2011 AFL season

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2011 AFL Premiership season
AFL Logo 2011 Premiership season.gif
Official 2011 AFL logo
Teams 17
Premiers Geelong Jumper.jpg Geelong
(9th premiership)
Minor premiers Collingwood Pies.jpg Collingwood
(19th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Collingwood Pies.jpg Collingwood
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 196
Attendance 7,139,272 (36,425 per match)
Highest attendance 99,537 (Grand Final, Collingwood vs. Geelong)
Coleman Medallist Hawthorn Hawks.jpg Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
71 goals
Brownlow Medallist Collingwood Pies.jpg Dane Swan (Collingwood)
34 votes
2010
2012

The 2011 Australian Football League season was the 115th season of the Australian rules football competition. It was the debut year for Gold Coast, and was scheduled to be the only season to be played with 17 teams. Geelong beat Collingwood in the 2011 AFL Grand Final by 38 points.

The season opened on 24 March 2011, with Carlton defeating Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

This was the first season since 1994 to have byes, and only the fourth after the 1991, 1992 and 1994 seasons to feature a 24-round format. The full fixture was announced on 29 October 2010.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 AFL Draft

The 2010 National Draft was held on 18 November 2010 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.[2] 107 players were drafted, including 28 promoted rookies. Gold Coast were awarded the first three selections as part of its draft concessions, and selected David Swallow with the number one draft pick.[3]

The 2011 Pre-season and Rookie Drafts were held on 7 December 2010, with another 80 players being selected. Greater Western Sydney had the first eight selections in the Rookie Draft as part of its draft concessions.[4]

NAB Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011 NAB Cup

The 2011 NAB Cup featured the addition of two new teams, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney. The first round of matches featured 6 pools of 3 teams, with each game being shortened to two twenty-minute halves. Collingwood defeated Essendon in the Grand Final at Etihad Stadium on Friday, 11 March.


2011 NAB Cup Grand Final
Friday, 11 March 7:45 pm Essendon def. by Collingwood Etihad Stadium (Crowd: 45,304) Report
0.2.2 (14)
0.3.4 (22)
0.9.5 (59)
0.13.8 (86)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
0.3.4 (22)
0.7.6 (48)
1.11.7 (82)
1.15.9 (108)
Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Nicholls, Jennings
Michael Tuck Medal: Heath Shaw
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Super Goals 1 Buckley
Hurley, Monfries 3
Ryder, Watson, Zaharakis 2
Hocking 1
Goals 3 Krakouer, Dawes
2 Cloke
1 Ball, Beams, McCarthy, Pendlebury, Swan, Thomas, Wellingham
Hardingham (groin) Injuries Nil
  • By winning this NAB Cup, Collingwood became the first team since its opponent Essendon, in 1993/1994, to win a pre-season premiership after winning the previous year's grand final. This was Collingwood's second pre-season/night premiership, the previous one coming in the 1979 Night Series.


Premiership season[edit]

The fixture was officially announced on 29 October.[5] Some of the highlights included:

  • Gold Coast had a bye for the first round and played its first home match in the second round against Carlton at the Gabba. Its first match at the renovated Metricon Stadium was against Geelong on 28 May. As well as this, its draw includes two trips each to Western Australia and South Australia, one to Tasmania and one to Far North Queensland. Its only games against 2010 Grand Finalists Collingwood and St Kilda were at home, in Rounds 18 and 19 respectively. Its only match at the MCG was against Melbourne in the penultimate round of the season.
  • This season had 24 rounds; 19 rounds featured eight matches with one team having a bye, and five rounds featured seven matches with three teams having a bye. There were eleven additional matches compared with 2010, giving a total of 196 games including finals (previously was 185).[6]
  • Two venues hosted their first AFL matches during the season: Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns hosted the Richmond vs Gold Coast match in Round 17, and the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide hosted the Port Adelaide vs Melbourne match in Round 24. (The Adelaide Oval match was not a part of the original fixture released on 29 October; the game was moved there from AAMI Stadium during the season).

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Thursday, 24 March (7:40 pm) Carlton 14.20 (104) def. Richmond 13.6 (84) MCG (crowd: 60,654) Report[dead link]
Friday, 25 March (7:40 pm) Geelong 6.12 (48) def. St Kilda 6.11 (47) MCG (crowd: 42,869) Report
Saturday, 26 March (2:10 pm) Collingwood 24.11 (155) def. Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,773) Report
Saturday, 26 March (7:10 pm) Adelaide 16.9 (105) def. Hawthorn 12.13 (85) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,536) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 26 March (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.8 (92) def. by Fremantle 13.16 (94) The Gabba (crowd: 23,373) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 27 March (1:10 pm) Essendon 16.17 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 8.10 (58) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,617) Report
Sunday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Melbourne 11.18 (84) drew with Sydney 11.18 (84) MCG (crowd: 33,951) Report
Sunday, 27 March (4:10 pm) West Coast 13.14 (92) def. North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,878) Report
Bye: Gold Coast


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Friday, 1 April (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.17 (95) drew with Richmond 14.11 (95) MCG (crowd: 41,465) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 2 April (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 7.14 (56) def. by Collingwood 21.17 (143) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,578) Report
Saturday, 2 April (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 15.8 (98) def. by West Coast 16.20 (116) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,214) Report
Saturday, 2 April (6:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.10 (52) def. by Carlton 26.15 (171) The Gabba (crowd: 27,914) Report
Saturday, 2 April (5:40 pm) Fremantle 10.18 (78) def. by Geelong 13.11 (89) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,004) Report
Sunday, 3 April (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.9 (123) def. Brisbane Lions 6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,331) Report
Sunday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Sydney 14.14 (98) def. Essendon 13.15 (93) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 28,082) Report
Sunday, 3 April (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 16.26 (122) def. Melbourne 12.5 (77) MCG (crowd: 49,905) Report
Bye: Adelaide
  • The new team, Gold Coast, made its AFL Premiership debut against Carlton at The Gabba. Carlton's score of 26.15 (171) was its highest in a match since 2000, and the winning margin, 119 points, was its greatest since 2001.[10]
  • Richmond drew with St Kilda, ending the club's 13-game losing streak against the Saints, but extending the winless streak against the same opponent to 14 games. Richmond had not beaten St Kilda since Round 4, 2003.
  • For the first time since 1911, there was a draw in each of the first two rounds of the season.
  • Chris Judd (Carlton) played his 200th AFL match.[11]


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Friday, 8 April (7:40 pm) Collingwood 15.12 (102) def. Carlton 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 88,181) Report
Saturday, 9 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 18.14 (122) def. Gold Coast 7.9 (51) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,373) Report
Saturday, 9 April (2:40 pm) Adelaide 7.12 (54) def. by Fremantle 11.13 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,414) Report
Saturday, 9 April (7:10 pm) Richmond 6.16 (52) def. by Hawthorn 17.13 (115) MCG (crowd: 46,368) Report
Saturday, 9 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Sydney 15.11 (101) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,288) Report
Sunday, 10 April (1:10 pm) Melbourne 12.10 (82) def. Brisbane Lions 11.5 (71) MCG (crowd: 24,380) Report
Sunday, 10 April (2:10 pm) Geelong 17.20 (122) def. Port Adelaide 6.7 (43) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 22,420) Report
Sunday, 10 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 12.12 (84) def. by Essendon 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,762) Report[dead link]
Bye: North Melbourne


