When Collingwood forward Alex Fasolo's phone beeped on Thursday, he didn't expect the text message to be a Geelong player asking him if he was playing in the grand final.
But Fasolo happily answered honestly because the person sending the text was just as excited about being chosen for his first grand final.
Mitch Duncan and Fasolo played football together for Trinity College and were part of WA's 2009 under-18s squad. They have remained close and yesterday were still pinching themselves at the prospect of facing off in a grand final.
"It's quite amazing," Duncan said. "I messaged him yesterday to see if he was playing and he said he was. It's pretty cool.
"We've been friends for a while. It's going to be quite weird but I'm going to embrace it. I can't wait to get out there."
Duncan and Fasolo shared a PSA premiership with Trinity and that team also produced Richmond's Reece Conca, Essendon's Travis Colyer and Carlton's Kane Lucas.
Fasolo said the school should be proud that another former student would become a premiership player today and add to its rich history.
"It's amazing to think of the great players Trinity has produced," Fasolo said.
"There's also a Norm Smith medallist in Andrew Embley. We had a great footy team and they're a great bunch of blokes."
Fasolo, 19, and Duncan, 20, will closely be considered as subs, so could spend most of the day sitting metres apart waiting for their chance to shine.
Yesterday they sat a similar distance apart at the grand final parade waiting for their cars to take them along the exciting journey through Melbourne's city streets.
Duncan said he never envisaged playing in a grand final so quickly after joining the Cats.
Fasolo also marvelled at his early-career opportunity.
He was recalled after Dayne Beams withdrew with a groin injury.
Last year, Fasolo watched Collingwood beat St Kilda at former Pie Mark McGough's house.
"That was a good day … we had a few frothies throughout the grand final," Fasolo said.
"It's a bit surreal to be running out there this year.
"I have no concerns about my own ability to run out there and contribute."