There’s a big, big day coming for NSW and the ACT tomorrow.
The moment has almost arrived. Tomorrow at 2.30pm at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, history will be made as the first siren sounds and GIANTS make their historic first AFL Grand Final appearance against Richmond.
NSW and the ACT will be represented not only on the field through umpires, players, but also crucially, its passionate fans. Here is your rundown of how NSW and the ACT is going to be represented in tomorrow’s Grand Final.
Canberra’s Ray Chamberlain will be field umpiring his second Grand Final. Ray spent time in the then Sydney Football League in 1999, umpiring 19 First Grade games (now AFL Sydney Premier Division) and running the SFL U18s Division One Grand Final at Macquarie Uni between Pennant Hills and St George.
Ray then moved to the VFL in 2001 where he ultimately moved to become an AFL listed umpire.
Joining Ray, is a former AFL Sydney Juniors field umpire turned goal umpire and player with both the Mosman Swans and Manly Bombers will also make his AFL Grand Final debut.
Sydney’s Angus McKenzie-Wills goal umpired his first AFL game in the R3 Sydney Derby in 2016 after coming through the AFL Sydney and NEAFL programs. He has since umpired 69 AFL games.
Angus will be the Third Scorer for tomorrow’s game (emergency goal umpire) – ranked the third-best goal umpire nationally.
Canberra’s Ivan Soldo has been named in the Tiger’s interchange, with the former basketballer sure to see a lot of minutes in the ruck.
From the footy factory of Southern New South Wales, the GIANTS have selected Wagga Wagga’s Harry Himmelberg, Culcairn’s Jeremy Finlayson, Narrandera’s Zac Williams, Leeton’s Jacob Hopper and Collingullie’s Harry Perryman.
From the Central Coast, Killarney Vale’s Daniel Lloyd has been named in the GIANTS interchange and Broken Hill’s Isaac Cumming is named as an emergency.
For GIANTS fans based in Sydney, join other GIANTS faithful at the GIANTS Official Grand Final Live Site at Cathy Freeman Park (just a kick away from GIANTS Stadium) in Sydney Olympic Park to watch the game on the big screen on Saturday, September 28.
Bring a picnic rug and some chairs, get your orange on and be in full voice from 12:00pm.
There will be GIANTS inflatables for the kids to play on and Olympic Park’s newest pub The Locker Room will be open while dozens of other cafes and restaurants are within walking distance for fans to purchase food and drink.
There are also two food trucks on-site for GIANTS members and fans purchase food from, however, there is a strict no B.Y.O policy applied.
The GIANTS Official Grand Final Live Site is FREE and fans of all ages are welcome to attend.
With Olympic Park Station also a short walk away and an abundance of paid parking nearby, the GIANTS’ Official Grand Final Live Site is the place to be if you can’t get to the game.
GIANTS Official Grand Final Live Site
Where: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
When: Saturday, September 28
Event Start: 12:00pm
Game Start: 2:30pm
Event Finish: 6:00pm