2012 AFL season

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For the 2012 season of the Arena Football League, see 2012 Arena Football League season.
2012 AFL Premiership season
Teams 18
Premiers Sydney Swans Squared.jpg Sydney
(5th premiership)
Minor premiers Hawthorn Hawks.jpg Hawthorn
(8th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Adelaide Crows.jpg Adelaide
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played 207
Attendance 6,778,559 (32,747 per match)
Highest attendance 99,683 (Grand Final, Hawthorn vs. Sydney)
Coleman Medallist Richmond Tigers design.jpg Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
65 goals
Brownlow Medallist EssendonDesign.svg Jobe Watson (Essendon)
30 votes
2011
2013

The 2012 Australian Football League season was the 116th season of the Australian rules football competition. It was the first season in which the new team Greater Western Sydney competed, bringing the number of teams in the competition to a record high eighteen.[1]

The season was opened on 24 March with the inaugural Sydney Derby between Sydney and Greater Western Sydney, and concluded on 29 September with the AFL Grand Final with Sydney defeating Hawthorn.

Pre-season[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 AFL Draft

The 2011 National Draft was held on 24 November in Sydney, making it only the second time it was held out of Melbourne. This is due to the entry of Greater Western Sydney.[2]

NAB Cup[edit]

Main article: 2012 NAB Cup

Adelaide won the 2012 pre season competition following a 34 point win over the West Coast Eagles at AAMI Stadium. It was their second pre season cup premiership.


2012 NAB Cup Grand Final
Saturday, 17 March 7:10 pm Adelaide def. West Coast AAMI Stadium (Crowd: 27,376) Report
0.2.2.14
1.3.6.33
2.6.13.67
2.10.17.95
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.0.2.20
2.1.6.30
2.4.7.49
2.5.13.61
Umpires: McBurney, McInerney, Mollison, Dalgleish
Michael Tuck Medal: Bernie Vince
Television broadcast: Seven Network / Fox Footy
Jaensch, Walker Super Goals Hill, Nicoski
Walker 2, Callinan, Jacobs,
Mackay, Petrenko, Porplyzia,
Thompson, Tippett, Vince
Goals Darling, Hams, Hill,
Priddis, Weedon
Vince, Thompson, Dangerfield,
Walker, Reilly, Mackay
Best Priddis, S.Selwood,
Butler, Hill, Waters
Nil Injuries Nicoski (hamstring)


Premiership season[edit]

The fixture for this season was officially announced on 28 October 2011.[1] Some of the features of the fixture included:

  • Each team played twenty-two matches over twenty-three rounds.
  • Each team had one bye, located between Rounds 11 and 13. This is similar in practice to the split round concept, which (prior to 2011) saw one of the mid-season rounds played over two weeks, giving each team one week off.
  • Due to concern over one-sided matches featuring the two newest teams (Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney), their fixtures were adjusted so that the top five teams from 2011 played both of the new teams only once each.
  • For the first time, each Victorian team travelled interstate at least five times, and each team travelled to Perth at least once.
  • Blundstone Arena, Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney and Škoda Stadium hosted home and away matches for the first time in 2012.
  • As had been the case since 2010, the final round of matches was given a floating fixture. Exact dates were determined later in the season with a view to giving likely finalists the longest possible break ahead of their first final.

The addition of a ninth match in each round, and the new television rights deal requiring most matches to be shown live, influenced the scheduling of matches, and changed some traditional match starting times. In typical rounds, where nine matches were played between Friday and Sunday, the changes were:

  • Friday night matches began at 7:50pm EST instead of 7:40pm, or 8:40pm EST when played in Western Australia.
  • Saturday afternoon matches began at 1:40pm EST and 1:45pm/2:10pm EST.
  • A regular Saturday match was scheduled beginning at 4:40pm EST – which was either a twilight match on the east coast, or an afternoon match in Perth.
  • Saturday night matches began at 7:40pm EST instead of 7:10pm
  • The second Sunday afternoon match began at 3:15pm instead of the traditional 2:10pm. This change was to allow the Seven Network to show the match live into Victoria, and use it as a lead-in to its 6:00pm news broadcast.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1[3]
Saturday, 24 March (7:20 pm) Greater Western Sydney 5.7 (37) def. by Sydney 14.16 (100) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 38,203)
Thursday, 29 March (7:45 pm) Richmond 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 18.17 (125) MCG (crowd: 78,285)
Friday, 30 March (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 20.17 (137) def. Collingwood 16.19 (115) MCG (crowd: 78,464)
Saturday, 31 March (1:45 pm) Melbourne 11.12 (78) def. by Brisbane Lions 17.17 (119) MCG (crowd: 33,473)
Saturday, 31 March (3:45 pm) Gold Coast 10.8 (68) def. by Adelaide 19.23 (137) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,790)
Saturday, 31 March (4:45 pm) Fremantle 16.9 (105) def. Geelong 15.11 (101) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,601)
Saturday, 31 March (7:45 pm) North Melbourne 15.12 (102) def. by Essendon 14.20 (104) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,699)
Sunday, 1 April (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.15 (87) def. by West Coast 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,977)
Sunday, 1 April (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) def. St Kilda 13.7 (85) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,179)
  • This round marked the debut of Greater Western Sydney in the AFL. For the first time since 2006, the AFL season opened outside of Victoria, and for the first time ever, in Sydney. The first match between Greater Western Sydney and Sydney was the only match in the first weekend, with the traditional Thursday night season-opening match between Carlton and Richmond opening the remainder of the round the following weekend.
  • Sydney won its first Round 1 match since 2005.


Round 2[edit]

Round 2[4]
Thursday, 5 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) def. by Carlton 23.16 (154) The Gabba (crowd: 25,920)
Saturday, 7 April (1:45 pm) Essendon 16.15 (111) def. Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,118)
Saturday, 7 April (2:10 pm) Sydney 14.10 (94) def. Fremantle 12.9 (81) SCG (crowd: 22,242)
Saturday, 7 April (2:40 pm) West Coast 25.16 (166) def. Melbourne 9.4 (58) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,674)
Saturday, 7 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 11.16 (82) def. Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,021)
Saturday, 7 April (7:40 pm) Collingwood 12.13 (85) def. Richmond 8.16 (64) MCG (crowd: 57,268)
Sunday, 8 April (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 28.15 (183) def. Greater Western Sydney 8.6 (54) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 11,127)
Sunday, 8 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 21.13 (139) def. Gold Coast 7.5 (47) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,032)
Monday, 9 April (3:10 pm) Geelong 14.8 (92) def. Hawthorn 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 69,231)
  • West Coast recorded its largest ever winning margin against Melbourne, 108 points.[5]
  • The match between North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney was the first AFL game to be played at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Tasmania.[6]
  • North Melbourne recorded its largest winning margin in any match since Round 2 1996, 129 points.[7]


Round 3[edit]

Round 3[8]
Friday, 13 April (7:50 pm) Carlton 18.14 (122) def. Collingwood 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 84,259)
Saturday, 14 April (1:45 pm) Richmond 20.13 (133) def. Melbourne 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 49,826)
Saturday, 14 April (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) def. by Sydney 16.9 (105) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 19,032)
Saturday, 14 April (2:40 pm) Fremantle 8.16 (64) def. Brisbane Lions 5.5 (35) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 33,473)
Saturday, 14 April (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 5.10 (40) def. by St Kilda 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,971)
Saturday, 14 April (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Essendon 15.15 (105) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 17,069)
Sunday, 15 April (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69) def. by West Coast 23.12 (150) Blacktown ISP (crowd: 6,875)
Sunday, 15 April (3:15 pm) Hawthorn 21.14 (140) def. Adelaide 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 33,524)
Sunday, 15 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 20.11 (131) def. Geelong 16.18 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,630)


