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AFL grand final rarity as Geelong and Richmond both name unchanged sides

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23rd October, 2020
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Both the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats have named unchanged teams for tomorrow night’s grand final.

It marks just the third time both grand finalists have gone into the decider using the same line-up that won the preliminary finals, a recent trend that was only started in the Tigers’ 2017 premiership win, when they and the Adelaide Crows went unchanged for the last match of the year.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick’s decision to go with the same 22 that defeated Port Adelaide last week leaves former Cat Josh Caddy unable to face his former team in the decider. Caddy has been listed in the emergencies alongside Oleg Markov, Mabior Chol and Jake Aarts.

Chris Scott indicated earlier on Friday he would go with the team that got the better of Brisbane at the Gabba, and stuck true to form when the Geelong side was announced later in the day.

The Cats had a selection scare earlier in the week when Tom Hawkins didn’t train and was isolated after displaying very mild flu-like symptoms, but after returning a negative COVID test result, is clear to play tomorrow night.

2020 AFL grand final team line-ups

Richmond Tigers
B: David Astbury, Dylan Grimes, Noah Balta
HB: Liam Baker, Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli
C: Kamdyn McIntosh, Dion Prestia, Marlion Pickett
HF: Kane Lambert, Jason Castagna, Dustin Martin
F: Tom Lynch, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel Rioli
Foll: Toby Nankervis, Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin

Bench: Jack Graham, Shai Bolton, Jayden Short, Nathan Broad

Emergencies: Oleg Markov, Josh Caddy, Mabior Chol, Jake Aarts

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Geelong Cats
B: Jed Bews, Harry Taylor, Jake Kolodjashnij
HB: Lachie Henderson, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Gary Rohan, Gryan Miers
F: Mark O’Connor, Tom Hawkins, Gary Ablett
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie

Bench: Jack Henry, Brandan Parfitt, Zach Tuohy, Sam Simpson

Emergencies: Tom Atkins, Zach Guthrie, Esava Ratugolea, Brad Close