2008 VFL season
|Minor premiers||Port Melbourne
(18th minor premiership)
|Leading goalkicker||Nick Sautner (Sandringham)|
It was the 127th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the North Ballarat Football Club, who defeated Port Melbourne by 45 points in the Grand Final on 26 September. It was the first VFL premiership in North Ballarat's history.
League membership and affiliations
- Collingwood ended its seven-year affiliation with Williamstown, and began fielding its own reserves team in the VFL, having previously done so in the 2000 season.
- Western Bulldogs ended its eight-year affiliation with Werribee, and entered a new affiliation with Williamstown.
- North Melbourne ended its two-year partial affiliation with Tasmania. Unlike many other VFL/AFL affiliations, which had strengthed their VFL clubs, the North Melbourne–Tasmania alignment had been very unpopular amongst Tasmanian fans, and significantly harmed the club's standing within the state. Tasmania continued to contest the VFL as a stand-alone senior club, and North Melbourne and entered a new partial affiliation with Werribee. North Melbourne's other partial affiliation with North Ballarat was unchanged.
As a result, the size of the VFL increased to fourteen teams: nine VFL-AFL affiliations, two AFL reserves teams and three stand-alone VFL clubs.
|Box Hill Hawks||Hawthorn|
|North Ballarat||North Melbourne|
|Home \ Away1||Template:AFL team abb Bendigo||Template:AFL team abb Box Hill||CAS||Template:AFL team abb Coburg||Template:AFL team abb Collingwood||Template:AFL team abb Frankston||Template:AFL team abb Geelong||Template:AFL team abb North Ballarat||NBU||Template:AFL team abb Port Melbourne||Template:AFL team abb Sandringham||Template:AFL team abb Tasmania||Template:AFL team abb Werribee||Template:AFL team abb Williamstown|
|Template:AFL club Bendigo||92-133||83-80||117-69||99-112||98-66||119-90||90-127|
|Template:AFL club Box Hill||84-119||94-61||70-122||86-112||90-104||92-140||76-164||85-88||90-82|
|Template:AFL club Coburg||145-94||79-67||98-151||121-68||178-103||91-92||58-133|
|Template:AFL club Collingwood||136-46||98-105||67-123||46-125||42-117||87-74||68-102|
|Template:AFL club Frankston||120-63||62-69||92-71||83-100||97-81||92-66||161-95||148-52|
|Template:AFL club Geelong||131-81||51-85||77-78||52-84||100-111||96-68||140-87||112-80|
|Template:AFL club North Ballarat||112-60||126-56||96-57||129-93||117-86||86-70||115-66||123-94||115-68|
|Template:AFL club Port Melbourne||150-65||106-76||155-107||109-51||108-87||109-108||168-108|
|Template:AFL club Sandringham||159-89||119-82||79-49||90-102||105-60||75-142||163-76||105-119|
|Template:AFL club Tasmania||111-92||101-95||125-101||86-91||112-115||51-203||56-121||49-200|
|Template:AFL club Werribee||115-95||131-90||66-103||126-71||108-103||114-93||115-100||93-87||73-129|
|Template:AFL club Williamstown||153-90||111-95||92-110||162-94||121-107||123-106||151-114||130-66|
|2||North Ballarat (P)||16||13||3||-||1983||1463||135.54||52|
|Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points||Source|
|Qualifying / Elimination finals||Semi-finals||Preliminary finals||Grand final|
|QF1: September 7, TEAC Oval|
|1||Port Melbourne||20.10 (130)|
|4||Werribee||6.20 (56)||SF1: September 13, TEAC Oval|
|EF1: September 6, Casey Fields||Frankston||12.19 (91)||PF1: September 20, TEAC Oval|
|5||Casey Scorpions||13.10 (88)||Port Melbourne||16.21 (117)|
|8||Northern Bullants||12.11 (83)||Williamstown||13.18 (96)||GF: September 26, Telstra Dome|
|North Ballarat||18.12 (120)|
|EF2: September 6, TEAC Oval||PF2: September 21, TEAC Oval||Port Melbourne||11.9 (75)|
|6||Coburg||14.11 (95)||North Ballarat||13.14 (92)|
|7||Frankston||14.17 (101)||SF2: September 14, TEAC Oval||Werribee||11.14 (80)|
|QF2: September 7, AUSTAR Arena||Casey Scorpions||9.7 (61)|
|2||North Ballarat||15.16 (106)|
Best and Fairest
The VFL Best and Fairest is awarded the J. J. Liston Trophy.
|=4||Brett Goodes||North Ballarat||14|
|Rank||Player||Team||No. Games||Total Goals|
|4||Adrian Bonaddio||Port Melbourne||20||49|
|=5||Patrick Rose||Williamstown Seagulls||20||48|
|=5||Robin Nahas||Port Melbourne||20||48|
- The Fothergill-Round Medal was won by Robin Nahas (Port Melbourne).
- Williamstown won the reserves premiership. Williamstown 16.17 (113) defeated Box Hill 11.16 (82) in the Grand Final, held as a curtain-raiser to the Seniors First Preliminary Final on 20 September.
- The timing of the Grand Final was shifted to the Friday night immediately before the AFL Grand Final, after many years of having been played on the preceding Sunday, and also moved to a new venue at Telstra Dome. This shift in timing lasted only two seasons, before the game reverted to the Sunday before the AFL Grand Final.
- Starting from this season, the TAC Cup Under 18s Grand Final was played as a curtain-raiser to the VFL Grand Final. The VFL Reserves Grand Final was shifted to the previous week, and has since been played as a curtain-raiser to one of the senior preliminary finals.
- List of VFA/VFL premiers
- Australian Rules Football
- Victorian Football League
- Australian Football League
- 2008 AFL season
- "History of the VFL 1877 - 2013". Fox Sports Pulse. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
- Brett Stubbs (15 April 2014). "Dominic Baker reveals changing times in Tasmanian football". The Mercury. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
- Sautner Climbs Mountain Again
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- "Sport". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. 22 September 2008. p. 68.