2012 AFL season

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2012 AFL premiership season
AFL logo 2012 premiership season.png
Teams18
Premiers Sydney
(5th premiership)
Minor premiers Hawthorn
(8th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Adelaide
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played207
Attendance6,778,559 (32,747 per match)
Highest attendance99,683 (Grand Final, Hawthorn vs. Sydney)
Coleman Medallist Jack Riewoldt
Richmond (65 goals)
Brownlow Medallist Sam Mitchell
Hawthorn
Trent Cotchin
Richmond
(both 26 votes)
  2011
2013  

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. [1]

Australian Football League Australian rules football competition

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.

Australian rules football Contact sport invented in Melbourne

Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between goal posts or between behind posts.

Greater Western Sydney Giants Australian rules football club

The Greater Western Sydney Giants, nicknamed the GWS Giants or just Giants, is a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Representing the Greater Western Sydney area and Canberra, the club is based at the Tom Wills Oval in Sydney Olympic Park. The team's primary home ground is Spotless Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park. Four games a year are played at Manuka Oval in Canberra as part of a deal with the government of the Australian Capital Territory.

Contents

The season was opened on 24 March with the inaugural Sydney Derby between Sydney and Greater Western Sydney, and concluded on 29 September with the AFL Grand Final with Sydney defeating Hawthorn.

Sydney Swans Australian rules football club

The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Established in Melbourne as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, the Swans relocated to Sydney in 1982, thus making it the first club in the competition to be based outside Victoria.

2012 AFL Grand Final grand final of the 2012 Australian Football League season

The 2012 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Hawthorn Football Club and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 29 September 2012. It was the 116th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2012 AFL season. The match, attended by 99,683 spectators, was won by Sydney by 10 points, marking the club's fifth VFL/AFL premiership victory. Sydney's Ryan O'Keefe was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground.

Hawthorn Football Club Australian rules football club

The Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, is a professional Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club, founded in 1902, is the youngest of the Victorian-based teams in the AFL and has won thirteen VFL/AFL premierships. It is renowned as the only club having won premierships in each decade of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The team play in brown and gold vertically striped guernseys. The club's Latin motto is spectemur agendo, the English translation being "Let us be judged by our acts".

Pre-season

Draft

The 2011 National Draft was held on 24 November in Sydney, making it only the second time it was held out of Melbourne. This is due to the entry of Greater Western Sydney. [2]

NAB Cup

Adelaide won the 2012 pre-season competition following a 34-point win over the West Coast Eagles at AAMI Stadium. It was their second pre-season cup premiership.

Adelaide Football Club Australian rules football club

The Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed the Crows, is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in Adelaide, South Australia, playing its home matches at Adelaide Oval. The club has its training and administration base at Football Park in West Lakes, where it previously played home matches between 1991 and 2013. The club song is "The Pride of South Australia", to the tune of the Marines' Hymn.

West Coast Eagles Australian rules football club

The West Coast Eagles, also known simply as West Coast or the Eagles, is a Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). Based in Perth, Western Australia, it represents its home state and the Perth metropolitan region. It trains at Lathlain Park and plays its home games at Perth Stadium, also known as Optus Stadium, in Burswood, having previously played at Subiaco Oval and the WACA Ground. The club is one of two AFL clubs based in Western Australia, the other being its main rival, the Fremantle Football Club.

Football Park stadium in Adelaide, South Australia

Football Park, formerly known commercially as AAMI Stadium, was an Australian rules football stadium located in West Lakes, a western suburb of Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia, Australia. It was built in 1973 by the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and opened in 1974. Until the end of the 2013 AFL season, it served as the home ground of the Adelaide Football Club and the Port Adelaide Football Club. It also hosted all SANFL finals from 1974 to 2013. Prior to its demolition completed in March 2019, it had a seating capacity of 51,240.

2012 NAB Cup Grand Final
Saturday, 17 March 7:10 pm Adelaide def. West Coast AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,376) Report
0.2.2.14
1.3.6.33
2.6.13.67
 2.10.17.95
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.0.2.20
2.1.6.30
2.4.7.49
 2.5.13.61
Umpires: McBurney, McInerney, Mollison, Dalgleish
Michael Tuck Medal: Bernie Vince
Television broadcast: Fox Footy

Premiership season

The fixture for this season was officially announced on 28 October 2011. [1] Some of the features of the fixture included:

A bye in sports refers to organizers scheduling a competitor to not participate in a given round of competition, due to one of several circumstances.

Gold Coast Suns Australian rules football club

The Gold Coast Suns, also known simply as Gold Coast or the Suns, is a professional Australian rules football club based on the Gold Coast, Queensland which play in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Bellerive Oval stadium in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Bellerive Oval is a cricket and Australian rules football ground located in Bellerive, a suburb on the eastern shore of Hobart, Tasmania. It is the only venue in Tasmania which hosts international cricket matches, and has a spectator capacity of 19,500.

The addition of a ninth match in each round, and the new television rights deal requiring most matches to be shown live, influenced the scheduling of matches, and changed some traditional match starting times. In typical rounds, where nine matches were played between Friday and Sunday, the changes were:

Round 1

Round 1 [3]
Saturday, 24 March (7:20 pm) Greater Western Sydney 5.7 (37)def. by Sydney 14.16 (100) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 38,203) Report
Thursday, 29 March (7:45 pm) Richmond 12.9 (81)def. by Carlton 18.17 (125) MCG (crowd: 78,285) Report
Friday, 30 March (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 20.17 (137)def. Collingwood 16.19 (115) MCG (crowd: 78,464) Report
Saturday, 31 March (1:45 pm) Melbourne 11.12 (78)def. by Brisbane Lions 17.17 (119) MCG (crowd: 33,473) Report
Saturday, 31 March (3:45 pm) Gold Coast 10.8 (68)def. by Adelaide 19.23 (137) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,790) Report
Saturday, 31 March (4:45 pm) Fremantle 16.9 (105)def. Geelong 15.11 (101) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,601) Report
Saturday, 31 March (7:45 pm) North Melbourne 15.12 (102)def. by Essendon 14.20 (104) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,699) Report
Sunday, 1 April (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.15 (87)def. by West Coast 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,977) Report
Sunday, 1 April (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.11 (89)def. St Kilda 13.7 (85) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,179) Report
  • This round marked the debut of Greater Western Sydney in the AFL. For the first time since 2006, the AFL season opened outside of Victoria, and for the first time ever, in Sydney. The first match between Greater Western Sydney and Sydney was the only match in the first weekend, with the traditional Thursday night season-opening match between Carlton and Richmond opening the remainder of the round the following weekend.
  • Sydney won its first round 1 match since 2005.

