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AFL Grand Final 2022 Live Stream Sydney into AFL Grand Final as black-and-white magic falls JUST short in all-time prelim epic

Sydney has advanced to the 2022 Grand Final after holding off a gallant Collingwood side, winning by one point in a wild finish at the SCG.

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Match Schedule

Event: AFL Grand Final 2022

Team: Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans

Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm AEST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Location: Melbourne, Australia

The Swans had all control in the first half and led by as much as 36 points early in the third term, before the Magpies, as they’ve done so many times this season, came back with an almighty rush.

A desperate Collingwood kicked five of the last six goals of the match and took it to Sydney all the way until the final siren. But the Swans held their nerve in the tense final stages to win 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94).

“The Pies’ Cinderella story finally comes to a halt. It just doesn’t come much better than that,” Channel 7 commentator Hamish McLachlan said on the final siren.

While the Pies will earn praise for their fightback, Sydney deserves all the credit for setting up the game in the first half as it was completely played on the home side’s terms including kicking six goals in the opening term alone.

The Swans probably should’ve been ahead by more in the first half too, kicking 9.7 to Collingwood’s much more accurate 7.0 at one stage.

Tom Papley ended with three crucial goals — the last in controversial fashion after he got away with a crucial non-call despite appearing to push Darcy Moore in the back — in a massive performance from the star Swans forward.

Errol Gulden (20 disposals, seven tackles) and Callum Mills (27 disposals, six tackles) were also huge for the home side, while Buddy Franklin kicked two goals in the first half in an eventful matchup on Brayden Maynard with plenty of feeling.

Meanwhile Jack Crisp (29 disposals, one goal) and Scott Pendelbury (29 touches) were both enormous for the Magpies in the defeat as their fairytale season under first-year coach Craig McRae ended.

“I don’t know what to say I’m lost for words. They had no right to get where they did Collingwood,” Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall said post-match.

“Sydney controlled that game for 99.9 per cent of it, and nearly got beaten. What an incredible effort from the Pies, and I reckon they went a bit defensive Sydney in the last term.”

The Swans now march on to fourth grand final in 12 years and fourth under John Longmire ahead of next Saturday’s decider against Geelong.

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER MATCH REPORT

First quarter

There were no late changes, with Sydney’s Braeden Campbell and Collingwood’s Nathan Kreuger named the medical subs.

The Swans got the first clearance of the game and had the play inside their forward 50 for the opening minute.

Luke Parker got his side on the board early, taking advantage from a free kick and kicking truly to get Sydney fans up and about.

Jack Ginnivan had an opportunity at the other end of the the ground after drawing a high-tackle free kick — to receive loud boos from the SCG crowd — but he couldn’t convert the shot.

The Swans made them pay at the other end of the ground, with Dylan Stephens finishing off an end-to-end play before adding another to race out to a 20-point lead.

Franklin was in the thick of it early deep inside 50 and even wrestled with Magpie Brayden Maynard.

Tom Papley launched a long-range bomb halfway through the term as Sydney suddenly took a 26-point advantage in one-way traffic at the SCG in a dominant start for the home side.

“It is shock and awe at the SCG,” SEN broadcaster Gerard Whateley said of Sydney’s fast start.

Channel 7 caller Jude Bolton added: “The Swans are just giving them no time and space at ground level.”

Will Hoskin-Elliott finally got the Magpies on the board later in the term to reduce their deficit to 20 points.

Collingwood settled from that point, missing another opportunity going inside 50 before Jamie Elliott kicked truly to make it two in a row for the black and white.

But just as the Pies were mounting a comeback, the Swans responded with two of the last three goals in a high-scoring term including a freakish boundary finish from Chad Warner.

It saw Sydney take a 21-point lead into the opening break, 6.3 (39) to 3.0 (18).

Second quarter

Collingwood got off to the ideal start in the second quarter as Elliott put through his second goal of the day.