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Friday, 15 April (7:40 pm) Richmond 13.12 (90) def. by Collingwood 24.17 (161) MCG (crowd: 58,050) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.12 (72) def. West Coast 9.11 (65) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,063[12]) Report
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 11.13 (79) drew with Essendon 11.13 (79) MCG (crowd: 78,605) Report
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Sydney 7.12 (54) def. by Geelong 11.15 (81) SCG (crowd: 25,300) Report
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.14 (98) def. Adelaide 9.12 (66) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,143) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 17 April (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 9.15 (69) def. by Melbourne 23.21 (159) The Gabba (crowd: 12,111) Report
Sunday, 17 April (2:40 pm) Fremantle 18.19 (127) def. North Melbourne 14.14 (98) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,779) Report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs
  • Collingwood's score of 24.17 (161) was its highest ever against Richmond.
  • The draw between Carlton and Essendon was the third of the season. It was the first time since 1914 that there were three draws in the first four rounds of the season. Between the 2010 drawn Grand Final and this match, four out of the twelve matches played at the MCG were drawn.
  • Darren Glass of West Coast played his 200th game.
  • The longest and second longest active streaks of consecutive games played were both broken this weekend: Kane Cornes of Port Adelaide was omitted after 174 consecutive games, and Collingwood's Darren Jolly was injured after 142 consecutive matches.[13]
  • This was the first time that AFL games were played in every state of Australia during the same round, and only the third time since it opened in 2000 that no games were played at Etihad Stadium.


Round 5[edit]

Round 5 (Easter and Anzac Day)
Thursday, 21 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.10 (76) def. by St Kilda 13.11 (89) The Gabba (crowd: 22,520) Report
Saturday, 23 April (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) def. by Gold Coast 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,287) Report
Saturday, 23 April (7:10 pm) Carlton 11.19 (85) def. Adelaide 12.7 (79) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,607) Report
Sunday, 24 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 14.19 (103) def. by Richmond 17.10 (112) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,461) Report
Monday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Essendon 11.11 (77) def. by Collingwood 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 89,626) Report
Monday, 25 April (6:40 pm) Fremantle 12.13 (85) def. Western Bulldogs 11.12 (78) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,551) Report
Tuesday, 26 April (2:40 pm) Hawthorn 15.8 (98) def. by Geelong 17.15 (117) MCG (crowd: 78,579) Report
Bye: Melbourne, Sydney, West Coast


Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Thursday, 28 April (6:40 pm) West Coast 15.16 (106) def. Melbourne 6.16 (52) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,298) Report[dead link]
Friday, 29 April (7:40 pm) Sydney 10.11 (71) def. by Carlton 12.15 (87) MCG (crowd: 28,081) Report
Saturday, 30 April (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 18.25 (133) def. Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,014) Report
Saturday, 30 April (7:10 pm) Richmond 18.16 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 14.14 (98) MCG (crowd: 37,438) Report
Saturday, 30 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 13.12 (90) def. St Kilda 9.17 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,854) Report
Sunday, 1 May (1:10 pm) Essendon 31.11 (197) def. Gold Coast 8.10 (58) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,710) Report
Sunday, 1 May (4:40 pm) Collingwood 15.15 (105) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 53,776) Report
Bye: Fremantle, Geelong, Hawthorn
  • Essendon's first quarter score of 15.4 (94) against Gold Coast was the highest score in a quarter of football since 1919, and is the highest-scoring first quarter of all time.[14] Essendon's final score of 31.11 (197) was its highest since 2000, and its final winning margin of 139 points was its highest since 1989.[15]
  • Umpire Michael Vozzo qualified for AFL Life membership with his 300th match; Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade coached his 300th AFL match.

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Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Friday, 6 May (8:10 pm) Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) def. by Hawthorn 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,819) Report
Saturday, 7 May (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.5 (65) def. by Sydney 10.13 (73) Manuka Oval (crowd: 10,184) Report
Saturday, 7 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 19.13 (127) def. North Melbourne 9.7 (61) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,669) Report
Saturday, 7 May (4:10 pm) Richmond 23.10 (148) def. Fremantle 14.15 (99) MCG (crowd: 34,090) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 7 May (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 18.16 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) The Gabba (crowd: 25,501) Report
Sunday, 8 May (1:10 pm) Essendon 16.10 (106) def. West Coast 12.18 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,631) Report
Sunday, 8 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 22.17 (149) def. Adelaide 8.5 (53) MCG (crowd: 19,987) Report
Monday, 9 May (7:20 pm) St Kilda 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 11.18 (84) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,576) Report
Bye: Collingwood
  • In a VFL/AFL first, two twin brothers, Chris and Brad Scott, went head to head as coaches in Geelong's victory against North Melbourne.[16] Geelong's win was its 25th consecutive victory at Kardinia Park, breaking the VFL/AFL record for most successive wins at one venue.[17] The record was previously held jointly by Richmond at Punt Road Oval (1932-1935) and South Melbourne at Lake Oval (1934-1936).[18] Geelong would ultimately extend the streak to 29 wins before losing to Sydney in Round 23.
  • The two Queensland teams, Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions, played their first ever regular-season game against each other, known as the QClash. Gold Coast won the game by 8 points.[19]
  • This was the first round since Fremantle's admission to the AFL in 1995 that no match was played in Western Australia.
  • Melbourne recorded its greatest winning margin against Adelaide, winning by 96 points. It was Melbourne's biggest ever win under Dean Bailey, and Adelaide's largest defeat since 2004.


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Friday, 13 May (7:40 pm) Geelong 8.17 (65) def. Collingwood 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 81,691) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.10 (124) def. Melbourne 12.11 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,536) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:40 pm) Adelaide 20.10 (130) def. Gold Coast 9.19 (73) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,056) Report
Saturday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.12 (66) def. by Essendon 15.12 (102) The Gabba (crowd: 24,921) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Sydney 18.13 (121) def. Port Adelaide 9.5 (59) SCG (crowd: 20,719) Report
Sunday, 15 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 14.15 (99) def. St Kilda 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 42,453) Report
Sunday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 23.15 (153) def. Richmond 18.10 (118) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,141[20]) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 15 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. Fremantle 9.9 (63) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,567) Report
Bye: Carlton


Round 9[edit]

Round 9 (Indigenous Round)
Friday, 20 May (7:40 pm) Carlton 14.16 (100) def. by Geelong 15.12 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 48,429) Report
Saturday, 21 May (2:10 pm) St Kilda 16.10 (106) def. Melbourne 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,863) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 21 May (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 14.6 (90) def. by Fremantle 21.16 (142) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,274) Report
Saturday, 21 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) def. North Melbourne 8.11 (59) The Gabba (crowd: 18,404) Report
Saturday, 21 May (7:40 pm) Richmond 16.9 (105) def. Essendon 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 83,563) Report
Sunday, 22 May (1:10 pm) Collingwood 20.15 (135) def. Adelaide 14.8 (92) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,849) Report
Sunday, 22 May (2:10 pm) Sydney 8.12 (60) def. by Hawthorn 15.16 (106) SCG (crowd: 33,136) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 22 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 26.19 (175) def. Western Bulldogs 8.4 (52) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,308) Report
Bye: Gold Coast


