The AFL will be nervously awaiting conditions in Brisbane tonight after heavy rain and storms hit the area just hours before the Grand Final.
A downpour hit the gabba between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. AEDT, causing light flooding on the streets around the stadium.
The covers were placed over the center of the floor.
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Since it’s raining in Melbourne this morning too, and it rains on a Grand Final day in a normal year, it’s not like the AFL escaped the damp weather for the flag-maker – unless Perth’s quarantine situation had a game there made possible.
The real fear, however, is a delay or postponement of the grand finale that would occur if there was lightning within 10 kilometers of the Gabba.
As of 2 p.m. AEDT, there was a storm around 270 km northwest of Brisbane, but the Bureau of Meteorology said it would likely miss the Gabba district and the rain should ease off tonight.
At 4 p.m. AEDT, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued to people in the Gold Coast, Redland City, Sunshine Coast and parts of the Logan, Scenic Rim, Noosa, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas.
Brisbane trainer Chris Fagan told Fox Footy’s AFL 360 On Friday night, Richmond and Geelong are playing “very different games,” pointing out that the cats are “possession time” playing with precision, while the Tigers are a “yard-won team” trying to move the ball quickly.
So if it rains, Fagan said, it would play into the hands of the tigers.
“We don’t often play in wet weather in AFL football,” said Fagan AFL 360. “We usually play in good places, the terrain is pretty dry and only sometimes do we get a little wind. So it’s unusual.
“I think Geelong could adapt to some degree, but how well can they adapt? While the Richmond style works very well for them in the wet.
“They (the Tigers) score a lot of goals with ground balls in their line of attack – and if Geelong has a weakness in their defensive area of the ground, it is when the ball hits the ground. They’re great in the air but generally score against game and snapshots, it’s not Geelong’s unicorn.
“It might be a good fit for Richmond if the conditions get a little slippery.”
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