2010 AFL season

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2010 AFL Premiership season
AFL Logo 2010 Premiership Season.jpg
Official 2010 AFL logo
Teams 16
Premiers Collingwood
(15th premiership)
Minor premiers Collingwood
(18th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Western Bulldogs
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 186
Attendance 7,145,488 (38,417 per match)
Highest attendance 100,016 (drawn grand final, Collingwood vs. St Kilda)
Coleman Medallist Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
78 goals
Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd (Carlton)
30 votes
2009
2011

The 2010 Australian Football League season commenced on 25 March 2010 and concluded on 2 October 2010. It was the 114th season of the VFL/AFL competition. The premiership was won by Collingwood, who defeated St Kilda by 56 points in the Grand Final Replay, which was played after the first Grand Final was drawn. Collingwood's win marked the 15th VFL/AFL premiership in the club's history.

This season was the final AFL season to be played with sixteen teams, with the addition of clubs from the Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney in 2011 and 2012 respectively resulting in an expansion of the league.

Pre-season[edit]

AFL pre-season draft[edit]

AFL rookie draft[edit]

NAB Cup[edit]

Main article: 2010 NAB Cup

Summary of results[edit]

Round One   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
 West Coast 117  
 Essendon 82        West Coast 70  
 Adelaide 67      Port Adelaide 158  
 Port Adelaide 123          Port Adelaide 89  
 Hawthorn 135          Western Bulldogs 92  
 Richmond 62        Hawthorn 54
 Western Bulldogs 53      Western Bulldogs 111  
 Brisbane Lions 45          Western Bulldogs 104
 St Kilda 100          St Kilda 64
 Collingwood 99        St Kilda 79  
 Sydney 71      Sydney 78  
 Carlton 59          St Kilda 115
 Geelong 81          Fremantle 45  
 North Melbourne 95        North Melbourne 90
 Fremantle 97      Fremantle 94  
 Melbourne 50  

Premiership season[edit]

The draw for the 2010 AFL Premiership Season was produced by the AFL with the intention of producing a balanced draw while also providing the fans and television networks with blockbuster games. In a competition with 16 teams and 22 rounds, it is not possible for all teams to play each other twice. These factors combine to create some of the following anomalies:[1]

  • six of the teams played each other for the first time in round 21;
  • of the Victorian based teams St Kilda played six games interstate while Essendon travelled only three times;
  • of the six games Fremantle played in Melbourne, none were at the MCG, while defending premiers Geelong played seven games at the MCG despite not being one of the tenants at this ground;
  • North Melbourne and Port Adelaide played only two of 2009's top eight teams twice, while Essendon and Collingwood played five of these teams twice.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1 (season launch)
Thursday, 25 March (7:10 pm) Richmond 9.10 (64) def. by Carlton 18.12 (120) MCG (crowd: 72,010) Report
Friday, 26 March (7:40 pm) Geelong 19.11 (125) def. Essendon 13.16 (94) MCG (crowd: 57,772) Report
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Melbourne 8.13 (61) def. by Hawthorn 17.15 (117) MCG (crowd: 45,615) Report
Saturday, 27 March (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.18 (114) def. West Coast 12.10 (82) Gabba (crowd: 29,201) Report
Saturday, 27 March (7:10 pm) Sydney 13.10 (88) def. by St Kilda 15.6 (96) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 31,330) Report
Sunday, 28 March (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 13.18 (96) def. North Melbourne 12.10 (82) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,205) Report
Sunday, 28 March (5:10 pm) Fremantle 17.16 (118) def. Adelaide 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 30,976) Report
Sunday, 28 March (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.15 (93) def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,000) Report
  • For the third consecutive year Richmond and Carlton played a Thursday night match to open the season. It was also the fourth year in a row those two teams played each other in the opening round.
  • 2009 AFL Premiers Geelong started their title defence against Essendon. This was a departure from the previous three seasons, when the two teams that had contested the grand final played each other in Round 1.
  • Brad Johnson played his 350th match for the Western Bulldogs in their match against Collingwood.
  • For the third year in succession St Kilda and Sydney played each other in the opening round, as did Brisbane and West Coast.
  • Fremantle won its first match of the season for the first time since 2005. The win was also the largest in the club's history against Adelaide.
  • The Western Bulldogs lost a Round 1 fixture for the first time since 2004.
  • Mature age Fremantle rookie Michael Barlow had 33 possessions on debut against Adelaide, the highest number for a debutant since Dean Greig's record of 39 in 1991.


Round 2[edit]

Round 2 (Easter)
Thursday, 1 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.11 (107) def. Carlton 12.16 (88) Gabba (crowd: 36,780) Report
Saturday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 12.14 (86) def. Melbourne 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 50,421) Report
Saturday, 3 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 12.14 (86) def. by Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,010) Report
Saturday, 3 April (7:10 pm) St Kilda 23.5 (143) def. North Melbourne 6.3 (39) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,006) Report
Sunday, 4 April (12:40 pm) Adelaide 11.9 (75) def. by Sydney 18.10 (118) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,041) Report
Sunday, 4 April (4:40 pm) Richmond 7.6 (48) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.18 (120) MCG (crowd: 27,358) Report
Sunday, 4 April (2:10 pm) Essendon 9.15 (69) def. by Fremantle 17.11 (113) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,651) Report
Monday, 5 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 13.13 (91) def. by Geelong 14.16 (100) MCG (crowd: 68,628) Report
  • St Kilda's 104 point win set a new record winning margin for St Kilda over North Melbourne.
  • Fremantle won its first match in Victoria since Round 4, 2007,[2] breaking a streak of sixteen consecutive losses in the state.[3] Fremantle also defeated the Bombers at Etihad Stadium for the first time ever.
  • Brad Green played his 200th game for Melbourne.


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Friday, 9 April (7:40 pm) St Kilda 10.9 (69) def. Collingwood 4.17 (41) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,669) Report
Saturday, 10 April (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 17.14 (116) def. West Coast 13.13 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,394) Report
Saturday, 10 April (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 11.15 (81) def. by Brisbane Lions 16.12 (108) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,306) Report
Saturday, 10 April (7:10 pm) Sydney 16.15 (111) def. Richmond 7.14 (56) SCG (crowd: 28,414) Report
Saturday, 10 April (7:10 pm) Carlton 10.15 (75) def. by Essendon 13.17 (95) MCG (crowd: 71,006) Report
Sunday, 11 April (1:10 pm) Melbourne 7.15 (57) def. Adelaide 5.11 (41) MCG (crowd: 23,335) Report
Sunday, 11 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.16 (100) def. Hawthorn 12.12 (84) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,933) Report
Sunday, 11 April (2:40 pm) Fremantle 18.17 (125) def. Geelong 17.16 (118) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,762) Report
  • For the first time in Fremantle history, the club won the three opening fixtures of an AFL season. The crowd of 38,762 was the largest crowd between Fremantle and Geelong.
  • For the first time since 1989, West Coast lost its first three games of the year.
  • Melbourne won one of the first three games of the year for the first time since 2005, ending a run of four consecutive years of being 0–3 after three weeks.
  • Richmond won the final quarter of its game against Sydney, ending a streak of nineteen consecutive quarters lost, dating back to Round 21, 2009. This was the longest streak of quarters lost since St Kilda lost twenty-two in a row in 1897.


