AFL Finals 2018: Match information, fixtures, results

The 2018 AFL Finals will get underway on Friday, September 7, with the top eight teams set to fight it out for the right to be deemed premiers.

The grand final will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, September 29.

All the information from the 2018 series will be updated here as it comes to hand.

In the meantime, why not check out all the information from the 2017 AFL Finals?

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» Richmond Tigers player ratings
» Adelaide Crows player ratings
» Watch video highlights from the match
» Re-live the match with our live blog

2017 AFL Finals Series

Week 1

First Qualifying Final: Adelaide Crows 12.12.84 defeated GWS Giants 6.12.48
7:50pm AEST Thursday 7 September, Adelaide Oval

The Crows secured a home preliminary final with a comfortable, crushing win over the Giants in the first match of the finals series, restricting their opponents to just one goal in the first half.

It was a wet night at Adelaide Oval and aside from kicking the first three goals of the third quarter, the Giants never looked to be in the contest.

Second Qualifying Final: Geelong Cats 5.10.40 defeated by Richmond Tigers 13.13.91
7:50pm AEST Friday 8 September, MCG

A scintillating seven-goal-to-one last quarter from the Richmond Tigers saw them claim a 51-point win over a disappointing Geelong and book a home preliminary final in two weeks’ time.

With the margin a precarious 13 points heading into the final quarter, it looked to be anyone’s game – for about two minutes.

Goals to Shaun Grigg, Kane Lambert and Jacob Townsend – all assisted largely by Dustin Martin and all kicked within four minutes – put the game beyond the reach of the Cats and from there it was party time.

Trent Cotchin Richmond Tiger AFL 2017

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Second Elimination Final: Sydney Swans 19.7.121 defeated Essendon Bombers 8.8.56
4:20pm AEST Saturday 9 September, SCG

The Essendon Bombers conducted bold and controversial research into the field of being uncompetitive in finals on Saturday afternoon at the SCG, and the results while emphatic were not well received by their fans.

The Bombers were simply blown away by a strong and superior Sydney Swans side that kicked ten goals in the second quarter to take the game away from the visitors before half time, and finished the match as victors by 65 points.

First Elimination Final: Port Adelaide Power 10.16.76 defeated by West Coast Eagles 12.6.78
7:50pm AEST Saturday 9 September, Adelaide Oval

The West Coast Eagles defeated Port Adelaide by two points, after one of the most dramatic, scarcely believable and tumultuous games of recent years.

The teams could not be split after four quarters and they match went into extra time, and even then the margin was just a few points in Port Adelaide’s favour in the final minute.

The Eagles went forward and with just seconds left on the clock Luke Shuey was awarded what will surely live in infamy as a contentious high contact free kick.

The siren blew as he lined up, and Shuey nailed the set shot to give West Coast the win.

Jack Darling West Coast Eagles AFL 2017 tall

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Week 2

Second Semi-final: Geelong Cats 15.8.98 defeated Sydney Swans 5.9.39
7:50pm AEST Friday 15 September, MCG

Geelong was ruthless in a game many expected them to lose, bursting out of the gates after Sydney kicked the first goal of the game.

They went into the first break with a slim lead over the Swans, but broke the game open in the second quarter, kicking six goals to Sydney’s one, heading into half time with a 36-point lead.

No matter how stern the words were from John Longmire, they seemed to fall on deaf ears, as Sydney were unable to find a goal until the final minutes of the third quarter, despite ample opportunities.

It was only a matter of time in the fourth quarter, with Geelong running out the game with ease, after Daniel Menzel kicked a goal early in final term to wrap the game up.

Patrick Dangerfield was outstanding for the Cats, booting four first-half goals, while also picking up 26 touches.

First Semi-final: GWS Giants 19.11.125 defeated West Coast Eagles 9.4.58
7:25pm AEST Saturday 16 September, Spotless Stadium

The GWS Giants joined Geelong as semi-final winners in what should be proclaimed as the redemption weekend, savaging a brave but largely outmatched West Coast side by 67 points, and locking in their second consecutive preliminary finals appearance.

The Giants took control of the match early and never lost it throughout, with the game ultimately something of a dull affair most memorably for Steve Johnson’s bag of six goals, and the retirements of Sam Mitchell, Matthew Priddis and Drew Petrie.

Steve Johnson GWS GIants AFL Finals 2017

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Week 3

First Preliminary Final: Adelaide Crows 21.10.136 defeated Geelong Cats 10.15.75
7:50pm AEST Friday 22 September, Adelaide Oval

In front of an Adelaide Oval-record crowd of 53,817, the Crows blew their opponents away with a six-goals-to-one effort in the first quarter before withstanding a second-quarter rally and kicking away in the last with seven goals to two.

Goals to Charlie Cameron and Eddie Betts in the first two minutes set the tone early and, while Nakia Cockatoo was able to put Geelong on the board, two goals to Tom Lynch, a second to Betts and a major to Sam Jacobs saw the home side up by 31 points at the first break.

The potent Adelaide forward line on full display, with Charlie Cameron (five goals), Josh Jenkins (four), Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker and Tom Lynch (two each) all proving too much to handle for their respective opponents.

Second Preliminary Final: Richmond Tigers 15.13.103 defeated GWS Giants 9.13.67
4:45pm AEST Saturday 23 September, MCG

The Richmond Tigers killed off the GWS dream and made their way into the grand final where they will face the Adelaide Crows at the MCG.

A bag of four goals by second-year Tiger Daniel Rioli, all of them coming at crucial moments when the game hung in the balance, was perhaps the difference between the two clubs.

It wasn’t a beautiful game by any stretch, nor a game where stats told the story. It was a grind and a brutal midfield battle in which the Tigers proved superior.

Daniel Rioli AFL Finals Richmond Tigers 2017

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Week 4

Grand Final: Adelaide Crows 8.12.60 defeated by Richmond Tigers 16.12.108
2:30pm AEST Saturday 30 September, MCG

The Richmond Tigers won their first premiership since 1980 after a dominant performance against the Adelaide Crows saw them cruise home in the AFL grand final and claim a 108-60 victory.

With the game in the balance at halftime, Richmond were a class above their opponents in the third quarter, piling on five goals to one to set up their premiership victory.

After Josh Jenkins was unable to convert a set-shot on the siren and the Tigers went into the final break 34 points up, the Crows had to be the first side to score to maintain any chance of claiming their first premiership since 1998.

But it was Richmond who hit the scoreboard first in the final term through Jack Riewoldt, and when Dion Prestia goalled three minutes later, it became clear – if it wasn’t already – that the Punt Road faithful would have a flag to celebrate at fulltime.

Richmond Tigers Grand Final AFL 2017

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Last updated: 13 February, 2018