2015 AFL season

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2015 AFL premiership season
2015 AFL season logo.png
Teams 18
Premiers Hawthorn
(13th premiership)
Minor premiers Fremantle
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played 206
Attendance 6,886,266 (33,428 per match)
Highest attendance 98,633 (Grand Final Hawthorn vs West Coast)
Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy
West Coast (75 goals)
Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe
Fremantle (31 votes)
2014
2016

The 2015 Australian Football League season was the 119th season of the elite Australian rules football competition. There were 18 teams competing in the league, the same as the previous year. The first game was played on Thursday, 2 April, and the Grand Final was played on Saturday, 3 October,[1] with Hawthorn defeating West Coast by 46 points to win its 13th premiership and its third in successive years.

Nat Fyfe won the Brownlow Medal, voted by the umpires to be the best and fairest player in the league for the home-and-away season. Josh Kennedy won the Coleman Medal as the highest goal scorer in the competition.

The season was marred by the mid-season death of Adelaide senior coach Phil Walsh.[2]

Pre-season[edit]

All Stars game[edit]

The biennial All Stars game, this year played in Western Australia, 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 2015 pre-season. The West Coast Eagles were selected as the AFL team to play in the game, which was played at Medibank Stadium in Perth.[3][4]

2015 Indigenous All Stars Game
Friday, 20 February 7:45 pm (AWST) Indigenous All Stars def. by West Coast Medibank Stadium, Perth (crowd: 10,000) Report
1.2 (8)
5.6 (36)
5.9 (39)
 5.11 (41)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
3.2 (20)
4.2 (26)
5.5 (35)
 7.7 (49)
Polly Farmer Medal: Shaun Burgoyne[5]
Edwards, Jetta, Yarran, Pickett, B.Hill Goals McGovern, Sheppard, Wellingham, Gaff, Cripps, Powell, Lamb
Burgoyne, Harbrow, Martin, B.Hill, S.Hill Best Wellingham, Masten, Gaff, Schofield, Sinclair, Cripps
Nil Injuries Nil
Nil Reports Nil

NAB Challenge[edit]

For the second consecutive year, the NAB Challenge series took place, featuring 27 practice matches played over 25 days, beginning February 26 and ending March 22. The matches were stand-alone in nature, with no overall winner crowned for the series.[6] Each team played three pre-season games, many of which were played at suburban or regional venues, with most games televised on Fox Footy. The Super Goal was retained for these matches.

Premiership season[edit]

Notable features of the draw include:

  • To address poor attendances and late-finishing matches, all Saturday night matches on the east coast were brought forward by 20 minutes, with matches in this timeslot now starting at 7:20 pm. Matches in Adelaide and Perth retained their respective local starting times of 7:10 pm and 5:40 pm.[7]
  • Many of the grounds used by the AFL hosted games in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which ended on March 29. Consequently, the season started and finished slightly later than in previous years, with the Grand Final scheduled for the first Saturday in October instead of the customary last Saturday in September.
  • Due to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Greater Western Sydney's primary home ground (Spotless Stadium) was unavailable until Round 6, therefore the club's first two home games were at its secondary home ground, StarTrack Oval, in Rounds 2 and 4.[8]
  • St Kilda hosted Carlton in its annual New Zealand Anzac Day match, which started at 1:10 pm local time (11:10 am AEST). It brought to an end the regular fixture of the two clubs meeting on the Monday night following Mother's Day, as had been the case since 2010.[9]
  • Mother's Day Round (Round 6) saw six matches played on Saturday instead of the usual five, with only two matches played on Mother's Day itself.[10] This was repeated in Round 23, with no twilight game on the Sunday.[11]
  • The Friday before the Grand Final became a public holiday in Victoria, following an election promise by the incoming state government, under the premiership of Daniel Andrews.
  • All starting times are local.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1 (Opening Round)
Thursday, 2 April (7:20 pm) Carlton 11.12 (78) def. by Richmond 15.15 (105) MCG (crowd: 83,493) Report
Saturday, 4 April (1:40 pm) Melbourne 17.13 (115) def. Gold Coast 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 27,013) Report
Saturday, 4 April (4:35 pm) Sydney 10.12 (72) def. Essendon 9.6 (60) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 23,274) Report
Saturday, 4 April (6:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) def. by Collingwood 12.14 (86) Gabba (crowd: 31,240) Report
Saturday, 4 April (7:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.13 (97) def. West Coast 14.3 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,366) Report
Sunday, 5 April (1:10 pm) St Kilda 11.12 (78) def. by Greater Western Sydney 12.15 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,794) Report
Sunday, 5 April (2:50 pm) Adelaide 21.14 (140) def. North Melbourne 9.9 (63) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 45,607) Report
Sunday, 5 April (4:40 pm) Fremantle 11.9 (75) def. Port Adelaide 10.8 (68) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,099) Report
Monday, 6 April (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 17.21 (123) def. Geelong 8.13 (61) MCG (crowd: 73,584) Report
  • Melbourne's win against Gold Coast was the first time since 2005 it had won its Round 1 game.[12]
  • Sydney trailed Essendon by 41 points during time on in the third quarter, before Sydney scored the last eight goals of the game to come from behind to record a twelve-point win.[13] Sydney's three-quarter time deficit of 34 points was the largest it had ever overcome to win in the club's history.[14]

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Friday, 10 April (6:10 pm) West Coast 20.11 (131) def. Carlton 9.8 (62) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,588) Report
Saturday, 11 April (1:45 pm) Richmond 9.12 (66) def. by Western Bulldogs 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 49,945) Report
Saturday, 11 April (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 15.11 (101) def. Melbourne 8.8 (56) StarTrack Oval (crowd: 8,811) Report[15]
Saturday, 11 April (4:35 pm) Collingwood 9.9 (63) def. by Adelaide 12.18 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,771) Report
Saturday, 11 April (7:20 pm) Gold Coast 10.16 (76) def. by St Kilda 16.8 (104) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,649) Report
Saturday, 11 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 6.8 (44) def. by Sydney 14.8 (92) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 48,907) Report
Sunday, 12 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 9.6 (60) def. by Fremantle 15.14 (104) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,723) Report
Sunday, 12 April (3:20 pm) Essendon 12.6 (78) def. Hawthorn 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 59,866) Report
Sunday, 12 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 20.13 (133) def. Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,275) Report

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Friday, 17 April (7:50 pm) Collingwood 21.14 (140) def. St Kilda 10.6 (66) MCG (crowd: 45,197) Report
Saturday, 18 April (1:45 pm) Carlton 11.18 (84) def. by Essendon 16.9 (105) MCG (crowd: 54,854) Report
Saturday, 18 April (1:40 pm) Adelaide 12.8 (80) def. Melbourne 7.13 (55) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 42,834) Report
Saturday, 18 April (4:35 pm) Sydney 16.15 (111) def. Greater Western Sydney 12.18 (90) SCG (crowd: 31,966) Report
Saturday, 18 April (7:20 pm) North Melbourne 16.9 (105) def. by Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,586) Report
Saturday, 18 April (7:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 8.10 (58) def. by Richmond 21.11 (137) Gabba (crowd: 22,441) Report
Sunday, 19 April (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.13 (127) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,559) Report
Sunday, 19 April (3:20 pm) Geelong 16.9 (105) def. Gold Coast 13.18 (96) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 20,813) Report
Sunday, 19 April (2:40 pm) West Coast 12.9 (81) def. by Fremantle 17.9 (111) Domain Stadium (crowd: 39,138) Report

