2009 VFL season

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2009 VFL
Teams 13
Premiers North Ballarat
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers North Ballarat
(1st minor premiership)
2008
2010

The 2009 Victorian Football League (VFL) season was the 128th season of the Australian Rules Football competition. The premiership was won by the North Ballarat Football Club, which defeated the Northern Bullants by 23 points in the Grand Final on 25 September. It was North Ballarat's second consecutive premiership, and the second in the club's history.

League membership and affiliations[edit]

At the end of the 2008 season, the Tasmanian Devils Football Club withdrew from the VFL and disbanded. AFL Tasmania, which operated the club, was focussed on re-establishing the Tasmanian Football League as a statewide competition in 2009, after an eight-year hiatus since the original statewide league's collapse at the end of 2000, and having the Tasmanian VFL club competing for attention and players did not fit with this vision. As a result, the VFL was reduced to thirteen clubs.[1]

Additionally, two pairs of VFL-AFL reserves affiliations were altered:

As a result, the size of the VFL was reduced to thirteen teams: nine VFL-AFL affiliates, two AFL reserves team, and two stand-alone VFL teams.

Ladder[edit]

2009 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 North Ballarat (P) 18 14 4 0 1649 1284 128.43 56
2 Williamstown 18 13 5 0 2002 1506 132.93 52
3 Northern Bullants 18 12 6 0 1751 1516 115.30 48
4 Port Melbourne 18 12 6 0 1685 1476 114.16 48
5 Box Hill 18 12 6 0 1654 1574 105.08 48
6 Casey 18 10 8 0 1693 1355 124.94 40
7 Collingwood reserves 18 10 8 0 1598 1476 108.27 40
8 Geelong reserves 18 9 9 0 1661 1753 94.75 36
9 Werribee 18 8 10 0 1605 1664 96.45 32
10 Sandringham 18 7 11 0 1660 1593 104.21 28
11 Coburg 18 7 11 0 1733 1810 95.75 28
12 Frankston 18 3 15 0 1286 1930 66.63 12
13 Bendigo 18 0 18 0 1223 2263 54.04 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[citation needed]

Finals series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1:    
1  North Ballarat 15.8 (98)  
4  Port Melbourne 6.14 (50)     SF1: Sep. 13, TEAC Oval  
     Port Melbourne 19.14 (128)    
EF1: Sep. 6, TEAC Oval      Box Hill 19.10 (124)       PF1: Sep. 19, TEAC Oval
5  Box Hill 17.19 (121)        North Ballarat 22.14 (146)  
8  Geelong 13.9 (87)          Collingwood 12.13 (85)     GF: Sep. 25, Etihad Stadium
         North Ballarat 14.7 (91)
  EF2: Sep. 5, TEAC Oval       PF2: Sep. 20, TEAC Oval      Northern Bullants 10.8 (68)
6  Casey Scorpions 9.8 (62)          Northern Bullants 16.13 (109)  
7  Collingwood 26.21 (177)     SF2: Sep. 12, TEAC Oval        Port Melbourne 13.10 (88)  
     Williamstown 7.12 (54)    
QF2: Sep. 6, Burbank Oval      Collingwood 13.16 (94)    
2  Williamstown 6.13 (49)  
3  Northern Bullants 11.12 (78)  


Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The Bendigo Bombers could not play at their home ground Queen Elizabeth Oval after May because the surface was deemed unfit for VFL football. Bendigo's remaining home games were transferred to Windy Hill, the training ground of its AFL-affiliate Essendon.[7]
  • The VFL introduced the "23rd man rule". Under the rule, the size of the playing squad was increased to twenty-three (still with eighteen players on the field, but increasing the size of the interchange bench from four to five), provided the 23rd player was a top-age player currently in the TAC Cup, or an undrafted player who had played in the TAC Cup during the previous year. The rule was designed to provide additional senior football opportunities to promising juniors, and improve the alignments between VFL clubs and their TAC Cup affiliates.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brent Diamond (14 September 2008). "Tasmania kills off Devils in VFL". The Sunday Age. Melbourne, VIC. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Cenza Fulco; Debbie Lee (2010). "Read like a demon: football heroes promoting reading to primary school students" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "VFL Confirm Alignment Deal". Fox Sports Pulse. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Sewell awarded 2009 JJ Liston Trophy". 15 September 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fothergill-Round Medallists". Sportingpulse. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sport". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. 21 September 2009. p. 68. 
  7. ^ "Bendigo VFL match move". Fox Sports Pulse. 2 Jun 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "VFL gets Power boost". Pakenham Gazette. Pakenham, VIC. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 

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