2007 AFL season

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2007 AFL Premiership season
AFL Logo 2007 Premiership season.jpg
Official 2007 AFL logo
Teams 16
Premiers Geelong
(7th premiership)
Minor premiers Geelong
(12th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup CarltonDesign.png Carlton
(3rd pre-season cup win)
Matches played 185
Attendance 7,050,945 (38,113 per match)
Highest attendance 98,002 (first preliminary final, Geelong vs. Collingwood)
Coleman Medallist Jonathan Brown (Brisbane Lions)
Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
2006
2008

The 2007 AFL Season was the 111th season of the Australian Football League, the highest-level professional Australian rules football league in Australia. The regular season commenced on 30 March 2007, and concluded with the 2007 AFL Grand Final on 29 September 2007, with Geelong defeating Port Adelaide by 119 points, the highest winning-margin in an AFL Grand Final, to claim the 2007 AFL premiership.

Preseason competition[edit]

Main article: 2007 NAB Cup
Round One Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
St Kilda 1 5 6 45
Brisbane Lions 0 7 10 52 Brisbane Lions 2 12 12 102
Western Bulldogs 1 12 16 97 Western Bulldogs 2 7 10 70
Sydney 1 9 7 70 Brisbane Lions 3 8 10 85
Geelong 3 17 10 139 Geelong 0 10 13 73
Richmond 1 14 3 96 Geelong (aet) 0 9 6 60
Port Adelaide 2 9 17 89 Port Adelaide 0 7 15 57
Adelaide 2 10 8 86 Brisbane Lions 0 10 12 72
Melbourne 2 9 14 86 Carlton 2 12 7 97
Hawthorn 3 11 17 110 Hawthorn 2 7 8 68
Carlton 1 10 14 83 Carlton 1 9 12 75
Essendon 1 9 16 79 Carlton 1 13 13 100
Kangaroos 1 15 18 117 Kangaroos 1 12 4 85
Collingwood 1 8 9 66 Kangaroos 1 14 7 100
Fremantle 4 11 10 112 Fremantle 0 13 13 91
West Coast 0 10 15 75
2007 NAB Cup Grand Final
17 March (7:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 0.10.12 (72) def. by Carlton 2.12.7 (97) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,094) Report


Premiership season[edit]

Round 1 (season launch)[edit]

Round 1 - Season Launch
Friday, 30 March (7:40 pm) Melbourne 9.8 (62) def. by St Kilda 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 49,490)
Saturday, 31 March (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 10.19 (79) def. by Collingwood 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 42,402)
Saturday, 31 March (2:10 pm) Fremantle 16.9 (105) def. by Port Adelaide 19.7 (121) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,425)
Saturday, 31 March (7:15 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.15 (69) def. Hawthorn 6.8 (44) The Gabba (crowd: 27,104)
Saturday, 31 March (7:15 pm) Sydney 10.13 (73) def. by West Coast 11.8 (74) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 62,586)
Sunday, 1 April (12:40 pm) Adelaide 10.14 (74) def. by Essendon 16.9 (105) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 43,064)
Sunday, 1 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.11 (113) def. Geelong 13.15 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,626)
Sunday, 1 April (5:10 pm) Carlton 15.25 (115) def. Richmond 15.8 (98) MCG (crowd: 59,847)


Round 2 (Easter)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Brisbane Lions 15.12 (102) St Kilda 7.8 (50) The Gabba 28,266 Thursday, 5 April
Richmond 11.6 (72) Sydney 13.10 (88) MCG 37,985 Saturday, 7 April
Geelong 24.18 (162) Carlton 12.12 (84) Telstra Dome 41,113 Saturday, 7 April
West Coast 12.15 (87) Collingwood 11.9 (75) Subiaco Oval 40,413 Saturday, 7 April
Port Adelaide 17.20 (122) Kangaroos 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium 25,054 Sunday, 8 April
Essendon 19.8 (122) Fremantle 17.10 (112) Telstra Dome 32,623 Sunday, 8 April
Western Bulldogs 11.6 (72) Adelaide 16.14 (110) MCG 27,199 Sunday, 8 April
Hawthorn 17.14 (116) Melbourne 14.10 (94) MCG 43,197 Monday, 9 April

Round 3 (Rivalry Round)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 17.13 (115) Richmond 13.12 (90) MCG 70,569 Friday, 13 April
Carlton 18.17 (125) Essendon 17.20 (122) MCG 64,710 Saturday, 14 April
Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) Adelaide 13.9 (87) AAMI Stadium 36,959 Saturday, 14 April
St Kilda 17.14 (116) Western Bulldogs 9.12 (66) Telstra Dome 38,474 Saturday, 14 April
Fremantle 11.4 (70) West Coast 14.17 (101) Subiaco Oval 42,051 Saturday, 14 April
Sydney 13.18 (96) Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) SCG 24,854 Sunday, 15 April
Melbourne 8.9 (57) Geelong 15.19 (109) MCG 38,438 Sunday, 15 April
Kangaroos 10.10 (70) Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Telstra Dome 28,481 Sunday, 15 April

