Richmond and Geelong will meet for the second time in a month.
Richmond and Geelong will meet for the second time in a month. JULIAN SMITH

Who plays who in first week of AFL finals

THE home and away season is done and dusted. Now we turn our attention to week one of the finals.

The AFL has confirmed this year's finals series will launch with a Thursday night blockbuster.

The schedule and venues for the first week of the finals won't be announced until around 8:30pm AEST on Sunday night.

Like last season, the week one matches will be played on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.


First Qualifying Final

Adelaide v GWS at Adelaide Oval, 7:50pm AEST


Second Qualifying Final

Geelong v Richmond at the MCG 7:50pm AEST


Second Elimination Final

Sydney v Essendon at the SCG 4:20pm AEST

First Elimination Final

Port Adelaide v West Coast at Adelaide Oval, 7:50pm AEST


The Crows claimed the minor premiership.
The Crows claimed the minor premiership. BEN MACMAHON

Acting AFL football operations boss Andrew Dillon confirmed the Thursday night start.

"(The first final) will certainly be on a Thursday night, whether it's interstate or not will depend on how round 23 plays out," Dillon told SEN radio.

"We'll probably be still waiting until the (result of the) West Coast-Adelaide twilight game on Sunday to know exactly what the final make-up of the eight is.

"But it will be Thursday night, Friday night, and then we'll have two games on the Saturday, one during the day and one at night."

News Corp Australia

A profitable partnership

A profitable partnership

East Ballina Lions and Ballina Fair partner to support farmers

Keeping the heart beating

Keeping the heart beating

Bike ride to raise AED awareness

Skatefest going ahead

Skatefest going ahead

Fair Go Skatefest to run again this year

Local Partners