Crows, Tigers unchanged for AFL decider

Adelaide and Richmond have named unchanged line-ups for Saturday’s AFL grand final.


There had been speculation Crows midfielder Hugh Greenwood is carrying a sore calf, but he has kept his spot for the premiership decider at the MCG.

Wayne Milera, Alex Keath and Reilly O’Brien are the emergencies for Adelaide, while Shaun Hampson, Jayden Short and Corey Ellis make up the Tigers’ emergency list.

Greenwood spent large periods on the bench in the second half of the Crows’ 61-point preliminary final win over Geelong, sparking fears he could miss out.

“He got through training yesterday, so we expect him to play,” Crows assistant coach Scott Camporeale told reporters on Thursday.

“He’s fine. He got through training and he ticked all the boxes.”

Adelaide ruled out forward Mitch McGovern (hamstring) on Wednesday after he failed to prove his fitness at the team’s main training session.

He joins teammate Brodie Smith, who ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in the qualifying final win over Greater Western Sydney, as the hard luck stories of this year’s grand final.

Veteran forward Andy Otten replaced McGovern last week and will play in a grand final after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with a knee injury.

There had been some concern over the fitness of Tigers Kane Lambert (foot) and David Astbury (shoulder) after Saturday’s preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney.

But both have been named as Damien Hardwick stuck with the same line-up for the second week in succession.

Forward Sam Lloyd won the Norm Goss Medal for best player in the Tigers’ VFL grand final loss to Port Melbourne, but couldn’t make it onto the emergency list.