2008 AFL season

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2008 AFL Premiership season
AFL Logo 2008 Premiership season.jpg
Official 2008 AFL logo
Teams 16
Premiers Hawthorn
(10th premiership)
Minor premiers Geelong
(13th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup St Kilda
(3rd pre-season cup win)
Matches played 185
Attendance 7,082,949 (38,286 per match)
Highest attendance 100,012 (Grand Final Geelong vs. Hawthorn)
Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) 113 goals
Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney (Western Bulldogs)
2007
2009

The Australian Football League season of 2008 commenced on 20 March 2008 and concluded on 27 September 2008. The season consisted of twenty-two rounds of home-and-away matches, and four rounds of finals. The premiership was won by Hawthorn, who beat minor premiers Geelong by 26 points in the 2008 AFL Grand Final.

A significant feature of the season was the celebration of the 150th anniversary since the sport of Australian rules football was first established in 1858.

NAB Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008 NAB Cup
2008 NAB Cup Grand Final
Saturday, 8 March Adelaide 0.9.10 (64) def. by St Kilda 2.7.9 (69) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,823)


Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1 (Season launch and Easter)
Thursday, 20 March Carlton 11.13 (79) def. by Richmond 17.7 (109) MCG (crowd: 72,552) Report
Thursday, 20 March Port Adelaide 14.12 (96) def. by Geelong 15.15 (105) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,206) Report
Saturday, 22 March Collingwood 16.15 (111) def. Fremantle 13.7 (85) MCG (crowd: 45,383) Report
Saturday, 22 March West Coast 14.8 (92) def. Brisbane Lions 11.10 (76) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,591) Report
Saturday, 22 March St Kilda 6.15 (51) def. Sydney 6.13 (49) Telstra Dome (crowd: 36,614) Report
Sunday, 23 March Western Bulldogs 19.12 (126) def. Adelaide 18.15 (123) Telstra Dome (crowd: 24,835) Report
Sunday, 23 March Hawthorn 23.16 (154) def. Melbourne 6.14 (50) MCG (crowd: 40,141) Report
Monday, 24 March North Melbourne 9.13 (67) def. by Essendon 19.8 (122) Telstra Dome (crowd: 48,100) Report


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Friday, 28 March Brisbane Lions 13.18 (96) def. Collingwood 13.16 (94) The Gabba (crowd: 33,867) Report
Saturday, 29 March Melbourne 9.12 (66) def. by Western Bulldogs 24.17 (161) MCG (crowd: 27,821) Report
Saturday, 29 March Adelaide 21.7 (133) def. West Coast 8.9 (57) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,162) Report
Saturday, 29 March Fremantle 14.13 (97) def. by Hawthorn 16.16 (112) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,022) Report
Saturday, 29 March St Kilda 19.11 (125) def. Carlton 12.13 (85) Telstra Dome (crowd: 43,396) Report
Sunday, 30 March Sydney 22.14 (146) def. Port Adelaide 11.12 (78) SCG (crowd: 24,700) Report
Sunday, 30 March Geelong 22.18 (150) def. Essendon 6.15 (51) Telstra Dome (crowd: 50,636) Report
Sunday, 30 March Richmond 13.8 (86) def. by North Melbourne 20.7 (127) MCG (crowd: 39,292) Report


Round 3[edit]

Round 3 (Rivalry Round)
Friday, 4 April Western Bulldogs 19.11 (125) def. St Kilda 13.9 (87) Telstra Dome (crowd: 38,667) Report
Saturday, 5 April North Melbourne 13.8 (86) def. by Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Telstra Dome (crowd: 39,816) Report
Saturday, 5 April West Coast 10.13 (73) def. by Fremantle 12.15 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,027) Report
Saturday, 5 April Brisbane Lions 10.11 (71) def. by Sydney 13.10 (88) The Gabba (crowd: 29,061) Report
Saturday, 5 April Essendon 23.12 (150) def. Carlton 21.8 (134) MCG (crowd: 64,388) Report
Sunday, 6 April Geelong 16.16 (112) def. Melbourne 12.10 (82) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,569) Report
Sunday, 6 April Richmond 11.12 (78) def. by Collingwood 18.14 (122) MCG (crowd: 70,802) Report
Sunday, 6 April Adelaide 12.13 (85) def. Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,524) Report


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Friday, 11 April Essendon 14.14 (98) def. by Western Bulldogs 19.14 (128) Telstra Dome (crowd: 47,641) Report
Saturday, 12 April St Kilda 13.16 (94) def. by Geelong 21.10 (136) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,368) Report
Saturday, 12 April North Melbourne 18.19 (127) def. Melbourne 11.13 (79) MCG (crowd: 23,427) Report
Saturday, 12 April Sydney 16.11 (107) def. West Coast 5.15 (45) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 44,235) Report
Saturday, 12 April Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) def. by Brisbane Lions 18.16 (124) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,205) Report
Sunday, 13 April Hawthorn 17.12 (114) def. Adelaide 10.10 (70) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,124) Report
Sunday, 13 April Carlton 17.9 (111) def. Collingwood 13.10 (88) MCG (crowd: 77,873) Report
Sunday, 13 April Fremantle 10.13 (73) def. by Richmond 20.17 (137) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,541) Report


Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Friday, 18 April St Kilda 18.15 (123) def. Essendon 14.3 (87) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,792) Report
Saturday, 19 April Geelong 16.18 (114) def. Sydney 10.12 (72) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,368) Report
Saturday, 19 April Adelaide 12.16 (88) def. Fremantle 10.11 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 39,554) Report
Saturday, 19 April Brisbane Lions 17.16 (118) def. by Hawthorn 19.16 (130) The Gabba (crowd: 30,019) Report
Saturday, 19 April Collingwood 15.15 (105) def. by North Melbourne 16.16 (112) MCG (crowd: 51,990) Report
Sunday, 20 April Melbourne 9.14 (68) def. by Carlton 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 44,759) Report
Sunday, 20 April Western Bulldogs 19.16 (130) drew with Richmond 20.10 (130) Telstra Dome (crowd: 37,767) Report
Sunday, 20 April West Coast 16.8 (104) def. by Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,302) Report


Round 6[edit]

Round 6 (ANZAC Round)
Friday, 25 April Collingwood 23.16 (154) def. Essendon 12.9 (81) MCG (crowd: 88,999) Report
Friday, 25 April Fremantle 13.10 (88) def. by Geelong 13.11 (89) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,022) Report
Saturday, 26 April Carlton 11.15 (81) def. by Adelaide 16.15 (111) MCG (crowd: 41,033) Report
Saturday, 26 April Western Bulldogs 20.14 (134) def. West Coast 11.8 (74) Telstra Dome (crowd: 29,927) Report
Saturday, 26 April Port Adelaide 12.10 (82) def. St Kilda 9.7 (61) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 20,517) Report
Sunday, 27 April Brisbane Lions 19.23 (137) def. Melbourne 13.7 (85) The Gabba (crowd: 22,878) Report
Sunday, 27 April North Melbourne 9.10 (64) drew with Sydney 8.16 (64) Telstra Dome (crowd: 28,392) Report
Sunday, 27 April Hawthorn 14.22 (106) def. Richmond 15.4 (94) MCG (crowd: 46,076) Report


Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Friday, 2 May West Coast 10.14 (74) def. by Carlton 17.9 (111) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 41,254) Report
Saturday, 3 May Geelong 15.15 (105) def. Brisbane Lions 11.12 (78) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,388) Report
Saturday, 3 May Hawthorn 24.10 (154) def. Collingwood 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 76,048) Report
Saturday, 3 May Richmond 16.11 (107) def. by St Kilda 17.8 (110) Telstra Dome (crowd: 40,585) Report
Saturday, 3 May Adelaide 15.17 (107) def. North Melbourne 11.8 (74) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,898) Report
Sunday, 4 May Sydney 14.10 (94) def. by Western Bulldogs 18.4 (112) SCG (crowd: 29,018) Report
Sunday, 4 May Melbourne 17.17 (119) def. Fremantle 15.23 (113) MCG (crowd: 19,423) Report
Sunday, 4 May Essendon 15.4 (94) def. by Port Adelaide 24.14 (158) Telstra Dome (crowd: 28,409) Report


AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match[edit]

AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match
Saturday, 10 May Victoria 21.11 (137) def. Dream Team 18.12 (120) MCG (crowd: 69,294) Report


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Friday, 16 May St Kilda 14.10 (94) def. by Collingwood 16.7 (103) Telstra Dome (crowd: 48,417) Report
Saturday, 17 May Hawthorn 17.15 (117) def. Port Adelaide 15.12 (102) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,682) Report
Saturday, 17 May Richmond 10.9 (69) def. by Geelong 14.15 (99) MCG (crowd: 37,275) Report
Saturday, 17 May Carlton 12.20 (92) def. by Brisbane Lions 18.17 (125) Telstra Dome (crowd: 38,675) Report
Saturday, 17 May North Melbourne 13.11 (89) def. West Coast 12.11 (83) Gold Coast Stadium (crowd: 6,354) Report
Sunday, 18 May Adelaide 22.18 (150) def. Melbourne 11.8 (74) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,649) Report
Sunday, 18 May Sydney 21.17 (143) def. Essendon 7.10 (52) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 34,904) Report
Sunday, 18 May Fremantle 17.9 (111) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.12 (114) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,624) Report


Round 9[edit]

Round 9 (Indigenous Round)
Friday, 23 May Collingwood 20.14 (134) def. Geelong 7.6 (48) MCG (crowd: 78,206) Report
Saturday, 24 May Carlton 14.13 (97) def. Fremantle 14.4 (88) Telstra Dome (crowd: 28,955) Report
Saturday, 24 May Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. by Sydney 16.9 (105) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,013) Report
Saturday, 24 May Essendon 10.12 (72) def. by Richmond 16.14 (110) MCG (crowd: 60,333) Report
Saturday, 24 May West Coast 14.13 (97) def. Adelaide 5.17 (47) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,348) Report
Sunday, 25 May Brisbane Lions 21.15 (141) def. St Kilda 14.11 (95) The Gabba (crowd: 27,566) Report
Sunday, 25 May Melbourne 12.6 (78) def. by Hawthorn 14.13 (97) MCG (crowd: 41,341) Report
Sunday, 25 May Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110) def. by North Melbourne 16.17 (113) Telstra Dome (crowd: 35,471) Report


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Friday, 30 May Adelaide 9.20 (74) def. Essendon 10.9 (69) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,897) Report
Saturday, 31 May Collingwood 27.11 (173) def. West Coast 10.13 (73) MCG (crowd: 52,968) Report
Saturday, 31 May Hawthorn 12.2 (74) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.16 (106) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 19,378) Report
Saturday, 31 May Brisbane Lions 18.21 (129) def. North Melbourne 15.8 (98) The Gabba (crowd: 22,118) Report
Saturday, 31 May Geelong 19.19 (133) def. Carlton 12.5 (77) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,231) Report
Sunday, 1 June Sydney 21.13 (139) def. Richmond 8.9 (57) SCG (crowd: 26,852) Report
Sunday, 1 June St Kilda 19.15 (129) def. Melbourne 7.8 (50) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,854) Report
Sunday, 1 June Fremantle 10.15 (75) def. by Port Adelaide 16.7 (103) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,236) Report


Round 11[edit]

Round 11 (Queens Birthday)
Friday, 6 June North Melbourne 17.12 (114) def. by Geelong 19.13 (127) Telstra Dome (crowd: 38,373) Report
Saturday, 7 June Richmond 14.12 (96) def. by Adelaide 22.14 (146) MCG (crowd: 32,767) Report
Saturday, 7 June Essendon 12.7 (79) def. by Hawthorn 19.16 (130) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,377) Report
Saturday, 7 June West Coast 11.12 (78) def. by Sydney 12.11 (83) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,802) Report
Sunday, 9 June Brisbane Lions 14.12 (96) def. Fremantle 10.14 (74) The Gabba (crowd: 24,506) Report
Sunday, 9 June St Kilda 11.13 (79) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.16 (106) Telstra Dome (crowd: 38,914) Report
Sunday, 9 June Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) def. by Carlton 10.15 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 29,240) Report
Monday, 10 June Melbourne 13.17 (95) def. by Collingwood 17.14 (116) MCG (crowd: 59,548) Report


Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Friday, 13 June Essendon 16.17 (113) def. West Coast 13.13 (91) Telstra Dome (crowd: 33,386) Report
Saturday, 14 June Western Bulldogs 19.17 (131) def. Brisbane Lions 10.8 (68) MCG (crowd: 39,320) Report
Saturday, 14 June Fremantle 18.12 (120) def. North Melbourne 9.13 (67) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,105) Report
Saturday, 14 June Sydney 14.18 (102) def. St Kilda 9.13 (67) SCG (crowd: 25,996) Report
Saturday, 14 June Adelaide 10.12 (72) def. by Hawthorn 11.10 (76) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,559) Report
Sunday, 15 June Geelong 15.18 (108) def. Port Adelaide 7.7 (49) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,642) Report
Sunday, 15 June Collingwood 12.17 (89) def. by Carlton 17.17 (119) MCG (crowd: 80,310) Report
Sunday, 15 June Richmond 16.20 (116) def. Melbourne 14.10 (94) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,348) Report


Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Friday, 20 June St Kilda 10.5 (65) def. Fremantle 8.9 (57) Telstra Dome (crowd: 22,440) Report
Saturday, 21 June Hawthorn 10.16 (76) def. by North Melbourne 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 42,508) Report
Saturday, 21 June Port Adelaide 19.9 (123) def. by Richmond 20.7 (127) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 20,923) Report
Saturday, 21 June Brisbane Lions 11.17 (83) def. Adelaide 10.10 (70) The Gabba (crowd: 29,964) Report
Saturday, 21 June West Coast 5.17 (47) def. by Geelong 28.14 (182) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,414) Report
Sunday, 22 June Melbourne 11.8 (74) def. by Sydney 17.12 (114) Manuka Oval (crowd: 11,437) Report
Sunday, 22 June Carlton 15.11 (101) def. by Essendon 20.16 (136) MCG (crowd: 59,177) Report
Sunday, 22 June Collingwood 13.11 (89) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.9 (99) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,885) Report


Round 14[edit]

Round 14 (Split Round)
Friday, 27 June Hawthorn 18.18 (126) def. West Coast 9.15 (69) MCG (crowd: 29,138) Report
Saturday, 28 June Richmond 12.16 (88) def. by Carlton 17.16 (118) MCG (crowd: 73,503) Report
Saturday, 28 June North Melbourne 9.15 (69) def. by St Kilda 12.12 (84) Gold Coast Stadium (crowd: 9,128) Report
Saturday, 28 June Western Bulldogs 20.15 (135) def. Port Adelaide 11.15 (81) TIO Stadium (crowd: 11,373) Report
Sunday, 29 June Melbourne 14.9 (93) def. Brisbane Lions 13.14 (92) MCG (crowd: 23,278) Report
Sunday, 29 June Fremantle 13.13 (91) def. by Essendon 14.11 (95) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,239) Report
Friday, 4 July Adelaide 8.8 (56) def. by Geelong 18.16 (124) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,377) Report
Saturday, 5 July Sydney 6.14 (50) def. by Collingwood 11.13 (79) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 59,202) Report


Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Friday, 11 July Carlton 12.15 (87) def. by St Kilda 18.11 (119) MCG (crowd: 55,658) Report
Saturday, 12 July Collingwood 15.16 (106) def. Adelaide 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 52,592) Report
Saturday, 12 July Geelong 18.10 (118) def. Fremantle 6.8 (44) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,286) Report
Saturday, 12 July Essendon 24.11 (155) def. Brisbane Lions 18.10 (118) Telstra Dome (crowd: 40,053) Report
Saturday, 12 July Port Adelaide 10.14 (74) def. by North Melbourne 10.16 (76) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 19,851) Report
Sunday, 13 July Hawthorn 15.16 (106) def. Sydney 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 49,529) Report
Sunday, 13 July Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) def. Melbourne 9.10 (64) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,446) Report
Sunday, 13 July West Coast 11.9 (75) def. by Richmond 24.8 (152) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,085) Report


Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
North Melbourne 17.12 (114) Collingwood 14.12 (96) Telstra Dome 46,610 Friday, 18 July AFL.com.au
Geelong 19.17 (131) Western Bulldogs 10.10 (70) Skilled Stadium 24,801 Saturday, 19 July AFL.com.au
Richmond 16.12 (108) Essendon 15.14 (104) MCG 56,746 Saturday, 19 July AFL.com.au
Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) West Coast 9.13 (67) The Gabba 27,784 Saturday, 19 July AFL.com.au
St Kilda 18.11 (119) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Telstra Dome 41,886 Saturday, 19 July AFL.com.au
Carlton 18.11 (119) Sydney 18.13 (121) Telstra Dome 38,401 Sunday, 20 July AFL.com.au
Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) Adelaide 11.14 (80) AAMI Stadium 31,662 Sunday, 20 July AFL.com.au
Fremantle 16.18 (114) Melbourne 10.8 (68) Subiaco 31,638 Sunday, 20 July AFL.com.au

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Hawthorn 11.11 (77) Geelong 12.16 (88) MCG 86,179 Friday, 25 July AFL.com.au
Essendon 19.14 (128) Collingwood 11.14 (80) MCG 64,785 Saturday, 26 July AFL.com.au
West Coast 15.13 (103) St Kilda 12.14 (86) Subiaco 34,037 Saturday, 26 July AFL.com.au
Richmond 18.9 (117) Brisbane Lions 16.18 (114) Telstra Dome 31,275 Saturday, 26 July AFL.com.au
Sydney 6.17 (53) Adelaide 11.11 (77) SCG 26,260 Saturday, 26 July AFL.com.au
Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) Fremantle 20.9 (129) AAMI Stadium 19,072 Sunday, 27 July AFL.com.au
Melbourne 10.10 (70) North Melbourne 14.14 (98) MCG 21,330 Sunday, 27 July AFL.com.au
Western Bulldogs 15.8 (98) Carlton 18.18 (126) Telstra Dome 37,879 Sunday, 27 July AFL.com.au

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Collingwood 8.14 (62) Hawthorn 17.14 (116) MCG 58,307 Friday, 1 August AFL.com.au
Essendon 19.10 (124) Melbourne 17.6 (108) MCG 46,334 Saturday, 2 August AFL.com.au
Adelaide 13.16 (94) Carlton 12.14 (86) AAMI Stadium 40,730 Saturday, 2 August AFL.com.au
Geelong 20.14 (134) Richmond 10.11 (71) Telstra Dome 42,238 Saturday, 2 August AFL.com.au
North Melbourne 13.14 (92) Brisbane Lions 11.18 (84) Gold Coast Stadium 10,037 Saturday, 2 August AFL.com.au
Western Bulldogs 17.11 (113) Sydney 14.13 (97) Manuka Oval 13,550 Sunday, 3 August AFL.com.au
St Kilda 14.17 (101) Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) Telstra Dome 22,878 Sunday, 3 August AFL.com.au
Fremantle 17.14 (116) West Coast 12.11 (83) Subiaco 42,096 Sunday, 3 August AFL.com.au

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Melbourne 5.11 (41) Geelong 24.13 (157) MCG 34,610 Friday, 8 August AFL.com.au
Carlton 18.24 (132) Port Adelaide 9.12 (66) Telstra Dome 29,696 Saturday, 9 August AFL.com.au
Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Brisbane Lions 5.11 (41) Aurora Stadium 19,929 Saturday, 9 August AFL.com.au
Collingwood 14.13 (97) St Kilda 12.11 (83) MCG 52,135 Saturday, 9 August AFL.com.au
Sydney 17.10 (112) Fremantle 15.18 (108) SCG 20,846 Saturday, 9 August AFL.com.au
North Melbourne 21.10 (136) Western Bulldogs 18.8 (116) Telstra Dome 31,957 Sunday, 10 August AFL.com.au
Adelaide 16.12 (108) Richmond 6.9 (45) AAMI Stadium 37,562 Sunday, 10 August AFL.com.au
West Coast 17.11 (113) Essendon 16.7 (103) Subiaco 35,288 Sunday, 10 August AFL.com.au