Round 4[edit]

Round 4[9]
Friday, 20 April (7:50 pm) St Kilda 11.13 (79) def. by Fremantle 14.8 (92) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,172)
Saturday, 21 April (1:45 pm) Carlton 11.13 (79) def. by Essendon 15.19 (109) MCG (crowd: 73,172)
Saturday, 21 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 14.13 (97) def. Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,741)
Saturday, 21 April (4:10 pm) Adelaide 13.18 (96) def. Greater Western Sydney 7.8 (50) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,261)
Saturday, 21 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111) def. Gold Coast 6.10 (46) The Gabba (crowd: 21,980)
Saturday, 21 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 5.21 (51) def. Hawthorn 5.16 (46) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,080)
Sunday, 22 April (3:15 pm) Sydney 17.11 (113) def. North Melbourne 10.17 (77) SCG (crowd: 21,049)
Sunday, 22 April (4:40 pm) Melbourne 9.13 (67) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.10 (88) MCG (crowd: 33,565)


Round 5[edit]

Round 5[11]
Wednesday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Collingwood 11.14 (80) def. Essendon 11.13 (79) MCG (crowd: 86,932)
Friday, 27 April (6:45 pm) Fremantle 7.15 (57) def. by Carlton 10.5 (65) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,847)
Saturday, 28 April (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 9.8 (62) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104) Manuka Oval (crowd: 9,128)
Saturday, 28 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 17.25 (127) def. Gold Coast 13.15 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,680)
Saturday, 28 April (7:40 pm) Melbourne 10.6 (66) def. by St Kilda 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 24,798)
Saturday, 28 April (7:45 pm) Brisbane Lions 4.17 (41) def. by Geelong 12.7 (79) The Gabba (crowd: 15,528)
Sunday, 29 April (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.9 (69) def. by Sydney 16.10 (106) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 19,217)
Sunday, 29 April (3:15 pm) Richmond 14.13 (97) def. by West Coast 16.11 (107) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,448)
Sunday, 29 April (4:10 pm) Adelaide 16.14 (110) def. Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,649)


Round 6[edit]

Round 6[13]
Friday, 4 May (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.11 (77) def. by Collingwood 15.8 (98) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,155)
Saturday, 5 May (1:40 pm) Essendon 19.15 (129) def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,361)
Saturday, 5 May (1:45 pm) Geelong 17.17 (119) def. Melbourne 11.10 (76) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 18,010)
Saturday, 5 May (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 14.3 (87) def. by Fremantle 14.10 (94) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,670)
Saturday, 5 May (7:40 pm) Sydney 14.10 (94) def. by Adelaide 15.9 (99) SCG (crowd: 23,969)
Saturday, 5 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.10 (88) def. by Hawthorn 18.15 (123) MCG (crowd: 42,289)
Sunday, 6 May (1:10 pm) Carlton 15.20 (110) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.7 (43) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,201)
Sunday, 6 May (2:45 pm) Port Adelaide 8.6 (54) def. by Richmond 13.13 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 18,552)
Sunday, 6 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 17.18 (120) def. North Melbourne 15.5 (95) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,202)


Round 7[edit]

Round 7[14]
Friday, 11 May (7:50 pm) Melbourne 6.13 (49) def. by Hawthorn 15.25 (115) MCG (crowd: 36,430)
Saturday, 12 May (12:45 pm) Adelaide 19.8 (122) def. Geelong 10.12 (72) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,535)
Saturday, 12 May (1:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 13.16 (94) def. Gold Coast 9.13 (67) Manuka Oval, Canberra (crowd: 8,603)
Saturday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Richmond 13.13 (91) def. Sydney 8.14 (62) MCG (crowd: 40,352)
Saturday, 12 May (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 8.10 (58) def. by Collingwood 17.14 (116) The Gabba (crowd: 27,926)
Saturday, 12 May (7:40 pm) Essendon 16.17 (113) def. West Coast 7.10 (52) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,260)
Sunday, 13 May (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 12.11 (83) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.11 (101) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,885)
Sunday, 13 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.15 (87) def. Port Adelaide 7.5 (47) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,079)
Monday, 14 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 19.8 (122) def. Carlton 14.14 (98) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,823)


Round 8[edit]

Round 8[15]
Friday, 18 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 14.12 (96) def. Geelong 11.18 (84) MCG (crowd: 75,650)
Saturday, 19 May (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) def. North Melbourne 14.9 (93) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,508)
Saturday, 19 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.17 (119) def. Fremantle 9.9 (63) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 12,959)
Saturday, 19 May (4:40 pm) Sydney 21.12 (138) def. Melbourne 5.7 (37) SCG (crowd: 20,818)
Saturday, 19 May (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.18 (72) def. Gold Coast 4.10 (34) TIO Stadium (crowd: 8,724)
Saturday, 19 May (7:50 pm) Essendon 19.14 (128) def. Richmond 15.19 (109) MCG (crowd: 80,900)
Sunday, 20 May (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 19.18 (132) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.10 (40) The Gabba (crowd: 16,049)
Sunday, 20 May (3:15 pm) Carlton 8.7 (55) def. by Adelaide 19.10 (124) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,917)
Sunday, 20 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 18.13 (121) def. St Kilda 13.13 (91) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,174)
  • Sydney recorded its largest winning margin in any match since Round 7, 2006, 101 points.
  • Gold Coast's final score of 4.10 (34) was the lowest ever in club history.
  • Adelaide won its first match in Victoria since Round 22, 2009, ending a losing streak of fifteen such games.


Round 9[edit]

Round 9[16]
Friday, 25 May (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) def. by Geelong 14.11 (95) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,118)
Saturday, 26 May (1:45 pm) Richmond 21.11 (137) def. Hawthorn 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 51,617)
Saturday, 26 May (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 10.10 (70) def. by Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,416)
Saturday, 26 May (4:40 pm) St Kilda 16.15 (111) def. Sydney 12.11 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,737)
Saturday, 26 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 6.11 (49) def. by Collingwood 10.15 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,238)
Saturday, 26 May (7:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.11 (53) def. by Essendon 18.11 (119) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 11,887)
Sunday, 27 May (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 17.10 (112) def. Brisbane Lions 15.6 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,988)
Sunday, 27 May (3:15 pm) Carlton 15.17 (107) def. Melbourne 6.13 (49) MCG (crowd: 28,371)
Sunday, 27 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 11.18 (84) def. Fremantle 5.6 (36) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,905)


Round 10[edit]

Round 10[17]
Friday, 1 June (7:50 pm) St Kilda 16.17 (113) def. by Richmond 18.13 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,337)
Saturday, 2 June (1:45 pm) Geelong 19.12 (126) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.7 (61) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 17,243)
Saturday, 2 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 27.12 (174) def. North Melbourne 9.5 (59) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,143)
Saturday, 2 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.10 (82) def. by Adelaide 17.9 (111) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,392)
Saturday, 2 June (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.15 (99) def. Carlton 6.9 (45) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 24,476)
Saturday, 2 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 6.16 (52) def. by Melbourne 8.10 (58) MCG (crowd: 42,987)
Sunday, 3 June (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.6 (102) def. West Coast 15.10 (100) The Gabba (crowd: 15,546)
Sunday, 3 June (3:15 pm) Sydney 20.12 (132) def. Western Bulldogs 5.10 (40) SCG (crowd: 13,505)
Sunday, 3 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 23.11 (149) def. Gold Coast 7.10 (52) MCG (crowd: 36,913)