Round 4[edit]

Round 4 (Anzac Day Round)
Friday, 24 April (7:50 pm) Richmond 6.15 (51) def. by Melbourne 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 58,175) Report
Saturday, 25 April (1:10 pm) St Kilda 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 18.13 (121) Westpac Stadium (crowd: 12,125) Report
Saturday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Essendon 6.13 (49) def. by Collingwood 9.15 (69) MCG (crowd: 88,395) Report
Saturday, 25 April (5:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.23 (119) def. Gold Coast 7.11 (53) StarTrack Oval (crowd: 6,917) Report
Saturday, 25 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) def. Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,831) Report
Saturday, 25 April (6:45 pm) Fremantle 11.8 (74) def. Sydney 8.12 (60) Domain Stadium (crowd: 39,009) Report
Sunday, 26 April (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.11 (65) def. by West Coast 17.16 (118) Gabba (crowd: 16,632) Report
Sunday, 26 April (3:20 pm) Geelong 9.13 (67) def. by North Melbourne 12.11 (83) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,452) Report
Sunday, 26 April (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 18.17 (125) def. Adelaide 10.8 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,915) Report

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Friday, 1 May (7:50 pm) Carlton 6.9 (45) def. by Collingwood 18.12 (120) MCG (crowd: 71,759) Report
Saturday, 2 May (1:45 pm) Richmond 11.10 (76) def. by Geelong 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 45,228) Report
Saturday, 2 May (2:10 pm) Sydney 10.13 (73) def. by Western Bulldogs 11.11 (77) SCG (crowd: 25,541) Report
Saturday, 2 May (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 18.10 (118) def. Brisbane Lions 7.12 (54) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,464) Report
Saturday, 2 May (7:20 pm) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) def. by Hawthorn 19.16 (130) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,077) Report
Saturday, 2 May (5:40 pm) West Coast 18.12 (120) def. Greater Western Sydney 4.9 (33) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,554) Report
Sunday, 3 May (1:10 pm) Melbourne 6.14 (50) def. by Fremantle 18.10 (118) MCG (crowd: 22,892) Report
Sunday, 3 May (3:20 pm) St Kilda 11.14 (80) def. by Essendon 11.16 (82) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,869) Report
Sunday, 3 May (4:10 pm) Adelaide 13.13 (91) def. by Port Adelaide 18.7 (115) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,617) Report

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Friday, 8 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 8.11 (59) def. by Geelong 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 52,152) Report
Saturday, 9 May (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 16.13 (109) def. Richmond 10.14 (74) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 17,544) Report
Saturday, 9 May (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) def. by St Kilda 14.10 (94) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,619) Report
Saturday, 9 May (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.12 (108) def. Hawthorn 14.14 (98) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 13,556) Report
Saturday, 9 May (5:10 pm) Gold Coast 11.12 (78) def. by Adelaide 18.11 (119) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,464) Report
Saturday, 9 May (7:20 pm) Melbourne 7.8 (50) def. by Sydney 12.16 (88) MCG (crowd: 26,894) Report
Saturday, 9 May (6:10 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. Essendon 7.10 (52) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,535) Report
Sunday, 10 May (3:20 pm) Carlton 11.9 (75) def. by Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,273) Report
Sunday, 10 May (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 10.8 (68) def. by West Coast 11.12 (78) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 37,635) Report
  • The attendance of 17,544 at Blundstone Arena set a new record for the largest sports crowd at the ground.[18]
  • St Kilda defeated Western Bulldogs after trailing 55 points early in the third quarter. It was the equal-fifth largest successful comeback in VFL/AFL history[19] and equalled the club's greatest ever comeback.[20]

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Friday, 15 May (7:50 pm) Essendon 12.10 (82) def. by North Melbourne 13.15 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,972) Report
Saturday, 16 May (1:15 pm) Adelaide 18.11 (119) def. St Kilda 10.13 (73) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 42,795) Report
Saturday, 16 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 24.11 (155) def. Melbourne 7.8 (50) MCG (crowd: 41,935) Report
Saturday, 16 May (4:35 pm) Carlton 9.3 (57) def. by Greater Western Sydney 19.21 (135) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,676) Report
Saturday, 16 May (7:20 pm) Sydney 18.12 (120) def. Geelong 11.11 (77) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 28,063) Report
Saturday, 16 May (5:40 pm) West Coast 21.9 (135) def. Gold Coast 6.7 (43) Domain Stadium (crowd: 26,964) Report
Sunday, 17 May (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.4 (88) def. by Fremantle 15.11 (101) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,170) Report
Sunday, 17 May (3:20 pm) Richmond 16.9 (105) def. Collingwood 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 59,034) Report
Sunday, 17 May (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.12 (102) def. Port Adelaide 8.17 (65) Gabba (crowd: 15,957) Report

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Friday, 22 May (7:50 pm) Geelong 22.8 (140) def. Carlton 9.9 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,032) Report
Saturday, 23 May (1:45 pm) St Kilda 12.6 (78) def. by West Coast 20.11 (131) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,598) Report
Saturday, 23 May (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.12 (108) def. Adelaide 12.12 (84) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 9,481) Report
Saturday, 23 May (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 9.9 (63) def. by Collingwood 20.12 (132) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,440) Report
Saturday, 23 May (7:20 pm) Hawthorn 9.15 (69) def. by Sydney 11.7 (73) MCG (crowd: 63,319) Report
Saturday, 23 May (5:40 pm) Fremantle 17.13 (115) def. North Melbourne 5.12 (42) Domain Stadium (crowd: 35,836) Report
Sunday, 24 May (1:10 pm) Essendon 21.10 (136) def. Brisbane Lions 12.6 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,857) Report
Sunday, 24 May (3:20 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) MCG (crowd: 29,381) Report
Sunday, 24 May (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 5.13 (43) def. by Richmond 11.10 (76) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 44,451) Report

Round 9[edit]

Round 9 (Indigenous Round)
Friday, 29 May (7:50 pm) Sydney 19.8 (122) def. Carlton 9.8 (62) SCG (crowd: 32,105) Report
Saturday, 30 May (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 14.9 (93) def. Gold Coast 6.4 (40) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 11,320) Report
Saturday, 30 May (1:40 pm) Melbourne 8.6 (54) def. by Port Adelaide 18.7 (115) TIO Traeger Park (crowd: 4,866) Report
Saturday, 30 May (4:35 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.17 (113) def. Greater Western Sydney 11.2 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,395) Report
Saturday, 30 May (7:25 pm) Richmond 10.12 (72) def. Essendon 8.11 (59) MCG (crowd: 83,804) Report
Saturday, 30 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 7.15 (57) def. by Fremantle 10.8 (68) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 45,009) Report
Sunday, 31 May (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.8 (86) def. by St Kilda 16.12 (108) Gabba (crowd: 16,898) Report
Sunday, 31 May (3:20 pm) Collingwood 17.10 (112) def. North Melbourne 14.11 (95) MCG (crowd: 43,452) Report
Sunday, 31 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 16.24 (120) def. Geelong 10.4 (64) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,676) Report
  • Dustin Fletcher of Essendon became the third player in VFL/AFL history to play 400 games.[23]
  • Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle) recorded 69 hit-outs against Adelaide, the highest amount since game statistics were documented from 1965;[24] this broke the previous record of 63 set in 1982 by Gary Dempsey.[25] The new record stood for only two weeks, before Sandilands bettered the tally in Round 11.[26]
  • Fremantle recorded its best ever start to the season, winning its first nine matches; its previous best unbeaten start to a season was three matches, in 2010.[27]

