2009 AFL season

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2009 AFL premiership season
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Teams16
Premiers Geelong
(8th premiership)
Minor premiers St Kilda
(3rd minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Geelong
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played185
Attendance6,988,638 (37,776 per match)
Highest attendance99,251 (Grand Final, St Kilda vs. Geelong)
Coleman Medallist Brendan Fevola
Carlton (86 goals)
Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett, Jr.
Geelong (30 votes)
Wooden spooners Melbourne
(12th wooden spoon)
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2010  

The 2009 Australian Football League season commenced on 26 March and concluded on 26 September. It was the 113th season of the VFL/AFL competition and the 20th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989. The season consisted of 22 home and away rounds and four rounds of finals, culminating in the 2009 AFL Grand Final which determined the 2009 AFL premiers. Geelong won the Grand Final against St Kilda.

Contents

Pre-season

AFL pre-season draft

The pre-season draft was held on 16 December 2008 (but is referred to as the 2009 Pre-season draft in continuation from the early years of the AFL draft when it was held in January or February) and most pre-draft interest was on whether or not former West Coast Eagles captain and Brownlow Medal winner Ben Cousins would be selected by the Richmond Football Club. Richmond, the only club to show interest in recruiting Cousins, had one selection in the pre-season draft (because it had only one space left on its senior list). In the week leading up to the pre-season draft, Richmond requested to have Graham Polak (who had been hit by a tram the previous season, with it not clear at this stage whether or not the resulting injuries would end his career) moved to the rookie list, to free up an additional list space and give them a second selection in the pre-season draft. The request was similar to one made by and granted to the Essendon Football Club a few years earlier with respect to Adam Ramanauskas, but there were key differences which led to Richmond's request being rejected by the AFL and a majority of rival clubs on 15 December. [1] Although Richmond had maintained throughout the previous week that it would draft Cousins only if its request to put Polak on the rookie list was granted, they selected Cousins anyway with their only selection in the pre-season draft. Josh Carr's return to Port Adelaide was another major player move. [2]

NAB Cup

Round One Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Western Bulldogs 69
Essendon 70 Essendon 67
Brisbane Lions 65 Brisbane Lions 65
St Kilda 56 Essendon 73
West Coast 54 Collingwood 116
Collingwood 116 Collingwood 97
Fremantle 86 Richmond 51
Richmond 89 Collingwood 51
Geelong 119 Geelong 127
Adelaide 84 Geelong 72
Sydney 78 Port Adelaide 54
Port Adelaide 143 Geelong 84
Carlton 123 Carlton 67
North Melbourne 70 Carlton 112
Hawthorn 69 Hawthorn 88
Melbourne 66

Premiership season

Round 1

Round 1 (Season Launch)
Thursday, 26 March Richmond 9.13 (67)def. by Carlton 23.12 (150) MCG (crowd: 87,043) Report
Friday, 27 March Hawthorn 16.7 (103)def. by Geelong 15.21 (111) MCG (crowd: 69,593) Report
Saturday, 28 March Collingwood 13.8 (86)def. by Adelaide 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 41,591) Report
Saturday, 28 March Brisbane Lions 14.11 (95)def. West Coast 13.8 (86) The Gabba (crowd: 26,800) Report
Saturday, 28 March St Kilda 12.8 (80)def. Sydney 9.11 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,442) Report
Sunday, 29 March Melbourne 10.7 (67)def. by North Melbourne 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 28,707) Report
Sunday, 29 March Port Adelaide 15.17 (107)def. Essendon 9.12 (66) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,315) Report
Sunday, 29 March Fremantle 13.16 (94)def. by Western Bulldogs 25.7 (157) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,634) Report
  • In the season-opener on Thursday night, Carlton easily defeated Richmond, and Richmond's high-profile recruit Ben Cousins injured his hamstring in the final quarter; he had suffered the same injury in his final match with West Coast in 2007.
  • The opening match between Richmond and Carlton was the highest attended home-and-away game of the season, with a crowd of 87,043 at the MCG, and had the third-highest attendance of all games including finals.
  • Michael Voss began his Brisbane Lions coaching career with a win; the Lions beat West Coast by 9 points at the Gabba, after trailing by 38 points during the second quarter.

Round 2

Round 2
Friday, 3 April Adelaide 10.9 (69)def. by St Kilda 15.11 (101) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,189) Report
Saturday, 4 April Geelong 15.15 (105)def. Richmond 13.7 (85) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 22,288) Report
Saturday, 4 April Collingwood 17.15 (117)def. Melbourne 10.4 (64) MCG (crowd: 43,176) Report
Saturday, 4 April Carlton 18.11 (119)def. Brisbane Lions 15.10 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,496) Report
Saturday, 4 April Sydney 22.11 (143)def. Hawthorn 15.15 (105) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 36,116) Report
Sunday, 5 April Essendon 16.13 (109)def. Fremantle 10.11 (71) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,461) Report
Sunday, 5 April Western Bulldogs 11.14 (80)def. North Melbourne 9.11 (65) MCG (crowd: 34,466) Report
Sunday, 5 April West Coast 19.11 (125)def. Port Adelaide 10.15 (75) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,826) Report

Round 3

Round 3 (Easter)
Thursday, 9 April Geelong 18.14 (122)def. Collingwood 13.17 (95) MCG (crowd: 58,527) Report
Saturday, 11 April St Kilda 25.11 (161)def. West Coast 9.10 (64) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,006) Report
Saturday, 11 April Brisbane Lions 15.10 (100)def. Sydney 9.13 (67) The Gabba (crowd: 24,984) Report
Saturday, 11 April Carlton 16.16 (112)def. by Essendon 17.14 (116) MCG (crowd: 70,411) Report
Sunday, 12 April Port Adelaide 22.15 (147)def. Melbourne 14.6 (90) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,030) Report
Sunday, 12 April North Melbourne 10.9 (69)def. by Hawthorn 19.9 (123) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,893) Report
Sunday, 12 April Fremantle 11.14 (80)def. by Adelaide 15.14 (104) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 30,035) Report
Monday, 13 April Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110)def. Richmond 8.15 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,261) Report

