Will Hayward and Kurt Tippett will bolster Sydney's NEAFL team for its Grand Final clash against Brisbane at the SCG on Saturday night.
Hayward – the Round 23 AFL Rising Star – and experienced ruckman Tippett did not make the Swans’ AFL side for its Elimination Final against Essendon, and are among 22 AFL-listed players named in a strong NEAFL line-up.
Young gun Jacob Alison will return to Brisbane’s NEAFL side this week, alongside rookies Blake Grewar and Cian Hanley who were squeezed out of the Lions’ Preliminary Final side against Sydney University.
Top AFL Draft prospect Connor Ballenden also comes back in to Brisbane’s side, and will be one of four Lions Academy players alongside Jack Payne, Campbell Walker, and Luke O’Sullivan to earn a Grand Final berth.
Jarrod Osborne is the only Swans Academy player named in Sydney’s side, with NEAFL Rising Star nominee Sam Wicks, Sam Barkley and Harry Carr named as emergencies.
See the full NEAFL Grand Final Teams below.
2017 NEAFL GRAND FINAL
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Sydney Swans v Brisbane Lions at the SCG, 7.45pm
*This match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV (youtube.com/northeastafl)
*Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App
B: 46. Sam Murray 21. Jack Maibaum 2. Alex Johnson
HB: 38. Colin O’Riordan 11. Jeremy Laidler 31. Harrison Marsh
C: 45. Sam Fisher 33. Brandon Jack 13. Oliver Florent
HF: 30. Tyrone Leonardis 19. Shaun Edwards 25. Ben Ronke
F: 1. James Rose 47. Toby Pink 9. Will Hayward
Foll: 8. Kurt Tippett 6. Jordan Foote 34. Jordan Dawson
Inter: 36. Aliir Aliir 7. Harry Cunningham 32. Michael Talia 27. Daniel Robinson 55. Jarrod Osborne
Emer: 48. Sam Wicks 53. Sam Barkley 52. Harry Carr
In: 9. Will Hayward 8. Kurt Tippett
Out: 35. Sam Naismith 48. Sam Wicks
B: 42. Mitch Hinge 41. Matt Eagles 59. Jack Payne
HB: 47. Reuben William 20. Cedric Cox 24. Liam Dawson
C: 19. Josh Clayton 16. Jarrad Jansen 8. Rohan Bewick
HF: 34. Jono Freeman 60. Connor Ballenden 37. Jacob Allison
F: 40. Matthew Hammelmann 33. Michael Close 39. Corey Lyons
Foll: 44. Archie Smith 1. Ben Keays 17. Claye Beams
Inter: 46. Oscar McInerney 54. Luke O’Sullivan 53. Campbell Walker 48. Blake Grewar 11. Cian Hanley
Emer: 52. Jack Clayton 55. Ben Sloan 50. Ryan Dadds
In: 48. Blake Grewar 11. Cian Hanley 37. Jacob Allison 60. Connor Ballenden
Out: 52. Jack Clayton 55. Ben Sloan 50. Ryan Dadds
The NEAFL Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and Brisbane Lions will be played as a curtain closer to the Seniors Elimination Final on Saturday with bounce at 7:45pm.
All patrons already in the venue will be required to move into the MA Noble Stand or lower level of the Ladies concourse behind the benches to watch the match. Patrons will not be permitted to sit in other areas of the ground.
If staying to watch the match, please make your way to the SCG Members Reserve after the final siren of the senior’s match. It is important that patrons do not exit the venue when moving into the Members Area. Please use one of the cross over points noted below:
- Behind Bay 33 on the Brewongle Concourse
- Near Gate G – following the Bill O’Reilly Concourse to the end, walking towards the Bradman Stand
For those only attending the NEAFL match, free access will be permitted via SCG Gate A on Driver Avenue from 7:15pm only.
Food and drink will be available to purchase in the MA Noble Stand Level 1 food court.
SCG dress regulations will not apply for the NEAFL Grand Final. They do apply for the senior’s match however, for those with tickets into this area.
All guests planning to attend the NEAFL Grand Final are encouraged to take public transport as parking will not be available due to the AFL Elimination Final and NRL Elimination Final at Allianz Stadium.
Shuttle buses from Moore Park back to Central and Circular Quay will run until approximately 10:40pm.