Ahead of Saturday’s AFL grand final, meet the Collingwood and Brisbane stars who have been shaped by their time in SA.
Victorian heavyweight Collingwood will take on Queensland challengers Brisbane in Saturday’s premiership decider at the MCG, exactly 20 years after they did battle in the 2003 season finale.
Leading the Magpies’ charge will be head coach Craig McRae, who hails from Adelaide’s southern suburbs and played footy with Glenelg.
In the Lions’ den is their spiritual leader and dual Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale. The diminutive midfielder grew up in the small farming town of Kybybolite, in the state’s southeast, before becoming one of the AFL’s best players.
Not all of our grand final hopefuls grew up in Adelaide. Some came to the state after their formative years and learned their craft at junior/school level, such as Brisbane’s Zac Bailey, or emerged…