2013 AFL season

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2013 AFL Premiership season
Teams 18
Premiers Hawthorn
(11th premiership)
Minor premiers Hawthorn
(9th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Brisbane Lions
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 207
Attendance 6,931,085 (33,484 per match)
Highest attendance 100,007 (Grand Final, Hawthorn vs. Fremantle)
Coleman Medallist Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn)
68 goals
Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett, Jr. (Gold Coast)
28 votes
2012
2014

The 2013 Australian Football League season was the 117th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.[1]

The season opened on 22 March, with Adelaide hosting Essendon,[2] and concluded on 28 September with Hawthorn defeating Fremantle in the AFL Grand Final. It was Hawthorn's eleventh VFL/AFL premiership, and Fremantle's first Grand Final appearance.

The season was marred by a series of off-field controversies, with three clubs penalised in 2013 for separate infractions which had taken place over previous years: Essendon, following an investigation into irregularities in the club's supplements program; Adelaide, after illegal payments and draft tampering charges relating to Kurt Tippett's 2009 contract extension; and Melbourne, after an investigation into allegations that the club had intentionally lost matches towards the end of the 2009 season.

Pre-season[edit]

All Stars Game[edit]

The biennial All Star game played in the Northern Territory, featuring an AFL team and the Indigenous All Stars team, made up of some of the best Indigenous players in the game, returned for the 2013 pre-season. Richmond were selected as the AFL team to partake in the game, which was played at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.[3]

2013 Indigenous All Stars Game
Friday, 8 February 7:45pm (ACST) Indigenous All Stars def. Richmond Traeger Park, Alice Springs (Crowd: 8,350) Report
5.0 (30)
8.1 (49)
12.4 (76)
14.6 (90)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.1 (7)
2.1 (13)
3.1 (19)
6.4 (40)
Polly Farmer Medal: Harley Bennell
Television broadcast: afl.com.au
Johncock 3, Jones 2, Betts 2, Leroy Jetta, Ryder,
Ugle, Thomas, Anderson, Bennell, Newman
Goals McGuane 2, Stephenson 2, McDonough, A.Edwards
Bennell, Jones, Alwyn Davey, Johncock, Betts Best Martin, S.Edwards, Conca, Grigg, Elton
Nil Injuries Nil
Nil Reports Nil


NAB Cup[edit]

The 2013 NAB Cup was won by the Brisbane Lions, their first ever win preseason competition win, when they defeated Carlton by 40 points.[4]


2013 NAB Cup Grand Final
Friday, 15 March 7:45pm (AEDT) Carlton def. by Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium (Crowd: 24,884) Report
1.2.0 (21)
2.6.6 (60)
2.7.7 (67)
2.7.9 (69)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
0.5.3 (33)
0.7.5 (47)
0.12.10 (82)
0.16.13 (109)
Umpires: Bannister, Margetts, Jeffery
Michael Tuck Medal: Daniel Rich
Television broadcast: Seven Network / Fox Footy
Bryce Gibbs, Zach Tuohy Super Goals N/A
Betts, Casboult, Duigan, Kreuzer, Robinson, Rowe, White Goals Brown 5, Green 3, Zorko 2, Bewick, Karnezis, McGrath, Polkinghorne, Redden, Rich
Gibbs, Simpson, Yarran, Kreuzer, Murphy Best Rich, Zorko, Hanley, Brown, Karnezis, Moloney, Merrett, Green
N/A Injuries N/A
N/A Reports N/A
  • Due to the unavailability of The Gabba because of cricket commitments, the AFL chose to schedule the match at Etihad Stadium rather than Metricon Stadium in Queensland, citing that the largest possible crowd would be drawn in Melbourne ahead of any potential game on the Gold Coast.[5]


Premiership season[edit]

The full fixture was released on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Friday, 22 March (8:10 pm) Adelaide 11.16 (82) def. by Essendon 18.9 (117) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,218) Match report
Saturday, 23 March (4:40 pm) Fremantle 16.12 (108) def. West Coast 11.14 (80) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,629) Match report
Thursday, 28 March (7:45 pm) Carlton 14.17 (101) def. by Richmond 14.22 (106) MCG (crowd: 80,971) Match report
Saturday, 30 March (1:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) def. Brisbane Lions 7.17 (59) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,263) Match report
Saturday, 30 March (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.10 (76) def. by Sydney 16.10 (106) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 23,690) Match report
Saturday, 30 March (6:45 pm) Gold Coast 13.12 (90) def. St Kilda 10.17 (77) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,832) Match report
Sunday, 31 March (1:10 pm) Melbourne 8.6 (54) def. by Port Adelaide 19.19 (133) MCG (crowd: 22,924) Match report
Sunday, 31 March (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 13.9 (87) def. by Collingwood 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,040) Match report
Monday, 1 April (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) def. by Geelong 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 76,300) Match report


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Friday, 5 April (7:50 pm) St Kilda 12.10 (82) def. by Richmond 14.15 (99) MCG (crowd: 56,783) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (1:45 pm) Sydney 17.12 (114) def. Gold Coast 11.7 (73) SCG (crowd: 20,372) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.12 (78) def. by Fremantle 16.10 (106) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,210) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (3:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.17 (77) def. by Adelaide 14.12 (96) Gabba (crowd: 21,308) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 19.20 (134) def. Greater Western Sydney 11.12 (78) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,122) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (7:40 pm) Essendon 28.16 (184) def. Melbourne 5.6 (36) MCG (crowd: 51,153) Match report
Sunday, 7 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 16.16 (112) def. North Melbourne 17.6 (108) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,152) Match report
Sunday, 7 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 17.15 (117) def. Carlton 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 84,247) Match report
Sunday, 7 April (2:40 pm) West Coast 15.8 (98) def. by Hawthorn 23.10 (148) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,389) Match report


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Friday, 12 April (6:40 pm) Fremantle 9.14 (68) def. by Essendon 10.12 (72) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,963) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 13.14 (92) def. by Sydney 20.11 (131) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 13,221) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne 13.5 (83) def. by West Coast 27.15 (177) MCG (crowd: 18,571) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 10.8 (68) def. by St Kilda 21.14 (140) StarTrack Oval Canberra (crowd: 11,092) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (7:40 pm) Geelong 18.11 (119) def. Carlton 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,241) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.14 (92) def. by Brisbane Lions 13.16 (94) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,961) Match report
Sunday, 14 April (1:10 pm) Richmond 20.15 (135) def. Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,045) Match report
Sunday, 14 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 13.12 (90) def. by Hawthorn 22.13 (145) MCG (crowd: 72,254) Match report
Sunday, 14 April (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) def. Adelaide 16.13 (109) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,707) Match report


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Friday, 19 April (7:50 pm) Sydney 16.7 (103) def. by Geelong 19.10 (124) SCG (crowd: 31,060) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 18.10 (118) def. Fremantle 11.10 (76) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 12,619) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 11.13 (79) def. by Collingwood 16.17 (113) MCG (crowd: 81,950) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 13.13 (91) def. by Essendon 19.14 (128) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,965) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 7.23 (65) def. by Carlton 12.17 (89) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,674) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 9.12 (66) def. by Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,332) Match report
Sunday, 21 April (1:10 pm) Melbourne 22.12 (144) def. Greater Western Sydney 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 20,018) Match report
Sunday, 21 April (2:50 pm) Adelaide 12.8 (80) def. Western Bulldogs 4.4 (28) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 24,684) Match report
Sunday, 21 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 18.17 (125) def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,776) Match report
  • Melbourne scored 12.2 (74) in the final quarter against Greater Western Sydney, setting a new record for its highest score in any quarter in its history.[16]
  • The Western Bulldogs' final score of 4.4 (28) was its lowest in any game since Round 16, 1996, and its lowest ever against Adelaide.[17]
  • North Melbourne's Majak Daw became the first Sudanese player to play in the AFL.[18]


Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Thursday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Essendon 18.13 (121) def. Collingwood 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 93,373) Match report
Thursday, 25 April (7:50 pm) St Kilda 9.9 (63) def. by Sydney 11.13 (79) Westpac Stadium, NZ (crowd: 22,546) Match report
Friday, 26 April (6:45 pm) Fremantle 12.9 (81) def. Richmond 12.8 (80) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,365) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.8 (104) def. by Gold Coast 21.22 (148) StarTrack Oval Canberra (crowd: 6,832) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (4:40 pm) Carlton 17.13 (115) def. Adelaide 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 44,711) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (7:15 pm) Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) def. West Coast 10.19 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,132) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.8 (86) def. by Geelong 15.17 (107) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,153) Match report
Sunday, 28 April (3:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.20 (122) def. Melbourne 14.10 (94) Gabba (crowd: 19,018) Match report
Sunday, 28 April (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 14.15 (99) def. North Melbourne 13.18 (96) MCG (crowd: 42,103) Match report
  • A crowd of 93,373 attended the Essendon vs Collingwood match; it was the third-highest crowd for a home-and-away match in VFL/AFL history.[19]
  • The St Kilda vs Sydney match was the first ever AFL premiership match played outside Australia.[20]
  • Port Adelaide defeated West Coast after trailing by 41 points thirteen minutes into the third quarter.[21]


Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Friday, 3 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 15.13 (103) def. St Kilda 11.11 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,071) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (1:45 pm) Essendon 17.18 (120) def. Greater Western Sydney 12.9 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,143) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 14.9 (93) def. Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 10,265) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (4:10 pm) Adelaide 11.12 (78) def. by Hawthorn 13.11 (89) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 37,324) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.12 (54) def. by Fremantle 15.9 (99) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 10,552) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (7:40 pm) Richmond 13.9 (87) def. by Geelong 20.11 (131) MCG (crowd: 55,625) Match report
Sunday, 5 May (1:10 pm) Sydney 17.13 (115) def. Brisbane Lions 8.7 (55) SCG (crowd: 23,315) Match report
Sunday, 5 May (3:20 pm) Carlton 18.13 (121) def. Melbourne 8.12 (60) MCG (crowd: 35,286) Match report
Sunday, 5 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 21.11 (137) def. Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,163) Match report


Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Friday, 10 May (7:50 pm) Geelong 17.11 (113) def. Essendon 11.19 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 53,014) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) def. by Richmond 18.6 (114) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,372) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (2:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.10 (82) def. by West Coast 17.6 (108) Gabba (crowd: 17,615) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.7 (97) def. by North Melbourne 22.19 (151) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,690) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (5:40 pm) Fremantle 15.10 (100) def. Collingwood 10.13 (73) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,214) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (7:40 pm) Hawthorn 18.11 (119) def. Sydney 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 54,725) Match report
Sunday, 12 May (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.10 (52) def. by Adelaide 29.13 (187) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 5,830) Match report
Sunday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Melbourne 7.12 (54) def. by Gold Coast 16.18 (114) MCG (crowd: 13,304) Match report
Monday, 13 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 11.11 (77) def. Carlton 9.14 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,054) Match report


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Friday, 17 May (6:40 pm) West Coast 12.18 (90) def. North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,146) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (1:45 pm) Essendon 12.14 (86) def. by Brisbane Lions 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,915) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 21.14 (140) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.3 (57) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 10,513) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.15 (93) def. Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,520) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (7:40 pm) Sydney 11.4 (70) drew with Fremantle 9.16 (70) SCG (crowd: 22,546) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (7:40 pm) Collingwood 15.12 (102) def. Geelong 14.12 (96) MCG (crowd: 66,768) Match report
Sunday, 19 May (1:10 pm) Carlton 16.13 (109) def. Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,936) Match report
Sunday, 19 May (3:20 pm) Richmond 15.16 (106) def. Melbourne 11.6 (72) MCG (crowd: 39,148) Match report
Sunday, 19 May (4:10 pm) Adelaide 12.15 (87) def. St Kilda 6.11 (47) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,605) Match report


Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Friday, 24 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 8.7 (55) def. by Sydney 15.12 (102) MCG (crowd: 65,306) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 9.14 (68) def. by Geelong 18.8 (116) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,309) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 8.7 (55) def. by West Coast 23.17 (155) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,324) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (4:40 pm) St Kilda 15.11 (101) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,982) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) def. by Carlton 13.20 (98) Gabba (crowd: 24,037) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (7:45 pm) Richmond 9.8 (62) def. by Essendon 13.13 (91) MCG (crowd: 84,234) Match report
Sunday, 26 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 18.10 (118) def. Gold Coast 14.8 (92) MCG (crowd: 28,112) Match report
Sunday, 26 May (3:20 pm) North Melbourne 19.10 (124) def. by Adelaide 18.17 (125) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,033) Match report
Sunday, 26 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 19.16 (130) def. Melbourne 6.4 (40) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,950) Match report
  • John Longmire received AFL life membership by reaching 300 AFL games as a player and coach.[24]
  • Fremantle recorded its largest ever victory over Melbourne, and Melbourne's final score was its lowest ever against Fremantle.


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Friday, 31 May (7:50 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. by Collingwood 14.16 (100) Gabba (crowd: 26,626) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (1:45 pm) Carlton 22.16 (148) def. Greater Western Sydney 8.6 (54) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,008) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (1:40 pm) Adelaide 8.11 (59) def. by Fremantle 10.6 (66) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,684) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (4:40 pm) Sydney 17.13 (115) def. Essendon 10.11 (71) SCG (crowd: 29,792) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (7:40 pm) Geelong 18.15 (123) def. Gold Coast 10.11 (71) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 30,082) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) def. Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,850) Match report
Sunday, 2 June (3:20 pm) Melbourne 6.12 (48) def. by Hawthorn 21.17 (143) MCG (crowd: 28,546) Match report
Sunday, 2 June (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 19.19 (133) def. St Kilda 10.5 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,658) Match report
Monday, 3 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 8.14 (62) def. by Richmond 16.7 (103) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,781) Match report


Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Friday, 7 June (7:50 pm) Essendon 11.11 (77) def. Carlton 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 82,639) Match report
Saturday, 8 June (1:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 15.8 (98) def. by Geelong 24.13 (157) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 7,809) Match report
Saturday, 8 June (4:10 pm) Adelaide 6.14 (50) def. by Sydney 19.13 (127) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,374) Match report
Saturday, 8 June (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 9.12 (66) def. North Melbourne 8.3 (51) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 10,891) Match report
Sunday, 9 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 11.14 (80) def. by West Coast 12.12 (84) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,795) Match report
Monday, 10 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne 5.9 (39) def. by Collingwood 17.20 (122) MCG (crowd: 50,835) Match report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond, Western Bulldogs


Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Friday, 14 June (7:50 pm) Carlton 13.9 (87) def. by Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,670) Match report
Saturday, 15 June (1:40 pm) Richmond 16.14 (110) def. Adelaide 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 43,615) Match report
Saturday, 15 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.14 (86) def. Brisbane Lions 6.10 (46) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 33,384) Match report
Saturday, 15 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 17.13 (115) def. Gold Coast 11.6 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,452) Match report
Sunday, 16 June (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 6.14 (50) def. by Port Adelaide 19.11 (125) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,601) Match report
Sunday, 16 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 15.9 (99) def. Western Bulldogs 9.11 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,253) Match report
Bye: Geelong, Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney, West Coast


Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Friday, 21 June (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 19.9 (123) def. West Coast 16.7 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,567) Match report
Saturday, 22 June (1:10 pm) Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) def. Sydney 8.6 (54) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,096) Match report
Saturday, 22 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 16.8 (104) def. Melbourne 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 28,751) Match report
Saturday, 22 June (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) def. by Richmond 17.19 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,788) Match report
Sunday, 23 June (1:20 pm) Fremantle 10.7 (67) def. North Melbourne 4.5 (29) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,637) Match report
Sunday, 23 June (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.13 (103) def. Geelong 14.14 (98) Gabba (crowd: 24,164) Match report
Bye: Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney


Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Thursday, 27 June (6:10 pm) West Coast 13.13 (91) def. by Essendon 15.8 (98) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,451) Match report
Friday, 28 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 8.17 (65) def. Carlton 5.13 (43) SCG (crowd: 25,349) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (1:40 pm) Gold Coast 11.17 (83) def. by Adelaide 16.15 (111) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,791) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) def. Collingwood 7.9 (51) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,121) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (7:40 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 21,217) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (7:40 pm) Geelong 11.19 (85) def. Fremantle 7.2 (44) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 26,743) Match report
Sunday, 30 June (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 21.17 (143) def. Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,796) Match report
Sunday, 30 June (3:20 pm) North Melbourne 19.16 (130) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.8 (44) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,438) Match report
Sunday, 30 June (4:40 pm) Richmond 17.17 (119) def. St Kilda 8.7 (55) MCG (crowd: 52,184) Match report


Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Friday, 5 July (7:50 pm) Carlton 12.5 (77) def. by Collingwood 17.16 (118) MCG (crowd: 78,224) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) StarTrack Oval Canberra (crowd: 7,132) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.14 (128) def. Richmond 8.18 (66) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,966) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) def. Gold Coast 12.11 (83) Gabba (crowd: 27,170) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 9.15 (69) def. by West Coast 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,426) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (7:40 pm) Geelong 11.16 (82) def. Hawthorn 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 85,197) Match report
Sunday, 7 July (1:10 pm) Melbourne 13.7 (85) def. by Sydney 16.20 (116) MCG (crowd: 26,216) Match report
Sunday, 7 July (1:20 pm) Fremantle 15.10 (100) def. St Kilda 11.4 (70) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,064) Match report
Sunday, 7 July (4:40 pm) Essendon 18.10 (118) def. Port Adelaide 12.16 (88) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,817) Match report
  • The total attendance of 371,212 made this the highest attended round in AFL history.[28]


Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Friday, 12 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 17.9 (111) def. Adelaide 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 54,790) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 12.7 (79) def. by Hawthorn 19.10 (124) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,748) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 13.20 (98) def. Melbourne 4.6 (30) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,172) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (4:40 pm) Richmond 6.17 (53) def. Gold Coast 6.8 (44) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 11,197) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.9 (117) def. North Melbourne 17.3 (105) Gabba (crowd: 18,131) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (7:40 pm) Carlton 16.14 (110) def. St Kilda 10.14 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,949) Match report
Sunday, 14 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 24.27 (171) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.12 (42) SCG (crowd: 21,757) Match report
Sunday, 14 July (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90) def. by Essendon 18.13 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,500) Match report
Sunday, 14 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 14.9 (93) def. by Fremantle 19.7 (121) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,839) Match report
  • Melbourne recorded only 19 inside-50s in its loss to Geelong, an AFL-record low since the statistic was first recorded in 1999.[29]


Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Friday, 19 July (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 16.12 (108) def. by Carlton 16.13 (109) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,443) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 13.17 (95) def. Western Bulldogs 11.10 (76) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,022) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.11 (77) def. by Essendon 18.8 (116) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 10,783) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.7 (85) def. Collingwood 11.12 (78) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 19,721) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 11.9 (75) def. by Brisbane Lions 13.16 (94) TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,615) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.14 (92) def. by Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 14,878) Match report
Sunday, 21 July (1:10 pm) Richmond 12.12 (84) def. Fremantle 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 40,125) Match report
Sunday, 21 July (2:50 pm) Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. Geelong 14.8 (92) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,603) Match report
Sunday, 21 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 11.13 (79) def. by Sydney 17.11 (113) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,166) Match report


Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Friday, 26 July (7:50 pm) Essendon 13.9 (87) def. by Hawthorn 22.11 (143) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,505) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (1:45 pm) Gold Coast 11.11 (77) def. by Carlton 16.24 (120) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 19,460) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 4.4 (28) def. by North Melbourne 22.18 (150) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,959) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (4:40 pm) Collingwood 15.16 (106) def. Greater Western Sydney 10.6 (66) MCG (crowd: 32,691) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (5:40 pm) Fremantle 11.9 (75) def. Adelaide 7.11 (53) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 28,765) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (7:40 pm) Geelong 21.11 (137) def. St Kilda 5.6 (36) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 27,200) Match report
Sunday, 28 July (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 9.17 (71) def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 22,631) Match report
Sunday, 28 July (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.15 (111) def. West Coast 13.11 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,019) Match report
Sunday, 28 July (4:40 pm) Sydney 16.14 (110) def. Richmond 9.9 (63) SCG (crowd: 29,738) Match report


Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Friday, 2 August (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 15.6 (96) def. Geelong 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,584) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 19.10 (124) def. Melbourne 12.15 (87) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 8,308) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 9.12 (66) def. by Richmond 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 64,324) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 20.10 (130) def. Gold Coast 17.11 (113) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,140) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.12 (108) def. St Kilda 11.11 (77) Gabba (crowd: 19,856) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 12.8 (80) def. by Fremantle 17.14 (116) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,457) Match report
Sunday, 4 August (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.9 (99) def. by Sydney 21.8 (134) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,647) Match report
Sunday, 4 August (2:50 pm) Adelaide 15.13 (103) def. by Port Adelaide 17.5 (107) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 43,368) Match report
Sunday, 4 August (4:40 pm) Collingwood 20.13 (133) def. Essendon 7.12 (54) MCG (crowd: 69,821) Match report


Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Friday, 9 August (7:50 pm) St Kilda 7.14 (56) def. by Hawthorn 14.18 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,765) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (1:45 pm) Richmond 14.13 (97) def. Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 46,961) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 20.9 (129) def. Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 24,784) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (4:40 pm) Carlton 13.11 (89) def. by Western Bulldogs 16.21 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,126) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.12 (90) def. Melbourne 10.17 (77) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,840) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (7:40 pm) Sydney 10.11 (71) def. by Collingwood 14.16 (100) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 42,627) Match report
Sunday, 11 August (1:10 pm) Essendon 9.13 (67) def. by West Coast 18.12 (120) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,595) Match report
Sunday, 11 August (2:50 pm) Adelaide 11.13 (79) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,801) Match report
Sunday, 11 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 24.13 (157) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.8 (44) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,390) Match report
  • Richmond clinched a finals berth for the first time since 2001, ending an eleven-year drought.[31]
  • Fremantle recorded their biggest win in club history.[32]


Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Friday, 16 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 18.11 (119) def. Collingwood 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd:  71,533) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (1:45 pm) Richmond 14.12 (96) def. by Carlton 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 63,825) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 16.17 (113) def. Gold Coast 14.12 (96) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 18,703) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 9.16 (70) def. by North Melbourne 17.13 (115) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,102) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 6.5 (41) def. by Geelong 16.11 (107) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,394) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.9 (63) Gabba (crowd: 13,855) Match report
Sunday, 18 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 5.8 (38) def. by Fremantle 20.13 (133) MCG (crowd: 13,768) Match report
Sunday, 18 August (3:20 pm) Sydney 18.10 (118) def. St Kilda 8.11 (59) SCG (crowd: 26,730) Match report
Sunday, 18 August (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 20.11 (131) def. Adelaide 17.12 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,159) Match report