Round 4

Round 4
Friday, 17 April Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73)def. by Collingwood 13.12 (90) The Gabba (crowd: 34,912) Report
Saturday, 18 April Sydney 12.12 (84)def. Carlton 9.13 (67) SCG (crowd: 30,834) Report
Saturday, 18 April Hawthorn 12.13 (85)def. by Port Adelaide 17.13 (115) MCG (crowd: 33,274) Report
Saturday, 18 April St Kilda 17.9 (111)def. Fremantle 4.4 (28) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,326) Report
Saturday, 18 April Adelaide 13.8 (86)def. by Geelong 21.8 (134) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,418) Report
Sunday, 19 April North Melbourne 10.9 (69)def. Essendon 7.15 (57) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,842) Report
Sunday, 19 April Richmond 13.14 (92)def. by Melbourne 14.16 (100) MCG (crowd: 40,763) Report
Sunday, 19 April West Coast 17.14 (116)def. Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,758) Report

Round 5

Round 5 (ANZAC Day)
Friday, 24 April Port Adelaide 5.6 (36)def. by St Kilda 15.12 (102) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,426) Report
Saturday, 25 April Essendon 13.15 (93)def. Collingwood 12.16 (88) MCG (crowd: 84,829) Report
Saturday, 25 April Hawthorn 11.8 (74)def. West Coast 7.14 (56) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 17,880) Report
Saturday, 25 April Fremantle 18.13 (121)def. Sydney 16.4 (100) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,884) Report
Saturday, 25 April North Melbourne 7.16 (58)def. by Richmond 13.16 (94) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,224) Report
Sunday, 26 April Geelong 18.18 (126)def. Brisbane Lions 5.3 (33) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 15,580) Report
Sunday, 26 April Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90)def. by Carlton 21.7 (133) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,268) Report
Sunday, 26 April Melbourne 4.10 (34)def. by Adelaide 7.9 (51) MCG (crowd: 14,129) Report
  • Essendon's David Zaharakis kicked the winning goal in the final seconds, ensuring that Essendon beat Collingwood for the first time on ANZAC Day since 2005.
  • Geelong amassed 490 disposals against Brisbane, breaking the old record of 469 disposals set by West Coast in 2007 and matched by Geelong in 2008; their 254 handpasses was also a record. The two records would only stand for seven days.

Round 6

Round 6
Friday, 1 May North Melbourne 11.9 (75)def. by Collingwood 19.13 (127) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,087) Report
Saturday, 2 May Hawthorn 16.10 (106)def. Carlton 15.12 (102) MCG (crowd: 69,014) Report
Saturday, 2 May West Coast 9.20 (74)def. by Fremantle 13.9 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 41,654) Report
Saturday, 2 May Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111)def. Essendon 9.14 (68) The Gabba (crowd: 29,252) Report
Saturday, 2 May Port Adelaide 15.15 (105)def. Adelaide 12.7 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,558) Report
Sunday, 3 May Sydney 14.10 (94)def. Richmond 11.9 (75) SCG (crowd: 25,410) Report
Sunday, 3 May Melbourne 10.8 (68)def. by Geelong 15.21 (111) MCG (crowd: 36,932) Report
Sunday, 3 May Western Bulldogs 11.10 (76)def. by St Kilda 14.20 (104) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,302) Report
  • In the Hawthorn-Carlton game, Carlton's Brendan Fevola and Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead both kicked 8 goals for the game. In the final minute of the game, Fevola had a chance to win the game by a point, but his shot hit the post and Hawthorn held on for a 4-point win.
  • Dustin Fletcher played his 300th match for Essendon. In the same game, Matthew Lloyd became the 8th player in the history of the VFL/AFL to kick 900 goals.
  • Geelong amassed 498 disposals, including 259 handpasses, against Melbourne at the MCG, breaking the two records which they had set the previous week.

Round 7

Round 7
Friday, 8 May Essendon 17.14 (116)def. Hawthorn 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 50,475)
Saturday, 9 May Geelong 17.14 (116)def. Sydney 10.5 (65) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 22,050)
Saturday, 9 May Richmond 10.11 (71)def. by Brisbane Lions 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 34,646)
Saturday, 9 May North Melbourne 20.5 (125)def. Port Adelaide 18.12 (120) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 14,342)
Saturday, 9 May Carlton 11.15 (81)def. by Fremantle 13.10 (88) Gold Coast Stadium (crowd: 10,294)
Sunday, 10 May Adelaide 12.14 (86)def. by Western Bulldogs 17.16 (118) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,742)
Sunday, 10 May West Coast 12.18 (90)def. Melbourne 13.4 (82) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,209)
Monday, 11 May Collingwood 5.10 (40)def. by St Kilda 20.8 (128) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,880) Report
  • Sydney's Michael O'Loughlin kicked his 500th career goal in the match against Geelong.
  • St Kilda and Collingwood played a Monday night game, the AFL's first for several seasons. St Kilda won by a new record winning margin against the Magpies of 88 points. Collingwood's score of 5.10 (40) was its lowest with Mick Malthouse as coach.
  • This would be the last time until the 2020 Qualifying Final that Brisbane Lions would beat Richmond in a match

Round 8

Round 8
Friday, 15 May Fremantle 9.11 (65)def. by Hawthorn 13.9 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,135) Report
Saturday, 16 May Melbourne 15.7 (97)def. by Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104) MCG (crowd: 28,279)
Saturday, 16 May Geelong 18.11 (119)def. North Melbourne 7.7 (49) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 20,273)
Saturday, 16 May Brisbane Lions 18.11 (119)def. Adelaide 12.11 (83) The Gabba (crowd: 27,767)
Saturday, 16 May Sydney 16.10 (106)def. West Coast 15.11 (101) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 33,079)
Sunday, 17 May Port Adelaide 14.18 (102)def. Richmond 15.9 (99) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 22,034)
Sunday, 17 May Collingwood 7.11 (53)def. by Carlton 16.8 (104) MCG (crowd: 82,834)
Sunday, 17 May St Kilda 13.12 (90)def. Essendon 10.11 (71) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,594)

