2002 AFL season

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2002 AFL Premiership season
Teams 16
Premiers Brisbane
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Port Adelaide
(1st minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Port Adelaide
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played 185
Attendance 6,092,987 (32,935 per match)
Highest attendance 91,817 (Grand Final, Brisbane Lions v Collingwood)
Coleman Medallist David Neitz (Melbourne)
Brownlow Medallist Simon Black (Brisbane Lions)
2001
2003

Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2002.

See List of Australian Football League premiers for a complete list.

AFL Draft[edit]

See 2002 AFL Draft for more information.

National Cup[edit]

Port Adelaide defeated Richmond 10.11 (71) to 9.8 (62) in the Final.

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1 (Easter and season launch)[edit]

Round 1 (Easter & Season Launch)
28 March (7:45 pm) Richmond 24.11 (155) def. Collingwood 18.10 (118) MCG (crowd: 65,316)
30 March (2:10 pm) St Kilda 14.5 (89) def. Carlton 10.5 (65) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 33,359)
30 March (7:10 pm) Geelong 11.10 (76) def. by Essendon 18.18 (126) MCG (crowd: 42,746)
30 March (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 11.7 (73) def. by Kangaroos 12.11 (83) Football Park (crowd: 28,578)
31 March (1:10 pm) Sydney 12.15 (87) def. by Brisbane Lions 17.8 (110) SCG (crowd: 24,052)
31 March (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.21 (93) def. by Adelaide 16.16 (112) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 18,475)
31 March (1:40 pm) West Coast 21.11 (137) def. Fremantle 18.10 (118) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,467)
1 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 15.13 (103) def. by Melbourne 20.9 (129) MCG (crowd: 43,484)


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
5 April (7:45 pm) Essendon 16.16 (112) def. Richmond 8.12 (60) MCG (crowd: 67,453)
6 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 4.9 (33) def. by Sydney 17.9 (111) Optus Oval (crowd: 22,435)
6 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 17.18 (120) def. West Coast 18.11 (119) MCG (crowd: 29,348)
6 April (7:10 pm) Kangaroos 16.14 (110) def. Western Bulldogs 14.13 (97) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 25,985)
6 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 16.14 (110) def. Geelong 12.7 (79) Football Park (crowd: 44,386)
7 April (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 21.22 (148) def. Hawthorn 6.10 (46) The Gabba (crowd: 25,660)
7 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne 16.13 (109) def. Port Adelaide 11.16 (82) MCG (crowd: 19,611)
7 April (1:40 pm) Fremantle 10.16 (76) def. St Kilda 11.7 (73) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 21,138)
  • Carlton was the only home team to lose, going down to Sydney.
  • Brisbane Lions won its eighteenth consecutive match, recorded its biggest win over Hawthorn and won its first home game of the season for the fourth straight year.


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
12 April (7:45 pm) Carlton 11.9 (75) def. Collingwood 7.13 (55) MCG (crowd: 63,864)
13 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 13.18 (96) def. Melbourne 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 37,154)
13 April (2:10 pm) Adelaide 17.12 (114) def. Sydney 13.6 (84) Football Park (crowd: 42,246)
13 April (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.15 (117) def. Essendon 9.13 (67) The Gabba (crowd: 35,898)
13 April (7:10 pm) Kangaroos 10.7 (67) def. by Geelong 11.9 (75) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 27,286)
14 April (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) def. Fremantle 11.13 (79) York Park (crowd: 15,066)
14 April (2:10 pm) St Kilda 8.8 (56) def. by Port Adelaide 20.19 (139) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 17,641)
14 April (1:40 pm) West Coast 17.11 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 11.15 (81) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 31,854)


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
19 April (7:45 pm) Essendon 19.8 (122) def. Adelaide 11.15 (81) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 40,322)
20 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.14 (104) def. Hawthorn 9.9 (63) MCG (crowd: 48,476)
20 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne 21.11 (137) def. West Coast 15.13 (103) Optus Oval (crowd: 9,421)
20 April (7:10 pm) Sydney 15.13 (103) def. Kangaroos 14.16 (100) SCG (crowd: 23,775)
20 April (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.6 (78) def. by Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 23,928)
21 April (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 23.10 (148) def. Carlton 14.11 (95) Football Park (crowd: 29,486)
21 April (2:10 pm) Geelong 26.10 (166) def. St Kilda 6.8 (44) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,563)
21 April (1:40 pm) Fremantle 21.12 (138) def. Richmond 11.6 (72) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 23,571)
  • Brisbane Lions equalled Essendon streak of twenty consecutive wins, the equal second-highest winning streak in VFL/AFL history.


