The real AFL action is set to get underway with the finals series kicking off this week.
September is upon us which means it’s effectively all or nothing time for the top eight teams on the ladder.
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The first week of finals wasn’t locked in until the final game of the 2023 home and away season after the GWS Giants booked their spot after defeating Carlton.
With only one week left in the series, has your team made it to the 2023 Grand Final? Or has the season ended in disappointment?
AFL’s Grand Final parade fan site details unveiled
The AFL are getting set to unleash an extravagant new fan site for the upcoming Grand Final player parade.
In the middle of the oval will be a cube stage with screens on every side, it means no matter where you’re positioned you’ll have an eye on all the action unfolding.
The live site will remain operational for the AFLW double header on the Friday night while it could also be used for the AFL Grand Final.
The parade kicks off at 10:30am (AEST) and will be broadcast exclusively on Fox Footy.
Finals Fixture – dates and start times
First Preliminary Final: Collingwood vs GWS
Friday 22 September @ 7:50pm, MCG
Second Preliminary Final: Brisbane vs Melbourne
Saturday, 23 September @ 5:15pm, Gabba
First Qualifying Final: (1) Collingwood vs (4) Melbourne
Thursday, 7 September 7:20pm at the MCG
Result: Collingwood 60 def. Melbourne 53
First Elimination Final: (5) Carlton vs (8) Sydney Swans
Friday, 8 September 7:50pm at the MCG
Result: Carlton 74 def. Sydney 68
Second Elimination Final: (6) St Kilda vs (7) GWS Giants
Saturday, 9 September 3:20pm at the MCG
Result: St Kilda 77 def. GWS 101
Second Qualifying Final: (2) Brisbane Lions vs (3) Port Adelaide
Saturday, 9 September 7:25pm at the Gabba
Result: Brisbane 123 def. Port Adelaide 75
First Semi Final: Melbourne vs Carlton
Friday, 15 September @ 7:50pm, MCG
Result: Melbourne 73 to Carlton 71
Second Semi Final: Port Adelaide vs GWS
Friday, 16 September @ 7:40pm, Adelaide Oval)
Result: Port Adelaide 70 to GWS 93
AFL Grand Final
Winner of 1st Prelim Final (Collingwood or GWS Giants) vs Winner of 2nd Prelim Final (Brisbane Lions or Melbourne)
Saturday, 30 September 2:30pm (AEST), MCG
How to stream
All finals will be broadcast live on Fox Footy as well as Seven. The Grand Final will be played live only on Seven.
All finals — except for the Grand Final — will be streamed on Kayo Sport. For the first time, the AFL Grand Final will be available to watch for free on 7plus across all devices.
Week 3 Odds
Collingwood $1.55 vs GWS $2.45
Brisbane $1.38 vs Carlton $3.10
Collingwood: $3.50 (Week 1) $2.50 (Week 2) $2.40 (Week 3)
Brisbane: $3.75 (Week 1) $3.30 (Week 2) $2.70 (Week 3)
Carlton: $10 (Week 1) $12.00 (Week 2) $7.00 (Week 3)
GWS: $21 (Week 1) $14.00 (Week 2) $6.00 (Week 3)
List of recent premiership winners
2022 — Geelong Cats bt Sydney Swans
2021 — Melbourne bt Western Bulldogs
2020 — Richmond bt Geelong
2019 — Richmond bt GWS Giants
2018 — West Coast bt Collingwood
2017 — Richmond bt Adelaide
2016 — Western Bulldogs bt Sydney Swans
2015 — Hawthorn bt West Coast
2014 — Hawthorn bt Sydney Swans
2013 — Hawthorn bt Fremantle Dockers
2012 — Sydney Swans bt Hawthorn
2011 — Geelong bt Collingwood
Originally published as AFL 2023 finals series ultimate guide: Fixtures, how to watch and stream