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AFL grand final 2022 Ultimate Guide: Swans brutally axe young gun; Aussie megastar added to blockbuster entertainment line-up

Dumped for big dance

Sydney has pulled a grand final selection shock by dropping former No.4 draft pick Logan McDonald.

The young key forward has been brutally axed in favour of Hayden McLean, who is likely to pinch hit in the ruck for the Swans following an injury to Sam Reid. McLean has not played at the AFL level since round eight.

Reid has been named but remains in serious doubt with an adductor problem.

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McDonald only kicked one goal in Sydney's two finals games on the road to the decider. He may still play on Saturday if named as the medical substitute.

Geelong, meanwhile, has named young talent Max Holmes despite him battling to overcome a hamstring injury.

See the full grand final teams below.

What time will the grand final start?

The opening bounce of the grand final is set for 2.30pm (AEST) on Saturday, September 24.

What is the venue for the grand final?

The grand final will be played at the MCG for the first time since 2019.

COVID-19 resulted in the 2020 grand final being hosted by the Gabba and the 2021 decider by Perth Stadium.

How to watch

The grand final will be broadcast on Seven.

You can also follow the day's action in Wide World of Sports' live blog on Saturday.

Two Swans under injury clouds Grand final teams

Geelong Cats

B: Jake Kolodjashnij, Sam De Koning, Jed Bews

HB: Mitch Duncan, Tom Stewart, Jack Henry

C: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Zach Tuohy

HF: Brad Close, Jeremy Cameron, Isaac Smith

F: Tyson Stengle, Tom Hawkins, Gary Rohan

FOLL: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Cameron Guthrie

I/C: Zach Guthrie, Gryan Miers, Tom Atkins, Max Holmes

EMG: Brendan Parfitt, Mark O'Connor, Sam Menegola, Jonathon Ceglar

Sydney Swans

B: Ollie Florent, Tom McCartin, Dane Rampe

HB: Nick Blakey, Paddy McCartin, Jake Lloyd

C: Callum Mills, Chad Warner, Justin McInerney

HF: Isaac Heeney, Sam Reid, Will Hayward

F: Tom Papley, Lance Franklin, Errol Gulden

FOLL: Tom Hickey, James Rowbottom, Luke Parker

I/C: Robbie Fox, Dylan Stephens, Ryan Clarke, Hayden McLean

EMG: Braeden Campbell, Harry Cunningham, Logan McDonald, Will Gould

Logan McDonald of the Swans celebrates a goal with Luke Parker. (Getty)
Grand final umpires

Field: Matt Stevic (10 AFL grand finals), Simon Meredith (eight) and Brendan Hosking, with Hayden Gavine as the emergency field umpire.

Boundary: Michael Marantelli (five), Christopher Gordon (five) and Matthew Konetschka (four), with emergency boundary umpire Ben McDonald.

Goal: Matthew Dervan (one) and Sam Walsh, with emergency goal umpire Dylan Benwell.

It is Hosking, Walsh, McDonald and Benwell's first-ever AFL grand final.

Head-to-head

This season:

The Swans beat the Cats in the only clash between the two sides yet this season, overcoming Geelong 17.5 (107) to 10.17 (77) at the SCG in round two.

Last meeting in a finals match:

Geelong trumped Sydney in the most recent finals match between the two sides, downing the Swans 15.8 (98) to 5.9 (39) in a 2017 semi-final at the MCG.

The clubs have never met in a grand final.

Grand final Cat's incredible redemption story Finals form

Geelong finished two wins clear on top of the ladder and reached the grand final in straight sets. Chris Scott's men toppled Collingwood 11.12 (78) to 10.12 (72) in a qualifying final at the MCG, before thrashing Brisbane in a preliminary final 18.12 (120) to 7.7 (49) at the same venue.

Sydney finished in third on the ladder and opened its finals campaign with a 14.7 (91) to 10.9 (69) qualifying final win over Melbourne at the MCG. John Longmire's men then edged Collingwood 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94) in a preliminary final at the SCG.

Odds (by Sportsbet)

Geelong $1.51, Sydney $2.56.

Grand final tickets

Tickets have sold out.

Club great's huge grand final endorsement for Swans Recent AFL grand final history

2021: Melbourne 21. 14. (140) defeated Western Bulldogs 10. 6. (66)

2020: Richmond 12. 9. (81) defeated Geelong 7. 8. (50)

2019: Richmond 17. 12. (114) defeated GWS Giants 3. 7. (25)

2018: West Coast Eagles 11. 13. (79) defeated Collingwood 11. 8. (74)

2017: Richmond 16. 12. (108) defeated Adelaide Crows 8. 12. (60)

2016: Western Bulldogs 13. 11. (89) defeated Sydney Swans 10. 7. (67)

2015: Hawthorn 16. 11. (107) defeated West Coast Eagles 8. 13. (61)

2014: Hawthorn 21. 11. (137) defeated Sydney Swans 11. 8. (74)

2013: Hawthorn 11. 11. (77) defeated Fremantle 8. 14. (62)

2012: Sydney Swans 14. 7. (91) defeated Hawthorn 11. 15. (81)

2011: Geelong 18. 11. (119) defeated Collingwood 12. 9. (81)

2010 (replay): Collingwood 16. 12. (108) defeated St Kilda 7. 10. (52)

Veteran Swan relieved to play for a flag Grand final entertainment line-up

Pre-match entertainment

- Robbie Williams with Delta Goodrem

- Mike Brady | Up There Cazaly

- Katie Noonan | Advance Australia Fair

Half-time entertainment

- G Flip

- The Temper Trap

- Budjerah

- Ngaiire

- Goanna with Shane Howard, Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton

- The Australian Girls Choir

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