Round 5 (Anzac Day)[edit]

Round 5 (Anzac Day)
25 April (2:15 pm) Collingwood 9.12 (66) def. Essendon 4.9 (33) MCG (crowd: 84,894)
26 April (7:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.21 (81) def. by Melbourne 15.14 (104) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 30,789)
27 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.11 (125) def. Richmond 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 39,694)
27 April (1:40 pm) West Coast 18.13 (121) def. Brisbane Lions 10.15 (75) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 33,313)
27 April (7:10 pm) St Kilda 8.8 (56) drew with Sydney 8.8 (56) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 21,007)
27 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 12.10 (82) def. by Port Adelaide 14.6 (90) Football Park (crowd: 49,513)
28 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 17.9 (111) def. Fremantle 6.13 (49) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 20,075)
28 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 17.10 (112) def. by Kangaroos 19.17 (131) Colonial Stadium (crowd: 35,138)


Round 6[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
St Kilda 3.10 (28) Collingwood 16.15 (111) Colonial Stadium 46,089 Friday, 3 May
Fremantle 13.11 (89) Essendon 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval 25,319 Saturday, 4 May
Kangaroos 13.9 (87) Hawthorn 24.11 (155) MCG 33,345 Saturday, 4 May
Carlton 9.14 (68) Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) Colonial Stadium 29,783 Saturday, 4 May
Brisbane Lions 21.20 (146) Geelong 13.11 (89) The Gabba 27,015 Saturday, 4 May
Sydney 15.9 (99) Melbourne 10.11 (71) SCG 23,578 Sunday, 5 May
Port Adelaide 20.13 (133) West Coast 11.13 (79) Football Park 27,056 Sunday, 5 May
Richmond 11.7 (73) Adelaide 14.21 (105) Colonial Stadium 23,355 Sunday, 5 May

Round 7 (Mother's Day)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 12.15 (87) Carlton 9.8 (62) MCG 55,633 Friday, 10 May
West Coast 21.13 (139) Kangaroos 13.12 (90) Subiaco Oval 32,815 Saturday, 11 May
Hawthorn 20.10 (130) Geelong 11.12 (78) MCG 38,709 Saturday, 11 May
Richmond 13.10 (88) Sydney 12.10 (82) Colonial Stadium 29,303 Saturday, 11 May
Adelaide 18.10 (118) Fremantle 13.11 (89) Football Park 44,058 Saturday, 11 May
Brisbane Lions 19.15 (129) Port Adelaide 11.6 (72) The Gabba 24,538 Sunday, 12 May
Melbourne 15.15 (105) St Kilda 15.12 (102) MCG 20,892 Sunday, 12 May
Western Bulldogs 8.15 (63) Collingwood 11.7 (73) Colonial Stadium 34,400 Sunday, 12 May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 12.17 (89) Carlton 12.8 (80) MCG 39,142 Friday, 17 May
Richmond 13.16 (94) West Coast 10.13 (73) MCG 22,647 Saturday, 18 May
Port Adelaide 20.9 (129) Geelong 7.12 (54) Football Park 18,193 Saturday, 18 May
Fremantle 14.10 (94) Melbourne 13.11 (89) Subiaco Oval 25,027 Saturday, 18 May
Collingwood 17.12 (114) Brisbane Lions 16.15 (111) Colonial Stadium 46,279 Saturday, 18 May
Kangaroos 16.14 (110) Adelaide 14.9 (93) Manuka Oval 7,671 Sunday, 19 May
Western Bulldogs 24.15 (159) Sydney 11.24 (90) SCG 20,934 Sunday, 19 May
Essendon 26.15 (171) St Kilda 11.6 (72) Colonial Stadium 34,262 Sunday, 19 May

