It has the makings of a nightmare for Melburnians: two Sydney teams headlining the AFL's big dance.The dream of an all-Sydney AFL grand final is edging closer to reality, with the Giants and the Swans just one win away from meeting in the decider.
"It's such a buzz in Sydney right now," former Giants coach Kevin Sheedy said.
Sheedy coached the Giants in their first two seasons.
His team experienced more losses than wins at that time and were belted by 100 points or more on 10 occasions.
"It's the best 40 losses I've ever had," he said.
Now all of a sudden they're [a] game off a grand final. Our game is blessed this has happened so quick."Sheedy has also dismissed the view the AFL gave the Western Sydney club too much assistance.
"People can walk around with negatives all of their lives, tell them to get a life," he said.
The Giants will start as favourites against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night, as the league's youngest club looks to book an historic grand final berth in just its fifth season.
"Everyone knows there's no tomorrow for one team," Giants coach Leon Cameron said.
"It's a great story for the AFL that there is going to be a new kid on the block, whether it is us or the Dogs."
The Western Bulldogs have not won a flag since 1954.
"Both teams have huge amounts to play for, you're playing for a grand final," Giants skipper Callan Ward said.
"At the start of the game it's a 50-50 contest. Momentum doesn't matter too much I don't think, just go out there and play good footy."
Swans injuriesThe Swans are facing a more fancied opponent in Geelong and a number of injury concerns are weighing heavily.
Scans have cleared Gary Rohan and Jarrad McVeigh of serious damage, but they are still in doubt for Friday's fixture.
"We don't know yet, it's just a bit early to be able to make that call, we don't want to rule anyone in or out," Swans coach John Longmire said.
Kurt Tippett and Callum Mills, who were injured in week one of the finals, are also racing against the clock to play.
Longmire said he would give his stars until later in the week to prove their fitness.
"We'll certainly get more of an idea on Wednesday but we may have to wait until Thursday and see how players pull up from training," he said.