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Friday, 16 April (6:40 pm) West Coast 15.11 (101) def. Essendon 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,676) Report
Saturday, 17 April (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 8.12 (60) def. by Sydney 14.16 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,646) Report
Saturday, 17 April (2:40 pm) Adelaide 6.19 (55) def. by Carlton 16.7 (103) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,321) Report
Saturday, 17 April (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.23 (101) def. Western Bulldogs 12.7 (79) Gabba (crowd: 33,323) Report
Saturday, 17 April (7:10 pm) Collingwood 17.21 (123) def. Hawthorn 8.11 (59) MCG (crowd: 67,668) Report
Sunday, 18 April (1:10 pm) Richmond 11.12 (78) def. by Melbourne 20.13 (133) MCG (crowd: 42,594) Report
Sunday, 18 April (2:10 pm) Geelong 23.21 (159) def. Port Adelaide 10.4 (64) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,579) Report
Sunday, 18 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 16.12 (108) def. Fremantle 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,814) Report
  • Brisbane Lions were undefeated for the first four games of the season for the first time since 2002.


Round 5[edit]

Round 5 (Anzac Day)
Friday, 23 April (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 18.13 (121) def. Adelaide 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,884) Report
Saturday, 24 April (2:10 pm) Sydney 17.13 (115) def. West Coast 9.9 (63) SCG (crowd: 28,422) Report
Saturday, 24 April (7:10 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. Brisbane Lions 7.11 (53) MCG (crowd: 36,396) Report
Saturday, 24 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 7.12 (54) def. St Kilda 6.8 (44) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,355) Report
Sunday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Collingwood 18.12 (120) def. Essendon 8.7 (55) MCG (crowd: 90,070) Report
Sunday, 25 April (5:40 pm) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) def. by North Melbourne 12.10 (82) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,301) Report
Sunday, 25 April (6:40 pm) Fremantle 15.22 (112) def. Richmond 11.7 (73) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,010) Report
Monday, 26 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 15.14 (104) def. Geelong 9.14 (68) MCG (crowd: 71,399) Report
  • Melbourne won three games in a row for the first time since late 2006.
  • The Fremantle and Richmond game with 38,010 and the Melbourne and Brisbane game with 36,396 were the largest attendances for matches between these teams, and the crowd of 90,070 on the Anzac Day match between Collingwood and Essendon was the ninth largest VFL/AFL Home and Away crowd in history.


Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Friday, 30 April (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 6.10 (46) def. by St Kilda 7.7 (49) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,072) Report
Saturday, 1 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 15.14 (104) def. Melbourne 12.6 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,763) Report
Saturday, 1 May (2:40 pm) Adelaide 10.14 (74) def. by Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,371) Report
Saturday, 1 May (7:10 pm) Sydney 16.11 (107) def. Brisbane Lions 13.9 (87) SCG (crowd: 30,975) Report
Saturday, 1 May (7:10 pm) Essendon 15.16 (106) def. Hawthorn 9.9 (63) MCG (crowd: 61,006) Report
Sunday, 2 May (1:10 pm) Geelong 24.17 (161) def. Richmond 7.11 (53) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,106) Report
Sunday, 2 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 16.6 (102) def. by Collingwood 24.11 (155) MCG (crowd: 80,645) Report
Sunday, 2 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 10.13 (73) def. by Fremantle 17.9 (111) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 40,886) Report
  • Adelaide lost its first six matches of the year, its worst ever start to a season.
  • Travis Johnstone played his 200th game, comprising 160 with Melbourne and 40 with his current club Brisbane.
  • The combined total of 95 points scored in the match between St Kilda and Western Bulldogs was the lowest aggregate score ever in a game at Etihad Stadium.


Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Friday, 7 May (7:40 pm) Melbourne 9.12 (66) def. by Western Bulldogs 10.10 (70) MCG (crowd: 45,444) Report
Saturday, 8 May (2:10 pm) Essendon 16.10 (106) def. by Port Adelaide 17.7 (109) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,248) Report
Saturday, 8 May (1:10 pm) West Coast 15.12 (102) def. Hawthorn 14.10 (94) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,864) Report
Saturday, 8 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.10 (100) def. by Fremantle 15.23 (113) Gabba (crowd: 27,739) Report
Saturday, 8 May (7:10 pm) Collingwood 23.19 (157) def. North Melbourne 14.7 (91) MCG (crowd: 52,696) Report
Sunday, 9 May (1:10 pm) Geelong 19.12 (126) def. Sydney 9.5 (59) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,970) Report
Sunday, 9 May (4:10 pm) Adelaide 15.14 (104) def. Richmond 7.12 (54) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,196) Report
Monday, 10 May (7:20 pm) St Kilda 9.14 (68) def. by Carlton 20.9 (129) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,866 ) Report
  • Richmond's seven consecutive losses and percentage of 49.5% was statistically the worst start to a season by any team since 1955.[4]
  • Carlton's win over St Kilda was its first against that opposition since 2001, ending a twelve game losing streak, at the time the AFL's worst active losing streak for any club over a particular opponent.
  • This was the AFL's first official 'Monday Night Football' match since Round 1, 2006.
  • Fremantle's win over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba was the first time they had won there since 1997.


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Friday, 14 May (6:40 pm) Fremantle 15.7 (97) def. by Collingwood 20.13 (133) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 41,624) Report
Saturday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.17 (101) def. Sydney 9.9 (63) Manuka Oval (crowd: 14,308) Report
Saturday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 6.10 (46) def. by West Coast 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 28,592) Report
Saturday, 15 May (7:10 pm) North Melbourne 12.12 (84) def. Adelaide 11.9 (75) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,455) Report
Saturday, 15 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.14 (74) def. by Geelong 24.11 (155) Gabba (crowd: 33,629) Report
Sunday, 16 May (1:10 pm) Richmond 13.8 (86) def. by Hawthorn 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 41,563) Report
Sunday, 16 May (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 14.8 (92) def. by Carlton 17.16 (118) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 30,228) Report
Sunday, 16 May (4:40 pm) St Kilda 11.15 (81) def. by Essendon 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,204) Report


Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Friday, 21 May (7:40 pm) Collingwood 6.14 (50) def. by Geelong 12.14 (86) MCG (crowd: 88,115) Report
Saturday, 22 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 7.15 (57) def. by Western Bulldogs 20.7 (127) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,794) Report
Saturday, 22 May (2:10 pm) Sydney 9.9 (63) def. by Fremantle 14.16 (100) SCG (crowd: 24,819) Report
Saturday, 22 May (7:10 pm) Melbourne 17.9 (111) def. Port Adelaide 16.14 (110) TIO Stadium (crowd: 8,848) Report
Saturday, 22 May (7:30 pm) Essendon 19.16 (130) def. Richmond 14.11 (95) MCG (crowd: 64,709) Report
Sunday, 23 May (12:40 pm) Adelaide 13.15 (93) def. Brisbane Lions 11.15 (81) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,517) Report
Sunday, 23 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 8.12 (60) def. by Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,484) Report
Sunday, 23 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 8.8 (56) def. by St Kilda 13.13 (91) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,244) Report
  • Collingwood's home game against Geelong set a new record crowd for a home and away match featuring Geelong, 88,115.
  • Cameron Mooney played his 200th career game for Geelong.
  • Fremantle won its first game in Sydney since Round 2, 1996, ending a ten-game losing streak (nine at the Sydney Cricket Ground and one at Stadium Australia).
  • Melbourne's win in Darwin its first win outside of Victoria since Round 14, 2006, ending a losing streak of nineteen matches. It was also its first win outside its home ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, since Round 19, 2007, a streak of twenty games.
  • Saturday night's game between Essendon and Richmond was the sixth annual Dreamtime at the 'G clash. The game is a celebration and tribute to the Indigenous contribution to Australian rules football.


