AFL Grand Final 2022 Tips, Predictions, Winners

The best and most in shape teams in the AFL will clash on Saturday as Geelong takes on Sydney in the MCG.

And while the red-hot Swans go into the game with a nine-game winning streak, the Cats have been firmly backed to win their 10th AFL Premiership.

See the tips from all 22 experts, the Norm Smith Medal and the tips for the first goalkeeper – and the full final verdict.

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DERMOTT BRERETON

premieres: Geelong with 9 points — “They were the best team of the season by winning two games more than any other team. And their form has not fallen.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

JONATHAN BROWN

premieres: Geelong with 28 points

NATHAN BUCKLEY

premieres: Geelong with 13 points – “If they played 10 times, Geelong wins six and Sydney wins four.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

BEN COTTON

premieres: Geelong with 12 points – “They have been the best team all year and there is a sense of destiny that Chris Scott will lead them to another flag.”

Norm Smith Medal: Mitch Duncan (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tom Papley (Sydney)

BEN DIXON

premieres: Sydney Swans with 14 points — “Geelong is hard to fault and a deserved favourite, but the Swans are the best team in the league in my opinion at taking away your strengths as a team. If they can take Geelong’s gun, they win – and I think they can!”

Norm Smith Medal: Isaac Heeney (Sydney)

First goal kicker: Lance Franklin (Sydney)

JASON DUNSTALL

premieres: Geelong with 12 points — “They’ve been the best team all year … they can’t pass up this opportunity.”

Norm Smith Medal: Cameron Guthrie (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Jeremy Cameron (Geelong)

CATH DURKIN

premieres: Geelong with 15 points — “Hard to pass. Had both tight and thumping wins on the leash which should set her up nicely. The management of bodies throughout the season seems to have them in the box seat as well. ”

Norm Smith Medal: Tom Stewart (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

CATHERINE HEALEY

premieres: Geelong, 12 points – “Just like against the Lions, it will be the Cats’ small attackers who, along with Sydney’s McCartin brothers, do the work for Cameron and Hawkins.”

Norm Smith Medal: Tom Stewart (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tom Papley (Sydney)

MARK HOWARD

Prime Ministers: Geelong with 24 points

Norm Smith Medal: Cameron Guthrie (Geelong)

ANTHONY HUDSON

premieres: Geelong with 5 points — “Toss the coin, because the swans may worry them, but if they can withstand the pressure, the cats should win. I can’t really give them a tip.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Hayden McLean (Sydney)

BRAD JOHNSON

premieres: Geelong with 20 points – “I think Patrick Dangerfield will set the tone and have one of the best first quarters in Grand Final history.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Jeremy Cameron (Geelong)

DREW JONES

premieres: Geelong with 11 points – “The best side of the whole year will produce on the biggest stage of the game.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Brad Close (Geelong)

MAX LAUGHTON

premieres: Geelong with 12 points — “Even if the Swans put pressure on them, the Cats are too good not to dominate the game for at least a while. That should be enough.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Isaac Heeney (Sydney)

KATH LOUGHNAN

premieres: Sydney with 15 points – “The Swans’ elite pressure over four quarters, coupled with their dynamic forward line and undervalued backline, will get the job done.”

Norm Smith Medal: Luke Parker (Sydney)

First goal: Tom Papley (Sydney)

ALASAIR LYNCH

premieres: Geelong with 23 points — “I just feel like Geelong has more mature talent that can handle the pressure of the occasion better. In addition, Geelong’s ability to generate a reserve back-back is something many clubs have not been able to deny.”

Norm Smith Medal: Jeremy Cameron (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

LEIGH MOUNTAIN

premieres: Geelong with 11 points – “They have too much firepower.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Lance Franklin (Sydney)

CAMERON MOONEY

premieres: Geelong by 4 points – “To be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if Sydney won because I think Sydney has been just about the best pressure team in the last six weeks – and in my opinion the Grand Final day is coming, the team that can exert the most pressure to win the game longer. But Geelong has the best side and if they play their best, they win.”

Norm Smith Medal: Tom Atkins (Geelong) – “He’s built for the final footy.”

First goal kicker: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

MATTHEW PAVLICH

premieres: Geelong with 8 points

Norm Smith Medal: Cameron Guthrie (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Brad Close (Geelong)

JON RALPH

premieres: Geelong with 9 points – “Cameron and Stengle are the bummer, despite pressure from Sydney turning this into an old-fashioned scrap.”

Norm Smith Medal: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

NICK RIEWOLDT

premieres: Geelong with 3 points

Norm Smith Medal: Cameron Guthrie (Geelong)

AM WATERWORTH

premieres: Geelong with 12 points — “There’s something different about this Geelong outfit. A professionalism we haven’t seen from a team since probably the Hawks of 2015. They will be able to confidently adapt to the conditions and pace of the game and be too stylish when it matters most.”

Norm Smith Medal: Tom Stewart (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

DAVID ZITA

premieres: Geelong with 15 points — “No weaknesses, shoot all cylinders, lose theirs. Only a Buddy masterclass can stop them right now.”

Norm Smith Medal: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

First goal kicker: Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

FINAL VERDICT

Prime Ministers

20 — Geelong Cats

2 — Sydney Swans

Norm Smith Medal

8 — Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

4 – Cameron Guthrie (Geelong)

3 — Tom Stewart (Geelong)

1 – Tom Atkins (Geelong), Tyson Stengle (Geelong), Jeremy Cameron (Geelong), Isaac Heeney (Sydney), Mitch Duncan (Geelong), Luke Parker (Sydney)

First goal kicker

6 – Tyson Stengle (Geelong)

3 — Tom Papley (Sydney)

2 — Lance Franklin (Sydney), Brad Close (Geelong), Jeremy Cameron (Geelong)

1 — Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong), Isaac Heeney (Sydney), Hayden McLean (Sydney)

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