WARRNAMBOOL, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08: Georgie Prespakis of the Cats in action during the round six AFLW match between Essendon Bombers and Geelong Cats at Reid Oval on October 08, 2023 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

AFLW's final round went down to the wire, with the last game of the home and away season determining the 2023 finals series.

The Sydney Swans were the last team to confirm their place in the top eight, making their first post-season campaign in only their second season in the competition.

Week one of finals is anticipated to be a huge weekend with a number of great showdowns given how wide open the league is in 2023.

Each of Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane will likely have an advantage throughout the next month due to the number of continuous final campaigns these teams have been a part of and the finals experience they'll bring into the series.

Here are our tips, predictions and previews for all four matches of the opening weekend of the 2023 AFLW Finals series...

First Qualifying Final:
Adelaide Crows vs Brisbane Lions
Saturday, November 11, 3:05 pm at Norwood Oval

The Crows will play the Lions in the first qualifying final, with the South Australians having the home advantage after clinching the minor premiership. The Lions have beaten the Crows now the last three times they have played however.

Though the match is notably going to be a tight battle, the Crows rested some of their best in Round 10, including captain Chelsea Randall, Jess Waterhouse, Anne Hatchard, Stevie-Lee Thompson and Kiera Mueller. With fresh legs they will be ready to make their mark in the 2023 finals campaign.

Lions players to watch are youngster Jade Ellenger, who will be eager to continue her form from Round 10, and the athletic Courtney Hodder, who at her best will be hard to stop.

Prediction: Adelaide by 4 points

First Elimination Final:
Gold Coast Suns vs Sydney Swans
Saturday, November 11, 7:15pm at Heritage Bank Stadium

The first elimination final will feature the Suns and Swans. Gold Coast will play in their second final series, with the Swans playing in their first.

The Suns will have the home advantage, though will be without young gun Charlie Rowbottom, but they showed last week they can step up and get the job done with their 14-point win over the Bombers.

For the Swans, Chloe Molloy, Brooke Lochland, Laura Gardiner and Lucy McEvoy all have finals experience and all will need to have a big game for the Bloods to stay in the hunt.

Prediction: Gold Coast by 11 points

Second Elimination Final:
Geelong vs Essendon
Sunday, November 12, 1:05pm at GMHBA Stadium

The second elimination will take place on Sunday afternoon with the Cats taking on the Bombers.

Geelong will have the home turf advantage and after an impressive finish to the season they will be hard to beat. With the likes of Georgie Prespakis and Chloe Scheer in terrific form, the Bombers backline will have to step up to close the Cats attack down.

The Prespakis sisters will be going head to head with only one moving through to week two.

Prediction: Geelong by 19 points

Second Qualifying Final:
Melbourne vs North Melbourne
Sunday, November 12, 3:05pm at Ikon Park

The last game of week one of finals will be the second qualifying final between Melbourne and North Melbourne. The game is predicted to be fierce, with North Melbourne having a huge season to only lose two games, coming against Melbourne and Adelaide.

Ash Riddell and Jasmine Garner will need to step up and have a huge game to stop the Demons' flow forward.

Melbourne forward duo Eden Zanker and Kate Hore will be hard to stop in attack, if they can kick straight it will make it very difficult for North.

Prediction: Demons by 6 points