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Friday, 27 May (7:40 pm) Melbourne 6.10 (46) def. by Carlton 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 47,464) Report
Saturday, 28 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 9.17 (71) def. by Sydney 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,267) Report
Saturday, 28 May (1:10 pm) Fremantle 7.14 (56) def. by St Kilda 15.12 (102) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,483) Report
Saturday, 28 May (7:20 pm) Gold Coast 10.13 (73) def. by Geelong 21.13 (139) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 21,485) Report
Saturday, 28 May (8:10 pm) Richmond 10.14 (74) def. by Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) TIO Stadium (crowd: 11,506) Report
Sunday, 29 May (12:40 pm) Adelaide 8.13 (61) def. by Brisbane Lions 15.11 (101) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,583) Report
Sunday, 29 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 16.9 (105) def. West Coast 7.11 (53) MCG (crowd: 52,560) Report
Sunday, 29 May (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) def. by Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,747) Report[dead link]
Bye: Essendon
  • Gold Coast played its first home game at the renovated Metricon Stadium, (formerly known as Carrara Stadium). The match set a new VFL/AFL attendance record for the venue of 21,485.


Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Friday, 3 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 10.8 (68) def. by Melbourne 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 53,077) Report
Saturday, 4 June (1:10 pm) West Coast 13.7 (85) def. Gold Coast 10.7 (67) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,815) Report
Saturday, 4 June (2:10 pm) Geelong 23.10 (148) def. Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,078) Report
Saturday, 4 June (7:10 pm) Collingwood 16.12 (108) def. St Kilda 7.9 (51) MCG (crowd: 62,991) Report
Saturday, 4 June (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. by Sydney 17.14 (116) The Gabba (crowd: 22,150) Report
Sunday, 5 June (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.9 (111) def. Fremantle 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 31,925) Report
Sunday, 5 June (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 18.7 (115) def. Adelaide 10.8 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,185) Report
Sunday, 5 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 7.7 (49) def. by Carlton 16.15 (111) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,192) Report
Bye: Richmond


Round 12[edit]

Round 12 (Women's Round & Queen's Birthday)
Friday, 10 June (7:40 pm) St Kilda 12.9 (81) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,237) Report
Saturday, 11 June (2:40 pm) Adelaide 10.7 (67) def. by West Coast 15.16 (106) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,412) Report
Saturday, 11 June (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 9.9 (63) def. by North Melbourne 18.14 (122) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,945[26]) Report
Saturday, 11 June (7:10 pm) Geelong 13.10 (88) def. Hawthorn 13.5 (83) MCG (crowd: 63,476) Report
Sunday, 12 June (1:10 pm) Carlton 19.10 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,617) Report
Sunday, 12 June (2:10 pm) Sydney 9.21 (75) def. Richmond 9.11 (65) SCG (crowd: 23,782) Report
Sunday, 12 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 15.8 (98) def. Essendon 9.10 (64) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,824) Report
Monday, 13 June (2:10 pm) Melbourne 6.5 (41) def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) MCG (crowd: 75,998) Report[dead link]
Bye: Port Adelaide


Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Friday, 17 June (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.16 (100) def. Adelaide 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,363) Report
Saturday, 18 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.15 (129) def. Gold Coast 8.10 (58) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,377) Report
Saturday, 18 June (2:10 pm) Essendon 12.18 (90) def. by North Melbourne 17.9 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,329) Report
Saturday, 18 June (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) def. by Richmond 18.17 (125) The Gabba (crowd: 21,510) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 18 June (7:10 pm) St Kilda 11.6 (72) def. by Geelong 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 39,539) Report
Sunday, 19 June (1:10 pm) Melbourne 22.17 (149) def. Fremantle 8.12 (60) MCG (crowd: 19,092) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 19 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 15.10 (100) def. Sydney 10.6 (66) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,788) Report
Sunday, 19 June (2:40 pm) West Coast 15.20 (110) def. Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,059) Report
Bye: Collingwood


Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Friday, 24 June (7:40 pm) Hawthorn 23.8 (146) def. Essendon 12.9 (81) MCG (crowd: 64,537) Report
Saturday, 25 June (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,149) Report
Saturday, 25 June (2:10 pm) Richmond 13.13 (91) def. by Melbourne 17.16 (118) MCG (crowd: 61,900) Report
Saturday, 25 June (7:10 pm) Sydney 14.9 (93) def. by Collingwood 13.21 (99) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 38,053) Report
Saturday, 25 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 12.16 (88) def. Brisbane Lions 10.5 (65) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,330) Report
Sunday, 26 June (1:10 pm) Geelong 19.11 (125) def. Adelaide 10.13 (73) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,246) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 26 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 10.7 (67) def. by West Coast 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,241) Report
Sunday, 26 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) def. by North Melbourne 21.10 (136) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 17,275) Report[dead link]
Bye: St Kilda
  • Barry Hall qualified for AFL Life membership after playing his 300th match.


Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Friday, 1 July (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) def. Melbourne 8.15 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,516) Report
Saturday, 2 July (1:10 pm) Fremantle 17.10 (112) def. Gold Coast 9.8 (62) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 28,646) Report
Saturday, 2 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 28.16 (184) MCG (crowd: 59,650) Report
Saturday, 2 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 18.7 (115) def. Geelong 16.15 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,806) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 2 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 8.9 (57) def. Sydney 6.14 (50) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,063) Report
Sunday, 3 July (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.9 (99) def. Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) The Gabba (crowd: 17,276) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 3 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.16 (106) def. Hawthorn 9.11 (65) MCG (crowd: 83,985) Report
Sunday, 3 July (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) def. by St Kilda 12.7 (79) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,693) Report
Bye: West Coast
  • Carlton recorded its highest ever score against Richmond, kicking 28.16 (184).
  • Essendon ended Geelong's thirteen-game winning streak.
  • Adelaide recorded its lowest ever home crowd of 23,063.


Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Friday, 8 July (6:40 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. Geelong 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,164) Report
Saturday, 9 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 16.9 (105) def. Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,604) Report
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 4.12 (36) def. by Sydney 15.16 (106) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,488) Report
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 15.15 (105) def. Richmond 9.12 (66) MCG (crowd: 55,442[29]) Report
Sunday, 10 July (1:10 pm) Collingwood 22.15 (147) def. North Melbourne 3.12 (30) MCG (crowd: 53,601) Report
Sunday, 10 July (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 8.5 (53) def. by St Kilda 17.7 (109) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,887) Report
Sunday, 10 July (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) def. Carlton 9.15 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,582) Report
Bye: Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne


Round 17[edit]

Round 17 (Multicultural Round)
Friday, 15 July (8:10 pm) Adelaide 10.13 (73) def. by Essendon 12.12 (84) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,118) Report
Saturday, 16 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 9.16 (70) def. by Gold Coast 12.13 (85) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 10,382) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 16 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 11.13 (79) def. by Collingwood 13.20 (98) MCG (crowd: 85,936) Report
Saturday, 16 July (7:10 pm) St Kilda 13.4 (82) def. West Coast 9.7 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,416) Report
Saturday, 16 July (8:40 pm) Melbourne 17.11 (113) def. Port Adelaide 14.8 (92) TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,255) Report
Sunday, 17 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 13.9 (87) def. by Fremantle 15.8 (98) SCG (crowd: 23,415) Report
Sunday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.14 (104) def. by Geelong 20.13 (133) The Gabba (crowd: 19,906) Report
Sunday, 17 July (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 21.16 (142) def. Western Bulldogs 17.9 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,754) Report
Bye: Hawthorn
  • For the first time, Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns played host to a premiership match when Richmond hosted the Gold Coast. This was the first time that two matches were played in Queensland during a single round.
  • Essendon coach James Hird earned AFL life membership with his 300th game as a player and coach.
  • Barry Hall became the first player to score more than 100 career goals with three different league clubs.


Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Friday, 22 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 19.13 (127) def. Adelaide 3.6 (24) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,546) Report
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 17.20 (122) def. Brisbane Lions 11.11 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,809) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) Sydney 16.18 (114) def. Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) SCG (crowd: 19,449) Report
Saturday, 23 July (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 11.9 (75) def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 23,302) Report
Saturday, 23 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 12.7 (79) def. by Carlton 24.9 (153) MCG (crowd: 74,123) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 24 July (1:10 pm) Geelong 17.11 (113) def. Richmond 7.9 (51) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,761) Report
Sunday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 12.6 (78) def. by Hawthorn 20.12 (132) MCG (crowd: 39,782) Report
Sunday, 24 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 9.10 (64) def. by West Coast 8.17 (65) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 41,055) Report
Bye: Port Adelaide
  • Adelaide's score of 3.6 (24) set a new record as the lowest match score ever in club history, breaking the previous club record of 4.7 (31) set in Round 7, 1991, also against St Kilda;[30] and, it set a new record as the lowest match score ever at Etihad Stadium.[31] It was also the lowest score conceded in a match by St Kilda since Round 12, 1971.[32] Following the loss, Neil Craig stepped down as Adelaide head coach, effective immediately, to be replaced by Mark Bickley as caretaker.[33]
  • A new record crowd for any event at Metricon Stadium was set when 23,302 spectators watched Gold Coast play Collingwood. Reportedly, 7,000 of those spectators were Collingwood supporters who made the trip from Melbourne to watch the match.[34]
  • Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne hit the post from 50 metres out on the boundary line after the siren against West Coast. A goal would have won the game.


Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Friday, 29 July (7:40 pm) North Melbourne 9.8 (62) def. by Carlton 11.14 (80) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,332) Report
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.5 (95) def. by West Coast 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,883) Report
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 37.11 (233) def. Melbourne 7.5 (47) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 22,716) Report
Saturday, 30 July (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 6.18 (54) def. by St Kilda 10.14 (74) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 17,482) Report
Saturday, 30 July (5:40 pm) Fremantle 6.8 (44) def. by Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,937) Report
Sunday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 25.16 (166) def. Essendon 14.8 (92) MCG (crowd: 73,163) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 31 July (4:10 pm) Adelaide 16.15 (111) def. Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,586) Report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, Richmond, Sydney
  • Geelong's final score of 37.11 (233) was the second-highest ever scored by Geelong, the second-highest score ever conceded by Melbourne, the highest score ever at Skilled Stadium, the fourth-highest score of all-time, and the highest score by any team since quarters were shortened to 20 minutes in 1994.[35][36][37]
  • Geelong's final winning margin of 186 points was Geelong's highest ever, the highest ever at Skilled Stadium, the second-highest ever conceded by Melbourne, the second-highest of all-time, and the largest since quarters were shortened to 20 minutes in 1994.
  • Geelong's second quarter score of 12.1 (73) was the highest ever by Geelong, and the equal-highest ever conceded by Melbourne.[38]
  • Geelong's leading margin at half-time of 114 points was the second-highest of all-time (the highest, 120 points, occurred in Round 8, 1993).[38]
  • Geelong's half-time score of 20.4 (124) was the second-highest in Geelong's history, and the highest ever conceded by Melbourne.[38]
  • Geelong's score of 37.11 featured 26 more goals than behinds, a new VFL/AFL record (the previous record of 23 was set by Geelong in Round 6, 2007).[39]
  • Geelong recorded 510 disposals through the game, a new record.[40]
  • Geelong became the first team to score more than fifty points in each of the four quarters of a match.
  • Melbourne coach Dean Bailey was sacked by the club at an emergency board meeting on the day after the 186-point loss, to be replaced immediately by Todd Viney as caretaker.[41]
  • Darren Jolly (Collingwood), Adam McPhee (Fremantle)[42] and Ryan Houlihan (Carlton)[43] played their 200th AFL games.


Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Friday, 5 August (7:40 pm) St Kilda 16.17 (113) def. Fremantle 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,181) Report
Saturday, 6 August (1:40 pm) Geelong 29.14 (188) def. Gold Coast 6.2 (38) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,588) Report
Saturday, 6 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 21.8 (134) def. Melbourne 7.16 (58) MCG (crowd: 42,342) Report
Saturday, 6 August (7:20 pm) Essendon 15.10 (100) def. Sydney 14.15 (99) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,722) Report
Saturday, 6 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 3.3 (21) def. by Collingwood 23.21 (159) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,863) Report
Sunday, 7 August (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.9 (105) def. by Adelaide 16.14 (110) The Gabba (crowd: 17,930) Report
Sunday, 7 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 15.13 (103) def. North Melbourne 13.8 (86) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,820) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 7 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 22.15 (147) def. Richmond 14.6 (90) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,106) Report
Bye: Western Bulldogs
  • Geelong became the first VFL/AFL team to win 17 or more home and away matches in five consecutive seasons.
  • Geelong became the first team since St Kilda in 2004 to win consecutive games by more than 100 points, and the first ever to win consecutive games by 150 points or more. The consecutive wins against Melbourne and Gold Coast, with a combined margin of 336 points, was the highest combined margin in consecutive wins of all time, breaking Sydney's record of 293 set in 1987.
  • Gold Coast's defeat of 150 points was the club's largest in its inaugural season.[44]
  • Adam Goodes missed a shot after the siren for Sydney to defeat Essendon.
  • Port Adelaide's final score of 3.3 (21) and its losing margin of 138 points against Collingwood were in both cases new records as the worst in club history; the new record-losing margin for the club lasted only until the following round. Port Adelaide's total of six scoring shots was the fewest in club history, and the fewest by any team since Round 12, 1971.[45] For Collingwood, the winning margin was its highest since Round 4 1979, and the third biggest win in its history.[46]


Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Friday, 12 August (7:40 pm) St Kilda 10.10 (70) def. by Collingwood 14.5 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,505) Report
Saturday, 13 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 31.11 (197) def. Port Adelaide 5.2 (32) MCG (crowd: 27,532) Report
Saturday, 13 August (1:10 pm) Fremantle 12.13 (85) def. by Carlton 16.19 (115) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,737) Report
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.11 (101) def. by Essendon 23.12 (150) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,986) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) def. Gold Coast 8.13 (61) The Gabba (crowd: 23,565) Report
Sunday, 14 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 9.8 (62) def. by West Coast 16.14 (110) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,740) Report
Sunday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 14.15 (99) def. Sydney 7.14 (56) MCG (crowd: 34,337) Report
Sunday, 14 August (4:10 pm) Adelaide 12.13 (85) def. by Geelong 14.12 (96) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,576) Report[dead link]
Bye: North Melbourne
  • Stephen Milne surpassed Matthew Lloyd's record of most goals kicked at Docklands Stadium by kicking his 300th goal at the venue.
  • Hawthorn's winning margin of 165 points against Port Adelaide was the highest winning margin in Hawthorn's history (surpassing the previous record of 160 points set in 1992), the highest winning margin at the MCG and the highest losing margin in Port Adelaide's history (surpassing the record of 138 points set the previous week). Hawthorn's half time lead of 92 points was the biggest half time lead in Hawthorn's history and the biggest half time lead at the MCG.
  • Port Adelaide's consecutive heavy losses against Collingwood and Hawthorn were by a total of 303 points, a new VFL/AFL record for the heaviest pair of consecutive defeats, breaking the record of 269 points set by Melbourne in 1979.
  • Jimmy Bartel (Geelong) played his 200th AFL game.
  • This was the last round coached for the season by Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade. His contract was not renewed for 2012, and he elected to stand aside immediately rather than complete the season. Paul Williams replaced him as caretaker for the last three matches.


Round 22[edit]

Round 22
Friday, 19 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 8.18 (66) def. by Hawthorn 10.18 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 52,052) Report
Saturday, 20 August (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 9.10 (64) def. by Adelaide 18.17 (125) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,168) Report
Saturday, 20 August (1:10 pm) West Coast 20.14 (134) def. Essendon 11.11 (77) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,253) Report
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) North Melbourne 21.17 (143) def. Fremantle 6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,581) Report
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) Collingwood 14.18 (102) def. Brisbane Lions 13.6 (84) MCG (crowd: 47,788) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 21 August (1:10 pm) Sydney 10.23 (83) def. St Kilda 10.8 (68) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 25,025) Report
Sunday, 21 August (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 15.7 (97) def. by Western Bulldogs 24.13 (157) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,169) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 21 August (4:40 pm) Melbourne 17.8 (110) def. by Richmond 17.15 (117) MCG (crowd: 36,321) Report
Bye: Geelong


Round 23[edit]

Round 23
Friday, 26 August (6:40 pm) Fremantle 8.4 (52) def. by Collingwood 20.12 (132) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,985) Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 16.17 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) MCG (crowd: 42,198) Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 12.14 (86) def. by Sydney 15.9 (99) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,900) Report[dead link]
Saturday, 27 August (7:10 pm) St Kilda 19.21 (135) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,848) Report
Saturday, 27 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.15 (81) def. by West Coast 13.11 (89) The Gabba (crowd: 13,500) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 28 August (12:40 pm) Adelaide 15.9 (99) def. by Richmond 17.19 (121) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,023) Report
Sunday, 28 August (2:10 pm) Melbourne 17.10 (112) def. Gold Coast 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 21,534) Report
Sunday, 28 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 17.18 (120) def. Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,849) Report
Bye: Carlton
  • Geelong lost its first match at Skilled Stadium since Round 21, 2007, ending a streak of 29 consecutive victories at Skilled Stadium, the most by any club at any venue. It was Sydney's first win over Geelong since Round 5, 2006, ending a nine-match losing streak, and its first win at Skilled Stadium since Round 8, 1999, ending a seven-match losing streak.
  • After Geelong's loss to Sydney, Collingwood clinched the minor premiership (and the McClelland Trophy) for the second consecutive year. Additionally, West Coast clinched a top-four finish with its win over Brisbane.
  • The Brisbane Lions and West Coast played in front of a crowd of 13,500, the second-lowest ever for a Brisbane Lions home game at The Gabba, and the second-lowest for a Brisbane-based club at the Gabba since Round 22, 1995.


Round 24[edit]

Round 24
Friday, 2 September (7:40 pm) Collingwood 8.5 (53) def. by Geelong 22.17 (149) MCG (crowd: 85,705) Report
Saturday, 3 September (1:10 pm) Gold Coast 14.13 (97) def. by Hawthorn 16.10 (106) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 19,314) Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.17 (107) def. Fremantle 8.13 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,128) Report
Saturday, 3 September (4:10 pm) Sydney 18.11 (119) def. Brisbane Lions 9.13 (67) SCG (crowd: 27,721) Report
Saturday, 3 September (5:10 pm) West Coast 22.13 (145) def. Adelaide 7.8 (50) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,062) Report
Saturday, 3 September (7:10 pm) Carlton 9.12 (66) def. by St Kilda 13.8 (86) MCG (crowd: 55,606) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 4 September (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) def. Melbourne 15.14 (104) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 29,340) Report
Sunday, 4 September (4:40 pm) Richmond 13.13 (91) def. by North Melbourne 15.14 (104) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,890) Report[dead link]
Bye: Essendon
  • For the second time, the final round of the season was given a floating schedule in order to reduce the likelihood of a team playing the first week of the finals after a Sunday game in the final round of the season.
  • Geelong recorded its greatest ever winning margin against Collingwood by 96 points. It was Collingwood's greatest losing margin since Round 21, 2005,[49] and their worst ever defeat at the MCG.
  • The Port Adelaide vs Melbourne match was originally scheduled to be played at AAMI Stadium. On 30 June 2011, the AFL announced the match would be moved to the Adelaide Oval. This was the first AFL match to be played at the venue and only the second venue in South Australia to host an AFL home and away match.[50]
  • Port Adelaide's win over Melbourne ended a club record 11-match losing streak and lifted it off the bottom of the ladder. This ensured that Gold Coast finished its inaugural AFL season with the wooden spoon. Gold Coast are the first interstate team to ever win the wooden spoon on debut and the first team to win their wooden spoon on debut since Hawthorn in 1925.


