2004 AFL season

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2004 AFL Premiership season
Teams 16
Premiers Port Adelaide
(1st premiership)
Minor premiers Port Adelaide
(3rd minor premiership)
Pre-season cup St Kilda
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played 185
Attendance 6,368,297 (34,423 per match)
Highest attendance 77,671 (Grand Final, Port Adelaide v Brisbane Lions)
Coleman Medallist Fraser Gehrig (St Kilda)
Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd (West Coast)
2003
2005

Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2004.

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

AFL Draft[edit]

See 2004 AFL Draft for more information.

Wizard Home Loans Cup[edit]

The Wizard Home Loans Cup Final saw St. Kilda defeat Geelong 15.8 (98) to 11.10 (76) in front of a crowd of 50,533 (For an explanation of pre-season scoring see Pre-season rule changes)

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1 (season launch)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 14.13 (97) Collingwood 8.9 (57) MCG 55,622 Friday, 26 March
Fremantle 15.17 (107) Carlton 8.12 (60) Subiaco Oval 34,177 Saturday, 27 March
Hawthorn 17.17 (119) Melbourne 10.10 (70) MCG 38,351 Saturday, 27 March
St Kilda 19.8 (122) Geelong 9.7 (61) Telstra Dome 35,042 Saturday, 27 March
Brisbane Lions 11.14 (80) Sydney 11.12 (78) The Gabba 34,028 Saturday, 27 March
Port Adelaide 23.20 (158) Essendon 8.14 (62) AAMI Stadium 28,413 Sunday, 28 March
Kangaroos 23.11 (149) Adelaide 10.14 (74) MCG 19,231 Sunday, 28 March
Western Bulldogs 20.17 (137) West Coast 22.12 (144) Telstra Dome 18,841 Sunday, 28 March

Round 2[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 20.15 (135) Richmond 12.4 (76) MCG 33,406 Friday, 2 April
Collingwood 15.16 (106) Western Bulldogs 13.19 (97) MCG 40,044 Saturday, 3 April
Adelaide 11.17 (83) Brisbane Lions 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium 41,095 Saturday, 3 April
West Coast 17.13 (115) Port Adelaide 18.10 (118) Subiaco Oval 39,760 Saturday, 3 April
Essendon 8.12 (60) St Kilda 13.16 (94) Telstra Dome 44,876 Saturday, 3 April
Sydney 15.12 (102) Fremantle 10.11 (71) SCG 21,366 Sunday, 4 April
Carlton 16.8 (104) Geelong 6.14 (50) Optus Oval 25,037 Sunday, 4 April
Hawthorn 11.8 (74) Kangaroos 15.13 (103) MCG 35,305 Sunday, 4 April

Round 3 (Easter)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Brisbane Lions 21.11 (137) Collingwood 12.5 (77) The Gabba 36,467 Thursday, 8 April
Kangaroos 17.9 (111) Carlton 16.10 (106) MCG 36,273 Saturday, 10 April
Essendon 22.5 (137) West Coast 20.11 (131) Telstra Dome 33,195 Saturday, 10 April
Sydney 10.13 (73) Geelong 10.7 (67) SCG 25,451 Saturday, 10 April
Port Adelaide 26.15 (171) Hawthorn 13.12 (90) AAMI Stadium 27,421 Sunday, 11 April
Fremantle 10.13 (73) Adelaide 8.16 (64) Subiaco Oval 32,575 Sunday, 11 April
Western Bulldogs 12.15 (87) Melbourne 12.25 (97) MCG 27,767 Sunday, 11 April
St Kilda 16.18 (114) Richmond 10.9 (69) Telstra Dome 43,468 Monday, 12 April

Round 4[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Carlton 12.8 (80) Essendon 17.15 (117) MCG 60,864 Friday, 16 April
West Coast 12.7 (79) Brisbane Lions 10.16 (76) Subiaco Oval 39,666 Saturday, 17 April
Melbourne 18.16 (124) Port Adelaide 10.11 (71) MCG 20,093 Saturday, 17 April
Adelaide 15.8 (98) St Kilda 18.5 (113) AAMI Stadium 42,219 Saturday, 17 April
Geelong 19.13 (127) Richmond 11.12 (78) Telstra Dome 31,375 Saturday, 17 April
Kangaroos 10.10 (70) Sydney 18.13 (121) Manuka Oval 14,891 Sunday, 18 April
Collingwood 7.12 (54) Fremantle 12.16 (88) Telstra Dome 34,416 Sunday, 18 April
Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Western Bulldogs 16.13 (109) MCG 24,959 Sunday, 18 April

