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AFL Grand Finals 2022 | Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans Live Updates, Score, Tee Time, Video, Stream, Blog

The two biggest AFL clubs of the last 20 years meet in a Grand Final for the first time as Geelong take on Sydney for the right to be named Premier 2022.

And there will be some heartache for the Cats, with reports suggesting young shooter Max Holmes will be absent through injury.

Age reported on Saturday morning that Holmes, who was in doubt this week with a hamstring injury, was “not expected” to play in the Grand Final despite being named in Thursday night’s 22-man line-up.

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Holmes was spotted in his tracksuit at Geelong’s captain’s run on Friday afternoon and did not attend training. Previously, Cats coach Chris Scott was reluctant to confirm Holmes would play when in front of reporters.

Scott said if Holmes didn’t step up, Mark O’Connor would likely be included in the squad, although The Age reported that Brandan Parfitt was also in the mix to replace Holmes.

Holmes, who was nominated for Thursday, did not take part in the short lunchtime captain’s run at the MCG on Friday, but completed a secret training session in the morning.

“It’s absolutely awful,” three-time Prime Minister Cat Cameron Mooney told Fox Footy.

“He’s been fantastic, Max. He’s come along with Close and Miers this year and has shown some speed in midfield and as a high centre-forward.”

Although the Cats and Swans (as South Melbourne) were founding members of the eight-team VFL in 1897, this is the first time they have met in the Premier League decider.

Since 2005 they have shared five of the 17 prime ministerial posts on offer and no team has reached the finals more often – Geelong has missed out on the eight just twice and Sydney three times.

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But for the first time in ten years, one of them is avoiding being the bridesmaid. Geelong seeks its first AFL flag since 2011; Sydney is their first since 2012. The pair have lost a total of three Grand Finals since those triumphs.

On selection, Sydney forward Logan McDonald suffered his heart when he was dropped for a Grand Final, becoming the 10th player in the 18-team AFL era to meet that fate.

But late changes are on the horizon as Geelong’s Max Holmes and Sydney’s Sam Reid both sit under clouds of injury following incidents in their sides’ provisional final victories.

An hour before the first impact (2:30pm AEST) it will be confirmed whether Holmes (hamstring) or Reid (adductors) will be replaced in the 22, as well as who the medical substitutes will be.

The 2022 AFL Grand Final begins at 2:30pm AEST from the MCG.

Watch a massive day of Grand Final build-up, including the Grand Final Breakfast, Longest Kick competition and pre-game analysis from the best team in the industry, starting at 9am on Fox Footy.

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