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Port Adelaide 10.15 (75) Collingwood 16.10 (106) AAMI Stadium 23,694 Friday, 15 August AFL.com.au
Essendon 10.13 (73) Adelaide 19.15 (129) Telstra Dome 32,184 Saturday, 16 August AFL.com.au
Melbourne 11.13 (79) West Coast 5.15 (45) MCG 17,958 Saturday, 16 August AFL.com.au
Brisbane Lions 13.12 (90) Western Bulldogs 10.19 (79) The Gabba 27,315 Saturday, 16 August AFL.com.au
Sydney 14.10 (94) Geelong 20.13 (133) ANZ Stadium 44,955 Saturday, 16 August AFL.com.au
Richmond 16.9 (105) Hawthorn 10.16 (76) MCG 44,523 Sunday, 17 August AFL.com.au
Carlton 14.6 (90) North Melbourne 22.9 (141) Telstra Dome 43,406 Sunday, 17 August AFL.com.au
Fremantle 9.15 (69) St Kilda 17.10 (112) Subiaco 34,014 Sunday, 17 August AFL.com.au

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Western Bulldogs 23.13 (151) Essendon 15.15 (105) Telstra Dome 37,294 Friday, 22 August AFL.com.au
Richmond 15.15 (105) Fremantle 15.8 (98) MCG 24,881 Saturday, 23 August AFL.com.au
Port Adelaide 18.21 (129) Melbourne 7.9 (51) AAMI Stadium 18,875 Saturday, 23 August AFL.com.au
Brisbane Lions 16.13 (109) Carlton 18.7 (115) The Gabba 34,327 Saturday, 23 August AFL.com.au
Collingwood 18.10 (118) Sydney 10.13 (73) Telstra Dome 45,507 Saturday, 23 August AFL.com.au
Geelong 17.13 (115) North Melbourne 13.4 (82) Skilled Stadium 24,288 Sunday, 24 August AFL.com.au
St Kilda 13.17 (95) Adelaide 6.11 (47) Telstra Dome 33,811 Sunday, 24 August AFL.com.au
West Coast 9.8 (62) Hawthorn 19.19 (133) Subiaco 37,040 Sunday, 24 August AFL.com.au

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Report
Fremantle 12.8 (80) Collingwood 8.8 (56) Subiaco 35,106 Friday 29 August AFL.com.au
North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Port Adelaide 23.10 (148) MCG 22,144 Saturday, 30 August AFL.com.au
Geelong 24.20 (164) West Coast 10.5 (65) Skilled Stadium 21,752 Saturday, 30 August AFL.com.au
Adelaide 10.16 (76) Western Bulldogs 9.13 (67) AAMI Stadium 37,545 Saturday, 30 August AFL.com.au
Carlton 12.9 (81) Hawthorn 24.15 (159) Telstra Dome 49,057 Saturday, 30 August AFL.com.au
Sydney 17.12 (114) Brisbane Lions 6.17 (53) SCG 24,076 Saturday, 30 August AFL.com.au
Melbourne 6.5 (41) Richmond 18.13 (121) MCG 37,046 Sunday, 31 August AFL.com.au
Essendon 5.9 (39) St Kilda 21.21 (147) Telstra Dome 46,161 Sunday, 31 August AFL.com.au

Win/Loss table[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Adelaide WB
3
WCE
76
Port
6
Haw
44
Freo
17
Carl
30
NM
33
Melb
76
WCE
50
Ess
5
Rich
50
Haw
4
Bris
13
Geel
68
Coll
32
Port
12
Syd
24
Carl
8
Rich
63
Ess
56
StK
48
WB
9
Coll
31
X X X 5
Brisbane Lions WCE
16
Coll
2
Syd
17
Port
20
Haw
12
Melb
52
Geel
27
Carl
33
StK
46
NM
31
Freo
22
WB
63
Adel
13
Melb
1
Ess
37
WCE
46
Rich
3
NM
8
Haw
69
WB
11
Carl
6
Syd
61
X X X X 10
Carlton Rich
20
StK
40
Ess
16
Coll
23
Melb
33
Adel
30
WCE
37
Bris
33
Freo
9
Geel
56
Port
12
Coll
30
Ess
35
Rich
30
StK
32
Syd
2
WB
28
Adel
8
Port
66
NM
51
Bris
6
Haw
78
X X X X 11
Collingwood Freo
26
Bris
2
Rich
44
Carl
23
NM
7
Ess
73
Haw
65
StK
9
Geel
86
WCE
100
Melb
21
Carl
30
WB
10
Syd
29
Adel
32
NM
18
Ess
48
Haw
54
StK
14
Port
31
Syd
45
Freo
24
Adel
31
StK
34
X X 8
Essendon NM
55
Geel
99
Carl
16
WB
30
StK
36
Coll
73
Port
64
Syd
91
Rich
38
Adel
5
Haw
51
WCE
22
Carl
35
Freo
4
Bris
37
Rich
4
Coll
48
Melb
16
WCE
10
Adel
56
WB
46
StK
108
X X X X 12
Fremantle Coll
26
Haw
15
WCE
14
Rich
64
Adel
17
Geel
1
Melb
6
WB
3
Carl
9
Port
28
Bris
24
NM
53
StK
8
Ess
4
Geel
74
Melb
46
Port
28
WCE
33
Syd
4
St
43
Rich
7
Coll
24
X X X X 14
Geelong Port
9
Ess
99
Melb
30
StK
42
Syd
42
Freo
1
Bris
27
Rich
30
Coll
86
Carl
56
NM
13
Port
59
WCE
135
Adel
68
Freo
74
WB
61
Haw
11
Rich
63
Melb
116
Syd
39
NM
33
WCE
99
StK
58
X WB
29
Haw
26
1
Hawthorn Melb
104
Freo
15
NM
16
Adel
44
Bris
12
Rich
12
Coll
65
Port
15
Melb
19
WB
32
Ess
51
Adel
4
NM
27
WCE
57
Syd
31
StK
30
Geel
11
Coll
54
Bris
69
Rich
29
WCE
71
Carl
78
WB
51
X StK
54
Geel
26
2
Melbourne Haw
104
WB
95
Geel
30
NM
48
Carl
33
Bris
53
Freo
6
Adel
76
Haw
19
StK
79
Coll
21
Rich
22
Syd
40
Bris
1
WB
31
Freo
46
NM
28
Ess
16
Geel
116
WCE
34
Port
78
Rich
80
X X X X 16
North Melbourne Ess
55
Rich
41
Haw
16
Melb
48
Coll
7
Syd
0
Adel
33
WCE
6
WB
3
Bris
31
Geel
13
Freo
53
Haw
27
StK
15
Port
2
Coll
18
Melb
28
Bris
8
WB
20
Carl
51
Geel
33
Port
76
Syd
35
X X X 7
Port Adelaide Geel
9
Syd
68
Adel
6
Bris
20
WCE
24
StK
21
Ess
64
Haw
15
Syd
11
Freo
28
Carl
12
Geel
59
Rich
4
WB
54
NM
2
Adel
12
Freo
28
StK
8
Carl
66
Coll
31
Melb
78
NM
76
X X X X 13
Richmond Carl
30
NM
41
Coll
44
Freo
64
WB
0
Haw
12
StK
3
Geel
30
Ess
38
Syd
82
Adel
50
Melb
22
Port
4
Carl
30
WCE
77
Ess
4
Bris
3
Geel
63
Adel
63
Haw
29
Freo
7
Melb
80
X X X X 9
St Kilda Syd
2
Carl
40
WB
38
Geel
42
Ess
36
Port
21
Rich
3
Coll
9
Bris
46
Melb
79
WB
27
Syd
35
Freo
8
NM
15
Carl
32
Haw
30
WCE
17
Port
8
Coll
14
Freo
43
Adel
48
Ess
108
Geel
58
Coll
34
Haw
54
X 4
Sydney Syd
2
Port
68
Bris
17
WCE
62
Geel
42
NM
0
WB
18
Ess
91
Port
11
Rich
82
WCE
5
StK
35
Melb
40
Coll
29
Haw
31
Carl
2
Adel
24
WB
16
Freo
4
Geel
39
Coll
45
Bris
61
NM
35
WB
37
X X 6
West Coast Bris
16
Adel
76
Freo
14
Syd
62
Port
24
WB
60
Carl
37
NM
6
Adel
50
Coll
100
Syd
5
Ess
22
Geel
135
Haw
57
Rich
77
Bris
46
StK
17
Freo
33
Ess
10
Melb
34
Haw
71
Geel
99
X X X X 15
Western Bulldogs Adel
3
Melb
95
StK
38
Ess
30
Rich
0
WCE
60
Syd
18
Freo
3
NM
3
Haw
32
StK
27
Bris
63
Coll
10
Port
54
Melb
31
Geel
61
Carl
28
Syd
16
NM
20
Bris
11
Ess
46
Adel
9
Haw
51
Syd
37
Geel
29
X 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game