Round 9

Round 9 (Indigenous Round)
Friday, 22 May Geelong 17.14 (116)def. Western Bulldogs 17.12 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,620)
Saturday, 23 May North Melbourne 14.14 (98)def. Fremantle 12.13 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,436)
Saturday, 23 May Adelaide 15.14 (104)def. Carlton 8.12 (60) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,107)
Saturday, 23 May West Coast 9.12 (66)def. by Collingwood 12.16 (88) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,658)
Saturday, 23 May Richmond 12.13 (85)def. by Essendon 19.11 (125) MCG (crowd: 73,625)
Sunday, 24 May Sydney 18.15 (123)def. Port Adelaide 10.8 (68) SCG (crowd: 23,229)
Sunday, 24 May St Kilda 14.13 (97)def. Brisbane Lions 13.3 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,673)
Sunday, 24 May Hawthorn 17.12 (114)def. Melbourne 13.14 (92) MCG (crowd: 39,395)

Round 10

Round 10
Friday, 29 May Carlton 16.15 (111)def. West Coast 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,611)
Saturday, 30 May Western Bulldogs 18.9 (117)def. Sydney 12.5 (77) Manuka Oval (crowd: 12,457)
Saturday, 30 May North Melbourne 12.9 (81)def. by Brisbane Lions 15.9 (99) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,583) Report
Saturday, 30 May Fremantle 17.10 (112)def. by Richmond 17.13 (115) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,391)
Saturday, 30 May St Kilda 11.17 (83)def. Melbourne 6.10 (46) Gold Coast Stadium (crowd: 9,112)
Sunday, 31 May Adelaide 16.10 (106)def. Hawthorn 12.7 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,035)
Sunday, 31 May Essendon 11.4 (70)def. by Geelong 20.14 (134) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 48,852)
Sunday, 31 May Collingwood 17.12 (114)def. Port Adelaide 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 34,793)

Round 11

Round 11 (Women’s Round, Queen's Birthday Holiday Weekend)
Friday, 5 June Richmond 14.5 (89)def. by Western Bulldogs 24.13 (157) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,483)
Saturday, 6 June North Melbourne 9.3 (57)def. by St Kilda 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,962)
Saturday, 6 June Brisbane Lions 16.10 (106)def. by Carlton 16.16 (112) The Gabba (crowd: 33,790)
Saturday, 6 June Port Adelaide 14.10 (94)def. Fremantle 11.4 (70) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 18,418)
Sunday, 7 June Essendon 18.6 (114)def. by Adelaide 21.4 (130) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,451)
Sunday, 7 June Hawthorn 12.14 (86)def. Sydney 11.9 (75) MCG (crowd: 44,464)
Sunday, 7 June West Coast 12.5 (77)def. by Geelong 15.9 (99) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,355)
Monday, 8 June Melbourne 8.12 (60)def. by Collingwood 19.12 (126) MCG (crowd: 61,287)
  • Terry Wallace coached his final match for Richmond, after announcing his retirement earlier in the week. Wallace was replaced by Jade Rawlings as caretaker.
  • St Kilda won its 11th consecutive game, breaking the previous club record of 10 set in 2004.
  • St Kilda and Geelong, both at 11–0, set the best start to a premiership season since Essendon in 2000.
  • Adelaide defeated Essendon by 16 points in a game notable for having the highest combined goal-kicking accuracy in VFL/AFL history. The combined score of 39.10 (244) had an overall goalkicking accuracy of 79.6%; the previous best was 76.1%, when Essendon and St Kilda combined for 35.11 (221) in round 20, 1984. Goalkicking accuracy league-wide was 60.78% during the round, also a record.

Round 12

Round 12 (Split round)
Friday, 12 June Carlton 14.11 (95)def. by St Kilda 16.8 (104) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 50,820)
Saturday, 13 June Western Bulldogs 21.11 (137)def. Port Adelaide 7.2 (44) TIO Stadium (crowd: 11,306)
Saturday, 13 June Richmond 13.14 (92)def. West Coast 11.11 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,117)
Sunday, 14 June Hawthorn 7.9 (51)def. by Brisbane Lions 13.15 (93) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,710)
Sunday, 14 June Adelaide 9.14 (68)def. North Melbourne 3.6 (24) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 30,173)
Friday, 19 June Essendon 19.17 (131)def. Melbourne 13.5 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,740)
Saturday, 20 June Sydney 9.12 (66)def. by Collingwood 13.11 (89) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 41,042)
Sunday, 21 June Fremantle 11.9 (75)def. by Geelong 13.16 (94) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 33,213)
  • In wet weather in Adelaide, North Melbourne was held to 3.6 (24), the club's lowest score since 1971, the lowest score by any team since round 4, 1999, the lowest score ever conceded by Adelaide, and the lowest score ever at AAMI Stadium (the latter two records would be broken only three weeks later).

Round 13

Round 13
Friday, 26 June Essendon 21.10 (136)def. Carlton 9.13 (67) MCG (crowd: 83,407) Report
Saturday, 27 June Collingwood 26.13 (169)def. Fremantle 13.7 (85) MCG (crowd: 44,114) Report
Saturday, 27 June Adelaide 12.13 (85)def. Sydney 10.9 (69) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,064) Report
Saturday, 27 June West Coast 16.11 (107)def. Hawthorn 13.9 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 31,441) Report
Saturday, 27 June Brisbane Lions 16.15 (111)def. Melbourne 8.8 (56) The Gabba (crowd: 23,750) Report
Sunday, 28 June Geelong 18.14 (122)def. Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,142) Report
Sunday, 28 June North Melbourne 12.14 (86)def. by Western Bulldogs 17.6 (108) MCG (crowd: 31,470) Report
Sunday, 28 June St Kilda 13.14 (92)def. Richmond 5.6 (36) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,196) Report
  • St Kilda and Geelong became the sixth and seventh clubs to begin a season with thirteen consecutive wins, the feat having previously been achieved by Collingwood in 1929, Geelong in 1953, Melbourne in 1956, West Coast in 1991 and Essendon in 2000. All seven clubs reached the Grand Finals in their respective seasons.
  • Matthew Lloyd overtook Leigh Matthews with his 916th career goal to become the 7th highest goalkicker in AFL/VFL history.

