Richmond vs GWS, start time, how to watch, entertainment


It’s the biggest week on the AFL calendar and after two thrilling preliminary final showdowns, the sides are set for the Grand Final.

Richmond took care of business on Friday night when they ran over the top of Geelong in the second half before GWS held off Collingwood in an epic nailbiter to win though to the club’s first Grand Final.

It sets up a a dream decider for the AFL with its expansion club baby set to duel the high-flying club that has become many fans’ unofficial second team.

The injury-ravaged Giants are rank outsiders to continue their fairytale run and many commentators are predicting a Richmond romp in the last Saturday of September.

None of those commentators, however, have declared as much faith in the Tigers as Hawthorn great Ben Dixon, who on Friday declared Damien Hardwick’s team will conqiuer the Giants in the 2019 decider before going on to win three straight flags — on top of the 2017 premiership win over Adelaide.

Dixon’s dramatic three-peat prediction was met with laughter from Fox Footy star David King on Friday night, but the 42-year-old says he saw something special in the Tigers during their preliminary final win over Geelong.

“I think we’re looking at another three-peat with Richmond,” Dixon said on the First Crack Podcast.

“This is the first of three. What they’ve got system-wise, who they’ve been able to get into that footy club and who they’ve held onto, they’re on a big ride here.

“I’m not disrespecting the Giants in any way, but they are on another level Richmond.”

King responded to the outlandish prediction by saying: “You are losing it”.

AFL 2019 GRAND FINAL DETAILS

When and where is it: Saturday September 28 at the MCG

Start time: The game gets underway at 2:30pm (AEST)

LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 3: GWS 19.11 (125) defeated Richmond 10.16 (76) at Spotless Stadium

Round 17: Richmond 13.16 (94) defeated GWS 9.13 (67) at the MCG

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Richmond were ruled out by many pundits earlier in the season when they lost superstar fullback Alex Rance and faced a nightmare injury run to several big names.

But they came home with a wet sail and knocked off the two top teams from the home and away season in Brisbane and Geelong to book their spot in the big dance.

GWS have long been billed as the team to take over the competition and they’ve finally landed their shot.

Despite being without several guns, the Giants’ bulldozing style saw them knock off the Dogs before knocking off the Pies and moving into their first ever Grand Final.

GRAND FINAL ENTERTAINMENT

Australian icon Paul Kelly will headline the day’s entertainment with two rising Australian singers in Dean Lewis and Tones and I supporting.

John Williamson will perform Waltzing Matilda while Mike Brady will perform Up There Cazaly.

Conrad Sewell has been announced as the national anthem singer.

HOW TO WATCH

The 2019 AFL Grand Final will be broadcast live on the Seven Network.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Fans can purchase packages including flights, accommodation and match day tickets through the AFL Travel website. Visit www.afltravel.com.au for all details.

Patrons need a miracle to score last-minute tickets with club members of the Giants and Tigers the only groups lucky enough to be given a fresh allocation of tickets for the big day.



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