MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 8: Paul Puopolo of the Hawks remonstrates with Dylan Grimes of the Tigers after kicking a goal from a free kick paid to him for a high tackle during the 2018 AFL round 03 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 8, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The 2018 finals series will begin on Thursday September 6, when Richmond host Hawthorn at the MCG.

Richmond has navigated its way through the home-and-away season with a 17-0 record in Victoria, and will look to extend their unbeaten run at the MCG to 21 games when they host a Hawthorn side who have finished in the top four for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

Friday night will see the third instalment of Melbourne and Geelong in 2018, with the Demons and Cats already playing out two thrillers.

Geelong have won both encounters, courtesy of a Max Gawn miss just seconds before the siren, and a Zach Tuohy goal after the final whistle.

On Saturday, Sydney will host GWS in the 2nd Elimination final, after both the Swans and Giants missed out on opportunities to improve their ladder position on the final weekend.

To round out the weekend, the Eagles will host the Pies at Optus Stadium in the 2nd Qualifying Final.

It’ll be the first final at the new stadium.

Week 1 AFL finals series

Thursday, September 6

Richmond vs Hawthorn – 1st Qualifying Final
7.20 AEST, MCG

Friday, September 7

Melbourne vs Geelong – 1st Elimination Final
7.50 AEST, MCG

Saturday, September 8

Sydney vs GWS – 2nd Elimination Final
4.20pm AEST, SCG

West Coast vs Collingwood – 2nd Qualifying Final
8.10 AEST, Optus Stadium