Round 5 (ANZAC Day)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 9.5 (59) Adelaide 21.8 (134) Telstra Dome 25,267 Friday, 23 April
Carlton 14.8 (92) West Coast 6.7 (43) Optus Oval 18,018 Saturday, 24 April
St Kilda 20.10 (130) Kangaroos 8.17 (65) Telstra Dome 38,896 Saturday, 24 April
Sydney 15.9 (99) Melbourne 17.9 (111) Telstra Stadium 33,127 Saturday, 24 April
Brisbane Lions 14.26 (110) Hawthorn 9.8 (62) The Gabba 34,526 Saturday, 24 April
Collingwood 11.13 (79) Essendon 17.10 (112) MCG 57,294 Sunday, 25 April
Fremantle 18.9 (117) Geelong 14.7 (91) Subiaco Oval 35,021 Sunday, 25 April
Port Adelaide 17.17 (119) Western Bulldogs 7.22 (64) AAMI Stadium 26,839 Sunday, 25 April

Round 6[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 12.12 (84) Hawthorn 13.5 (83) Telstra Dome 37,947 Friday, 30 April
Kangaroos 18.11 (119) Western Bulldogs 19.6 (120) Manuka Oval 7,222 Saturday, 1 May
Essendon 16.12 (108) Sydney 15.8 (98) MCG 38,946 Saturday, 1 May
West Coast 11.7 (73) Fremantle 12.11 (83) Subiaco Oval 42,135 Saturday, 1 May
St Kilda 13.14 (92) Brisbane Lions 14.7 (91) Telstra Dome 52,539 Saturday, 1 May
Geelong 15.11 (101) Adelaide 8.10 (58) Skilled Stadium 18,224 Sunday, 2 May
Melbourne 25.10 (160) Carlton 8.7 (55) MCG 38,799 Sunday, 2 May
Port Adelaide 14.17 (101) Collingwood 12.12 (84) AAMI Stadium 31,174 Sunday, 2 May

Round 7 (Mother's Day)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) Essendon 18.13 (121) Telstra Dome 45,119 Friday, 7 May
Fremantle 11.6 (72) St Kilda 14.11 (95) Subiaco Oval 39,931 Saturday, 8 May
Carlton 13.11 (89) Collingwood 11.14 (80) MCG 56,617 Saturday, 8 May
Kangaroos 11.10 (76) Brisbane Lions 18.12 (120) Telstra Dome 27,511 Saturday, 8 May
Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) Adelaide 17.17 (119) AAMI Stadium 44,733 Saturday, 8 May
Sydney 8.6 (54) Richmond 10.7 (67) SCG 23,014 Sunday, 9 May
Melbourne 18.14 (122) West Coast 11.7 (73) MCG 21,145 Sunday, 9 May
Hawthorn 8.4 (52) Geelong 15.18 (108) Telstra Dome 28,612 Sunday, 9 May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Adelaide 12.12 (84) Essendon 20.15 (135) AAMI Stadium 46,309 Friday, 14 May
West Coast 18.16 (124) Sydney 15.7 (97) Subiaco Oval 38,870 Saturday, 15 May
Richmond 15.15 (105) Western Bulldogs 10.22 (82) MCG 33,960 Saturday, 15 May
St Kilda 21.12 (138) Collingwood 13.13 (91) Telstra Dome 47,898 Saturday, 15 May
Brisbane Lions 21.14 (140) Carlton 16.6 (102) The Gabba 34,368 Saturday, 15 May
Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Fremantle 8.13 (61) York Park 14,554 Sunday, 16 May
Geelong 15.11 (101) Melbourne 12.15 (87) Skilled Stadium 21,157 Sunday, 16 May
Kangaroos 21.14 (140) Port Adelaide 7.6 (48) Telstra Dome 16,910 Sunday, 16 May