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Friday, 5 June (6:10 pm) Fremantle 10.10 (70) def. by Richmond 15.7 (97) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,019) Report
Saturday, 6 June (1:40 pm) Carlton 14.6 (90) def. by Adelaide 14.15 (99) MCG (crowd: 32,035) Report
Saturday, 6 June (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 5.11 (41) def. by Sydney 13.15 (93) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,068) Report
Saturday, 6 June (7:20 pm) Essendon 7.11 (53) def. by Geelong 19.8 (122) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,632) Report
Saturday, 6 June (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 16.4 (100) def. Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 40,907) Report
Sunday, 7 June (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 14.13 (97) def. Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 9,079) Report
Sunday, 7 June (3:20 pm) North Melbourne 13.7 (85) def. West Coast 10.15 (75) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 12,011) Report
Sunday, 7 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 10.9 (69) def. by Hawthorn 20.12 (132) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,886) Report
Monday, 8 June (3:20 pm) Melbourne 13.7 (85) def. by Collingwood 17.8 (110) MCG (crowd: 66,120) Report

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Friday, 12 June (7:20 pm) Port Adelaide 11.3 (69) def. by Geelong 14.8 (92) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 46,140) Report
Saturday, 13 June (1:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.4 (46) def. by Fremantle 6.17 (53) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 8,911) Report
Saturday, 13 June (2:35 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. Essendon 6.10 (46) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,306) Report
Saturday, 13 June (7:20 pm) North Melbourne 10.15 (75) def. by Sydney 14.7 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,127) Report
Sunday, 14 June (1:10 pm) Collingwood 18.11 (119) def. Greater Western Sydney 11.11 (77) MCG (crowd: 43,390) Report
Sunday, 14 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 12.13 (85) def. Melbourne 12.11 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,187) Report
Bye: Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Hawthorn, Richmond, Western Bulldogs
  • Aaron Sandilands of Fremantle recorded 70 hit-outs against Gold Coast, the highest amount since game statistics were documented from 1965;[24] this broke the previous record of 69 which Sandilands had set only two weeks earlier.[26] However, this was later broken when Todd Goldstein recorded 80 hitouts in round 12.[28]

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Thursday, 18 June (7:20 pm) Adelaide 12.13 (85) def. by Hawthorn 17.12 (114) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,108) Report
Friday, 19 June (7:50 pm) Richmond 10.10 (70) def. by West Coast 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 45,178) Report
Saturday, 20 June (1:40 pm) Carlton 17.8 (110) def. Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 27,693) Report
Saturday, 20 June (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 8.13 (61) def. by North Melbourne 18.9 (117) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 7,824) Report
Saturday, 20 June (7:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 22.14 (146) def. Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,129) Report
Sunday, 21 June (3:20 pm) Geelong 13.11 (89) def. by Melbourne 18.5 (113) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 28,007) Report
Bye: Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Gold Coast, St Kilda, Sydney

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Thursday, 25 June (6:10 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. Collingwood 11.7 (73) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,145) Report
Friday, 26 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 11.11 (77) def. by Richmond 14.11 (95) SCG (crowd: 37,579) Report
Saturday, 27 June (1:40 pm) Hawthorn 16.18 (114) def. Essendon 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 62,500) Report
Saturday, 27 June (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) def. by Adelaide 11.16 (82) Gabba (crowd: 18,146) Report
Saturday, 27 June (7:20 pm) St Kilda 7.14 (56) def. by Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,511) Report
Sunday, 28 June (3:20 pm) Carlton 14.19 (103) def. Gold Coast 9.15 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,207) Report
Bye: Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, West Coast

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Thursday, 2 July (7:20 pm) Sydney 14.10 (94) def. Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) SCG (crowd: 28,316) Report
Friday, 3 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 12.19 (91) def. by Hawthorn 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 75,880) Report
Saturday, 4 July (1:40 pm) Richmond 10.18 (78) def. Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 35,968) Report
Saturday, 4 July (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 19.11 (125) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,444) Report
Saturday, 4 July (7:30 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) def. Carlton 7.11 (53) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,445) Report
Saturday, 4 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 9.6 (60) def. by West Coast 16.18 (114) TIO Stadium (crowd: 11,873) Report
Sunday, 5 July (1:10 pm) Essendon 8.4 (52) def. by St Kilda 25.12 (162) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,020) Report
Sunday, 5 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 13.6 (84) def. Brisbane Lions 7.6 (48) Domain Stadium (crowd: 32,970) Report
Sunday, 5 July (cancelled) Adelaide vs. Geelong Adelaide Oval
  • The match between Adelaide and Geelong was cancelled following the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh on 3 July, with each team receiving two premiership points. It was the first premiership match ever to be cancelled outright, rather than rescheduled or postponed, in VFL/AFL history.[2][30] Starting times of some other matches were adjusted slightly to accommodate tributes to Walsh.[31]
  • St Kilda recorded its highest score – 25.12 (162) – and greatest winning margin – 110 points – in matches against Essendon.[32]

Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Thursday, 9 July (7:20 pm) Port Adelaide 9.12 (66) def. Collingwood 9.9 (63) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 44,496) Report
Friday, 10 July (7:50 pm) Richmond 10.11 (71) def. Carlton 5.11 (41) MCG (crowd: 52,564) Report
Saturday, 11 July (1:40 pm) Essendon 10.9 (69) def. Melbourne 7.18 (60) MCG (crowd: 38,861) Report
Saturday, 11 July (4:35 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) def. Gold Coast 11.7 (73) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 9,449) Report
Saturday, 11 July (7:20 pm) North Melbourne 18.12 (120) def. Geelong 11.13 (79) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,270) Report
Saturday, 11 July (5:40 pm) West Coast 22.15 (147) def. Adelaide 14.7 (91) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,133) Report
Sunday, 12 July (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.12 (84) def. St Kilda 6.13 (49) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 9,178) Report
Sunday, 12 July (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 17.13 (115) def. Fremantle 6.7 (43) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,792) Report
Sunday, 12 July (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.7 (49) def. by Sydney 10.10 (70) Gabba (crowd: 16,936) Report
  • At an average of 76.9 points per team, this was the lowest scoring round since round 16, 1996.[33]

Round 16[edit]

Round 16
Friday, 17 July (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 14.9 (93) def. Essendon 9.14 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,025) Report
Saturday, 18 July (1:45 pm) Geelong 10.12 (72) def. Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 25,041) Report
Saturday, 18 July (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 12.7 (79) def. by Greater Western Sydney 13.16 (94) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 9,589) Report
Saturday, 18 July (4:35 pm) Collingwood 7.14 (56) def. by West Coast 11.21 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,527) Report
Saturday, 18 July (7:20 pm) Sydney 7.15 (57) def. by Hawthorn 23.8 (146) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 37,369) Report
Saturday, 18 July (5:40 pm) Fremantle 13.17 (95) def. Carlton 8.5 (53) Domain Stadium (crowd: 33,581) Report
Sunday, 19 July (1:10 pm) Melbourne 8.12 (60) def. Brisbane Lions 4.12 (36) MCG (crowd: 25,149) Report
Sunday, 19 July (2:50 pm) Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) def. by Adelaide 18.8 (116) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 53,518) Report
Sunday, 19 July (4:40 pm) St Kilda 10.13 (73) def. by Richmond 13.11 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,772) Report

Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Friday, 24 July (7:50 pm) Carlton 4.11 (35) def. by Hawthorn 27.11 (173) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,815) Report
Saturday, 25 July (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 6.6 (42) def. by Geelong 9.15 (69) StarTrack Oval (crowd: 14,667) Report
Saturday, 25 July (1:40 pm) Adelaide 19.11 (125) def. Gold Coast 12.8 (80) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 41,715) Report
Saturday, 25 July (4:35 pm) Richmond 10.18 (78) def. by Fremantle 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 39,777) Report
Saturday, 25 July (7:20 pm) Essendon 17.14 (116) def. by Port Adelaide 20.9 (129) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,705) Report
Saturday, 25 July (7:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 5.8 (38) def. by North Melbourne 16.14 (110) Gabba (crowd: 15,563) Report
Sunday, 26 July (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104) def. Collingwood 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,581) Report
Sunday, 26 July (3:20 pm) Melbourne 6.10 (46) def. by St Kilda 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 22,945) Report
Sunday, 26 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 15.13 (103) def. Sydney 7.9 (51) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,760) Report
  • Carlton's 138-point loss against Hawthorn set a new record as the club's heaviest ever defeat in a premiership match,[35] in addition, their score of 4.11 (35) was their lowest score against Hawthorn in history.[36]
  • Brent Harvey of North Melbourne became the fourth player in VFL/AFL history to play 400 games.[37]

Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Friday, 31 July (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 7.11 (53) def. by Richmond 10.11 (71) MCG (crowd: 66,305) Report
Saturday, 1 August (1:45 pm) Geelong 17.11 (113) def. Brisbane Lions 8.9 (57) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 21,914) Report
Saturday, 1 August (2:10 pm) Collingwood 7.12 (54) def. by Melbourne 13.13 (91) MCG (crowd: 37,894) Report
Saturday, 1 August (4:35 pm) Sydney 17.15 (117) def. Adelaide 9.11 (65) SCG (crowd: 38,690) Report
Saturday, 1 August (7:20 pm) Carlton 8.6 (54) def. by North Melbourne 18.10 (118) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,251) Report
Saturday, 1 August (7:20 pm) Gold Coast 12.11 (83) drew with West Coast 11.17 (83) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 9,341) Report
Sunday, 2 August (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) def. St Kilda 6.13 (49) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 35,977) Report
Sunday, 2 August (3:20 pm) Essendon 5.10 (40) def. by Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,466) Report
Sunday, 2 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.12 (84) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.9 (63) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,626) Report

Round 19[edit]

Round 19 (Multicultural Round)
Friday, 7 August (7:20 pm) Adelaide 11.22 (88) def. Richmond 8.4 (52) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,116) Report
Saturday, 8 August (1:45 pm) Collingwood 16.9 (105) def. Carlton 13.9 (87) MCG (crowd: 48,133) Report
Saturday, 8 August (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.14 (128) def. Port Adelaide 9.10 (64) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,590) Report
Saturday, 8 August (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.16 (100) def. by Gold Coast 17.12 (114) Gabba (crowd: 20,025) Report
Saturday, 8 August (7:20 pm) Geelong 14.11 (95) def. Sydney 9.9 (63) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 27,901) Report
Saturday, 8 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 11.8 (74) def. by Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,843) Report
Sunday, 9 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 14.8 (92) def. by North Melbourne 19.13 (127) MCG (crowd: 30,695) Report
Sunday, 9 August (3:20 pm) Greater Western Sydney 14.9 (93) def. Essendon 8.13 (61) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 10,093) Report
Sunday, 9 August (4:40 pm) St Kilda 8.11 (59) def. by Fremantle 15.6 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,419) Report
  • The Brisbane LionsGold Coast match featured a one-off trial of officiating a match with four field umpires instead of three. The four umpire system had previously been trialled in the pre-season, but this was the first premiership match to be officiated by four umpires.[39]

Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Friday, 14 August (7:50 pm) Sydney 13.9 (87) def. Collingwood 10.16 (76) SCG (crowd: 38,408) Report
Saturday, 15 August (1:45 pm) Essendon 8.11 (59) def. by Adelaide 27.9 (171) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,914) Report
Saturday, 15 August (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 18.12 (120) def. St Kilda 11.17 (83) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 14,346) Report
Saturday, 15 August (4:05 pm) Port Adelaide 16.15 (111) def. Greater Western Sydney 13.12 (90) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 32,436) Report
Saturday, 15 August (7:20 pm) Geelong 12.13 (85) def. by Hawthorn 19.7 (121) MCG (crowd: 55,802) Report
Saturday, 15 August (7:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 20.11 (131) def. Carlton 9.13 (67) Gabba (crowd: 17,744) Report
Sunday, 16 August (1:10 pm) Richmond 22.6 (138) def. Gold Coast 8.7 (55) MCG (crowd: 38,508) Report
Sunday, 16 August (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 24.9 (153) def. Melbourne 8.7 (55) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,805) Report
Sunday, 16 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 11.14 (80) def. by West Coast 15.14 (104) Domain Stadium (crowd: 41,959) Report
  • Adelaide's fourth quarter score of 11.1 (67) against Essendon is their highest fourth quarter score in their history.

Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Friday, 21 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 13.8 (86) def. by Port Adelaide 16.12 (108) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,657) Report
Saturday, 22 August (1:45 pm) Collingwood 7.14 (56) def. by Richmond 23.9 (147) MCG (crowd: 63,178) Report
Saturday, 22 August (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 6.8 (44) def. by Sydney 20.13 (133) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 19,507) Report
Saturday, 22 August (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 14.13 (97) def. Essendon 14.11 (95) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,253) Report
Saturday, 22 August (7:20 pm) St Kilda 14.13 (97) drew with Geelong 15.7 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,245) Report
Saturday, 22 August (7:10 pm) Adelaide 20.11 (131) def. Brisbane Lions 6.8 (44) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 46,609) Report
Sunday, 23 August (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 14.10 (94) def. Fremantle 12.11 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,857) Report
Sunday, 23 August (3:20 pm) Carlton 12.6 (78) def. Melbourne 7.13 (55) MCG (crowd: 33,962) Report
Sunday, 23 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 25.12 (162) def. Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,733) Report

Round 22[edit]

