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The 2023 AFL Finals came to a close with a AFL Grand Final that saw Collingwood defeat the Brisbane Lions in a four-point thriller at the MCG to secure their record-equalling 16th premiership 

2023 AFL Finals

The 2023 AFL Finals got underway in early September following the new 24-round regular home-and-away season that finished up on AFL FinalsSunday the 27th August, 2023.

The 2023 AFL Premiers were the Collingwood Magpies who defeated the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final by four points. 

The AFL Finals provide Aussie Rules betting fans with some of the best opportunities to enjoy a footy bet of the year with everything going on the line for the Top 8 remaining teams in the Premiership heading towards the AFL Grand Final held at the MCG on a Saturday in late September or early October.

Each season the annual AFL Premiership takes place around the country with the now 24 week regular home-and-away season featuring the league’s 18 clubs facing off in the AFL fixtures for competition points and ladder positioning.

The eight AFL teams occupying the top eight ranks on the AFL Ladder then face off in the end-of-season finals series across four weeks, with two clubs eliminated from the playoffs in the opening three weeks.

The remaining two teams then come head-to-head in the highly anticipated Grand Final AFL game in the fourth week of the finals, and the winner of that clash is rewarded with the Premiership title and fanfare.

AFL Premiership betting is open across the season with all-in prices for each club on offer to punters.


Collingwood Magpies 12.18 (90) defeated the Brisbane Lions 13.8 (86) by 4 points

  • Winner of Preliminary Final 1 vs Winner of Preliminary Final 2 
  • Winner: Collingwood Magpies
  • Result: Collingwood won by 4 points
  • Score: Collingwood Magpies 12.18 (90) – 13.8 (86) Brisbane Lions
  • Norm Smith Medal: Bobby Hill (Magpies) 
  • Date: Saturday September 30, 2023
  • Start Time: 2:30pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG, Melbourne

The two form teams of the season fittingly faced off in a thrilling 2023 AFL Grand Final at the MCG with the Collingwood Magpies narrowly defeating the Brisbane Lions by four points to secure their record-equalling 16th premiership. 

For the first time since 2019 Collingwood defeated the Lions, overcoming a few injury concerns to see Brisbane’s horror record at the ‘G continue with the runners-up having now won just one of their 16 matches played at the venue. 

The Norm Smith Medal went to Bobby Hill who kicked a career-best four goals during the Pies’ epic 12.18 (90) to 13.8 (86) victory in front of a capacity 100,024 spectators in a classic decider. 


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2023 AFL Finals: Week 1 Results


AFL Week 1 Finals Preview

Game 1 (Qualifying Final) Result: Collingwood defeated Melbourne by 7

  • Collingwood Magpies (1st) vs Melbourne (4th)
  • Winner: Collingwood Magpies
  • Result: Collingwood won by 7
  • Score: Collingwood 9.6 (60) – 7.11 (53) Melbourne
  • Date: Thursday September 7, 2023
  • Time: 7:20pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG

Game 2 (Elimination Final) Result: Carlton defeated Sydney Swans by 6

  • Winner: Carlton
  • Result: Carlton won by 6
  • Score: Carlton 11.8 (74) – 9.14 (68) Sydney Swans
  • Carlton (5th) vs Sydney Swans (8th)
  • Date: Friday September 8, 2023
  • Time: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG

Game 3 (Elimination Final) Result: GWS Giants defeated St Kilda by 24

  • Winner: GWS Giants
  • Result: GWS Giants won by 24
  • Score: GWS Giants 15.11 (101) – 11.11 (77) St Kilda
  • St Kilda Saints (6th) vs GWS Giants (7th)
  • Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
  • Time: 3:20pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG

Game 4 (Qualifying Final) Result: Brisbane Lions defeated Port Adelaide by 48

  • Winner: Brisbane Lions
  • Result: Brisbane Lions won by 48
  • Score: Brisbane Lions 19.9 (123) – 11.9 (75) Port Adelaide
  • Brisbane Lions (2nd) vs Port Adelaide (3rd)
  • Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
  • Time: 7:25pm (AEST)
  • Venue: The Gabba

2023 AFL Finals: Week 2 Results


AFL Week 2 Finals Preview

Game 1 (Semi-Final) Result: Carlton defeated Melbourne by 2

  • Winner: Carlton
  • Result: Carlton won by 2
  • Score: Carlton Blues 11.7 (73) – 9.17 (71) Melbourne Demons
  • Date: Friday September 15, 2023
  • Time: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG

Carlton will play their first preliminary final since 2000 heading to the Gabba to take on Brisbane after scoring a nail-biting two-point win over the Demons in front of 96,400 fans at the MCG. It was an arm-wrestle final-quarter, but Blake Acres was there in the final minute of play, popping up and clinching victory for the Blues.