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 23 24 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Adelaide Haw
20
X Freo
25
Port
32
Carl
6
StK
19
Melb
96
GC
57
Coll
43
BL
40
NM
47
WCE
39
WB
30
Geel
52
Syd
7
X Ess
11
StK
103
Port
32
BL
5
Geel
11
GC
61
Rich
22
WCE
95
X X X X 14
Brisbane Lions Freo
2
WB
78
Melb
11
X StK
13
Rich
26
GC
8
Ess
36
NM
14
Adel
40
Syd
65
Carl
61
Rich
31
Freo
23
Port
11
Haw
42
Geel
29
NM
45
X Adel
5
GC
62
Coll
18
WCE
8
Syd
52
X X X X 15
Carlton Rich
20
GC
119
Coll
28
Ess
0
Adel
6
Syd
16
StK
3
X Geel
2
Melb
47
Port
62
BL
61
Syd
34
WCE
36
Rich
103
WB
27
Coll
19
Ess
74
NM
18
Melb
76
Freo
30
Haw
12
X StK
20
Ess
62
WCE
3
X X 5
Collingwood Port
75
NM
87
Carl
28
Rich
71
Ess
30
WB
48
X Geel
3
Adel
43
WCE
52
StK
57
Melb
88
X Syd
6
Haw
41
NM
117
Carl
19
GC
54
Ess
74
Port
138
StK
19
BL
18
Freo
80
Geel
96
WCE
20
X Haw
3
Geel
38
1
Essendon WB
55
Syd
5
StK
52
Carl
0
Coll
30
GC
139
WCE
16
BL
36
Rich
16
X Melb
33
Freo
34
NM
21
Haw
65
Geel
4
Rich
39
Adel
11
Carl
74
Coll
74
Syd
1
WB
49
WCE
57
Port
7
X Carl
62
X X X 8
Fremantle BL
2
Geel
11
Adel
25
NM
29
WB
7
X Rich
49
WCE
33
Port
52
StK
46
Haw
22
Ess
34
Melb
89
BL
23
GC
50
X Syd
11
WCE
1
Haw
51
StK
41
Carl
30
NM
98
Coll
80
WB
46
X X X X 11
Gold Coast X Carl
119
WB
71
Melb
90
Port
3
Ess
139
BL
8
Adel
57
X Geel
66
WCE
18
NM
59
Haw
71
WB
22
Freo
50
Syd
70
Rich
15
Coll
54
StK
20
Geel
150
BL
62
Adel
61
Melb
30
Haw
9
X X X X 17
Geelong StK
1
Freo
11
Port
79
Syd
27
Haw
19
X NM
66
Coll
3
Carl
2
GC
66
WB
61
Haw
5
StK
28
Adel
52
Ess
4
WCE
8
BL
29
Rich
62
Melb
186
GC
150
Adel
11
X Syd
13
Coll
96
Haw
31
X WCE
48
Coll
38
2
Hawthorn Adel
20
Melb
45
Rich
63
WCE
7
Geel
19
X Port
32
StK
30
Syd
46
WB
29
Freo
22
Geel
5
GC
71
Ess
65
Coll
41
BL
42
X Melb
54
Frem
51
NM
17
Port
165
Carl
12
WB
46
GC
9
Geel
31
Syd
36
Coll
3
X 3
Melbourne Syd
0
Haw
45
BL
11
GC
90
X WCE
54
Adel
96
NM
41
StK
20
Carl
47
Ess
33
Coll
88
Freo
89
Rich
27
WB
64
X Port
21
Haw
54
Geel
186
Carl
76
WCE
48
Rich
7
GC
30
Port
8
X X X X 13
North Melbourne WCE
4
Coll
87
X Fre0
29
Rich
9
Port
60
Geel
66
Melb
41
BL
14
Syd
1
Adel
47
GC
59
Ess
21
Port
45
StK
9
Coll
117
WB
31
BL
45
Carl
18
Haw
17
X Freo
98
StK
65
Rich
13
X X X X 9
Port Adelaide Coll
75
WCE
18
Geel
79
Adel
32
GC
3
NM
60
Haw
32
Syd
62
Freo
52
Rich
15
Carl
62
X WCE
22
NM
45
BL
11
StK
56
Melb
21
X Adel
32
Coll
138
Haw
165
WB
60
Ess
7
Melb
8
X X X X 16
Richmond Carl
20
StK
0
Haw
63
Coll
71
NM
9
BL
26
Freo
49
WB
35
Ess
16
Port
15
X Syd
10
BL
31
Melb
27
Carl
103
Ess
39
GC
15
Geel
62
X WCE
57
Syd
43
Melb
7
Adel
22
NM
13
X X X X 12
St Kilda Geel
1
Rich
0
Ess
52
X BL
13
Adel
19
Carl
3
Haw
30
Melb
20
Freo
46
Coll
57
WB
24
Geel
28
X NM
9
Port
56
WCE
21
Adel
103
GC
20
Freo
41
Coll
19
Syd
15
NM
65
Carl
20
Syd
25
X X X 6
Sydney Melb
0
Ess
5
WCE
13
Geel
27
X Carl
16
WB
8
Port
62
Haw
46
NM
1
BL
65
Rich
10
Carl
34
Coll
6
Adel
7
GC
70
Freo
11
WB
39
X Ess
1
Rich
43
StK
15
Geel
13
BL
52
StK
25
Haw
36
X X 7
West Coast NM
4
Port
18
Syd
13
Haw
7
X Melb
54
Ess
16
Freo
33
WB
123
Coll
52
GC
18
Adel
39
Port
22
Carl
36
X Geel
8
StK
21
Freo
1
WB
8
Rich
57
Melb
48
Ess
57
BL
8
Adel
95
Coll
20
Carl
3
Geel
48
X 4
Western Bulldogs Ess
55
BL
78
GC
71
X Freo
7
Coll
48
Syd
8
Rich
35
WCE
123
Haw
29
Geel
61
StK
24
Adel
30
GC
22
Melb
64
Carl
27
NM
31
Syd
39
WCE
8
X Ess
49
Port
60
Haw
46
Freo
46
X X X X 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder[edit]

2011 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Collingwood 22 20 2 0 2592 1546 167.66 80
2 Geelong (P) 22 19 3 0 2548 1619 157.38 76
3 Hawthorn 22 18 4 0 2355 1634 144.12 72
4 West Coast 22 17 5 0 2235 1715 130.32 68
5 Carlton 22 14 7 1 2225 1700 130.88 58
6 St Kilda 22 12 9 1 1891 1677 112.76 50
7 Sydney 22 12 9 1 1897 1735 109.34 50
8 Essendon 22 11 10 1 2217 2217 100.00 46
9 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2106 2082 101.15 40
10 Western Bulldogs 22 9 13 0 2060 2155 95.59 36
11 Fremantle 22 9 13 0 1791 2155 83.11 36
12 Richmond 22 8 13 1 2069 2396 86.35 34
13 Melbourne 22 8 13 1 1974 2315 85.27 34
14 Adelaide 22 7 15 0 1742 2193 79.43 28
15 Brisbane Lions 22 4 18 0 1814 2240 80.98 16
16 Port Adelaide 22 3 19 0 1718 2663 64.51 12
17 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 1534 2726 56.27 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.
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during 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 23 24
1 Collingwood 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 32 36 40 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 80
2 Geelong 4 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 52 56 60 64 68 72 72 72 76
3 Hawthorn 0 4 8 12 12 12 16 20 24 28 32 32 36 40 40 44 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 72
4 West Coast 4 8 8 8 8 12 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68
5 Carlton 4 8 8 10 14 18 22 22 22 26 30 34 38 38 42 42 42 46 50 54 58 58 58 58
6 St Kilda 0 2 2 2 6 6 6 6 10 14 14 18 18 18 22 26 30 34 38 42 42 42 46 50
7 Sydney 2 6 10 10 10 10 14 18 18 22 26 30 30 30 30 34 34 38 38 38 38 42 46 50
8 Essendon 4 4 8 10 10 14 18 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 26 30 34 34 34 38 42 42 46 46
9 North Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 8 8 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 32 32 32 32 36 36 40
10 Western Bulldogs 0 4 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 28 28 28 32 32 36
11 Fremantle 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 24 24 28 32 32 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36
12 Richmond 0 2 2 2 6 10 14 14 18 18 18 18 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 26 30 34 34
13 Melbourne 2 2 6 10 10 10 14 14 14 14 18 18 22 26 26 26 30 30 30 30 30 30 34 34
14 Adelaide 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 20 24 24 28 28 28
15 Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16
16 Port Adelaide 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12
17 Gold Coast 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12