Round 22[edit]

Round 22
Friday, 23 August (7:50 pm) Collingwood 15.11 (101) def. West Coast 5.9 (39) MCG (crowd: 41,198) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (1:15 pm) Adelaide 18.12 (120) def. Melbourne 7.10 (52) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,643) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. by Hawthorn 17.15 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,039) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (4:40 pm) Geelong 13.14 (92) def. Sydney 7.6 (48) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 28,459) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (5:40 pm) Fremantle 21.8 (134) def. Port Adelaide 9.6 (60) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,565) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 9.22 (76) def. by Essendon 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 53,630) Match report
Sunday, 25 August (1:10 pm) St Kilda 17.14 (116) def. Gold Coast 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,622) Match report
Sunday, 25 August (3:20 pm) Greater Western Sydney 6.6 (42) def. by Richmond 25.13 (163) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 12,314) Match report
Sunday, 25 August (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.10 (100) def. Western Bulldogs 13.15 (93) Gabba (crowd: 20,130) Match report


Round 23[edit]

Round 23
Friday, 30 August (7:50 pm) Sydney 16.4 (100) def. by Hawthorn 17.10 (112) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 37, 980) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (1:45 pm) St Kilda 16.16 (112) def. Fremantle 6.5 (41) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,476) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 15.22 (112) def. Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 27,467) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.13 (103) def. by Carlton 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,127) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (6:10 pm) West Coast 5.13 (43) def. by Adelaide 19.15 (129) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 29,416) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (7:40 pm) Essendon 9.11 (65) def. by Richmond 15.14 (104) MCG (crowd: 60,979) Match report
Sunday, 1 September (1:10 pm) Gold Coast 22.14 (146) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.9 (63) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,080) Match report
Sunday, 1 September (3:20 pm) Collingwood 17.12 (114) def. by North Melbourne 19.11 (125) MCG (crowd: 50,958) Match report
Sunday, 1 September (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.11 (107) def. Melbourne 13.9 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,176) Match report


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 Ess
35
BL
19
Port
9
WB
52
Carl
32
Haw
11
GWS
135
StK
40
NM
1
Freo
7
Syd
77
Rich
38
X GC
28
WCE
6
Coll
27
Geel
2
Freo
22
Port
4
NM
9
WB
17
Melb
68
WCE
86
X X X X 11
Brisbane Lions WB
68
Adel
19
GC
2
NM
63
Melb
28
Syd
60
WCE
26
Ess
10
Carl
13
Coll
49
X Freo
40
Geel
5
Haw
58
GC
33
NM
12
Melb
19
Port
9
StK
31
Rich
23
GWS
60
WB
7
Geel
1
X X X X 12
Carlton Rich
5
Coll
17
Geel
16
WCE
24
Adel
32
Melb
61
StK
9
Port
18
BL
13
GWS
94
Ess
5
Haw
16
X Syd
22
Coll
41
StK
36
NM
1
GC
43
Freo
36
WB
28
Rich
10
Ess
6
Port
1
Rich
20
Syd
24
X X 8
Collingwood NM
16
Carl
17
Haw
55
Rich
34
Ess
46
StK
26
Freo
27
Geel
6
Syd
47
BL
49
Melb
83
WB
34
X Port
35
Carl
41
Adel
27
GC
7
GWS
40
Ess
79
Syd
29
Haw
35
WCE
62
NM
11
Port
24
X X X 6
Essendon Adel
35
Melb
148
Freo
4
StK
37
Coll
46
GWS
39
Geel
28
BL
10
Rich
29
Syd
44
Carl
5
GC
43
X WCE
7
Port
30
WB
31
GWS
39
Haw
56
Coll
79
WCE
53
NM
45
Carl
6
Rich
39
X X X X 9
Fremantle WCE
28
WB
28
Ess
4
Haw
42
Rich
1
GC
45
Coll
27
Syd
0
Melb
90
Adel
7
X BL
40
NM
38
Geel
41
StK
30
WCE
28
Rich
27
Adel
22
Carl
36
GWS
113
Melb
95
Port
74
StK
71
Geel
15
X Syd
25
Haw
15
3
Geelong Haw
7
NM
4
Carl
16
Syd
21
WB
21
Rich
44
Ess
28
Coll
6
Port
48
GC
52
GWS
59
X BL
5
Freo
41
Haw
10
Melb
68
Adel
2
StK
101
NM
10
Port
25
WCE
66
Syd
44
BL
1
Freo
15
Port
16
Haw
5
X 2
Gold Coast StK
13
Syd
41
BL
2
Port
38
GWS
44
Freo
45
Melb
60
WB
32
Haw
26
Geel
52
NM
15
Ess
43
X Adel
28
BL
33
Rich
9
Coll
7
Carl
43
WCE
17
Melb
13
Port
17
StK
46
GWS
83
X X X X 14
Greater Western Sydney Syd
30
Port
56
StK
72
Melb
41
GC
44
Ess
39
Adel
135
Haw
83
WCE
100
Carl
94
Geel
59
Port
75
X NM
86
WB
4
Syd
129
Ess
39
Coll
40
Melb
37
Freo
113
BL
60
Rich
121
GC
83
X X X X 18
Hawthorn Geel
7
WCE
50
Coll
55
Freo
42
NM
3
Adel
11
Syd
37
GWS
83
GC
26
Melb
95
X Carl
16
WCE
20
BL
58
Geel
10
Port
45
WB
19
Ess
56
Rich
41
StK
46
Coll
35
NM
14
Syd
12
Syd
54
X Geel
5
Freo
15
1
Melbourne Port
79
Ess
148
WCE
94
GWS
41
BL
28
Carl
61
GC
60
Rich
34
Freo
90
Haw
95
Coll
83
X StK
35
WB
3
Syd
31
Geel
68
BL
19
NM
122
GWS
37
GC
13
Freo
95
Adel
68
WB
20
X X X X 17
North Melbourne Coll
16
Geel
4
Syd
39
BL
63
Haw
3
Port
10
WB
54
WCE
2
Adel
1
StK
68
GC
15
X Freo
38
GWS
86
Rich
62
BL
12
Carl
1
Melb
122
Geel
10
Adel
9
Ess
45
Haw
14
Coll
11
X X X X 10
Port Adelaide Melb
79
GWS
56
Adel
9
GCS
38
WCE
5
NM
10
Rich
41
Carl
18
Geel
48
WB
9
X GWS
75
Syd
18
Coll
35
Ess
30
Haw
45
StK
5
BL
9
Adel
4
Geel
25
GC
17
Freo
74
Carl
1
Coll
24
Geel
16
X X 7
Richmond Carl
5
StK
17
WB
67
Coll
35
Freo
1
Geel
44
Port
41
Melb
34
Ess
29
WCE
41
X Adel
38
WB
60
StK
64
NM
62
GC
9
Freo
27
Syd
47
Haw
41
BL
23
Carl
10
GWS
121
Ess
39
Carl
20
X X X 5
St Kilda GCS
13
Rich
17
GWS
72
Ess
37
Syd
16
Coll
26
Carl
9
Adel
40
WB
9
NM
68
WCE
4
X Melb
35
Rich
64
Freo
30
Carl
36
Port
5
Geel
101
BL
31
Haw
46
Syd
59
GC
46
Freo
71
X X X X 16
Sydney GWS
30
GCS
41
NM
39
Geel
21
StK
16
BL
60
Haw
37
Freo
0
Coll
47
Ess
44
Adel
77
X Port
18
Carl
22
Melb
31
GWS
129
WCE
34
Rich
47
WB
35
Coll
29
StK
59
Geel
44
Haw
12
Haw
54
Carl
24
Freo
25
X 4
West Coast Freo
28
Haw
50
Mel
94
Carl
24
Port
5
WB
70
BL
26
NM
2
GWS
100
Rich
41
StK
4
X Haw
20
Ess
7
Adel
6
Freo
28
Syd
34
WB
22
GC
17
Ess
53
Geel
66
Coll
62
Adel
86
X X X X 13
Western Bulldogs BL
68
Freo
28
Rich
67
Adel
52
Geel
21
WCE
70
NM
54
GC
32
StK
9
Port
9
X Coll
34
Rich
60
Melb
3
GWS
4
Ess
31
Haw
19
WCE
22
Syd
35
Carl
28
Adel
17
BL
7
Melb
20
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]