Brushing off Maynard’s ongoing attempts to get under his skin, Franklin responded at the other end immediately to put through his first for the contest. But it was the Pies goalkicking accuracy keeping them in it as Darcy Cameron then nailed a set shot.

Next Ginnivan gave a crisp goal assist to Beau McCreery, who finished truly from a set shot to bring it back to an 11-point deficit.

Franklin again came right back with the quick response to regain some momentum as a Sydney chant roared around the SCG, while James Rowbottom another and just like that the home side had won the quarter.

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AFL Grand Final 2022 Live Sydney into AFL Grand Final as black-and-white magic falls JUST short in all-time prelim epic

Sydney has advanced to the 2022 Grand Final after holding off a gallant Collingwood side, winning by one point in a wild finish at the SCG.

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Match Schedule

Event: AFL Grand Final 2022

Team: Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans

Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm AEST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Location: Melbourne, Australia

The Swans had all control in the first half and led by as much as 36 points early in the third term, before the Magpies, as they’ve done so many times this season, came back with an almighty rush.

A desperate Collingwood kicked five of the last six goals of the match and took it to Sydney all the way until the final siren. But the Swans held their nerve in the tense final stages to win 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94).

“The Pies’ Cinderella story finally comes to a halt. It just doesn’t come much better than that,” Channel 7 commentator Hamish McLachlan said on the final siren.

While the Pies will earn praise for their fightback, Sydney deserves all the credit for setting up the game in the first half as it was completely played on the home side’s terms including kicking six goals in the opening term alone.

The Swans probably should’ve been ahead by more in the first half too, kicking 9.7 to Collingwood’s much more accurate 7.0 at one stage.

Tom Papley ended with three crucial goals — the last in controversial fashion after he got away with a crucial non-call despite appearing to push Darcy Moore in the back — in a massive performance from the star Swans forward.

Errol Gulden (20 disposals, seven tackles) and Callum Mills (27 disposals, six tackles) were also huge for the home side, while Buddy Franklin kicked two goals in the first half in an eventful matchup on Brayden Maynard with plenty of feeling.

Meanwhile Jack Crisp (29 disposals, one goal) and Scott Pendelbury (29 touches) were both enormous for the Magpies in the defeat as their fairytale season under first-year coach Craig McRae ended.

“I don’t know what to say I’m lost for words. They had no right to get where they did Collingwood,” Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall said post-match.

“Sydney controlled that game for 99.9 per cent of it, and nearly got beaten. What an incredible effort from the Pies, and I reckon they went a bit defensive Sydney in the last term.”

The Swans now march on to fourth grand final in 12 years and fourth under John Longmire ahead of next Saturday’s decider against Geelong.

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER MATCH REPORT

First quarter

There were no late changes, with Sydney’s Braeden Campbell and Collingwood’s Nathan Kreuger named the medical subs.

The Swans got the first clearance of the game and had the play inside their forward 50 for the opening minute.

Luke Parker got his side on the board early, taking advantage from a free kick and kicking truly to get Sydney fans up and about.

Jack Ginnivan had an opportunity at the other end of the the ground after drawing a high-tackle free kick — to receive loud boos from the SCG crowd — but he couldn’t convert the shot.

The Swans made them pay at the other end of the ground, with Dylan Stephens finishing off an end-to-end play before adding another to race out to a 20-point lead.

Franklin was in the thick of it early deep inside 50 and even wrestled with Magpie Brayden Maynard.

Tom Papley launched a long-range bomb halfway through the term as Sydney suddenly took a 26-point advantage in one-way traffic at the SCG in a dominant start for the home side.

“It is shock and awe at the SCG,” SEN broadcaster Gerard Whateley said of Sydney’s fast start.

Channel 7 caller Jude Bolton added: “The Swans are just giving them no time and space at ground level.”

Will Hoskin-Elliott finally got the Magpies on the board later in the term to reduce their deficit to 20 points.

Collingwood settled from that point, missing another opportunity going inside 50 before Jamie Elliott kicked truly to make it two in a row for the black and white.