Ladder[edit]

2008 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Geelong 22 21 1 0 2672 1651 161.84 84
2 Hawthorn (P) 22 17 5 0 2434 1846 131.85 68
3 Western Bulldogs 22 15 6 1 2506 2112 118.66 62
4 St Kilda 22 13 9 0 2126 1923 110.56 52
5 Adelaide 22 13 9 0 2017 1838 109.74 52
6 Sydney 22 12 9 1 2095 1863 112.45 50
7 North Melbourne 22 12 9 1 2121 2187 96.98 50
8 Collingwood 22 12 10 0 2267 2038 111.24 48
9 Richmond 22 11 10 1 2228 2288 97.38 46
10 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 2156 2200 98.00 40
11 Carlton 22 10 12 0 2217 2354 94.18 40
12 Essendon 22 8 14 0 2130 2608 81.67 32
13 Port Adelaide 22 7 15 0 2118 2208 95.92 28
14 Fremantle 22 6 16 0 1988 2121 93.73 24
15 West Coast 22 4 18 0 1670 2535 65.88 16
16 Melbourne 22 3 19 0 1629 2602 62.61 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 Geelong 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84
2 Hawthorn 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 44 44 48 52 52 52 56 60 60 64 68
3 Western Bulldogs 4 8 12 16 18 22 26 30 30 34 38 42 46 50 54 54 54 58 58 58 62 62
4 St Kilda 4 8 8 8 12 12 16 16 16 20 20 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 44 48 52
5 Adelaide 0 4 8 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 32 32 32 32 32 36 40 44 48 48 52
6 Sydney 0 4 8 12 12 14 14 18 22 26 30 34 38 38 38 42 42 42 46 46 46 50
7 North Melbourne 0 4 4 8 12 14 14 18 22 22 22 22 26 26 30 34 38 42 46 50 50 50
8 Collingwood 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 36 36 36 36 40 44 48 48
9 Richmond 4 4 4 8 10 10 10 10 14 14 14 18 22 22 26 30 34 34 34 38 42 46
10 Brisbane Lions 0 4 4 8 8 12 12 16 20 24 28 28 32 32 32 36 36 36 36 40 40 40
11 Carlton 0 0 0 4 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 24 24 28 28 28 32 32 36 36 40 40
12 Essendon 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 32 32 32 32
13 Port Adelaide 0 0 0 0 4 8 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20 24 28
14 Fremantle 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 12 16 20 20 20 20 24
15 West Coast 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 16 16 16 16
16 Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12

Finals Series[edit]

The 2008 Finals Series will be conducted according to the conventions of the AFL's Amended "Final Eight" system that the AFL instituted in the AFL season 2000.

Qualifying and Elimination Finals[edit]

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Broadcast Report
Qualifying Final 2 Hawthorn 18.19 (127) Western Bulldogs 11.10 (76) MCG 76,703 Friday, 5 September Seven AFL.com.au
Elimination Final 1 Adelaide 14.10 (94) Collingwood 19.11 (125) AAMI Stadium 37,685 Saturday, 6 September Ten AFL.com.au
Elimination Final 2 Sydney 17.8 (110) North Melbourne 11.9 (75) ANZ Stadium 19,127 Saturday, 6 September Ten AFL.com.au
Qualifying Final 1 Geelong 17.17 (119) St Kilda 8.13 (61) MCG 71,653 Sunday, 7 September Seven AFL.com.au

Semi Finals[edit]

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Broadcast Report
Semi Final 2 Western Bulldogs 16.10 (106) Sydney 9.15 (69) MCG 42,731 Friday, 12 September Seven AFL.com.au
Semi Final 1 St Kilda 17.4 (106) Collingwood 9.18 (72) MCG 76,707 Saturday, 13 September Ten AFL.com.au

Preliminary Finals[edit]

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Broadcast Report
Preliminary Final 1 Geelong 12.11 (83) Western Bulldogs 7.12 (54) MCG 70,143 Friday, 19 September Seven AFL.com.au
Preliminary Final 2 Hawthorn 18.10 (118) St Kilda 9.10 (64) MCG 77,002 Saturday, 20 September Ten AFL.com.au

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 2008 AFL Grand Final
Game Team 1 Team 1 score Team 2 Team 2 score Ground Crowd Date Broadcast Report
Grand Final Geelong 11.23 (89) Hawthorn 18.7 (115) MCG 100,012 Saturday, 27 September Seven AFL.com.au

Game records[edit]

Statistics correct as at end of Round 22.