Round 22
Friday, 28 August (7:50 pm) Geelong 9.8 (62) def. by Collingwood 17.8 (110) MCG (crowd: 40,582) Report
Saturday, 29 August (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 20.12 (132) def. Carlton 7.9 (51) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 9,538) Report
Saturday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 21.8 (134) def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 11,731) Report
Saturday, 29 August (4:35 pm) North Melbourne 10.13 (73) def. by Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,299) Report
Saturday, 29 August (7:20 pm) Essendon 7.5 (47) def. by Richmond 10.14 (74) MCG (crowd: 37,864) Report
Saturday, 29 August (7:20 pm) Gold Coast 7.9 (51) def. by Port Adelaide 12.16 (88) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 9,343) Report
Sunday, 30 August (1:10 pm) Adelaide 19.12 (126) def. West Coast 10.9 (69) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 52,460) Report
Sunday, 30 August (3:20 pm) St Kilda 4.14 (38) def. by Sydney 20.15 (135) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,856) Report
Sunday, 30 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 17.6 (108) def. Melbourne 8.6 (54) Domain Stadium (crowd: 33,529) Report

Round 23[edit]

Round 23
Friday, 4 September (7:50 pm) Richmond 16.12 (108) def. North Melbourne 10.7 (67) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,461) Report
Saturday, 5 September (1:05 pm) Geelong 17.17 (119) def. Adelaide 11.14 (80) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 26,128) Report
Saturday, 5 September (1:45 pm) Brisbane Lions 19.16 (130) def. Western Bulldogs 19.8 (122) Gabba (crowd: 15,434) Report
Saturday, 5 September (3:20 pm) Port Adelaide 18.14 (122) def. Fremantle 8.5 (53) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 37,922) Report
Saturday, 5 September (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 17.11 (113) def. Carlton 8.8 (56) MCG (crowd: 33,182) Report
Saturday, 5 September (7:25 pm) Sydney 19.13 (127) def. Gold Coast 9.10 (64) SCG (crowd: 25,424) Report
Saturday, 5 September (5:40 pm) West Coast 18.17 (125) def. St Kilda 4.6 (30) Domain Stadium (crowd: 36,165) Report
Sunday, 6 September (1:10 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. Greater Western Sydney 11.11 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 8,974) Report
Sunday, 6 September (3:20 pm) Collingwood 14.8 (92) def. by Essendon 14.11 (95) MCG (crowd: 40,270) Report
  • Fremantle and North Melbourne both received permission from the AFL under its competitive integrity rules to omit several key senior players in this round to manage their fatigue for the finals: Fremantle's finishing position could not change based on the outcome of its game, and although North Melbourne's position could change, the league ruled that North Melbourne was not attempting to manipulate its finals draw. Fremantle made eleven team changes and North Melbourne made nine.[41]
  • Melbourne ended a 22-game losing streak at Docklands Stadium dating back to Round 19, 2007.[42]
  • The crowd of 8,974 for the match between Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney was the lowest ever for an AFL premiership match at Docklands Stadium,[43] and the lowest for an AFL premiership match in Victoria since Round 17, 2002.[citation needed]
  • The crowd of 40,270 for Collingwood vs. Essendon was the lowest between the two clubs since round 7, 1988.[44]

Season notes[edit]

Win/loss table[edit]

Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin
This table can be sorted by margin, winners are represented in the first half of each column, and losers are represented in the second half of each column once sorted

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 NM
77
Col
27
Mel
25
WB
57
PA
24
GC
41
StK
46
GWS
24
Fre
11
Car
9
X Haw
29
Bri
13
X1 WCE
56
PA
3
GC
45
Syd
52
Rich
36
Ess
112
Bri
87
WCE
57
Gee
39
WB
7
Haw
74
X X 7
Brisbane Lions Col
12
NM
82
Rich
79
WCE
53
GC
64
Car
9
PA
37
Ess
58
StK
22
GWS
30
X WB
72
Ade
13
Fre
36
Syd
21
Mel
24
NM
72
Gee
56
GC
14
Car
64
Ade
87
Haw
72
WB
8
X X X X 17
Carlton Rich
27
WCE
69
Ess
21
StK
40
Col
75
Bri
9
GWS
78
Gee
77
Syd
60
Ade
9
X PA
4
GC
34
WB
11
Rich
30
Fre
42
Haw
138
NM
64
Col
18
Bri
64
Mel
23
GWS
81
Haw
57
X X X X 18
Collingwood Bri
12
Ade
27
StK
74
Ess
20
Car
75
Gee
41
Rich
5
GC
69
NM
17
Mel
25
GWS
42
X Fre
7
Haw
10
PA
3
WCE
31
WB
18
Mel
37
Car
18
Syd
11
Rich
91
Gee
48
Ess
3
X X X X 12
Essendon Syd
12
Haw
2
Car
21
Col
20
StK
2
Fre
28
NM
11
Bri
58
Rich
13
Gee
69
WCE
50
X Haw
38
StK
110
Mel
9
NM
25
PA
13
WB
87
GWS
32
Ade
112
GC
2
Rich
27
Col
3
X X X X 15
Fremantle PA
7
Gee
44
WCE
30
Syd
14
Mel
68
Ess
28
WB
13
NM
73
Ade
11
Rich
27
GC
7
X Col
7
Bri
36
Haw
72
Car
42
Rich
4
GWS
21
StK
37
WCE
24
NM
11
Mel
54
PA
69
Syd
9
X Haw
27
X 1
Geelong Haw
62
Fre
44
GC
9
NM
16
Rich
9
Col
41
Syd
43
Car
77
WCE
56
Ess
69
PA
23
Mel
24
X X1 NM
41
WB
8
GWS
27
Bri
56
Syd
32
Haw
36
StK
0
Col
48
Ade
39
X X X X 10
Gold Coast Mel
26
StK
28
Gee
9
GWS
66
Bri
64
Ade
41
WCE
92
Col
69
Haw
53
Syd
52
Fre
7
X Car
34
NM
55
WB
22
GWS
15
Ade
45
WCE
0
Bri
14
Rich
83
Ess
2
PA
37
Syd
63
X X X X 16
Greater Western Sydney StK
9
Mel
45
Syd
21
GC
66
WCE
87
Haw
10
Car
78
Ade
24
WB
45
Bri
30
Col
42
NM
56
X Rich
9
StK
35
GC
15
Gee
27
Fre
21
Ess
32
PA
21
Syd
89
Car
81
Mel
26
X X X X 11
Hawthorn Gee
62
Ess
2
WB
70
PA
8
NM
60
GWS
10
Mel
105
Syd
4
GC
53
StK
63
X Ade
29
Ess
38
Col
10
Fre
72
Syd
89
Car
138
Rich
18
WCE
14
Gee
36
PA
22
Bri
72
Car
57
WCE
32
Ade
74
Fre
27
WCE
46
3
Melbourne GC
26
GWS
45
Ade
25
Rich
32
Fre
68
Syd
38
Haw
105
WB
39
PA
61
Col
25
StK
2
Gee
24
X WCE
54
Ess
9
Bri
24
StK
37
Col
37
NM
35
WB
98
Car
23
Fre
54
GWS
26
X X X X 13
North Melbourne Ade
77
Bri
82
PA
8
Gee
16
Haw
60
Rich
35
Ess
11
Fre
73
Col
17
WCE
10
Syd
16
GWS
56
X GC
55
Gee
41
Ess
25
Bri
72
Car
64
Mel
35
StK
37
Fre
11
WB
23
Rich
41
Rich
17
Syd
26
WCE
25
X 8
Port Adelaide Fre
7
Syd
48
NM
8
Haw
8
Ade
24
WCE
10
Bri
37
Rich
33
Mel
61
WB
38
Gee
23
Car
4
X Syd
10
Col
3
Ade
3
Ess
13
StK
63
WB
64
GWS
21
Haw
22
GC
37
Fre
69
X X X X 9
Richmond Car
27
WB
19
Bri
79
Mel
32
Gee
9
NM
35
Col
5
PA
33
Ess
13
Fre
27
X WCE
20
Syd
18
GWS
9
Car
30
StK
16
Fre
4
Haw
18
Ade
36
GC
83
Col
91
Ess
27
NM
41
NM
17
X X X 5
St Kilda GWS
9
GC
28
Col
74
Car
40
Ess
2
WB
7
Ade
46
WCE
53
Bri
22
Haw
63
Mel
2
X WB
6
Ess
110
GWS
35
Rich
16
Mel
37
PA
63
Fre
37
NM
37
Gee
0
Syd
97
WCE
95
X X X X 14
Sydney Ess
12
PA
48
GWS
21
Fre
14
WB
4
Mel
38
Gee
43
Haw
4
Car
60
GC
52
NM
16
X Rich
18
PA
10
Bri
21
Haw
89
WCE
52
Ade
52
Gee
32
Col
11
GWS
89
StK
97
GC
63
Fre
9
NM
26
X X 4
West Coast WB
10
Car
69
Fre
30
Bri
53
GWS
87
PA
10
GC
92
StK
53
Gee
56
NM
10
Ess
50
Rich
20
X Mel
54
Ade
56
Col
31
Syd
52
GC
0
Haw
14
Fre
24
WB
77
Ade
57
StK
95
Haw
32
X NM
25
Haw
46
2
Western Bulldogs WCE
10
Rich
19
Haw
70
Ade
57
Syd
4
StK
7
Fre
13
Mel
39
GWS
45
PA
38
X Bri
72
StK
6
Car
11
GC
22
Gee
8
Col
18
Ess
87
PA
64
Mel
98
WCE
77
NM
23
Bri
8
Ade
7
X X X 6
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