Round 9[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 9.14 (68) Adelaide 9.11 (65) Telstra Dome 37,881 Friday, 21 May
Fremantle 20.17 (137) Brisbane Lions 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval 32,575 Saturday, 22 May
Melbourne 13.18 (96) Kangaroos 11.12 (78) MCG 31,291 Saturday, 22 May
Geelong 18.12 (120) Essendon 14.13 (97) Telstra Dome 51,400 Saturday, 22 May
Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) Richmond 7.8 (50) AAMI Stadium 25,761 Saturday, 22 May
Sydney 11.14 (80) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) SCG 25,127 Sunday, 23 May
Carlton 12.7 (79) Western Bulldogs 16.8 (104) Optus Oval 26,041 Sunday, 23 May
St Kilda 26.13 (169) West Coast 9.14 (68) Telstra Dome 30,478 Sunday, 23 May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 17.13 (115) Fremantle 12.13 (85) Telstra Dome 38,411 Friday, 28 May
West Coast 14.16 (100) Richmond 9.9 (63) Subiaco Oval 38,517 Saturday, 29 May
Hawthorn 6.11 (47) Adelaide 20.13 (133) MCG 22,942 Saturday, 29 May
Kangaroos 9.11 (65) Collingwood 13.14 (92) Telstra Dome 44,833 Saturday, 29 May
Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) Sydney 12.21 (93) SCG 23,479 Saturday, 29 May
Melbourne 12.11 (83) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) The Gabba 32,902 Sunday, 30 May
Port Adelaide 18.8 (116) Geelong 17.10 (112) AAMI Stadium 29,177 Sunday, 30 May
Carlton 13.10 (88) St Kilda 31.10 (196) Telstra Dome 37,136 Sunday, 30 May

Round 11[edit]

  • This round saw St. Kilda's undefeated start to the season (and also a then-record 10-match winning streak, the record would be broken in 2009) ended by the Sydney Swans.
  • This round had what is regarded as the most violent modern AFL game ever, which occurred between Hawthorn and Essendon. It is known as the Line in the Sand Match.
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 14.9 (93) West Coast 11.9 (75) Telstra Dome 44,401 Friday, 4 June
Adelaide 12.15 (87) Carlton 14.7 (91) AAMI Stadium 41,617 Saturday, 5 June
Hawthorn 12.8 (80) Essendon 24.10 (154) MCG 42,682 Saturday, 5 June
Kangaroos 24.10 (154) Richmond 12.8 (80) Telstra Dome 31,700 Saturday, 5 June
Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) Port Adelaide 12.14 (86) The Gabba 34,241 Saturday, 5 June
Sydney 17.10 (112) St Kilda 11.10 (76) SCG 36,039 Sunday, 6 June
Fremantle 9.8 (62) Melbourne 13.15 (93) Subiaco Oval 33,125 Sunday, 6 June
Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) Geelong 17.11 (113) Telstra Dome 31,811 Sunday, 6 June

Round 12 (Queen's Birthday)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Carlton 15.10 (100) Hawthorn 14.4 (88) Telstra Dome 47,302 Friday, 11 June
Port Adelaide 20.12 (132) Sydney 8.12 (60) AAMI Stadium 28,032 Sunday, 13 June
Western Bulldogs 15.13 (103) St Kilda 11.14 (80) MCG 28,306 Saturday, 12 June
West Coast 15.18 (108) Adelaide 11.10 (76) Subiaco Oval 37,580 Saturday, 12 June
Essendon 14.12 (96) Brisbane Lions 25.12 (162) Telstra Dome 50,003 Saturday, 12 June
Geelong 14.10 (94) Kangaroos 12.12 (84) Skilled Stadium 21,612 Sunday, 13 June
Richmond 10.11 (71) Fremantle 12.9 (81) MCG 18,666 Sunday, 13 June
Melbourne 12.10 (82) Collingwood 11.7 (73) MCG 56,988 Monday, 14 June

Round 13 (Split Round)[edit]

  • This Round saw Geelong achieve their first win over the Brisbane Lions since being established by the merger of Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears in 1997. The win broke a 10-loss streak against the Brisbane Lions.
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
St Kilda 19.13 (127) Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Telstra Dome 36,925 Friday, 18 June
Geelong 13.14 (92) Brisbane Lions 9.11 (65) Skilled Stadium 17,648 Saturday, 19 June
Fremantle 16.6 (102) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) Subiaco Oval 36,507 Saturday, 19 June
Richmond 14.9 (93) Carlton 18.16 (124) Telstra Dome 46,618 Saturday, 19 June
Kangaroos 16.12 (108) West Coast 11.9 (75) Manuka Oval 8,542 Sunday, 20 June
Essendon 10.9 (69) Melbourne 13.17 (95) MCG 47,314 Sunday, 20 June
Adelaide 20.13 (133) Western Bulldogs 15.11 (101) AAMI Stadium 36,774 Sunday, 20 June
Sydney 13.7 (85) Collingwood 11.13 (79) Telstra Stadium 50,091 Saturday, 26 June

