2000 Ansett Australia Cup

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2000 Ansett Australia Cup
AFL pre-season competition
Season 2000
Teams 16
Winners Essendon (4th title)
Matches played 27
Attendance 325,736 (average 12,064 per match)
Michael Tuck Medallist Mark Mercuri (Essendon)

The 2000 AFL Ansett Australia Cup was the Australian Football League Pre-season Cup competition played in its entirety before the Australian Football League's 2000 Premiership Season began.

Unlike most pre-season cup competitions that start in February, the 2000 Cup started on 31 December 1999 with a one-off Match of the Millennium between Carlton and Collingwood Football Club, most notable for the competition record 12 goals by Brendan Fevola.[1][2] The competition culminated with the Grand Final in February 2000 between Essendon, the eventual 2000 AFL Premiers, and the Kangaroos, the reigning 1999 AFL Premiers. Essendon's undefeated run through the pre-season was a precursor to their dominance in the premiership season, in which they only lost one match.[3] The final was held in February, rather than March as per most other pre-seasons, due to the season being played earlier in the year so that the finals would not clash with the 2000 Summer Olympics to be held in Sydney in late September.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Brisbane Lions 13.6 (84) Sydney 17.10 (112) Bundaberg Rum Stadium 8,818 Friday, 28 January
Kangaroos 10.16 (76) Richmond 9.11 (65) Waverley Park 16,512 Friday, 28 January
Richmond 11.16 (82) Brisbane Lions 15.9 (99) North Hobart Oval 4,908 Saturday, 5 February
Sydney 13.11 (89) Kangaroos 17.10 (112) Manuka Oval 9,854 Saturday, 5 February
Kangaroos 11.8 (74) Brisbane Lions 10.8 (64) Waverley Park 6,518 Friday, 11 February
Sydney 12.14 (86) Richmond 12.11 (83) Manuka Oval 8,714 Saturday, 12 February

Group B[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 20.17 (137) Collingwood 7.7 (49) M.C.G. 16,678 Friday, 31 December 1999
Port Adelaide 13.12 (90) Collingwood 12.9 (81) Football Park 10,454 Saturday, 29 January
Carlton 22.14 (146) Fremantle 9.8 (62) Waverley Park 5,692 Saturday, 29 January
Fremantle 10.18 (78) Port Adelaide 10.9 (69) Subiaco Oval 6,119 Saturday, 5 February
Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) Carlton 11.10 (76) Football Park 11,132 Saturday, 12 February
Collingwood 13.14 (92) Fremantle 3.11 (29) Waverley Park 7,752 Saturday, 12 February

Group C[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Adelaide 17.5 (107) Melbourne 19.11 (125) Football Park 12,239 Sunday, 30 January
Geelong 10.14 (74) St Kilda 11.12 (78) Waverley Park 7,394 Sunday, 30 January
St Kilda 9.12 (66) Melbourne 13.14 (92) Waverley Park 10,533 Saturday, 5 February
Adelaide 19.10 (124) Geelong 15.12 (102) Football Park 11,326 Sunday, 6 February
Adelaide 14.11 (95) St Kilda 15.12 (102) Football Park 13,086 Sunday, 13 February
Geelong 17.12 (114) Melbourne 11.16 (82) Waverley Park 4,952 Monday, 14 February

Group D[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 8.10 (58) Essendon 11.12 (78) Marrara Oval 13,600 Friday, 28 January
Hawthorn 4.14 (38) Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85) Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand 11,666 Saturday, 29 January
Essendon 17.12 (114) Western Bulldogs 10.21 (81) Waverley Park 11,391 Friday, 4 February
Hawthorn 17.14 (116) West Coast 5.10 (40) Waverley Park 6,872 Sunday, 6 February
West Coast 19.15 (129) Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) Subiaco Oval 9,285 Saturday, 12 February
Hawthorn 10.16 (76) Essendon 19.11 (125) Waverley Park 15,081 Sunday, 13 February

Semi finals[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Kangaroos 13.19 (97) Carlton 11.10 (76) Waverley Park 12,641 Friday, 18 February
Melbourne 16.9 (105) Essendon 19.17 (131) Waverley Park 16,384 Saturday, 19 February

Grand final[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Time
Kangaroos 11.10 (76) Essendon 16.21 (117) M.C.G. 56,720 Saturday, 26 February 7:10 pm [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Year Moments
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 195. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  3. ^ Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL 2001: The official statistical history of the AFL. pp. 11, 16. ISBN 0-9585286-7-5. 
  4. ^ Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL 2001: The official statistical history of the AFL. p. 16. ISBN 0-9585286-7-5.