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AFL semi-finals live stream: How to watch online or on TV, venue, start time, key information

Toby Greene of the Giants (right) chats to Callan Ward of the Giants during the 2017 AFL round 21 match between the Western Bulldogs and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
14th September, 2018
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It all goes on the line this week as the top six is reduced to just four when the AFL semi-finals kick off on Friday night. This is The Roar’s guide to all the key information you need to know about the games.

How to watch on TV

Fox Footy Channel 504 is the place to watch the 2018 AFL finals series, including this week’s semi-finals fixture.

The all-Melbourne derby between the Hawthorn Hawks and Melbourne Demons is scheduled for a 7:50pm (AEST) start on Friday night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Meanwhile, the MCG will also host Saturday night’s meeting between the Collingwood Magpies and the GWS Giants, which is advertised to begin at 7:25pm (AEST).

If you wish to watch the game in high definition on Foxtel, the channel is 258.

Foxtel customers hoping to catch Seven’s coverage can tune in on channels 107 and 207 for standard and high definition respectively.

In order to watch the games through Foxtel, you must of course have a valid Foxtel TV subscription.

All matches during the finals series will also be broadcasted on the Seven Network, although the exact channel that each match is shown on will change depending on what state you are in.

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If either of this week’s semi-final matches aren’t shown on Channel Seven, they will be shown on their digital back-up channels, either 7mate of Seven Two.

They can be found on either station 73 or 72, while Channel Seven is on channel 70 in high definition and 71 in standard definition.

Make sure to check with your local guides if you are unsure about broadcast times in your area.

Where to watch the game online

If you hope to catch this week’s semi-finals but can only do so online, there are several options for you.

The first choice is through Foxtel’s live streaming applications. There are two applications you mat choose from, either Foxtel Now or the Foxtel App.

Otherwise, you can also use the AFL’s Live Pass service to watch the games online. Every match of the AFL finals can be streamed live via the AFL app on Android, iOS or Windows mobile devices.

This is a paid service, with a monthly pass costing around $14.99 per month while a weekly pass can be purchased at $4.99 per month.

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There is also the possibility to watch the games overseas through through Watch AFL.

Key game information: Hawthorn Hawks vs Melbourne Demons, first AFL semi-final

Date: Friday, September 14
First bounce: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
TV: Live, Channel 7 and Fox Footy
Online: Live, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, AFL live pass
Betting: Hawthorn $2.65, Demons $1.40
Overall record: Played 162, Hawthorn 87, Demons 75
Last meeting: Round 4, 2018 – Hawthorn 18.7 (115) def. Demons 6.12 (48)
Record in finals: Played 6, Hawthorn 4, Demons 2

Hawthorn Hawks
B Taylor Duryea, James Frawley, Blake Hardwick
HB Jarman Impey, James Sicily, Ryan Burton
C Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Liam Shiels
HF Shaun Burgoyne, Jarryd Roughead, Jack Gunston
F Luke Breust, Conor Nash, Paul Puopolo
FOL Ben McEvoy, Daniel Howe, James Worpel
I/C David Mirra, Harry Morrison, Ricky Henderson, Ryan Schoenmakers

Melbourne Demons
B Neville Jetta, Oscar McDonald, Jordan Lewis
HB Christian Salem, Sam Frost, Michael Hibberd
C Dom Tyson, Jack Viney, James Harmes
HF Jake Melksham, Tom McDonald, Angus Brayshaw
F Sam Weideman, Aaron vandenBerg, Alex Neal-Bullen
FOL Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Clayton Oliver
I/C Christian Petracca, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Hannan, Bayley Fritsch

After falling to the Tigers in last week’s all-Melbourne derby, the Hawks will have another chance to book their spot in the preliminary finals when they face the Demons on Friday night.

Hawthorn had plenty of chances to build an early lead but failed to capitalise and now face a second straight-sets exit in three years.

They will need to overcome an injury to key defender Ben Stratton, who went down with an injured hamstring.

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David Mirra, Ryan Schoenmakers and Taylor Duryea all loom as possible replacements for the 29-year old.

They will be preparing for a fired-up Demons outfit who will be looking to make the most of their first finals appearance since 2006.

Melbourne jumped out to a 33-2 lead after the first quarter before holding on for a 29-point win.

Key game information: Collingwood Magpies vs GWS Giants, second AFL semi-final

Date: Saturday, September 15
First bounce: 7:25pm (AEST)
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
TV: Live, Channel 7 and Fox Footy
Online: Live, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, AFL live pass
Betting: Collingwood $1.56, Giants $2.45
Overall record: Played 7, Collingwood 5, Giants 2
Last meeting: Round 4, 2018 – Collingwood 12.7 (79) def by. Giants 15.5 (95)
Record in finals: Never played before

Collingwood Magpies
B Brayden Maynard, Tom Langdon, Jack Crisp
HB Jeremy Howe, Tyson Goldsack, Travis Varcoe
C Adam Treloar, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips
HF Will Hoskin-Elliott, Brody Mihocek, Jordan De Goey
F Josh Thomas, Mason Cox, Jaidyn Stephenson
FOL Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Steele Sidebottom
I/C Brayden Sier, James Aish, Chris Mayne, Levi Greenwood

GWS Giants
B Zac Williams, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
HB Nick Haynes, Adam Tomlinson, Matt Buntine
C Sam J Reid, Callan Ward, Matt de Boer
HF Dylan Shiel, Harry Himmelberg, Brett Deledio
F Tim Taranto, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene
FOL Rory Lobb, Stephen Coniglio, Jacob Hopper
I/C Ryan Griffen, Lachlan Keeffe, Lachie Whitfield, Zac Langdon

A late surge by the Eagles saw them run down Collingwood 86-70 last week, forcing them to suit up once more this week as they look to keep their title hopes alive against the Giants.

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Nathan Buckley’s side led by 10 points at three-quarter time but were overrun in the end and now face the prospect of being bundled out of the finals in straight sets.

Having already been beaten by GWS earlier this year (95-79), the Magpies will be desperate to reverse their fortunes as they search for their first flag since 2010.

Meanwhile, the Giants have qualified for their third-straight finals appearance and will be looking to make the grand final for the first time in the club’s short history.

GWS cruised to the semi-finals on the back of a dominant 79-30 win over the Swans.

The win was overshadowed by a possible injury to Josh Kelly’s right knee. It is unknown whether he will play in Saturday night’s sudden-death shootout.

Regardless, here at The Roar, we will have you covered with all the action from this year’s finals series live blog and highlights of every match as we progress deeper into September.