A glorious autumn day was on offer at the MCG for the traditional ANZAC day clash between Collingwood and Essendon football clubs. Pre-match saw former servicemen in a motorcade around the ground and both teams entered the field to run through a joint banner with “Always remembered” across the top in reference to those servicemen and women that served and fell in wars. The commemoration service was completed in the middle of the ground and the Australian and New Zealand anthems played then teams moved to their final warmups.
The AFL clubs continue to clear roster space ahead of the draft and another US basketball player will give it a go. Here's the latest:
Carlton delisted Sam Rowe, Jed Lamb, Sam Kerridge and Nick Graham. Rowe, 30, was a defender who played 99 games. He hopes to find another AFL home. Kerridge (42 games), Lamb (66 games) and Graham (48 games) will also look to seek opportunities elsewhere. Kerridge played 27 games with Adelaide 2012-2015 before being traded to the Blues.
Congratulations to the West Coast Eagles!
Winners of the 2018 AFL Grand Final
West Coast 2.2 4.3 8.7 11.13 (79) Collingwood 5.1 6.3 8.7 11.8 (74)
(09/28/18)(Ed note: From Fox Sports (US): "we will not be able to air the trophy presentation due to music clearance issues." They could not come to an agreement with Seven on the matter. US network coverage will end at the conclusion of the match.
(09/27/18)(Ed. note: Start time for all game feeds moved 1 minute to 12:24 AM EDT.)
(09/26/18)(Ed. note: Some guides are showing the GF coverage on FSP ending at 3:30 AM EDT. FSP advises this is currently correct, however they are working to resolve some issues and hope to return to 4:00 AM.
Since there is uncertainty, we are leaving our listings at 4:00 AM for now until the situation is clearer.)(9/27/18: We have changed our listing to 3:30AM EDT pending further info.)
(09/26/18)(Ed. note: TSN2 coverage start time for pre-game changed to 10:30 PM EDT.)
Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the 2018 Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 28th / 29th. US coverage on FSP will begin at approximately 12:24 AM EDT Saturday. Coverage will continue until approximately 3:30 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the match. No other pre- or post-match coverage will be provided on Fox. FSP will air multiple repeats of the game. Set your DVR accordingly and add extra recording time before as the feed may start unexpectedly (most guides show the start time as 12:30 AM) and after so you don't miss anything if the match is extended due to a tie at the end of the 4th quarter!
Canadian coverage on TSN2 will begin with the pregame at 10:30 PM Friday and the game coverage at 12:24 AM EDT Saturday and run to 4:00 AM Saturday. There will be a repeat on TSN1/TSN4 on Saturday at 1:00 PM EDT.
If you have no access to either of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required, US$20) and you can sign up at this link. Use discount code "AFANA10" to save 10% (but be sure to enter the code before you begin the payment process and check that the on-screen price has updated). WatchAFL coverage will begin at 12:24 AM EDT however, they will have pre-match coverage beginning at 7:00 PM EDT and post-match coverage past 4:00 AM - all relayed on the Fox Footy feed area of the service.
Fans should check our TV Schedule page for full TV listings including any repeats and our TV Info page for more information on FSP, WatchAFL, and TSN2. Party venues should contact us for commercial subscription discounts. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. (Note: the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page. Asking us if there are others will not get you a different answer because there isn't one.)
This will be the first time Collingwood and West Coast will meet in a Grand Final. However, both do have recent Grand Final histories, albeit losses the last time either side played in a Grand Final. The Eagles lost to Hawthorn in 2015 and the Magpies lost to Geelong in 2011 after winning the replay the year before. Speaking of drawn matches, Collingwood and West Coast played against each other in a drawn Qualifying Final in 1990 with Collingwood victorious in the replay.
Hours before Friday’s semi final between Hawthorn and Melbourne, the AFL announced The Black Eyed Peas and Australian rock music legend Jimmy Barnes will entertain footy fans at the MCG, and millions of viewers around the world, in the pre-game show of the AFL Grand Final on September 29. It will be the first time since 2009 that The Black Eyed Peas will perform on Australian soil, but it will also be the band’s first Australian performance since Fergie quit last year.
A packed house at the MCG for the two clubs with (probably) the biggest following in Melbourne made the most noise heard all year at the MCG. It began in the lead up to the sides running onto the arena for the first Preliminary Final. Richmond were undeniable favorites going into the game, but there has been something special building at Collingwood this season under a more relaxed coach Nathan Buckley, Perhaps taking his lead from the 2017 Damien Hardwick success story.
It took until the dying minutes of the game for the West Coast Eagles to overcome a spirited Collingwood Magpies in the 2nd Qualifying Final. It was the second trip to Perth for the Pies in as many weeks, and they proved that they are not overawed at the prospect of playing in front of nearly 60,000 hostile fans in the cauldron of Optus Stadium. There were a dozen lead changes over the course of the game and it could have gone either way as time ticked down. Both sides were spent, but it was Lewis Jetta who danced on a dime to put the Eagles in front when it mattered – five minutes out from the final siren.
West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood Magpies (Optus Stadium)
STATE OF PLAY:
The Saturday clash between West Coast and Collingwood is a top four battle of two teams that have been hit hard by injury during the season but have come through in pretty good shape nonetheless.