No late changes for AFL grand final

No late changes for AFL grand final

Sydney and the Western Bulldogs will go into the 2016 AFL grand final as named.

There had been speculation the Dogs could make a late change in the event of wet weather, but the rain largely stayed away on Saturday morning.

Swans coach John Longmire and Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge were adamant on Friday that their line-ups would remain the same.

At team selection on Thursday, the Dogs went unchanged from the side that won a stunning preliminary final against Greater Western Sydney by six points.

Matt Suckling, Tom Campbell and Lin Jong were named as emergencies.

Suckling missed the preliminary final with an Achilles tendon injury and couldn’t force his way into the grand final 22 despite overcoming the issue.

His omission is a bitter pill for the defender to swallow despite his two premierships with Hawthorn.

Jong returned from a fractured collarbone suffered in the elimination final win over West Coast in the VFL grand final last week and was best afield in Footscray’s win.

The big-bodied onballer may have played his last game for the Dogs, with speculation he is set to join Collingwood after touring the club’s facilities earlier this year.

Ruckman Jordan Roughead retained his spot after the eye bleed he suffered against GWS was cleared by a specialist on Friday.

The Swans recalled co-captain Jarrad McVeigh and Rising Star winner Callum Mills despite both missing their side’s preliminary final romp over Geelong through injury.

But McVeigh (calf) and Mills (hamstring) did enough to convince Longmire of their fitness.

Aliir Aliir dropped out with the knee injury he suffered against the Cats and Harry Marsh was the unlucky player to be omitted.

He was named as an emergency along with Harry Cunningham and Toby Nankervis.

Xavier Richards, George Hewett, Tom Mitchell and Mills will start on the bench for Sydney.

Jack Macrae, Shane Biggs, Toby McLean and Caleb Daniel will start on the bench for the Dogs.

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