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A VFL qualifying final is set to be shown live on Channel Seven in Victoria on the Saturday night of the AFL’s pre-finals bye weekend.

The telecast is expected to start at 7pm on Saturday, September 1.

With the competing teams likely to include players vying for spots in the AFL finals series, the game is likely to attract viewers and, depending on the venue and the teams involved, a good crowd.

The dramatic finish to last year's VFL grand final.

The dramatic finish to last year's VFL grand final.

Photo: Wayne Ludbey

With the VFL’s final eight yet to be decided, the exact game and venue for the match is yet to be locked in, but Casey Demons, Richmond or Geelong could potentially host the televised final at their home venue, depending on results this weekend.

Those three VFL teams occupy the top three places on the ladder and are in a battle for a top-two spot and a home qualifying final, with a final decision on which game will be televised set to be made on Saturday night after the final round of VFL games is completed.

The Casey Demons, who are Melbourne’s affiliates, play their home games at Casey Fields in Cranbourne, while Richmond play home games at Punt Road (the Swinburne Centre) and Geelong play at GMHBA Stadium.

Collingwood and the Box Hill Hawks, who are Hawthorn’s affiliates, are also vying for a top-four spot in the final round of matches and could potentially be involved in a televised match, although as the lower-qualified team they would not host a qualifying final if they were to finish top four.

They would also need to dislodge Williamstown, who are fourth on the VFL ladder.

If Geelong beat Gold Coast on Saturday in the AFL, the five clubs in the top six spots on the VFL ladder will also be involved in the AFL finals, with the televised match involving players returning from injury or fine-tuning their preparations ahead of the first week of finals.

Players such as Richmond’s Dan Butler and Kane Lambert, Collingwood’s Darcy Moore, Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea and Melbourne’s Jack Viney are all still aiming to play for their clubs in the AFL finals series and could, depending on their preparations, use VFL matches to prove their fitness.

The games will also expose VFL players who may be in draft contention to a wider audience.


Will this be the first 'prime time' telecast since the experimental Friday night VFL Grand Finals, telecast on the ABC?

Potentially huge ratings and exposure for the clubs. Hopefully a smaller venue is selected, rather than seeing an empty Kardinia Park on our TV screens.



Great chance it will be at Punt Road Oval

Anybody got the final ladder ? Flashcore doesn't seem to be working in showing the standings.




Willi v Richmond from Punt Road on Saturday night, how amazing ...

Good exposure for the Gulls on a Saturday night where there isn't otherwise too much on. Richmond suppirters will hop on the band wagon for a chance to watch a game under lights at PRO. 

Just hoping Williamstown can get over the line in a tight contest that gives good exposure to their list. 


The AFL and CH 7 will be pissed off Willy  by beating the Melbourne seconds yesterday they would have been hoping for an all AFL reserves final,

Good luck Williamstown F C one of the oldest and greatest VFA/VFL clubs in history.Lets hope the Tigers fans get behind this match and pack the Punt Road Oval out.I think it only holds about 10 - 12 thousnd now so if the weather is fine it should be full.

sorry double post

Should be a packed house. Not sure what the capacity is but will look great on tv. First finals match televised at punt road since the late 1960s.

Yes the last VFA GF played there was in 1969 Preston beat Dandenong by 12 pts with only 10,000 in attendence including me The weather was shocking from memory I stood at the back of the now Jack Dyer Stand.

The next year 1970 the VFA returned to their best ground for finals the Junction Oval and played the GF there for another 17 years.

vfa the Punt Road oval was never a very big ground even in its VFL days 30,000 would see it packed to the rafters esp after Punt Road was widened which cut the road side of the ground right down.

Capacity at punt road these days would not be more than 7000.  Still it will look great on tv. I will get there well before the bounce.