Round 14

Round 14
Friday, 3 July Collingwood 15.12 (102)def. Essendon 9.13 (67) MCG (crowd: 77,699) Report
Saturday, 4 July Melbourne 17.10 (112)def. West Coast 13.14 (92) MCG (crowd: 23,149) Report
Saturday, 4 July Port Adelaide 19.14 (128)def. Brisbane Lions 11.14 (80) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 20,293) Report
Saturday, 4 July Richmond 13.7 (85)def. by Adelaide 15.12 (102) Gold Coast Stadium (crowd: 11,174) Report
Saturday, 4 July Western Bulldogs 19.19 (133)def. Hawthorn 6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,827) Report
Sunday, 5 July Sydney 15.10 (100)def. North Melbourne 13.7 (85) SCG (crowd: 21,929) Report
Sunday, 5 July St Kilda 14.7 (91)def. Geelong 13.7 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 54,444) Report
Sunday, 5 July Fremantle 15.10 (100)def. by Carlton 16.19 (115) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,720) Report
  • The round 14 match between St Kilda and Geelong, both of whom were unbeaten at this stage, had a change in timeslot, moving from 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm so that the Seven Network could broadcast the game live into Melbourne, and use it as a lead-in to its 6pm news broadcast; in 2012, this change in timeslot became permanent for all Sunday afternoon matches broadcast by Seven. All capital cities (except Sydney and Brisbane, which received a live telecast of the Sydney vs North Melbourne on the same day) received a live telecast of the match. The game broke the record set in round 8, 1991 between West Coast and Essendon as being the latest into a season that two undefeated teams had played against each other. The attendance of 54,444 set a new record for the largest crowd at an AFL game held at Etihad Stadium. Geelong lost at the stadium for the first time since round 1, 2007, ending a 13-match winning streak at the ground.
  • Western Bulldogs held Hawthorn goalless in the first half of their game, and reigning Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin was held goalless for the first time since 2006, breaking a streak of 71 consecutive games scoring at least one goal.
  • Melbourne club president Jim Stynes announced in the week prior to the game that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
  • The Richmond vs Adelaide game was the last event staged at the Gold Coast Stadium before renovation works began at the oval to suit the AFL's new team on the Gold Coast.

Round 15

Round 15
Friday, 10 July Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110)def. by Collingwood 17.9 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 51,382) Report
Saturday, 11 July Sydney 10.12 (72)def. by Essendon 15.17 (107) SCG (crowd: 30,924) Report
Saturday, 11 July Carlton 16.13 (109)def. Richmond 12.17 (89) MCG (crowd: 50,784) Report
Saturday, 11 July Brisbane Lions 16.12 (108)def. Geelong 9.11 (65) The Gabba (crowd: 34,274) Report
Saturday, 11 July Adelaide 19.16 (130)def. Fremantle 1.7 (13) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 32,451) Report
Sunday, 12 July Hawthorn 10.13 (73)def. North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,080) Report
Sunday, 12 July Melbourne 15.11 (101)def. Port Adelaide 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 15,888) Report
Sunday, 12 July West Coast 11.4 (70)def. by St Kilda 13.12 (90) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,259) Report
  • Carlton's Brendan Fevola kicked a career-best nine goals in his team's win against Richmond.
  • Adelaide's dominant victory against Fremantle saw the latter held to only 1.7 (13). This was the lowest score in Fremantle's history (its previous lowest was 3.7 (25) in 2004), the lowest score by a team at AAMI Stadium and the lowest score ever conceded by Adelaide (the previous record for each was set by North Melbourne three weeks earlier), and the lowest score by any team since 1961, when Richmond scored 0.8 (8). Fremantle was held to 0.1 (1) in the first half, the lowest half-time score since Fitzroy was scoreless in the first half in round 1, 1995. Fremantle's 117-point loss was at the time its equal worst in club history.

Round 16

Round 16
Friday, 17 July Essendon 11.4 (70)def. by Western Bulldogs 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,120) Report
Saturday, 18 July Carlton 19.10 (124)def. Sydney 9.9 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,018) Report
Saturday, 18 July Geelong 17.15 (117)def. Melbourne 11.5 (71) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,160) Report
Saturday, 18 July Fremantle 7.5 (47)def. by Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 22,595) Report
Saturday, 18 July Collingwood 11.10 (76)def. by Hawthorn 18.13 (121) MCG (crowd: 66,149) Report
Sunday, 19 July Port Adelaide 17.10 (112)def. West Coast 11.10 (76) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,106) Report
Sunday, 19 July Richmond 12.13 (85)drew with North Melbourne 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 30,604) Report
Sunday, 19 July St Kilda 15.15 (105)def. Adelaide 7.6 (48) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,940) Report
  • Carlton broke a twelve-game losing streak against Sydney with its victory.
  • North Melbourne overcame a 43-point deficit early in the third quarter to record the first draw of the season against Richmond.

Round 17

Round 17 (Rivalry Round)
Friday, 24 July Carlton 4.16 (40)def. by Collingwood 14.10 (94) MCG (crowd: 84,938) Report
Saturday, 25 July Geelong 15.9 (99)def. Hawthorn 14.14 (98) MCG (crowd: 64,803) Report
Saturday, 25 July Fremantle 10.11 (71)def. West Coast 8.18 (66) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,536) Report
Saturday, 25 July Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116)def. North Melbourne 11.9 (75) The Gabba (crowd: 25,509) Report
Saturday, 25 July St Kilda 16.10 (106)def. Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,082) Report
Sunday, 26 July Melbourne 6.14 (50)def. by Sydney 10.8 (68) Manuka Oval (crowd: 7,311) Report
Sunday, 26 July Essendon 14.12 (96)def. by Richmond 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 47,412) Report
Sunday, 26 July Adelaide 19.18 (132)def. Port Adelaide 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 46,859) Report

