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AFL grand final 2020: No late changes for Richmond or Geelong amid drenched Gabba

Richmond and Geelong have resisted the urge to make late changes despite treacherous conditions in Brisbane.

The Tigers and Cats remain unchanged from their preliminary final wins as they enter today’s decider.

Up to 89 millimetres has fallen since 9am near the Gabba, sweeping through to soak the playing surface just as the Bureau of Meteorology delivered an official thunderstorm warning for a host of regions including Brisbane city.

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The Cats supporters came out despite the rain.
Camera IconThe Cats supporters came out despite the rain. Credit: Bradley Kanaris/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

The AFL’s first night final could be a blessing given the initial storms will have passed by the 4:30pm (WA time) first bounce, however more rain is expected later in the evening.

If there is lightning within 10km of the ground, the game would be stopped in line with AFL protocols for up to an hour and players sent inside.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 24: GABBA ground staff are seen removing water from the field prior to the 2020 AFL Grand Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on October 24, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Photos)
Camera IconBRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 24: GABBA ground staff are seen removing water from the field prior to the 2020 AFL Grand Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at The Gabba on October 24, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Photos) Credit: via AFL Photos

It would then resume if there was no lightning within 10km of the ground for 30 minutes.

Asked on Friday, Geelong coach Chris Scott has given up trying to predict Queensland’s weather.

The 44-year-old spent 14 seasons in Brisbane as a player and admits he never worked it out.

Tom Lynch warms up at the Gabba.
Camera IconTom Lynch warms up at the Gabba. Credit: Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

“They (Richmond) have got a bit of recent experience with slippery conditions over in Adelaide, but I’ve given up forecasting the weather,” Scott said.

“I’ve made too many mistakes year after year and it’s become a bit of an in-joke with our coaching team.

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