The AFL has today confirmed the fixture for the Smithy's VFL Wildcard Round.
Sunday, August 27
Collingwood (8th) vs. Richmond (9th)
Swinburne Centre, 12.00pm AEST
Broadcast: Seven Network
Casey Demons (7th) vs. North Melbourne (10th)
Casey Fields, 2:45pm AEST
A new feature introduced to for the 2023 Smithy's VFL season, Wildcard Round features two matches on Sunday, August 27.
Eighth placed Collingwood will take on ninth-placed Richmond. The match will be played at the Swinburne Centre due to Collingwood's home venue not being available.
The highest-ranked winner in Wildcard Round will advance to the 2023 Smithy's VFL Finals Series as the seventh-placed team will take on Footscray in the second elimination final.
The lowest-ranked winner in Wildcard Round will progress to the first elimination final as the eighth-placed team and will play against Williamstown.
The top-six teams on the ladder at the conclusion of the 2023 Smithy's VFL home-and-away season will have a bye during Wildcard Round having advanced directly to the Finals Series.
The 2023 Smithy's VFL season featured 21 teams who each played 18 matches across a 22-round fixture.
Admission prices for Wildcard Round and the 2023 Smithy's VFL Finals Series are as follows:
For all matches during Wildcard Round to the Preliminary Finals, admission prices will be adults $15, concession/pensioners $10 and children under 15 free.
For the 2023 Smithy's VFL Grand Final, admission prices will be adults $20, concession/pensioners $15 and children under 15 free.
Tickets for Wildcard Round can be purchased at www.intix.com.au/org/vfl. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate, subject to capacity. Spectators purchasing at the gate are advised the payment method is EFTPOS only.
Seven matches in the 2023 Smithy's VFL Finals Series and Wildcard Round will be broadcast live and free on the Seven Network via Channel 7 and 7plus, including the 2023 Smithy's VFL Grand Final. Viewers outside of Victoria can tune in to Seven's VFL coverage via 7plus.
All Wildcard Round matches and finals, including the 2023 Smithy's VFL Grand Final, will be streamed live and free on AFL.com.au and the AFL Live Official App.