But just as the Pies were mounting a comeback, the Swans responded with two of the last three goals in a high-scoring term including a freakish boundary finish from Chad Warner.

It saw Sydney take a 21-point lead into the opening break, 6.3 (39) to 3.0 (18).

Second quarter

Collingwood got off to the ideal start in the second quarter as Elliott put through his second goal of the day.

Brushing off Maynard’s ongoing attempts to get under his skin, Franklin responded at the other end immediately to put through his first for the contest. But it was the Pies goalkicking accuracy keeping them in it as Darcy Cameron then nailed a set shot.

Next Ginnivan gave a crisp goal assist to Beau McCreery, who finished truly from a set shot to bring it back to an 11-point deficit.

Franklin again came right back with the quick response to regain some momentum as a Sydney chant roared around the SCG, while James Rowbottom another and just like that the home side had won the quarter.

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Sydney into AFL Grand Final as black-and-white magic falls JUST short in all-time prelim epic

Sydney has advanced to the 2022 Grand Final after holding off a gallant Collingwood side, winning by one point in a wild finish at the SCG.

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Match Schedule

Event: AFL Grand Final 2022

Team: Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans

Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2022

Time: 2:30 pm AEST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Location: Melbourne, Australia

The Swans had all control in the first half and led by as much as 36 points early in the third term, before the Magpies, as they’ve done so many times this season, came back with an almighty rush.

A desperate Collingwood kicked five of the last six goals of the match and took it to Sydney all the way until the final siren. But the Swans held their nerve in the tense final stages to win 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94).

“The Pies’ Cinderella story finally comes to a halt. It just doesn’t come much better than that,” Channel 7 commentator Hamish McLachlan said on the final siren.

While the Pies will earn praise for their fightback, Sydney deserves all the credit for setting up the game in the first half as it was completely played on the home side’s terms including kicking six goals in the opening term alone.

The Swans probably should’ve been ahead by more in the first half too, kicking 9.7 to Collingwood’s much more accurate 7.0 at one stage.

Tom Papley ended with three crucial goals — the last in controversial fashion after he got away with a crucial non-call despite appearing to push Darcy Moore in the back — in a massive performance from the star Swans forward.

Errol Gulden (20 disposals, seven tackles) and Callum Mills (27 disposals, six tackles) were also huge for the home side, while Buddy Franklin kicked two goals in the first half in an eventful matchup on Brayden Maynard with plenty of feeling.

Meanwhile Jack Crisp (29 disposals, one goal) and Scott Pendelbury (29 touches) were both enormous for the Magpies in the defeat as their fairytale season under first-year coach Craig McRae ended.

“I don’t know what to say I’m lost for words. They had no right to get where they did Collingwood,” Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall said post-match.

“Sydney controlled that game for 99.9 per cent of it, and nearly got beaten. What an incredible effort from the Pies, and I reckon they went a bit defensive Sydney in the last term.”

The Swans now march on to fourth grand final in 12 years and fourth under John Longmire ahead of next Saturday’s decider against Geelong.

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER MATCH REPORT

First quarter

There were no late changes, with Sydney’s Braeden Campbell and Collingwood’s Nathan Kreuger named the medical subs.

The Swans got the first clearance of the game and had the play inside their forward 50 for the opening minute.

Luke Parker got his side on the board early, taking advantage from a free kick and kicking truly to get Sydney fans up and about.

Jack Ginnivan had an opportunity at the other end of the the ground after drawing a high-tackle free kick — to receive loud boos from the SCG crowd — but he couldn’t convert the shot.

The Swans made them pay at the other end of the ground, with Dylan Stephens finishing off an end-to-end play before adding another to race out to a 20-point lead.

Franklin was in the thick of it early deep inside 50 and even wrestled with Magpie Brayden Maynard.

Tom Papley launched a long-range bomb halfway through the term as Sydney suddenly took a 26-point advantage in one-way traffic at the SCG in a dominant start for the home side.