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 14.16 (100) Western Bulldogs 20.12 (132) MCG 36,821 Friday, 20 April
Collingwood 9.12 (66) Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) MCG 35,355 Saturday, 21 April
St Kilda 9.14 (68) Essendon 15.9 (99) Telstra Dome 47,605 Saturday, 21 April
Adelaide 9.7 (61) Sydney 5.14 (44) AAMI Stadium 43,752 Saturday, 21 April
Kangaroos 12.15 (87) Brisbane Lions 8.15 (63) Carrara Stadium 11,133 Saturday, 21 April
Hawthorn 10.16 (76) Geelong 9.18 (72) Aurora Stadium 17,120 Sunday, 22 April
Melbourne 13.14 (92) Fremantle 21.11 (137) MCG 16,654 Sunday, 22 April
West Coast 14.16 (100) Carlton 4.15 (39) Subiaco Oval 41,016 Sunday, 22 April

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Essendon 11.13 (79) Collingwood 12.23 (95) MCG 90,508 Wednesday, 25 April
Port Adelaide 14.12 (96) St Kilda 6.7 (43) AAMI Stadium 24,438 Friday, 27 April
Richmond 11.10 (76) West Coast 14.15 (99) MCG 27,326 Saturday, 28 April
Carlton 18.16 (124) Brisbane Lions 21.10 (136) Telstra Dome 33,598 Saturday, 28 April
Sydney 17.7 (109) Melbourne 8.12 (60) SCG 23,354 Saturday, 28 April
Hawthorn 13.15 (93) Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110) MCG 31,982 Sunday, 29 April
Geelong 15.12 (102) Kangaroos 18.10 (118) Skilled Stadium 20,906 Sunday, 29 April
Fremantle 7.16 (58) Adelaide 8.9 (57) Subiaco Oval 37,172 Sunday, 29 April

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 18.17 (125) Carlton 11.16 (82) Telstra Dome 45,513 Friday, 4 May
Essendon 15.6 (96) Hawthorn 20.11 (131) MCG 52,047 Saturday, 5 May
West Coast 10.17 (77) Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval 40,668 Saturday, 5 May
Kangaroos 16.15 (111) Sydney 14.11 (95) Telstra Dome 27,045 Saturday, 5 May
Adelaide 9.8 (62) Collingwood 11.20 (86) AAMI Stadium 43,915 Saturday, 5 May
Brisbane Lions 17.18 (120) Fremantle 10.15 (75) The Gabba 27,175 Sunday, 6 May
Melbourne 9.17 (71) Port Adelaide 10.16 (76) MCG 16,266 Sunday, 6 May
Richmond 9.11 (65) Geelong 35.12 (222) Telstra Dome 34,584 Sunday, 6 May

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Kangaroos 18.9 (117) Essendon 13.17 (95) Telstra Dome 42,730 Friday, 11 May
Collingwood 17.17 (119) Carlton 14.11 (95) MCG 77,321 Saturday, 12 May
Port Adelaide 16.19 (115) Richmond 10.15 (75) AAMI Stadium 26,232 Saturday, 12 May
Brisbane Lions 9.15 (69) Adelaide 14.16 (100) The Gabba 26,978 Saturday, 12 May
St Kilda 15.7 (97) Sydney 11.5 (71) Telstra Dome 37,816 Saturday, 12 May
Geelong 16.13 (109) West Coast 10.10 (70) Skilled Stadium 22,014 Sunday, 13 May
Western Bulldogs 16.16 (112) Melbourne 16.10 (106) Telstra Dome 24,584 Sunday, 13 May
Fremantle 14.12 (96) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Subiaco Oval 36,481 Sunday, 13 May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Adelaide 14.15 (99) Richmond 14.6 (90) AAMI Stadium 40,742 Friday, 18 May
Essendon 18.19 (127) Brisbane Lions 8.15 (63) Telstra Dome 35,034 Saturday, 19 May
Geelong 14.10 (94) Fremantle 10.9 (69) Skilled Stadium 20,435 Saturday, 19 May
Hawthorn 10.12 (72) St Kilda 6.8 (44) MCG 36,063 Saturday, 19 May
Kangaroos 22.15 (147) Carlton 20.10 (130) Carrara Stadium 11,649 Saturday, 19 May
Sydney 17.16 (118) Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) SCG 25,423 Sunday, 20 May
Western Bulldogs 20.15 (135) Collingwood 14.18 (102) Telstra Dome 46,990 Sunday, 20 May
West Coast 19.23 (137) Melbourne 9.6 (60) Subiaco Oval 40,068 Sunday, 20 May

Round 9 (Indigenous Round)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fremantle 15.11 (101) St Kilda 6.19 (55) Subiaco Oval 39,034 Friday, 25 May
Carlton 12.14 (86) Adelaide 15.15 (105) Telstra Dome 27,504 Saturday, 26 May
Hawthorn 15.9 (99) West Coast 8.16 (64) Aurora Stadium 18,112 Saturday, 26 May
Brisbane Lions 13.9 (87) Collingwood 18.12 (120) The Gabba 32,225 Saturday, 26 May
Richmond 12.12 (84) Essendon 12.20 (92) MCG 61,837 Saturday, 26 May
Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Sydney 15.10 (100) Manuka Oval 14,517 Sunday, 27 May
Melbourne 11.12 (78) Kangaroos 10.19 (79) MCG 30,662 Sunday, 27 May
Port Adelaide 8.12 (60) Geelong 16.20 (116) AAMI Stadium 26,465 Sunday, 27 May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 15.13 (103) Fremantle 13.16 (94) MCG 44,480 Friday, 1 June
Melbourne 13.11 (89) Adelaide 10.12 (72) MCG 23,657 Saturday, 2 June
West Coast 18.13 (121) Kangaroos 7.13 (55) Subiaco Oval 40,751 Saturday, 2 June
Richmond 10.13 (73) Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) Telstra Dome 28,093 Saturday, 2 June
Sydney 11.7 (73) Essendon 11.8 (74) SCG 26,647 Saturday, 2 June
Port Adelaide 10.15 (75) Hawthorn 17.7 (109) AAMI Stadium 23,945 Sunday, 3 June
Carlton 21.12 (138) Western Bulldogs 19.14 (128) MCG 37,535 Sunday, 3 June
St Kilda 9.11 (65) Geelong 19.11 (125) Telstra Dome 42,188 Sunday, 3 June

