The 2018 AFL Finals Series concludes with the Grand Final on September 29
The 2018 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 23 week regular or 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.
2017 AFL Finals Series
2017 AFL Grand Final
Adelaide Crows vs. Richmond Tigers
2:30pm AEST Saturday September 30, MCG.
2017 AFL Preliminary Finals Fixtures
First Prelim Final: Adelaide Crows (136) def. Geelong Cats (75)
7:50pm AEST Friday 22 September, AO.
Second Prelim Final: Richmond Lions (103) def. GWS Giants (67)
7:50pm AEST Saturday 23 September, MCG.
2017 AFL Finals Week 2 Fixtures
First Semi Final: Geelong Cats (98) def. Sydney Swans (39)
7:50pm AEST Friday 15 September, MCG.
Second Semi Final: GWS Giants (125) def. West Coast Eagles (58)
7:50pm AEST Saturday 16 September, SPO.
AFL Week 2 Semi Finals Review – The Cats are back in the premiership conversation with an upset win over the Sydney Swans at the MCG on Friday night. All and sundry gave the Cats no chance up against the in form team of the competition but the Cats made a statement by demoralising their opposition from the opening bounce. The game was essentially over by half time as star Cat Patrick Dangerfield started deep forward and booted 4 goals. The cats now head to Adelaide to take on the Crows on Friday night at Adelaide Oval. It was another lopsided game in the 2nd Semi Final in Sydney as the GWS Giants flexed their muscles and ran out 67 point winners against the Eagles. Steve Johnson proved his worth after being recalled into the side, kicking 6 second half goals as the Giants ran riot at Spotless Stadium. They now head to the MCG to take on a Richmond side that is full of confidence. The Tiger army is sure to be out in full force and it will be a packed and loud MCG on Saturday afternoon.
2017 AFL Finals Week 1 Fixtures
First Qualifying Final: Adelaide Crows (84) def. GWS Giants (48)
7:50pm AEST Thursday 7 September, Adelaide Oval.
Second Qualifying Final: Geelong Cats (40) def. by Richmond Tigers (91)
7:50pm AEST Friday 8 September, MCG.
Second Elimination Final: Sydney Swans (121) def. Essendon Bombers (56)
4:20pm AEST Saturday 9 September, SCG.
First Elimination Final: Port Adelaide Power (76) def. by West Coast Eagles (78)
7:50pm AEST Saturday 9 September, Adelaide Oval.
AFL Week 1 Finals Review – After a season of thrilling and close finishes, week one of the 2017 finals season was a bit of a let down. That was until the final game of the weekend in Adelaide! After normal time had expired in the Port Adelaide v West Coast game on Saturday night, the scores were level and they headed into extra time. Every boy’s childhood fantasy was lived out by Luke Shuey as he won a controversial free kick and had a kick after the siren to win the game for West Coast. He kicked truly and extended the Eagles season for another week. The opening game of the AFL Finals series kicked off on Friday night though with the Adelaide Crows comfortably beating the GWS Giants at Adelaide Oval. The Crows were impressive throughout the game despite not having star midfielder Rory Sloan because of an Appendix operation. On Friday night it was the Richmond Tigers turn to flex their muscles as they bullied an extremely disappointing Geelong side. A near full MCG, mainly made up of Richmond supporters, couldn’t contain themselves as the Tigers finally broke their finals hoodoo to book themselves a spot in the Preliminary final in two weeks time. The other elimination final was played at the SCG between Sydney and Essendon. The Swans dominated from the outset sending a strong message to the rest of the contenders that they are the real deal. They head to the G to take on a demoralised Geelong team on Friday night and would fancy their chances
2018 AFL Finals Dates
2017 AFL Finals Bye Round
- September 1 – 3, 2017
Bye round for the final eight clubs in the competition.
2017 AFL Finals Week One
- September 7 – 10, 2017
Qualifying & Elimination Finals – four games played.
2017 AFL Finals Week Two
- September 15 and 16, 2017
Semi-Finals – two games played.
2017 AFL Finals Week Three
- September 22 and 23, 2017
Preliminary Finals – two games played.
2017 AFL Finals Week Four
- September 30, 2017
2017 AFL Grand Final for the premiership title between the last two clubs standing.
AFL FINALS SYSTEM
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
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.