“It is shock and awe at the SCG,” SEN broadcaster Gerard Whateley said of Sydney’s fast start.

Channel 7 caller Jude Bolton added: “The Swans are just giving them no time and space at ground level.”

Will Hoskin-Elliott finally got the Magpies on the board later in the term to reduce their deficit to 20 points.

Collingwood settled from that point, missing another opportunity going inside 50 before Jamie Elliott kicked truly to make it two in a row for the black and white.

But just as the Pies were mounting a comeback, the Swans responded with two of the last three goals in a high-scoring term including a freakish boundary finish from Chad Warner.

It saw Sydney take a 21-point lead into the opening break, 6.3 (39) to 3.0 (18).

Second quarter

Collingwood got off to the ideal start in the second quarter as Elliott put through his second goal of the day.

Brushing off Maynard’s ongoing attempts to get under his skin, Franklin responded at the other end immediately to put through his first for the contest. But it was the Pies goalkicking accuracy keeping them in it as Darcy Cameron then nailed a set shot.

Next Ginnivan gave a crisp goal assist to Beau McCreery, who finished truly from a set shot to bring it back to an 11-point deficit.

Franklin again came right back with the quick response to regain some momentum as a Sydney chant roared around the SCG, while James Rowbottom another and just like that the home side had won the quarter.

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AFL Grand Final 2022 Live Stream: When and Where You Can Watch Live and Free. After another rollercoaster year, the 2022 AFL Grand Final is almost here, sports fans.

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Match Schedule

Event: AFL Grand Final 2022
Team: Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans
Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2022
Time: 2:30 pm AEST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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We finally know which teams will be battling out in the final AFL game of the season, so here’s everything you need to keep in mind ahead of the 2022 AFL Grand Final.

When is the 2022 AFL Grand Final?

The 2022 Grand Final is slated for its traditional time slot of 2:30 pm AEST on Saturday, September 24. The game is also set to be played at the MCG; another tradition we’re seeing return after the 2021 final was played in Perth due to the impacts of COVID.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan said back in May that “Prior to the start of this season, we emphasised that after two really challenging years, we all yearned to return to the footy rituals and routines that set the rhythms of our lives, to continue to focus on getting back to football and going to football as we know it.”

That return-to-rituals principle underpinned our decision making in ratifying a traditional start time – the prestige, nostalgia and atmosphere of the day Grand Final is something we all know and love,” he shared in a statement.

Which teams will be playing?

Finals Week has come to a close and we now know that the Sydney Swans and Geelong Cats will be battling it out in the Grand Final for 2022.

How can I watch the 2022 AFL Grand Final live, online and free?

Thankfully for all, the Grand Final is always exclusively shown on free-to-air television so everyone can tune in without paying a cent.

The grand final will be aired free on Channel Seven or 7Plus.

If you end up being busy that day (or forget) but still want to catch the big game, streaming service Kayo will have it available for re-runs. The sports streaming service also has a selection of AFL content available to watch free of cost on Kayo Freebies.

And for those Aussies who are currently abroad, there is the option of a WatchAFL Finals Pass. As described on the website, Watch AFL offers “LIVE streams and on-demand replays of the Australian Football League to fans around the world”.

Local start times for each State / Territory are:

1. AEST 2:30 pm – ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC
2. AWST 12:30 pm – WA
3. ACST 2:00 pm – NT, SA

What if I’m heading to the event IRL?

If you’re expecting to be in Melbourne attending the AFL Grand Final this year, you can find information on nabbing tickets on the AFL website.

It’s also been confirmed that Robbie Williams will be performing as the entertainment for this year’s Grand Final, so get excited.

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From a World Cup, to AFL grand final, to pyramids: How Blicavs siblings are chasing September glory

Over the next week, the Blicavs family will have one child at a World Cup, one playing on the MCG, and one heading towards the foot of the pyramids.