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Friday, 28 May (7:40 pm) Essendon 15.9 (99) def. Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,742) Report
Saturday, 29 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 18.13 (121) def. Melbourne 10.7 (67) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,525) Report
Saturday, 29 May (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 3.12 (30) def. by Richmond 10.17 (77) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,694) Report
Saturday, 29 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.10 (88) def. Collingwood 11.14 (80) Gabba (crowd: 34,239) Report
Saturday, 29 May (7:10 pm) St Kilda 19.9 (123) def. Adelaide 12.4 (76) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,708) Report
Sunday, 30 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.19 (79) def. Sydney 11.11 (77) MCG (crowd: 36,003) Report
Sunday, 30 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 15.15 (105) def. West Coast 11.10 (76) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,175) Report
Sunday, 30 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 21.13 (139) def. North Melbourne 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,175) Report
  • In winning the second quarter of its game, Geelong won its eighteenth consecutive quarter, breaking the previous record of seventeen set by St Kilda in 2005. The streak would eventually end the following week at twenty-one.
  • Richmond broke a 14 game losing streak with a 47-point victory over Port Adelaide in horrendous weather. This win was Damien Hardwick's first victory as Richmond's head coach, after nine losses. In the game, Richmond laid a record 142 tackles, and Port Adelaide's score of 3.12 (30) set a new record as its lowest ever in the AFL.
  • Fremantle's score of 10.4 in the third quarter equalled its best ever quarter.


Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Friday, 4 June (7:40 pm) Richmond 8.11 (59) def. by St Kilda 14.13 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,858) Report
Saturday, 5 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 15.11 (101) def. Melbourne 9.6 (60) MCG (crowd: 49,745) Report
Saturday, 5 June (2:40 pm) Adelaide 16.9 (105) def. Fremantle 12.10 (82) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,605) Report
Saturday, 5 June (7:10 pm) North Melbourne 12.18 (90) def. Brisbane Lions 13.11 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,100) Report
Saturday, 5 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 14.14 (98) def. by Geelong 18.14 (122) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 33,784) Report
Sunday, 6 June (1:10 pm) Sydney 12.17 (89) def. Essendon 12.8 (80) SCG (crowd: 29,329) Report
Sunday, 6 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) def. Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) MCG (crowd: 21,287) Report
Sunday, 6 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 17.11 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 16.7 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,813) Report
  • Tyson Edwards (Adelaide) played his 321st and last AFL match, announcing his retirement after the match


Round 12[edit]

Round 12 (Queen's Birthday)
Friday, 11 June (7:40 pm) North Melbourne 14.13 (97) def. Carlton 10.8 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,732) Report
Saturday, 12 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.10 (124) def. Adelaide 11.11 (77) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,167) Report
Saturday, 12 June (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 8.7 (55) def. by Sydney 14.9 (93) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 20,106) Report
Saturday, 12 June (7:10 pm) Essendon 12.11 (83) def. by Geelong 23.16 (154) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,358) Report
Sunday, 13 June (1:10 pm) Richmond 19.12 (126) def. West Coast 11.11 (77) MCG (crowd: 30,870) Report
Sunday, 13 June (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.19 (121) def. Brisbane Lions 8.8 (56) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,831) Report
Sunday, 13 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 10.7 (67) def. by St Kilda 12.13 (85) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,569) Report
Monday, 14 June (2:10 pm) Melbourne 11.10 (76) drew with Collingwood 9.22 (76) MCG (crowd: 67,454) Report
  • North Melbourne played Carlton in a game which celebrated 25 years since North Melbourne pioneered Friday Night Football. North Melbourne has since played an annual Friday Night fixture against Carlton.
  • Jack Riewoldt became the first player to kick ten goals in a game since Jonathan Brown in Round 16, 2007.
  • Stephen Milne played his 200th game.


Round 13[edit]

Round 13 (Week One)
Friday, 18 June (7:40 pm) Hawthorn 14.18 (102) def. Essendon 13.8 (86) MCG (crowd: 54,148) Report
Saturday, 19 June (7:10 pm) Carlton 12.15 (87) def. by Fremantle 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,869) Report
Saturday, 19 June (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.14 (86) def. by Richmond 15.15 (105) Gabba (crowd: 28,415) Report
Sunday, 20 June (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.15 (129) def. Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,109) Report
Sunday, 20 June (2:40 pm) West Coast 9.5 (59) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.17 (119) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,280) Report
Round 13 (Week Two)
Friday, 25 June (7:40 pm) St Kilda 10.10 (70) def. Geelong 6.10 (46) MCG (crowd: 58,208) Report
Saturday, 26 June (7:10 pm) Sydney 10.11 (71) def. by Collingwood 13.18 (96) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 43,585) Report
Sunday, 27 June (2:40 pm) Adelaide 16.21 (117) def. Melbourne 11.7 (73) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,442) Report
  • Round 13 was a split round, played over two weeks to give each club one week's break at roughly midseason.
  • In its first re-match since the 2009 AFL Grand Final, St Kilda and Geelong set a new record crowd for a home and away game between the two clubs, 58,208.
  • Geelong was held goalless in the second half against St Kilda, the first time since 2001 that the club had been goalless in a half of football.
  • The game between Geelong and St Kilda was notable for the spiteful clashes between Geelong forward Steve Johnson and St Kilda tagger Steven Baker; Johnson was twice cited for striking Baker, and was suspended for three weeks, while Baker was cited three times for striking Johnson and once for misconduct (deliberately punching Johnson in his broken hand), and was suspended for nine weeks.[5][6]


Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Thursday, 1 July (7:10 pm) Carlton 18.12 (120) def. Brisbane Lions 9.11 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,623) Report
Friday, 2 July (7:40 pm) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) def. Western Bulldogs 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 47,454) Report
Saturday, 3 July (1:10 pm) Fremantle 17.13 (115) def. Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,442) Report
Saturday, 3 July (7:10 pm) Collingwood 20.15 (135) def. West Coast 7.10 (52) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,781) Report
Saturday, 3 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 19.10 (124) def. Essendon 5.10 (40) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 37,296) Report
Sunday, 4 July (1:10 pm) Geelong 14.14 (98) def. North Melbourne 9.9 (63) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,159) Report
Sunday, 4 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 14.5 (89) def. Sydney 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 39,386) Report
Sunday, 4 July (4:40 pm) St Kilda 15.10 (100) def. Melbourne 9.11 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,993) Report
  • Geelong gathered a record 505 disposals in its win against North Melbourne.
  • West Coast dropped to the bottom of the ladder for the first time since 1989.


Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Friday, 9 July (8:10 pm) Port Adelaide 12.7 (79) def. by Collingwood 16.9 (105) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 24,260) Report
Saturday, 10 July (1:10 pm) West Coast 14.11 (95) def. by Adelaide 17.15 (117) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 26,976) Report
Saturday, 10 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 12.13 (85) def. Hawthorn 11.17 (83) MCG (crowd: 69,220) Report
Saturday, 10 July (7:10 pm) Richmond 15.10 (100) def. Fremantle 11.15 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,707) Report
Saturday, 10 July (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.5 (65) def. by St Kilda 11.13 (79) Gabba (crowd: 29,329) Report
Sunday, 11 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 12.13 (85) def. North Melbourne 7.13 (55) SCG (crowd: 23,856) Report
Sunday, 11 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 19.8 (122) def. Essendon 14.19 (103) MCG (crowd: 49,203) Report
Sunday, 11 July (4:40 pm) Carlton 8.10 (58) def. by Western Bulldogs 20.6 (126) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,517) Report
  • Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams stepped down as coach of Port Adelaide after the match against Collingwood.[7]


Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Friday, 16 July (8:10 pm) Adelaide 11.8 (74) def. Geelong 9.9 (63) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,195) Report
Saturday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.10 (100) def. St Kilda 6.16 (52) MCG (crowd: 81,386) Report
Saturday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.16 (118) def. Brisbane Lions 7.1 (43) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,690) Report
Saturday, 17 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 14.16 (100) def. by West Coast 20.12 (132) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,991) Report
Saturday, 17 July (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) def. Port Adelaide 7.5 (47) TIO Stadium (crowd: 10,108) Report
Sunday, 18 July (1:10 pm) Carlton 10.8 (68) def. by Sydney 16.11 (107) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,915) Report
Sunday, 18 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 7.11 (53) def. by North Melbourne 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 42,723) Report
Sunday, 18 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 11.16 (82) def. Melbourne 10.11 (71) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,816) Report
  • Collingwood's home game against St Kilda set a new record home and away crowd for a match featuring St Kilda, 81,386.
  • Mark LeCras (West Coast) kicked a personal best and ground record of 12.2 (74) in his club's win over Essendon at Etihad Stadium. The haul of 12 goals was the highest kicked by a player in a game since Scott Cummings, also playing for West Coast, kicked 14 goals in Round 4, 2000.[8]


Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Friday, 23 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 14.3 (87) drew with Hawthorn 13.9 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,373) Report
Saturday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 19.13 (127) def. Richmond 6.9 (45) MCG (crowd: 66,727) Report
Saturday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 19.13 (127) def. Brisbane Lions 9.10 (64) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,508) Report
Saturday, 24 July (7:10 pm) North Melbourne 18.11 (119) def. by Essendon 18.14 (122) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,330) Report
Saturday, 24 July (5:40 pm) West Coast 11.17 (83) def. by Carlton 15.19 (109) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,925) Report
Sunday, 25 July (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 24.14 (158) def. Fremantle 12.4 (76) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,797) Report
Sunday, 25 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 22.10 (142) def. Sydney 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 29,374) Report
Sunday, 25 July (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) def. Adelaide 9.15 (69) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,788) Report
  • St Kilda's home game against Hawthorn was a new record home and away crowd for a game between the Saints and the Hawks (49,373).
  • Sydney suffered its worst loss under Paul Roos and its worst loss since 1999, by 73 points.
  • Ben Johnson played his 200th game.


Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Friday, 30 July (7:40 pm) Essendon 16.12 (108) def. St Kilda 11.9 (75) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,165) Report
Saturday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.15 (105) def. Carlton 9.3 (57) MCG (crowd: 76,980) Report
Saturday, 31 July (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) def. Hawthorn 12.12 (84) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 22,340) Report
Saturday, 31 July (7:10 pm) Sydney 9.18 (72) def. by Geelong 20.5 (125) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 30,710) Report
Saturday, 31 July (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.10 (64) def. by Melbourne 11.8 (74) Gabba (crowd: 26,144) Report
Sunday, 1 August (1:10 pm) Richmond 15.10 (100) def. Adelaide 11.14 (80) MCG (crowd: 19,181) Report
Sunday, 1 August (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 22.11 (143) def. North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,038) Report
Sunday, 1 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 24.16 (160) def. West Coast 13.7 (85) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 40,451) Report
  • St Kilda lost its third consecutive game against Essendon, in a period over which the Saints had lost only seven games in total.
  • Fremantle achieved its highest score, 24.16 (160), and highest winning margin, 75 points, in a Western Derby to date.


Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Friday, 6 August (7:40 pm) Essendon 9.19 (73) def. by Carlton 23.11 (149) MCG (crowd: 57,095) Report
Saturday, 7 August (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.9 (123) def. Fremantle 10.9 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 14,891) Report
Saturday, 7 August (2:10 pm) Sydney 19.15 (129) def. Hawthorn 13.7 (85) SCG (crowd: 29,431) Report
Saturday, 7 August (7:10 pm) Geelong 12.13 (85) def. by Collingwood 14.23 (107) MCG (crowd: 84,401) Report
Saturday, 7 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 9.11 (65) def. by Brisbane Lions 10.10 (70) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,587) Report
Sunday, 8 August (1:10 pm) St Kilda 23.13 (151) def. Port Adelaide 8.9 (57) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,467) Report
Sunday, 8 August (2:10 pm) Melbourne 16.13 (109) def. Richmond 11.14 (80) MCG (crowd: 45,844) Report
Sunday, 8 August (4:10 pm) Adelaide 7.11 (53) def. by Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 29,321) Report
  • Geelong lost its first home-and-away game as the home team at any venue since Round 21, 2007, ending a run of 30 consecutive wins.
  • St Kilda recorded its greatest ever winning margin against Port Adelaide of 94 points.


Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Friday, 13 August (7:40 pm) Essendon 10.4 (64) def. by Collingwood 24.18 (162) MCG (crowd: 59,277) Report
Saturday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 23.18 (156) def. Richmond 10.7 (67) MCG (crowd: 44,716) Report
Saturday, 14 August (1:10 pm) Fremantle 13.9 (87) def. by Sydney 14.12 (96) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,087) Report
Saturday, 14 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.6 (60) def. by Geelong 25.11 (161) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,199) Report
Saturday, 14 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 8.13 (61) def. West Coast 8.12 (60) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,113) Report
Sunday, 15 August (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.19 (97) def. by Adelaide 15.14 (104) Gabba (crowd: 25,403) Report
Sunday, 15 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 15.9 (99) def. Melbourne 12.6 (78) MCG (crowd: 48,211) Report
Sunday, 15 August (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 9.9 (63) def. by St Kilda 17.13 (115) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,118) Report
  • Collingwood recorded its greatest winning margin against Essendon since Round 14, 1971, and its highest score against Essendon since Round 3, 1977.
  • Geelong recorded its greatest winning margin in matches against the Western Bulldogs, 101 points.
  • The crowd of 14,113 at the Port Adelaide-West Coast game was the lowest ever crowd for an AFL game at AAMI Stadium.


Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Friday, 20 August (7:40 pm) Geelong 18.13 (121) def. Carlton 12.7 (79) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,172) Report
Saturday, 21 August (2:10 pm) St Kilda 17.13 (115) def. Richmond 14.10 (94) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,790) Report
Saturday, 21 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 24.11 (155) def. Fremantle 5.9 (39) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,532[9]) Report
Saturday, 21 August (7:10 pm) Collingwood 6.18 (54) def. Adelaide 7.9 (51) MCG (crowd: 42,159) Report
Saturday, 21 August (7:10 pm) Sydney 17.12 (114) def. Western Bulldogs 10.10 (70) SCG (crowd: 36,554) Report
Sunday, 22 August (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) def. Melbourne 11.17 (83) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,086) Report
Sunday, 22 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 10.8 (68) def. by Brisbane Lions 14.11 (95) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,785) Report
Sunday, 22 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 14.10 (94) def. by North Melbourne 16.14 (110) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,007) Report
  • Fremantle played at Aurora Stadium for the first time since the infamous siren controversy of 2006. Fremantle, having already confirmed a place in the finals, chose to rest seven of its regular senior players for the game, playing inexperienced youngsters in their place; as a result, the team suffered the worst loss of any team this season, going down by 116 points, and Fremantle attracted some criticism from commentators.[10] By winning, Hawthorn clinched its own finals berth. Hawthorn's score and winning margin were each the highest ever for an AFL game played at Aurora Stadium, until the highest score was eclipsed in Round 10, 2012, when Hawthorn scored 27.12 (174) against North Melbourne. The margin from that match (115 points) was one point less from this match.
  • Collingwood's three point win over Adelaide secured its first minor premiership since 1977, and its first McClelland Trophy since 1970.
  • West Coast's loss meant that the club won its first wooden spoon in its 24-year history.


