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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Sydney Swans, Hawthorn Hawks face off in Friday Night Football

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  • A superstar for both clubs
  • Late change for Hawks, medical subs named
  • Former Swans owner Geoffrey Edelsten found dead in Melbourne apartment
  • AFL grand final to be shifted if MCG crowds are banned: McLachlan
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A superstar for both clubs

Late change for Hawks, medical subs named

Hawthorn has brought in Ned Reeves to replace Jonathon Ceglar in its selected side.

The Swans have Lewis Taylor as their medical sub and the Hawks have Josh Morris as their medical sub.

Former Swans owner Geoffrey Edelsten found dead in Melbourne apartment

Australian businessman and former Sydney Swans owner Geoffrey Edelsten has been found dead in his Melbourne home.

Victoria Police confirmed that the body of a man in his late 70s was discovered on Friday afternoon in a St Kilda Road apartment.

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Geoffrey Edelsten with his then fiancee Brynne Gordon at Bondi Beach in 2009.Credit:Sasha Woolley

AFL grand final to be shifted if MCG crowds are banned: McLachlan

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has revealed the league will put the grand final in September up for sale should there be no crowds allowed for the showcase event in Melbourne.

As the league and Victorian health and government officials continue to work towards matches – and crowds – returning to Victoria next weekend for round 14 with lockdown restrictions easing, McLachlan said he was confident the grand final would be held at the MCG but could not guarantee it.

“The grand final is going to be at the MCG. We have a zero day [of positive coronavirus cases]. I think we are all feeling confident today,” he said.

“In the very unlikely event that somehow it [the grand final] wasn’t possible, I think we will do what we did last year, and that is open it up.”

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Good evening

G’day everyone and welcome to tonight’s AFL live blog as the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn Hawks take to the field at the SCG.

This should be an intriguing match with both clubs looking to build for the future after very successful eras.

The Swans have won many fans over this season with their youthful side and spirited wins and the Hawks have had their good moments mixed in with some difficult quarters.

Please feel free to leave a comment on the blog at any time and keep an eye out after the game for reactions from both clubs.

Enjoy the night to come.

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