Game 2 (Semi-Final) Result: GWS Giants defeated Port Adelaide by 23

  • Loser of Qualifying Final 2 vs Winner of Elimination Final 2
  • Winner: GWS Giants
  • Result: GWS Giants won by 23
  • Score: Giants 13.15 (93) – 9.16 (70) Port Adelaide
  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
  • Time: 7:40pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval

The season’s Cinderella story continues for GWS Giants who booked a preliminary final showdown against the Pies after stunning Port Adelaide with a 23-point upset in their Saturday night semi.

The Giants were far too good for the Power, blitzing the favourites with a brilliant five-goal second quarter blitz, and running right through the line without slowing down for a big 13.15 (93) to 9.16 (70) away win at Adelaide Oval.

2023 AFL Finals: Week 3 Results


AFL Week 3 Finals Preview

Game 1 (Preliminary Final): Collingwood 8.10 (58) defeated GWS Giants 8.9 (57) by 1 point

  • Winner of Qualifying Final 1 vs Winner of Semi-Final 2
  • Winner: Collingwood
  • Result: Collingwood won by 1
  • Score: Collingwood 8.10 (58) – 8.9 (57) GWS Giants
  • Date: Friday September 22, 2023
  • Start Time: 7:50pm (AEST)
  • Venue: MCG

Collingwood are through to the 2023 AFL Grand Final after posting a thrilling one point victory over GWS in one of the standout preliminary final matches of the decade at the MCG thanks to a standout performance from Jordan De Goey despite him being forced to watch the dying moments from the sidelines without a chance to swap back in. The Pies may be through to the decider, but key forward Dan McStay sustained a nasty knee injury that is likely to see his team play without him next week.

Game 2 (Preliminary Final): Brisbane 11.13 (79) defeated Carlton 9.9 (63) by 16 points

  • Winner of Qualifying Final 2 vs Winner of Semi-Final 1
  • Winner: Brisbane Lions
  • Result: Lions won by 16
  • Score: Lions 11.13 (79) – 9.9 (63) Carlton
  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2023
  • Start Time: 4:30pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Gabba

The Lions are through to face the Magpies at the ‘G in the decider after a 16-point win over Carlton in the preliminary victory. For Brisbane it will be their first Grand Final appearance in 19 years and showed they have the guts to go all-the-way with early dominance in the Preliminary encounter before holding off a late charge by the Blues to survive.


AFL Finals Series

AFL Finals System Structure.


From 1994 – 1999 the AFL Finals series used the McIntyre System, but the new format gives the top four teams at the end of the home-and-away season an easier Grand Final lead-up. Below is a run through of how the AFL Premiership Finals Series works.

AFL Finals Week 1: Qualifying & Elimination

Four games are played in the first week of the finals series. Two are Qualifying Finals played between the top four clubs on the AFL ladder and the remaining two are Elimination Finals between teams 5 – 8 on the premiership table. Qualifying winners get a week of rest in the second round of finals, while the losing teams play in the semis against the Elimination winners.

  • Qualifying Final 1: 1st (Home) vs. 4th (Away)
  • Elimination Final 1: 5th (Home) vs. 8th (Away)
  • Elimination Final 2: 6th (Home) vs. 7th (Away)
  • Qualifying Final 2: 2nd (Home) vs. 3rd (Away)

AFL Finals Week 2: Semi-Finals

In Week 2 of the AFL finals series the loser of the first qualifier gets the home ground advantage hosting the winner of the first elimination; and the winner of the second elimination plays away to the loser of the second qualifying game the previous week. Both games are must-win knock-outs and determine the two Week 3 final line-ups.

  • Semi Final 1: Week 1 First Qualifiers Loser (Home) vs. Week 1 First Elimination Winner (Away).
  • Semi Final 2: Week 1 Second Qualifiers Loser (Home) vs. Week 1 Second Elimination Winner (Away).

AFL Finals Week 3: Preliminary Finals

AFL Grand Final - MCG

The MCG is home to the AFL Grand Final each season.

The AFL Preliminary finals are the last stepping stone to a Grand Final appearance the following week with two more clubs knocked out of contention at the end of the two games. After a week off the first and second Qualifying Finals winners get home advantage over the two Semi-Final winners.

  • Preliminary Final 1: Week 1 First Qualifiers Winner (Home) vs Semi Final 2 Winner (Away)
  • Preliminary Final 2: Week 1 Second Qualifiers Winner (Home) vs Semi Final 1 Winner (Away)

AFL Finals Week 4: AFL Grand Final

In the fourth and final week of the AFL finals series the much awaited Grand Final is contested at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between the two Preliminary winners. Check out our AFL Grand Final page for more information.