Round 11[edit]

Round 11[19]
Friday, 8 June (7:50 pm) Carlton 11.19 (85) def. by Geelong 14.13 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,632)
Saturday, 9 June (1:40 pm) Richmond 9.12 (66) def. by Fremantle 12.6 (78) MCG (crowd: 43,801)
Saturday, 9 June (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.7 (49) def. by St Kilda 21.18 (144) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,534)
Saturday, 9 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 11.16 (82) def. by Sydney 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,785)
Sunday, 10 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 9.8 (62) def. by Hawthorn 16.12 (108) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,638)
Monday, 11 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne 13.9 (87) def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) MCG (crowd: 64,250)
Bye: Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Greater Western Sydney, North Melbourne, West Coast, Western Bulldogs


Round 12[edit]

Round 12[20]
Thursday, 14 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 10.19 (79) def. Carlton 10.9 (69) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,224)
Friday, 15 June (8:10 pm) Adelaide 17.13 (115) def. St Kilda 16.15 (111) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,394)
Saturday, 16 June (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.2 (74) def. by Richmond 11.20 (86) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 7,358)
Saturday, 16 June (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 12.8 (80) def. by North Melbourne 11.21 (87) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 10,170)
Sunday, 17 June (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.21 (135) def. Brisbane Lions 11.4 (70) MCG (crowd: 35,492)
Sunday, 17 June (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.17 (95) def. Port Adelaide 8.9 (57) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,036)
Bye: Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney


Round 13[edit]

Round 13[21]
Friday, 22 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 12.8 (80) def. Geelong 11.8 (74) SCG (crowd: 27,400)
Saturday, 23 June (1:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 7.14 (56) def. by Brisbane Lions 18.6 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,146)
Saturday, 23 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 12.13 (85) def. West Coast 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 62,957)
Saturday, 23 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 14.5 (89) def. by Essendon 17.11 (113) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,567)
Sunday, 24 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne 20.15 (135) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.3 (57) MCG (crowd: 20,070)
Sunday, 24 June (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 17.19 (121) def. Adelaide 13.11 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,866)
Bye: Carlton, Gold Coast, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda


Round 14[edit]

Round 14[22]
Friday, 29 June (7:50 pm) Carlton 10.10 (70) def. by Hawthorn 18.12 (120) MCG (crowd: 65,047)
Saturday, 30 June (1:45 pm) Collingwood 15.17 (107) def. Fremantle 12.6 (78) MCG (crowd: 44,891)
Saturday, 30 June (1:40 pm) Adelaide 17.4 (106) def. Richmond 13.9 (87) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,780)
Saturday, 30 June (2:40 pm) West Coast 25.16 (166) def. Gold Coast 5.10 (40) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,592)
Saturday, 30 June (7:40 pm) Sydney 19.18 (132) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.8 (38) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 22,565)
Saturday, 30 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 21.14 (140) def. Western Bulldogs 8.8 (56) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,824)
Sunday, 1 July (1:10 pm) Geelong 14.15 (99) def. Port Adelaide 8.13 (61) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 13,736)
Sunday, 1 July (3:15 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.14 (122) def. Melbourne 8.13 (61) The Gabba (crowd: 22,114)
Sunday, 1 July (4:40 pm) St Kilda 15.13 (103) def. by North Melbourne 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,106)


Round 15[edit]

Round 15[23]
Friday, 6 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 8.14 (62) def. by Carlton 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 75,755)
Saturday, 7 July (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 13.6 (84) def. by West Coast 12.14 (86) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 14,113)
Saturday, 7 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 11.12 (78) def. by Richmond 13.23 (101) MCG (crowd: 46,773)
Saturday, 7 July (4:40 pm) Sydney 16.14 (110) def. Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) SCG (crowd: 19,419)
Saturday, 7 July (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) def. by Adelaide 17.14 (116) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,829)
Saturday, 7 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 21.7 (133) def. Essendon 8.14 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,838)
Sunday, 8 July (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 28.25 (193) def. Greater Western Sydney 4.7 (31) MCG (crowd: 26,518)
Sunday, 8 July (3:15 pm) Gold Coast 13.18 (96) def. by Geelong 15.20 (110) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 15,824)
Sunday, 8 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 14.11 (95) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,420)


Round 16[edit]

Round 16[25]
Friday, 13 July (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 24.5 (149) def. Carlton 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,423)
Saturday, 14 July (1:45 pm) Melbourne 12.11 (83) def. by Fremantle 18.9 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 13,284)
Saturday, 14 July (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 11.11 (77) def. by Essendon 19.13 (127) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 17,344)
Saturday, 14 July (4:40 pm) Richmond 13.10 (88) def. by Gold Coast 13.12 (90) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 10,961)
Saturday, 14 July (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.8 (92) def. by St Kilda 16.9 (105) The Gabba (crowd: 19,228)
Saturday, 14 July (7:40 pm) Geelong 10.19 (79) def. by Collingwood 17.8 (110) MCG (crowd: 61,717)
Sunday, 15 July (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 8.11 (59) def. by Adelaide 27.16 (178) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 7,669)
Sunday, 15 July (3:15 pm) Western Bulldogs 6.8 (44) def. by Hawthorn 17.14 (116) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,754)
Sunday, 15 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 10.9 (69) def. by Sydney 18.13 (121) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,152)
  • Gold Coast's win ended a twenty-one match losing streak, and gave Gold Coast its first win for the season after fourteen losses; it was the longest losing streak by any team since Fitzroy lost twenty-one matches from 1995-1996.[26] Gold Coast's previous win, in Round 17 2011, was also against Richmond in Cairns. The two-point win was completed in dramatic circumstances when rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt kicked a goal after the siren to win the match.[27]
  • West Coast lost its first match at Patersons Stadium since Round 3, 2011, ending an eighteen-match winning streak at the venue.[28]


Round 17[edit]

Round 17[29]
Friday, 20 July (7:50 pm) Geelong 20.14 (134) def. Essendon 10.7 (67) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 50,066)
Saturday, 21 July (1:45 pm) Collingwood 13.13 (91) def. by Hawthorn 21.12 (138) MCG (crowd: 83,714)
Saturday, 21 July (1:40 pm) Adelaide 19.10 (124) def. West Coast 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,724)
Saturday, 21 July (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 5.18 (48) def. by Brisbane Lions 8.11 (59) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,550)
Saturday, 21 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 8.8 (56) def. by Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) TIO Stadium (crowd: 6,714)
Saturday, 21 July (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.12 (84) def. by Carlton 16.6 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,615)
Sunday, 22 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 15.15 (105) def. St Kilda 10.16 (76) SCG (crowd: 26,834)
Sunday, 22 July (3:15 pm) Richmond 14.15 (99) def. by North Melbourne 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 47,432)
Sunday, 22 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 18.24 (132) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.7 (37) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 28,767)


Round 18[edit]