Round 9[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) Collingwood 12.14 (86) Football Park 35,834 Friday, 24 May
Geelong 17.3 (105) Western Bulldogs 18.9 (117) Skilled Stadium 22,033 Saturday, 25 May
Melbourne 17.9 (111) Kangaroos 15.17 (107) MCG 28,625 Saturday, 25 May
St Kilda 10.12 (72) Richmond 9.9 (63) Colonial Stadium 30,336 Saturday, 25 May
Sydney 11.17 (83) Essendon 12.13 (85) Stadium Australia 54,129 Saturday, 25 May
Brisbane Lions 16.13 (109) Fremantle 11.13 (79) The Gabba 21,709 Sunday, 26 May
West Coast 19.12 (126) Hawthorn 14.4 (88) Subiaco Oval 38,646 Sunday, 26 May
Carlton 11.9 (75) Adelaide 20.11 (131) Optus Oval 19,305 Sunday, 26 May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Kangaroos 12.20 (92) Essendon 12.12 (84) MCG 34,352 Friday, 31 May
Geelong 12.17 (89) Melbourne 9.9 (63) Skilled Stadium 20,031 Saturday, 1 June
Richmond 14.14 (98) Western Bulldogs 17.15 (117) MCG 31,586 Saturday, 1 June
Collingwood 14.11 (95) Sydney 12.12 (84) Colonial Stadium 45,269 Saturday, 1 June
Adelaide 15.11 (101) Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) Football Park 47,279 Saturday, 1 June
Hawthorn 12.5 (77) Port Adelaide 17.15 (117) York Park 18,112 Sunday, 2 June
Fremantle 14.12 (96) Carlton 10.8 (68) Subiaco Oval 27,277 Sunday, 2 June
St Kilda 20.7 (127) West Coast 11.11 (77) Colonial Stadium 18,876 Sunday, 2 June

Round 11 (Queen's Birthday)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Kangaroos 14.11 (95) Richmond 11.18 (84) Colonial Stadium 30,889 Friday, 7 June
Adelaide 14.18 (102) Hawthorn 8.10 (58) Football Park 42,162 Saturday, 8 June
West Coast 15.12 (102) Sydney 13.11 (89) Subiaco Oval 35,014 Saturday, 8 June
Essendon 7.7 (49) Port Adelaide 16.12 (108) Colonial Stadium 40,044 Saturday, 8 June
Brisbane Lions 16.17 (113) St Kilda 7.10 (52) The Gabba 23.19 157 Sunday, 9 June
Geelong 15.10 (100) Carlton 14.12 (96) Colonial Stadium 37,294 Sunday, 9 June
Western Bulldogs 22.13 (145) Fremantle 12.8 (80) Optus Oval 11,539 Sunday, 9 June
Melbourne 10.15 (75) Collingwood 19.12 (126) MCG 65,860 Monday, 10 June

Round 12 (Split Round)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 10.12 (72) Hawthorn 10.5 (65) MCG 40,470 Friday, 14 June
Carlton 12.16 (88) West Coast 12.17 (89) Optus Oval 16,353 Saturday, 15 June
Sydney 15.9 (99) Geelong 15.11 (101) SCG 21,767 Saturday, 15 June
Fremantle 12.18 (90) Collingwood 12.7 (79) Subiaco Oval 33,088 Sunday, 16 June
Western Bulldogs 19.19 (133) St Kilda 13.8 (86) Colonial Stadium 29,453 Friday, 21 June
Melbourne 14.14 (98) Adelaide 10.13 (73) Optus Oval 12,210 Saturday, 22 June
Brisbane Lions 20.18 (138) Kangaroos 19.9 (123) The Gabba 27,940 Saturday, 22 June
Port Adelaide 23.16 (154) Richmond 10.10 (70) Football Park 25,770 Sunday, 23 June

Round 13[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 18.12 (120) Melbourne 16.12 (108) Colonial Stadium 41,817 Friday, 28 June
Richmond 7.12 (54) Geelong 14.12 (96) MCG 30,197 Saturday, 29 June
Port Adelaide 25.11 (161) Western Bulldogs 18.7 (115) Football Park 24,751 Saturday, 29 June
Collingwood 13.15 (93) Kangaroos 8.12 (60) Colonial Stadium 48,288 Saturday, 29 June
Brisbane Lions 19.10 (124) Carlton 16.13 (109) The Gabba 27,324 Saturday, 29 June
Sydney 20.19 (139) Fremantle 9.8 (62) SCG 16,844 Sunday, 30 June
West Coast 20.15 (135) Adelaide 18.9 (117) Subiaco Oval 34,937 Sunday, 30 June
St Kilda 11.12 (78) Hawthorn 13.9 (87) Colonial Stadium 28,928 Sunday, 30 June

