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.
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.
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.
“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.