Round 22[edit]

Round 22
Friday, 27 August (6:40 pm) Fremantle 13.15 (93) def. Carlton 13.9 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,376) Report
Saturday, 28 August (1:10 pm) Geelong 16.16 (112) def. West Coast 10.8 (68) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,099) Report
Saturday, 28 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 15.8 (98) def. Collingwood 13.17 (95) MCG (crowd: 76,218) Report
Saturday, 28 August (3:40 pm) Adelaide 9.11 (65) def. St Kilda 5.7 (37) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,121) Report
Saturday, 28 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.5 (107) def. Essendon 11.12 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,776) Report
Saturday, 28 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.8 (68) def. by Sydney 16.10 (106) Gabba (crowd: 24,789) Report
Sunday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 16.16 (112) def. by Port Adelaide 18.14 (122) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,674) Report
Sunday, 29 August (4:40 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. by North Melbourne 17.11 (113) MCG (crowd: 31,064) Report
  • In a first for the league, the final round of the season was given a floating schedule, with the AFL to allocate the timeslots for the games six weeks out from the end of the season, in order to reduce the likelihood of a team playing the first week of the finals after a Sunday game in Round 22.[11] The schedule was announced on 12 July 2010.[12] The floating schedule for the final round became a standard feature in future years.
  • Collingwood lost its first match since Round 10, ending an 11-match winning streak.


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 GF1 GF2 Ladder
Adelaide Freo
56
Syd
43
Melb
16
Carl
48
WB
49
Port
23
Rich
50
NM
9
Bris
12
StK
47
Freo
23
Haw
47
Melb
44
Ess
84
WCE
22
Geel
11
Port
19
Rich
20
WB
8
Bris
7
Coll
3
StK
28
X X X X X 11
Brisbane Lions WCE
32
Carl
19
Port
27
WB
22
Melb
50
Syd
20
Freo
13
Geel
81
Adel
12
Coll
8
NM
1
WB
65
Rich
19
Carl
55
StK
14
Haw
75
Geel
63
Melb
10
WCE
5
Adel
7
Ess
27
Syd
38
X X X X X 13
Carlton Rich
56
Bris
19
Ess
20
Adel
48
Geel
36
Coll
53
StK
61
Port
26
Haw
50
WCE
29
Melb
41
NM
29
Freo
9
Bris
55
WB
68
Syd
39
WCE
26
Coll
48
Ess
76
Rich
89
Geel
42
Freo
6
Syd
5
X X X X 8
Collingwood WB
36
Melb
1
StK
28
Haw
64
Ess
65
Carl
53
NM
66
Freo
36
Geel
36
Bris
8
WB
10
Melb
0
Syd
25
WCE
83
Port
26
StK
48
Rich
82
Carl
48
Geel
22
Ess
98
Adel
3
Haw
3
WB
62
X Geel
41
StK
0
StK
56
1
Essendon Geel
31
Freo
44
Carl
20
WCE
23
Coll
65
Haw
43
Port
3
StK
12
Rich
35
WB
9
Syd
9
Geel
71
Haw
16
Adel
84
Melb
19
WCE
32
NM
3
StK
33
Carl
76
Coll
98
Bris
27
WB
29
X X X X X 14
Fremantle Adel
56
Ess
44
Geel
7
StK
15
Rich
39
WCE
38
Bris
13
Coll
36
Syd
37
NM
61
Adel
23
StK
18
Carl
9
Port
57
Rich
19
Melb
11
WB
82
WCE
75
NM
54
Syd
9
Haw
116
Carl
6
Haw
30
Geel
69
X X X 6
Geelong Ess
31
Haw
9
Freo
7
Port
95
Carl
36
Rich
108
Syd
67
Bris
81
Coll
36
Melb
54
WCE
24
Ess
71
StK
24
NM
35
Haw
2
Adel
11
Bris
63
Syd
53
Coll
22
WB
101
Carl
42
WCE
44
StK
4
Freo
69
Coll
41
X X 2
Hawthorn Melb
56
Geel
9
WB
16
Coll
64
NM
12
Ess
43
WCE
8
Rich
3
Carl
50
Syd
2
Port
11
Adel
47
Ess
16
WB
3
Geel
2
Bris
75
StK
0
Port
8
Syd
44
Melb
21
Freo
116
Coll
3
Freo
30
X X X X 7
Melbourne Haw
56
Coll
1
Adel
16
Rich
55
Bris
50
NM
26
WB
4
WCE
29
Port
1
Geel
54
Carl
41
Coll
0
Adel
44
StK
35
Ess
19
Freo
11
Syd
73
Bris
10
Rich
29
Haw
21
Port
29
NM
10
X X X X X 12
North Melbourne Port
14
StK
104
WCE
25
Syd
40
Haw
12
Melb
26
Coll
66
Adel
9
WB
70
Freo
61
Bris
1
Carl
29
Port
36
Geel
35
Syd
30
Rich
50
Ess
3
WB
71
Freo
54
StK
52
WCE
16
Melb
10
X X X X X 9
Port Adelaide NM
14
WCE
3
Bris
27
Geel
95
StK
10
Adel
23
Ess
3
Carl
26
Melb
1
Rich
47
Haw
11
Syd
38
NM
36
Freo
57
Coll
26
WB
36
Adel
19
Haw
8
StK
94
WCE
1
Melb
29
Rich
10
X X X X X 10
Richmond Carl
56
WB
72
Syd
55
Melb
55
Freo
39
Geel
108
Adel
50
Haw
3
Ess
35
Port
47
StK
38
WCE
49
Bris
19
Syd
4
Freo
19
NM
50
Coll
82
Adel
20
Melb
29
Carl
89
StK
24
Port
10
X X X X X 15
St Kilda Syd
8
NM
104
Coll
28
Freo
15
Port
10
WB
3
Carl
61
Ess
12
WCE
35
Adel
47
Rich
38
Freo
18
Geel
24
Melb
35
Bris
14
Coll
48
Haw
0
Ess
33
Port
94
NM
52
Rich
24
Adel
28
Geel
4
X WB
24
Coll
0
Coll
56
3
Sydney StK
8
Adel
43
Rich
55
NM
40
WCE
56
Bris
20
Geel
67
WB
38
Freo
37
Haw
2
Ess
9
Port
38
Coll
25
Rich
4
NM
30
Carl
39
Melb
73
Geel
53
Haw
44
Frem
9
WB
44
Bris
38
Carl
5
WB
5
X X X 5
West Coast Bris
32
Port
3
NM
25
Ess
23
Syd
56
Freo
38
Haw
8
Melb
29
StK
35
Carl
29
Geel
24
Rich
49
WB
60
Coll
83
Adel
22
Ess
32
Carl
26
Freo
75
Bris
5
Port
1
NM
16
Geel
44
X X X X X 16
Western Bulldogs Coll
36
Rich
72
Haw
16
Bris
22
Adel
49
StK
3
Melb
4
Syd
38
NM
70
Ess
9
Coll
10
Bris
65
WCE
60
Haw
3
Carl
68
Port
36
Freo
82
NM
71
Adel
8
Geel
101
Syd
44
Ess
29
Coll
62
Syd
5
StK
24
X X 4
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 GF1 GF2 Ladder
Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game

Ladder[edit]