Round 14[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Carlton 13.8 (86) Richmond 12.13 (85) MCG 36,941 Friday, 5 July
Geelong 8.17 (65) West Coast 4.9 (33) Skilled Stadium 18,608 Saturday, 6 July
Hawthorn 11.8 (74) Sydney 9.10 (64) MCG 25,079 Saturday, 6 July
Fremantle 9.9 (63) Port Adelaide 22.15 (147) Subiaco Oval 24,193 Saturday, 6 July
Western Bulldogs 18.10 (118) Essendon 17.16 (118) Colonial Stadium 44,864 Saturday, 6 July
Melbourne 20.11 (131) Brisbane Lions 16.14 (110) The Gabba 25,166 Sunday, 7 July
Adelaide 17.14 (116) Collingwood 21.12 (138) Football Park 46,368 Sunday, 7 July
St Kilda 13.6 (84) Kangaroos 20.8 (128) Colonial Stadium 23,864 Sunday, 7 July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 17.14 (116) Western Bulldogs 14.9 (93) Colonial Stadium 35,434 Friday, 12 July
Kangaroos 12.11 (83) Fremantle 12.10 (82) Manuka Oval 9,242 Saturday, 13 July
Collingwood 15.9 (99) Geelong 19.13 (127) MCG 65,331 Saturday, 13 July
Richmond 7.13 (55) Brisbane Lions 18.10 (118) Colonial Stadium 22,642 Saturday, 13 July
Adelaide 15.9 (99) St Kilda 12.9 (81) Football Park 29,895 Saturday, 13 July
Sydney 13.14 (92) Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) SCG 18,974 Sunday, 14 July
West Coast 13.12 (90) Essendon 8.15 (63) Subiaco Oval 37,600 Sunday, 14 July
Carlton 14.11 (95) Melbourne 21.13 (139) Colonial Stadium 37,915 Sunday, 14 July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 13.11 (89) Richmond 7.7 (49) MCG 48,620 Friday, 19 July
Melbourne 9.13 (67) Hawthorn 14.9 (93) MCG 37,442 Saturday, 20 July
Kangaroos 14.15 (99) Port Adelaide 10.10 (70) Optus Oval 9,398 Saturday, 20 July
Fremantle 15.10 (100) West Coast 11.4 (70) Subiaco Oval 41,779 Saturday, 20 July
Essendon 8.8 (56) Geelong 14.11 (95) Colonial Stadium 47,778 Saturday, 20 July
Brisbane Lions 17.15 (117) Sydney 12.7 (79) The Gabba 25,720 Sunday, 21 July
Adelaide 21.12 (138) Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) AAMI Stadium 41,247 Sunday, 21 July
Carlton 14.13 (97) St Kilda 22.8 (140) Colonial Stadium 33,813 Sunday, 21 July

Round 17[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 7.11 (53) Essendon 7.12 (54) MCG 39,650 Friday, 26 July
Hawthorn 10.8 (68) Brisbane Lions 18.16 (124) MCG 35,202 Saturday, 27 July
West Coast 17.12 (114) Collingwood 8.8 (56) Subiaco Oval 38,877 Saturday, 27 July
Port Adelaide 17.14 (116) Melbourne 17.10 (112) AAMI Stadium 25,283 Saturday, 27 July
Sydney 13.14 (92) Carlton 10.9 (69) Stadium Australia 34,404 Saturday, 27 July
Geelong 12.18 (90) Adelaide 15.3 (93) Skilled Stadium 24,325 Sunday, 28 July
St Kilda 18.10 (118) Fremantle 13.11 (79) Optus Oval 8,078 Sunday, 28 July
Western Bulldogs 21.13 (139) Kangaroos 16.9 (105) Colonial Stadium 31,576 Sunday, 28 July

Round 18[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 21.15 (141) Carlton 4.9 (33) MCG 54,233 Friday, 2 August
Geelong 7.9 (51) Kangaroos 17.13 (115) Skilled Stadium 23,163 Saturday, 3 August
Fremantle 14.12 (96) Hawthorn 4.11 (35) Subiaco Oval 24,332 Saturday, 3 August
Essendon 11.5 (71) Brisbane Lions 16.12 (108) Colonial Stadium 43,036 Saturday, 3 August
Port Adelaide 16.9 (105) St Kilda 9.9 (63) AAMI Stadium 22,885 Saturday, 3 August
Sydney 15.8 (98) Adelaide 17.14 (116) SCG 18,766 Sunday, 4 August
Melbourne 14.10 (94) Richmond 14.15 (99) MCG 28,815 Sunday, 4 August
Western Bulldogs 22.10 (142) West Coast 14.7 (91) Optus Oval 11,809 Sunday, 4 August