Round 2

Round 2 [4]
Thursday, 5 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63)def. by Carlton 23.16 (154) The Gabba (crowd: 25,920) Report
Saturday, 7 April (1:45 pm) Essendon 16.15 (111)def. Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,118) Report
Saturday, 7 April (2:10 pm) Sydney 14.10 (94)def. Fremantle 12.9 (81) SCG (crowd: 22,242) Report
Saturday, 7 April (2:40 pm) West Coast 25.16 (166)def. Melbourne 9.4 (58) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,674) Report
Saturday, 7 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 11.16 (82)def. Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,021) Report
Saturday, 7 April (7:40 pm) Collingwood 12.13 (85)def. Richmond 8.16 (64) MCG (crowd: 57,268) Report
Sunday, 8 April (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 28.15 (183)def. Greater Western Sydney 8.6 (54) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 11,127) Report
Sunday, 8 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 21.13 (139)def. Gold Coast 7.5 (47) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,032) Report
Monday, 9 April (3:10 pm) Geelong 14.8 (92)def. Hawthorn 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 69,231) Report
  • West Coast recorded its largest ever winning margin against Melbourne, 108 points. [5]
  • The match between North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney was the first AFL game to be played at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Tasmania. [6]
  • North Melbourne recorded its largest winning margin in any match (129 points) since round 2, 1996. [7]

Round 3

Round 3 [8]
Friday, 13 April (7:50 pm) Carlton 18.14 (122)def. Collingwood 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 84,259) Report
Saturday, 14 April (1:45 pm) Richmond 20.13 (133)def. Melbourne 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 49,826) Report
Saturday, 14 April (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 12.11 (83)def. by Sydney 16.9 (105) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 19,032) Report
Saturday, 14 April (2:40 pm) Fremantle 8.16 (64)def. Brisbane Lions 5.5 (35) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 33,473) Report
Saturday, 14 April (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 5.10 (40)def. by St Kilda 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,971) Report
Saturday, 14 April (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.10 (88)def. by Essendon 15.15 (105) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 17,069) Report
Sunday, 15 April (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69)def. by West Coast 23.12 (150) Blacktown ISP (crowd: 6,875) Report
Sunday, 15 April (3:15 pm) Hawthorn 21.14 (140)def. Adelaide 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 33,524) Report
Sunday, 15 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 20.11 (131)def. Geelong 16.18 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,630) Report

Round 4

Round 4 [9]
Friday, 20 April (7:50 pm) St Kilda 11.13 (79)def. by Fremantle 14.8 (92) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,172) Report
Saturday, 21 April (1:45 pm) Carlton 11.13 (79)def. by Essendon 15.19 (109) MCG (crowd: 73,172) Report
Saturday, 21 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 14.13 (97)def. Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,741) Report
Saturday, 21 April (4:10 pm) Adelaide 13.18 (96)def. Greater Western Sydney 7.8 (50) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,261) Report
Saturday, 21 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111)def. Gold Coast 6.10 (46) The Gabba (crowd: 21,980) Report
Saturday, 21 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 5.21 (51)def. Hawthorn 5.16 (46) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,080) Report
Sunday, 22 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 11.9 (75)def. Richmond 9.11 (65) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 21,952) Report
Sunday, 22 April (3:15 pm) Sydney 17.11 (113)def. North Melbourne 10.17 (77) SCG (crowd: 21,049) Report
Sunday, 22 April (4:40 pm) Melbourne 9.13 (67)def. by Western Bulldogs 13.10 (88) MCG (crowd: 33,565) Report

Round 5

Round 5 [11]
Wednesday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Collingwood 11.14 (80)def. Essendon 11.13 (79) MCG (crowd: 86,932) Report
Friday, 27 April (6:45 pm) Fremantle 7.15 (57)def. by Carlton 10.5 (65) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,847) Report
Saturday, 28 April (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 9.8 (62)def. by Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104) Manuka Oval (crowd: 9,128) Report
Saturday, 28 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 17.25 (127)def. Gold Coast 13.15 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,680) Report
Saturday, 28 April (7:40 pm) Melbourne 10.6 (66)def. by St Kilda 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 24,798) Report
Saturday, 28 April (7:45 pm) Brisbane Lions 4.17 (41)def. by Geelong 12.7 (79) The Gabba (crowd: 15,528) Report
Sunday, 29 April (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.9 (69)def. by Sydney 16.10 (106) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 19,217) Report
Sunday, 29 April (3:15 pm) Richmond 14.13 (97)def. by West Coast 16.11 (107) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,448) Report
Sunday, 29 April (4:10 pm) Adelaide 16.14 (110)def. Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,649) Report

Round 6

Round 6 [13]
Friday, 4 May (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.11 (77)def. by Collingwood 15.8 (98) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,155) Report
Saturday, 5 May (1:40 pm) Essendon 19.15 (129)def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,361) Report
Saturday, 5 May (1:45 pm) Geelong 17.17 (119)def. Melbourne 11.10 (76) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 18,010) Report
Saturday, 5 May (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 14.3 (87)def. by Fremantle 14.10 (94) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,670) Report
Saturday, 5 May (7:40 pm) Sydney 14.10 (94)def. by Adelaide 15.9 (99) SCG (crowd: 23,969) Report
Saturday, 5 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.10 (88)def. by Hawthorn 18.15 (123) MCG (crowd: 42,289) Report
Sunday, 6 May (1:10 pm) Carlton 15.20 (110)def. Greater Western Sydney 6.7 (43) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,201) Report
Sunday, 6 May (2:45 pm) Port Adelaide 8.6 (54)def. by Richmond 13.13 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 18,552) Report
Sunday, 6 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 17.18 (120)def. North Melbourne 15.5 (95) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,202) Report

