2016 AFL Grand Final - the last word
29 September 2016 13:59 PM
Last meeting: Western Bulldogs 13.5 (83) defeated Sydney Swans 11.13 (79) at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Round 15.
The Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs will do battle on the first Saturday of October, with the Swans looking to win their third premiership since they moved north of the border and the Bulldogs attempting to break the AFL’s longest premiership drought of 62 years since their last flag in 1954.
Both clubs had to contest three consecutive finals matches to get to where they are now, and both did so in contrasting circumstances.
The Western Bulldogs will look to ride the momentum gained from their last three weeks, while the Sydney Swans will be desperate to atone for their previous Grand Final appearance in 2014, which resulted in a humbling 63 point thrashing at the hands of Hawthorn.
From the Western Bulldogs team that defeated the GWS Giants last week, not one player has played in a Grand Final. As this will be uncharted territory for the club, it will remain to be seen whether they can build on the momentum gained from their past three wins, or whether the occasion will get the better of them. In the end, the Swans’ experience should win out. Watch out Western Bulldogs fans, if the Sydney Swans come out firing like they did against the Geelong Cats last weekend, this game could be over by half time. Swans by 30
Swans by 24.5 or more $2.75
Norm Smith Medal – Lance Franklin $9
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