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AFL Grand Final 2019 LIVE: Footy’s big day

It’s an absolute belter, by Matt Davidson:

This got me yesterday. The story of what the Giants means to a new Australian. It comes from Matt Bungard and Taylor Denny, over at The Sydney Morning Herald:

It’s grand final day. Richmond vs GWS Giants. The champs against the newbies. 

I’m Anthony Colangelo and i’ll be with you until lunchtime, bringing you all the colour of the build up to the game. 

At midday, Ronny Lerner will take over. He’ll blog through the game and the post game celebrations and we’ll have a reporter at Swan St in Richmond to see what kind of mayhem or otherwise takes place down there. 

If you’ve any questions, photos, videos, observations or interesting tidbits about the day feel free to get in toucb on Twitter @AnthColangelo or via email at anthony.colangelo@theage.com.au. 

Richmond and GWS fans prepare for the grand final parade on Friday, and the bigger battle to come.

Richmond and GWS fans prepare for the grand final parade on Friday, and the bigger battle to come.Credit:Getty

It was quite crisp on the way into the city for me this morning. But the BoM reckons we will get up to a maximum of 16C, which is still chilly-ish, today. 

There’ll be no rain, they say, but it’ll be cloudy. 

For what it’s worth it has rained on only one of Richmond’s 11 premiership wins. If it does rain it won’t really advantage one team over the other I don’t reckon, both these sides look pretty comfortable when it’s tougher in slik conditions. 

The hottest grand final was a 31C day in 2015 when the Hawks beat West Coast, while the coldest was 11C in 1958 when the Pies beat the Demons. 

The Hawks celebrate winning on the hottest grand final day ever.

The Hawks celebrate winning on the hottest grand final day ever. Credit:Scott Barbour

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