1The round 14 Adelaide vs Geelong match was cancelled due to the death of Adelaide coach, Phil Walsh, both clubs received two premiership points each, with no change to their percentages.

Ladder[edit]

2015 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Fremantle 22 17 5 0 1857 1564 118.7 68
2 West Coast 22 16 5 1 2330 1572 148.2 66
3 Hawthorn (P) 22 16 6 0 2452 1548 158.4 64
4 Sydney 22 16 6 0 2006 1578 127.1 64
5 Richmond 22 15 7 0 1930 1568 123.1 60
6 Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 2101 1825 115.1 56
7 Adelaide 21 13 8 0 2107 1821 115.7 541
8 North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 2062 1937 106.5 52
9 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 2002 1874 106.8 48
10 Geelong 21 11 9 1 1853 1833 101.1 481
11 Greater Western Sydney 22 11 11 0 1872 1891 99.0 44
12 Collingwood 22 10 12 0 1972 1856 106.3 40
13 Melbourne 22 7 15 0 1573 2044 77.0 28
14 St Kilda 22 6 15 1 1695 2162 78.4 26
15 Essendon 22 6 16 0 1580 2134 74.0 24
16 Gold Coast 22 4 17 1 1633 2240 72.9 18
17 Brisbane Lions 22 4 18 0 1557 2306 67.5 16
18 Carlton 22 4 18 0 1525 2354 64.8 16
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against
1The round 14 match between Adelaide and Geelong was cancelled due to the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh, and both teams were awarded two premiership points each.


Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicates the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished in first place 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 indicates 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 Fremantle 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 44 48 48 52 56 60 64 64 64 68 68
2 West Coast 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 32 36 36 40 44 48 52 54 54 58 62 62 66
3 Hawthorn 4 4 8 8 12 12 16 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 48 52 56 56 60 64
4 Sydney 4 8 12 12 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 36 36 40 44 44 44 48 48 52 56 60 64
5 Richmond 4 4 8 8 8 8 12 16 20 24 24 24 28 32 36 40 40 44 44 48 52 56 60
6 Western Bulldogs 4 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 44 48 52 52 56 56
7 Adelaide 4 8 12 12 12 16 20 20 20 24 24 24 28 30 30 34 38 38 42 46 50 54 54
8 North Melbourne 0 4 4 8 8 12 16 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 52 52
9 Port Adelaide 0 0 4 8 12 12 12 12 16 20 20 20 20 20 24 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48
10 Geelong 0 0 4 4 8 12 12 16 16 20 24 24 24 26 26 30 34 38 42 42 44 44 48
11 Greater Western Sydney 4 8 8 12 12 16 20 24 24 28 28 28 28 28 32 36 36 36 40 40 40 44 44
12 Collingwood 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 20 24 28 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 36 36 36 40 40
13 Melbourne 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 24 24 28
14 St Kilda 0 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 16 16 16 20 20 20 24 24 24 24 26 26 26
15 Essendon 0 4 8 8 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 24
16 Gold Coast 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 10 14 14 18 18 18
17 Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 16
18 Carlton 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16


Finals series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 12 Sep, Domain Stadium  
1  Fremantle 10.9 (69)  
4  Sydney 7.18 (60)     SF1: 19 Sep, ANZ Stadium  
     Sydney 7.9 (51)    
EF1: 13 Sep, MCG      North Melbourne 11.11 (77)       PF1: 25 Sep, Domain Stadium
5  Richmond 14.4 (88)        Fremantle 10.7 (67)  
8  North Melbourne 15.15 (105)          Hawthorn 15.4 (94)     GF: 3 Oct, MCG
         Hawthorn 16.11 (107)
  EF2: 12 Sep, MCG       PF2: 26 Sep, Domain Stadium      West Coast 8.13 (61)
6  Western Bulldogs 14.18 (102)          West Coast 10.20 (80)  
7  Adelaide 16.13 (109)     SF2: 18 Sep, MCG        North Melbourne 7.13 (55)  
     Hawthorn 21.9 (135)    
QF2: 11 Sep, Domain Stadium      Adelaide 8.13 (61)    
2  West Coast 14.12 (96)  
3  Hawthorn 9.10 (64)  

Week one[edit]

Qualifying Finals
QF2: Friday, 11 September (6:20 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. Hawthorn 9.10 (64) Domain Stadium (crowd: 42,663) Report
QF1: Saturday, 12 September (1:20 pm) Fremantle 10.9 (69) def. Sydney 7.18 (60) Domain Stadium (crowd: 40,071) Report
Elimination Finals
EF2: Saturday, 12 September (7:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.18 (102) def. by Adelaide 16.13 (109) MCG (crowd: 60,782) Report
EF1: Sunday, 13 September (3:20 pm) Richmond 14.4 (88) def. by North Melbourne 15.15 (105) MCG (crowd: 90,186) Report

Week two[edit]

Semi Finals
SF2: Friday, 18 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 21.9 (135) def. Adelaide 8.13 (61) MCG (crowd: 70,879) Report
SF1: Saturday, 19 September (7:20 pm) Sydney 7.9 (51) def. by North Melbourne 11.11 (77) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 31,162) Report

Week three[edit]

Preliminary Finals
PF1: Friday, 25 September (6:20 pm) Fremantle 10.7 (67) def. by Hawthorn 15.4 (94) Domain Stadium (crowd: 41,508) Report
PF2: Saturday, 26 September (5:45 pm) West Coast 10.20 (80) def. North Melbourne 7.13 (55) Domain Stadium (crowd: 43,080) Report