Round 19[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 15.15 (105) Collingwood 14.13 (97) MCG 53,750 Friday, 9 August
Carlton 5.15 (45) Port Adelaide 7.12 (54) Optus Oval 14,115 Saturday, 10 August
Richmond 18.14 (122) Fremantle 10.12 (72) MCG 19,519 Saturday, 10 August
Brisbane Lions 14.21 (105) Western Bulldogs 9.13 (67) The Gabba 27,443 Saturday, 10 August
Kangaroos 15.7 (97) Sydney 22.12 (144) SCG 14,776 Saturday, 10 August
Adelaide 18.16 (124) Essendon 11.10 (76) AAMI Stadium 43,720 Sunday, 11 August
West Coast 15.10 (100) Melbourne 15.16 (106) Subiaco Oval 36,195 Sunday, 11 August
St Kilda 15.11 (101) Geelong 16.6 (102) Colonial Stadium 25,552 Sunday, 11 August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 16.11 (107) Hawthorn 13.15 (93) MCG 39,391 Friday, 16 August
Fremantle 17.15 (117) Geelong 11.6 (72) Subiaco Oval 22,610 Saturday, 17 August
Kangaroos 17.12 (114) Carlton 15.5 (95) Colonial Stadium 23,532 Saturday, 17 August
Essendon 19.12 (126) Collingwood 10.11 (71) MCG 69,613 Saturday, 17 August
Brisbane Lions 20.16 (136) West Coast 13.11 (89) The Gabba 29,436 Saturday, 17 August
Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) Adelaide 11.10 (76) AAMI Stadium 50,275 Sunday, 18 August
Sydney 12.15 (87) St Kilda 12.8 (80) SCG 16,079 Sunday, 18 August
Melbourne 15.17 (107) Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) MCG 29,225 Sunday, 18 August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 16.8 (104) Kangaroos 17.17 (119) MCG 32,393 Friday, 23 August
Geelong 7.13 (55) Brisbane Lions 16.14 (110) Skilled Stadium 24,003 Saturday, 24 August
Melbourne 11.11 (77) Sydney 23.7 (145) MCG 27,146 Saturday, 24 August
West Coast 10.5 (65) Port Adelaide 14.19 (103) Subiaco Oval 36,502 Saturday, 24 August
Western Bulldogs 14.13 (97) Carlton 15.9 (99) Colonial Stadium 22,938 Saturday, 24 August
Adelaide 13.9 (87) Richmond 9.11 (65) AAMI Stadium 42,878 Sunday, 25 August
Collingwood 11.11 (77) St Kilda 9.12 (66) MCG 42,056 Sunday, 25 August
Essendon 13.15 (93) Fremantle 10.12 (72) Colonial Stadium 32,667 Sunday, 25 August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Geelong 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 11.9 (75) Colonial Stadium 41,600 Friday, 30 August
Collingwood 10.13 (73) Western Bulldogs 17.12 (114) MCG 43,894 Saturday, 31 August
Port Adelaide 13.12 (90) Brisbane Lions 13.6 (84) AAMI Stadium 46,439 Saturday, 31 August
St Kilda 18.9 (117) Melbourne 20.15 (135) Colonial Stadium 34,185 Saturday, 31 August
Sydney 17.14 (116) Richmond 11.10 (76) Telstra Stadium 40,386 Saturday, 31 August
Kangaroos 18.18 (126) West Coast 22.11 (143) Manuka Oval 11,613 Sunday, 1 September
Fremantle 12.8 (80) Adelaide 17.18 (120) Subiaco Oval 21,610 Sunday, 1 September
Carlton 5.7 (37) Essendon 12.20 (92) MCG 46,649 Sunday, 1 September

Ladder[edit]

All teams played 22 games during the home and away season, for a total of 176. An additional 9 games were played during the finals series.

