Wimmera's superstars

THE Wimmera will be well represented in tomorrow's AFL decider between Hawthorn and Sydney.

Not only will Minyip's Clinton Young play in his second grand final for Hawthorn, but Horsham's Adam Goodes will be leading Sydney's push towards a first flag since 2005.

Like fine wine, the Swans' champion utility and record games holder with 318 matches seems to be getting better with age.

Goodes, 32, shows no signs of slowing down, and has been a massive factor in the Swans' climb up the ladder.

Since he made his debut in 1999, Goodes has taken the AFL by storm.

Two Brownlow medals, three All-Australian selections, a premiership and a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century are all part of Goodes' impressive resume, making him arguably the greatest player to come out of the Wimmera. Tomorrow will be Goodes' third grand final.

Young's coach at Hawthorn, Alastair Clarkson, also has a connection to the Wimmera.

Clarkson grew up in the small town of Kavina before being recruited by North Melbourne in 1987. He went on to play 134 games for the Roos and Melbourne, but it was coaching where Clarkson really hit his straps.

After a variety of assistant coaching roles, as well as leading Central Districts to a SANFL flag, Clarkson got his chance with the Hawks in 2005.

Three seasons later, he became the first coach to lead an AFL and SANFL side to a premiership.

Another Hawk, former Warrack Eagles defender Kyle Cheney, could be the third player from the Wimmera to play tomorrow.

Cheney was named as an emergency in last week's preliminary final victory over Adelaide after some impressive form with Hawks' VFL-affiliate side Box Hill.

He is far from a certainly to play, but a last-minute injury could open the door for Cheney to play in his first grand final.

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