AFL 2023 finals series ultimate guide, everything you need to know


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?

Finals Fixture – dates and start times


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


First Preliminary Final: Collingwood vs GWS

Friday 22 September @ 7:50pm, MCG

Second Preliminary Final: Brisbane vs Melbourne

Saturday, 23 September @ 5:15pm, Gabba

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 2 Odds

Melbourne $1.65 vs Carlton $2.25

Port Adelaide $1.60 vs GWS $2.35

Week 3 Odds

Collingwood $1.55 vs GWS $2.45

Brisbane $1.38 vs Carlton $3.10

Premiership Odds

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


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