2013 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Hawthorn (P) 22 19 3 0 2523 1859 135.72 76
2 Geelong 22 18 4 0 2409 1776 135.64 72
3 Fremantle 22 16 5 1 2035 1518 134.06 66
4 Sydney 22 15 6 1 2244 1694 132.47 62
5 Richmond 22 15 7 0 2154 1754 122.81 60
6 Collingwood 22 14 8 0 2148 1868 114.99 56
7 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 2051 2002 102.45 48
8 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2125 1992 106.68 44
9 Essendon 22 14 8 0 2145 2000 107.25 56*
10 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2307 1930 119.53 40
11 Adelaide 22 10 12 0 2064 1909 108.12 40
12 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 1922 2144 89.65 40
13 West Coast 22 9 13 0 2038 2139 95.28 36
14 Gold Coast 22 8 14 0 1918 2091 91.73 32
15 Western Bulldogs 22 8 14 0 1926 2262 85.15 32
16 St Kilda 22 5 17 0 1751 2120 82.59 20
17 Melbourne 22 2 20 0 1455 2691 54.07 8
18 GWS 22 1 21 0 1524 2990 50.97 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against
*Essendon was relegated to ninth due to irregularities in its supplements program during the 2012 season


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.


2013 AFL Ladder

Finals Series[edit]

Week One[edit]

Qualifying Finals
QF1: Friday, 6 Sep (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 15.15 (105) def. Sydney 7.9 (51) MCG (crowd: 59,615) Match report
QF2: Saturday, 7 Sep (2:20 pm) Geelong 9.18 (72) def. by Fremantle 12.15 (87) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 32,815) Match report
Elimination Finals
EF2: Saturday, 7 Sep (7:45 pm) Collingwood 9.9 (63) def. by Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) MCG (crowd: 51,722) Match report
EF1: Sunday, 8 Sep (3:20 pm) Richmond 14.12 (96) def. by Carlton 18.8 (116) MCG (crowd: 94,690) Match report
  • The Qualifying Final between Geelong and Fremantle was just the second final to ever be played in Geelong in AFL/VFL history, with the previous final occurring in 1897. It was also the first to be played at Simonds Stadium.
  • Richmond played in its first final since 2001 against Carlton. The crowd of 94,690 for this final was the highest ever to a match in the first week of the finals since prior to 1972, when the introduction of the final five meant that more than one match was played on that weekend.[36]


Week Two[edit]

Semi Finals
SF2: Friday, 13 Sep (7:50 pm) Geelong 13.18 (96) def. Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) MCG (crowd: 52,744) Match report
SF1: Saturday, 14 Sep (7:45 pm) Sydney 13.8 (86) def. Carlton 8.14 (62) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 37,980) Match report


Week Three[edit]

Preliminary Finals
PF1: Friday, 20 Sep (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 14.18 (102) def. Geelong 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 85,569) Match report
PF2: Saturday, 21 Sep (5:45 pm) Fremantle 14.15 (99) def. Sydney 11.8 (74) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 43,249) Match report
  • This was Fremantle's first preliminary final victory.


Week Four[edit]

Grand Final
GF: Saturday, 28 Sep (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 11.11 (77) def. Fremantle 8.14 (62) MCG (crowd: 100,007) Match report
  • This was Fremantle's first grand final appearance.


Attendances[edit]

By Club[edit]

2013 AFL Attendances[37]
Club Total Games Avg. Per Game
Adelaide 693,855 22 31,539
Brisbane Lions 503,994 22 22,909
Carlton 1,116,734 24 46,531
Collingwood 1,236,343 23 53,754
Essendon 1,036,044 22 47,093
Fremantle 819,016 25 32,761
Geelong 980,408 25 39,216
Gold Coast 389,966 22 17,726
Greater Western Sydney 345,730 22 15,715
Hawthorn 1,144,222 25 45,769
Melbourne 549,418 22 24,974
North Melbourne 634,033 22 28,820
Port Adelaide 648,854 24 27,036
Richmond 1,137,980 23 49,477
St Kilda 634,858 22 28,857
Sydney 798,556 25 31,942
West Coast 678,430 22 30,838
Western Bulldogs 513,729 22 23,351

By Round[edit]

2013 AFL Attendances[37]
Round Total Games Avg. Per Game
Round 1 365,867 9 40,625
Round 2 350,736 9 38,971
Round 3 292,055 9 32,451
Round 4 290,078 9 32,231
Round 5 317,133 9 35,248
Round 6 278,744 9 30,972
Round 7 264,818 9 29,424
Round 8 289,097 9 32,122
Round 9 311,287 9 34,587
Round 10 239,027 9 26,599
Round 11 214,343 6 35,724
Round 12 192,975 6 32,163
Round 13 163,033 6 27,167
Round 14 238,090 9 26,454
Round 15 371,212 9 41,246
Round 16 256,083 9 28,454
Round 17 208,356 9 23,151
Round 18 243,968 9 27,108
Round 19 324,505 9 36,056
Round 20 279,889 9 31,099
Round 21 294,069 9 32,674
Round 22 277,600 9 30,844
Round 23 309,659 9 34,407
Finals Wk 1 238,842 4 59,711
Finals Wk 2 90,724 2 45,362
Finals Wk 3 128,818 2 64,409
Finals Wk 4 100,007 1 100,007

By ground[edit]

2013 Attendances by ground for home and away games.

2013 H&A Ground Attendances
Ground Total Games Avg. Per Game
Bellerive Oval 23488 2 11744
Carrara Stadium 152980 11 13907
Cazaly's Stadium 11197 1 11197
Docklands Stadium 1466099 48 30544
Football Park 665808 22 30264
Gabba 231909 11 21083
Kardinia Park 187545 7 26792
MCG 2346893 45 52153
Manuka Oval 25056 3 8352
Marrara Oval 15465 2 7733
SCG 230659 9 25629
Stadium Australia 104297 3 32347
Subiaco 773485 22 35158
Sydney Showground Stadium 57969 7 8281
Wellington Regional Stadium 22546 1 22546
York Park 52950 4 13238

Awards[edit]

Best and fairest[edit]

Club Award name Player
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Sloane, RoryRory Sloane[39]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Patfull, JoelJoel Patfull[40]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Simpson, KadeKade Simpson[41]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Scott Pendlebury[42]
Essendon Crichton Medal Goddard, BrendonBrendon Goddard[43]
Fremantle Doig Medal Nathan Fyfe[44]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Joel Selwood[45]
Gold Coast Club Champion Ablett, Jr., GaryGary Ablett, Jr.[46]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Cameron, JeremyJeremy Cameron[47]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Josh Gibson[48]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Jones, NathanNathan Jones[49]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Scott Thompson
Daniel Wells[50]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Wingard, ChadChad Wingard[51]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Jackson, DanielDaniel Jackson[52]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Steven, JackJack Steven[53]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Jarrad McVeigh[54]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Griffen, RyanRyan Griffen[55]
West Coast John Worsfold Medal Priddis, MattMatt Priddis[56]