Round 18

Round 18
Friday, 31 July North Melbourne 11.18 (84)def. by Carlton 14.10 (94) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,554) Report
Saturday, 1 August Western Bulldogs 17.9 (111)def. Fremantle 11.14 (80) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,065) Report
Saturday, 1 August Geelong 14.9 (93)def. Adelaide 13.13 (91) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,686) Report
Saturday, 1 August Sydney 13.15 (93)def. by St Kilda 13.16 (94) SCG (crowd: 27,805) Report
Saturday, 1 August Collingwood 12.23 (95)def. Brisbane Lions 8.7 (55) MCG (crowd: 47,268) Report
Sunday, 2 August Melbourne 12.10 (82)def. by Richmond 12.14 (86) MCG (crowd: 37,438)
Sunday, 2 August Port Adelaide 18.13 (121)def. Hawthorn 14.19 (103) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,154) Report
Sunday, 2 August West Coast 14.11 (95)def. Essendon 10.8 (68) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,765) Report

Round 19

Round 19
Friday, 7 August Carlton 14.13 (97)def. Geelong 8.14 (62) MCG (crowd: 55,057)
Saturday, 8 August Western Bulldogs 13.19 (97)def. by West Coast 16.6 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,417) Report
Saturday, 8 August Hawthorn 7.7 (49)def. by St Kilda 10.14 (74) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 20,011) Report
Saturday, 8 August Essendon 13.9 (87)drew with Brisbane Lions 12.15 (87) MCG (crowd: 41,636) Report
Saturday, 8 August Adelaide 9.14 (68)def. by Collingwood 13.11 (89) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,128) Report
Sunday, 9 August North Melbourne 19.9 (123)def. Melbourne 8.13 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,594) Report
Sunday, 9 August Richmond 10.8 (68)def. by Sydney 18.15 (123) MCG (crowd: 32,216) Report
Sunday, 9 August Fremantle 17.14 (116)def. Port Adelaide 11.8 (74) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 30,029) Report

Round 20

Round 20 (Green Round)
Friday, 14 August Hawthorn 9.13 (67)def. by Adelaide 13.16 (94) MCG (crowd: 32,583) Report
Saturday, 15 August Richmond 8.11 (59)def. by Collingwood 22.20 (152) MCG (crowd: 63,366) Report
Saturday, 15 August West Coast 17.8 (110)def. North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,472) Report
Saturday, 15 August Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84)def. by Western Bulldogs 15.12 (102) The Gabba (crowd: 33,421) Report
Saturday, 15 August Sydney 13.9 (87)def. by Geelong 13.14 (92) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 40,261) Report
Sunday, 16 August Melbourne 20.7 (127)def. Fremantle 9.10 (64) MCG (crowd: 13,004) Report
Sunday, 16 August Port Adelaide 9.13 (67)def. by Carlton 18.13 (121) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,221) Report
Sunday, 16 August Essendon 16.14 (110)def. St Kilda 16.12 (108) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,410) Report
  • Essendon defeated St Kilda by two points to inflict St Kilda's first loss of the season; St Kilda's captain Nick Riewoldt had the chance to win the game with a 45-metre set shot after the final siren, but he missed the goal. St Kilda's nineteen-game winning streak was the longest in club history, the second-longest by any club to start a season (coincidentally, a win would have equaled the all time record, held by their opponents Essendon), and the fifth-longest of all-time.
  • The game between Melbourne and Fremantle, played partially in heavy rain, was the lowest attended match at the MCG since 2004, with an attendance of 13,004.
  • Carlton clinched a position in the finals, ending the club's seven-year finals drought, the longest in club history.

Round 21

Round 21
Friday, 21 August Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110)def. Geelong 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,818) Report
Saturday, 22 August Carlton 24.9 (153)def. Melbourne 15.6 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,433) Report
Saturday, 22 August Adelaide 18.14 (122)def. West Coast 7.6 (48) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 39,640) Report
Saturday, 22 August Brisbane Lions 16.11 (107)def. Port Adelaide 14.8 (92) The Gabba (crowd: 26,437) Report
Saturday, 22 August Richmond 14.9 (93)def. by Hawthorn 20.15 (135) MCG (crowd: 34,779) Report
Sunday, 23 August St Kilda 8.11 (59)def. by North Melbourne 10.4 (64) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,522) Report
Sunday, 23 August Collingwood 13.19 (97)def. Sydney 8.8 (56) MCG (crowd: 54,400) Report
Sunday, 23 August Fremantle 21.15 (141)def. Essendon 13.9 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,413) Report

Round 22

Round 22
Friday, 28 August West Coast 17.23 (125)def. Richmond 6.9 (45) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,017) Report
Saturday, 29 August Geelong 14.10 (94)def. Fremantle 8.6 (54) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 18,196) Report
Saturday, 29 August Hawthorn 14.15 (99)def. by Essendon 16.20 (116) MCG (crowd: 77,278) Report
Saturday, 29 August Carlton 16.8 (104)def. by Adelaide 27.14 (176) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,356) Report
Saturday, 29 August Sydney 14.8 (92)def. by Brisbane Lions 15.10 (100) SCG (crowd: 27,933) Report
Saturday, 29 August Port Adelaide 9.13 (67)def. by North Melbourne 10.11 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 17,284) Report
Sunday, 30 August Melbourne 10.7 (67)def. by St Kilda 17.12 (114) MCG (crowd: 36,748) Report
Sunday, 30 August Collingwood 10.16 (76)def. by Western Bulldogs 14.16 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 48,888) Report
  • Essendon secured eighth spot and their first finals appearance since 2004 with a 17-point win over Hawthorn in a fiery encounter.
  • Hawthorn became the first team since Adelaide in 1999 to miss the finals after winning the flag the previous year.
  • Western Bulldogs defeated Collingwood by 24 points; the win gave the Bulldogs a 0.31% percentage advantage over Collingwood, placing the Bulldogs third and the Magpies fourth. Had Brad Johnson not scored in the final minute, instead of kicking the goal, Collingwood would have finished third.

