2013 AFL finals series

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The 2013 Australian Football League finals series determined the winner of the 2013 AFL season. The series ran from the 6th to 28 September and culminated in the 117th AFL/VFL Grand Final, held between Fremantle and Hawthorn, which Hawthorn won.

The top eight teams from the home and away season qualified for the finals series. The top four teams (Hawthorn, Geelong, Fremantle and Sydney) all made the preliminary finals. Both Carlton and Port Adelaide made the semi-finals, while Collingwood and Richmond lost their respective elimination finals.

AFL final series have been played under the current format since 2000. The higher a team finishes on the ladder the more advantages they get. First and second get a "double chance" and a home final. Third and fourth also get a "double chance" but have to play away. Fifth to eighth play elimination finals where the losers season is over. Fifth and sixth play their elimination finals at home.

Essendon originally finished seventh but were demoted due to an Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigation into their possible use of un-approved supplements during the 2012 season. This promoted Carlton to eighth and Port Adelaide to seventh.

2013 saw the first time Kardinia Park had hosted a final and only the second time a final had been hosted in Geelong, the previous occurrence being in 1897 at Corio Oval.

The finals system[edit]

Since 2000, AFL finals series have been round under the current format. The top eight teams from the home and away season qualify for the four-round finals series. The higher a team finishes, the more advantages they receive. The advantages are: "Double chances", home games, longer recovery time between games and easier lower-ranked opposition.

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Qualifying finals[edit]

The top four teams in the eight receive what is popularly known as the "double chance" when they play in round-one qualifying finals. The team that finishes first on the ladder, play the fourth placed team at the first placed team's home ground.[note 1] This is referred to as the first qualifying final but it is sometimes played after the second qualifying final which is between second and third on the ladder at the second placed team's home ground.[note 1] Both qualifying finals are played before the elimination finals.

Winners of qualifying finals go straight through to the preliminary finals and get a week off. The losers of the qualifying finals play the winners of the elimination finals the next round in semi-finals. All teams in the qualifying finals play their next game at home.[note 1]

Elimination finals[edit]

Teams fifth to eighth on the ladder play elimination finals in the first round. Fifth plays eighth in the first elimination final at the fifth placed team's home ground and sixth and seventh play in the second elimination final at the sixth placed team's home ground.[note 1] The winners of elimination play in the semi-finals in round two. The winner of the first elimination final play the loser of the first qualifying final (first or fourth) and the winner of the second elimination final play the winner of the second qualifying final (second or third). Both elimination final winners are the away teams in the semi-final. The losers of both elimination finals are eliminated and that is the end of their season.


Semi-finals are the only finals played in the second round of the finals. The first semi-final is between the loser of the first qualifying final and the winner of the first qualifying final. The game is held at the loser of the first qualifying final's home ground.[note 1] The second semi-final is between the loser of the second qualifying final and the winner of the second elimination final at the second qualifying final loser's home ground.[note 1] The winners of the semi-finals play the winners of the qualifying finals. The winners of the first and second qualifying finals play the winners of the first and second preliminary finals respective. The winners of both Semi-finals play as the away team. The losers of semi-finals are eliminated.

Preliminary finals[edit]

Preliminary finals are held to see which teams make the Grand Final. They are held between the winners of qualifying finals and semi-finals. The winners of the second semi-final and first preliminary final play each other as do the winners of the first semi-final and second preliminary final. The winners of the qualifying finals play at home.[note 1]

Grand Final[edit]

The Grand Final is typically played at 2:30 PM on the last Saturday of September at the MCG in Melbourne, Victoria. Normally there is pre-match entertainment where notable Australian performers perform for the crowd of up to 100,000. After the game the winning team is presented with the premiership cup and the winning players are presented with medallions. Winning the AFL Grand Final is the pinnacle of Australian rules football.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Unless the team's home ground is deemed to have a too small capacity. If that is the case the game is played at the MCG or Etihad Stadium for Victorian teams or another venue in the home team's state if the team is a non-victorian team.



