2023 AFL Finals Series starts this week

Brace yourselves for an epic showdown in the 2023 Toyota AFL Finals Series! With the best-attended home and away season in history behind us, we’re now down to just eight teams vying for that coveted premiership cup.

The action kicks off on Thursday, September 7th, when Collingwood squares off against kiwi Max Gawn and Melbourne in the first qualifying final at the MCG, starting at 9.20pm NZST. Get ready for some thrilling footy action, folks!

And the footy fever doesn’t stop there. On Friday night, it’s a special occasion as Carlton returns to the finals stage. The Blues will go toe-to-toe with Sydney, with the game set to commence at 9.50pm NZST. Carlton faithful, this is your moment!

Saturday brings even more excitement, with Rowan Marshall and St Kilda taking on Greater Western Sydney at the MCG at 5.20pm NZST. Then, brace yourselves for a showdown at the Gabba as Brisbane locks horns with Port Adelaide at 9.25pm NZST. It’s footy paradise down under, and we’re in for a treat!

The big question on everyone’s minds: Who will hold up that premiership cup on Grand Final day? Will it be Collingwood, the team that’s dominated much of the season? Can Carlton’s incredible surge take them all the way to glory? Or will Sydney or GWS bring the silverware back to NSW for the first time since 2012?

Can Melbourne repeat their success from two years ago under Simon Goodwin’s guidance? Is it finally time for Chris Fagan and Brisbane to salute after years of contention? Will St Kilda withstand the pressure and deliver a fairy tale second flag to Moorabbin? And could this be Ken Hinkley’s moment to claim the premiership after 11 seasons at Port Adelaide?

Kiwi footy fans, get ready to witness history in the making as the drama unfolds in the AFL Finals Series. It’s a battle like no other, and only time will reveal who emerges as the ultimate champion. Stay tuned, grab your jerseys, and let’s cheer for our favorite teams as they chase that elusive premiership glory!

Watch all the Finals action live on Sky Sport or stream through the Watch AFL app