The times, dates and match-ups for AFL’s finals have been confirmed after a recording breaking 2017 season.
Unfortunately, for the Gold Coast Suns their finals hopes were were dashed months ago during a turbulent season.
This year looked as if could be the Suns’ chance to finally make a maiden finals appearance, but it wasn’t to be, with Gold Coast finishing on 6 wins and 16 losses.
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Preparation for the 2018 season has already begun at Metricon Stadium with the Suns looking for a new head coach, following the sacking of Rodney Eade earlier this month.
The search for a new mentor is officially underway, however CEO Mark Evans said he was waiting until the season is over before starting to look at applicants.
A panel of experts has been complied to assess candidates; the front runners for the job are current interim coach Dean Solomon, Carlton assistant John Barker with North Melbourne coach Brad Scott the bookies’ favourite.
As a whole this year has been extremely successful for the AFL with the largest ever number of fans attending games.
AFL Chief Executive, Gill McLachlan, thanked fans and congratulated clubs after 6,732,601 people attended games in 2017.
The new record surpasses the previous mark of 6,525,071 set in 2011 and McLachlan said the club’s effort to engage with supporters should be commended.
“Our commitment has been to constantly address the affordability, access and match-day experience for footy fans,” McLachlan said
“Our clubs and venues across the competition have shared our focus on engaging fans and new audiences.
“The clubs through the players, coaches and staff do an amazing job to build their fan bases.”
But it’s not the end of the road for some fans, with Adelaide Crows, GWS Giants, Geelong Cats, Richmond Tigers, Sydney Swans, Essendon Bombers, Port Adelaide and West Coast all making the top eight.
They’ll all have a week off before the finals start on September 7.
Thursday September 7
First Qualifying Final, Adelaide Crows v GWS Giants at Adelaide Oval, 7.20pm ACST / 7.50pm AEST
Friday September 8
Second Qualifying Final, Geelong Cats v Richmond at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST
Saturday September 9
Second Elimination Final, Sydney Swans v Essendon at the SCG, 4.20pm AEST
First Elimination Final, Port Adelaide v West Coast at Adelaide Oval, 7.20pm ACST / 7.50pm AEST