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