Round 18[30]
Friday, 27 July (7:50 pm) Essendon 12.14 (86) def. by Hawthorn 27.18 (180) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,899)
Saturday, 28 July (1:45 pm) Geelong 15.12 (102) def. Adelaide 11.9 (75) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 18,377)
Saturday, 28 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.13 (127) def. Melbourne 11.7 (73) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,816)
Saturday, 28 July (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.12 (54) def. by Collingwood 26.18 (174) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 8,102)
Saturday, 28 July (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 8.6 (54) def. by Sydney 19.12 (126) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,169)
Saturday, 28 July (7:40 pm) Carlton 14.11 (95) def. Richmond 13.13 (91) MCG (crowd: 46,013)
Sunday, 29 July (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 6.12 (48) def. by Fremantle 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,583)
Sunday, 29 July (3:15 pm) St Kilda 16.22 (118) def. Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,498)
Sunday, 29 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 28.7 (175) def. Brisbane Lions 12.5 (77) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,767)


Round 19[edit]

Round 19[31]
Friday, 3 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 17.14 (116) def. by Geelong 18.10 (118) MCG (crowd: 65,287)
Saturday, 4 August (1:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) def. by North Melbourne 18.7 (115) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,599)
Saturday, 4 August (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.11 (107) def. Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,811)
Saturday, 4 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 17.11 (113) def. West Coast 6.12 (48) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,694)
Saturday, 4 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) def. by Richmond 20.12 (132) The Gabba (crowd: 22,311)
Saturday, 4 August (7:40 pm) Collingwood 12.19 (91) def. St Kilda 13.7 (85) MCG (crowd: 57,873)
Sunday, 5 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 16.12 (108) def. Gold Coast 9.12 (66) MCG (crowd: 18,097)
Sunday, 5 August (3:15 pm) Carlton 10.11 (71) def. by Sydney 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,942)
Sunday, 5 August (4:10 pm) Adelaide 16.8 (104) def. Essendon 15.10 (100) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,030)
  • Geelong defeated Hawthorn after Tom Hawkins kicked the winning goal after the siren.[32]
  • Kevin Sheedy (Greater Western Sydney) contested his 1000th senior VFL/AFL sanctioned game, becoming the first person to do so. The total includes premiership matches, pre-season and night matches, state representative matches, and national representative matches under international rules.[33]
  • Greater Western Sydney ended a ten-game losing streak with its win against Port Adelaide.[34]
  • The day after Port Adelaide's loss to Greater Western Sydney, the club determined that the tenures of Brett Duncanson as president and Matthew Primus as coach would both be terminated at the end of the season; Primus opted to step down immediately, and was replaced by Garry Hocking as caretaker coach.[35]


Round 20[edit]

Round 20[36]
Friday, 10 August (6:40 pm) West Coast 16.6 (102) def. Geelong 15.7 (97) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,812)
Saturday, 11 August (1:45 pm) St Kilda 16.11 (107) def. Melbourne 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 23,464)
Saturday, 11 August (1:40 pm) Adelaide 17.17 (119) def. Fremantle 14.7 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,027)
Saturday, 11 August (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 16.13 (109) def. Greater Western Sydney 12.7 (79) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,657)
Saturday, 11 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 17.11 (113) def. Brisbane Lions 10.17 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,977)
Saturday, 11 August (7:40 pm) Sydney 9.16 (70) def. by Collingwood 12.6 (78) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 45,827)
Sunday, 12 August (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 24.15 (159) def. Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,431)
Sunday, 12 August (3:15 pm) Richmond 22.18 (150) def. Western Bulldogs 12.8 (80) MCG (crowd: 28,286)
Sunday, 12 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 11.10 (76) def. by North Melbourne 15.10 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,674)
  • Gold Coast recorded its first ever win at its primary home ground, Metricon Stadium, after losing its first seventeen matches there from 2011–2012.[37]


Round 21[edit]

Round 21[38]
Friday, 17 August (7:50 pm) Geelong 18.15 (123) def. St Kilda 11.15 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,169)
Saturday, 18 August (1:45 pm) Essendon 8.12 (60) def. by Carlton 24.12 (156) MCG (crowd: 59,381)
Saturday, 18 August (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 9.5 (59) def. by Melbourne 11.18 (84) Manuka Oval (crowd: 7,561)
Saturday, 18 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 13.16 (94) def. Richmond 11.6 (72) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,721)
Saturday, 18 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.17 (95) def. Adelaide 12.13 (85) The Gabba (crowd: 18,979)
Saturday, 18 August (7:40 pm) Collingwood 8.13 (61) def. by North Melbourne 13.13 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,956)
Sunday, 19 August (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 6.14 (50) def. by West Coast 14.14 (98) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 13,683)
Sunday, 19 August (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 19.15 (129) def. Gold Coast 10.5 (65) MCG (crowd: 23,098)


Round 22[edit]

Round 22[41]
Friday, 24 August (7:50 pm) Richmond 13.24 (102) def. Essendon 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 47,590)
Saturday, 25 August (1:45 pm) St Kilda 25.13 (163) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.5 (35) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,327)
Saturday, 25 August (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) def. by Brisbane Lions 16.8 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 13,953)
Saturday, 25 August (4:40 pm) Sydney 14.11 (95) def. by Hawthorn 15.12 (102) SCG (crowd: 31,167)
Saturday, 25 August (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 15.8 (98) def. Carlton 11.20 (86) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 15,251)
Saturday, 25 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 15.17 (107) def. Collingwood 8.10 (58) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,527)
Sunday, 26 August (1:10 pm) Geelong 16.11 (107) def. Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 18,047)
Sunday, 26 August (3:15 pm) North Melbourne 12.7 (79) def. by Fremantle 20.12 (132) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,482)
Sunday, 26 August (4:40 pm) Melbourne 11.15 (81) def. by Adelaide 22.18 (150) MCG (crowd: 18,450)
  • St Kilda recorded its third highest winning margin in its history[42] The half time margin of 93 points was also St Kilda's biggest half time lead in its history.[43]
  • Following the loss to Gold Coast, Brett Ratten was sacked as Carlton coach, effective at the end of the season.[44]
  • The Final 8 was decided after the North Melbourne-Fremantle game, with Fremantle winning, there was an 8 points between them and 9th place St Kilda with 1 round to go, making it mathematically impossible for anyone else to get into the Finals.


Round 23[edit]

Round 23[45]
Friday, 31 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 14.11 (95) def. West Coast 10.10 (70) MCG (crowd: 50,023)
Saturday, 1 Sep (1:45 pm) Geelong 17.10 (112) def. Sydney 11.12 (78) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 20,045)
Saturday, 1 Sep (1:40 pm) Adelaide 22.21 (153) def. Gold Coast 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,463)
Saturday, 1 Sep (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.11 (77) def. by North Melbourne 16.9 (105) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,696)
Saturday, 1 Sep (5:40 pm) Fremantle 14.17 (101) def. Melbourne 5.10 (40) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,687)
Saturday, 1 Sep (7:40 pm) Essendon 10.12 (72) def. by Collingwood 14.20 (104) MCG (crowd: 56,491)
Sunday, 2 Sep (1:10 pm) Carlton 12.19 (91) def. by St Kilda 16.10 (106) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,393)
Sunday, 2 Sep (3:15 pm) Richmond 16.10 (106) drew with Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 27,893)
Sunday, 2 Sep (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 19.14 (128) def. Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) The Gabba (crowd: 18,289)