Finals Series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: Sep 10, MCG  
1  Collingwood Pies.jpg Collingwood 12.10 (82)  
4  West Coast Eagles.jpg West Coast 9.8 (62)     SF1: Sep 17, Patersons Stadium  
     West Coast Eagles.jpg West Coast 15.11 (101)    
EF1: Sep 11, MCG      CarltonDesign.png Carlton 15.8 (98)       PF1: Sep 23, MCG
5  CarltonDesign.png Carlton 21.23 (149)        Collingwood Pies.jpg Collingwood 10.8 (68)  
8  EssendonDesign.svg Essendon 13.9 (87)          Hawthorn Hawks.jpg Hawthorn 9.11 (65)     GF: Oct 1, MCG
         Collingwood Pies.jpg Collingwood 12.9 (81)
  EF2: Sep 10, Etihad Stadium       PF2: Sep 24, MCG      Geelong Jumper.jpg Geelong 18.11 (119)
6  St Kilda Saints.jpg St Kilda 8.9 (57)          West Coast Eagles.jpg West Coast 10.9 (69)  
7  Sydney Swans Squared.jpg Sydney 12.10 (82)     SF2: Sep 16, MCG        Geelong Jumper.jpg Geelong 17.15 (117)  
     Sydney Swans Squared.jpg Sydney 13.8 (86)    
QF2: Sep 9, MCG      Hawthorn Hawks.jpg Hawthorn 19.8 (122)    
2  Geelong Jumper.jpg Geelong 14.14 (98)  
3  Hawthorn Hawks.jpg Hawthorn 9.13 (67)  

Week 1 (Qualifying and Elimination Finals)[edit]

Qualifying Finals
Saturday, 10 September (2:20 pm) Collingwood 12.10 (82) def. West Coast 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 67,379) Report
Friday, 9 September (7:45 pm) Geelong 14.14 (98) def. Hawthorn 9.13 (67) MCG (crowd: 73,400) Report
Elimination Finals
Sunday, 11 September (2:20 pm) Carlton 21.23 (149) def. Essendon 13.9 (87) MCG (crowd: 90,161) Report
Saturday, 10 September (7:20 pm) St Kilda 8.9 (57) def. by Sydney 12.10 (82) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,205) Report
  • For the first time since the current AFL finals system was implemented in 2000, all four games were played in Melbourne.
  • The elimination final between Carlton and Essendon had an attendance of 90,161, the largest crowd for an elimination final in VFL/AFL history. This record stood until 2013.[51]


Week 2 (Semi Finals)[edit]

Semi-Finals
Friday, 16 September (7:45 pm) Hawthorn 19.8 (122) def. Sydney 13.8 (86) MCG (crowd: 55,198) Report
Saturday, 17 September (5:50 pm) West Coast 15.11 (101) def. Carlton 15.8 (98) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 42,803) Report


Week 3 (Preliminary Finals)[edit]

Preliminary Finals
Friday, 23 September (7:45 pm) Collingwood 10.8 (68) def. Hawthorn 9.11 (65) MCG (crowd: 87,112) Report
Saturday, 24 September (2:20 pm) Geelong 17.15 (117) def. West Coast 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 59,455) Report
  • West Coast was the first non-Victorian team to reach the preliminary finals since 2007.


Week 4 (Grand Final)[edit]

Main article: 2011 AFL Grand Final
Grand Final
Saturday, 1 October 2:30pm Collingwood def. by Geelong MCG (Crowd: 99,537) Report
4.2 (26)
9.3 (57)
12.6 (78)
12.9 (81)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
4.3 (27)
8.6 (54)
13.7 (85)
18.11 (119)
Umpires: C Donlon, B Rosebury, S Ryan
Norm Smith Medal: Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National Anthem: Vanessa Amorosi
T Cloke, A Krakouer 3
S Sidebottom 2
L Ball, L Brown, B Johnson, S Wellingham 1
Goals 4 S Johnson
3 J Bartel, T Hawkins, T Varcoe
2 J Selwood
1 M Duncan, C Ling, M Stokes
S Pendlebury, D Thomas, S Sidebottom, C Tarrant, L Ball, L Brown, T Cloke Best J Bartel, J Selwood, T Hawkins, C Ling, S Johnson, P Chapman, B Ottens, T Varcoe
Nil Injuries J Podsiadly (shoulder)
L Davis Reports Nil
  • This was the sixth Grand Final contested between Collingwood and Geelong, and the first since 1953.
  • Collingwood finished its season with only three losses, all against Geelong.
  • Mick Malthouse coached his 50th finals match
  • Chris Scott became the 13th person to coach a VFL/AFL team to a premiership in his debut coaching season, and the first since Alan Joyce in 1988


Awards[edit]

Best and fairest[edit]

Club Award name Player Ref
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Thompson, ScottScott Thompson [53]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Rockliff, TomTom Rockliff [54]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Murphy, MarcMarc Murphy [55]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Pendlebury, ScottScott Pendlebury [56]
Essendon Crichton Medal Zaharakis, DavidDavid Zaharakis [57]
Fremantle Doig Medal Pavlich, MatthewMatthew Pavlich [58]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Enright, CoreyCorey Enright [59]
Gold Coast Club Champion Ablett, Jr., GaryGary Ablett, Jr. [60]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell [61]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Moloney, BrentBrent Moloney [62]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Wells, DanielDaniel Wells
Andrew Swallow
[63]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Boak, TravisTravis Boak
Jackson Trengove
[64]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Cotchin, TrentTrent Cotchin [65]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Fisher, SamSam Fisher [66]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Goodes, AdamAdam Goodes [67]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Boyd, MatthewMatthew Boyd [68]
West Coast Club Champion Award Glass, DarrenDarren Glass [69]

Notable events and controversies[edit]

Betting scandals[edit]

The issue of betting became prominent during the 2011 season. The previous few years had seen other sports compromised by major spot-fixing scandals – most notably the Pakistan cricket spot-fixing controversy – so the issue was already well publicised at the time. The AFL had in place a strict policy prohibiting anyone involved in the AFL from placing any bet on any AFL outcome.

Early in the season, it emerged that there were several suspicious plunges on players who were usually defenders to kick the first goal of a match; in each case, the player unexpectedly started in the forward-line, indicating that the plunges may have been caused by team information somehow leaking to punters. Five suspicious plunges on defenders for the first goal were identified during the season:

Nathan Bock was the only of the five players to kick the first goal of his respective match. The cases all raised concerns about "exotic bets" and the risk of spot-fixing, although in no case was a deliberate attempt at spot-fixing ever implicated.