Win/loss table

Team12345678910111213141516171819202122F1F2F3GFLadder
Adelaide Coll
+4
StK
-32
Frem
+24
Geel
-48
Melb
+17
PA
-26
WB
-32
BL
-36
Carl
+44
Haw
+27
Ess
+16
NM
+44
Syd
+16
Rich
+17
Frem
+117
StK
-57
PA
+70
Geel
-2
Coll
-21
Haw
+27
WCE
+74
Carl
+72
Ess
+96
Coll
-5
XX5
Brisbane Lions WCE
+9
Carl
-19
Syd
+33
Coll
-17
Geel
-93
Ess
+43
Rich
+26
Adel
+36
StK
-16
NM
+18
Carl
-6
Haw
+42
Melb
+55
PA
-48
Geel
+43
Frem
+15
NM
+41
Coll
-40
Ess
0
WB
-18
PA
+15
Syd
+8
Carl
+7
WB
-51
XX6
Carlton Rich
+83
BL
+19
Ess
-4
Syd
-17
WB
+43
Haw
-4
Frem
-7
Coll
+51
Adel
-44
WCE
+41
BL
+6
StK
-9
Ess
-69
Frem
+15
Rich
+20
Syd
+61
Coll
-54
NM
+10
Geel
+35
PA
+54
Melb
+57
Adel
-72
BL
-7
XXX7
Collingwood Adel
-4
Melb
+53
Geel
-27
BL
+17
Ess
-5
NM
+52
StK
-88
Carl
-51
WCE
+22
PA
+38
Melb
+66
Syd
+23
Frem
+84
Ess
+35
WB
+1
Haw
-45
Carl
+54
BL
+40
Adel
+21
Rich
+93
Syd
+41
WB
-24
StK
-28
Adel
+5
Geel
-73
X4
Essendon PA
-41
Frem
+38
Carl
+4
NM
-12
Coll
+5
BL
-43
Haw
+44
StK
-19
Rich
+40
Geel
-64
Adel
-16
Melb
+48
Carl
+69
Coll
-35
Syd
+35
WB
-33
Rich
-5
WCE
-27
BL
0
StK
+2
Frem
-54
Haw
+17
Adel
-96
XXX8
Fremantle WB
-63
Ess
-38
Adel
-24
StK
-83
Syd
+21
WCE
+13
Carl
+7
Haw
-22
NM
-13
Rich
-3
PA
-24
Geel
-19
Coll
-84
Carl
-15
Adel
-117
BL
-15
WCE
+5
WB
-31
PA
+42
Melb
-63
Ess
+54
Geel
-40
XXXX14
Geelong Haw
+8
Rich
+20
Coll
+27
Adel
+48
BL
+93
Melb
+43
Syd
+51
NM
+70
WB
+2
Ess
+64
WCE
+22
Frem
+19
PA
+34
StK
-6
BL
-43
Melb
+46
Haw
+1
Adel
+2
Carl
-35
Syd
+5
WB
-14
Frem
+40
WB
+14
XColl
+73
StK
+12
2
Hawthorn Geel
-8
Syd
-38
NM
+54
PA
-30
WCE
+18
Carl
+4
Ess
-44
Frem
+22
Melb
+22
Adel
-27
Syd
+11
BL
-42
WCE
-20
WB
-88
NM
+9
Coll
+45
Geel
-1
PA
-18
StK
-25
Adel
-27
Rich
+42
Ess
-17
XXXX9
Melbourne NM
-34
Coll
-53
PA
-57
Rich
+8
Adel
-17
Geel
-43
WCE
-8
WB
-7
Haw
-22
StK
-37
Coll
-66
Ess
-48
BL
-55
WCE
+20
PA
+11
Geel
-46
Syd
-18
Rich
-4
NM
-62
Frem
+63
Carl
-57
StK
-47
XXXX16
North Melbourne Melb
+34
WB
-15
Haw
-54
Ess
+12
Rich
-36
Coll
-52
PA
+5
Geel
-70
Frem
+13
BL
-18
StK
-46
Adel
-44
WB
-22
Syd
-15
Haw
-9
Rich
0
BL
-41
Carl
-10
Melb
+62
WCE
-38
StK
+5
PA
+4
XXXX13
Port Adelaide Ess
+41
WCE
-50
Melb
+57
Haw
+30
StK
-66
Adel
+26
NM
-5
Rich
+3
Syd
-55
Coll
-38
Frem
+24
WB
-93
Geel
-34
BL
+48
Melb
-11
WCE
+36
Adel
-70
Haw
+18
Frem
-42
Carl
-54
BL
-15
NM
-4
XXXX10
Richmond Carl
-83
Geel
-20
WB
-47
Melb
-8
NM
+36
Syd
-19
BL
-26
PA
-3
Ess
-40
Frem
+3
WB
-68
WCE
+15
StK
-56
Adel
-17
Carl
-20
NM
0
Ess
+5
Melb
+4
Syd
-55
Coll
-93
Haw
-42
WCE
-80
XXXX15
St Kilda Syd
+15
Adel
+32
WCE
+97
Frem
+83
PA
+66
WB
+28
Coll
+88
Ess
+19
BL
+16
Melb
+37
NM
+46
Carl
+9
Rich
+56
Geel
+6
WCE
+20
Adel
+57
WB
+45
Syd
+1
Haw
+25
Ess
-2
NM
-5
Melb
+47
Coll
+28
XWB
+7
Geel
-12
1
Sydney StK
-15
Haw
+38
BL
-33
Carl
+17
Frem
-21
Rich
+19
Geel
-51
WCE
+5
PA
+55
WB
-40
Haw
-11
Coll
-23
Adel
-16
NM
+15
Ess
-35
Carl
-61
Melb
+18
StK
-1
Rich
+55
Geel
-5
Coll
-41
BL
-8
XXXX12
West Coast BL
-9
PA
+50
StK
-97
WB
+33
Haw
-18
Frem
-13
Melb
+8
Syd
-5
Coll
-22
Carl
-41
Geel
-22
Rich
-15
Haw
+20
Melb
-20
StK
-20
PA
-36
Frem
-5
Ess
+27
WB
+5
NM
+38
Adel
-74
Rich
+80
XXXX11
Western Bulldogs Frem
+63
NM
+15
Rich
+47
WCE
-33
Carl
-43
StK
-28
Adel
+32
Melb
+7
Geel
-2
Syd
+40
Rich
+68
PA
+93
NM
+22
Haw
+88
Coll
-1
Ess
+33
StK
-45
Frem
+31
WCE
-5
BL
+18
Geel
+14
Coll
+24
Geel
-14
BL
+51
StK
-7
X3
Team12345678910111213141516171819202122F1F2F3GFLadder
ColourSymbolResult
Green+Win
Red-Loss
BlueN/ADraw