  • Highest Score: 28.14 (182) – Geelong v West Coast 5.17 (47), Round 13[1]
  • Lowest Score: 5.9 (39) – Essendon v St Kilda 21.21 (147),Round 22[1]
  • Highest Losing Score: 21.8 (134) – Carlton v Essendon 23.12 (150), Round 3[2]
  • Lowest Winning Score: 6.15 (51) – St Kilda v Sydney 6.13 (49), Round 1[3]
  • Greatest Margin: 135 points – Geelong 28.14 (182) v West Coast 5.17 (47), Round 13[1]
  • Smallest Margin (excluding draws): 1 point –
    • Fremantle 13.10 (88) v Geelong 13.11 (89), Round 6[4]
    • Melbourne 14.9 (93) v Brisbane 13.14 (92), Round 14[4]
  • Highest Aggregate Score: 44.20 (284) – Essendon 23.12 (150) v Carlton 21.8 (134), Round 3[5]
  • Lowest Aggregate Score: 12.28 (100) – St Kilda 6.15 (51) v Sydney 6.13 (49), Round 1[6]
  • Best Accuracy: 85.71% – 12.2 (74) Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs 15.16 (106), Round 10[7]
  • Worst Accuracy: 22.73% –
    • 5.17 (47) West Coast v Geelong 28.14 (182), Round 13[8]
    • 5.17 (47) Adelaide v West Coast 14.13 (97), Round 9[8]

Statistics leaders[edit]

Leading Goal-kickers and Coleman Medal[edit]

updated after grand final

The Coleman Medal was awarded to Lance Franklin for kicking the most goals at the end of the Home and Away season.

Player Club Games Goals Best Performance
Season Finals Total Goals Opponent(s) Round(s)
1 Lance Franklin Hawthorn 25 102 11 113 9 Essendon 11
2 Brendan Fevola Carlton 22 99 99 8 Essendon, Collingwood 3, 11
3 Daniel Bradshaw Brisbane Lions 20 75 75 7 Hawthorn 5
4 Jarryd Roughead Hawthorn 24 66 9 75 6 Collingwood, West Coast 7, 14
5 Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions 21 70 70 6 Carlton, St Kilda, North Melbourne 8, 9, 10
6 Matthew Pavlich Fremantle 19 67 67 8 North Melbourne 12
7 Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 24 56 9 65 6 Hawthorn 16
8 Matthew Lloyd Essendon 21 62 62 8 Melbourne 18
9 Stephen Milne St Kilda 24 54 6 60 7 Richmond, Essendon 7, 22
10 Daniel Motlop Port Adelaide 21 57 57 7 Essendon 7

Disposals[edit]

Rank Player Team Total
1 Joel Corey Geelong 583
2 Jimmy Bartel Geelong 551
3 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 551
4 Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 529
5 Adam Cooney Western Bulldogs 529
6 Andrew Carrazzo Carlton 517
7 Daniel Cross Western Bulldogs 513
8 Scott Thompson Adelaide 507
9 Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs 505
10 Luke Power Brisbane Lions 502

Kicks[edit]

Rank Player Team Total
1 Alan Didak Collingwood 325
2 Marc Murphy Carlton 310
3 Dane Swan Collingwood 302
4 Brent Harvey North Melbourne 299
5 Nathan Bock Adelaide 298
6 Jimmy Bartel Geelong 298
7 Brent Stanton Essendon 295
7 Leigh Montagna St Kilda 293
9 Jordan McMahon Richmond 293
10 Andrew Embley West Coast 283

Handballs[edit]

Rank Player Team Total
1 Daniel Cross Western Bulldogs 326
2 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 302
3 Joel Corey Geelong 300
4 Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 291
5 Shane Tuck Richmond 287
6 Adam Cooney Western Bulldogs 273
7 Cameron Bruce Melbourne 264
8 Brett Deledio Richmond 264
9 Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs 262
10 Brady Rawlings North Melbourne 260

Marks[edit]

Rank Player Team Total
1 Matthew Richardson Richmond 206
2 Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 188
3 Samuel Fisher St Kilda 172
4 Robert Murphy Western Bulldogs 160
5 Cameron Mooney Geelong 155
6 Paul Medhurst Collingwood 152
7 Nathan Bock Adelaide 147
8 Brad Johnson Western Bulldogs 147
9 Andrew Embley West Coast 147
10 Brian Lake Western Bulldogs 141

Tackles[edit]

Rank Player Team Total
1 Brett Kirk Sydney 138
2 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 133
3 Jude Bolton Sydney 129
4 Lenny Hayes St Kilda 128
5 Joel Corey Geelong 124
6 Jimmy Bartel Geelong 116
7 Luke Ball St Kilda 107
8 James Kelly Geelong 107
9 Scott Thompson Adelaide 106
10 Daniel Cross Western Bulldogs 102

Hitouts[edit]

Rank Player Team Total
1 Aaron Sandilands Fremantle 646
2 Dean Cox West Coast 570
3 Darren Jolly Sydney 530
4 Mark Blake Geelong 494
5 Jamie Charman Brisbane Lions 434
6 Dean Brogan Port Adelaide 397
7 David Hille Essendon 364
8 Steven King St Kilda 361
9 Troy Simmonds Richmond 359
10 Brendon Lade Port Adelaide 349

Awards[edit]

Coleman Medal[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the player led the Coleman that round.

Rising Star Nominees[edit]

Main article: 2008 AFL Rising Star

The AFL Rising Star award for 2008 was awarded to Rhys Palmer from Fremantle.[13]

Club Best and Fairests[edit]

Club Award Name Winner[14]
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Nathan Bock
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Jonathan Brown[15]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Chris Judd
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Dane Swan
Essendon Crichton Medal David Hille
Fremantle Doig Medal Matthew Pavlich[16]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Joel Corey
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Lance Franklin[17]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Cameron Bruce
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Brent Harvey
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Kane Cornes
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Brett Deledio
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Samuel Fisher[18]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Jarrad McVeigh
West Coast Club Champion Award Dean Cox
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Daniel Cross

Notable events[edit]

