MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 01: Alyssa Bannan of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2023 AFLW Round 01 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies at IKON Park on September 01, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

A stunningly narrow AFLW home and away season has come to an end to shape week one of the 2023 finals series.

13 clubs were in contention for a top eight spot heading into Round 10, with wins to Sydney, Geelong and Gold Coast seeing them secure their place in the finals frame.

St Kilda missed out on a finals berth by 4.6% to Sydney, while Richmond, Collingwood, Carlton and Fremantle were also less fortunate in what was a thrilling conclusion to the season.

Adelaide clinched their third minor premiership in four years following a 26-point win over West Coast, surpassing Melbourne who lost to Brisbane and fell to second, with North Melbourne and Brisbane rounding out the top four.

The Crows will host the Lions will open the finals series on the afternoon of Saturday, November 11 at Norwood Oval, with the winner to be rewarded with a week's break before a home preliminary final.

The loser of that match will face the winner of the first elimination final between the Suns and Swans, which will be held on the same day at Heritage Bank Stadium.

The corresponding side of the finals series sees Melbourne host North Melbourne at Ikon Park at 3:05pm (AEDT) on Sunday, November 12 in the second qualifying final.

The loser of that match will face the winner of Geelong vs Essendon - a do or die encounter at Kardinia Park that's scheduled to commence two hours earlier than the second qualifying final.

2023 AFLW Finals: Week One

Saturday, 11 November

First Qualifying Final, Adelaide Crows vs Brisbane Lions, 3.05pm EDT/ 2.35pm local, Norwood Oval

First Elimination Final, Gold Coast SUNS vs Sydney Swans, 7.15pm EDT/6.15pm local, Heritage Bank Stadium

Sunday, 12 November

Second Elimination Final, Geelong Cats vs Essendon, 1.05pm EDT, GMHBA Stadium

Second Qualifying Final, Melbourne vs North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos, 3.05pm EDT, Ikon Park