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Cats and Power to open finals

Geelong ruckman Rhys Stanley competes against Port Adelaide’s Scott Lycett in Round 12 (AFL Photos/Getty Images Image/Matt Roberts)

GEELONG will open the AFL finals series when it meets Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, October 1.

It will be the fourth finals meeting between the Cats and the Power, and first since the 2013 semi-final, in which the Hoops prevailed by 16 points at the MCG.

The other clashes were the 2007 grand final, which Geelong won by a record margin of 119 points, and a 55-point win for Port Adelaide in qualifying final in 2004.

The Cats handed the Power a 60-point hiding when the two teams met at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast in Round 12.

The second qualifying final between Brisbane Lions and Richmond on Friday, October 2 will be the first of two finals at the Gabba, followed by the St Kilda-Western Bulldogs elimination final the next day.

The first weekend of the finals will conclude on the Saturday night when West Coast hosts Collingwood at Optus Stadium.

The winner of the Eagles-Pies match-up will play either Geelong or Port Adelaide in a semi-final.

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AFL FINALS SERIES WEEK 1 – OCTOBER 1-3

Thursday, October 1

First Qualifying Final – Port Adelaide v Geelong Cats @ Adelaide Oval, 7.40pm EST

Friday, October 2

Second Qualifying Final – Brisbane Lions v Richmond @ The Gabba, 7.50pm EST

Saturday, October 3

Second Elimination Final – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs @ The Gabba, 4.40pm EST

First Elimination Final – West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood @ Optus Stadium, 8.10pm EST