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Essendon 15.5 (95) West Coast 14.10 (94) Telstra Dome 48,913 Friday, 8 June
Hawthorn 9.12 (66) Sydney 11.9 (75) MCG 48,398 Saturday, 9 June
Brisbane Lions 10.12 (72) Western Bulldogs 13.17 (95) The Gabba 29,873 Saturday, 9 June
Carlton 22.9 (141) Port Adelaide 14.18 (102) Telstra Dome 29,678 Saturday, 9 June
Adelaide 9.8 (62) Geelong 9.15 (69) AAMI Stadium 43,108 Sunday, 10 June
St Kilda 8.10 (58) Kangaroos 11.14 (80) Telstra Dome 34,569 Sunday, 10 June
Fremantle 18.15 (123) Richmond 15.12 (102) Subiaco Oval 37,177 Sunday, 10 June
Melbourne 13.16 (94) Collingwood 11.15 (81) MCG 70,660 Monday, 11 June

Round 12 (Split Round)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 12.8 (80) Hawthorn 27.18 (180) Telstra Dome 53,459 Friday, 15 June
Kangaroos 7.12 (54) Adelaide 15.10 (100) Carrara Stadium 11,178 Saturday, 16 June
Western Bulldogs 22.9 (141) Fremantle 16.19 (115) TIO Stadium 11,449 Saturday, 16 June
Geelong 12.13 (85) Brisbane Lions 5.5 (35) Skilled Stadium 21,212 Sunday, 17 June
Port Adelaide 19.12 (126) Essendon 13.17 (95) AAMI Stadium 25,242 Sunday, 17 June
Richmond 18.16 (124) Melbourne 11.9 (75) MCG 46,161 Friday, 22 June
Sydney 8.9 (57) Collingwood 10.16 (76) Telstra Stadium 64,222 Saturday, 23 June
West Coast 11.10 (76) St Kilda 15.9 (99) Subiaco Oval 39,401 Sunday, 24 June

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Essendon 19.11 (125) Melbourne 18.15 (123) Telstra Dome 47,552 Friday, 29 June
Geelong 13.9 (87) Sydney 10.9 (69) Skilled Stadium 23,040 Saturday, 30 June
Fremantle 27.11 (173) Carlton 13.8 (96) Subiaco Oval 36,307 Saturday, 30 June
Brisbane Lions 15.15 (105) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) The Gabba 22,124 Saturday, 30 June
St Kilda 17.15 (117) Richmond 15.10 (100) Telstra Dome 38,689 Saturday, 30 June
Adelaide 10.14 (74) West Coast 14.11 (95) AAMI Stadium 42,127 Sunday, 1 July
Kangaroos 17.9 (111) Western Bulldogs 11.19 (85) MCG 39,433 Sunday, 1 July
Collingwood 12.15 (87) Hawthorn 15.5 (95) Telstra Dome 50,248 Sunday, 1 July

Round 14 (Heritage Round)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Essendon 12.11 (83) Geelong 19.19 (133) Telstra Dome 51,156 Friday, 6 July
Collingwood 12.17 (89) St Kilda 12.8 (80) MCG 57,247 Saturday, 7 July
Western Bulldogs 20.13 (133) Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Telstra Dome 22,691 Saturday, 7 July
West Coast 9.10 (64) Brisbane Lions 13.13 (91) Subiaco Oval 40,763 Saturday, 7 July
Adelaide 15.12 (102) Hawthorn 4.7 (31) AAMI Stadium 34,733 Saturday, 7 July
Sydney 11.23 (89) Fremantle 9.7 (61) SCG 25,493 Sunday, 8 July
Carlton 14.17 (101) Melbourne 19.10 (124) MCG 33,085 Sunday, 8 July
Richmond 11.13 (79) Kangaroos 14.20 (104) Telstra Dome 33,583 Sunday, 8 July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 11.16 (82) Adelaide 12.8 (80) Telstra Dome 32,210 Friday, 13 July
Geelong 11.14 (80) Collingwood 9.10 (64) MCG 85,497 Saturday, 14 July
Port Adelaide 22.21 (153) West Coast 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium 27,879 Saturday, 14 July
Essendon 14.14 (98) Western Bulldogs 20.11 (131) Telstra Dome 45,283 Saturday, 14 July
Melbourne 12.10 (82) Brisbane Lions 18.18 (126) The Gabba 22,708 Saturday, 14 July
Sydney 25.12 (162) Carlton 15.10 (100) SCG 24,858 Sunday, 15 July
Hawthorn 19.15 (129) Richmond 11.10 (76) MCG 41,770 Sunday, 15 July
Fremantle 11.12 (78) Kangaroos 12.10 (82) Subiaco Oval 37,002 Sunday, 15 July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Geelong 20.18 (138) Western Bulldogs 9.9 (63) Telstra Dome 44,688 Friday, 20 July
Collingwood 18.14 (122) Essendon 14.9 (93) MCG 65,531 Saturday, 21 July
Adelaide 15.11 (101) Fremantle 20.6 (126) AAMI Stadium 40,190 Saturday, 21 July
West Coast 16.16 (112) Sydney 15.10 (100) Subiaco Oval 40,014 Saturday, 21 July
St Kilda 14.11 (95) Hawthorn 11.12 (78) Telstra Dome 37,847 Saturday, 21 July
Brisbane Lions 25.13 (163) Carlton 6.10 (46) The Gabba 27,163 Sunday, 22 July
Richmond 15.10 (100) Port Adelaide 24.11 (155) MCG 22,395 Sunday, 22 July
Kangaroos 19.12 (126) Melbourne 9.8 (62) Telstra Dome 20,187 Sunday, 22 July