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Daughter Sara, 29, will be playing for the Australian Opals as they chase a medal at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney, while middle child Mark, 31, will be playing his unique role for Geelong in the AFL grand final on Saturday. Eldest son Kris, 33, will be preparing to head to Cairo, Egypt, to play in a 3×3 basketball tournament.

Their parents, Andris and Karen, both represented Australia in basketball and in their parental journey have become adept at juggling schedules as the kids have been fixtures in their respective sports for the past decade or more.

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“The Blicavs kids really have a knack of intertwining schedules and making it confusing for our parents,” Sara joked this week.

“But I’m super proud of both of them. I think it’s a really cool thing that we are all playing our sports at the same time.”

Sara admits she would love to have her whole family cheer her on in Sydney, but she knew it would be difficult, at least for the start of the 10-day World Cup.

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“I was kind of flat when I first saw how the schedules had worked out. Mark had said he would come up if they lost in the finals but, deep down, I wanted him to make the grand final,” Sara said.

“I love playing in front of my family, and especially in front of my brothers. It’s something about them. I adore them. I look up to them. I will have their full support, and they will have mine too.”

Sara said the family schedule has Andris heading to Sydney for the Opals’ opening game against France on Thursday night, while Karen booked her flights for after the grand final.

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The family will try to watch Kris once they find a suitable live stream, as his 3×3 side plays in the Red Bull Half Court World Final from September 28. The portable court will supposedly be set up under the pyramids.

The three siblings have always been close and supported each other as best they could, despite Sara playing basketball the year round in the WNBL and NBL1, Kris having a long career in NBL1, and Mark having played for the Cats since 2013.

Sara often jokes that she and Kris are “half-twins” as they share the same birthday, just four years apart.

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The two brothers have been spotted at games over the years, squeezed into Sara’s WNBL tops or Opals uniforms, while Sara has attended as many of Mark’s games as she could. The two of them were housemates earlier in his career.

“We calm each other down and don’t really talk much about sport, as other people do that for us,” Sara said with a laugh. “I’ve been to an Olympics now, so I top him in that area.”

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On the court, Sara’s past few years have been a rollercoaster of emotions.

She played on the Southside Flyers’ WNBL title team at the end of 2020, despite having the pandemic push back a tryout with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the Tokyo Olympics into 2021.

Sara did well at training camp with the Mercury last year, and even adopted Mark’s number 46 as her own, but she was one of the last cuts, and not long after she was one of the last cuts from the Opals team for Tokyo.

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Sara accepted a spot as an emergency and was called into the team just days before the Games when Liz Cambage left the Opals.

Sara provided one of the positive stories for the Opals, giving the side energy off the bench despite having to play out of position at power forward.

She was nervous when Opals coach Sandy Brondello called on World Cup selection day, given it was Brondello, formerly the Phoenix coach, who had cut her for both the Mercury and the Olympics.

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“I started hearing people were getting calls and I got a bit anxious as most of my calls from Sandy as of late have been ‘sorry mate, you are not on the team’,” Sara said.

“When she called, she had this excited, happy tone – I was just over the moon. It’s such a big achievement and playing for Australia is something I will never take for granted.”

Watching as his Cats have come close but fallen short of the premiership in recent years, Mark has taken great pride in his sister’s persistence.

“I’m really proud of her,” Mark told The Age at the start of the finals. “She has dealt with some injuries, [and] dealt with some adversity like not making the team, not making the Phoenix Mercury team, and then being called up to the Olympics and playing some minutes and being able to say she scored at an Olympics.

“Now making the world champs off her own bat – she has some resilience in her.”

One saving grace for the family is that the Opals have a rest day on AFL grand final day following their opening two games, while the evening tip-offs mean Mark should be able to watch Sara’s games.

It will be a big ask after a marathon finals campaign, but Mark will keep his options open about heading to Sydney should the Opals make the medal rounds.

“The good thing is that most of their games start at 8.30pm, so we will be able to watch them all and mum and dad will go up,” Mark said.

