AFLW 2023 grand final LIVE: North Melbourne Kangaroos versus Brisbane Lions

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Former Brisbane duo take centre stage with G Flip

AFLW duo Sabrina Frederick and Jesse Wardlaw may not be playing on grand final day, but that didn’t stop them from getting a chance to take centre stage.

G Flip performs with Sabrina Frederick of the Magpies and Jesse Wardlaw of the Saints during the 2023 AFLW Grand Final match between The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos and The Brisbane Lions at IKON Park on December 03, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.Credit: Getty

The former Lions pairing – who now play for Collingwood and St Kilda respectively – each played a drum alongside two-time ARIA award-winning musician G Flip, much to the delight of the Ikon Park crowd.

You could just sense they were both concentrating every bit as hard as when they take the field, but didn’t put a beat wrong.

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Lions star cleared for action

She’s in! Lions star Dakota Davidson has been cleared to line up for the grand final, having fought through a knee injury to take on the Kangaroos.

Dakota Davidson is clear to play for the Lions.Credit: Getty

Davidson was sidelined during the preliminary final triumph over Geelong, spotted in tears on the bench as her Brisbane teammates overcame the Cats to reach a fifth AFLW decider.

However the All-Australian forward has been given the green light to take the field, an announcement sure to trigger a sigh of relief among the Lions’ faithful.

Foundation player readies for milestone

Foundation Lion Shannon Campbell is just four quarters away from celebrating her milestone moment in style, bringing up her 75th AFLW appearance in today’s grand final.

Shannon Campbell shows some dash for the Lions.Credit: AFL Photos / Getty Images

Campbell has featured alongside Bre Koenen and Ally Anderson in each of Brisbane’s four grand finals until this point, but the trio have only brought home the silverware once.

Ruck Tahlia Hickie will also play her 50th game, while winger Jade Ellenger will reach her half-century as a Lion.

Lions out to end grand final hoodoo as Kangaroos plot history

Welcome the AFLW live blog for the grand final clash between the Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Here, we will keep you up to date with all the action on Sunday afternoon at Ikon Park from the first centre bounce at 2.30pm (Melbourne time).

Brisbane, in their fifth decider, will be out to end a run of form at this stage of the season, having won just once from four previous attempts.

The Kangaroos, meanwhile, will be out to win their first premiership, with the likes of Jenna Burton and Tahlia Randall to be key to their cause.

The pair have shown throughout the season they are two of the most clinical players in contested possessions, but will the Lions grand final experience prove too much?

We are just four quarters away from finding out.

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