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Western Bulldogs 9.17 (71) West Coast 24.14 (158) Telstra Dome 30,900 Friday, 27 July
Carlton 15.11 (101) St Kilda 16.15 (111) Telstra Dome 32,327 Saturday, 28 July
Fremantle 10.12 (72) Geelong 20.20 (140) Subiaco Oval 36,741 Saturday, 28 July
Collingwood 7.14 (56) Brisbane Lions 22.17 (149) MCG 45,096 Saturday, 28 July
Sydney 21.12 (138) Richmond 10.12 (72) SCG 23,199 Saturday, 28 July
Hawthorn 10.11 (71) Kangaroos 16.12 (108) Aurora Stadium 19,144 Sunday, 29 July
Essendon 18.9 (117) Adelaide 16.9 (105) Telstra Dome 35,010 Sunday, 29 July
Port Adelaide 25.13 (163) Melbourne 11.8 (74) AAMI Stadium 23,485 Sunday, 29 July

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Western Bulldogs 12.13 (85) St Kilda 12.13 (85) Telstra Dome 33,600 Friday, 3 August
Carlton 14.12 (96) Collingwood 18.12 (120) MCG 56,341 Saturday, 4 August
Geelong 21.13 (139) Richmond 11.3 (69) Skilled Stadium 21,951 Saturday, 4 August
Brisbane Lions 10.17 (77) Kangaroos 5.10 (40) The Gabba 29,233 Saturday, 4 August
Adelaide 9.19 (73) Port Adelaide 10.5 (65) AAMI Stadium 42,335 Saturday, 4 August
Melbourne 9.10 (64) Sydney 17.10 (112) Manuka Oval 11,266 Sunday, 5 August
Hawthorn 17.17 (119) Essendon 7.14 (56) MCG 55,019 Sunday, 5 August
West Coast 14.13 (97) Fremantle 19.10 (124) Subiaco Oval 43,096 Sunday, 5 August

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 18.8 (116) Collingwood 14.12 (96) MCG 49,550 Friday, 10 August
Hawthorn 17.13 (115) Brisbane Lions 13.13 (91) MCG 39,007 Saturday, 11 August
Port Adelaide 17.14 (116) Carlton 14.9 (93) AAMI Stadium 27,603 Saturday, 11 August
Melbourne 19.15 (129) Western Bulldogs 12.15 (87) Telstra Dome 18,946 Saturday, 11 August
Sydney 12.10 (82) St Kilda 9.11 (65) Telstra Stadium 63,369 Saturday, 11 August
Kangaroos 15.12 (102) West Coast 17.17 (119) Telstra Dome 26,113 Sunday, 12 August
Geelong 15.13 (103) Adelaide 10.10 (70) Skilled Stadium 21,267 Sunday, 12 August
Fremantle 21.14 (140) Essendon 11.11 (77) Subiaco Oval 38,274 Sunday, 12 August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 11.15 (81) Melbourne 9.16 (70) MCG 46,277 Friday, 17 August
Essendon 18.10 (118) Carlton 16.12 (108) MCG 48,638 Saturday, 18 August
St Kilda 19.12 (126) Fremantle 14.12 (96) Telstra Dome 24,041 Saturday, 18 August
Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) Sydney 8.15 (63) The Gabba 33,077 Saturday, 18 August
West Coast 18.9 (117) Richmond 12.14 (86) Subiaco Oval 39,752 Saturday, 18 August
Hawthorn 12.10 (82) Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) Aurora Stadium 15,264 Sunday, 19 August
Kangaroos 13.13 (91) Geelong 17.16 (118) Telstra Dome 48,501 Sunday, 19 August
Adelaide 15.17 (107) Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) AAMI Stadium 41,437 Sunday, 19 August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 14.14 (98) West Coast 16.10 (106) Telstra Dome 38,183 Friday, 24 August
Carlton 11.13 (79) Kangaroos 24.17 (161) Telstra Dome 29,334 Saturday, 25 August
Fremantle 22.12 (144) Melbourne 12.13 (85) Subiaco Oval 34,549 Saturday, 25 August
Collingwood 15.11 (101) Sydney 11.10 (76) MCG 63,842 Saturday, 25 August
Adelaide 12.14 (86) Brisbane Lions 8.12 (60) AAMI Stadium 46,507 Saturday, 25 August
Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) Hawthorn 22.19 (151) Telstra Dome 32,734 Sunday, 26 August
Geelong 15.11 (101) Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) Skilled Stadium 24,331 Sunday, 26 August
Essendon 13.14 (92) Richmond 17.17 (119) MCG 88,468 Sunday, 26 August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 11.9 (75) Adelaide 14.10 (94) Telstra Dome 47,915 Friday, 31 August
Richmond 13.14 (92) St Kilda 14.18 (102) MCG 42,472 Saturday, 1 September
West Coast 21.6 (132) Essendon 19.10 (124) Subiaco Oval 42,761 Saturday, 1 September
Port Adelaide 17.15 (117) Fremantle 12.13 (85) AAMI Stadium 39,270 Saturday, 1 September
Brisbane Lions 15.13 (103) Geelong 22.13 (145) The Gabba 34,107 Saturday, 1 September
Sydney 22.9 (141) Hawthorn 10.9 (69) SCG 27,498 Sunday, 2 September
Western Bulldogs 14.9 (93) Kangaroos 23.19 (157) Telstra Dome 29,261 Sunday, 2 September
Melbourne 21.13 (139) Carlton 15.18 (108) MCG 26,156 Sunday, 2 September