The controversy deepened prior to Round 17, when the investigation into the Maxwell plunge revealed that Heath Shaw was implicated in bets placed on Maxwell's first goal. Shaw and a friend from outside the Collingwood Football Club were found to have placed a shared $20 bet on Maxwell for first goal at a TAB venue, using Shaw's knowledge from team meetings that Maxwell would be starting forward; that friend had later placed two more bets on Maxwell worth $15, shared with another friend. Shaw was penalised by the league under the anti-gambling code, receiving a suspension of eight matches, with a further suspended sentence of six matches, and was fined $20,000.[73]

In their respective investigations, it was found that both Nick Maxwell and Nathan Bock had informed family members and friends that they would be starting in the forward-line before their respective plunges, and, unbeknownst to the players, those family members and friends then placed bets. Maxwell was fined $5,000, with a further suspended fine of $5,000,[73] and Bock was fined $10,000 and suspended for two matches.[74]

Following Round 24, Essendon assistant coach Dean Wallis was found to have placed three separate FootyQuad bets worth a total of $400 during the latter half of the season, one of which included a leg which involved an Essendon match. Wallis was fined $7,500, and suspended for fourteen matches (the suspension prevents him from participating on match-day, and from interacting directly with his players during training, until the suspension is complete).[75]

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) and/or "leadership group"
Adelaide Neil Craig (Rds 1–18);
Mark Bickley (Rds 19–24)
Nathan van Berlo[76] Scott Stevens, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty and Scott Thompson.
Brisbane Lions Michael Voss Jonathan Brown Daniel Merrett, Jed Adcock, Tom Rockliff[77]
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd Kade Simpson (vc),[78] Andrew Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison, Marc Murphy, Jordan Russell[79]
Collingwood Mick Malthouse Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury (vc), Dane Swan (deputy vc), Luke Ball, Darren Jolly, Harry O'Brien, Heath Shaw[80]
Essendon James Hird Jobe Watson Dustin Fletcher, Heath Hocking, Mark McVeigh, Brent Stanton, Andrew Welsh (vc)[81]
Fremantle Mark Harvey Matthew Pavlich Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Paul Duffield, Luke McPharlin, Garrick Ibbotson, Chris Mayne and Matt de Boer[82]
Gold Coast Guy McKenna Gary Ablett, Jr.[83] Nathan Bock (vc), Campbell Brown (deputy vc), Michael Rischitelli, Daniel Harris, Maverick Weller, Zac Smith and Marc Lock[84]
Geelong Chris Scott Cameron Ling[85] Joel Selwood(vc),[85] Jimmy Bartel, Joel Corey, Corey Enright, James Kelly, Harry Taylor
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge[86] Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis[87]
Melbourne Dean Bailey (Rds 1–19);
Todd Viney (Rds 20–24)
Brad Green[88] Aaron Davey, Jack Grimes, Nathan Jones, Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers[89]
North Melbourne Brad Scott Brent Harvey Brady Rawlings (vc) and Drew Petrie (vc)
Port Adelaide Matthew Primus Domenic Cassisi
Richmond Damien Hardwick Chris Newman
St Kilda Ross Lyon Nick Riewoldt Lenny Hayes
Sydney John Longmire Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh[90]
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass[91] Beau Waters (vc)[91] Scott Selwood, Andrew Embley, Mark Lecras, Dean Cox, Adam Selwood, Matt Priddis, Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn[92]
Western Bulldogs Rodney Eade (Rds 1–21);
Paul Williams (Rds 22–24)[93]
Matthew Boyd[94] Daniel Giansiracusa (vc) and Adam Cooney (vc)

Umpiring and rule changes[edit]

  • The AFL introduced a new interchange rule. The standard interchange system was reduced from four players to three players. A fourth player is named as a substitute, and begins the game wearing a green vest. The substitute can be brought on at any point in the game, permanently replacing any player on the bench or the field. The player being replaced must wear a red vest when leaving the ground. This rule was predominantly introduced to keep the number of players able to participate in the game for each team equal, even if a severe injury occurs.[95]
  • The rules for calling "advantage" after a free kick were amended, to allow the players, rather than the umpires, make the decision on whether or not they see an advantage in continuous play.[96]

Club membership[edit]

Club Members[97] Change from 2010  % change from 2010
Adelaide 44,719 Decrease 826 −01.81
Brisbane Lions 20,792 Decrease 5,987 −22.36
Carlton 43,791 Increase 3,311 +08.18
Collingwood 71,271 Increase 13,863 +24.15
Essendon 42,559 Increase 1,970 +04.85
Fremantle 42,762 Increase 2,908 +07.30
Geelong 39,343 Decrease 983 −02.44
Gold Coast 11,141 N/A N/A
Hawthorn 56,224 Increase 2,246 +04.16
Melbourne 36,937 Increase 3,579 +10.73
North Melbourne 28,761 Increase 1,808 +06.71
Port Adelaide 32,581 Increase 3,489 +11.99
Richmond 40,184 Increase 4,224 +11.75
St Kilda 39,276 Increase 255 +00.58
Sydney 27,106 Decrease 1,565 −05.49
West Coast 43,216 Decrease 944 −02.14
Western Bulldogs 29,710 Decrease 2,367 −07.38
Total 650,373 Increase 36,122 +05.88

Team changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

A total of 132 players made their début in the Australian Football League in 2011. The new Gold Coast played 34 new players and helped make 2011 the highest number of début players since West Coast and Brisbane Bears both joined the league in 1987. Each of the top 10 draft picks and 29 of the first 33 selections in the 2010 AFL Draft made their début.[98]

Retirements, sackings and delistings[edit]

Players[edit]

Coach changes[edit]

Club overviews[edit]

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  122. ^ a b c Richmond announces departures
  123. ^ a b c Essendon delist three rookies[dead link]
  124. ^ a b c d Power List Changes
  125. ^ Jones makes games count
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  130. ^ a b c Three rookies cut by Crows
  131. ^ Essendon delist Jay Neagle[dead link]
  132. ^ a b c Changes to the Carlton list
  133. ^ Milburn retires
  134. ^ a b North Melbourne list changes
  135. ^ a b Changes to Carlton's list
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  137. ^ a b c Power List Changes
  138. ^ a b c d e f Swans pay tribute to Bevan as list changes finalised
  139. ^ a b c d Dees make list changes
  140. ^ a b West Coast parts ways with Jones, Wilson
  141. ^ a b c d Crows delist four players
  142. ^ Blake to pass on draft
  143. ^ Essendon delist Irish recruit[dead link]
  144. ^ a b c d e f Hawthorn announces list changes
  145. ^ Thursfield retires
  146. ^ GC SUNS delist Daye[dead link]
  147. ^ Broome heads home
  148. ^ a b c Fremantle delists three players
  149. ^ Lions announce key re-signings
  150. ^ a b c d e St Kilda confirms list changes
  151. ^ Ottens bows out in style
  152. ^ Davis retires from Collingwood
  153. ^ Wonaeamirri delisted by Demons
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  155. ^ List lodgements announced
  156. ^ Demons submit first list lodgement
  157. ^ a b Rookies move on
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  159. ^ Schofield returns home
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