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 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Adelaide GC
69
WB
18
Haw
56
GWS
46
Port
19
Syd
5
Geel
50
Carl
69
Coll
26
Freo
29
X StK
4
NM
32
Rich
19
Port
58
GWS
119
WCE
49
Geel
27
Ess
4
Freo
28
BL
10
Melb
69
GC
91
Syd
29
Freo
10
Haw
5
X 2
Brisbane Lions Melb
41
Carl
91
Freo
29
GC
65
Geel
39
Ess
67
Coll
58
GWS
92
NM
16
WCE
2
X Haw
65
WB
58
Melb
61
Syd
47
StK
13
GC
11
WCE
98
Rich
48
Carl
36
Adel
10
Port
11
WB
67
X X X X 13
Carlton Rich
44
BL
91
Coll
60
Ess
30
Freo
8
GWS
67
StK
24
Adel
69
Melb
58
Port
54
Geel
12
WCE
10
X Haw
50
Coll
23
NM
53
WB
18
Rich
4
Syd
22
BL
36
Ess
96
GC
12
StK
15
X X X X 10
Collingwood Haw
22
Rich
21
Carl
60
Port
24
Ess
1
WB
21
BL
58
Geel
12
Adel
26
GC
97
Melb
42
X WCE
3
Freo
29
Carl
23
Geel
31
Haw
47
GWS
120
StK
6
Syd
8
NM
30
WC
49
Ess
32
Haw
38
WCE
13
Syd
26
X 4
Essendon NM
2
Port
25
GC
17
Carl
30
Coll
1
BL
67
WCE
61
Rich
19
GWS
66
Melb
6
Syd
4
X Freo
24
WB
84
StK
71
Port
50
Geel
67
Haw
94
Adel
4
NM
24
Carl
96
Rich
45
Coll
32
X X X X 11
Fremantle Geel
4
Syd
13
BL
29
StK
13
Carl
8
GC
7
Port
40
Haw
56
WCE
48
Adel
29
Rich
12
X Ess
24
Coll
29
WB
38
Melb
34
GWS
95
Port
27
WCE
65
Adel
28
Rich
22
NM
53
Melb
61
Geel
16
Adel
10
X X 7
Geelong Freo
4
Haw
2
NM
17
Rich
10
BL
38
Melb
43
Adel
50
Coll
12
WB
20
GWS
65
Carl
12
X Syd
6
Port
38
GC
14
Coll
31
Ess
67
Adel
27
Haw
2
WCE
5
StK
42
WB
34
Syd
34
Freo
16
X X X 6
Gold Coast Adel
69
StK
92
Ess
17
BL
65
NM
34
Freo
7
GWS
27
WB
38
Port
48
Coll
97
StK
95
NM
7
X WCE
126
Geel
14
Rich
2
BL
11
Syd
72
Melb
42
GWS
30
Haw
64
Carl
12
Adel
91
X X X X 17
Greater Western Sydney Syd
63
NM
129
WCE
81
Adel
46
WB
42
Carl
67
GC
27
BL
92
Ess
66
Geel
65
X Rich
12
Melb
78
Syd
94
Haw
162
Adel
119
Freo
95
Coll
120
Port
34
GC
30
Melb
25
StK
128
NM
28
X X X X 18
Hawthorn Coll
22
Geel
2
Adel
56
WCE
5
Syd
37
StK
35
Melb
66
Freo
56
Rich
62
NM
115
Port
46
BL
65
X Carl
50
GWS
162
WB
72
Coll
47
Ess
94
Geel
2
Port
72
GC
64
Syd
7
WCE
25
Coll
38
X Adel
5
Syd
10
1
Melbourne BL
41
WCE
108
Rich
59
WB
21
StK
18
Geel
43
Haw
66
Syd
101
Carl
58
Ess
6
Coll
42
X GWS
78
BL
61
Rich
23
Freo
34
Port
28
NM
54
GC
42
StK
25
GWS
25
Adel
69
Freo
61
X X X X 16
North Melbourne Ess
2
GWS
129
Geel
17
Syd
36
GC
34
WCE
25
WB
18
Port
2
BL
16
Haw
115
X GC
7
Adel
32
StK
33
WCE
2
Carl
53
Rich
4
Melb
54
WB
54
Ess
24
Coll
30
Freo
53
GWS
28
WCE
96
X X X 8
Port Adelaide StK
4
Ess
25
Syd
22
Coll
24
Adel
19
Rich
37
Freo
40
NM
2
GC
48
Carl
54
Haw
46
WB
38
X Geel
38
Adel
58
Ess
50
Melb
28
Freo
27
GWS
34
Haw
72
WCE
48
BL
11
Rich
0
X X X X 14
Richmond Carl
44
Coll
21
Melb
59
Geel
10
WCE
10
Port
37
Syd
29
Ess
19
Haw
62
StK
8
Freo
12
GWS
12
X Adel
19
Melb
23
GC
2
NM
4
Carl
4
BL
48
WB
70
Freo
22
Ess
45
Port
0
X X X X 12
St Kilda Port
4
GC
92
WB
63
Freo
13
Melb
18
Haw
35
Carl
24
WCE
30
Syd
28
Rich
8
GC
95
Adel
4
X NM
33
Ess
71
BL
13
Syd
29
WB
76
Coll
6
Melb
25
Geel
42
GWS
128
Carl
15
X X X X 9
Sydney GWS
63
Freo
13
Port
25
NM
36
Haw
37
Adel
5
Rich
29
Melb
101
StK
28
WB
92
Ess
4
X Geel
6
GWS
94
BL
47
WCE
52
StK
29
GC
72
Carl
22
Coll
8
WB
82
Haw
7
Geel
34
Adel
29
X Coll
26
Haw
10
3
West Coast WB
49
Melb
108
GWS
81
Haw
5
Rich
10
NM
25
Ess
61
StK
30
Freo
48
BL
2
X Carl
10
Coll
3
GC
126
NM
2
Syd
52
Adel
49
BL
98
Freo
65
Geel
5
Port
48
Coll
49
Haw
25
NM
96
Coll
13
X X 5
Western Bulldogs WCE
49
Adel
18
StK
63
Melb
21
GWS
42
Coll
21
NM
18
GC
38
Geel
20
Syd
92
X Port
38
BL
58
Ess
84
Freo
38
Haw
72
Carl
18
StK
76
NM
54
Rich
70
Syd
82
Geel
34
BL
67
X X X X 15
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 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]

2012 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2679 1733 154.59 68
2 Adelaide 22 17 5 0 2428 1833 132.46 68
3 Sydney (P) 22 16 6 0 2290 1629 140.58 64
4 Collingwood 22 16 6 0 2123 1823 116.46 64
5 West Coast 22 15 7 0 2244 1807 124.18 60
6 Geelong 22 15 7 0 2209 1886 117.13 60
7 Fremantle 22 14 8 0 1956 1691 115.67 56
8 North Melbourne 22 14 8 0 2359 2097 112.49 56
9 St Kilda 22 12 10 0 2347 1903 123.33 48
10 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2079 1925 108.00 44
11 Essendon 22 11 11 0 2091 2090 100.05 44
12 Richmond 22 10 11 1 2169 1943 111.63 42
13 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 1904 2092 91.01 40
14 Port Adelaide 22 5 16 1 1691 2144 78.87 22
15 Western Bulldogs 22 5 17 0 1542 2301 67.01 20
16 Melbourne 22 4 18 0 1580 2341 67.49 16
17 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 1509 2481 60.82 12
18 GWS 22 2 20 0 1270 2751 46.17 8
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
1 Hawthorn 4 4 8 8 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 56 60 64 68
2 Adelaide 4 8 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 32 32 36 36 40 44 48 52 52 56 60 60 64 68
3 Sydney 4 8 12 16 20 20 20 24 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 60 60 64 64 64
4 Collingwood 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 44 44 48 48 52 56 60 60 60 64
5 West Coast 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 32 32 36 36 40 44 44 44 48 48 52 56 60 60
6 Geelong 0 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 36 36 40 44 48 48 52 56 60
7 Fremantle 4 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 20 20 24 24 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 44 48 52 56
8 North Melbourne 0 4 8 8 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 20 24 28 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 56
9 St Kilda 0 4 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 24 28 32 32 36 36 40 40 44 48
10 Carlton 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 20 24 24 24 24 24 24 28 28 32 36 36 40 44 44 44
11 Essendon 4 8 12 16 16 20 24 28 32 32 32 32 36 40 40 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44
12 Richmond 0 0 4 4 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 24 24 24 28 28 28 28 32 36 36 40 42
13 Brisbane Lions 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 12 12 16 16 16 20 24 24 24 28 28 28 28 32 36 40
14 Port Adelaide 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 22
15 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 4 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
16 Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 16 16 16
17 Gold Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 8 8 12 12
18 Greater Western Sydney 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8