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) Leadership group
Adelaide[57] Brenton Sanderson Nathan van Berlo Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Thompson Sam Jacobs, Jason Porplyzia, Rory Sloane
Brisbane Lions[58] Michael Voss
Mark Harvey
Jed Adcock, Jonathan Brown Daniel Rich, Tom Rockliff
Carlton[59] Mick Malthouse Marc Murphy Andrew Carrazzo, Kade Simpson Nick Duigan, Jarrad Waite
Collingwood[60] Nathan Buckley Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury Luke Ball, Dayne Beams, Harry O'Brien
Essendon[61] James Hird
Simon Goodwin
Jobe Watson Brendon Goddard, Dyson Heppell, Heath Hocking, Michael Hurley, Brent Stanton, Jason Winderlich, David Zaharakis
Fremantle[62] Ross Lyon Matthew Pavlich Hayden Ballantyne, Matt de Boer, Chris Mayne, David Mundy, Luke McPharlin, Aaron Sandilands
Gold Coast[63] Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Nathan Bock, Michael Rischitelli Karmichael Hunt, Zac Smith, David Swallow
Greater Western Sydney[64] Kevin Sheedy Phil Davis, Callan Ward Tom Scully
Geelong[65] Chris Scott Joel Selwood Jimmy Bartel Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge Jordan Lewis, Jarryd Roughead Lance Franklin, Sam Mitchell
Melbourne[66] Mark Neeld
Neil Craig
Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove Nathan Jones Shannon Byrnes, Mitch Clark, Chris Dawes, James Frawley, Colin Garland, Jordie McKenzie
North Melbourne[67] Brad Scott Andrew Swallow Drew Petrie, Jack Ziebell Brent Harvey, Scott Thompson, Daniel Wells
Port Adelaide[68] Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Brad Ebert Robbie Gray, Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove
Richmond[69] Damien Hardwick Trent Cotchin Brett Deledio, Daniel Jackson, Jack Riewoldt Dylan Grimes, Ivan Maric
St Kilda[70] Scott Watters Nick Riewoldt David Armitage, Nick Dal Santo, Sean Dempster, Ben McEvoy, Jarryn Geary, James Gwilt, Leigh Montagna,
Sydney[71] John Longmire Kieren Jack, Jarrad McVeigh Jude Bolton, Adam Goodes, Josh Kennedy, Ryan O'Keefe, Ted Richards, Rhyce Shaw, Nick Smith
West Coast[72] 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[73] Brendan McCartney Matthew Boyd No official leadership group

Club membership[edit]

Club Members[74] Change from 2012  % change from 2012
Adelaide 46,405 Increase 1300 +2.8
Brisbane Lions 24,130 Increase 3368 +16.22
Carlton 50,564 Increase 4764 +10.40
Collingwood 78,427 Increase 5,739 +7.90
Essendon 56,173 Increase 8465 17.74
Fremantle 43,880 Increase 962 +2.24
Geelong 42,884 Increase 2679 +6.66
Gold Coast 12,502 Increase 1298 +11.59
Greater Western Sydney 12,681 Increase 2440 +23.83
Hawthorn 63,353 Increase 2512 +4.13
Melbourne 33,177 Decrease 2282 -6.44
North Melbourne 34,607 Increase 1184 +3.54
Port Adelaide 39,989 Increase 4295 +12.08
Richmond 60,321 Increase 7294 +13.76
St Kilda 32,707 Decrease 2733 -7.71
Sydney 36,358 Increase 6485 +21.71
West Coast 58,501 Increase 1124 +1.96
Western Bulldogs 30,209 Increase 202 +0.67
Total 756,717 Increase49,096 +6.94

Team changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Player changes[edit]

