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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, AFANA, press reports and past history. This story will be periodically updated with late information. (Revised 9/25/14)

Start Time AEST Start Time US EDT End Time AEST End Time US EDT Event US / Can Network Coverage
7:00 AM 5:00 PM 11:00 AM 9:00 PM AFL Game Day from the MCG (Ch. Seven Australia) Not available in US or Canada. None
10:00 AM 8:00 PM 3AW radio pregame begins. NAB Academy All-Stars match (Australia Under 17s v Allies Under 18s) at the MCG (streamed online).
At half-time of curtain raiser, TAC Cup presentation.
None
11:00 AM 9:00 PM Grand Final Preview on Ch. Seven Australia. Not available in US or Canada. SEN radio pregame begins. First radio coverage
12:00 NN 10:00 PM     Triple M, 3AW, ABC, FiveAA, 6PR, HeartFM, Crocmedia, NIRS, and K-Rock begin radio coverage. Radio
12:05 PM 10:05 PM Cadbury AFL 9s exhibition (unconfirmed) Radio
12:30 PM 10:30 PM 12:35 PM 10:35 PM Sprint heats begin - northern side wing Radio
12:50 PM 10:50 PM Season highlights aired on Seven and at MCG. Coleman Medal presented to Lance Franklin by Simon Beasley. Radio
1.00 PM 11:00 PM     On field pre-match set up.
Seven game coverage begins. Channel 7 Australia is the lead broadcaster and the commentary team is lead by Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti with Leigh Matthews, Tom Harley, Matthew Richardson, Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy,  Cameron Ling, Tim Watson, Wayne Carey, Sam Lane, Mick Molloy, and Hamish McLachlan.
Fox Soccer Plus (FSP), TSN2, and WatchAFL join coverage.
FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
1:08 PM 11:08 PM Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri elder Aunty Joy Murphy. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
1:10 PM 11:10 PM 1:25 PM 11:25 PM Preliminary on field warm up opportunity for competing clubs. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
1:30 PM 11:30 PM Retiring players presentation with around the ground motorcade. See list below this timeline for player list.
1:31 PM 11:31 PM     Team highlights on screen and on banners FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
1:36 PM 11:36 PM Pre-match entertainment begins.  Ed Sheeran and Sir Tom Jones perform. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2.00 PM 12:00 MN     GoldFM, 6PR begin radio coverage. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2:02 PM 12:02 AM Mike Brady performs "Up There Cazaly" and "One Day in September" FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2:08 PM 12:08 AM     Virgin aircraft fly over (TBC) FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2:12 PM 12:12 AM     Cheer squads and banners set FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
    Umpires enter the arena on cue (Matt Stevic, Mathew Nicholls, Simon Meredith, Troy Pannell (emergency)). Delivery of match footballs to umpires. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2.14 PM 12:14 AM     Hawthorn enters the arena on cue & team photo FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2.17 PM 12:17 AM     Sydney enters the arena on cue & team photo FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2:25 PM 12:25 AM Delivery of the premiership cup by club legends.
Teams line up.
FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2.26 PM 12:26 AM     Australian National Anthem ("Advance Australia Fair") sung by Olivia Newton-John. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
2.28 PM 12:28 AM     Two sirens sound and Toss of Coin       Radio / WatchAFL
2.30 PM 12:30 AM     2014 Toyota AFL Grand Final commences. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
3.40 PM 1:40 AM     (times approx.) Half time (25 mins) – NAB Auskick kids perform. Finals of AFL Sprint. FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
5:20 PM 3:20 AM     (times approx.) End of match; AFL Grand Final presentations FSP / TSN2 /
WatchAFL / Radio
        Alan Joyce will present the Jock McHale Medal to the winning Grand Final coach and Glenn Archer will present the Norm Smith Medal to this year's best on ground during the Grand Final.
        Runners up team captain to dais; Norm Smith Medallist to dais; Winning team captain to dais, Premiership medallions presented by NAB AFL Auskick competitors. Premiership Cup presented by either Michael O'Laughlin if Sydney wins and and Jason Dustall if Hawthorn wins followed by team photo.  
6:00 PM 4:00 AM     Post match events and television coverage concludes on FSP, TSN2, and WatchAFL
Radio coverage on GoldFM, HeartFM, and NIRS concludes.
Seven Network coverage in Australia moves to 7mate.
Radio only from this point
    Virgin Australia Grand Final Premiership Party begins at MCG with Ed Sheeran and Sir Tom Jones performing.
Media Conference - Runners Up
6:20 PM 4:20 AM Media Conference - Premiers Radio
6:25 PM 4:25 AM Radio coverage on Crocmedia concludes. Radio
7:00 PM 5:00 AM Radio coverage on 3AW, SEN, ABC, K-Rock, and FiveAA concludes. Radio
7:30 PM 5:30 AM Premiers on-field presentation to the public at MCG.
Coverage in Australia on 7mate ends.
Radio
9:00 PM 7:00 AM     Radio coverage on Triple M concludes. None


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

Hall of Fame
Anthony Koutoufides
Ern Henfry
Brad Johnson
Warren Tredrea
Andrew McLeod
Matthew Richardson

Legend of the Game
No one selected this year.

Retiring Greats
Jonathan Brown
Lenny Hayes
Daniel Giansiracusa
Darren Jolly
Campbell Brown
Luke Ball
Simon Black
Domenic Cassisi
Dean Cox
Darren Glass
Brent Guerra
Josh Hunt
Quinten Lynch
Ash McGrath
Nick Maxwell
Ben Rutten
Heath Scotland
Lewis Roberts-Thomson
Ryan O'Keefe
* All listed retired players in "around the ground" motorcade prior to match.

Coleman Medallist
Lance Franklin

Brownlow Medallist
Matt Pridis

Rising Star
Lewis Taylor

Goal of the Year
Matthew White

Mark of the Year
Chad Wingard

Jim Stynes Award
Beau Waters

Article last changed on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:30 PM EDT


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