2012 AFL Ladder

Finals Series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: Fri, 7 Sep, MCG  
1  Hawthorn 20.15 (135)  
4  Collingwood 15.7 (97)     SF1: Sat, 15 Sep MCG  
     Collingwood 10.13 (73)    
EF1: Sun, 9 Sep, Patersons Stadium      West Coast 9.6 (60)       PF1: Sat, 22 Sep MCG
5  West Coast 24.18 (162)        Hawthorn 13.19 (97)  
8  North Melbourne 9.12 (66)          Adelaide 14.8 (92)     GF: Sat, 29 Sep, MCG
         Hawthorn 11.15 (81)
  EF2: Sat, 8 Sep, MCG       PF2: Fri, 21 Sep ANZ Stadium      Sydney 14.7 (91)
6  Geelong 11.14 (80)          Sydney 13.18 (96)  
7  Fremantle 14.12 (96)     SF2: Fri, 14 Sep AAMI Stadium        Collingwood 10.10 (70)  
     Adelaide 12.9 (81)    
QF2: Sat, 8 Sep, AAMI Stadium      Fremantle 11.5 (71)    
2  Adelaide 5.12 (42)  
3  Sydney 11.5 (71)  


Week 1 (Qualifying and Elimination Finals)[edit]

Qualifying Finals[46]
Friday, 7 Sep (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 20.15 (135) def. Collingwood 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 85,625)
Saturday, 8 Sep (2:45 pm) Adelaide 5.12 (42) def. by Sydney 11.5 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,869)
Elimination Finals[46]
Saturday, 8 Sep (7:45 pm) Geelong 11.14 (80) def. by Fremantle 14.12 (96) MCG (crowd: 44,460)
Sunday, 9 Sep (1:15 pm) West Coast 24.18 (162) def. North Melbourne 9.12 (66) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 41,790)


Week 2 (Semi Finals)[edit]

Semi Finals[46]
Friday, 14 Sep (8:15 pm) Adelaide 12.9 (81) def. Fremantle 11.5 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,742)
Saturday, 15 Sep (7:45 pm) Collingwood 10.13 (73) def. West Coast 9.6 (60) MCG (crowd: 65,483)


Week 3 (Preliminary Finals)[edit]

Preliminary Finals[46]
Friday, 21 Sep (7:45 pm) Sydney 13.18 (96) def. Collingwood 10.10 (70) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 57,156))
Saturday, 22 Sep (5:15 pm) Hawthorn 13.19 (97) def. Adelaide 14.8 (92) MCG (crowd: 69,146) }
  • Sydney defeated Collingwood for the first time since Round 13, 2005, breaking an eleven-game losing streak.[47]


Week 4 (Grand Final)[edit]

Main article: 2012 AFL Grand Final
Grand Final
Saturday, 29 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn def. by Sydney MCG (Crowd: 99,683) report
4.5 (29)
4.6 (30)
9.10 (64)
11.15 (81)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.4 (10)
7.4 (46)
10.5 (65)
14.7 (91)
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Brett Rosebury, Matt Stevic
Norm Smith Medal: Ryan O'Keefe
Television broadcast: Seven Network,
Fox Footy (Replay)
National Anthem: Marina Prior


Awards[edit]

Coleman Medal[edit]

Best and fairest[edit]

Club Award name Player
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Thompson, ScottScott Thompson[51]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Patfull, JoelJoel Patfull[52]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Scotland, HeathHeath Scotland[53]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Beams, DayneDayne Beams[54]
Essendon Crichton Medal Watson, JobeJobe Watson[55]
Fremantle Doig Medal Crowley, RyanRyan Crowley[56]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Hawkins, TomTom Hawkins[57]
Gold Coast Club Champion Ablett, Jr., GaryGary Ablett, Jr.[58]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Ward, CallanCallan Ward[59]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell[60]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Jones, NathanNathan Jones[61]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Swallow, AndrewAndrew Swallow[62]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Cornes, KaneKane Cornes[63]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Cotchin, TrentTrent Cotchin[64]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Hayes, LennyLenny Hayes[65]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Kennedy, JoshJosh Kennedy[66]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Boyd, MatthewMatthew Boyd[67]
West Coast Club Champion Award Selwood, ScottScott Selwood[68]

Player milestones[edit]

Name Club Milestone Round
Fletcher, D !Dustin Fletcher Essendon 350 !350 AFL games[69] 03 !Round 3
Brown, J !Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions 500g !500 AFL goals[70] 04 !Round 4
Black, S !Simon Black Brisbane Lions 300 !300 AFL games 05 !Round 5
Milne, S !Stephen Milne St Kilda 500g !500 AFL goals 05 !Round 5
Pavlich, M !Matthew Pavlich Fremantle 500g !500 AFL goals 07 !Round 7
Newman, C !Chris Newman Richmond 200 !200 AFL games 08 !Round 8
Hayes, L !Lenny Hayes St Kilda 250 !250 AFL games[71] 09 !Round 9
Mattner, M !Martin Mattner Sydney 200 !200 AFL games 09 !Round 9
Hargrave, R !Ryan Hargrave Western Bulldogs 200 !200 AFL games 10 !Round 10
Wojcinski, D !David Wojcinski Geelong 200 !200 AFL games 11 !Round 11
Riewoldt, N !Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 500g !500 AFL goals 11 !Round 11
Lynch, Q !Quinten Lynch West Coast 200 !200 AFL games 13 !Round 13
McPharlin, L !Luke McPharlin Fremantle 200 !200 AFL games 13 !Round 13
Kerr, D !Daniel Kerr West Coast 200 !200 AFL games 15 !Round 15
Milne, S !Stephen Milne St Kilda 250 !250 AFL games[72] 15 !Round 15
Cornes, C !Chad Cornes Greater Western Sydney 250 !250 AFL games[73] 15 !Round 15
Franklin, L !Lance Franklin Hawthorn 500g !500 AFL goals 15 !Round 15
Sheedy, K !Kevin Sheedy Greater Western Sydney 900 !900 VFL/AFL games as player or coach[74] 15 !Round 15
Boyd, M !Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs 200 !200 AFL games 16 !Round 16
Goddard, B !Brendon Goddard St Kilda 200 !200 AFL games 18 !Round 18
Corey, J !Joel Corey Geelong 250 !250 AFL games[75] 18 !Round 18
Green, B !Brad Green Melbourne 250 !250 AFL games 18 !Round 18
Okeefe, R !Ryan O'Keefe Sydney 250 !250 AFL games[76] 19 !Round 19
Hodge, L !Luke Hodge Hawthorn 200 !200 AFL games 20 !Round 20
Cassisi, D !Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 200 !200 AFL games 20 !Round 20
Power, L !Luke Power Greater Western Sydney 300 !300 AFL games 21 !Round 21
Cox, D !Dean Cox West Coast 250 !250 AFL games[77] 24 !Elimination finals
Bolton, J !Jude Bolton Sydney 300 !300 AFL games 26 !Preliminary finals