Ladder[edit]

2007 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Geelong (P) 22 18 4 0 2542 1664 152.76 72
2 Port Adelaide 22 15 7 0 2314 2038 113.54 60
3 West Coast 22 15 7 0 2162 1935 111.73 60
4 Kangaroos 22 14 8 0 2183 1998 109.26 56
5 Hawthorn 22 13 9 0 2097 1855 113.05 52
6 Collingwood 22 13 9 0 2011 1992 100.95 52
7 Sydney 22 12 9 1 2031 1698 119.61 50
8 Adelaide 22 12 10 0 1881 1712 109.87 48
9 St Kilda 22 11 10 1 1874 1941 96.55 46
10 Brisbane Lions 22 9 11 2 1986 1885 105.36 40
11 Fremantle 22 10 12 0 2254 2198 102.55 40
12 Essendon 22 10 12 0 2184 2394 91.23 40
13 Western Bulldogs 22 9 12 1 2111 2469 85.50 38
14 Melbourne 22 5 17 0 1890 2418 78.16 20
15 Carlton 22 4 18 0 2167 2911 74.44 16
16 Richmond 22 3 18 1 1958 2537 77.18 14
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 Geelong 0 4 8 8 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 68 72
2 Port Adelaide 4 8 8 12 16 20 24 24 24 24 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 44 48 52 56 60
3 West Coast 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 28 32 32 32 36 36 36 40 44 44 48 52 56 60
4 Kangaroos 0 0 0 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 28 32 36 40 44 48 48 48 48 52 56
5 Hawthorn 0 4 8 12 12 16 16 20 24 28 28 32 36 36 40 40 40 44 48 48 52 52
6 Collingwood 4 4 8 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 28 32 32 36 36 40 40 44 44 48 52 52
7 Sydney 0 4 8 8 12 12 12 16 20 20 24 24 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 46 46 50
8 Adelaide 0 4 8 12 12 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 28 32 32 32 32 36 36 40 44 48
9 St Kilda 4 4 8 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 38 38 42 42 46
10 Brisbane Lions 4 8 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 22 26 30 34 38 38 40 40 40
11 Fremantle 0 0 0 4 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 28 28 32 36 36 40 40
12 Essendon 4 8 8 12 12 12 12 16 20 24 28 28 32 32 32 32 36 36 36 40 40 40
13 Western Bulldogs 4 4 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 20 24 28 28 32 36 36 36 38 38 38 38 38
14 Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 20
15 Carlton 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
16 Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 10 10 14 14

Finals Series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: Sep 9, MCG  
1  Geelong 23.18 (156)  
4  Kangaroos 8.2 (50)     SF1: Sep 15, MCG  
     Kangaroos 14.9 (93)    
EF1: Sep 8, Telstra Dome      Hawthorn 8.12 (60)       PF1: Sep 21, MCG
5  Hawthorn 15.15 (105)        Geelong 13.14 (92)  
8  Adelaide 15.12 (102)          Collingwood 13.9 (87)     GF: Sep 29, MCG
         Geelong 24.19 (163)
  EF2: Sep 8, MCG       PF2: Sep 22, AAMI Stadium      Port Adelaide 6.8 (44)
6  Collingwood 18.17 (125)          Port Adelaide 20.13 (133)  
7  Sydney 13.9 (87)     SF2: Sep 14, Subiaco Oval        Kangaroos 5.16 (46)  
     West Coast 10.14 (74) (aet)    
QF2: Sep 7, AAMI Stadium      Collingwood 13.15 (93) (aet)    
2  Port Adelaide 9.14 (68)  
3  West Coast 9.11 (65)  


Qualifying and Elimination Finals[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Port Adelaide 9.14 (68) West Coast 9.11 (65) AAMI Stadium 37,750 Friday, 7 September
Hawthorn 15.15 (105) Adelaide 15.12 (102) Telstra Dome 36,534 Saturday, 8 September
Collingwood 18.17 (125) Sydney 13.9 (87) MCG 64,645 Saturday, 8 September
Geelong 23.18 (156) Kangaroos 8.2 (50) MCG 77,630 Sunday, 9 September

Semi Finals[edit]

