The AFL, or Australian rules Football League, is the largest and longest operating professional football league in Australia. This year, 2023, the AFL entered its 127th season and by all accounts it’s going to be a big one.
The season started out with strong support and attendance and this should continue to grow as it progresses. This year the Grand Final occurs on Saturday, 30th September 2023 at the MCG, the traditional venue for the final and Australia’s largest sporting ground.
From this year, TCL is proud to have become the new TV and Whitegoods Partners for the AFL Premier League. As part of the sponsorship, TCL has also received a partnership deal with Marvel Stadium, the current headquarters to the AFL. TCL will welcome customers, suppliers, and retailers to AFL matches throughout the year from the TCL Supersuite area. Visitors can expect to view some exciting games along with great hospitality.
This year, the competition consists of 18 teams with clubs from all around Australia vying for a shot at the AFL Premiership Cup. The balance of teams is an interesting one; exactly half the competition are Melbourne-based teams. The remaining makeup of the competition are 8 interstate (non-Victorian) teams plus Geelong. This should make for a strong comp overall, with plenty of emotion and support for local teams.
Last year’s grand final was between Geelong and the Sydney Swans, with Geelong winning resoundingly. Despite this, both teams are down the ladder in terms of predicted winners for this year. As of mid-year, Collingwood, Port Adelaide, and Brisbane Lions lead the ladder though there is still time for some upsets in the season.
The AFL competition involves two rounds. The first round is a typical home-and-away format with each team playing every other. Wins and draws are awarded points and these are tallied to determine the teams’ position on the ladder.
The second round is the Finals Series. The top 8 teams from round 1 proceed through to the Finals Series for their chance at making it to the Grand Final. For the Finals Series, the 8 teams are split into two blocks of 4 teams – the top 4 and the bottom 4. The Finals Series takes place over four weeks.
Week 1. The top 4 play qualifying finals, with the 2 x winners going straight to the preliminary finals. The bottom 4 play elimination games with the 2 x losers knocked out of the comp.
Week 2. The losers from the top 4 qualifying finals play the winners from the bottom 4 from the elimination finals. The winners of each of these two matches proceeds to the preliminary finals.
Week 3. The 4 remaining teams play off to determine who proceeds to the Grand Final.
The benefit for the ladder leaders and winners of the Qualifying Finals is that they get the second week off, providing extra time to rest and train. Additionally, the Preliminary Finals are played in the home states of those winning teams, providing a “home ground” advantage.
Whilst Marvell Stadium is the home of AFL, the grand final is traditionally held at the MCG due to its high capacity. Last year’s final between Sydney & Geelong was a sellout with the crowd filling the stadium to its official capacity of 100,024. This was the largest crowd in 50 years, and hopefully a precursor to this year’s final.
If you are one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to the AFL Grand Final, we hope it is a thrilling end to the season. For those who don’t manage to score a ticket, the next best option is to watch the game on your large screen TCL smart TV. Feel every hit, kick, and goal via the incredible brightness, colours, and clarity of your large screen TCL TV. Listen to the roar of the crowd whilst clearly hearing the commentary through the incredible audio and built-in speakers. Keep those grand final drinks and snacks cold with your TCL fridge.
To explore the current 2023 range of TCL televisions or whitegoods, visit your local in-store and online retailers.