Bold – Home game

Ladder

2009 AFL ladder
PosTeamPldWLDPFPAPPPts
1 St Kilda 22202021971411155.780 Finals series
2 Geelong (P)22184023121815127.472
3 Western Bulldogs 22157023781940122.660
4 Collingwood 22157021741778122.360
5 Adelaide 22148021041789117.656
6 Brisbane Lions 22138120171890106.754
7 Carlton 22139022702055110.552
8 Essendon 22101112080212797.842
9 Hawthorn 2291301962212092.536
10 Port Adelaide 2291301990224488.736
11 West Coast 2281401893202993.332
12 Sydney 2281401888202793.132
13 North Melbourne 2271411680201583.430
14 Fremantle 2261601747225977.324
15 Richmond 2251611774238874.322
16 Melbourne 2241801706228574.716
Source: AFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Ladder progression

  Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round.
Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
St Kilda 481216202428323640444852566064687276767680
Geelong 481216202428323640444852525256606464686872
Western Bulldogs 481212121216202024283236404044444848525660
Collingwood 044881212121620242832364040444852566060
Adelaide 4488121212121620242832364040444444485256
Brisbane Lions 448881216202024242832323640444446465054
Carlton 4888121212161620242424283236364044485252
Essendon 0488121216162020202428283232323234383842
Hawthorn 004481212162020242424242832323232323636
Port Adelaide 44812121616202020242424282832323636363636
West Coast 04488812121212121216161616162024282832
Sydney 044881212162020202020242424282832323232
North Melbourne 44488812121616161616161618181822222630
Fremantle 00004812121212121212121212161620202424
Richmond 000044444881212121214182222222222
Melbourne 000444444444481212121212161616
Source: [ citation needed ]

Finals series

 Qualifying / Elimination finalsSemi-finalsPreliminary finalsGrand final
                  
 QF1: 6 September, MCG  
1 St Kilda12.8 (80) 
4 Collingwood7.10 (52)  SF1: 12 September, MCG  
   Collingwood12.11 (83)  
EF1: 4 September, AAMI Stadium    Adelaide11.12 (78)   PF1: 18 September, MCG
5 Adelaide26.10 (166)    St Kilda9.6 (60) 
8 Essendon10.10 (70)     Western Bulldogs7.11 (53)  GF: 26 September, MCG
     St Kilda9.14 (68)
 EF2: 5 September, The Gabba    PF2: 19 September, MCG    Geelong12.8 (80)
6 Brisbane Lions16.15 (111)     Geelong17.18 (120) 
7 Carlton15.14 (104)  SF2: 11 September, MCG     Collingwood6.11 (47) 
   Western Bulldogs16.11 (107)  
QF2: 5 September, MCG    Brisbane Lions8.8 (56)  
2 Geelong14.12 (96) 
3 Western Bulldogs12.10 (82) 

Week one

Qualifying and Elimination Finals
4 September (8:15 pm) Adelaide 26.10 (166)def. Essendon 10.10 (70) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 50,393) Report
5 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 14.12 (96)def. Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 74,007) Report
5 September (7:30 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.15 (111)def. Carlton 15.14 (104) The Gabba (crowd: 32,702) Report
6 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 12.8 (80)def. Collingwood 7.10 (52) MCG (crowd: 84,213) Report
  • Brisbane came back from 30 points down early in the final quarter to defeat Carlton by 7 points.

Week two

Semi Finals
11 September (7:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.11 (107)def. Brisbane Lions 8.8 (56) MCG (crowd: 47,030) Report
12 September (7:30 pm) Collingwood 12.11 (83)def. Adelaide 11.12 (78) MCG (crowd: 62,184) Report

Week three

Preliminary Finals
18 September (7:45 pm) St Kilda 9.6 (60)def. Western Bulldogs 7.11 (53) MCG (crowd: 78,245) Report
19 September (7:30 pm) Geelong 17.18 (120)def. Collingwood 6.11 (47) MCG (crowd: 87,258) Report

Week four

Grand Final
26 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda def. by Geelong MCG (crowd: 99,251) Report
3.2 (20)
7.7 (49)
9.11 (65)
 9.14 (68)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
3.0 (18)
7.1 (43)
9.4 (58)
 12.8 (80)
Umpires: McBurney, Rosebury, Ryan
Norm Smith Medal: Paul Chapman (Geelong)
Schneider 2
Goddard, Hayes, Dempster, Jones, Koschitzke, Riewoldt, Montagna 1
Goals3 Chapman
2 Mooney, Hawkins, Rooke
1 Selwood, Byrnes, Ablett
Gram, Hayes, Ball, Jones, Montagna, Baker, Goddard Best Chapman, Rooke, Milburn, Taylor, Selwood, Ablett, Corey, Bartel, Ling, Scarlett
Goddard (broken nose and collarbone), Riewoldt (torn adductor muscle)Injuries Chapman (hamstring), Taylor (broken hand)
NilReportsNil
  • The Grand Final between St Kilda and Geelong was the first time these two teams had played each other in a Grand Final.
  • For the first time since the 1984 Grand Final, a team was behind at three-quarter time and went on to win the premiership.
  • For the first time since the 1989 Grand Final, a team had won three quarters and still lost the premiership.
  • In the whole finals series (until the Grand Final), all the home sides had won.