  • West Coast became the second team since the current Finals system was established in 2000 to lose both of its finals after qualifying for the double chance by finishing in the top four.
Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 10.14 (74) (aet) Collingwood 13.15 (93) (aet) Subiaco Oval 43,627 Friday, 14 September
Kangaroos 14.9 (93) Hawthorn 8.12 (60) MCG 74,981 Saturday, 15 September

Preliminary Finals[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Geelong 13.14 (92) Collingwood 13.9 (87) MCG 98,002 Friday, 21 September
Port Adelaide 20.13 (133) Kangaroos 5.16 (46) AAMI Stadium 43,953 Saturday, 22 September

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 2007 AFL Grand Final
Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Geelong 24.19 (163) Port Adelaide 6.8 (44) MCG 97,302 Saturday, 29 September Foxsports.com.au

Awards[edit]

Best and Fairests[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • On Thursday 8 February it was announced that the Seven Network (who had not broadcast AFL for five years) and Ten Network had reached an agreement to on-sell four games per round to pay-TV provider Foxtel.
  • In Round 6, Geelong scored 35.12 (222) against Richmond, the highest score kicked in an AFL game since quarters were shortened from twenty-five to twenty minutes in 1994 and the first time a team has scored over 200 points since Round 22, 1995. Their winning margin of 157 points also broke the record for the same period, and they scored an all-time record 23 more goals than behinds, and an all-time record three-quarter time score of 29.9 (183). This was also Richmond's biggest loss in its 99-year history.
  • In Round 8, Hawthorn and St Kilda were widely criticised for their game, which in perfect weather yielded only seven goals in the first three quarters (before opening up in the final quarter), and was described as boring by Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy.[17]
  • Round 12's game between Carlton and Hawthorn attracted 53,459 fans, breaking the record for the highest AFL crowd at Telstra Dome. In the same game, Hawthorn kicked their highest ever score against Carlton: 27.18 (180), and also achieved their greatest winning margin against Carlton, 100 points.[18]
  • Robert Harvey became just the 10th player in VFL/AFL history to reach 350 games, helping St Kilda defeat West Coast. The win was the second time in 60 games that a Victorian Team had beaten West Coast at Subiaco Oval.[19]
  • The Round 16 game between Brisbane Lions against Carlton at The Gabba saw Jonathan Brown become the first Brisbane Lions player to kick 10 goals in a match, kicking 10.1 for the game. This surpassed Daniel Bradshaw's 9 goals in 2005 v Melbourne at The Gabba. After this match Denis Pagan was sacked as the coach of Carlton.[20]
  • The final game of the home-and-away season became particularly controversial through circumstance. The two teams, Melbourne and Carlton, each had records of 4–17, and had no chance of winning the wooden spoon. Under priority draft pick rules, this meant that whichever team won the game would lose a potential priority draft pick (which would have been the first overall selection if Carlton had it, or pick No. 18 if Melbourne had it). Melbourne won by five goals in a game noted for a lack of defensive pressure, while many in the crowd openly supported their teams to defeat.
  • In Round 22 a total of 263 goals and 198 behinds were scored for a total of 1776 points, making the Round the fifth highest scoring Round in VFL/AFL history.
  • The second semi-final between West Coast and Collingwood went into extra time after scores were level at the end of regulation. This was only the second time that extra time has been used in an AFL game. It was also the second time that these teams had drawn in a final.
  • Geelong set a new record for the highest winning margin in a Grand Final against Port Adelaide, winning by 119 points.

Drugs scandal ("Guttergate")[edit]

On Friday 24 August, the Seven Network broadcast some details obtained from players' confidential medical records on its nightly news program. It allegedly purchased these details for $3000 from a woman who found them in a gutter outside a medical clinic in Melbourne. The network said that these records contained details of illicit drug-taking by players at a particular club in the AFL, including both the name of the club and the players involved.[21]

The woman in question and a male accomplice have since been charged with "theft-by-finding" and faced Heidelberg Magistrates' Court on 6 December 2007.[22] They subsequently pleaded guilty and were sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay the money they received from Channel 7 into a court fund.[23]

The AFL currently has a "three-strikes" drugs policy (for non-performance-enhancing drugs),[24] under which only the player and the club doctor are aware of any positive tests until a "third strike" is received. After the third strike, the club is made aware of the situation and the player may face disciplinary action. This policy has faced criticism for leniency[25] from anti-doping bodies, particularly the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA),[26] and as such has attracted much media scrutiny and public debate.

In this case, the name of the club involved was revealed by Seven on air, but not the names of the players. Before the end of the news program (at which time Seven had promised to actually reveal the names of the players), the AFL obtained a court injunction from the Supreme Court of Victoria which prevented this – and will also continue to prevent the publication of any part of the records, including the name of the club (even though it had already been released) and players involved.[27]

At first, Seven vigorously defended its broadcast and stated that it had done only for the purpose of "highlighting" the issue of drugs-in-sport. It challenged the injunction, then faced a backlash both from the AFL and the AFL players themselves. For the whole of the last round of the season, the AFL players boycotted Seven, refusing to answer any questions posed by its journalists.[28] In one case, Seven was not invited to (and, had it still arrived, would have been actively denied entry to) an AFL Players' Association (AFLPA) press conference.[29]

Shortly after the completion of Round 22, faced with ongoing player boycotts and the possibility of a Brownlow Medal snub,[30] the Seven Network issued a statement "regretting" any harm the broadcast may have caused to the AFL, the clubs and the players, and promised not to broadcast or reveal any of the details of the medical records in future.[31]

The AFLPA, which had previously demanded an apology from the network over the incident, said that it understood why Seven could never issue a full apology "for legal reasons" and that it would be taking the "statement of regret" as an apology instead.[32] The player boycott has since been lifted.