Round 14[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 12.7 (79) Kangaroos 14.16 (100) Telstra Dome 49,419 Friday, 2 July
Carlton 12.12 (84) Sydney 15.5 (95) Optus Oval 26,172 Saturday, 3 July
Collingwood 20.20 (140) Hawthorn 11.9 (75) MCG 44,329 Saturday, 3 July
West Coast 7.9 (51) Geelong 7.7 (49) Subiaco Oval 36,668 Saturday, 3 July
Brisbane Lions 17.12 (114) Richmond 14.12 (96) The Gabba 32,744 Saturday, 3 July
St Kilda 7.5 (47) Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) York Park 19,223 Sunday, 4 July
Western Bulldogs 10.16 (76) Fremantle 18.9 (117) Telstra Dome 18,734 Sunday, 4 July
Adelaide 22.13 (145) Melbourne 10.13 (73) AAMI Stadium 39,288 Sunday, 4 July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 9.11 (65) Geelong 12.22 (94) Telstra Dome 50,627 Friday, 9 July
Hawthorn 12.10 (82) West Coast 12.14 (86) York Park 15,581 Saturday, 10 July
Richmond 11.11 (77) Essendon 24.11 (155) MCG 48,286 Saturday, 10 July
Fremantle 12.7 (79) Kangaroos 14.12 (96) Subiaco Oval 37,077 Saturday, 10 July
Sydney 8.10 (58) Adelaide 6.9 (45) SCG 28,493 Saturday, 10 July
Brisbane Lions 20.16 (136) Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68) The Gabba 29,295 Sunday, 11 July
Melbourne 23.8 (146) St Kilda 13.11 (89) MCG 54,409 Sunday, 11 July
Port Adelaide 18.15 (123) Carlton 5.10 (40) AAMI Stadium 30,109 Sunday, 11 July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
West Coast 18.9 (117) Essendon 10.13 (73) Subiaco Oval 40,674 Friday, 16 July
Carlton 9.16 (70) Kangaroos 9.8 (62) Optus Oval 20,732 Saturday, 17 July
Richmond 9.7 (61) St Kilda 16.9 (105) Telstra Dome 34,631 Saturday, 17 July
Adelaide 12.8 (80) Fremantle 14.8 (92) AAMI Stadium 34,855 Saturday, 17 July
Collingwood 11.7 (73) Brisbane Lions 16.13 (109) MCG 34,326 Saturday, 17 July
Geelong 11.11 (77) Sydney 9.8 (62) Skilled Stadium 20,515 Sunday, 18 July
Hawthorn 7.11 (53) Port Adelaide 15.15 (105) MCG 11,682 Sunday, 18 July
Melbourne 12.21 (93) Western Bulldogs 7.13 (55) Telstra Dome 25,107 Sunday, 18 July

Round 17[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
St Kilda 20.7 (127) Essendon 14.8 (92) Telstra Dome 50,392 Friday, 23 July
Fremantle 18.10 (118) Sydney 14.7 (91) Subiaco Oval 35,037 Saturday, 24 July
Kangaroos 22.11 (143) Hawthorn 9.9 (63) MCG 20,018 Saturday, 24 July
Western Bulldogs 8.18 (66) Collingwood 17.13 (115) Telstra Dome 32,675 Saturday, 24 July
Brisbane Lions 29.15 (189) Adelaide 6.12 (48) The Gabba 33,443 Saturday, 24 July
Port Adelaide 16.6 (102) West Coast 9.22 (76) AAMI Stadium 26,286 Sunday, 25 July
Geelong 18.23 (131) Carlton 11.8 (74) Telstra Dome 43,210 Sunday, 25 July
Richmond 10.10 (70) Melbourne 19.12 (126) MCG 25,211 Sunday, 25 July

