After two weeks of buildup, the much anticipated clash between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs is finally here.
After two weeks of accumulation, the highly anticipated Grand Final match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs will take place on Saturday.
The Demons have been trying to catch up with a 57-year prime ministerial drought since 1964, unable to win a flag – incidentally, the same year Tokyo previously hosted an Olympic Games.
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Meanwhile, the Bulldogs hope to repeat their 2016 tale by winning the flag from outside the top four.
When is the AFL Grand Final?
With the match to be played at Perth’s Optus Stadium, the first bounce will take place at 5:15 PM local time or 7:15 PM AEST at twilight on Saturday evening.
Here’s when the first nationwide jump happened:
Melbourne – 19.15pm
Sydney – 19.15pm
Brisbane – 19.15pm
Perth – 17.15pm
Adana – 6.45pm
Hobart – 19.15pm
The season finale will begin on Channel 7 and 7HD from 14:00 AEST.
Meanwhile, Fox Footy will broadcast football all day from 14:00 to 23:00. You can also watch a replay of the Grand Finale on Fox Footy starting at 11:15 PM.
What’s the Grand Finale pre-game fun?
Official festivities begin at 6:15 PM AEST, including pre-match entertainment and a Welcome To Country performance and the national anthem.
last week in the AFL announces lineup for matchday entertainmentIncluding a halftime performance by Perth-based alternative rock band Birds of Tokyo with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s pre-match fun is packed with Western Australian talent including John Butler, Eskimo Joe, Abbe May, indie phenomenon Stella Donnelly, Men at Work’s Colin Hay and Young Australian of the Year Baker Boy.
The Waifs’ Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn will also feature Native duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.
Mike Brady’s iconic performance “Up There Cazaly” will be teleported from Melbourne once again to the venue due to Covid-19 restrictions, while Noongar cultural ambassador Richard Walley will direct Welcome to the Country.
Originally published AFL Grand Final: Kick off time in every Australian capital