Emma Kearney, Darren Crocker, Craig Starcevich and Breanna Koenen ahead of the 2023 AFL Grand Final between North Melbourne and Brisbane at Ikon Park. Picture: AFL Photos

THE 2023 NAB AFL Women's Grand Final between North Melbourne and Brisbane starts at 2.30pm AEDT on Sunday, December 3 at Ikon Park in Carlton. 

The game is sold out and no tickets will be available for purchase at the venue or on the day.

Gates will open at 12.50pm AEDT, with plenty of activities on offer ahead of the game. Please arrive early to avoid queues and make the most of the pre-game entertainment.

The Telstra pre-game entertainment will start from 1.30pm AEDT, and features a performance from G Flip while Vera Blue will perform the national anthem.

This will be North Melbourne's first AFLW Grand Final in the club's six seasons in the competition, while Brisbane is contesting its fifth decider out of a possible seven GFs since the competition's inception in 2017. The Lions have only won one premiership - in 2021 when they downed Adelaide. 

It's the first time since 2018 that the Grand Final will be played in Victoria. On that day, the Western Bulldogs beat Brisbane to claim their first AFLW premiership. Three current North Melbourne players - Jenna Bruton, Kim Rennie and Emma Kearney - were part of that victorious Bulldogs side. 

How to get to Ikon Park

If you've got a ticket to the game, public transport is strongly recommended as there is limited parking in and around the Princes Park precinct. 

Yarra Trams is putting on extra tram services on Route 19 from the Melbourne CBD to Ikon Park to ensure fans can get to and from the venue with ease. You can jump on a Route 19 tram on Elizabeth St from either Flinders Street or Melbourne Central stations, and the tram will take you up Elizabeth St and Royal Pde to Ikon Park. 

If you're travelling by train on the Upfield line, you can get off at Royal Park train station and take a leisurely 10-minute walk the stadium.  

Young fans cheers on the Kangaroos during the 2023 AFL preliminary final between North Melbourne and Adelaide at Ikon Park. Picture: AFL Photos

How to watch the Grand Final

Fans in Australia can watch the game on free-to-air TV on Channel 7 and 7Plus, and on Foxtel and Kayo. The game will also be streamed live on womens.afl and the AFL Live Official App on mobile and tablet devices. For all broadcast info, including pre-match coverage details and start times, click here.

Grand Final starting times for those watching around Australia

AEDT (local): 2.30pm – ACT, NSW, Tas, Vic
AEST: 1.30pm – Qld
2pm – SA, NT
AWST: 11.30am – WA

North Melbourne live site

Cheer on the girls with other Kangaroos fans this weekend and watch the Grand Final live at the Sarah Sands Hotel.

Where: Sarah Sands Hotel
29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056
At 2.30pm

Brisbane live site

For those not heading to Melbourne for the game, the Brisbane Lions and AFL Queensland invite fans to South Bank, where they can watch the NAB AFLW Grand Final live and free on Channel Seven on the big screen. 
There will be Lions merchandise available, facepainting, a photo booth, giveaways, and mascots! Plus, you can see the Brisbane Lions’ 2021 NAB AFLW Premiership Cup.
From 12pm. The game starts at 1.30pm AEST
Rainforest Green, South Bank Parklands, Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane

Activities at the ground

  • AAMI DJ Booth 
  • Glitter Bar 
  • Photo Booth  
  • DIY Flag Making 
  • NAB Stars 
  • Chemist Warehouse Wellness Van 
  • Roaming Entertainment 
  • W Passport Competition 
  • Club Merchandise 

Who is performing at the Grand Final?

Two-time ARIA Award-winning artist G Flip will be performing in the Telstra Pre-Game Entertainment. 

G Flip is no stranger to Australian football, previously headlining the Pre-Game Entertainment at the 2021 NAB AFLW Grand Final, performing at the MCG for the annual Queen’s Birthday clash between Collingwood and Melbourne and the Telstra Half-Time Entertainment for the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

In addition, G Flip was named as the 2023 AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador and will present women’s football’s most prestigious piece of silverware as part of the pre-match ceremony on NAB AFLW Grand Final Day.  

G Flip will perform in the Telstra Pre-Game Entertainment at the 2023 NAB AFLW Grand Final. Picture: Brendon Thorne

The umpires revealed

All-Australian goal umpire Emilie Hill will be one of three women to officiate in Sunday's Grand Final, the first time in League history that more than one female official has been involved in the season decider.

Hill and Georgia Henderson will be the two goal umpires at Ikon Park on Sunday, while Greta Miller will be one of the four boundary umpires.

The three field umpires will be Joel Clamp, Matt Adams and Samuel Nippress while Adrian Pretorius, Jaco Jansen van Rensburg and Dominic Schiliro will join Miller on the boundary line.

2023 AFLW All-Australian umpires Adrian Pretorius, Emilie Hill and Joel Clamp at the W Awards on November 27, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

Medal and Cup presenters

Retired champion Erin Phillips, a two-time winner of the AFLW Grand Final best-on-ground medal, will present this year's medal to the player judged best afield in Sunday's decider. 

Phillips will be part of a five-person panel voting on the medal, alongside Seven Network commentator and Adelaide premiership player Abbey Holmes (chair), AFL.com.au reporter Gemma Bastiani, Herald Sun reporter Lauren Wood and ABC broadcaster Quentin Hull. 

If North Melbourne wins the premiership, retired former men's captain and AFLW development coach Jack Ziebell will present the cup to captain Emma Kearney and coach Darren Crocker. 

In the event Brisbane claims the flag, the Lions' 2021 AFLW premiership captain Emma Zielke will hand the cup to captain Bre Koenen and coach Craig Starcevich. 

Erin Phillips with the best on ground medal ahead of the 2023 AFLW Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos

What's the weather going to be like?

The forecast for Sunday partly cloudy with a top of 24 degrees. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a medium chance of showers (0-1mm), so be prepared for anything! 

What happens if scores are level at full-time?

1. Goal umpires confirm scores are identical;
2. There is a six-minute break (accredited coaches and staff are permitted to enter the playing arena during this period);
3. Teams change ends;
4. Three minutes of Additional Time shall be played, plus time-on;
5. At the end of the first Additional Time period, the siren will sound and teams will immediately change ends without a break;
6. The ball will be thrown up in the centre and a further three minutes of play (plus time-on) will commence;
7. At the conclusion of this period, the siren will sound and the team with the highest score is declared the winner;
8. If scores are still tied, steps three to eight are repeated until a result is determined.

The following shall also apply for Additional Time periods:

Interchange cap
Clubs shall receive 10 interchanges for the total two x three-minute period (excluding Medical Substitute). Any leftover interchanges from each period of Additional Time do not carry over into a subsequent period.
Runners may access the playing arena after a goal or a significant stoppage in play (eg. a stretcher is called).
Runners are also permitted to access the playing arena at the conclusion of each three-minute (plus time-on) period of Additional Time as players are changing ends.