Cool con­di­tions face Ea­gles on big day

South Western Times - - News -

Even by Mel­bourne stan­dards, it is go­ing to be a cold af­ter­noon for Satur­day’s grand fi­nal.

But that may not nec­es­sar­ily give an ad­van­tage to Colling­wood.

Ac­cord­ing to Mel­bourne Weather Bureau se­nior fore­caster Keris Arndt, the match will be played in a rel­a­tively fine 13-14C, but with a brisk south-west­erly wind mak­ing it feel a lit­tle cooler.

“The tem­per­a­ture will cer­tainly be cooler than what you might nor­mally ex­pect in Mel­bourne at grand fi­nal time,” Mr Arndt said. “The av­er­age grand fi­nal tem­per­a­ture is 18.3C.”

Satur­day’s con­di­tions will be sim­i­lar to grand fi­nal day in 1992 — the first Ea­gles premier­ship year — when the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture reached 15.1C and it was a lit­tle cloudy over the MCG.

It will also be a lit­tle warmer than the 12.3C in Ade­laide when West Coast beat Port Ade­laide with a kick after the siren a few weeks ago, on Au­gust 11.

Mr Arndt said the MCG may be a lit­tle slip­pery, with some rain fore­cast for Fri­day night and early Satur­day.

It will be the coolest grand fi­nal since 2002 — when Colling­wood lost to Bris­bane by nine points.

In fact, Colling­wood seems to pre­fer warmer grand fi­nals — the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for the Mag­pies’ 15 grand fi­nal vic­to­ries has been 18.3C.

The Ea­gles three vic­to­ries came with an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of a cooler 16.9C.

The cold­est grand fi­nal was the 11.3C in 1958, when Colling­wood de­feated Mel­bourne by three goals.

The hottest grand fi­nal was in 2015 when the Ea­gles were smashed by Hawthorn and the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture reached 31.3C.

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