Week four[edit]

Grand Final
GF: Saturday, 3 October (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 16.11 (107) def. West Coast 8.13 (61) MCG (crowd: 98,633) Report

Attendances[edit]

By club[edit]

2015 AFL Attendances [55]
Club Total Games Avg. Per Game Home Total Home Games Home Avg.
Adelaide 904726 23 39336 464868 10 46487
Brisbane Lions 467466 22 21248 207016 11 18820
Carlton 760055 22 34548 423018 11 38456
Collingwood 1054044 22 47911 519844 11 47259
Essendon 894335 22 40652 467552 11 42505
Fremantle 772497 24 32187 398308 11 36210
Geelong 720052 21 34288 325395 11 29581
Gold Coast 394321 22 17924 135966 11 12361
Greater Western Sydney 402019 22 18274 118651 11 10786
Hawthorn 1153600 26 44369 424884 11 38626
Melbourne 653802 22 29718 276802 11 25164
North Melbourne 773402 25 30936 282417 11 25674
Port Adelaide 737269 22 33512 471840 11 42895
Richmond 1144590 23 49764 548642 11 49877
St Kilda 590051 22 26821 285262 11 25933
Sydney 772252 24 32177 346735 11 31521
West Coast 889816 25 35593 395860 11 35987
Western Bulldogs 655063 23 28481 257464 11 23406

By ground[edit]

2015 Ground Attendances[55]
Ground Total Games Avg. Per Game
Adelaide Oval 936890 21 44614
ANZ Stadium 119868 4 29967
Aurora Stadium 55402 4 13851
Blundstone Arena 43901 3 14634
Cazaly's Stadium 9449 1 9449
Domain Stadium 961490 26 36980
Etihad Stadium 1301878 46 28302
Gabba 207016 11 18820
MCG 2495287 50 49906
Metricon Stadium 135966 11 12361
SCG 258029 8 32254
Simonds Stadium 196979 8 24622
Spotless Stadium 88256 8 11032
StarTrack Oval 30395 3 10132
TIO Stadium 11873 1 11873
TIO Traeger Park 4866 1 4866
Westpac Stadium 12125 1 12125

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Name Club Milestone Round
Lumumba, HeritierHeritier Lumumba Melbourne 200 AFL games[72] Round 1
Fisher, SamSam Fisher St Kilda 200 AFL games[73] Round 2
Goddard, BrendonBrendon Goddard Essendon 250 AFL games[74] Round 3
Birchall, GrantGrant Birchall Hawthorn 200 AFL games[75] Round 7
McVeigh, JarradJarrad McVeigh Sydney 250 AFL games[76] Round 7
Pendlebury, ScottScott Pendlebury Collingwood 200 AFL games[77] Round 8
Cornes, KaneKane Cornes Port Adelaide 300 AFL games[78] Round 8
Monfries, AngusAngus Monfries Port Adelaide 200 AFL games[79] Round 9
Shaw, HeathHeath Shaw Greater Western Sydney 200 AFL games[80] Round 9
Fletcher, DustinDustin Fletcher Essendon 400 AFL games[23] Round 9
Johnson, MichaelMichael Johnson Fremantle 200 AFL games[81] Round 10
Enright, CoreyCorey Enright Geelong 300 AFL games[82] Round 12
Ray, FarrenFarren Ray St Kilda 200 AFL games[83] Round 13
Boyd, MatthewMatthew Boyd Western Bulldogs 250 AFL games[84] Round 14
Watson, JobeJobe Watson Essendon 200 AFL games[85] Round 14
Swan, DaneDane Swan Collingwood 250 AFL games[86] Round 15
McPharlin, LukeLuke McPharlin Fremantle 250 AFL games[87] Round 15
Morris, DaleDale Morris Western Bulldogs 200 AFL games[88] Round 16
Franklin, LanceLance Franklin Sydney 700 AFL goals[89] Round 16
Murphy, MarcMarc Murphy Carlton 200 AFL games[90] Round 17
Chaplin, TroyTroy Chaplin Richmond 200 AFL games[91] Round 17
Harvey, BrentBrent Harvey North Melbourne 400 AFL games[37] Round 17
Adcock, JedJed Adcock Brisbane Lions 200 AFL games[92] Round 17
Waite, JarradJarrad Waite North Melbourne 200 AFL games[93] Round 18
Selwood, JoelJoel Selwood Geelong 200 AFL games[94] Round 19
Dempster, SeanSean Dempster St Kilda 200 AFL games[95] Round 19
Johnson, SteveSteve Johnson Geelong 250 AFL games[96] Round 20
Roos, PaulPaul Roos Melbourne 600 AFL games played/coached[97] Round 21
Firrito, MichaelMichael Firrito North Melbourne 250 AFL games[98] Round 22
Richards, TedTed Richards Sydney 250 AFL games[99] Round 22
Jones, NathanNathan Jones Melbourne 200 AFL games[100] Round 22
Van Berlo, NathanNathan Van Berlo Adelaide 200 AFL games[101] Round 23
Lake, BrianBrian Lake Hawthorn 250 AFL games[102] Preliminary final
Dal Santo, NickNick Dal Santo North Melbourne 300 AFL games[103] Preliminary final

Coleman Medal[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the player led the Coleman that round.
  • Underlined numbers indicates the player did not play that round.

Best and fairest[edit]

Club Award name Player Ref.
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Dangerfield, PatrickPatrick Dangerfield [104]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Beams, DayneDayne Beams [105]
Martin, StefanStefan Martin
Robinson, MitchMitch Robinson
Zorko, DayneDayne Zorko
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Cripps, PatrickPatrick Cripps [106]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Pendlebury, ScottScott Pendlebury [107]
Essendon Crichton Medal Hooker, CaleCale Hooker [108]
Fremantle Doig Medal Sandilands, AaronAaron Sandilands [109]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Blicavs, MarkMark Blicavs [110]
Gold Coast Club Champion Lynch, TomTom Lynch [111]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Shaw, HeathHeath Shaw [112]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Gibson, JoshJosh Gibson [113]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Vince, BernieBernie Vince [114]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Goldstein, ToddTodd Goldstein [115]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Gray, RobbieRobbie Gray [116]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Rance, AlexAlex Rance [117]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Steven, JackJack Steven [118]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Kennedy, JoshJosh Kennedy [119]
West Coast John Worsfold Medal Gaff, AndrewAndrew Gaff [120]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Wood, EastonEaston Wood [121]

