AFL Rd 4 - Melbourne v Geelong
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11: Christian Salem of the Demons kicks during the round four AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 11, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

An official announcement containing the full details of Round 23 was released by AFL House on Monday night.

The final set of regular season clashes will commence when a pair of premiership fancies in the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide meeting at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.

This contest is a crucial one for Luke Beveridge's Pups, as only a win will see them secure a top-four position following their upset loss to Hawthorn in Round 22.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Luke Beveridge, Senior Coach of the Bulldogs addresses his players during the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

24-hours later, Geelong and Melbourne will meet to decide who will be crowned as 2021's minor premier.

After deliberations about whether the fixture would take place at the MCG or down the highway in the Pivot City,  the league has locked the GMHBA Stadium as the venue.

The Redlegs have not finished a home-and-away season atop the ladder since 1964 - the same season they last claimed the premiership cup.

St Kilda's final match against a potentially finals bound Fremantle side has been sent across Bass Strait to Hobart's Blundstone Arena after originally being listed as TBC.

This move has reportedly been raised due to the Dockers desire not to play an east-coast game that would start at 10:15am Perth time.


Friday, August 20
Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, August 21
Richmond v Hawthorn at the MCG, 1.35pm AEST
Sydney v Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium, 1.45pm AEST
Brisbane v West Coast at the Gabba, 4.35pm AEST
Geelong v Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium, 7.25pm AEST
Carlton v GWS Giants at Marvel Stadium, 7.40pm AEST

Sunday, August 22
St Kilda v Fremantle at Blundstone Arena, 12.15pm AEST
Essendon v Collingwood at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST
Adelaide v North Melbourne at the Adelaide Oval, 4.10pm ACST