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Sydney goes into the AFL grand final coming off a preliminary final belting of North Melbourne, and a fit and firing line-up that can’t find room for the likes of young gun Tom Mitchell and 2012 Norm Smith Medalist Ryan O’Keefe.

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With the two grand final combatants for 2014 set, these are the seven untold stories from the preliminary final weekend of 2014.

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West Coast Eagles midfielder Matt Priddis has taken out the illustrious Brownlow Medal for 2014, with a count of 26 over close rivals Gary Ablett and Lance Franklin, who both tallied 22 votes.

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With 13 different grand finalists over the last decade and a half, no two grand finals have been alike, and while not all have been close, all have been fascinating for one reason or another.

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Sydney coach John Longmire rates his star forward Lance Franklin as much more than a goalkicking machine and a one-man AFL highlight reel.

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Ask Sydney coach John Longmire what he admires about AFL grand final opponents Hawthorn and you’d swear he’s talking about his own team.

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Port Adelaide speedster Matt White has taken out the AFL’s goal of the year award, while teammate Chad Wingard’s round-12 screamer is the mark of the year.

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They were the Brownlow medal betting plunges, but AFL umpires had limited interest in Robbie Gray and Jordan Lewis’ breakout seasons.

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Shock AFL Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis is embarrassed at his high honour and also relieved he polled the most votes.

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West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis has taken out the 2014 Brownlow Medal with a winning count of 26 votes, over Sydney’s Lance Franklin and Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett, who both tallied 22 votes.

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Matt Priddis has secured the 2014 AFL Brownlow Medal with 26 votes in front of Gary Ablett (22), Lance Franklin (22), and to the delight of many, one vote clear of the ineligible Nathan Fyfe (25).

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Port Adelaide young gun Chad Wingard has beaten some strong competition to win the 2014 mark of the year award at the 2014 Brownlow Medal night.

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Port Adelaide’s Matt White has won the illustrious 2014 goal of the year award at the AFL’s night of nights, the 2014 Brownlow Medal.

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RESULT: Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles has secured the 2014 Brownlow Medal with 26 votes, one vote clear of the ineligible Nathan Fyfe (25).

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The 2014 AFL Brownlow Medal kicks off at 8:15pm (AEST) on Monday night and looks destined to be one of the tightest counts of recent years.

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This year’s Brownlow medal is one of the most difficult ever to predict. Gary Ablett was the midseason leader, but can he hold on? I think so.

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I’m not for one moment suggesting the impact of Lance ‘Call me Buddy’ Franklin should be seen for anything other than what it is – match-winning.

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It’s fitting that 2014′s two best sides will face off in what promises to be a cracking grand final. Only two years ago the same sides faced off in the corresponding fixture, but things have changed significantly for the sides since then.

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Lance Franklin won’t have any problem handling the inevitable hoopla of him lining up against his former club Hawthorn in Saturday’s AFL grand final, according to Sydney teammate Nick Malceski.

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Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli has put his hand up for a risky AFL grand final recall after the injury-prone forward played his first game in three months.

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