Round 7

Round 7 [14]
Friday, 11 May (7:50 pm) Melbourne 6.13 (49)def. by Hawthorn 15.25 (115) MCG (crowd: 36,430) Report
Saturday, 12 May (12:45 pm) Adelaide 19.8 (122)def. Geelong 10.12 (72) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,535) Report
Saturday, 12 May (1:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 13.16 (94)def. Gold Coast 9.13 (67) Manuka Oval (crowd: 8,603) Report
Saturday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Richmond 13.13 (91)def. Sydney 8.14 (62) MCG (crowd: 40,352) Report
Saturday, 12 May (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 8.10 (58)def. by Collingwood 17.14 (116) The Gabba (crowd: 27,926) Report
Saturday, 12 May (7:40 pm) Essendon 16.17 (113)def. West Coast 7.10 (52) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,260) Report
Sunday, 13 May (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 12.11 (83)def. by Western Bulldogs 15.11 (101) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,885) Report
Sunday, 13 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.15 (87)def. Port Adelaide 7.5 (47) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,079) Report
Monday, 14 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 19.8 (122)def. Carlton 14.14 (98) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,823) Report

Round 8

Round 8 [15]
Friday, 18 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 14.12 (96)def. Geelong 11.18 (84) MCG (crowd: 75,650) Report
Saturday, 19 May (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 14.11 (95)def. North Melbourne 14.9 (93) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,508) Report
Saturday, 19 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.17 (119)def. Fremantle 9.9 (63) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 12,959) Report
Saturday, 19 May (4:40 pm) Sydney 21.12 (138)def. Melbourne 5.7 (37) SCG (crowd: 20,818) Report
Saturday, 19 May (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.18 (72)def. Gold Coast 4.10 (34) TIO Stadium (crowd: 8,724) Report
Saturday, 19 May (7:50 pm) Essendon 19.14 (128)def. Richmond 15.19 (109) MCG (crowd: 80,900) Report
Sunday, 20 May (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 19.18 (132)def. Greater Western Sydney 5.10 (40) The Gabba (crowd: 16,049) Report
Sunday, 20 May (3:15 pm) Carlton 8.7 (55)def. by Adelaide 19.10 (124) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,917) Report
Sunday, 20 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 18.13 (121)def. St Kilda 13.13 (91) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,174) Report
  • Sydney recorded its largest winning margin in any match since round 7, 2006.
  • Adelaide won its first match in Victoria since round 22, 2009, ending a losing streak of fifteen games.

Round 9

Round 9 [16]
Friday, 25 May (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75)def. by Geelong 14.11 (95) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,118) Report
Saturday, 26 May (1:45 pm) Richmond 21.11 (137)def. Hawthorn 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 51,617) Report
Saturday, 26 May (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 10.10 (70)def. by Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,416) Report
Saturday, 26 May (4:40 pm) St Kilda 16.15 (111)def. Sydney 12.11 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,737) Report
Saturday, 26 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 6.11 (49)def. by Collingwood 10.15 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,238) Report
Saturday, 26 May (7:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.11 (53)def. by Essendon 18.11 (119) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 11,887) Report
Sunday, 27 May (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 17.10 (112)def. Brisbane Lions 15.6 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,988) Report
Sunday, 27 May (3:15 pm) Carlton 15.17 (107)def. Melbourne 6.13 (49) MCG (crowd: 28,371) Report
Sunday, 27 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 11.18 (84)def. Fremantle 5.6 (36) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,905) Report

Round 10

Round 10 [17]
Friday, 1 June (7:50 pm) St Kilda 16.17 (113)def. by Richmond 18.13 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,337) Report
Saturday, 2 June (1:45 pm) Geelong 19.12 (126)def. Greater Western Sydney 9.7 (61) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 17,243) Report
Saturday, 2 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 27.12 (174)def. North Melbourne 9.5 (59) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,143) Report
Saturday, 2 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.10 (82)def. by Adelaide 17.9 (111) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,392) Report
Saturday, 2 June (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.15 (99)def. Carlton 6.9 (45) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 24,476) Report
Saturday, 2 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 6.16 (52)def. by Melbourne 8.10 (58) MCG (crowd: 42,987) Report
Sunday, 3 June (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.6 (102)def. West Coast 15.10 (100) The Gabba (crowd: 15,546) Report
Sunday, 3 June (3:15 pm) Sydney 20.12 (132)def. Western Bulldogs 5.10 (40) SCG (crowd: 13,505) Report
Sunday, 3 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 23.11 (149)def. Gold Coast 7.10 (52) MCG (crowd: 36,913) Report

Round 11

Round 11 [19]
Friday, 8 June (7:50 pm) Carlton 11.19 (85)def. by Geelong 14.13 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,632) Report
Saturday, 9 June (1:40 pm) Richmond 9.12 (66)def. by Fremantle 12.6 (78) MCG (crowd: 43,801) Report
Saturday, 9 June (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.7 (49)def. by St Kilda 21.18 (144) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,534) Report
Saturday, 9 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 11.16 (82)def. by Sydney 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,785) Report
Sunday, 10 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 9.8 (62)def. by Hawthorn 16.12 (108) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,638) Report
Monday, 11 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne 13.9 (87)def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) MCG (crowd: 64,250) Report
Bye: Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Greater Western Sydney, North Melbourne, West Coast, Western Bulldogs
  • Essendon had the chance to win the game by kicking a goal after the siren after a late comeback. Courtenay Dempsey, who had marked the ball on the 50 metre line two seconds before the siren went, chose to play on while the siren went, which resulted in the sydney win.
  • Fremantle won its first game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since round 4, 2007, ending a ten-match losing streak at the venue.