“I’d love to go if I get the chance. We will see how we go, but I will be supporting Sara either way.”

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AFL Grand Final 2022: Sydney vs. Geelong The Geelong Cats will play the Sydney Swans in the 2022 AFL Grand Final after a thrilling finals weekend. While the Cats trounced Brisbane on Friday night, the Sydney vs. Collingwood game could have gone either way, and there was only a point in it when the siren sounded.

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Match Schedule

Event: AFL Grand Final 2022
Team: Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans
Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2022
Time: 2:30 pm AEST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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The AFL Grand Final will be held on Saturday 24 September at 2:30 p.m. AEST and will be streamed live on Channel 7.

If you’re a footy fan living or traveling overseas, don’t worry; it’s easy to watch the AFL Grand Final from anywhere. Read on to find out how to get your AFL live stream in buffer-free HD.

How to stream the AFL Grand Final 2022

You can stream the AFL Grand Final 2022 in just a few simple steps:

1. Get ExpressVPN.
2. Connect to a VPN location in Australia.
3. Check the schedule of the broadcaster, like Channel 7, Foxtel, or Kayo Sports, and confirm what time the game starts in your location.
4. Tune in and enjoy!

Where to watch the AFL Grand Final 2022

You can stream the 2022 AFL Grand Final using any of the following streaming services:

Channel 7

Channel 7 is the official free-to-air broadcaster of the AFL and shows up to four games per round. It will also broadcast the finals, including the 2022 AFL Grand Final.
Cost: 7Plus is free, so you can stream AFL games at no cost.

AFL Grand Final 2022 Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports is an Australian sports streaming service and will broadcast every game of the 2022 AFL and AFLW season. The AFL Grand Final will be a delayed broadcast as Channel 7 has live broadcast rights.

Cost: New customers can get a 14-day free trial with Kayo Sports. After that, the Basic plan is 25 AUD/month, and the Premium plan is 35 AUD/month.

Watch AFL Grand Final 2022

Watch AFL Grand Final 2022 offers live streams and on-demand replays of AFL games to viewers outside Australia. You can purchase the subscription service from anywhere, but content can only be viewed outside Australia. Download the app from either the App Store or Google Play.
Cost: A weekly subscription is 20 AUD/week, a monthly subscription is 39 AUD/month, and a 12-month subscription is 199 AUD/year.

AFL Grand Final 2022 FOX FOOTY

FOX FOOTY is a subscription channel available through Foxtel and Optus Television. You can watch all the AFLW games live here and all AFL games barring the Grand Final, which will be a delayed broadcast. FOX FOOTY is also available on Kayo Sports.
Cost: It’s not possible to subscribe to FOX FOOTY independently.

AFL Grand Final 2022 Foxtel Now

If you’re in Australia you can sign up for a subscription with Foxtel Now or Foxtel iQ4 and watch FOX FOOTY 24/7—you’ll need to get the base pack and add the Sport pack to your subscription.
Cost: New customers can get a 10-day free trial with Foxtel Now. After that, packages start at 54 AUD/month for three months. Foxtel iQ4 packages start at 59 AUD/month for a 12-month package.

Watch AFL Grand Final 2022 highlights on YouTube

Check out the official AFL Grand Final 2022 YouTube channel for game highlights, recaps, and interviews with AFL and AFLW players and coaches.

Download the AFL Grand Final 2022 Live Official App

The AFL Grand Final 2022 Live Official App no longer offers live streams of games, but you can listen to the live radio broadcast and watch replays on-demand to your heart’s content. You can download the AFL Live Official App from either the App Store or Google Play. You can also test out AFL On Demand BETA—a new video streaming service that’s in development. You won’t be able to watch live games, but it’s free and available everywhere.

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Sydney into AFL Grand Final as black-and-white magic falls JUST short in all-time prelim epic

Sydney has advanced to the 2022 Grand Final after holding off a gallant Collingwood side, winning by one point in a wild finish at the SCG.