Melbourne Sydney
Melbourne Cricket Ground ANZ Stadium
Capacity: 100,024 Capacity: 82,500
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Geelong Perth
Simonds Stadium Patersons Stadium
Capacity: 33,500 Capacity: 43,500
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Summary of results[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
  QF1: 6 September, MCG  
1  Hawthorn 15.15 (105)  
4  Sydney 7.9 (51)     SF1: 14 September, ANZ Stadium  
     Sydney 13.8 (86)    
EF1: 8 September, MCG      Carlton 8.14 (62)       PF1: 20 September, MCG
5  Richmond 14.12 (96)        Hawthorn 14.18 (102)  
8  Carlton 18.8 (116)          Geelong 15.7 (97)     GF: 28 September, MCG
         Hawthorn 11.11 (77)
  EF2: 7 September, MCG       PF2: 21 September, Patersons Stadium      Fremantle 8.14 (62)
6  Collingwood 9.9 (63)          Fremantle 14.15 (99)  
7  Port Adelaide 12.15 (87)     SF2: 13 September, MCG        Sydney 11.8 (74)  
     Geelong 13.18 (96)    
QF2: 7 September, Simonds Stadium      Port Adelaide 12.8 (80)    
2  Geelong 9.18 (72)  
3  Fremantle  12.15 (87)  

Round one (qualifying & elimination finals)[edit]

First qualifying final (Hawthorn v Sydney)[edit]

First qualifying final
Friday, 6 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn def. Sydney MCG (crowd: 59,615) Report
3.4 (22) 
4.7 (31) 
9.9 (63) 
15.15 (105) 
3.3 (21) 
4.7 (31) 
5.8 (38) 
7.9 (51) 
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
3: Gunston
2: Roughead, Hale
1: Lake, Shiels, Anderson, Hill, Puopolo, Spangher, Breust, Bailey
Goals 2: Tippett
1: White, Jetta, Rohan, O'Keefe, Pyke
Sewell, Mitchell, Gibson, Guerra Best Jack, Kennedy, Bird, Parker

Second qualifying final (Geelong v Fremantle)[edit]

Second qualifying final
Saturday, 7 September (2:20 pm) Geelong def. by Fremantle Simonds Stadium (crowd: 32,815) Report
4.6 (30) 
6.11 (47) 
9.13 (67) 
9.18 (72) 
2.5 (17) 
7.9 (51) 
10.12 (72) 
12.15 (87) 
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
3: Podsiadly
2: Johnson
1: Corey, Vardy, Motlop, Duncan
Goals 3: Barlow
2: Pavlich, Hill
1: Walters, Ballantyne, Spurr, Sandilands, Mayne
Mackie, Bartel, Corey, Guthrie, Taylor Best Barlow, Fyfe, Spurr, Mundy, Pearce, Crowley

Second elimination final (Collingwood v Port Adelaide)[edit]

Second elimination final
Saturday, 7 September (7:45 pm) Collingwood def. by Port Adelaide MCG (crowd: 51,722) Report
1.4 (10)
4.6 (30)
7.7 (49)
9.9 (63)
2.4 (16)
6.6 (42)
8.9 (57)
12.15 (87)
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
3: Swan
2: Cloke
1: Keeffe, Macaffer, Williams, Beams
Goals 3: Wingard, Schulz
2: Boak, Wines
1: Westhoff, Monfries
Swan, Beams, Macaffer, Sidebottom Best Logan, Ebert, Cornes, Jonas, Lobbe, Carlile

First elimination final (Richmond v Carlton)[edit]

First elimination final
Sunday, 8 September (3:20 pm) Richmond def. by Carlton MCG (crowd: 94,690) Report
3.5 (23)
10.7 (67)
12.10 (82)
14.12 (96) 
2.2 (14)
6.5 (41)
12.6 (78)
18.8 (116) 
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
2: Vickery, Cotchin, Edwards, Maric
1: Riewoldt, Petterd, Newman, Martin, Tuck, Ellis
Goals 4: Waite, Duigan
3: Betts
2: Garlett, Robinson
1: Warnock, Scotland, Judd
Deledio, Cotchin, Martin, Rance, Newman Best Judd, Murphy, Curnow, Duigan, Betts, Waite, Gibbs
  • The crowd of 94,690 was the highest ever to a match in the first round of the finals since prior to 1972, when the introduction of the final five meant that more than one match was played on that weekend.[1]

Round two (semi-finals)[edit]

First semi-final (Sydney v Carlton)[edit]

First semi-final
Saturday, 14 September (7:45 pm) Sydney def. Carlton ANZ Stadium (crowd: 37,980) Report
3.3 (21) 
8.6 (54) 
13.8 (86) 
13.8 (86) 
2.3 (15) 
4.8 (32) 
4.8 (32) 
8.14 (62) 
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
3: Parker
2: McVeigh, Jack, Cunningham
1: O'Keefe, Kennedy, Jetta, Bolton
Goals 3: Waite
2: Betts
1: Armfield, Gibbs, Robinson
McVeigh, Parker, Jack, Hannebery, Grundy, Cunningham Best Walker, Murphy, Simpson, Henderson, McLean
  • Carlton's scoreless 3rd quarter marked the first time since 1953 that they went scoreless in a finals quarter.