Round 12

Round 12 [20]
Thursday, 14 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 10.19 (79)def. Carlton 10.9 (69) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,224) Report
Friday, 15 June (8:10 pm) Adelaide 17.13 (115)def. St Kilda 16.15 (111) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,394) Report
Saturday, 16 June (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.2 (74)def. by Richmond 11.20 (86) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 7,358) Report
Saturday, 16 June (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 12.8 (80)def. by North Melbourne 11.21 (87) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 10,170) Report
Sunday, 17 June (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.21 (135)def. Brisbane Lions 11.4 (70) MCG (crowd: 35,492) Report
Sunday, 17 June (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.17 (95)def. Port Adelaide 8.9 (57) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,036) Report
Bye: Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney

Round 13

Round 13 [21]
Friday, 22 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 12.8 (80)def. Geelong 11.8 (74) SCG (crowd: 27,400) Report
Saturday, 23 June (1:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 7.14 (56)def. by Brisbane Lions 18.6 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,146) Report
Saturday, 23 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 12.13 (85)def. West Coast 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 62,957) Report
Saturday, 23 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 14.5 (89)def. by Essendon 17.11 (113) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,567) Report
Sunday, 24 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne 20.15 (135)def. Greater Western Sydney 9.3 (57) MCG (crowd: 20,070) Report
Sunday, 24 June (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 17.19 (121)def. Adelaide 13.11 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,866) Report
Bye: Carlton, Gold Coast, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda

Round 14

Round 14 [22]
Friday, 29 June (7:50 pm) Carlton 10.10 (70)def. by Hawthorn 18.12 (120) MCG (crowd: 65,047) Report
Saturday, 30 June (1:45 pm) Collingwood 15.17 (107)def. Fremantle 12.6 (78) MCG (crowd: 44,891) Report
Saturday, 30 June (1:40 pm) Adelaide 17.4 (106)def. Richmond 13.9 (87) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,780) Report
Saturday, 30 June (2:40 pm) West Coast 25.16 (166)def. Gold Coast 5.10 (40) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,592) Report
Saturday, 30 June (7:40 pm) Sydney 19.18 (132)def. Greater Western Sydney 5.8 (38) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 22,565) Report
Saturday, 30 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 21.14 (140)def. Western Bulldogs 8.8 (56) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,824) Report
Sunday, 1 July (1:10 pm) Geelong 14.15 (99)def. Port Adelaide 8.13 (61) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 13,736) Report
Sunday, 1 July (3:15 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.14 (122)def. Melbourne 8.13 (61) The Gabba (crowd: 22,114) Report
Sunday, 1 July (4:40 pm) St Kilda 15.13 (103)def. by North Melbourne 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,106) Report

Round 15

Round 15 [23]
Friday, 6 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 8.14 (62)def. by Carlton 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 75,755) Report
Saturday, 7 July (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 13.6 (84)def. by West Coast 12.14 (86) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 14,113) Report
Saturday, 7 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 11.12 (78)def. by Richmond 13.23 (101) MCG (crowd: 46,773) Report
Saturday, 7 July (4:40 pm) Sydney 16.14 (110)def. Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) SCG (crowd: 19,419) Report
Saturday, 7 July (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 8.10 (58)def. by Adelaide 17.14 (116) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,829) Report
Saturday, 7 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 21.7 (133)def. Essendon 8.14 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,838) Report
Sunday, 8 July (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 28.25 (193)def. Greater Western Sydney 4.7 (31) MCG (crowd: 26,518) Report
Sunday, 8 July (3:15 pm) Gold Coast 13.18 (96)def. by Geelong 15.20 (110) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 15,824) Report
Sunday, 8 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 14.11 (95)def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,420) Report
  • Kade Simpson (Carlton) sustained a broken jaw against Collingwood, which resulted in the end of a streak of 158 consecutive matches played, the longest active streak in the competition at the time. [24]
  • Greater Western Sydney suffered its heaviest ever defeat, losing by 162 points.

Round 16

Round 16 [25]
Friday, 13 July (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 24.5 (149)def. Carlton 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,423) Report
Saturday, 14 July (1:45 pm) Melbourne 12.11 (83)def. by Fremantle 18.9 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 13,284) Report
Saturday, 14 July (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 11.11 (77)def. by Essendon 19.13 (127) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 17,344) Report
Saturday, 14 July (4:40 pm) Richmond 13.10 (88)def. by Gold Coast 13.12 (90) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 10,961) Report
Saturday, 14 July (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.8 (92)def. by St Kilda 16.9 (105) The Gabba (crowd: 19,228) Report
Saturday, 14 July (7:40 pm) Geelong 10.19 (79)def. by Collingwood 17.8 (110) MCG (crowd: 61,717) Report
Sunday, 15 July (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 8.11 (59)def. by Adelaide 27.16 (178) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 7,669) Report
Sunday, 15 July (3:15 pm) Western Bulldogs 6.8 (44)def. by Hawthorn 17.14 (116) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,754) Report
Sunday, 15 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 10.9 (69)def. by Sydney 18.13 (121) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,152) Report

Round 17

Round 17 [29]
Friday, 20 July (7:50 pm) Geelong 20.14 (134)def. Essendon 10.7 (67) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 50,066) Report
Saturday, 21 July (1:45 pm) Collingwood 13.13 (91)def. by Hawthorn 21.12 (138) MCG (crowd: 83,714) Report
Saturday, 21 July (1:40 pm) Adelaide 19.10 (124)def. West Coast 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,724) Report
Saturday, 21 July (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 5.18 (48)def. by Brisbane Lions 8.11 (59) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,550) Report
Saturday, 21 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 8.8 (56)def. by Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) TIO Stadium (crowd: 6,714) Report
Saturday, 21 July (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.12 (84)def. by Carlton 16.6 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,615) Report
Sunday, 22 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 15.15 (105)def. St Kilda 10.16 (76) SCG (crowd: 26,834) Report
Sunday, 22 July (3:15 pm) Richmond 14.15 (99)def. by North Melbourne 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 47,432) Report
Sunday, 22 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 18.24 (132)def. Greater Western Sydney 5.7 (37) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 28,767) Report

Round 18

Round 18 [30]
Friday, 27 July (7:50 pm) Essendon 12.14 (86)def. by Hawthorn 27.18 (180) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,899) Report
Saturday, 28 July (1:45 pm) Geelong 15.12 (102)def. Adelaide 11.9 (75) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 18,377) Report
Saturday, 28 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.13 (127)def. Melbourne 11.7 (73) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,816) Report
Saturday, 28 July (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.12 (54)def. by Collingwood 26.18 (174) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 8,102) Report
Saturday, 28 July (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 8.6 (54)def. by Sydney 19.12 (126) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,169) Report
Saturday, 28 July (7:40 pm) Carlton 14.11 (95)def. Richmond 13.13 (91) MCG (crowd: 46,013) Report
Sunday, 29 July (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 6.12 (48)def. by Fremantle 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,583) Report
Sunday, 29 July (3:15 pm) St Kilda 16.22 (118)def. Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,498) Report
Sunday, 29 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 28.7 (175)def. Brisbane Lions 12.5 (77) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,767) Report

