AFL grand final 2022 LIVE updates: Geelong Cats, Sydney Swans face off to decide premiership winner

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  • Delta Goodrem to perform with Robbie Williams at the AFL Grand Final
  • Grand final ratings record on cards after Buddy signing boosts Swans
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Delta Goodrem to perform with Robbie Williams at the AFL Grand Final

It’s going to be a huge afternoon of early-2000s nostalgia: Delta Goodrem will be joining Robbie Williams on stage during the pre-game entertainment for Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. The news was confirmed at a media call on Thursday afternoon, after weeks of rumours regarding a surprise guest act.

Williams himself announced the news, calling Goodrem “the loveliest person – both inside and out; beautiful and incredibly talented”. Goodrem then walked out on to the field with a Sherrin, firing off a perfect kick to AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan while wearing hot pink heels.

This comes just a couple of weeks after Goodrem performed the national anthem at the Brisbane v Melbourne semi-final to much acclaim.

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Grand final ratings record on cards after Buddy signing boosts Swans

The Buddy effect is set to help the Swans break their grand final ratings record of 4.4 million viewers according to AFL CEO Gill McLachlan, who welcomed Lance Franklin’s signing for another year at Sydney.

“Where the viewership numbers are at, there’s a fair chance that this is the highest rating grand final ever,” McLachlan told radio SEN on Tuesday.

AFL CEO Gill McLachlan says its “fabulous” Lance Franklin has signed on to play next season with the Swans.Credit:Janie Barrett

McLachlan said the highest-rating grand final in history was the 1996 decider, when 4.4m watched the Swan lose to North Melbourne a week after Tony Lockett kicked that preliminary final post-siren point at a packed SCG.

The 1996 figure marginally shades the viewership for Swans’ 2005 triumph against West Coast, which featured Leo Barry’s heroic match-saving mark and broke a 72-year Swans premiership drought.

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AFL Grand Final morning

Hello everyone and welcome to our AFL grand final live blog as we count down to game time for the season-decider.

I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’m excited to be anchoring the blog for the first half of the day.

Geelong and Sydney will battle it out to decide the 2022 premiership winner with first bounce at 2.30pm.

Until then we will keep you up to date with all the happenings ahead of the big game and below are some top sport reads to start your day.

  • Melbourne dines out on the return of the grand final after two years
  • Rugby league will always be the biggest game in Sydney, but the Swans are easily the city’s biggest sporting team, and they will only get bigger.
  • The two sides of Geelong’s captain Joel Selwood, an uncompromising competitor and an invaluable ally.

Feel free to leave a comment on the blog at any time and enjoy the day!

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