The Grand Final is finally upon us, with Collingwood facing Brisbane at the MCG this Saturday afternoon. Stay abreast of the game's news, tips, odds, results, reaction and video as they come to hand.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Team news: Collingwood has been dealt a cruel blow after key forward Dan McStay had his knee caught under a contest during the Magpies' one-point preliminary final win over GWS, ruling him out of this year's decider against his former side. Albeit playing down back for most of the year, Billy Frampton will come into the side after being listed as an emergency for the entire finals series, Magpies coach Craig McRae confirmed on Wednesday. Veteran mid-forward Taylor Adams has been ruled out of contention after he pulled up sore at training. Adams missed the Magpies' preliminary final win over GWS due to a low-grade hamstring injury and was hoping to recover in time for the decider.
For the Lions, key defender Jack Payne, who had been nursing a foot injury during the second half of the year, spent a week in a moon boot following his side's qualifying final win over the Power and didn't come up for the preliminary final. Darcy Gardiner replaced him and played just his third match of the season against Charlie Curnow and the Blues, and could be trusted again with Payne unlikely to be 100% fit.
ESPN tip: Pies by 5 points
TAB odds: Magpies $1.75, Lions $2.10