Round 19

Round 19 [31]
Friday, 3 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 17.14 (116)def. by Geelong 18.10 (118) MCG (crowd: 65,287) Report
Saturday, 4 August (1:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61)def. by North Melbourne 18.7 (115) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,599) Report
Saturday, 4 August (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.11 (107)def. Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,811) Report
Saturday, 4 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 17.11 (113)def. West Coast 6.12 (48) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,694) Report
Saturday, 4 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84)def. by Richmond 20.12 (132) The Gabba (crowd: 22,311) Report
Saturday, 4 August (7:40 pm) Collingwood 12.19 (91)def. St Kilda 13.7 (85) MCG (crowd: 57,873) Report
Sunday, 5 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 16.12 (108)def. Gold Coast 9.12 (66) MCG (crowd: 18,097) Report
Sunday, 5 August (3:15 pm) Carlton 10.11 (71)def. by Sydney 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,942) Report
Sunday, 5 August (4:10 pm) Adelaide 16.8 (104)def. Essendon 15.10 (100) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,030) Report
  • Geelong defeated Hawthorn after Tom Hawkins kicked the winning goal after the siren. [32]
  • Kevin Sheedy (Greater Western Sydney) contested his 1000th senior VFL/AFL sanctioned game, becoming the first person to do so. The total includes premiership matches, pre-season and night matches, state representative matches, and national representative matches under international rules. [33]
  • Greater Western Sydney ended a ten-game losing streak with its win against Port Adelaide. [34]
  • The day after Port Adelaide's loss to Greater Western Sydney, the club determined that the tenures of Brett Duncanson as president and Matthew Primus as coach would both be terminated at the end of the season; Primus opted to step down immediately, and was replaced by Garry Hocking as caretaker coach. [35]

Round 20

Round 20 [36]
Friday, 10 August (6:40 pm) West Coast 16.6 (102)def. Geelong 15.7 (97) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,812) Report
Saturday, 11 August (1:45 pm) St Kilda 16.11 (107)def. Melbourne 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 23,464) Report
Saturday, 11 August (1:40 pm) Adelaide 17.17 (119)def. Fremantle 14.7 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,027) Report
Saturday, 11 August (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 16.13 (109)def. Greater Western Sydney 12.7 (79) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,657) Report
Saturday, 11 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 17.11 (113)def. Brisbane Lions 10.17 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,977) Report
Saturday, 11 August (7:40 pm) Sydney 9.16 (70)def. by Collingwood 12.6 (78) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 45,827) Report
Sunday, 12 August (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 24.15 (159)def. Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,431) Report
Sunday, 12 August (3:15 pm) Richmond 22.18 (150)def. Western Bulldogs 12.8 (80) MCG (crowd: 28,286) Report
Sunday, 12 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 11.10 (76)def. by North Melbourne 15.10 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,674) Report
  • Gold Coast recorded its first ever win at its primary home ground, Metricon Stadium, after losing its first seventeen matches there from 2011 to 2012. [37]

Round 21

Round 21 [38]
Friday, 17 August (7:50 pm) Geelong 18.15 (123)def. St Kilda 11.15 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,169) Report
Saturday, 18 August (1:45 pm) Essendon 8.12 (60)def. by Carlton 24.12 (156) MCG (crowd: 59,381) Report
Saturday, 18 August (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 9.5 (59)def. by Melbourne 11.18 (84) Manuka Oval (crowd: 7,561) Report
Saturday, 18 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 13.16 (94)def. Richmond 11.6 (72) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,721) Report
Saturday, 18 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.17 (95)def. Adelaide 12.13 (85) The Gabba (crowd: 18,979) Report
Saturday, 18 August (7:40 pm) Collingwood 8.13 (61)def. by North Melbourne 13.13 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,956) Report
Sunday, 19 August (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 6.14 (50)def. by West Coast 14.14 (98) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 13,683) Report
Sunday, 19 August (3:15 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85)def. by Sydney 26.11 (167) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,396) Report
Sunday, 19 August (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 19.15 (129)def. Gold Coast 10.5 (65) MCG (crowd: 23,098) Report

Round 22

Round 22 [41]
Friday, 24 August (7:50 pm) Richmond 13.24 (102)def. Essendon 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 47,590) Report
Saturday, 25 August (1:45 pm) St Kilda 25.13 (163)def. Greater Western Sydney 5.5 (35) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,327) Report
Saturday, 25 August (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 14.9 (93)def. by Brisbane Lions 16.8 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 13,953) Report
Saturday, 25 August (4:40 pm) Sydney 14.11 (95)def. by Hawthorn 15.12 (102) SCG (crowd: 31,167) Report
Saturday, 25 August (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 15.8 (98)def. Carlton 11.20 (86) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 15,251) Report
Saturday, 25 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 15.17 (107)def. Collingwood 8.10 (58) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,527) Report
Sunday, 26 August (1:10 pm) Geelong 16.11 (107)def. Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 18,047) Report
Sunday, 26 August (3:15 pm) North Melbourne 12.7 (79)def. by Fremantle 20.12 (132) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,482) Report
Sunday, 26 August (4:40 pm) Melbourne 11.15 (81)def. by Adelaide 22.18 (150) MCG (crowd: 18,450) Report
  • St Kilda recorded its third highest winning margin in its history [42] The half time margin of 93 points was also St Kilda's biggest half time lead in its history. [43]
  • Following the loss to Gold Coast, Brett Ratten was sacked as Carlton coach, effective at the end of the season. [44]