The scandal has come to be known in the popular media as "Guttergate"[33] (referring to the Watergate scandal).

Ongoing impact of drugs[edit]

Three years later, the AFL suspended the first ever player to be charged under its "three-strikes" drugs policy. On 31 August 2010, Hawthorn's Travis Tuck was suspended by the AFL Tribunal for 12 matches and fined $5,000 after he was found in a car by police suffering from what appeared to be an alleged drug overdose.[34]

Club captains[edit]

Club Captain(s) Vice Captain(s)/Leadership Group
Adelaide Mark Ricciuto Simon Goodwin, Tyson Edwards, Nathan Bassett and Brett Burton[35]
Brisbane Lions Simon Black, Jonathan Brown, Chris Johnson, Nigel Lappin, Luke Power
Carlton Lance Whitnall[36] Nick Stevens,[37] Kade Simpson (interim)
Collingwood Nathan Buckley James Clement (Vice Captain), Josh Fraser (deputy VC), Ben Johnson (deputy VC)
Essendon Matthew Lloyd David Hille
Fremantle Matthew Pavlich Josh Carr
Geelong Tom Harley Cameron Ling, Cameron Mooney (deputy)
Hawthorn Richard Vandenberg[38] Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell
Kangaroos Adam Simpson Brent Harvey
Melbourne David Neitz[39] Cameron Bruce, Brad Green, Brock McLean, James McDonald
Port Adelaide Warren Tredrea Shaun Burgoyne, Brendon Lade, Michael Wilson, Chad Cornes
Richmond Kane Johnson Nathan Brown, Joel Bowden (deputy)
St Kilda Luke Ball, Lenny Hayes, Nick Riewoldt
Sydney Leo Barry, Barry Hall, Brett Kirk
West Coast Chris Judd Andrew Embley, Darren Glass, Dean Cox
Western Bulldogs Brad Johnson[40] Scott West, Robert Murphy, Daniel Cross and Daniel Giansiracusa

Umpires[edit]

Player changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Retirements[edit]

The 2007 AFL season is notable for the unusually large number of players who retired, particularly senior and "champion" players.

Name Club Date Retired Reason
Jonathan Hay Kangaroos 22 February Contractual problems resulting from bi-polar issues.[41]
Darren Gaspar Richmond 4 May To help Richmond's younger players and go for a youth policy.[42]
Brett Montgomery Western Bulldogs 25 May Disk bulge in neck.[43]
Rhys Archard Adelaide 29 July Return to family in rural Victoria.[44]
Luke Darcy Western Bulldogs 30 July Frustrated and angry at game due to knee injuries.[45]
Anthony Koutoufides Carlton 31 July Hip injury; had already planned to retire at the end of the season.[46]
Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 16 August Body could no longer cope with AFL football.[47]
Matthew Robbins Western Bulldogs 24 August Struggled throughout the year despite having a ripping 2006 season.[48]
Josh Mahoney Port Adelaide 24 August Unable to hold down a regular position.[49]
Troy Cook Fremantle 24 August It seemed the right time for him to leave the game.[50]
Shane Parker Fremantle 24 August Was always going to struggle to play the year out and there was no way he could continue.[50]
Chris Scott Brisbane Lions 25 August Injury.[51]
Ray Hall Richmond 28 August Serious hip injury that had sidelined him for the entire 2007 season.[52]
Trent Knobel Richmond 28 August Persistent ankle injury.[52]
Kent Kingsley Richmond 28 August Injury.[52]
Darryl Wakelin Port Adelaide 29 August Struggled with injury.[53]
Matthew Lappin Carlton 29 August To help his club focus on playing younger players.[54]
Nathan Brown Melbourne 29 August Ready to start the next chapter of his life.[55]
Clint Bizzell Melbourne 29 August Right time to do so.[55]
Byron Pickett Melbourne 31 August Waning passion for the game.[56]
Chris Johnson Brisbane Lions 31 August Decided to leave the game – he was the last ever Fitzroy player in the AFL.[57]
Andrew Thompson St Kilda 1 September Right time to do so.[58]
Matthew Clarke St Kilda 1 September One year contract expired; he decided to leave the game.[59]
James Hird Essendon 1 September Right time to do so.
Josh Wooden West Coast 5 September Nagging hip injury.[60]
Richie Vandenberg Hawthorn 6 September Due to a troublesome back injury, his body could not cope any more.[61]
Brett Voss St Kilda 18 September Made the most of his time as an AFL footballer.[62]
Ben Dixon Hawthorn 19 September Inability of his body to prepare well enough for senior football.[63]
Rowan Jones West Coast 19 September Right time to do so.[64]
Glenn Archer Kangaroos 22 September Right time to do so.[65]
James Clement Collingwood 23 September Family health; right time to do so.[66]
Joel Smith Hawthorn 25 September Thought the time was right, it was time to move on.[67]
Kasey Green Kangaroos 26 September Wanted to move back to Perth.[68]
Chris Heffernan Essendon 2 October His opportunities to play senior football beyond 2007 were limited.[69]
Scott Camporeale Essendon 2 October Injury.[70]
Chris Grant Western Bulldogs 2 October Injury and right time to do so.[71]
Aaron Hamill St Kilda 2 October Injury and right time to do so; he felt it was in the best interest of the club moving forward.[72]
Mark Bolton Essendon 3 October Had been struggling to make the starting 22 in 2007 and recognised the right time to do so.[73]
Nathan Buckley Collingwood 5 October Chronic hamstring injuries had curtailed his ability to remain fit for selection.[74]
Paul Licuria Collingwood 5 October Battled injury and form problems this season.[75]
Nathan Ablett Geelong 5 October Ending career after winning 2007 Premiership.[75]
Justin Longmuir Fremantle 31 October Chronic knee injury.[76]
Stephen Doyle Sydney 31 October Series of knee injuries.[77]
Lance Whitnall Carlton 12 November Knee injury.[78]