  • This was the first season since 1998 in which NMFC competed as "North Melbourne" instead of "Kangaroos", following the end of their decade-long experiment with home-away-from-home venues in Sydney, Canberra, and the Gold Coast.
  • Western Bulldogs came back from a 37-point deficit against St Kilda at quarter time to come back and win the game by 38 points to make a 75-point turnaround in Round 4.
  • Brisbane Lions produced its biggest ever comeback in Round 4 against Port Adelaide when they were down by 47 points late in the third quarter to win by 20 points, a 67-point turnaround.
  • Sydney forward Barry Hall was suspended for seven weeks, then the equal-longest suspension handed out since the tribunal was reconfigured, for striking West Coast defender Brent Staker with a clean punch to the head. Later in the season, Fremantle's Dean Solomon beat that record, being suspended for eight weeks after hitting Geelong's Cameron Ling in the cheekbone with an elbow.
  • Melbourne won its first game for the season in Round 7 against Fremantle by six points, after recovering from a 50-point half-time deficit, the second-largest half-time deficit ever overcome in VFL/AFL history.[19] This was the second in a VFL/AFL-record string of five consecutive games which Fremantle lost after holding a three-quarter time lead.
  • West Coast suffered its worst ever loss at Subiaco Oval, and worst loss anywhere since 1989, in Round 13, losing to Geelong by 135 points.
  • In Round 13, Dustin Fletcher (in his 288th game) and his father, Ken (264 games), claimed the record of most VFL/AFL games played by a father-son combination (552 games).
  • In Round 16, Richmond player Joel Bowden deliberately concedes 2 behinds to protect his team's four-point lead over Essendon, which leads to the introduction of the rule that allows the umpire to give a free kick for a rushed behind.
  • With its final-round victory, Geelong matched the 2000 Essendon record of 21 wins in a home-and-away season. Ironically, Geelong also set the record for the highest average losing margin in a VFL/AFL season, with its only loss coming by 86 points at the hands of Collingwood.
  • In the Round 22 match between Carlton and Hawthorn, Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin became the first player since Tony Lockett in 1998 to kick 100 goals in the Home & Away Season. Franklin became the 28th player in VFL/AFL history to reach this milestone, and the first indigenous player to do so.
  • In the same game, Brendan Fevola scored seven second-half goals to fall one goal short of the same milestone, becoming the first person in VFL/AFL history to be stranded on 99 goals for a season.
  • The final game of the home and away season saw the 8th-placed St Kilda requiring a win of 90+ points over Essendon to claim 4th place going into the finals. St Kilda recorded a new record winning margin over Essendon of 108 points which saw the Saints replace Adelaide in 4th place for the finals series.
  • On Monday 1 September, Leigh Matthews announced his resignation from his senior coaching position at the Brisbane Lions. Michael Voss has taken up this position despite committing to West Coast for 2009.
  • The second elimination final between Sydney and North Melbourne was the lowest crowd number for a final outside Victoria with only 19,127 despite being at ANZ Stadium where Sydney have averaged 50,000 for finals.
  • The Grand Final between Geelong and Hawthorn drew a crowd of 100,012, the first crowd over 100,000 people since the 1986 Grand Final.
  • By losing the Grand Final after finishing with a home-and-away record of 21–1, Geelong broke the record set in 1935 and 1936 by South Melbourne (16–2) for best record by a non-premier, and the record for most wins by a non-premier held jointly by Collingwood (1973) and West Coast (1991) (both 19 wins).
  • Sydney played in a controversial draw against North Melbourne at Telstra Dome in round six; it was later revealed that Sydney had nineteen men on the field. Sydney had one too many players on the ground for a period of play before, during and after the behind that tied the scores was scored.[20] As a direct consequence of this, the league amended the interchange laws in round nine, appointing interchange stewards to police the players and to signal to the field umpires if an infringement has occurred. Any infringement now results in a free kick being awarded.[21]

International rules[edit]

Australia played Ireland in the two test 2008 International Rules Series. This series was played in Australia at Subiaco Oval and at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at the end of October. In 2007 the International Rules series was aborted by the Irish after they accused the Australians of being too rough in the previous series held in Ireland.[22] However after discussions between the teams they have decided to hold the 2008 series with some rule changes.

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice Captain(s)/Leadership Group
Adelaide Neil Craig Simon Goodwin[23] Nathan Bassett, Brett Burton, Tyson Edwards, Ben Rutten, Nathan van Berlo
Brisbane Lions Leigh Matthews Simon Black, Jonathan Brown, Nigel Lappin, Luke Power[24] N/A
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd[25] Nick Stevens(vc), Andrew Carrazzo, Heath Scotland, Kade Simpson[26]
Collingwood Mick Malthouse Scott Burns[27] Josh Fraser(vc), Tarkyn Lockyer, Nick Maxwell, Scott Pendlebury
Essendon Matthew Knights Matthew Lloyd Mark McVeigh, David Hille(vc)
Fremantle Mark Harvey Mathew Pavlich Josh Carr (vc)
Geelong Mark Thompson Tom Harley Cameron Ling (vc), Cameron Mooney (dvc), Joel Corey, Paul Chapman, Max Rooke
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Sam Mitchell[28] Luke Hodge (vc), Shane Crawford, Chance Bateman, Brad Sewell,
Melbourne Dean Bailey Cameron Bruce, James McDonald Brock McLean, Brad Miller,[29]
North Melbourne Dean Laidley Adam Simpson[30] Brady Rawlings, Daniel Harris, Michael Firrito, Nathan Thompson, Drew Petrie, Corey Jones, Daniel Pratt, Brent Harvey
Port Adelaide Mark Williams Warren Tredrea[31] Brendon Lade(vc), Chad Cornes(vc), Shaun Burgoyne(vc), Michael Wilson, Kane Cornes and Dom Cassisi
Richmond Terry Wallace Kane Johnson Chris Newman (vc), Nathan Foley (vc), Nathan Brown, Troy Simmonds, Joel Bowden and Kayne Pettifer[32]
St Kilda Ross Lyon Nick Riewoldt[33] Lenny Hayes
Sydney Paul Roos Leo Barry, Craig Bolton, Brett Kirk[34] N/A
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass[35] Dean Cox(vc), Tyson Stenglein(vc), Matt Priddis, Ashley Hansen, Adam Selwood[36]
Western Bulldogs Rodney Eade Brad Johnson Scott West, Robert Murphy, Daniel Cross, Daniel Giansiracusa, Matthew Boyd, Dale Morris[37]

Umpires[edit]

The AFL introduced an additional two boundary umpires in Round 21 in order to reduce the error rate and enable the umpires to keep up with the play.[38]

Brett Rosebury was appointed the 2008 All-Australian umpire, the first West Australian umpire to receive that honour. Controversially, however, he was not appointed to umpire the AFL Grand Final, with Scott McLaren, Michael Vozzo and Shaun Ryan selected ahead of Rosebury.[39]

Scott McLaren umpired his 300th game in Round 4[40] and Shane McInerney umpired his 250 game in Round 4.[41] Experienced field umpires Martin Ellis and Matthew Head both announced their retirements during the year.[42][43]