Round 23

Round 23 [45]
Friday, 31 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 14.11 (95)def. West Coast 10.10 (70) MCG (crowd: 50,023) Report
Saturday, 1 September (1:45 pm) Geelong 17.10 (112)def. Sydney 11.12 (78) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 20,045) Report
Saturday, 1 September (1:40 pm) Adelaide 22.21 (153)def. Gold Coast 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,463) Report
Saturday, 1 September (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.11 (77)def. by North Melbourne 16.9 (105) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,696) Report
Saturday, 1 September (5:40 pm) Fremantle 14.17 (101)def. Melbourne 5.10 (40) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,687) Report
Saturday, 1 September (7:40 pm) Essendon 10.12 (72)def. by Collingwood 14.20 (104) MCG (crowd: 56,491) Report
Sunday, 2 September (1:10 pm) Carlton 12.19 (91)def. by St Kilda 16.10 (106) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,393) Report
Sunday, 2 September (3:15 pm) Richmond 16.10 (106)drew with Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 27,893) Report
Sunday, 2 September (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 19.14 (128)def. Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) The Gabba (crowd: 18,289) Report

Win/loss table

Team1234567891011121314151617181920212223F1F2F3GFLadder
Adelaide GC
69
WB
18
Haw
56
GWS
46
PA
19
Syd
5
Geel
50
Carl
69
Coll
26
Frem
29
XStK
4
NM
32
Rich
19
PA
58
GWS
119
WCE
49
Geel
27
Ess
4
Frem
28
BL
10
Melb
69
GC
91
Syd
29
Frem
10
Haw
5
X2
Brisbane Lions Melb
41
Carl
91
Frem
29
GC
65
Geel
39
Ess
67
Coll
58
GWS
92
NM
16
WCE
2
XHaw
65
WB
58
Melb
61
Syd
47
StK
13
GC
11
WCE
98
Rich
48
Carl
36
Adel
10
PA
11
WB
67
XXXX13
Carlton Rich
44
BL
91
Coll
60
Ess
30
Frem
8
GWS
67
StK
24
Adel
69
Melb
58
PA
54
Geel
12
WCE
10
XHaw
50
Coll
23
NM
53
WB
18
Rich
4
Syd
22
BL
36
Ess
96
GC
12
StK
15
XXXX10
Collingwood Haw
22
Rich
21
Carl
60
PA
24
Ess
1
WB
21
BL
58
Geel
12
Adel
26
GC
97
Melb
42
XWCE
3
Frem
29
Carl
23
Geel
31
Haw
47
GWS
120
StK
6
Syd
8
NM
30
WC
49
Ess
32
Haw
38
WCE
13
Syd
26
X4
Essendon NM
2
PA
25
GC
17
Carl
30
Coll
1
BL
67
WCE
61
Rich
19
GWS
66
Melb
6
Syd
4
XFrem
24
WB
84
StK
71
PA
50
Geel
67
Haw
94
Adel
4
NM
24
Carl
96
Rich
45
Coll
32
XXXX11
Fremantle Geel
4
Syd
13
BL
29
StK
13
Carl
8
GC
7
PA
40
Haw
56
WCE
48
Adel
29
Rich
12
XEss
24
Coll
29
WB
38
Melb
34
GWS
95
PA
27
WCE
65
Adel
28
Rich
22
NM
53
Melb
61
Geel
16
Adel
10
XX7
Geelong Frem
4
Haw
2
NM
17
Rich
10
BL
38
Melb
43
Adel
50
Coll
12
WB
20
GWS
65
Carl
12
XSyd
6
PA
38
GC
14
Coll
31
Ess
67
Adel
27
Haw
2
WCE
5
StK
42
WB
34
Syd
34
Frem
16
XXX6
Gold Coast Adel
69
StK
92
Ess
17
BL
65
NM
34
Frem
7
GWS
27
WB
38
PA
48
Coll
97
StK
95
NM
7
XWCE
126
Geel
14
Rich
2
BL
11
Syd
72
Melb
42
GWS
30
Haw
64
Carl
12
Adel
91
XXXX17
GWS Giants Syd
63
NM
129
WCE
81
Adel
46
WB
42
Carl
67
GC
27
BL
92
Ess
66
Geel
65
XRich
12
Melb
78
Syd
94
Haw
162
Adel
119
Frem
95
Coll
120
PA
34
GC
30
Melb
25
StK
128
NM
28
XXXX18
Hawthorn Coll
22
Geel
2
Adel
56
WCE
5
Syd
37
StK
35
Melb
66
Frem
56
Rich
62
NM
115
PA
46
BL
65
XCarl
50
GWS
162
WB
72
Coll
47
Ess
94
Geel
2
PA
72
GC
64
Syd
7
WCE
25
Coll
38
XAdel
5
Syd
10
1
Melbourne BL
41
WCE
108
Rich
59
WB
21
StK
18
Geel
43
Haw
66
Syd
101
Carl
58
Ess
6
Coll
42
XGWS
78
BL
61
Rich
23
Frem
34
PA
28
NM
54
GC
42
StK
25
GWS
25
Adel
69
Frem
61
XXXX16
North Melbourne Ess
2
GWS
129
Geel
17
Syd
36
GC
34
WCE
25
WB
18
PA
2
BL
16
Haw
115
XGC
7
Adel
32
StK
33
WCE
2
Carl
53
Rich
4
Melb
54
WB
54
Ess
24
Coll
30
Frem
53
GWS
28
WCE
96
XXX8
Port Adelaide StK
4
Ess
25
Syd
22
Coll
24
Adel
19
Rich
37
Frem
40
NM
2
GC
48
Carl
54
Haw
46
WB
38
XGeel
38
Adel
58
Ess
50
Melb
28
Frem
27
GWS
34
Haw
72
WCE
48
BL
11
Rich
0
XXXX14
Richmond Carl
44
Coll
21
Melb
59
Geel
10
WCE
10
PA
37
Syd
29
Ess
19
Haw
62
StK
8
Frem
12
GWS
12
XAdel
19
Melb
23
GC
2
NM
4
Carl
4
BL
48
WB
70
Frem
22
Ess
45
PA
0
XXXX12
St Kilda PA
4
GC
92
WB
63
Frem
13
Melb
18
Haw
35
Carl
24
WCE
30
Syd
28
Rich
8
GC
95
Adel
4
XNM
33
Ess
71
BL
13
Syd
29
WB
76
Coll
6
Melb
25
Geel
42
GWS
128
Carl
15
XXXX9
Sydney GWS
63
Frem
13
PA
25
NM
36
Haw
37
Adel
5
Rich
29
Melb
101
StK
28
WB
92
Ess
4
XGeel
6
GWS
94
BL
47
WCE
52
StK
29
GC
72
Carl
22
Coll
8
WB
82
Haw
7
Geel
34
Adel
29
XColl
26
Haw
10
3
West Coast WB
49
Melb
108
GWS
81
Haw
5
Rich
10
NM
25
Ess
61
StK
30
Frem
48
BL
2
XCarl
10
Coll
3
GC
126
NM
2
Syd
52
Adel
49
BL
98
Frem
65
Geel
5
PA
48
Coll
49
Haw
25
NM
96
Coll
13
XX5
Western Bulldogs WCE
49
Adel
18
StK
63
Melb
21
GWS
42
Coll
21
NM
18
GC
38
Geel
20
Syd
92
XPA
38
BL
58
Ess
84
Frem
38
Haw
72
Carl
18
StK
76
NM
54
Rich
70
Syd
82
Geel
34
BL
67
XXXX15
Team1234567891011121314151617181920212223F1F2F3GFLadder
ColourResult
GreenWin
RedLoss
BlueDraw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder

2012 AFL Ladder
TeamPWLDPFPA%Pts
1 Hawthorn 22175026791733154.5968
2 Adelaide 22175024281833132.4668
3 Sydney (P)22166022901629140.5864
4 Collingwood 22166021231823116.4664
5 West Coast 22157022441807124.1860
6 Geelong 22157022091886117.1360
7 Fremantle 22148019561691115.6756
8 North Melbourne 22148023592097112.4956
9 St Kilda 221210023471903123.3348
10 Carlton 221111020791925108.0044
11 Essendon 221111020912090100.0544
12 Richmond 221011121691943111.6342
13 Brisbane Lions 22101201904209291.0140
14 Port Adelaide 2251611691214478.8722
15 Western Bulldogs 2251701542230167.0120
16 Melbourne 2241801580234167.4916
17 Gold Coast 2231901509248160.8212
18 Greater Western Sydney 2222001270275146.178
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Ladder progression

Team1234567891011121314151617181920212223
1 Hawthorn 44888121620202428323236404448525256606468
2 Adelaide 4881216202428283232363640444852525660606468
3 Sydney 48121620202024242832323640444852566060646464
4 Collingwood 044812162024283236364044444848525660606064
5 West Coast 48121620242428323232363640444444484852566060
6 Geelong 044812161616202428282832363640444848525660
7 Fremantle 4481212162020202024242424283236404444485256
8 North Melbourne 048812121212161616202428283236404448525256
9 St Kilda 048812121616202024242424283232363640404448
10 Carlton 48121216202020242424242424282832363640444444
11 Essendon 48121616202428323232323640404444444444444444
12 Richmond 0044481212162020242424282828283236364042
13 Brisbane Lions 444888812121616162024242428282828323640
14 Port Adelaide 44444448121616161616161620202020202022
15 Western Bulldogs 0004881216161616202020202020202020202020
16 Melbourne 0000000004448888881212161616
17 Gold Coast 0000000000000004444881212
18 Greater Western Sydney 00000044444444444488888

Finals series

 Qualifying / Elimination finalsSemi-finalsPreliminary finalsGrand final
                  
 QF1: Fri, 7 Sep, MCG  
1  Hawthorn 20.15 (135) 
4  Collingwood 15.7 (97)  SF1: Sat, 15 Sep, MCG  
    Collingwood 10.13 (73)  
EF1: Sun, 9 Sep, Patersons     West Coast 9.6 (60)   PF1: Sat, 22 Sep, MCG
5  West Coast 24.18 (162)     Hawthorn 13.19 (97) 
8  North Melbourne 9.12 (66)      Adelaide 14.8 (92)  GF: Sat, 29 Sep, MCG
      Hawthorn 11.15 (81)
 EF2: Sat, 8 Sep, MCG    PF2: Fri, 21 Sep, ANZ Stadium     Sydney 14.7 (91)
6  Geelong 11.14 (80)      Sydney 13.18 (96) 
7  Fremantle 14.12 (96)  SF2: Fri, 14 Sep, AAMI Stadium      Collingwood 10.10 (70) 
    Adelaide 12.9 (81)  
QF2: Sat, 8 Sep, AAMI Stadium     Fremantle 11.5 (71)  
2  Adelaide 5.12 (42) 
3  Sydney 11.5 (71) 

Week one

Qualifying Finals [46]
Friday, 7 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 20.15 (135)def. Collingwood 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 85,625) Report
Saturday, 8 September (2:45 pm) Adelaide 5.12 (42)def. by Sydney 11.5 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,869) Report
Elimination Finals [46]
Saturday, 8 September (7:45 pm) Geelong 11.14 (80)def. by Fremantle 14.12 (96) MCG (crowd: 44,460) Report
Sunday, 9 September (1:15 pm) West Coast 24.18 (162)def. North Melbourne 9.12 (66) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 41,790) Report

Week two

Semi Finals [46]
Friday, 14 September (8:15 pm) Adelaide 12.9 (81)def. Fremantle 11.5 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,742) Report
Saturday, 15 September (7:45 pm) Collingwood 10.13 (73)def. West Coast 9.6 (60) MCG (crowd: 65,483) Report

Week three

Preliminary Finals [46]
Friday, 21 September (7:45 pm) Sydney 13.18 (96)def. Collingwood 10.10 (70) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 57,156) Report
Saturday, 22 September (5:15 pm) Hawthorn 13.19 (97)def. Adelaide 14.8 (92) MCG (crowd: 69,146) Report
  • Sydney defeated Collingwood for the first time since round 13, 2005, breaking an eleven-game losing streak. [47]

Week four

Grand Final
Saturday, 29 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn def. by Sydney MCG (crowd: 99,683) Report
4.5 (29)
4.6 (30)
9.10 (64)
 11.15 (81)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.4 (10)
7.4 (46)
10.5 (65)
 14.7 (91)
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Brett Rosebury, Matt Stevic
Norm Smith Medal: Ryan O'Keefe
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Replay)
National anthem: Marina Prior

