The 2022 AFL regular season is almost at an end, and in what has been one of the tightest competitions of recent years, the race for the top 8 has been thrilling. Round 22 saw plenty of shifts through the ladder, with Richmond making their claim to the top 8 and confirming their place in the finals.
One more round, but only minor premier Geelong has locked away its ladder position, courtesy of a 12-game winning streak.
The remaining seven spots in the top eight hinge on the results of round 23, and there are still two clubs outside the eight – the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda – eyeing Carlton’s tenuous hold on the final berth.
Three games in the final round feature top-eight clubs facing one another: Brisbane v Melbourne on Friday night, and a Super Sunday double of Carlton v Collingwood at the MCG and St Kilda v Sydney at Marvel Stadium.
There are five teams still in the running for the remaining three top-four berths: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Collingwood and Fremantle. None is guaranteed the double chance just yet, although things would have to go awfully wrong for the Swans to miss out.
Our friends at Sky Sport NZ will be bringing us another 6 games, with all the big contests being among them. Make sure you tune in to what will be a great weekend of AFL.