2010 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Collingwood (P) 22 17 4 1 2349 1658 141.68 70
2 Geelong 22 17 5 0 2518 1702 147.94 68
3 St Kilda 22 15 6 1 1935 1591 121.62 62
4 Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 2174 1734 125.37 56
5 Sydney 22 13 9 0 2017 1863 108.27 52
6 Fremantle 22 13 9 0 2168 2087 103.88 52
7 Hawthorn 22 12 9 1 2044 1847 110.67 50
8 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2143 1983 108.07 44
9 North Melbourne 22 11 11 0 1930 2208 87.41 44
10 Port Adelaide 22 10 12 0 1749 2123 82.38 40
11 Adelaide 22 9 13 0 1763 1870 94.28 36
12 Melbourne 22 8 13 1 1863 1971 94.52 34
13 Brisbane Lions 22 7 15 0 1775 2158 82.25 28
14 Essendon 22 7 15 0 1930 2402 80.35 28
15 Richmond 22 6 16 0 1714 2348 73.00 24
16 West Coast 22 4 18 0 1773 2300 77.09 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 Collingwood 4 8 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 34 38 42 46 50 54 58 62 66 70 70
2 Geelong 4 8 8 12 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 40 44 48 48 52 56 56 60 64 68
3 St Kilda 4 8 12 16 16 20 20 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 48 50 50 54 58 62 62
4 Western Bulldogs 0 4 8 8 12 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 52 56
5 Sydney 0 4 8 12 16 20 20 20 20 20 24 28 28 28 32 36 36 36 40 44 48 52
6 Fremantle 4 8 12 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 32 32 36 40 40 44 44 48 48 48 48 52
7 Hawthorn 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 32 36 38 38 38 42 46 50
8 Carlton 4 4 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 24 28 28 28 32 32 36 36 36 40 44 44 44
9 North Melbourne 0 0 4 4 8 12 12 16 16 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 32 32 36 36 40 44
10 Port Adelaide 4 8 8 8 12 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 24 28 28 32 36 40
11 Adelaide 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 8 12 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 28 32 32 36
12 Melbourne 0 0 4 8 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 18 18 18 22 22 26 30 34 34 34 34
13 Brisbane Lions 4 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 24 24 28 28
14 Essendon 0 0 4 4 4 8 8 12 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 24 28 28 28 28 28
15 Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 20 20 24 24 24 24 24
16 West Coast 0 0 0 4 4 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Finals series[edit]

Week 1 (qualifying and elimination finals)[edit]

Qualifying Finals
Saturday, 4 September 7:20 pm Collingwood 17.22 (124) def. Western Bulldogs 8.14 (62) MCG (crowd: 66,545) Report
Friday, 3 September 7:45 pm Geelong 11.13 (79) def. by St Kilda 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 63,608) Report
Elimination Finals
Sunday, 5 September 2:40 pm Sydney 14.15 (99) def. Carlton 13.16 (94) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 41,596) Report
Saturday, 4 September 1:20 pm Fremantle 14.10 (94) def. Hawthorn 8.16 (64) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 42,719) Report
  • Geelong and St Kilda played each other in a finals match for the third consecutive year, in the second qualifying final. A potential go-ahead goal by Cameron Ling with one minute remaining was disallowed because Cameron Mooney pushed James Gwilt in the back during the tackle which set up the shot on goal; although controversial, the AFL later endorsed the decision.[13]
  • Carlton played its first match at ANZ Stadium since Round 1, 2003.


Week 2 (semi-finals)[edit]

Semi-Finals
Saturday, 11 September 7:20 pm Western Bulldogs 11.11 (77) def. Sydney 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 39,596) Report
Friday, 10 September 7:45 pm Geelong 20.15 (135) def. Fremantle 10.6 (66) MCG (crowd: 45,056) Report
  • Fremantle played its first game at the MCG since Round 20, 2009.
  • The crowd of 39,596 for the Bulldogs-Swans match was the lowest crowd for a finals match at the MCG since 1934.
  • Geelong's victory over Fremantle put it into its fourth preliminary final in a row, and its third against Collingwood in that sequence.


Week 3 (preliminary finals)[edit]

Preliminary Finals
Friday, 17 September 7:45 pm Collingwood 18.12 (120) def. Geelong 11.13 (79) MCG (crowd: 95,241) Report
Saturday, 18 September 7:20 pm St Kilda 13.10 (88) def. Western Bulldogs 8.16 (64) MCG (crowd: 62,694) Report
  • The two preliminary final match-ups were unchanged from 2009.
  • Geelong's half-time deficit of 62 points against Collingwood was its highest in any match since Round 18, 1998.
  • The Western Bulldogs' loss to St Kilda was their third consecutive season to end with a loss in a Preliminary Final.


Weeks 4 & 5 (grand final and replay)[edit]

Main article: 2010 AFL Grand Final
Grand Final
25 September 2:30 pm Collingwood drew with St Kilda MCG (Crowd: 100,016) Report
4.2 (26)
7.8 (50)
7.13 (55)
9.14 (68)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
3.2 (20)
4.2 (26)
7.5 (47)
10.8 (68)
Umpires: Chamberlain, Rosebury, Ryan
Norm Smith Medal: Lenny Hayes
Television broadcast: Seven / 7mate
National Anthem: Cameron and Taylor Henderson
Cloke 2
Jolly, Blair, Didak, Thomas, Macaffer, O'Brien, Davis
Goals Riewoldt, Milne, Goddard 2
Schneider, Koschitzke, Gilbert, Hayes
Shaw, Thomas, Swan, N Brown, Maxwell, Pendlebury Best Hayes, Goddard, Fisher, Gilbert, Gwilt, Schneider
Prestigiacomo (groin), replaced in the side by N Brown Injuries Gardiner (hamstring)
  • Collingwood made its first Grand Final appearance since 2003.
  • This was the second time that these two teams met each other in a Grand Final. The first was the 1966 Grand Final, the year of St Kilda's first and only premiership, which they won by just one point.
  • St Kilda made consecutive appearances in the Grand Final for the first time since 1965 and 1966.
  • Geelong missed the Grand Final for the first time since 2006.
  • The match was the third drawn Grand Final, and the first since 1977.
  • The crowd of 100,016 was the highest at a game since the 1986 VFL Grand Final.


Grand final replay[edit]

Grand Final Replay
2 October 2:30 pm Collingwood def. St Kilda MCG (Crowd: 93,853) Report
3.2 (20)
6.5 (41)
11.8 (74)
16.12 (108)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
0.2 (2)
1.8 (14)
4.9 (33)
7.10 (52)
Umpires: Chamberlain, Rosebury, Ryan
Norm Smith Medal: Scott Pendlebury
Television broadcast: Seven / 7mate / Australia Channel (Internationally)
National Anthem: Julie Anthony
Sidebottom, Didak, Wellingham, Macaffer, Dawes 2
Thomas, Swan, Johnson, O'Brien, Jolly, Goldsack 1
Goals Milne 2
Dal Santo, Goddard, Hayes, Gilbert, Koschitzke 1
Pendlebury, Jolly, N Brown, Sidebottom, Ball, Shaw, Thomas, Wellingham Best Goddard, Gwilt, Dawson, Gilbert, Jones
Reid (leg) Injuries Eddy (arm), Fisher (hamstring)
  • The AFL announced in the lead-up to the match that, should the replay have been drawn, it would have been decided in extra time, rather than by another replay.


Season records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Best and fairest[edit]

Club Award name Player
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Richard Douglas[14]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Michael Rischitelli[15]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Chris Judd[16]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Dane Swan[17]
Essendon Crichton Medal Jobe Watson[18]
Fremantle Doig Medal David Mundy[19]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Joel Selwood[20]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Luke Hodge[21]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Brad Green[22]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Brent Harvey and Brady Rawlings[23]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Kane Cornes[24]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Jack Riewoldt[25]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Lenny Hayes[26]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Kieren Jack[27]
West Coast Club Champion Award Mark LeCras[28]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Ryan Griffen[29]

AFL Rising Star[edit]

Main article: AFL Rising Star

The AFL Rising Star is awarded to the best player who, as of the beginning of the season, is under the age of 21 and has played fewer than 10 games. Each week one player is nominated and at the end of the season a selection panel votes to select the overall winner.