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) Leadership group
Adelaide[78] Brenton Sanderson Nathan van Berlo Scott Thompson Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Ben Rutten
Brisbane Lions Michael Voss Jonathan Brown Daniel Merrett, Tom Rockliff, Jed Adcock, Josh Drummond
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd Andrew Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison, Marc Murphy, Jordan Russell, Kade Simpson, Jarrad Waite
Collingwood Nathan Buckley Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury Luke Ball, Travis Cloke, Harry O'Brien, Heath Shaw, Dale Thomas
Essendon James Hird Jobe Watson Mark McVeigh (vc), Heath Hocking, Michael Hurley, Brent Stanton, David Zaharakis
Fremantle Ross Lyon Matthew Pavlich Hayden Ballantyne, Matt de Boer, David Mundy, Luke McPharlin, Aaron Sandilands
Gold Coast Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Nathan Bock Karmichael Hunt, Andrew McQualter, Michael Rischitelli, Zac Smith, David Swallow
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Phil Davis, Luke Power, Callan Ward Dean Brogan, Chad Cornes, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Rhys Palmer, Tom Scully
Geelong Chris Scott Joel Selwood Jimmy Bartel Joel Corey, Corey Enright, Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Harry Taylor
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge Jordan Lewis, Jarryd Roughead Lance Franklin, Sam Mitchell
Melbourne Mark Neeld Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove Clint Bartram, Mitch Clark, James Frawley, Colin Garland, Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones
North Melbourne Brad Scott Andrew Swallow Drew Petrie, Jack Ziebell Brent Harvey, Daniel Wells
Port Adelaide Garry Hocking (caretaker) Domenic Cassisi Travis Boak, Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove
Richmond Damien Hardwick Chris Newman Trent Cotchin Brett Deledio, Daniel Jackson, Jack Riewoldt
St Kilda Scott Watters Nick Riewoldt Nick Dal Santo, Sam Fisher, Brendon Goddard, James Gwilt, Ben McEvoy, Leigh Montagna, Adam Schneider
Sydney John Longmire Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh Jude Bolton, Kieren Jack, Jarred Moore, Ryan O'Keefe, Ted Richards, Rhyce Shaw, Nick Smith
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass Beau Waters Dean Cox, Andrew Embley, Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa, Adam Selwood, Scott Selwood
Western Bulldogs Brendan McCartney Matthew Boyd Daniel Cross, Daniel Giansiracusa, Robert Murphy, Dale Morris

Club membership[edit]

2012 AFL membership figures[79]
Club Members Change
from 2011
 % change
from 2011
Adelaide 45,105 -1,415 -3.04
Brisbane Lions 20,762 -1,576 -7.06
Carlton 45,800 2,009 4.59
Collingwood 72,688 892 1.24
Essendon 47,708 -2,567 -5.11
Fremantle 42,918 -1,057 -2.40
Geelong 40,205 779 1.98
Gold Coast 11,204 -2,855 -20.31
Greater Western Sydney 10,241 N/A N/A
Hawthorn 60,841 4,488 7.96
Melbourne 35,459 -1,478 -4.00
North Melbourne 33,423 3,509 11.73
Port Adelaide 35,543 -1,081 -2.95
Richmond 53,027 5,372 11.27
St Kilda 35,440 -3,836 -9.77
Sydney 29,873 2,767 9.78
West Coast 57,377 3,337 6.18
Western Bulldogs 30,007 -2,019 -6.30
Total 707,621 7,937 1.13

Team changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Player changes[edit]