Player changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

A total of 84 players made their AFL debut in 2008,[44] including 14 of the 17 first round draft selections from the 2007 AFL Draft.[45] Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli was the only debutant to play all 22 games in the Home and Away season.[45]

Retirements[edit]

Name Club Date Retired Reason
Beau McDonald Brisbane Lions 14 February Recent injuries forced him out of the game.[46]
Danny Jacobs Hawthorn 12 March Hip injury.[47]
Hugh Minson Port Adelaide 9 April Knee problems.[48]
David Neitz Melbourne 19 May Neck problems.[49]
Matthew Carr Fremantle 19 May Leg problems.[50]
Michael Braun West Coast 7 July (finished season) Time is right.[51]
Peter Bell Fremantle 7 July Time is right.[52]
Andrew McDougall Western Bulldogs 17 July Injury and non-selection.[53]
Shaun McManus Fremantle 29 July Time is right.[54]
Michael Wilson Port Adelaide 5 August Injury.[55]
Robert Harvey St Kilda 6 August (finished season) Time is right.[56]
Heath Black Fremantle 6 August Injury.[57]
Mal Michael Essendon 15 August (finished season) Time is right.[58]
Rhett Biglands Adelaide 18 August Knee Injury.[59]
Nigel Lappin Brisbane Lions 19 August Achilles injury .[60]
Mark Johnson Fremantle 20 August (finished season) Time is right.[61]
Jason Johnson Essendon 25 August Time is right.[62]
Adam Ramanauskas Essendon 25 August Time is right.[62]
Shannon Grant North Melbourne 26 August (finished season) Time is right.[63]
Luke Webster Fremantle 27 August Injuries and club's future direction.[64]
Nathan Bassett Adelaide 27 August (finished season) Health concerns.[65]
Ben Holland Melbourne 30 August Time is right.[66]
Jeff Farmer Fremantle 2 September Time is right.[67]
Nathan Ablett Geelong 2 September Pursue a career in the building industry.[68]
Ben Mathews Sydney 2 September Time is right.[69]
Jess Sinclair North Melbourne 10 September Time is right.[70]
Peter Everitt Sydney 12 September Time is right.[71]
Fraser Gehrig St Kilda 13 September Unsuccessful attempt to relaunch his football career.[72]
Ryan Lonie Collingwood 15 September Injury.[73]
Shane Wakelin Collingwood 15 September Time is right.[74]
Nathan Thompson North Melbourne 19 September No offer for 2009[75]
Scott Burns Collingwood 22 September Time is right[76]
Ken McGregor Adelaide 30 September Time is right[77]
Jason Saddington Carlton 13 October Time is right[78]
Shane Crawford Hawthorn 8 November Time is right[79]

Sackings/Delistings[edit]

Name Club Date Delisted
Courtney Johns Essendon 15 August [80]
Damien Peverill Essendon 25 August [81]
Jeff White Melbourne 26 August [82]
Adem Yze Melbourne 26 August [82]
Greg Tivendale Richmond 28 August [83]
Ryley Dunn Fremantle 3 September [84]
Steven Armstrong West Coast 4 September [85]
Chad Jones West Coast 4 September [85]
James Thomson West Coast 4 September [85]
Jace Bode Melbourne 4 September [86]
Isaac Weetra Melbourne 4 September [86]
Robert Copeland Brisbane Lions 19 September [87]
Chris Schmidt Brisbane Lions 19 September [87]
Wayde Mills Brisbane Lions 19 September [87]
Haydn Kiel Brisbane Lions 19 September [87]
Brodie Holland Collingwood 23 September [88]
Chris Egan Collingwood 23 September [88]
Sam Iles Collingwood 23 September [88]
Scott West Western Bulldogs 23 September [89]
Peter Street Western Bulldogs 23 September [89]
Nick Davis Sydney 12 October [90]
Liam Bedford Geelong 15 October [91]
Jason Davenport Geelong 15 October [91]
Chris Kangars Geelong 15 October [91]
Tim Clarke Hawthorn 16 October [92]
Zac Dawson Hawthorn 16 October [92]
Luke McEntee Hawthorn 16 October [92]
Garry Moss Hawthorn 16 October [92]
Jayden Attard St Kilda 22 October [93]
Matthew Ferguson St Kilda 22 October [93]
Michael Rix St Kilda 22 October [93]
Shane Birss St Kilda 22 October [93]
Charlie Gardiner St Kilda 22 October [93]
Glenn Chivers St Kilda 22 October [93]
Luke Van Rheenen St Kilda 22 October [93]
Aaron Fiora St Kilda 31 October [94]
Chris Johnson Melbourne 31 October [95]

2008 Trade Week[edit]

In total only six trades were completed, with many players who requested trades, including Ryan O'Keefe, Andrew Lovett, Mark Seaby, Josh Carr and Daniel Harris unable to finalise deals during the week.[96] The lowest number of completed trades prompted calls by the AFLPA for a form of free agency to be introduced, although it could be explained as a one-off event due to a combination of the high regard for the players available in year's draft and the impending concessions to be given to the expansion teams, Gold Coast and Western Sydney in the coming years.[97]

Player Original club New club Traded for
Farren Ray and Pick No. 48 Western Bulldogs St Kilda Draft Pick No. 31
Rhyce Shaw and Pick No. 61 Collingwood Sydney Draft Pick No. 46
Adam Thomson Port Adelaide Richmond Draft Pick No. 42
Anthony Corrie Brisbane Lions Collingwood Draft Pick No. 93
Brent Prismall Geelong Essendon Draft Pick No. 39
Robert Warnock and Pick No. 69 Fremantle Carlton Draft Picks #24,56 and 72

Coaching changes[edit]

  • Surprising some, Leigh Matthews announced his retirement as coach of the Brisbane Lions two days after their final game of the season in what was reported as a move to make way for potential coaching candidate, Michael Voss.[98]
  • Despite being newly signed for two years as Assistant Coach of West Coast, as expected, former Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss was appointed as coach of the Brisbane Lions, one day after Leigh Matthews resigned.[99]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2008 Season Records
  2. ^ Highest Scores
  3. ^ Lowest Scores
  4. ^ a b Records >> Match Scores >> Greatest Margins
  5. ^ Records >> Aggregate Scores >> Highest Scores
  6. ^ Records >> Aggregate Scores >> Lowest Scores
  7. ^ Records >> Match Scores >> Best Accuracy
  8. ^ a b Records >> Match Scores >> Worst Accuracy
  9. ^ Cats demolish Eagles by 99 points
  10. ^ Eagles, Dockers picked for All Australian squad
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  12. ^ Richmond's Deledio wins 2008 Army Award
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  21. ^ AFL interchange rules overhauled
  22. ^ International Rules back on track as two dates confirmed
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