Sydney's Dan Hannebery won the award for 2010, with the maximum 45 votes awarded to him.[30]

Nominations

† players ineligible due to tribunal sanction

Voting[30]
  • Dan Hannebery – 45
  • Tom Scully – 35
  • Tom Rockliff – 24
  • Jack Trengove – 11
  • Ryan Bastinac – 6
  • Jeff Garlett – 5
  • Nathan Fyfe – 3
  • Michael Hurley – 2
  • Nic Naitanui – 2
  • Ben Reid – 1
  • Ben Stratton – 1

Goal of the Year[edit]

The Australian Football League celebrates the best goal of the season through the annual Goal of the Year competition. From 2010 onwards, the commercial name for the award is the Panasonic Goal of the Year.

Lance 'Buddy' Franklin won the award for his running goal against Essendon in round 13. By winning the award Franklin became the fifth indigenous player to win the award since 2004.[53]

Nominations

Mark of the Year[edit]

Main article: Mark of the Year

The Australian Football League celebrates the best mark of the season through the annual Mark of the Year competition. From 2009 onwards, the commercial name for the award is the Hungry Jacks Mark of the Year.

Liam Jurrah, of the Melbourne Football Club, won the award for his mark over the top of Port Adelaide's Nick Salter, in round 21.[53] However, he hadn't been nominated as Mark of the Week, which was won by Brendon Goddard. This inconsistency arose because the Mark of the Week is decided by an online public vote, while the Mark of the Year is decided separately by a panel of experts.

Weekly winners

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) and/or "leadership group"
Adelaide Neil Craig Simon Goodwin Brad Symes, Scott Stevens, Nathan van Berlo, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty, Brett Burton and Tyson Edwards[54]
Brisbane Lions Michael Voss Jonathan Brown Simon Black, Luke Power, Jed Adcock and Daniel Merrett
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd Andrew Carrazzo, Michael Jamison, Kade Simpson, Heath Scotland, Simon Wiggins
Collingwood Mick Malthouse Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury (v.c.), Dane Swan (deputy v.c.), Darren Jolly, Heath Shaw, Harry O'Brien, Shane O'Bree, Luke Ball[55]
Essendon Matthew Knights Jobe Watson Andrew Welsh[56]
Fremantle Mark Harvey Matthew Pavlich Paul Duffield, Michael Johnson, David Mundy, Aaron Sandilands, Antoni Grover and Des Headland[57]
Geelong Mark Thompson Cameron Ling Gary Ablett, Jr., Jimmy Bartel, Joel Corey, Corey Enright, Joel Selwood, James Kelly and Harry Taylor[58]
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Sam Mitchell Luke Hodge
Melbourne Dean Bailey James McDonald Aaron Davey, Jared Rivers, Brent Moloney, Brad Green, Cameron Bruce and Brad Miller[59]
North Melbourne Brad Scott Brent Harvey Drew Petrie
Port Adelaide Matthew Primus Domenic Cassisi Dean Brogan and Jacob Surjan[60]
Richmond Damien Hardwick Chris Newman Nathan Foley, Brett Deledio, Daniel Jackson, Trent Cotchin and Troy Simmonds[61]
St Kilda Ross Lyon Nick Riewoldt Lenny Hayes (v.c.)
Sydney Paul Roos Craig Bolton, Adam Goodes and Brett Kirk
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass Dean Cox, Matthew Priddis, Adam Selwood, Beau Waters, Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy[62]
Western Bulldogs Rodney Eade Brad Johnson Daniel Giansiracusa, Matthew Boyd, Adam Cooney, Robert Murphy, Daniel Cross, Dale Morris, Shaun Higgins

Umpiring and rule changes[edit]

No major changes to the rules were introduced for the 2010 season. Minor adjustments to the tribunal rules were made, including adding a provision to report players for diving or staging.[63] The 2010 NAB Cup pre-season competition trialled three new rules: allowing boundary umpires to award free kicks, letting the players, not the umpire, decide if they want to utilise the advantage rule and penalising players who push the ball under another player.[64]

Player changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

A total of 88 players made their AFL debut in 2010, including the first player in 25 years to make his debut during the finals series, Andrew Hooper from the Western Bulldogs.[65]

Whilst the winner of the 2010 AFL Rising Star award, Daniel Hannebery from Sydney actually made his debut in 2009, Tom Scully, the first player drafted in the 2009 AFL Draft came second.[30] Fremantle's Michael Barlow won the AFLPA best first year player award.[66]

Retirements, sackings and delistings[edit]