Name Club Date Notes
Connors, Daniel !Daniel Connors Richmond 2012-07-04 !4 July 2012 Mutually agreed to part ways with club, failed to meet club expectations on multiple occasions[80]
Bruce, Cameron !Cameron Bruce Hawthorn 2012-07-16 !16 July 2012 Retirement, due to on-going back injury, effective immediately[81]
Green, Brad !Brad Green Melbourne 2012-08-08 !8 August 2012 Retirement, effective end of season[82]
Miller, Brad !Brad Miller Richmond 2012-08-16 !16 August 2012 Retirement, effective immediately[83]
Moore, Kelvin !Kelvin W. Moore Richmond 2012-08-16 !16 August 2012 Retirement, effective immediately[83]
Gilbee, Lindsay !Lindsay Gilbee Western Bulldogs 2012-08-20 !20 August 2012 Retirement, effective immediately[84]
Hargrave, Ryan !Ryan Hargrave Western Bulldogs 2012-08-20 !20 August 2012 Retirement, effective immediately[84]
Tarrant, Chris !Chris Tarrant Collingwood 2012-08-21 !21 August 2012 Retirement[85]
Grover, Antoni !Antoni Grover Fremantle 2012-08-28 !28 August 2012 Retirement[86]
McVeigh, Mark !Mark McVeigh Essendon 2012-08-29 !29 August 2012 Retirement[87]
Fraser, Josh !Josh Fraser Gold Coast 2012-08-29 !29 August 2012 Retirement[88]
Hooper, Andrew !Andrew Hooper Western Bulldogs 2012-09-03 !3 September 2012 Delisted[89]
Mulligan, James !James Mulligan Western Bulldogs 2012-09-03 !3 September 2012 Retirement[89]
Jurrah, Liam !Liam Jurrah Melbourne 2012-09-03 !3 September 2012 Resignation[90]
Buchanan, Amon !Amon Buchanan Brisbane Lions 2012-09-03 !3 September 2012 Retirement[91]
Moloney, Brent !Brent Moloney Melbourne 2012-09-04 !4 September 2012 Resignation[92]
McDonald, James !James McDonald Greater Western Sydney 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Retirement[93]
Clifton, Steve !Steve Clifton Greater Western Sydney 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Delisted[93]
Segrave, Tim !Tim Segrave Greater Western Sydney 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Delisted[93]
Peake, Brett !Brett Peake St Kilda 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Delisted[94]
Polo, Dean !Dean Polo St Kilda 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Delisted[94]
Crocker, Sam !Sam Crocker St Kilda 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Delisted[94]
Archer, Daniel !Daniel Archer St Kilda 2012-09-05 !5 September 2012 Delisted[94]
Browne, Andrew !Andrew L. Browne Richmond 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[95]
Webberley, Jeromey !Jeromey Webberley Richmond 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[95]
MacDonald, Dean !Dean MacDonald Richmond 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[95]
Maric, Addam !Addam Maric Richmond 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[95]
Turner, Gibson !Gibson Turner Richmond 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[95]
Wright, Piva !Piva Wright Richmond 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[95]
Rohan Kerr Carlton 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[96]
Heyne, Nick !Nick Heyne Carlton 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 Delisted[96]
Scarlett, Matthew !Matthew Scarlett Geelong 2012-09-09 !9 September 2012 Retirement[97]
McCarthy, John !John McCarthy Port Adelaide 2012-09-09 !9 September 2012 Died[98]
Bateman, Chance !Chance Bateman Hawthorn 2012-09-014 !14 September 2012 Retirement[99]
Djerrkura, Nathan !Nathan Djerrkura Western Bulldogs 2012-09-15 !15 September 2012 Retirement[100]
Power, Luke !Luke Power Greater Western Sydney 2012-09-18 !18 September 2012 Retirement[101]
Wojcinski, David !David Wojcinski Geelong 2012-09-18 !18 September 2012 Retirement, effective following VFL Grand Final[102]
Van Berlo, Jay !Jay Van Berlo Fremantle 2012-09-18 !18 September 2012 Delisted[103]
Urquhart, Gavin !Gavin Urquhart North Melbourne 2012-09-19 !19 September 2012 Delisted[104]
Lynch, Malcolm !Malcolm Lynch North Melbourne 2012-09-19 !19 September 2012 Delisted[104]
Hogan, Simon !Simon Hogan Geelong 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Retired[105]
Sheldon, Sam !Sam Sheldon Brisbane Lions 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Delisted[106]
Stiller, Cheynee !Cheynee Stiller Brisbane Lions 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Delisted[106]
Hawksley, James !James Hawksley Brisbane Lions 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Delisted[106]
Retzlaff, Bryce !Bryce Retzlaff Brisbane Lions 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Delisted[106]
Dyson, Josh !Josh Dyson Brisbane Lions 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Delisted[106]
Harvey, Brad !Brad Harvey Brisbane Lions 2012-09-24 !24 September 2012 Delisted[106]
Drummond, Josh !Josh Drummond Brisbane Lions 2012-09-25 !25 September 2012 Retired[107]
Symes, Brad !Brad Symes Adelaide 2012-09-27 !27 September 2012 Delisted[108]
Swift, Tom !Tom Swift West Coast 2012-10-05 !5 October 2012 Retirement[109]
Seaby, Mark !Mark Seaby Sydney 2012-10-08 !8 October 2012 Delisted[110]
Moore, Jarred !Jarred Moore Sydney 2012-10-08 !8 October 2012 Delisted[110]
Kruger, Eugene !Eugene Kruger Sydney 2012-10-08 !8 October 2012 Delisted[110]
Lynch, Jack !Jack Lynch Sydney 2012-10-08 !8 October 2012 Delisted[110]
McNeil, Dylan !Dylan McNeil Sydney 2012-10-08 !8 October 2012 Delisted[110]
Bower, Paul !Paul Bower Carlton 2012-10-09 !9 October 2012 Delisted[111]
Boumann, Jarrad !Jarrad Boumann Hawthorn 2012-10-012 !12 October 2012 Delisted[99]
Rodan, David !David Rodan Port Adelaide 2012-10-12 !12 October 2012 Delisted[112]
Phillips, Simon !Simon Phillips Port Adelaide 2012-10-12 !12 October 2012 Delisted[112]
Banner, Mitch !Mitchell Banner Port Adelaide 2012-10-12 !12 October 2012 Delisted[112]
Surjan, Jacob !Jacob Surjan Port Adelaide 2012-10-12 !12 October 2012 Delisted[112]
Petterd, Ricky !Ricky Petterd Melbourne 2012-10-27 !27 October 2012 Delisted [113]
Bate, Matthew !Matthew Bate Melbourne 2012-10-27 !27 October 2012 Delisted [113]
Bennell, Jamie !Jamie Bennell Melbourne 2012-10-27 !27 October 2012 Delisted [113]
Cook, Lucas !Lucas Cook Melbourne 2012-10-27 !27 October 2012 Delisted [113]
Garlett, Cruize !Cruize Garlett North Melbourne 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[114]
Campbell, Matt !Matt Campbell North Melbourne 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[114]
McKinley, Ben !Ben McKinley North Melbourne 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[114]
Speight, Ben !Ben Speight North Melbourne 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[114]
Warren, Ben !Ben Warren North Melbourne 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[114]
Weedon, Gerrick !Gerrick Weedon West Coast 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[115]
Strijk, Andrew !Andrew Strijk West Coast 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[115]
Buckley, Simon !Simon Buckley Collingwood 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[116]
Rounds, Luke !Luke Rounds Collingwood 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[116]
Ugle, Kirk !Kirk Ugle Collingwood 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[116]
Wood, Cameron !Cameron Wood Collingwood 2012-10-29 !29 October 2012 Delisted[116]
Gillies, Tom !Tom Gillies Geelong 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[117]
Simpkin, Jonathan !Jonathan Simpkin Geelong 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[117]
Stephenson, Orren !Orren Stephenson Geelong 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[117]
Lonergan, Sam !Sam Lonergan Essendon 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[118]
Reimers, Kyle !Kyle Reimers Essendon 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[118]
Osborne, Michael !Michael Osborne Hawthorn 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[119]
Schneider, Tom !Tom Schneider Hawthorn 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[119]
Pattison, Adam !Adam Pattison Hawthorn 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Delisted[119]
McCauley, Broc !Broc McCauley Hawthorn 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Retired[119]
Gram, Jason !Jason Gram St Kilda 2012-10-30 !30 October 2012 Contract terminated[120]
Winmar, Nicholas !Nicholas Winmar St Kilda 2012-11-24 !24 November 2012 Delisted[121]
Yagmoor, Peter !Peter Yagmoor Collingwood 2012-11-29 !29 November 2012 Delisted[121]

Free Agents[edit]

See also: Free Agent
Name Club Status New Club Date Notes
Moloney, Brent !Brent Moloney Melbourne restricted Brisbane Lions 2012-09-06 !6 September 2012 [122]
Russell, Jordan !Jordan Russell Carlton unrestricted Collingwood 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 [123]
Thornton, Bret !Bret Thornton Carlton unrestricted Greater Western Sydney 2012-09-07 !7 September 2012 [123]
Salopek, Steven !Steven Salopek Port Adelaide unrestricted 2012-09-25 !25 September 2012 [124]
Goddard, Brendon !Brendon Goddard St Kilda restricted Essendon 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012 [125]
Pearce, Danyle !Danyle Pearce Port Adelaide restricted Fremantle 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012 [126]
Chaplin, Troy !Troy Chaplin Port Adelaide restricted Richmond 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Knights, Chris !Chris Knights Adelaide unrestricted Richmond 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Lynch, Quinten !Quinten Lynch West Coast unrestricted Collingwood 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Murphy, Thomas !Tom Murphy Hawthorn unrestricted Gold Coast 2012-10-12 !12 October 2012
Young, Clinton !Clinton Young Hawthorn unrestricted Collingwood 2012-10-19 !19 October 2012
Monfries, Angus !Angus Monfries Essendon restricted Port Adelaide 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Clarke, Raphael !Raphael Clarke St Kilda unrestricted 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Surjan, Jacob !Jacob Surjan Port Adelaide unrestricted 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Rivers,Jared !Jared Rivers Melbourne unrestricted Geelong 2012-10-01 !1 October 2012
Brynes, Shannon !Shannon Byrnes Geelong unrestricted Melbourne 2012-10-04 !4 October 2012 [127]

Coach changes[edit]

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Primus, Matthew !Matthew Primus Port Adelaide 2012-08-06 !6 August 2012 Sacked following the Round 19 loss to Greater Western Sydney.[128] Hocking, Garry !Garry Hocking [128] Hinkley, Ken !Ken Hinkley [129]
Ratten, Brett !Brett Ratten Carlton 2012-08-30 !30 August 2012 Sacked following Carlton's elimination from finals contention in Round 22, effective at the end of the season.[44] N/A Malthouse, Mick !Mick Malthouse [130]

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