Round 18 (Heritage Round)[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Adelaide 5.19 (49) Kangaroos 5.12 (42) AAMI Stadium 37,562 Friday, 30 July
Carlton 9.9 (63) Fremantle 16.15 (111) Optus Oval 17,092 Saturday, 31 July
Collingwood 15.13 (103) Richmond 14.14 (98) MCG 39,933 Saturday, 31 July
Essendon 18.11 (119) Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) Telstra Dome 35,711 Saturday, 31 July
Sydney 12.11 (83) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) SCG 34,926 Saturday, 31 July
Geelong 15.11 (101) St Kilda 15.4 (94) Skilled Stadium 21,673 Sunday, 1 August
West Coast 15.16 (106) Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Subiaco Oval 36,028 Sunday, 1 August
Melbourne 15.17 (107) Hawthorn 9.9 (63) MCG 28,392 Sunday, 1 August

Round 19[edit]

  • This round saw tragedy strike the Sydney Swans when trainer Wally Jackson died of a heart attack during the last quarter. Most of the Sydney players were upset and distracted as Jackson was given CPR on the interchange bench, and despite leading the Kangaroos by 40 points at three quarter time they faded to lose by 6 points.
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Fremantle 11.7 (73) Collingwood 14.22 (106) Subiaco Oval 40,901 Friday, 6 August
St Kilda 14.7 (91) Adelaide 10.8 (68) York Park 17,101 Saturday, 7 August
Essendon 8.9 (57) Carlton 10.14 (74) MCG 45,083 Saturday, 7 August
Sydney 18.4 (112) Kangaroos 17.16 (118) SCG 24,028 Saturday, 7 August
Western Bulldogs 16.13 (109) Hawthorn 19.6 (120) Telstra Dome 22,330 Saturday, 7 August
Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) West Coast 12.15 (87) The Gabba 31,754 Sunday, 8 August
Richmond 11.17 (83) Geelong 16.18 (114) MCG 33,176 Sunday, 8 August
Port Adelaide 18.17 (125) Melbourne 6.16 (52) AAMI Stadium 30,702 Sunday, 8 August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 18.13 (121) Collingwood 13.9 (87) MCG 52,983 Friday, 13 August
Geelong 9.21 (75) Fremantle 3.7 (25) Skilled Stadium 15,209 Saturday, 14 August
Hawthorn 6.7 (43) Brisbane Lions 8.18 (66) MCG 17,159 Saturday, 14 August
Melbourne 7.4 (46) Sydney 10.7 (67) Telstra Dome 34,991 Saturday, 14 August
Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) Port Adelaide 23.9 (147) Marrara Oval 13,271 Saturday, 14 August
Adelaide 21.12 (138) Richmond 13.8 (86) AAMI Stadium 35,896 Sunday, 15 August
West Coast 15.21 (111) Carlton 6.13 (49) Subiaco Oval 39,631 Sunday, 15 August
Kangaroos 15.6 (96) St Kilda 23.9 (147) Telstra Dome 41,664 Sunday, 15 August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 9.16 (70) Port Adelaide 16.11 (107) MCG 27,226 Friday, 20 August
Carlton 14.9 (93) Melbourne 8.14 (62) Optus Oval 22,254 Saturday, 21 August
Adelaide 15.19 (109) Geelong 12.15 (87) AAMI Stadium 37,576 Saturday, 21 August
Western Bulldogs 21.10 (136) Kangaroos 15.16 (106) Telstra Dome 24,741 Saturday, 21 August
Sydney 17.8 (110) Essendon 12.18 (90) Telstra Stadium 46,440 Saturday, 21 August
Brisbane Lions 20.10 (130) St Kilda 13.7 (85) The Gabba 35,823 Sunday, 22 August
Fremantle 6.9 (45) West Coast 13.15 (93) Subiaco Oval 41,907 Sunday, 22 August
Hawthorn 16.13 (109) Richmond 13.8 (86) MCG 27,007 Sunday, 22 August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 16.11 (107) Carlton 17.6 (108) MCG 60,898 Friday, 27 August
West Coast 15.17 (107) Melbourne 10.7 (67) Subiaco Oval 39,882 Saturday, 28 August
Richmond 6.8 (44) Sydney 16.12 (108) MCG 29,777 Saturday, 28 August
St Kilda 17.10 (112) Fremantle 12.11 (83) Telstra Dome 35,329 Saturday, 28 August
Brisbane Lions 26.14 (170) Kangaroos 9.3 (57) The Gabba 33,122 Saturday, 28 August
Adelaide 9.6 (60) Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) AAMI Stadium 45,473 Sunday, 29 August
Essendon 17.11 (113) Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) Telstra Dome 39,894 Sunday, 29 August
Geelong 17.21 (123) Hawthorn 9.4 (58) Skilled Stadium 21,192 Sunday, 29 August

