Will Hayward returns to the Swans side for the Grand Final. Photo: Matt Corby/NEAFL.



Will Hayward and Kurt Tippett will be welcomed back to Sydney’s NEAFL team for its Grand Final clash against Brisbane at the SCG on Saturday night.

Hayward – the Round 23 AFL Rising Star – and experienced ruckman Tippett did not make the Swans’ AFL side for its Elimination Final against Essendon, and are among 22 AFL-listed players named in a strong NEAFL line-up.

Young gun Jacob Alison will return to Brisbane’s NEAFL side this week, alongside rookies Blake Grewar and Cian Hanley who were squeezed out of the Lions’ Preliminary Final side against Sydney University.

Top AFL Draft prospect Connor Ballenden also comes back in to Brisbane’s side, and will be one of four Lions Academy players alongside Jack Payne, Campbell Walker, and Luke O’Sullivan to earn a Grand Final berth.

Jarrod Osborne is the only Swans Academy player named in Sydney’s side, with NEAFL Rising Star nominee Sam Wicks, Sam Barkley and Harry Carr named as emergencies.

See the full NEAFL Grand Final Teams below.



Saturday, September 9, 2017             

Sydney Swans v Brisbane Lions at the SCG, 7.45pm
*This match will be streamed live on NEAFL TV (youtube.com/northeastafl)
*Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App


B: 46. Sam Murray 21. Jack Maibaum 2. Alex Johnson
HB: 38. Colin O’Riordan 11. Jeremy Laidler 31. Harrison Marsh
C: 45. Sam Fisher 33. Brandon Jack 13. Oliver Florent
HF: 30. Tyrone Leonardis 19. Shaun Edwards 25. Ben Ronke
F: 1. James Rose 47. Toby Pink 9. Will Hayward
Foll: 8. Kurt Tippett 6. Jordan Foote 34. Jordan Dawson
Inter: 36. Aliir Aliir 7. Harry Cunningham 32. Michael Talia 27. Daniel Robinson 55. Jarrod Osborne
Emer: 48. Sam Wicks 53. Sam Barkley 52. Harry Carr
In: 9. Will Hayward 8. Kurt Tippett
Out: 35. Sam Naismith 48. Sam Wicks


B: 42. Mitch Hinge 41. Matt Eagles 59. Jack Payne
HB: 47. Reuben William 20. Cedric Cox 24. Liam Dawson
C: 19. Josh Clayton 16. Jarrad Jansen 8. Rohan Bewick
HF: 34. Jono Freeman 60. Connor Ballenden 37. Jacob Allison
F: 40. Matthew Hammelmann 33. Michael Close 39. Corey Lyons
Foll: 44. Archie Smith 1. Ben Keays 17. Claye Beams
Inter: 46. Oscar McInerney 54. Luke O’Sullivan 53. Campbell Walker 48. Blake Grewar 11. Cian Hanley
Emer: 52. Jack Clayton 55. Ben Sloan 50. Ryan Dadds
In: 48. Blake Grewar 11. Cian Hanley 37. Jacob Allison 60. Connor Ballenden
Out: 52. Jack Clayton 55. Ben Sloan 50. Ryan Dadds





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