Name Club Date Notes
Trent Croad Hawthorn 6 January 2010 Retirement, failed to recover from a broken foot suffered in the 2008 Grand Final.[67]
Andrew Lovett St Kilda 16 February 2010 Delisted.[68]
Dean Solomon Fremantle 18 February 2010 Retirement, ongoing knee problems.[69]
Brett Kirk Sydney 19 May 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[70]
Simon Goodwin Adelaide 25 May 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[71]
Tyson Edwards Adelaide 27 May 2010 Retirement, effective after Round 11 match against Fremantle.[72]
Troy Simmonds Richmond 27 May 2010 Retirement, effective after Round 11 match against St Kilda.[73]
Brett Burton Adelaide 21 June 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[74]
Scott Thornton Fremantle 28 June 2010 Retirement, due to injury.[75]
Josh Carr Port Adelaide 19 July 2010 Retirement, effective after Round 17 match against Adelaide.[76]
Henry Playfair (rookie) Sydney 20 July 2010 Retirement, suffered a serious back injury in the round 14 match against Richmond.[77]
Brian Donnelly (rookie) Adelaide 20 July 2010 Retirement, due to homesickness.[78]
Jason Akermanis Western Bulldogs 21 July 2010 Sacked.[79]
Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide 27 July 2010 Retirement, due to ankle injury.[80]
Ben Cousins Richmond 17 August 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[81]
James McDonald Melbourne 19 August 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[82]
Andrew McLeod Adelaide 23 August 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[83]
Paul Hasleby Fremantle 23 August 2010 Retirement, effective at the end of the 2010 season.[84]
Brad Miller Melbourne 23 August 2010 Delisted.[85][86]
Daniel Bell Melbourne 23 August 2010 Delisted.[85]
Trent Hentschel Adelaide 24 August 2010 Retired.[87]
Troy Selwood Brisbane Lions 24 August 2010 Delisted.[88]
Corey Jones North Melbourne 26 August 2010 Retired.[89][90]
Graham Polak (rookie) Richmond 27 August 2010 Retired.[91]
Warren Benjamin North Melbourne 31 August 2010 Delisted.[90]
Conor Meredith (rookie) North Melbourne 31 August 2010 Delisted.[90]
Alan Obst (rookie) North Melbourne 31 August 2010 Delisted.[90]
Josh Smith (rookie) North Melbourne 31 August 2010 Delisted.[90]
Brad Johnson Western Bulldogs 6 September 2010 Retired.[92]
Shane O'Bree Collingwood 8 September 2010 Retired.[93]
Sean Rusling Collingwood 8 September 2010 Retired.[93]
Jarrhan Jacky Adelaide 9 September 2010 Delisted.[94]
Taylor Gilchrist (rookie) Sydney 15 September 2010 Delisted.[95]
Jake Orreal (rookie) Sydney 15 September 2010 Delisted.[95]
Kristin Thornton Sydney 15 September 2010 Delisted.[95]
Steven King St Kilda 16 September 2010 Retired.[96]
Chris Hall Fremantle 17 September 2010 Delisted.[97]
Des Headland Fremantle 17 September 2010 Retired.[97]
Nathan Eagleton Western Bulldogs 21 September 2010 Retired.[98]
Scott Harding Port Adelaide 27 September 2010 Delisted.[99]
Wade Thompson Port Adelaide 27 September 2010 Delisted.[99]
Cameron Cloke (rookie) Port Adelaide 27 September 2010 Delisted.[99]
Glenn Dawson (rookie) Port Adelaide 27 September 2010 Delisted.[99]
Jordan Johns (rookie) Port Adelaide 27 September 2010 Delisted.[99]
Simon Wiggins Carlton 30 September 2010 Retired.[100]
Tim Callan Western Bulldogs 1 October 2010 Delisted.[101]
Paul Medhurst Collingwood 5 October 2010 Retired.[102]
Tarkyn Lockyer Collingwood 5 October 2010 Retired.[102]
Jason Laycock Essendon 6 October 2010 Delisted.[103]
Mark Hutchings (rookie) St Kilda 11 October 2010 Retired.[104]
Blake McGrath (rookie) St Kilda 11 October 2010 Retired.[104]
Adam Pattison St Kilda 11 October 2010 Retired.[104]
Jesse Smith St Kilda 11 October 2010 Retired.[104]
Leigh Harding North Melbourne 13 October 2010 Retired.[105]
Max Rooke Geelong 13 October 2010 Retired.[106]
Ben Bucovaz Fremantle 13 October 2010 Delisted.[107]
Steven Dodd Fremantle 13 October 2010 Delisted.[107]
Ryan Murphy Fremantle 13 October 2010 Delisted.[107]
Brock O'Brien Fremantle 13 October 2010 Delisted.[107]
Tim Ruffles Fremantle 13 October 2010 Delisted.[107]
Richard Hadley Carlton 14 October 2010 Retired.[108]
Alroy Gilligan (rookie) Richmond 14 October 2010 Delisted.[109]
Tom Hislop Richmond 14 October 2010 Delisted.[109]
Jordan McMahon Richmond 14 October 2010 Delisted.[109]
Dean Polo Richmond 14 October 2010 Delisted.[109]
Relton Roberts (rookie) Richmond 14 October 2010 Delisted.[109]
Adam Thomson Richmond 14 October 2010 Delisted.[109]
Ed Barlow Sydney 15 October 2010 Delisted.[110]
Matt O'Dwyer Sydney 15 October 2010 Delisted.[110]
Christian Bock (rookie) Essendon 15 October 2010 Delisted.[111]
Tyson Slattery Essendon 15 October 2010 Delisted.[111]
Michael Still Essendon 15 October 2010 Delisted.[111]
John Williams (rookie) Essendon 15 October 2010 Delisted.[111]
Ryan Gamble Geelong 19 October 2010 Delisted.[112]
Ranga Ediriwickrama (rookie) Geelong 19 October 2010 Delisted.[112]
Beau Dowler Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Rhan Hooper Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Michael Johnston (rookie) Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Jarrod Kayler-Thomson (rookie) Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Garry Moss (rookie) Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Beau Muston Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Carl Peterson (rookie) Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Wayde Skipper (rookie) Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Cameron Stokes (rookie) Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Simon Taylor Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Travis Tuck Hawthorn 19 October 2010 Delisted.[113]
Joe Anderson Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Steven Browne Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Joshua Donaldson (rookie) Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Brad Fisher Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Chris Johnson Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Rhys O'Keeffe Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Caleb Tiller Carlton 20 October 2010 Delisted.[114]
Jay Nash Port Adelaide 26 October 2010 Delisted.[115]
Matthew Westhoff Port Adelaide 26 October 2010 Delisted.[115]
Travis Johnstone Brisbane Lions 28 October 2010 Delisted.[116]
Broc McCauley (rookie) Brisbane Lions 28 October 2010 Delisted.[116]
Bart McCulloh Brisbane Lions 28 October 2010 Delisted.[116]
Albert Proud Brisbane Lions 28 October 2010 Delisted.[116]
Sean Yoshiura (rookie) Brisbane Lions 28 October 2010 Delisted.[116]
Adam Cockie (rookie) West Coast 28 October 2010 Delisted.[117]
Tim Houlihan West Coast 28 October 2010 Delisted.[117]
Tony Notte West Coast 28 October 2010 Delisted.[117]
Matthew Spangher West Coast 28 October 2010 Delisted.[117]
Will Sullivan (rookie) West Coast 28 October 2010 Delisted.[117]
Beau Wilkes West Coast 28 October 2010 Delisted.[117]
Jaxson Barham Collingwood 29 October 2010 Delisted.[118]
Jarrad Blight Collingwood 29 October 2010 Delisted.[118]
Jack Carter (rookie) Collingwood 29 October 2010 Delisted.[118]
Ryan Cook Collingwood 29 October 2010 Delisted.[118]
Anthony Corrie Collingwood 29 October 2010 Delisted.[118]
Tristan Francis (rookie) Collingwood 29 October 2010 Delisted.[118]
Rhys Healey (rookie) Melbourne 29 October 2010 Delisted.[119]
Daniel Hughes (rookie) Melbourne 29 October 2010 Delisted.[119]
Paul Johnson Melbourne 29 October 2010 Delisted.[119]
Tom McNamara Melbourne 29 October 2010 Delisted.[119]
John Meesen (rookie) Melbourne 29 October 2010 Delisted.[119]
Tom Allwright (rookie) Geelong 29 October 2010 Delisted.[120]
Adam Varcoe (rookie) Geelong 29 October 2010 Delisted.[120]
Jarrad Boumann Western Bulldogs 29 October 2010 Delisted.[121]
Shane Thorne Western Bulldogs 29 October 2010 Delisted.[121]
Nathan O'Keefe North Melbourne 29 October 2010 Delisted.[122]
Cameron Bruce Melbourne 7 November 2010 Delisted, due to failed contract negotiations.[123]
Jarrod Atkinson Essendon 9 November 2010 Delisted.[124]
Bachar Houli Essendon 9 November 2010 Delisted.[124]
Jay Neagle Essendon 9 November 2010 Delisted.[124]
Robert Eddy St Kilda 10 November 2010 Delisted.[125]
Mark Hutchings (rookie) St Kilda 10 November 2010 Delisted.[125]
Blake McGrath (rookie) St Kilda 10 November 2010 Delisted.[125]
Luke Miles St Kilda 10 November 2010 Delisted.[125]
Simon Prestigiacomo Collingwood 10 November 2010 Retired.[126]
Jack Anthony Collingwood 10 November 2010 Delisted.[127]
Jamason Daniels (rookie) Western Bulldogs 10 November 2010 Delisted.[121]
Mitch Hahn Western Bulldogs 10 November 2010 Delisted.[121]
Patrick Rose (rookie) Western Bulldogs 10 November 2010 Delisted.[121]
Stephen Tiller Western Bulldogs 10 November 2010 Delisted.[121]
Ashley Hansen West Coast 17 November 2010 Delisted.[128]

Coaching changes[edit]

Coach Club Date New coach Notes
Mark Williams Port Adelaide 11 July 2010 Matthew Primus Retirement, effective after Round 15 match against Collingwood.[129]
Matthew Knights Essendon 29 August 2010 James Hird[130] Sacked, after final match of season.[131]
Paul Roos Sydney N/A John Longmire Retired at the end of the season.
Mark Thompson[132] Geelong 4 October 2010 Chris Scott[133] Resignation. "Just got tired of it..."[134]

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