However long you’ve been in Australia, you’ll have at some point stumbled across the Australian Football League (AFL). Six months, 23 rounds, and the AFL Grand Final 2015 is finally here, taking over Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) this Saturday. So you can keep up with all the goings on, here are 6 things you need to know about the AFL Grand Final 2015.
1. The Teams
The Hawthorn Hawks take on the West Coast Eagles for the awesome prize of AFL 2015 winner and a pretty big ,shiny cup. The Hawks might appear to have the advantage playing at home, but the Eagles have played four grand finals at the MCG and won three, so it’s anybody’s game.
2. Kick-Off
The first kick will be taken at 2.30pm – so no excuses for sleeping through!
3. The Stadium
The MCG will host this year’s Grand Final, which is pretty much Australia’s most important and popular stadium. Home of Australian cricket, the 1956 Olympic Games, countless charity dinners and international music events, it’s where many memories have been made for locals and visitors.
4. The Scoring
If the Grand Final is your first experience of AFL, you need to know how the scoring works to follow what in God’s name is going on.
Goal: When the football is kicked through the goal posts at any height, the attacking team receive six points.
Behind: When the ball passes between a goal post and a behind post at any height, when the ball hits a goal post, when the ball hits an opposing player, and when the ball passes between the posts from a part of the player’s body other than the foot, the attacking team win one point.
5. The Entertainment
The final isn’t just about the game. The pre-match entertainment this year includes ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ headliner, Bryan Adams, and English songstress, Ellie Goulding. There’s also the parade taking place Friday 2nd October at noon through Melbourne city – if you happen to have the day off work.
6. Where To Watch
If you haven’t got a ticket to the final – no worries! There are loads of pubs throughout Melbourne screening the game live and loud, including The Crafty Squire on Russell Street, The Duke of Wellington on Flinders Street and Dutchess also on Flinders Street!