Finals decided: AFL fairytale pulls up painfully short
The final day on the AFL home and away calendar has almost come to a close and the first week of finals has been decided.
The Western Bulldogs defeated Adelaide, meaning the 2016 premiers were able to leapfrog from ninth into seventh and keep their season alive. Later on, Richmond defeated Brisbane, squashing the Lions' hopes of a minor premiership after finishing 15th in 2018. Port Adelaide and Fremantle (currently in progress) have no hope of making the eight.
Here's how the first week of finals will play out.
WEEK 1 OF FINALS
Thursday September 5, 810pm - First Elimination Final (5 v 8): West Coast Eagles v Essendon @ Optus Stadium
Friday September 6, 7.50pm - First Qualifying Final (1 v 4): Geelong Cats v Collingwood @ the MCG
Saturday September 7, 3.20pm - Second Elimination Final (6 v 7): GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs @ Giants Stadium
Saturday September 7, 7.25pm - Second Qualifying Final (2 v 3): Brisbane Lions v Richmond @ the Gabba
AFL 2019 SEASON TOP EIGHT
1. Geelong Cats (64 points, 135.7%)
2. Brisbane Lions (64, 120.9%)
3. Richmond (64, 113.7%)
4. Collingwood (60, 117.7%)
5. West Coast Eagles (60, 112.5%)
6. GWS Giants (52, 115.4%)
7. Western Bulldogs (48, 107.6%)
8. Essendon (48, 95.4%)
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