Second semi-final (Geelong v Port Adelaide)[edit]

Second semi-final
Friday, 13 September (7:50 pm) Geelong def. Port Adelaide MCG (crowd: 52,744) Report
2.2 (14)
3.6 (24)
8.12 (60)
13.18 (96)
3.2 (20)
7.5 (47)
8.5 (53)
12.8 (80)
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
4: Chapman
2: Hawkins, Motlop
1: Duncan, Bartel, Corey, Christensen, Selwood
Goals 3: Westhoff
2: Schulz
1: Ebert, Monfries, Lobbe, Logan, Gray, Broadbent, Hartlett
Chapman, Johnson, Corey, Selwood, Motlop, Kelly Best Cornes, Moore, Westhoff, Boak, Monfries

Round three (preliminary finals)[edit]

First preliminary final (Hawthorn v Geelong)[edit]

First preliminary final
Friday, 20 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn def. Geelong MCG (crowd: 85,569) Report
3.5 (23)
7.8 (50)
10.10 (70)
14.18 (102)
4.0 (24)
7.4 (46)
14.6 (90)
15.7 (97)
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
4: Gunston
3: Burgoyne
2: Hale, Hill
1: Guerra, Breust, Franklin
Goals 4: Johnson
2: Motlop
1: Christensen, Hawkins, Vardy, Bartel, Selwood, Guthrie, Taylor, Murdoch, Caddy
Mitchell, Burgoyne, Gunston, Hale, Birchall, Guerra, Hill Best Johnson, Motlop, Guthrie, Selwood, Taylor, Stokes, Duncan

Second preliminary final (Fremantle v Sydney)[edit]

Second preliminary final
Saturday, 21 September (5:45 pm) Fremantle def. Sydney Patersons Stadium (crowd: 43,249) Report
2.9 (21)
7.11 (53)
11.12 (78)
14.15 (99)
2.1 (13)
2.2 (14)
5.5 (35)
11.8 (74)
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Simulcast)
3: Walters
2: Pavlich, Fyfe, Suban
1: Crowley, Duffield, Neale, Barlow, Ballantyne
Goals 2: Rohan
1: Jetta, Cunningham, Parker, Bolton, McGlynn, Pyke, McVeigh, Hannebery
Mundy, Fyfe, Crowley, Walters, Duffield, Mzungu Best McVeigh, Kennedy, Parker, Malceski, McGlynn, Mumford
  • Sydney's half-time score of 2.2 (14) was its lowest ever in a finals match.[3]

Round four (Grand Final)[edit]

Grand Final
Saturday, 28 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn def. Fremantle MCG (crowd: 100,007) Report
2.3 (15)
5.5 (35)
8.8 (56)
11.11 (77)
0.3 (3)
1.6 (12)
6.10 (46)
8.14 (62)
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Mathew Nicholls, Simon Meredith
Norm Smith Medal: Brian Lake
Television broadcast: Seven Network
National anthem: Tina Arena
Gunston 4, Roughead 2, Franklin, Rioli, Smith, Breust, Hill Goals Pavlich 3, Walters 2, Mzungu, Mayne, Pearce
  Lake, Gunston, Lewis, Rioli, Hodge, Birchall Best   Mundy, Fyfe, Crowley, Johnson, Barlow
  Nil Injuries   Nil
Lake - Striking; Rioli - Rough conduct Reports Suban - Misconduct


Scheduling Issues[edit]

  • In Round one, all finals were to be played in Melbourne, usually meaning that one match would be moved to Etihad Stadium; however, the AFL announced that the qualifying final between Geelong and Fremantle would instead be played at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, as a match between these two sides would not have attracted a full capacity crowd at Etihad Stadium. It was the first finals match in Geelong since 1897, and the first ever at Simonds Stadium.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Bowen (8 September 2013). "Blues ensure Tigers' September return ends in heartbreak". Australian Football League. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/live-preliminary-final-hawthorn-v-geelong/news-story/9e9f80449641637df40b217a5d16e09f
  3. ^ Dockers smother Swans to reach first Grand Final, AFL.com.au official website, 21 September 2013
  4. ^ "AFL grants Geelong home final". The Australian. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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