Round 23 of the AFL season kicks off on Friday night, and the starting from game one, every game of the round is set to be a cracker. Dabble’s experts will provide AFL tips for each and every round of the 2023 AFL season, meaning you won’t miss a thing.
Our AFL footy tips cover all the key factors of every game, of every round. So, if you are as obsessed with the AFL as the team at Dabble are, you have certainly come to the right place! Get your scrolling finger ready, all you need to do is read and scroll, our experts will take care of everything else for you.
Check out all our expert AFL tips for Round 23 below:
Game 1 – Collingwood Magpies vs Brisbane Lions, Friday 18th August, 7.50pm
A blockbuster awaits as the Magpies take on the Lions in a 1 vs 2 showdown in Friday night footy. This clash holds immense significance for the Lions as they strive to secure a coveted home final and a double chance.
The Pies, despite battling injuries, maintain their winning ways. The Lions have quietly climbed the ladder but face a true test in conquering Melbourne. Expect a high stakes encounter where the outcome could reshape the finals race, putting pressure on the Lions to prove their mettle away from the Gabba.
Game 2 – Richmond Tigers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos, Saturday 19th August, 1.45pm
It's a game with not much significance as the Tigers face the lowly Kangaroos. With little at stake beyond potential send-offs for retiring legends, the Tigers' year didn't meet off-season expectations. Meanwhile, the Kangaroos have displayed some resilience in recent weeks, but their path to finals contention remains a work in progress.
Though the result might not shake up the ladder, this game offers a chance to celebrate footy's veterans and glimpse into the future aspirations of the Kangaroos. A match fuelled by nostalgia and glimpses of potential, despite the current standings.
Game 3 – Gold Coast Suns vs Carlton Blues, Saturday 19th August, 2.10pm
The Suns face a formidable challenge as the Blues, riding a red-hot streak, aim for an unlikely top-four finish. Surprising many, the Blues have defied expectations. Meanwhile, the Suns, showcasing flashes of promise, are set to miss finals and possibly finish with fewer wins than last year.
The question looms: can a new coach alter their fate, or will another disappointing season trigger a talent exodus? This clash carries a subplot of redemption and renewal, offering the Suns a chance to salvage pride in the face of adversity.
Game 4 – Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Essendon Bombers, Saturday 19th August, 4.35pm
Get set for a riveting clash as the Giants take on the Bombers. This battle carries massive finals implications - win, and you stay alive in the race; lose, and your 2023 hopes are dashed. Both teams have surpassed expectations this year, and a finals berth would be a monumental boost, setting the stage for future success.
Essendon, treading water lately, seeks to regain their form, while the Giants, despite recent setbacks, remain in the finals chasing pack. With so much on the line, expect a fierce contest, as these teams leave it all on the field for a shot at glory.
Game 5 – St Kilda Saints vs Geelong Cats, Saturday 19th August, 7.25pm
An intense showdown looms as the Saints face the Cats. The race for the final spots is heating up, and Geelong must defeat the Saints to stay in the running. St Kilda has emerged as the 2023 surprise, exceeding expectations with a well-executed game plan.
While Geelong boasts quality, the Saints' rock-solid defence poses a challenge. This clash promises strategic battles and a test of each team's resolve. Will Geelong keep their slim finals hope alive, or will St Kilda's resilience prevail once more? Don't miss a contest where the outcome could define their season.
Game 6 – Adelaide Crows vs Sydney Swans, Saturday 19th August, 7.40pm
A pivotal clash awaits as the Crows take on the Swans. Adelaide is clinging to a finals chance, with a win against the formidable Swans bridging the gap to the Eagles in the season's final game. On the flip side, it's a "win and you're in" scenario for the Swans, who are firing on all cylinders.
Their current form makes them a major threat in September. This game holds immense importance, with finals hopes hanging in the balance. Expect a fierce contest as the Crows fight to keep their dream alive, while the Swans aim to solidify their dangerous contender status.
Game 7 – Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles, Sunday 20th August, 1.10pm
A critical clash ahead as the Bulldogs face the Eagles. After a missed chance at locking in a finals spot, Luke Beveridge's side will be eager for redemption. The Eagles started strong but plummeted into a massive hole against the Dockers, wishing for the season's end.
This game, seemingly favourable for the Bulldogs, offers crucial points, while the Eagles yearn to salvage pride. Expect an intense contest, as the Bulldogs aim to secure their finals position, while the Eagles, in desperate need of a turnaround, battle to restore some dignity in a challenging season.
Game 8 – Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn Hawks, Sunday 20th August, 3.20pm
A surprising battle ahead as the Demons take on the resurgent Hawks. Few predicted the Hawks' recent form, toppling the Pies and Dogs. Melbourne's narrow loss to the Blues did not diminish their standing. A significant test for the Hawks, but their commendable approach makes it intriguing.
As the season winds down, the Hawks aim to continue their impressive run, showcasing resilience. Keep an eye on this matchup, where the Demons will seek redemption, while the Hawks hope to cap off a season that's defied early expectations.
Game 9 – Freemantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide Power, Sunday 20th August, 4.40pm
An intriguing matchup as the Dockers take on the Power. Port's crucial win last week keeps them in the top 2 hunt, eyeing a home final. The Dockers, a challenge to pin down, started slow but shifted gears, defeating the Eagles convincingly.
While there's something at stake, the buzz around this game pales in comparison to others. Still, expect an engaging contest, as both teams vie for position and momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. The outcome could have significant implications, despite the lower spotlight.
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