Name Club Date Notes
Mattner, MartinMartin Mattner Sydney 6 June 2013 Retired due to chronic injury troubles[75]
Johncock, GrahamGraham Johncock Adelaide 1 July 2013 Retired, citing fatigue[76]
Cornes, ChadChad Cornes Greater Western Sydney 3 July 2013 Retired, due to ongoing knee injury[77]
Johnson, BenBen Johnson Collingwood 15 July 2013 Retired, due to ongoing injuries[78]
Morton, MitchMitch Morton Sydney 2 August 2013 Retired, no clear reason given[79]
Brogan, DeanDean Brogan Greater Western Sydney 14 August 2013 Retired, effective season's end[80]
Selwood, AdamAdam Selwood West Coast 15 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[81]
Nicoski, MarkMark Nicoski West Coast 15 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[81]
Macdonald, JoelJoel Macdonald Melbourne 16 August 2013 Retired, due to ongoing injury issues[82]
Davey, AaronAaron Davey Melbourne 20 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[83]
Ebert, BrettBrett Ebert Port Adelaide 21 August 2013 Retired, due to ongoing injury issues[84]
Blake, JasonJason Blake St Kilda 25 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[85]
Koschitzke, JustinJustin Koschitzke St Kilda 25 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[85]
Milne, StephenStephen Milne St Kilda 25 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[85]
Bolton, JudeJude Bolton Sydney 26 August 2013 Retired, effective season's end[86]
Embley, AndrewAndrew Embley West Coast 28 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[87]
Tuck, ShaneShane Tuck Richmond 29 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[88]
Hille, DavidDavid Hille Essendon 29 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[89]
Lovett-Murray, NathanNathan Lovett-Murray Essendon 29 August 2013 Retired, effective at season's end[89]
Cross, DanielDaniel Cross Western Bulldogs 29 August 2013 Delisted [90]
Rodan, DavidDavid Rodan Melbourne 30 August 2013 Retired due to injury, effective immediately[91]
Hams, AshtonAshton Hams West Coast 1 September 2013 Retired[92]
Dick, BradBrad Dick West Coast 1 September 2013 Retired[92]
Gillbee, JacobJacob Gillbee Gold Coast 2 September 2013 Delisted[93]
Horsley, KyalKyal Horsley Gold Coast 2 September 2013 Delisted[93]
Patrick, LiamLiam Patrick Gold Coast 2 September 2013 Delisted[93]
Weller, MaverickMaverick Weller Gold Coast 2 September 2013 Delisted[93]
Wilkinson, JoelJoel Wilkinson Gold Coast 2 September 2013 Delisted[93]
Davis, LukeLuke Davis Essendon 3 September 2013 Delisted[94]
Hunter, HalHal Hunter Essendon 3 September 2013 Delisted[94]
Lower, NickNick Lower Western Bulldogs 3 September 2013 Delisted[95]
Markovic, LukasLukas Markovic Western Bulldogs 3 September 2013 Delisted[95]
Veszpremi, PatrickPatrick Veszpremi Western Bulldogs 3 September 2013 Delisted[95]
O'hAilpin, SetantaSetanta O'hAilpin Greater Western Sydney 4 September 2013 Delisted[96]
Thornton, BretBret Thornton Greater Western Sydney 4 September 2013 Delisted[96]
Ugle, GeraldGerald Ugle Greater Western Sydney 4 September 2013 Delisted[96]
Growden, JoshJosh Growden Greater Western Sydney 4 September 2013 Delisted[96]
Redfern, JoeJoe Redfern Greater Western Sydney 4 September 2013 Delisted[96]
Speight, BenjaminBenjamin Speight North Melbourne 5 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Richardson, CameronCameron Richardson North Melbourne 5 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Jolly, DarrenDarren Jolly Collingwood 10 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Didak, AlanAlan Didak Collingwood 10 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Krakouer, AndrewAndrew Krakouer Collingwood 10 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Russell, JordanJordan Russell Collingwood 10 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Richmond, BenBen Richmond Collingwood 10 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Hartley, MichaelMichael Hartley Collingwood 10 September 2013 Delisted[97]
Sellar, JamesJames Sellar Melbourne 11 September 2013 Delisted[98]
Tynan, JoshJosh Tynan Melbourne 11 September 2013 Delisted[98]
Davis, TroyTroy Davis Melbourne 11 September 2013 Delisted[98]
Gillies, TomTom Gillies Melbourne 11 September 2013 Delisted[98]
Couch, TomTom Couch Melbourne 11 September 2013 Delisted[98]
Brennan, JaredJared Brennan Gold Coast 12 September 2013 Retired[99]
Blee, NathanNathan Blee Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Salter, NickNick Salter Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Stewart, DanielDaniel Stewart Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Thomas, MattMatt Thomas Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Butcher, DannyDanny Butcher Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Hoskin, JustinJustin Hoskin Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Pfeiffer, DarrenDarren Pfeiffer Port Adelaide 16 September 2013 Delisted[100]
Bartlett, CallumCallum Bartlett Brisbane Lions 16 September 2013 Delisted[101]
Newell, RichardRichard Newell Brisbane Lions 16 September 2013 Delisted[101]
McKeever, NiallNiall McKeever Brisbane Lions 16 September 2013 Delisted[101]
Wrigley, StephenStephen Wrigley Brisbane Lions 16 September 2013 Delisted[101]
Laidler, JeremyJeremy Laidler Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted [102]
Joseph, AaronAaron Joseph Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted [102]
Mitchell, LukeLuke Mitchell Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted [102]
McCarthy, PatrickPatrick McCarthy Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted [102]
Davies, MarcusMarcus Davies Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted [102]
O'Keeffe, RhysRhys O'Keeffe Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted [102]
Dale, FrazerFrazer Dale Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted[102]
Collins, AndrewAndrew Collins Carlton 19 September 2013 Delisted[102]
Bathie, RyanRyan Bathie Geelong 26 September 2013 Delisted [103]
Eardley, CameronCameron Eardley Geelong 26 September 2013 Delisted[103]
Ledger, TomTom Ledger St Kilda 28 September 2013 Delisted [104]
Lever, JayJay Lever St Kilda 28 September 2013 Delisted [104]
Staley, JordanJordan Staley St Kilda 28 September 2013 Delisted [104]
Brown, AlexAlex Brown Sydney 30 September 2013 Delisted [105]
Pitt, JaydenJayden Pitt Fremantle 1 October 2013 Retired [106]
Faulks, PeterPeter Faulks Fremantle 1 October 2013 Delisted [106]
Crichton, JesseJesse Crichton Fremantle 1 October 2013 Delisted [106]
Forster, AlexAlex Forster Fremantle 1 October 2013 Delisted [106]
Schloithe, HaidenHaiden Schloithe Fremantle 1 October 2013 Delisted [106]
Howson, AlexAlex Howson Fremantle 1 October 2013 Delisted [106]
Guerra, BrentBrent Guerra Hawthorn 2 October 2013 Retired [107]
Boseley, AndrewAndrew Boseley Hawthorn 3 October 2013 Delisted [108]
Frank, AmosAmos Frank Hawthorn 3 October 2013 Delisted [108]
McIntyre, TimTim McIntyre Adelaide 4 October 2013 Delisted [109]
Klaosen, TimTim Klaosen Adelaide 4 October 2013 Delisted [109]
Orval, DylanDylan Orval Adelaide 4 October 2013 Delisted [109]
Bailey, MaxMax Bailey Hawthorn 5 October 2013 Retired [110]
Osborne, MichaelMichael Osborne Hawthorn 5 October 2013 Retired [110]
Corey, JoelJoel Corey Geelong 9 October 2013 Retired [111]
Kerr, DanielDaniel Kerr West Coast 15 October 2013 Retired [112]
Black, SimonSimon Black Brisbane Lions 18 October 2013 Retired [113]
Callinan, IanIan Callinan Adelaide 25 October 2013 Delisted[114]
Joyce, NickNick Joyce Adelaide 25 October 2013 Delisted[114]
Cornelius, AaronAaron Cornelius Brisbane Lions 25 October 2013 Delisted[115]
Gysberts, JordanJordan Gysberts North Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted [116]
Sierakowski, WillWill Sierakowski North Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted[116]
Kennedy, AidenAiden Kennedy North Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted[116]
Mabon, BenBen Mabon North Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted[116]
Addison, DylanDylan Addison Western Bulldogs 29 October 2013 Delisted[117]
Magner, JamesJames Magner Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted[118]
Nathan Stark Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted[118]
Taggert, RoryRory Taggert Melbourne 29 October 2013 Delisted[118]
Lonergan, SamSam Lonergan Richmond 30 October 2013 Retired[119]
McGuane, LukeLuke McGuane Richmond 30 October 2013 Delisted[119]
Nahas, RobinRobin Nahas Richmond 30 October 2013 Delisted[119]
Derickx, TomTom Derickx Richmond 30 October 2013 Delisted[119]
Verrier, StevenSteven Verrier Richmond 30 October 2013 Delisted[119]
Tambling, RichardRichard Tambling Adelaide 30 October 2013 Delisted[120]
Riley, AidanAidan Riley Adelaide 30 October 2013 Delisted[120]
Dowdell, BenBen Dowdell Adelaide 30 October 2013 Delisted[120]
Dalziell, BraddBradd Dalziell West Coast 30 October 2013 Delisted[121]
Morton, CaleCale Morton West Coast 30 October 2013 Delisted[121]
Davey, AlwynAlwyn Davey Essendon 30 October 2013 Delisted[122]
Armstrong, TonyTony Armstrong Sydney 30 October 2013 Delisted[123]
Wanganeen, DerickDerick Wanganeen Hawthorn 30 October 2013 Delisted[124]
Scotland, HeathHeath Scotland Carlton 31 October 2013 Delisted[125]
Mellington, JoshJosh Mellington Fremantle 31 October 2013 Delisted[126]
Ferguson, JacksonJackson Ferguson St Kilda 31 October 2013 Delisted[127]
Saad, AhmedAhmed Saad St Kilda 14 November 2013 Delisted[128]
Renouf, BrentBrent Renouf Port Adelaide 14 November 2013 Delisted[129]
Newman, MurrayMurray Newman West Coast 14 November 2013 Delisted[130]
Lamb, JedJed Lamb Sydney 14 November 2013 Delisted[131]
Banfield, ToddTodd Banfield Brisbane Lions 14 November 2013 Delisted[132]
Jetta, NevilleNeville Jetta Melbourne 15 November 2013 Delisted[133]
Schulz, SamSam Schulz Greater Western Sydney 15 November 2013 Delisted[133]
Gault, CoreyCorey Gault Collingwood 15 November 2013 Delisted[133]

Free agents[edit]

Name Club Status New Club Date Notes
Sylvia, ColinColin Sylvia Melbourne unrestricted Fremantle 4 October 2013 [134]
White, MatthewMatthew White Richmond unrestricted Port Adelaide 4 October 2013 [135]
Betts, EddieEddie Betts Carlton restricted Adelaide 4 October 2013 [136]
Franklin, LanceLance Franklin Hawthorn restricted Sydney 8 October 2013 [137]
Thomas, DaleDale Thomas Collingwood restricted Carlton 9 October 2013 [138]
Ellis, XavierXavier Ellis Hawthorn unrestricted West Coast 16 October 2013 [139]
Dal Santo, NickNick Dal Santo St Kilda restricted North Melbourne 18 October 2013 [140]
Cross, DanielDaniel Cross Western Bulldogs unrestricted/delisted Melbourne 1 November 2013 [141]

Coach changes[edit]