Ladder[edit]

2004 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Port Adelaide (P) 22 17 5 0 2413 1823 132.36 68
2 Brisbane Lions 22 16 6 0 2447 1783 137.24 64
3 St Kilda 22 16 6 0 2443 1909 127.97 64
4 Geelong 22 15 7 0 2088 1741 119.93 60
5 Melbourne 22 14 8 0 2127 1900 111.95 56
6 Sydney 22 13 9 0 1938 1804 107.43 52
7 West Coast 22 13 9 0 2042 1968 103.76 52
8 Essendon 22 12 10 0 2282 2228 102.42 48
9 Fremantle 22 11 11 0 1882 1870 100.64 44
10 Kangaroos 22 10 12 0 2142 2135 100.33 40
11 Carlton 22 10 12 0 1825 2235 81.66 40
12 Adelaide 22 8 14 0 1950 2039 95.64 32
13 Collingwood 22 8 14 0 1899 2082 91.21 32
14 Western Bulldogs 22 5 17 0 1957 2459 79.59 20
15 Hawthorn 22 4 18 0 1668 2375 70.23 16
16 Richmond 22 4 18 0 1693 2445 69.24 16
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 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 20 24 28 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 56 60 64 68
2 Brisbane Lions 4 8 12 12 16 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 36 40 44 48 52 52 52 56 60 64
3 St Kilda 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 40 40 44 44 44 48 52 52 56 60 60 64
4 Geelong 0 0 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 56 60
5 Melbourne 0 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 28 32 36 40 40 44 48 52 56 56 56 56 56
6 Sydney 0 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 36 36 40 40 44 48 52
7 West Coast 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 52
8 Essendon 0 0 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 32 32 32 36 36 36 40 40 44 44 48
9 Fremantle 4 4 8 12 16 20 20 20 24 24 24 28 28 32 32 36 40 44 44 44 44 44
10 Kangaroos 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 36 40 40 40 40
11 Carlton 0 4 4 4 8 8 12 12 12 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 28 28 32 32 36 40
12 Adelaide 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 12 16 20 20 20 20 24 24 28 32 32
13 Collingwood 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 20 20 20 24 28 32 32 32 32
14 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20
15 Hawthorn 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 16 16
16 Richmond 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Finals series[edit]

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

Game Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Qualifying Final 2 Brisbane Lions 23.11 (149) St Kilda 10.9 (69) The Gabba 33,582 Friday, 3 September
Elimination Final 1 Melbourne 15.9 (99) Essendon 15.14 (104) MCG 60,903 Saturday, 4 September
Elimination Final 2 Sydney 11.9 (75) West Coast 4.10 (34) Telstra Stadium 40,282 Saturday, 4 September
Qualifying Final 1 Port Adelaide 18.9 (117) Geelong 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium 39,250 Sunday, 5 September

Semi finals[edit]

Game Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Semi Final 2 St Kilda 16.11 (107) Sydney 8.8 (56) MCG 50,671 Friday, 10 September
Semi Final 1 Geelong 10.14 (74) Essendon 9.10 (64) MCG 53,356 Saturday, 11 September

Preliminary Finals[edit]

Game Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Preliminary Final 1 Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) St Kilda 13.10 (88) AAMI Stadium 46,978 Friday, 17 September
Preliminary Final 2 Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) Geelong 10.15 (75) MCG 55,768 Saturday, 18 September

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2004 AFL Grand Final

This was the first Grand Final in the history of the AFL to be played by two non-Victorian teams; Port Adelaide's first; and the Brisbane Lions' fourth consecutive.

Game Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Grand Final Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Brisbane 10.13 (73) MCG 77,671 Saturday, 25 September

Match attendance[edit]

Total match attendance for all games was 5,915,407 people. Attendance at the Grand Final was 77,671 people. The largest non-finals attendance was 60,898 people for the Collingwood v Carlton game of Round 22.

Attendances during the season were affected by the on-going reconstruction of the Ponsford, Olympic and Melbourne Cricket Club stands at the MCG to be ready for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Awards[edit]

Coleman[edit]

Notable events[edit]

References[edit]