2002 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Port Adelaide 22 18 4 0 2360 1783 132.36 72
2 Brisbane Lions (P) 22 17 5 0 2520 1843 136.73 68
3 Adelaide 22 15 7 0 2308 2007 115.00 60
4 Collingwood 22 13 9 0 2081 1897 109.70 52
5 Essendon 22 12 9 1 1939 1847 104.98 50
6 Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2243 2245 99.91 48
7 Kangaroos 22 12 10 0 2241 2269 98.77 48
8 West Coast 22 11 11 0 2208 2254 97.96 44
9 Geelong 22 11 11 0 1933 2029 95.27 44
10 Hawthorn 22 11 11 0 1938 2107 91.98 44
11 Sydney 22 9 12 1 2123 1976 107.44 38
12 Western Bulldogs 22 9 12 1 2335 2246 103.96 38
13 Fremantle 22 9 13 0 1900 2151 88.33 36
14 Richmond 22 7 15 0 1801 2172 82.92 28
15 St Kilda 22 5 16 1 1785 2271 78.60 22
16 Carlton 22 3 19 0 1682 2300 73.13 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Ladder progression[edit]

  • 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
1 Port Adelaide 0 0 4 8 12 16 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 48 52 56 60 64 68 72
2 Brisbane Lions 4 8 12 16 16 20 24 24 28 28 32 36 40 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 68
3 Adelaide 4 8 12 12 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 32 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 56 60
4 Collingwood 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 32 36 40 40 44 44 48 48 48 52 52
5 Essendon 4 8 8 12 12 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 32 34 34 34 38 38 38 42 46 50
6 Melbourne 4 8 8 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 28 28 32 36 36 36 36 40 44 44 48
7 Kangaroos 4 8 8 8 12 12 12 16 16 20 24 24 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 44 48 48
8 West Coast 4 4 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 36 40 40 40 40 40 44
9 Geelong 0 0 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 40 40 44 44 44 44
10 Hawthorn 0 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 20 20 20 20 24 28 32 36 36 36 40 40 40 44
11 Sydney 0 4 4 8 10 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 18 18 18 18 22 22 26 30 34 38
12 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 26 26 26 30 34 34 34 34 38
13 Fremantle 0 4 4 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 24 28 28 32 32 36 36 36
14 Richmond 4 4 8 8 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 24 28 28 28
15 St Kilda 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 10 14 14 14 14 14 14 18 22 22 22 22 22 22
16 Carlton 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12

Finals series[edit]

Qualifying and Elimination Finals (Father's Day)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) Collingwood 16.12 (108) AAMI Stadium 33,131 Friday, 6 September
Essendon 17.9 (111) West Coast 11.12 (78) Colonial Stadium 37,475 Saturday, 7 September
Brisbane Lions 17.13 (115) Adelaide 5.14 (44) The Gabba 31,854 Saturday, 7 September
Melbourne 18.14 (122) Kangaroos 11.18 (84) MCG 53,967 Sunday, 8 September

Semi Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Port Adelaide 11.17 (83) Essendon 8.11 (59) AAMI Stadium 27,661 Friday, 13 September
Adelaide 20.10 (130) Melbourne 17.16 (118) MCG 51,533 Saturday, 14 September

Preliminary Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 13.13 (91) Adelaide 9.9 (63) MCG 88,960 Saturday, 21 September
Brisbane Lions 21.12 (138) Port Adelaide 12.10 (82) The Gabba 33,047 Saturday, 21 September

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 2002 AFL Grand Final

This was the second consecutive Grand Final won by the Brisbane Lions during a three-year streak.

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 9.12 (66) Brisbane Lions 10.15 (75) MCG 91,817 Saturday, 28 September

Match attendance[edit]

Total match attendance for all games was 5,643,908 people. Attendance at the Grand Final was 91,817 people. The largest non-finals attendance was 84,894 people for the Collingwood v Essendon game of Round 5.

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • For the first time since 1965, no player kicked ten goals or more in a match.
  • Carlton were the last of the original VFL/AFL clubs to finish at the bottom of the ladder at the end of the regular season. It was the first time in 106 years of the VFL/AFL in which the club finished last.
  • Even though Adelaide had a home Semi Final after losing the Qualifying Final to Brisbane, the game had to be played at the MCG due to a license agreement in relation to a certain number of games to be played at the MCG during the finals series.
  • This season was the first since 1998 in which Essendon did not finish top of the ladder.
  • At the end of the season, the Carlton Football Club was found to have systematically breached the salary cap in 2000 and 2001. The club was fined and stripped of draft picks in the following two drafts.

References[edit]