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The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities.   All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT.  This is based on information from the AFL and past history.  (Updated with honored legends, etc.):

Time AEST/US EDT  Event             
9:00 AM / 7:00 PM NAB AFL U/16 Division 2 Grand Final - Queensland v New South Wales (live on AFL.com.au)  Coverage on the AFL web site will commence from 8.50 AM AEST / 6:50 PM EDT.  (Moved to Visy Park because of weather.)
10:38 AM / 8:38 PM NAB AFL U/16 Division 2 Grand Final concludes
10:50 AM / 8:50 PM NAB AFL U/16 Division 1 Grand Final - Victoria Country v South Australia (live on AFL.com.au)  (Moved to Visy Park because of weather.)
11:34 AM / 9:34 PM Division 1 half time TAC Presentation /  Gillette AFL Grand Final Sprint heats
12:40 PM / 10:40 PM NAB AFL U/16 Division 1 Grand Final concludes
12:42 PM / 10:42 PM On-field presentation of Div. 1 and 2 Grand Final awards
       
12:55 PM / 10:55 PM Delivery of match footballs to Umpires
1.00 PM / 11:00 PM On-field pre-match set up
1.10 PM – 1.25 PM / 11:10 PM – 11:25 PM Preliminary on-field warm-up opportunity for competing clubs
1:25 PM / 11:25 PM
Stage and sound set in centre square
1:30 PM / 11:30 PM Pre-match entertainment begins
featuring Jimmy Barnes and Mark Seymour
1:30 PM / 11:30 PM International TV feed begins including coverage on ESPN Classic and ESPN360

1:34 PM / 11:34 PM Legends and greats introduced (time approximate)
1:41 PM / 11:41 PM Season review (time approximate)
2.00 PM / 12:00 MN Pre-match entertainment concludes
2:00 PM – 2:08 PM / 12:00 MN – 12:08 AM Arena cleared and reset
2:08 PM / 12:08 AM Australian National Girls Choir, National Boys Choir of Australia, and Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir
2:10 PM / 12:10 AM Qantas fly-over
2:12 PM / 12:12 AM Cheer squads and banners set
2.15 PM / 12:15 AM Umpires enter the arena on cue (Stephen McBurney, Brett Rosebury, and Shaun Ryan)
2.16 PM / 12:16 AM Geelong enters the arena on cue / team photo              
2.19 PM / 12:19 AM St. Kilda enters the arena on cue / team photo         
2:27 PM / 12:27 AM Coverage on TSN2 begins; ESPN continues.  
2.27 PM / 12:27 AM Australian National Anthem ("Advance Australia Fair") sung by Melbourne cast of Jersey Boys     
2.28 PM / 12:28 AM Two sirens sound and Toss of Coin       
2.30 PM / 12:30 AM
2009 Toyota AFL Grand Final commences 
3.40 PM / 1:40 AM approx Half-time (22 mins) – Gillette AFL Grand Final Sprint; NAB AFL Auskick kids perform      
5:15 PM / 3:15 AM approx End of match;
AFL Grand Final presentations          
Paul Dear presents Norm Smith Medal to Best on Ground player; John Nicholls presents Jock McHale medal to winning coach                                 

Runners-up team captain to dais; Norm Smith Medallist to dais;
Winning team captain to dais, Medals presented by either Darrel Baldock or Bob Davis to winning team; team photo
5:30 PM / 3:30 AM Coverage on TSN2 concludes, ESPN continues
6:00 PM / 4:00 AM Post match events and television coverage concludes including on ESPN Classic and ESPN360
6:00 PM / 4:00 AM After Match Concert begins at Federation Square featuring Jimmy Barnes, Mark Seymour, and Paul Kelly
6:15 PM / 4:15 AM Media Conference - Runners Up
6:30 PM / 4:30 AM Media Conference - Premiers
7:30 PM / 5:30 AM Premiers depart MCG for presentation at Federation Square
8:00 PM / 6:00 AM Presentation of Winning Team at Federation Square


HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES, RETIRING GREATS, MEDALLISTS, and AWARDS

Hall of Fame
Paul Salmon
Ken Hands
Guy McKenna
Peter Carey
Mark Bickley

Retiring Greats
Kane Johnson
Adam Simpson
Stuart Dew
Scott Lucas
Matthew Lloyd
Leo Barry
Jared Crouch
Brendon Lade
Peter Burgoyne
David Wirrpanda
Tim Notting
Tyson Stenglein

Coleman Medallist
Brendon Fevola

Brownlow Medallist
Garry Ablett, Jr.

Rising Star
Daniel Rich

AFL Army Award
Tom Hawkins

Article last changed on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 3:56 AM EDT


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