Awards

Best and fairest

ClubAward nameWinnerRef.
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Bernie Vince [5]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Jonathan Brown [6]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Chris Judd [7]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Dane Swan [8]
Essendon Crichton Medal Jobe Watson [9]
Fremantle Doig Medal Aaron Sandilands [10]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Gary Ablett / Corey Enright [11]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Sam Mitchell [12]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Aaron Davey [13]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Andrew Swallow [14]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Warren Tredrea [15]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Brett Deledio [16]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Nick Riewoldt [17]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Ryan O'Keefe [18]
West Coast Club Champion Award Darren Glass [19]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Matthew Boyd [20]

AFL Rising Star

The 2009 award was won by Daniel Rich from the Brisbane Lions. [21]

Goal of the Year

The Australian Football League celebrates the best goal of the season through the annual Goal of the Year competition. From 2009 onwards, the commercial name for the award is the AFL Stores Goal of the Year.

Nominations [22]

Mark of the Year

The Australian Football League celebrates the best mark of the season through the annual Mark of the Year competition. From 2009 onwards, the commercial name for the award is the Hungry Jack's Mark of the Year.

Nominations [24]

AFL Army Award

The Australian Football League, with the support of the Australian Army, recognises players who produce an act or acts of bravery or selflessness to promote the cause of his team during a game. Each week three players and what they did are made available on the AFL Army Award website for supporters to vote on. The player with the highest percentage of the vote is the AFL Army Award nominee for that round.

Nominations

For the full list of round-by-round nominees, see 2009 AFL Army Award.

Club leadership

ClubCoachCaptain(s)Vice Captain(s)/Leadership Group
Adelaide Neil Craig Simon Goodwin Tyson Edwards, Brett Burton, Ben Rutten, Nathan van Berlo, Michael Doughty, Scott Stevens [25]
Brisbane Lions Michael Voss Jonathan Brown Simon Black, Luke Power, Jed Adcock, Daniel Merrett
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd Heath Scotland, Nick Stevens
Collingwood Mick Malthouse Nick Maxwell Josh Fraser (vc), Scott Pendlebury (vc), Shane O'Bree, Dane Swan, Tarkyn Lockyer [26]
Essendon Matthew Knights Matthew Lloyd Scott Lucas (vc), Mark McVeigh, Adam McPhee, Andrew Welsh, David Hille, Jobe Watson
Fremantle Mark Harvey Matthew Pavlich Luke McPharlin, Aaron Sandilands, Antoni Grover, Des Headland
Geelong Mark Thompson Tom Harley Cameron Ling (vc), Joel Corey (dvc), Joel Selwood, Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel, Corey Enright
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Sam Mitchell Luke Hodge (vc)
Melbourne Dean Bailey James McDonald Cameron Bruce (vc), Brad Green, Brad Miller, Brent Moloney, Brock McLean
North Melbourne Dean Laidley Brent Harvey Drew Petrie (vc)
Port Adelaide Mark Williams Domenic Cassisi [27] Shaun Burgoyne (vc), Kane Cornes (vc)
Richmond Terry Wallace Chris Newman Nathan Foley, Kelvin Moore, Brett Deledio [28]
St Kilda Ross Lyon Nick Riewoldt Lenny Hayes
Sydney Paul Roos Brett Kirk [29] Craig Bolton, Adam Goodes
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass Dean Cox (vc), Tyson Stenglein, Matthew Priddis, Adam Selwood, Beau Waters
Western Bulldogs Rodney Eade Brad Johnson

Umpiring and rule changes

Two rule changes were introduced into the regular season [30]

Umpires were also encouraged to recall a centre bounce if it is offline, throwing it up the second time.

Players contacting umpires continued to be an issue with several players fined for making contact with umpires as they retreated from ball-ups. In related offences, Collingwood's Heath Shaw was suspended for one week after touching an umpire's shoulder, and Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett was fined $5000 after criticising the umpires on radio. [31]

Coach changes

CoachClubCaretaker Coach (for 2009)DateNew Coach (2010– )
Terry Wallace Richmond Jade Rawlings 1 June 2009 Damien Hardwick
Dean Laidley North Melbourne Darren Crocker 16 June 2009 Brad Scott

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The 2011 Australian Football League season was the 115th season of the Australian rules football competition and the 22nd under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989. It was the debut year for Gold Coast, and was scheduled to be the only season to be played with 17 teams. Geelong beat Collingwood in the 2011 AFL Grand Final by 38 points.

The 2010 All-Australian team represents the best performed Australian Football League (AFL) players during the 2010 season. It was announced on 13 September as a complete Australian rules football team of 22 players. An initial squad of 40 players was previously announced on 30 August. The team is honorary and does not play any games.

The AFL Australian Football League is the top professional Australian rules football league in the world. The league consists of eighteen teams: nine based in the city of Melbourne, one from regional Victoria, and eight based in other Australian states. The reason for this unbalanced geographic distribution lies in the history of the league, which was based solely within Victoria from the time it was established in 1897, until the time the league expanded through the addition of clubs from interstate to the existing teams starting in the 1980s; until this expansion, the league was known as the VFL (Victorian Football League).

The 2012 Australian Football League season was the 116th season of the Australian rules football competition and the 23rd under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989. It was the first season in which the new team Greater Western Sydney competed, bringing the number of teams in the competition to a record high eighteen.

2013 AFL season

The 2013 Australian Football League season was the 117th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 24th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.

The 2014 Australian Football League season was the 118th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 25th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.

The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Australia and playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). The Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era. They have also won nine McClelland Trophies, the most of any AFL/VFL club.

The 2016 Australian Football League season was the 120th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 27th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989. There were 18 teams competing in the league, the same as the previous four seasons. The first game was played on Thursday, 24 March, and the 2016 AFL Grand Final was played on Saturday, 1 October with the Western Bulldogs defeating Sydney by 22 points to win its second premiership and first in 62 years, breaking the then-longest active drought in VFL/AFL history.

The 2017 Australian Football League season was the 121st season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 28th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989. There were 18 teams competing in the league, the same as the preceding five seasons. The first game was played on Thursday, 23 March, and the season concluded with the 2017 AFL Grand Final on Saturday, 30 September. Richmond defeated Adelaide in the grand final by 48 points, winning their first premiership since 1980.

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