Two Brisbane Lions AFL players applaud the fans as they look up into the stands after a game.

The AFL grand final has finally arrived — here’s all you need to know

It’s time for the AFL’s biggest game of the year, as Collingwood and Brisbane meet in the grand final at the MCG.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When does the AFL grand final start?

The first bounce will be at 2:30pm AEST, for those in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart.

If you are in Perth, the game starts at 12:30pm AWST. And if you are in Adelaide or Darwin, the action gets underway at 2pm ACST.

How can I watch the AFL grand final?

The game will be broadcast live on Channel Seven across the country.

You can also tune in to ABC Sport’s live radio call via the AFL website and the ABC Listen App, or follow the action with our live blog.

Can I stream the AFL grand final?

This year you can stream the grand final live with the 7plus app through select TV, set-top-box and gaming console devices.

You can also stream through a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Who will be performing the grand final entertainment?

American glam rock veterans KISS will top the bill at this year’s AFL grand final.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

Glam rock legends KISS were announced earlier this month as the AFL’s headline act for 2023. The question is whether their famous black and white make-up will be a good omen for Magpies fans.

The half-time show will feature Mark Seymour and the Undertow, with Kate Miller-Heidke — where it’s almost certain that The Holy Grail will be on the set list.

Before the game the entertainment will include William Barton and Jess Hitchcock, while Mike Brady will be there to sing traditional grand final hits Up There Cazaly and One Day In September.

Miller-Heidke will also sing the national anthem before the game.

Who is playing in the AFL grand final?

Two Brisbane Lions AFL players applaud the fans as they look up into the stands after a game.

The Brisbane Lions have beaten Collingwood twice this season – but the teams have not played at the MCG.(Getty Images: AFL Photos/Michael Willson)

In a repeat of the 2002 and 2003 grand finals, Collingwood will meet Brisbane in the season’s deciding game.

The contest pits the teams who finished one and two on the ladder, with the minor premier Magpies edging out Melbourne in the qualifying final before holding off GWS by a point in a thrilling preliminary final.

The Lions finished second, and maintained their home ground advantage at the Gabba, beating Port Adelaide in the qualifying final before taking care of Carlton to secure their first grand final spot since 2004.

Collingwood are hoping to win their first flag since 2010, and a record-equalling 16th premiership overall, matching Carlton and Essendon.

Brisbane Lions are seeking their first flag since the win in 2003 which marked three premierships in a row.

Who will present the 2023 AFL premiership cup?

Two men, one wearing a Magpies scarf and the other with a Lions scarf stand holding a large silver cup over a pedestal.

Either Peter Moore (left) or Leigh Matthews (right) will be handing over the premiership cup after the AFL grand final.(Getty Images: AFL Photos/Josh Chadwick)

There will be a family feel to the presentation if Collingwood wins, with Magpies great Peter Moore ready to present the premiership cup if his side gets up.

Moore will be giving the cup to his son, Darcy, the current Collingwood captain if there is a triumph for the black and white.

If Brisbane wins, on the other hand, it will be back to the Lions’ last grand final success.

AFL great Leigh Matthews — who took Brisbane to the title in 2001, 2002 and 2003 — will be presenting the cup to co-captains Harris Andrews and Lachie Neale.

What’s the AFL grand final schedule look like?

The AFL has laid out the big day down to the minute:

1:31pm: Grand final motorcade

1:36pm: Mike Brady performance

1:42pm: KISS performance

2:11pm: Umpire entry and match ball delivery

2:13pm, 2.16pm: Teams enter

2:24pm: Delivery of the 2022 premiership cup by Josh Kennedy

2:25pm: MC Hamish McLachlan – Acknowledgement of Country

2:25pm: Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr

2:26pm: National anthem performed by Kate Miller-Heidke

2:28pm: Coin toss

2:30pm: It’s on

Who are in the 2023 AFL grand final teams?


FB: [28] Nathan Murphy, [30] Darcy Moore, [38] Jeremy Howe

HB: [4] Brayden Maynard, [17] Billy Frampton, [3] Isaac Quaynor

C: [22] Steele Sidebottom, [10] Scott Pendlebury, [37] Oleg Markov

HF: [23] Bobby Hill, [41] Brody Mihocek, [5] Jamie Elliott

F: [31] Beau McCreery, [2] Jordan DeGoey, [7] Josh Daicos

FOLL: [46] Mason Cox, [35] Nick Daicos, [25] Jack Crisp

IC: [6] Tom Mitchell, [14] Darcy Cameron, [32] Will Hoskin-Elliott, [33] Jack Ginnivan

EMG: [1] Patrick Lipinski, [9] John Noble, [18] Finley McRae, [36] Harvey Harrison

IN: Billy Frampton

OUT: Daniel McStay (knee), Patrick Lipinski (omitted)


FB: [37] Brandon Starcevich, [31] Harris Andrews, [27] Darcy Gardiner

HB: [26] Conor McKenna, [35] Ryan Lester, [18] Keidean Coleman

C: [6] Hugh McCluggage, [5] Josh Dunkley, [15] Dayne Zorko

HF: [23] Charlie Cameron, [30] Eric Hipwood, [4] Callum Ah Chee

F: [16] Cam Rayner, [3] Joe Daniher, [33] Zac Bailey

FOLL: [46] Oscar McInerney, [9] Lachie Neale, [7] Jarrod Berry

IC: [2] Deven Robertson, [11] Lincoln McCarthy, [28] Jaspa Fletcher, [44] Darcy Wilmot

EMG [17] Jarryd Lyons, [29] James Tunstill, [32] Darcy Fort, [40] Jack Payne


OUT: Jarryd Lyons (medi-sub)

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Author: Russell White