Post-match presentation

All times AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time).

* Denotes approximate time only

Note – all times are subject to change. Times in game will depend on actual quarter length and any possible extra time required should scores be level at full-time. The quarter-time and three quarter time breaks will both be six minutes, and halftime 20, regardless of game length..

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