A sea of black and white has flooded central Melbourne to attend the 2018AFL Grand Final Parade.
Thousands of Collingwood faithful braved the cold to watch their team parade through the city streets on Friday in anticipation of Saturday’s big game.
The Magpies are hoping to take home the 16th premiership in the club’s long history.
But standing in their way are the resilient West Coast Eagles, who drew plenty of supporters all the way from Perth.
Braving the cold, a sea of black and white flooded Melbourne’s city streets for the 2018 AFL Grand Final Parade
Thousands of West Coast fans came to support coach Adam Simpson (pictured with his daughter) and their beloved team
More than 100,000 Collingwood and West Coast fans are hoping their captain will be hoisting the trophy on Saturday. Pictured: West Coast skipper Shannon Hurn (left) and Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury (right)
The Grand Final Parade is an annual celebration for the two teams who made it all the way through the home-and-away season to earn a spot in the year’s biggest game.
With Collingwood the favourites to win the premiership, their fan base vastly outnumbered West Coast’s on Friday afternoon.
More than 100,000 supporters clamoured in the streets, braving 11C temperatures, to watch the premiership cup make its way through the city.
More than 100,000 fans clamoured in the streets, braving 11C, to watch the premiership cup go through the city
With Collingwood the hot favourites to win the premiership, their fanbase vastly outnumbered West Coast’s on Friday
But that didn’t stop thousands of West Coast faithful come out to support their club’s first premiership appearance since 2015
Collingwood’s coach Nathan Buckley was perched atop one of the cars carrying the teams, sitting with his son.
Next to Buckley was Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury, waving to fans with his one-year-old son, Jax, sitting in his lap.
Soon after them were West Coast leadership duo, coach Adam Simpson and captain Shannon Hurn.
Simpson has led the Eagles to the Grand Final in only his fourth year at the helm, while Buckley has braved calls from fans to be sacked after replacing premiership coach Mick Malthouse in 2012.
Collingwood Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury (pictured with one-year-old son, Jax) will play in his fourth grand final, after featuring in both 2010 Grand Finals and the 2011 premiership
Collingwood Magpies coach Nathan Buckley, who has been at the helm since 2012, poses for a selfie with his son
The convoy of players and coaches made its way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where first bounce in the 2018 grand final will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday
The convoy of players and coaches made its way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where first bounce in the 2018 Grand Final will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday.
In enemy turf, the West Coast Eagles are hoping to drag the premiership cup back to Perth for the fourth time in the club’s history.
But to do so, they’ll have to overcome a strong Collingwood side, which dismantled premiership favourites Richmond a week ago.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson (pictured) announced on Friday they could be without marquee player Jeremy McGovern
Spectators watch the 2018 AFL Grand Final Parade on Friday, which is considered a state-wide public holiday
West Coast fans show their love for cult hero Liam Duggan, who would have felt right at home having grown up in Victoria
West Coast’s chances could be hindered as Simpson announced they’re still unsure whether key defender Jeremy McGovern will be healthy by game time.
‘Today is a big day for him, we are doing a lot of testing with him,’ Simpson told Fox Sports.
‘It’s something we have left to today to get through.’
Buckley isn’t taking anything for granted though, saying they’re preparing as if he’s certain to suit up for the Eagles.
‘We’re preparing for him to be 100 per cent fit and playing.’
Both teams will participate in a last-minute training session on Friday afternoon, before the blockbuster kicks off Saturday, with the MCG opening its doors to the public at 9.30am.
A young Magpies fan shows his support during the 2018 AFL Grand Final Parade, surrounded by West Coast supporters
In enemy turf, the Eagles are hoping to take the premiership cup back to Perth for the fourth time in the club’s history
Both teams will participate in a last-minute training session on Friday afternoon, before the blockbuster kicks off Saturday