Sackings and delistings[edit]

Player Club Date
Craig Flint[79] Carlton 6 September 2007
Dylan McLaren[79] Carlton 6 September 2007
Anthony Raso[79] Carlton 6 September 2007
David Teague[79] Carlton 6 September 2007
Ross Young[79] Carlton 6 September 2007
Simon Godfrey[80] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Daniel Hayes (rookie)[80] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Shane Neaves (rookie)[80] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Heath Neville[80] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Daniel Ward[80] Melbourne 11 September 2007
Travis Baird[81] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Cameron Faulkner[81] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Damian McCormack[81] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Marty Pask (rookie)[81] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Tim Walsh[81] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Michael West (rookie)[81] Western Bulldogs 12 September 2007
Marcus Allan[82] Brisbane Lions 22 September 2007
Ben Fixter[82] Brisbane Lions 22 September 2007
Ben Hughes (rookie)[83][84] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Tim Hutchison (rookie)[83][84] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Daniel McConnell[83][84] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Callum Urch[83][84] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Djaran Whyman[83][84] Kangaroos 26 September 2007
Phillip Raymond[85][86] St Kilda 4 October 2007
Justin Sweeney[85][86] St Kilda 4 October 2007
Matthew Bode[87] Adelaide 12 October 2007
John Hinge[87] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Ian Perrie[87] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Darren Pfeiffer[87] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Jason Torney[87] Adelaide 12 October 2007
Richard Cole[88] Essendon 12 October 2007
Lance Whitnall[89] Carlton 12 October 2007
Mark Johnson[90] Essendon 15 October 2007
Kepler Bradley[90] Essendon 15 October 2007
Lachlan McKinnon (rookie)[90] Essendon 15 October 2007
Ryan Ferguson[91] Melbourne 15 October 2007
Matthew Little[92] Hawthorn 16 October 2007
Josh Thurgood[92] Hawthorn 16 October 2007
Matthew Davis (rookie)[93] Sydney 17 October 2007
Simon Phillips[93] Sydney 17 October 2007
Earl Shaw (rookie)[93] Sydney 17 October 2007
Jonathan Simpkin[93] Sydney 17 October 2007
Luke Vogels[93] Sydney 17 October 2007
Barry Brooks[86] St Kilda 17 October 2007
Fergus Watts[86] St Kilda 17 October 2007
Ben Cousins[94] [note 1] West Coast 17 October 2007
Todd Grima (rookie)[95] Geelong 18 October 2007
Joel Reynolds (rookie)[95] Geelong 18 October 2007
Sam Hunt[95] Geelong 18 October 2007
Stephen Owen[95] Geelong 18 October 2007
Matthew Spencer[95] Geelong 18 October 2007
Patrick Bowden[96][97] Richmond 22 October 2007
Tasman Clingan (rookie)[97] Richmond 22 October 2007
Brent Hartigan[96][97] Richmond 22 October 2007
Andrew Krakouer[96][97] Richmond 22 October 2007
Clayton Collard[97] Fremantle 22 October 2007
Ryley Dunn[97] Fremantle 22 October 2007
Robert Haddrill[97] Fremantle 22 October 2007
Calib Mourish[97] Fremantle 22 October 2007
James Walker Fremantle 22 October 2007
David Trotter[84] Kangaroos 23 October 2007
Ashley Sampi[98] West Coast 30 October 2007
Daniel Chick[99] West Coast 31 October 2007
Guy Richards[99] Collingwood 31 October 2007
Nathan Batsanis (rookie)[100] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007
Peter Hardy (rookie)[100] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007
Alex Lee (rookie)[100] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007
Ryan Willits[100] Port Adelaide 16 November 2007

Trades[edit]

Main article: 2007 AFL Draft

Coaching changes[edit]

Name Club Date Reason
Neale Daniher Melbourne Demons 29 June Decision that he could take the club no further.[101]
Chris Connolly Fremantle 17 July Quit after run of poor results.[102]
Denis Pagan Carlton 23 July Fired after five heavy losses in a row.[103]
Kevin Sheedy Essendon 25 July Contract would not be renewed at end of season.[104]
Brett Ratten Carlton 20 August Interim coach Ratten was given a two-year contract.[105]
Dean Bailey Melbourne 31 August Dean Bailey was appointed Melbourne coach.[106]
Mark Harvey Fremantle 17 September Fremantle appointed Harvey senior coach.[107]
Matthew Knights Essendon 27 September Knights promised a new direction at Essendon.[108]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Cousins was sacked by the West Coast after he was arrested on drug charges.[94]

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