Awards

Coleman Medal

Best and fairest

ClubAward namePlayerRef.
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Scott Thompson [53]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Joel Patfull [54]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Heath Scotland [55]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Dayne Beams [56]
Essendon Crichton Medal Jobe Watson [57]
Fremantle Doig Medal Ryan Crowley [58]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Tom Hawkins [59]
Gold Coast Club Champion Gary Ablett, Jr. [60]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Callan Ward [61]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Sam Mitchell [62]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Nathan Jones [63]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Andrew Swallow [64]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Kane Cornes [65]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Trent Cotchin [66]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Lenny Hayes [67]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Josh Kennedy [68]
West Coast Club Champion Award Scott Selwood [69]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Matthew Boyd [70]

Player milestones

NameClubMilestoneRound
Shaun Burgoyne Hawthorn 200 AFL gamesRound 3
Dustin Fletcher Essendon 350 AFL games [71] Round 3
Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions 500 AFL goals [72] Round 4
Simon Black Brisbane Lions 300 AFL gamesRound 5
Stephen Milne St Kilda 500 AFL goalsRound 5
Matthew Pavlich Fremantle 500 AFL goalsRound 7
Chris Newman Richmond 200 AFL gamesRound 8
Lenny Hayes St Kilda 250 AFL games [73] Round 9
Martin Mattner Sydney 200 AFL gamesRound 9
Ryan Hargrave Western Bulldogs 200 AFL gamesRound 10
David Wojcinski Geelong 200 AFL gamesRound 11
Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 500 AFL goalsRound 11
Quinten Lynch West Coast 200 AFL gamesRound 13
Luke McPharlin Fremantle 200 AFL gamesRound 13
Daniel Kerr West Coast 200 AFL gamesRound 15
Stephen Milne St Kilda 250 AFL games [74] Round 15
Chad Cornes Greater Western Sydney 250 AFL games [75] Round 15
Lance Franklin Hawthorn 500 AFL goalsRound 15
Kevin Sheedy Greater Western Sydney 900 VFL/AFL games as player or coach [76] Round 15
Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs 200 AFL gamesRound 16
Brendon Goddard St Kilda 200 AFL gamesRound 18
Joel Corey Geelong 250 AFL games [77] Round 18
Brad Green Melbourne 250 AFL gamesRound 18
Ryan O'Keefe Sydney 250 AFL games [78] Round 19
Luke Hodge Hawthorn 200 AFL gamesRound 20
Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 200 AFL gamesRound 20
Luke Power Greater Western Sydney 300 AFL gamesRound 21
Dean Cox West Coast 250 AFL games [79] Elimination finals
Jude Bolton Sydney 300 AFL gamesPreliminary finals

Club leadership

ClubCoachCaptain(s)Vice-captain(s)Leadership group
Adelaide [80] Brenton Sanderson Nathan van Berlo Scott Thompson Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Ben Rutten
Brisbane Lions Michael Voss Jonathan Brown Daniel Merrett, Tom Rockliff, Jed Adcock, Josh Drummond
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd Andrew Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison, Marc Murphy, Jordan Russell, Kade Simpson, Jarrad Waite
Collingwood Nathan Buckley Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury Luke Ball, Travis Cloke, Harry O'Brien, Heath Shaw, Dale Thomas
Essendon James Hird Jobe Watson Mark McVeigh (vc), Heath Hocking, Michael Hurley, Brent Stanton, David Zaharakis
Fremantle Ross Lyon Matthew Pavlich Hayden Ballantyne, Matt de Boer, David Mundy, Luke McPharlin, Aaron Sandilands
Gold Coast Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Nathan Bock Karmichael Hunt, Andrew McQualter, Michael Rischitelli, Zac Smith, David Swallow
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Phil Davis, Luke Power, Callan Ward Dean Brogan, Chad Cornes, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Rhys Palmer, Tom Scully
Geelong Chris Scott Joel Selwood Jimmy Bartel Joel Corey, Corey Enright, Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Harry Taylor
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge Jordan Lewis, Jarryd Roughead Lance Franklin, Sam Mitchell
Melbourne Mark Neeld Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove Clint Bartram, Mitch Clark, James Frawley, Colin Garland, Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones
North Melbourne Brad Scott Andrew Swallow Drew Petrie, Jack Ziebell Brent Harvey, Daniel Wells
Port Adelaide Matthew Primus (Rds 1–19);
Garry Hocking (Rds 19–23)
Domenic Cassisi Travis Boak, Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove
Richmond Damien Hardwick Chris Newman Trent Cotchin Brett Deledio, Daniel Jackson, Jack Riewoldt
St Kilda Scott Watters Nick Riewoldt Nick Dal Santo, Sam Fisher, Brendon Goddard, James Gwilt, Ben McEvoy, Leigh Montagna, Adam Schneider
Sydney John Longmire Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh Jude Bolton, Kieren Jack, Jarred Moore, Ryan O'Keefe, Ted Richards, Rhyce Shaw, Nick Smith
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass Beau Waters Dean Cox, Andrew Embley, Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa, Adam Selwood, Scott Selwood
Western Bulldogs Brendan McCartney Matthew Boyd Daniel Cross, Daniel Giansiracusa, Robert Murphy, Dale Morris

Club membership

2012 AFL membership figures [81]
ClubMembersChange
from 2011
% change
from 2011
Adelaide 45,105-1,415-3.04
Brisbane Lions 20,762-1,576-7.06
Carlton 45,8002,0094.59
Collingwood 72,6888921.24
Essendon 47,708-2,567-5.11
Fremantle 42,918-1,057-2.40
Geelong 40,2057791.98
Gold Coast 11,204-2,855-20.31
Greater Western Sydney 10,241N/AN/A
Hawthorn 60,8414,4887.96
Melbourne 35,459-1,478-4.00
North Melbourne 33,4233,50911.73
Port Adelaide 35,543-1,081-2.95
Richmond 53,0275,37211.27
St Kilda 35,440-3,836-9.77
Sydney 29,8732,7679.78
West Coast 57,3773,3376.18
Western Bulldogs 30,007-2,019-6.30
Total707,6217,9371.13

Coach changes

CoachClubDateNotesCaretakerNew coach
Matthew Primus Port Adelaide 6 August 2012Sacked following the round 19 loss to Greater Western Sydney. [82] Garry Hocking [82] Ken Hinkley [83]
Brett Ratten Carlton 30 August 2012Sacked following Carlton's elimination from finals contention in round 22, effective at the end of the season. [44] N/A Mick Malthouse [84]

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