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Payne-ful call for luckless Lion; Flight delay for Lions; Accolade for top woman at the AFL

Payne-ful call for luckless Lion; Flight delay for Lions; Accolade for top woman at the AFL

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Payne-ful: Luckless Lion misses out on the grand final side

Andrew Wu

Collingwood fan favourite Jack Ginnivan has been given the opportunity to end his turbulent season on a dizzying high after being promoted into the Magpies starting 22 for the grand final, but Brisbane defender Jack Payne’s bid to play ended in heartbreak.

Ginnivan began the season on the outer, suspended for the use of illicit drugs, but has been rewarded for his transformation in attitude in the best possible way.

The Pies’ sub for the first two finals, Ginnivan comes into the side at the expense of Pat Lipinski, who has been relegated to the sub.

It caps a stunning return for Ginnivan, who started both finals as the 23rd man after breaking into the senior team in round 22. He had spent the previous 10 weeks on the outer, building strength in the gym and working on his tackling and pressure - areas he needed to improve if he was to earn a recall.

There was jubilation in the Ginnivan household, his father Craig posting on Facebook: “He’s in the 22, wow we go pies.”

Grand final sub: Patrick Lipinski.

Grand final sub: Patrick Lipinski.Credit: Getty Images

Ginnivan adds nous around goals to a Magpies side that has managed scores of only 60 and 58 in their two finals victories.

Teams are not obliged to name their sub until an hour before the game but the Pies did not play ducks and drakes, making their announcement on Thursday afternoon. The move ensures there are no headlines, and the accompanying distraction, around the axing of a player who indeed is still playing.

“We wish to confirm that Patrick Lipinski has been selected as our substitute for the match this weekend,” Pies football manager Graham Wright said.

“Pat’s elite running ability will no doubt inject energy into the game and we look forward to seeing him make an impact on Saturday.”

There was agony for Payne, who trained on Thursday but could not convince coach Chris Fagan and the Lions match committee he should displace Darcy Gardiner.

Payne joins Magpies pair Dan McStay and Taylor Adams as the hard luck stories of this year’s big game. The Lions academy product leapfrogged Gardiner in the Lions pecking order for key defenders this season, playing 23 of a possible 25 games, but is now living every footballer’s worst nightmare.

Payne has been named as one of the four emergencies, though veteran midfielder Jarryd Lyons is favoured to again be the sub - a role he has held in both of the Lions’ finals.

That Payne has played a vital role in the Lions’ progress to the decider will likely be of little immediate solace to the 23-year-old, who must watch on as his teammates live out their childhood dreams on the last Saturday of September.

As difficult as the call is on Payne, Fagan has played the percentages by preferring the experienced Gardiner, a 28-year-old who has played 157 games since being drafted in 2013.

Gardiner held back-to-back Coleman medallist Charlie Curnow to just one goal in the Lions’ victory over Carlton in the preliminary final.

Gardiner has played only three games this year, due in part to injuries and Payne’s rise as a defender of substance.

Lions delayed by lightning

Damien Ractliffe
The flight due to bring the Brisbane Lions’ players and staff to Melbourne for the AFL grand final was delayed by 35 minutes due to lightning in the Queensland capital.

The Lions were due to fly from Brisbane to Melbourne at 3.05pm, but storm activity in the area delayed their takeoff.

“Flights delayed due to lightning... can you not?” the Brisbane Lions tweeted this afternoon, tagging the Port Adelaide Power.

Players began boarding the Virgin plane from 3.30pm with an estimated departure at 3.40pm.

Delays also impacted footy fans planning on travelling down from Queensland.

Nine news reporter Joshua Dawe first tweeted: “Flights out of Brisbane Airport have just been stopped due to incoming storms. Lions are due to fly to Melbourne at 3pm.”

He later tweeted that the plane was ready for departure.

The Lions are booked in for a captain’s run at the MCG at 9am on Friday morning, before the grand final parade.

Football Woman of the Year

Marnie Vinall
Laura Kane, who was recently appointed as the executive general manager of football after a successful stint in North Melbourne’s football operations team, can now add another accolade to her resume: 2023 Football Woman of the Year.

New AFL footy boss Laura Kane.

New AFL footy boss Laura Kane.Credit: AFL Photos / Getty Images

Kane is a former Melbourne University women’s football club player and administrator, who worked as a lawyer before joining the Kangaroos in 2016. There, she was instrumental in the club obtaining its AFLW license and mentoring women in decision-making roles.

After being nominated for the award in 2017 but losing out to AFLW premiership coach Bec Goddard, Kane said she was grateful to be named alongside the past winners, who have included Goddard, Shelley Ware, Daisy Pearce and commentator Kelli Underwood.

She said her love of the game started at community level when she played junior footy and then grew as she worked through different roles in administrating and playing the game.

“It is a privilege really now to work at the elite game, turning my hobby into my career,” she said.

In her speech, Kane said she hadn’t thought too much about thank-yous but spoke of how pivotal her time at North Melbourne was.

“What I was able to learn and the experience I was able to have at North Melbourne is the reason that I’m here in this role and my biggest takeout is having really supportive men and women who give you space to learn and do you thing and understand what your strengths are. And that’s something I’ve carried forward.

“And the last thing too is my mum because she wrote a letter when I was five years old saying I didn’t want to play netball, I want to play AusKick. And here we are.”

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