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The Swans had all control in the first half and led by as much as 36 points early in the third term, before the Magpies, as they’ve done so many times this season, came back with an almighty rush.

A desperate Collingwood kicked five of the last six goals of the match and took it to Sydney all the way until the final siren. But the Swans held their nerve in the tense final stages to win 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94).

“The Pies’ Cinderella story finally comes to a halt. It just doesn’t come much better than that,” Channel 7 commentator Hamish McLachlan said on the final siren.

While the Pies will earn praise for their fightback, Sydney deserves all the credit for setting up the game in the first half as it was completely played on the home side’s terms including kicking six goals in the opening term alone.

The Swans probably should’ve been ahead by more in the first half too, kicking 9.7 to Collingwood’s much more accurate 7.0 at one stage.

Tom Papley ended with three crucial goals — the last in controversial fashion after he got away with a crucial non-call despite appearing to push Darcy Moore in the back — in a massive performance from the star Swans forward.

Errol Gulden (20 disposals, seven tackles) and Callum Mills (27 disposals, six tackles) were also huge for the home side, while Buddy Franklin kicked two goals in the first half in an eventful matchup on Brayden Maynard with plenty of feeling.

Meanwhile Jack Crisp (29 disposals, one goal) and Scott Pendelbury (29 touches) were both enormous for the Magpies in the defeat as their fairytale season under first-year coach Craig McRae ended.

“I don’t know what to say I’m lost for words. They had no right to get where they did Collingwood,” Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall said post-match.

“Sydney controlled that game for 99.9 per cent of it, and nearly got beaten. What an incredible effort from the Pies, and I reckon they went a bit defensive Sydney in the last term.”

The Swans now march on to fourth grand final in 12 years and fourth under John Longmire ahead of next Saturday’s decider against Geelong.

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER MATCH REPORT

First quarter

There were no late changes, with Sydney’s Braeden Campbell and Collingwood’s Nathan Kreuger named the medical subs.

The Swans got the first clearance of the game and had the play inside their forward 50 for the opening minute.

Luke Parker got his side on the board early, taking advantage from a free kick and kicking truly to get Sydney fans up and about.

Jack Ginnivan had an opportunity at the other end of the the ground after drawing a high-tackle free kick — to receive loud boos from the SCG crowd — but he couldn’t convert the shot.

The Swans made them pay at the other end of the ground, with Dylan Stephens finishing off an end-to-end play before adding another to race out to a 20-point lead.

Franklin was in the thick of it early deep inside 50 and even wrestled with Magpie Brayden Maynard.

Tom Papley launched a long-range bomb halfway through the term as Sydney suddenly took a 26-point advantage in one-way traffic at the SCG in a dominant start for the home side.

“It is shock and awe at the SCG,” SEN broadcaster Gerard Whateley said of Sydney’s fast start.

Channel 7 caller Jude Bolton added: “The Swans are just giving them no time and space at ground level.”

Will Hoskin-Elliott finally got the Magpies on the board later in the term to reduce their deficit to 20 points.

Collingwood settled from that point, missing another opportunity going inside 50 before Jamie Elliott kicked truly to make it two in a row for the black and white.

But just as the Pies were mounting a comeback, the Swans responded with two of the last three goals in a high-scoring term including a freakish boundary finish from Chad Warner.

It saw Sydney take a 21-point lead into the opening break, 6.3 (39) to 3.0 (18).

Second quarter

Collingwood got off to the ideal start in the second quarter as Elliott put through his second goal of the day.

Brushing off Maynard’s ongoing attempts to get under his skin, Franklin responded at the other end immediately to put through his first for the contest. But it was the Pies goalkicking accuracy keeping them in it as Darcy Cameron then nailed a set shot.

Next Ginnivan gave a crisp goal assist to Beau McCreery, who finished truly from a set shot to bring it back to an 11-point deficit.

Franklin again came right back with the quick response to regain some momentum as a Sydney chant roared around the SCG, while James Rowbottom another and just like that the home side had won the quarter.

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