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) Leadership group
Adelaide Phil Walsh (Rds 1–13);[2]
Scott Camporeale (Rds 15–SF)[122]
Taylor Walker[123] Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Daniel Talia, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo[124]
Brisbane Lions Justin Leppitsch Tom Rockliff[125] Pearce Hanley, Daniel Rich, Dayne Zorko
Carlton Mick Malthouse (Rds 1–8);
John Barker (Rds 9–23)
Marc Murphy Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison Lachie Henderson, Sam Rowe[126]
Collingwood Nathan Buckley Scott Pendlebury Nathan Brown, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack, Steele Sidebottom[127]
Essendon James Hird (Rds 1–20);[128]
Matthew Egan (Rds 21–23)
Jobe Watson Paul Chapman, Brendon Goddard, Dyson Heppell, Cale Hooker, David Myers, Brent Stanton, David Zaharakis[129]
Fremantle Ross Lyon Matthew Pavlich Nathan Fyfe, Luke McPharlin, David Mundy, Aaron Sandilands, Lee Spurr[130]
Geelong Chris Scott Joel Selwood Harry Taylor Corey Enright, Tom Hawkins, Andrew Mackie[131]
Gold Coast Rodney Eade Gary Ablett Tom Lynch, Nick Malceski, Dion Prestia, Michael Rischitelli, David Swallow[132]
Greater Western Sydney Leon Cameron Phil Davis
Callan Ward
Tom Scully, Heath Shaw[133] Shane Mumford
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis
Melbourne Paul Roos Nathan Jones Lynden Dunn Daniel Cross, Chris Dawes, Jack Grimes, Heritier Lumumba[134]
North Melbourne Brad Scott Andrew Swallow Jack Ziebell, Drew Petrie Nick Dal Santo, Sam Gibson, Jamie Macmillan, Drew Petrie, Scott Thompson, Jack Ziebell[135]
Port Adelaide Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Brad Ebert, Matthew Lobbe[136] Hamish Hartlett, Tom Jonas, Jackson Trengove, Ollie Wines
Richmond Damien Hardwick Trent Cotchin Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric[137] Troy Chaplin, Steven Morris[138]
St Kilda Alan Richardson Nick Riewoldt David Armitage, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary, Leigh Montagna, Jack Newnes, Maverick Weller[139]
Sydney John Longmire Kieren Jack
Jarrad McVeigh
Adam Goodes, Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Rhyce Shaw, Nick Smith[140]
West Coast Adam Simpson Shannon Hurn[141] Josh Kennedy, Scott Selwood Eric Mackenzie, Matt Priddis, Beau Waters[142]
Western Bulldogs Luke Beveridge Robert Murphy[143] Jordan Roughead Matthew Boyd, Tom Liberatore, Dale Morris[144]

Coach changes[edit]

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Malthouse, MickMick Malthouse Carlton 26 May 2015 Sacked after the Carlton board lost trust in Malthouse and the club and coach were not aligned, in addition to the club suffering from poor results on the field.[145][146] John Barker Brendon Bolton[147]
Walsh, PhilPhil Walsh Adelaide 3 July 2015 Deceased[2] Scott Camporeale Don Pyke[148]
Hird, JamesJames Hird Essendon 18 August 2015 Resigned due to poor on-field performances[128] Matthew Egan John Worsfold[149]

Club financials[edit]

2015 AFL membership figures
Club Members[150] Change from 2014  % change from 2014
Adelaide 52,920 Decrease 1,329 Decrease 2.45%
Brisbane Lions 25,408 Increase 1,396 Increase 5.81%
Carlton 47,305 Decrease 180 Decrease 0.38%
Collingwood 75,037 Decrease 2,850 Decrease 5.43%
Essendon 60,818 Increase 172 Increase 0.28%
Fremantle 51,433 Increase 2,656 Increase 5.45%
Geelong 44,312 Increase 509 Increase 1.16%
Gold Coast 13,643 Increase 165 Increase 1.22%
Greater Western Sydney 13,480 Increase 440 Increase 3.37%
Hawthorn 72,924 Increase 4,274 Increase 6.23%
Melbourne 35,953 Increase 42 Increase 0.12%
North Melbourne 41,012 Increase 2425 Increase 6.15%
Port Adelaide 54,057 Increase 5,089 Increase 10.39%
Richmond 70,809 Increase 4,687 Increase 7.09%
St Kilda 32,746 Increase 2,007 Increase 6.53%
Sydney 48,836 Increase 8,710 Increase 21.71%
West Coast 60,221 Increase 1,692 Increase 2.89%
Western Bulldogs 35,222 Increase 3,684 Increase 11.68%
Total 836,136 Increase 31,656 Increase 3.93%

Post-season[edit]

International Rules Series[edit]

The International Rules Series returned in November 2015, with Ireland entitled to the hosting rights. The match was played on Saturday, 21 November 2015 at Dublin's Croke Park. A highly qualified Australian side, who were looking for back-to-back series wins, fell to a classy Irish team by 4 points.[151]

2015 International Rules Test
Saturday, 21 November (7:00pm IST) Ireland 3.11.5 (56) def. Australia 1.13.7 (52) Croke Park, Dublin (crowd: 38,386) Report

Notable events and controversies[edit]

Doping and drugs[edit]

The AFL suffered significant bad publicity during 2015 related to four cases of illicit substance abuse in AFL clubs – three related to doping and one related to recreational drugs:

  • The Essendon Football Club supplements controversy – relating to the supplements program operating at the Essendon Football Club during the 2011/12 offseason – continued to be heard during the 2015 season. The 34 players implicated in the controversy were served with infraction notices in November 2014, and were provisionally suspended until their hearings at the AFL anti-doping tribunal were complete.[152] In the week before the start of the AFL season, the players were found not guilty and their suspensions were lifted.[153] In May 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced an appeal of the not guilty verdicts to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[154] which will not be heard until after the 2015 season.
  • Ryan Crowley (Fremantle) faced the AFL anti-doping tribunal after having tested positive to a banned substance in a drug test after Fremantle's Round 17, 2014 win against Greater Western Sydney. He commenced a provisional suspension commenced after a positive confirmation tests (also known as B-sample) mid September 2014. He appeared before the AFL Tribunal in May 2015, and was found guilty suspended for twelve months, backdated to the beginning of his provisional suspension; he became eligible to play again on 25 September 2015. The banned substance has not been identified, but is understood to have been present in a painkiller which Crowley had taken but which was not prescribed by the club doctor.[155]
  • Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas (both of Collingwood) tested positive to the banned substance clenbuterol in drug tests taken in February 2015. Both accepted provisional suspensions in March and returned positive B-samples in May.[156] Both were handed infraction notices in July[157] and accepted two-year bans in August (backdated to March), in addition they were delisted and fined $50,000 each by Collingwood.[158]
  • In late June, former Gold Coast player Karmichael Hunt, who was being investigated by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission over allegations of cocaine supply and possession, named several current Gold Coast players as having taken illicit recreational drugs during his time at the club.[159] Although nothing further came from Hunt's allegations, days later, photographs from early 2013 emerged showing Gold Coast's Harley Bennell using speed; and a teammate, whose anonymity is protected under the AFL's drugs policy, self-reported shortly afterwards that he had also been present and taken the drug.[160] Bennell was fined $5000 and suspended for three matches.[161]

Death of Phil Walsh[edit]

In the early hours of Friday 3 July 2015, Adelaide coach Phil Walsh was found dead at his Adelaide residency following a domestic violence incident; his son, Cy, was charged with his murder. Walsh's wife Meredith also suffered injuries in the incident.[2] In the immediate aftermath, the match between Adelaide and Geelong, which was to have been played on Sunday 5 July, was cancelled, with the clubs sharing two premiership points each.[30] At the remaining seven matches of the round (Sydney and Port Adelaide had already played on Thursday night), respect was paid to Walsh by observing moments of silence both before and after the match; and pre- and post-match celebrations or promotions, including the playing of club songs and running through banners, were not carried out.[162]

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