After an unconventional season, the 2020 AFL Grand Final is here. The Geelong Cats will take on reigning premiers Richmond Tigers on Saturday at Brisbane’s Gabba.
Due to Victoria’s current COVID-19 restrictions the final will be held away from the MCG for the first time in 29 years. The cup however will return to the state, as this is the first all-Victorian Grand Final in almost a decade.
The Indigenous presence on the field will be undeniable, with Brandon Parfitt having an impressive finals run for the contesting Geelong Cats side.
Richmond has a few star Indigenous players, including Shane Edwards and Daniel Rioli who snapped a goal the quarter-time siren in the 2019 Grand Final, as well as Marlion Pickett who made a stunning debut in last year’s final.
Shai Bolton (Wajuk) Showcasing plenty of potential in 2019, Bolton has been working hard to solidify his position on the side. With a balance of speed and steadiness, Bolton has the skill to make a big impact on the field. His pace out of stoppages and overhead marks are a threat.
Shane Edwards (Arrernte) A club favourite, Edwards is a big team player and enjoys the contest. Signed until 2021, the versatile defender has had a consistent, impressive run over the seasons. He is one of Richmond’s key players throughout the finals series.
Marlion Pickett (Noongar) Pickett shone in his AFL debut last year, as a late inclusion in the Grand Final. Pickett wowed the crowd with not only his raw talent, but his inspirational back story as well. His character and tenacity off the field is a testament to his grace on the field. With 22 disposals and one goal in the 2019 match, look out for what Pickett can do on the big stage this year.
Daniel Rioli (Tiwi) No stranger to a finals campaign, the dual premiership medallist will be a key player for Richmond. The famous last name, his aggression and work rate make for a fierce competitor. He will be looking to step up for his time in the most important match of all.
Brandan Parfitt (Warramungu) The Northern Territory product started his career as a half-forward but through 2019 Parfitt increased his midfield minutes. He’s smart, young and his finals campaign in 2020 has been impressive scoring a goal in last week’s preliminary final.
The 2020 AFL Grand Final is on Saturday October 24 at 6.30pm AEST.
By Darby Ingram