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Mark Neeld Melbourne 17 June 2013 Sacked after a club review and meeting with the AFL, following a string of bad losses, including just five wins from 33 games .[142] Neil Craig[142] Paul Roos[143]
Michael Voss Brisbane Lions 13 August 2013 Stepped down following the club's decision not to renew his contract at the end of the season.[144][145][146][147] Mark Harvey Justin Leppitsch[148]
James Hird Essendon 27 August 2013 Suspended by the AFL for twelve months for his involvement in the 2012 Essendon supplements scandal, effective immediately[149] Simon Goodwin Mark Thompson[150]
John Worsfold West Coast Eagles 5 September 2013 Stepped down[151][152] None (end of regular season) Adam Simpson[153]
Kevin Sheedy Greater Western Sydney 13 September 2013 Retired as part of a succession plan[154] None (end of regular season) Leon Cameron
Scott Watters St Kilda 1 November 2013 Sacked None (end of regular season) Alan Richardson

Post-season[edit]

International Rules Series[edit]

The International Rules Series was played between Australia and Ireland for the first time since 2011. For the first time, the Australian team was represented by the Indigenous All Stars.[155] As in previous years, two test matches were played, and the series was decided on aggregate. The series was held in Ireland, and was won by Ireland 2-0 and on an aggregate margin of 173-72 points.[156]

2013 International Rules Series
Saturday, 19 October (7:00pm) Ireland 2.12.9 (57) def. Australia 1.7.8 (35) Breffni Park, Cavan (crowd: 17,657) Match report
Saturday, 26 October (7:00pm) Ireland 6.22.14 (116) def. Australia 2.7.4 (37) Croke Park, Dublin (crowd: 28,525) Match report


Notable events and controversies[edit]

Adelaide Crows–Kurt Tippett contract scandal[edit]

During the trade period leading up to the 2013 season, Adelaide Crows forward Kurt Tippett sought to be traded. During trade negotiations, information was uncovered which brought into question the legality under AFL rules of Tippett's 2009 contract extension with Adelaide. The AFL investigated Tippett's contract during October and November, and charged Tippett and Adelaide with a total of eleven charges relating to draft tampering and breaching the total player payments, including:[157]

  • Arranging a secret deal in which Tippett would be traded to a club of his choice at the end of 2012
  • Direct payments of $100,000 outside the salary cap in each of 2011 and 2012
  • Illegally arranging third-party deals in 2011 and 2012, resulting in Tippett receiving further money outside the salary cap in those years.

Adelaide was considered likely to incur a loss of draft picks, among other penalties, if found guilty, but the AFL Commission was yet to complete its hearing into the matter when the National Draft was held on 22 November 2012, so the club was permitted to participate in the draft as normal. However, on the day before the draft, the club voluntarily relinquished its highest two remaining selections (No. 20 and 54) as a "gesture of goodwill" ahead of the hearing.[158]

The final hearing took place on 30 November, and Adelaide and Tippett pleaded guilty to all charges. Adelaide was stripped of its first and second round draft picks, and banned from taking any father-son selections, in the 2013 National Draft, and received a $300,000 fine. Tippett was suspended for the 2013 NAB Cup and 11 premiership matches, with a further suspended sentence of 11 matches, and received a $50,000 fine. Several senior Adelaide personnel were also punished by the league: chief executive Steven Trigg and former football manager John Reid were each fined $50,000 and banned from AFL functions for six months (with a further suspended sentence of six months), and current football manager Phil Harper was banned from AFL functions for two months with a four-month suspended sentence.[157] In a separate hearing in January 2013, the AFL Players' Association revoked the accreditation of Tippett's manager, Peter Blucher, for at least one year.[159]

Melbourne Football Club tanking scandal[edit]

Throughout the 2012/13 offseason, the league investigated the Melbourne Football Club over allegations that it had tanked during the latter part of the 2009 season – that is, that it had intentionally lost matches near the end of the season so that it would finish with no more than four wins, and therefore receive a priority draft pick. The league released its findings in February 2013, and found the club not guilty of tanking.[160][161]

However, it did find two of Melbourne's then-senior staff members – senior coach Dean Bailey and general manager of football operations Chris Connolly – guilty of "acting in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the competition". This related most specifically to a meeting in July 2009, which became known colloquially as "the vault", in which Connolly allegedly openly discussed the potential benefits to the club of tanking.[162] The guilty parties received the following penalties:

  • Connolly, who was still at the club in 2013 but serving in a role outside the football department, was suspended outright from serving in any position at any club until 1 February 2014
  • Bailey, serving in 2013 as an assistant coach at the Adelaide Crows, was suspended from his position for the first sixteen weeks of the 2013 season, preventing him from having any contact with the Crows' playing group during that time.
  • The Melbourne Football Club, which was complicit to the infraction in its capacity as Connolly's and Bailey's employer, was fined $500,000.

None of Melbourne, Connolly or Bailey contested these penalties.[163]

Essendon supplements controversy[edit]

On 5 February the Essendon Football Club asked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to investigate the concerns over the clubs possible use of un-approved supplements during the 2012 season.[164]

An internal independent review conducted by Dr. Ziggy Switkowski regarding the Essendon Football Club governance processes was released to the public on May 6.[165]

While ASADA investigated the legality of the supplements, the AFL separately investigated the administration of the club's supplements program, and charged the club and senior staff with bringing the game into disrepute. The charges focussed on the poor business practices within the program, including allowing "a culture of frequent, uninformed and unregulated use of the injection of supplements" at the club, incomplete record keeping which had made it impossible to determine with certainty whether or not players had been administered banned supplements, and for failing to guarantee the health and safety of its players in its program. On 27 August, five days before Round 23 and after two days of discussions between the club and the league, the following penalties were imposed relating to these charges:

  • Essendon was fined $2 million (staggered over three years); this was the largest fine imposed on a club in the history of Australian sport.
  • Essendon was ruled ineligible to participate in the 2013 AFL finals series, achieved by relegating it to ninth position on the ladder.
  • Essendon was stripped of draft picks in the following two drafts: in 2013, its first and second round draft picks were stripped; in 2014, it was stripped of the first and second round draft picks it would have received based on its finishing position, but was granted the last draft pick in the first round.
  • Senior coach James Hird was suspended from any involvement in any football club for twelve months, effective immediately.
  • Football operations manager Danny Corcoran was suspended from involvement in any football club for four months, with a further two-month suspended sentence, effective 1 October 2013.
  • Senior assistant coach Mark Thompson was fined $30,000.
  • Club doctor Bruce Reid will contest his charge at a hearing from the AFL Commission, scheduled for Thursday 29 August, 10:30pm EST.[166]

As of 29 August, ASADA has not completed its investigation into whether or not any banned substances were used at the club. Further penalties will be imposed on the club if the investigation finds that banned substances were used.[167]

Adam Goodes–Eddie McGuire racism controversy[edit]

Late in the final quarter of the Round 9 match between Collingwood and Sydney, Adam Goodes became the target of racial abuse in which a 13-year-old Collingwood supporter called him an "ape".[168][169] Goodes pointed the supporter out to security following the incident, who subsequently evicted her from the ground; after the match, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire visited the Swans' rooms to apologise "on behalf of football", and stamped out that racism would not be tolerated by the Collingwood Football Club.[170][171]

Five days later, McGuire was involved in another controversy involving Goodes on his Triple M Melbourne breakfast show, when he joked that Goodes could be used to promote the King Kong musical that was to be held in Melbourne, quickly apologising on air after making the reference.[172][173] McGuire initially defended his comments by saying that the remark was simply "a slip of the tongue", but admitted to vilifying Goodes in an interview later in the day, albeit unintentionally.[174][175]

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