2016 AFL season

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2016 AFL premiership season
2016 AFL season logo.png
Teams 18
Premiers Western Bulldogs
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Sydney
(9th minor premiership)
Matches played 207
Attendance 6,870,241 (33,190 per match)
Highest attendance 99,981 (grand final, Sydney vs Western Bulldogs)
Leading goalkicker Josh Kennedy
West Coast (80 goals)
Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield
Geelong (35 votes)
2015
2017

The 2016 Australian Football League season was the 120th season of the elite Australian rules football competition. There were 18 teams competing in the league, the same as the previous four seasons. The first game was played on Thursday, 24 March, and the 2016 AFL Grand Final was played on Saturday, 1 October with the Western Bulldogs defeating Sydney by 22-points to win its second premiership and first in 62 years, breaking the then-longest active drought in VFL/AFL history.

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

Pre-season[edit]

NAB Challenge[edit]

For the third consecutive year, the NAB Challenge series took place, featuring 27 practice matches played over 25 days, which began on 18 February and ended on 13 March. The matches were stand-alone, with no overall winner of the series. Each team played three games, many of which were played at suburban or regional venues, with all games televised on Fox Footy. The super goal was retained for these pre-season matches.

Rule changes[edit]

The following rule changes were made for the 2016 season:

  • The interchange rules were significantly altered to give each team four interchange players and a maximum of 90 rotations per game (excluding concussion, blood rule and stretcher interchanges). This replaced the 2015 protocol in which teams had three interchange players and a substitute and a maximum of 120 rotations per game.[1]
  • The scope of tackles covered by the existing 'dangerous tackles' rule was expanded, with both umpires and the tribunal more strictly penalising players for tackles including a lifting, slinging or rotating technique.[2]
  • A stricter interpretation of the existing "deliberate out of bounds" rule is to be applied.[2]
  • The width of the protected zone on either side of a player with a mark or free kick was increased from five metres to ten metres. The rule was trialled in the 2016 pre-season before being endorsed shortly for the premiership season.[3]
  • A provision for the AFL to appeal to the tribunal against an inadequate penalty will be introduced; previously, players had the right to appeal their charges or penalties but the AFL did not have the right to appeal against an acquittal or lenient penalty.[2]
  • A thirty-second countdown clock, within which a player taking a set shot must begin their approach, was displayed on the scoreboard at most AFL grounds. This replaced the previous system in which the umpire was responsible for judging the thirty second time limit. The change was not implemented at grounds which lacked existing infrastructure to support it.[4] From round 9 onwards, the shot clock was not shown during the final two minutes of any quarter to prevent it from being actively used in end-of-game clock management.[5]
  • The grand final replay was abolished, with the provisions which were introduced in 1991 for five minutes each way of extra time in drawn finals now also applying to a drawn grand final. A new provision was also introduced to all finals to allow for an untimed period of golden point extra time to decide the game if scores remained level after extra time.[6]
  • All matches during rounds 13, 14 and 15 (the bye rounds) featured a trial of officiating matches with four field umpires instead of three.[7]

Premiership season[edit]

Notable features of the draw include:

  • Due to the weighted rule, Collingwood and Essendon met only once in the regular season for the first time since 1991, on Anzac Day.[8]
  • Due to poor results in the Friday night timeslot in 2015, Carlton did not feature on Friday nights during the regular season, but still contested the annual Thursday night season opener against Richmond in round 1.[9]
  • Melbourne and Richmond again met on Anzac Eve, which this season fell on a Sunday night. It was the only Sunday night match for the season, with the timeslot's unpopularity causing it to be scrapped after the 2014 season.[10] The New Zealand Anzac Day match was scrapped from the fixture.[11]
  • 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 played at its secondary home ground, Manuka Oval.[12]
  • One month prior to the season, the Sydney Swans and ANZ Stadium came to an agreement to end their contract one year earlier than its scheduled conclusion, resulting in all eleven Sydney home games being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, instead of eight at the SCG and three at ANZ Stadium. ANZ Stadium was still used for finals matches during 2016.[13]
  • The inclusion of the first ever AFL sanctioned LGBT pride game for premiership points was held in round 21 between St Kilda and Sydney.[14]
  • There was a bye round between round 23 and the first week of the finals, to encourage teams participating in the finals to field their strongest side possible ahead of their first final.[15] It was since announced in February 2016 that the annual E. J. Whitten Legends Game would be played in the football-free weekend, shifting from its mid-season slot.[16]
  • All starting times are local.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1 (Opening Round)
Thursday, 24 March (7:25 pm) Richmond 14.8 (92) def. Carlton 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 75,706) Report
Saturday, 26 March (1:40 pm) Melbourne 12.8 (80) def. Greater Western Sydney 10.18 (78) MCG (crowd: 28,505) Report
Saturday, 26 March (3:35 pm) Gold Coast 17.19 (121) def. Essendon 9.6 (60) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,239) Report
Saturday, 26 March (7:25 pm) Sydney 18.25 (133) def. Collingwood 7.11 (53) SCG (crowd: 33,857) Report
Saturday, 26 March (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 16.11 (107) def. Adelaide 14.13 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,485) Report
Sunday, 27 March (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.13 (103) def. Fremantle 5.8 (38) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,832) Report
Sunday, 27 March (2:50 pm) Port Adelaide 20.13 (133) def. St Kilda 15.10 (100) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 43,807) Report
Sunday, 27 March (4:40 pm) West Coast 26.10 (166) def. Brisbane Lions 15.12 (102) Domain Stadium (crowd: 35,201) Report
Monday, 28 March (3:20 pm) Geelong 18.8 (116) def. Hawthorn 12.14 (86) MCG (crowd: 74,218) Report

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Friday, 1 April (7:50 pm) Collingwood 13.9 (87) def. Richmond 12.14 (86) MCG (crowd: 72,761) Report
Saturday, 2 April (1:15 pm) Adelaide 22.12 (144) def. Port Adelaide 11.20 (86) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 51,585) Report
Saturday, 2 April (2:10 pm) Essendon 11.14 (80) def. Melbourne 10.7 (67) MCG (crowd: 50,424) Report
Saturday, 2 April (3:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.17 (83) def. by North Melbourne 17.15 (117) Gabba (crowd: 18,021) Report
Saturday, 2 April (7:25 pm) St Kilda 5.6 (36) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.15 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,353) Report
Saturday, 2 April (4:40 pm) Fremantle 14.16 (100) def. by Gold Coast 19.12 (126) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,208) Report
Sunday, 3 April (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 13.11 (89) def. Geelong 11.10 (76) Manuka Oval (crowd: 13,656) Report
Sunday, 3 April (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 14.15 (99) def. West Coast 7.11 (53) MCG (crowd: 42,977) Report
Sunday, 3 April (4:40 pm) Carlton 10.11 (71) def. by Sydney 20.11 (131) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,146) Report

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Friday, 8 April (7:50 pm) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) def. Essendon 7.9 (51) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 44,601) Report
Saturday, 9 April (1:45 pm) St Kilda 18.11 (119) def. Collingwood 14.6 (90) MCG (crowd: 50,903) Report
Saturday, 9 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 13.14 (92) def. by Adelaide 19.14 (128) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,951) Report
Saturday, 9 April (4:35 pm) Sydney 14.9 (93) def. Greater Western Sydney 10.8 (68) SCG (crowd: 37,045) Report
Saturday, 9 April (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 13.17 (95) def. Carlton 5.11 (41) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,885) Report
Saturday, 9 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 12.20 (92) def. Fremantle 8.11 (59) Domain Stadium (crowd: 40,555) Report
Sunday, 10 April (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 21.10 (136) def. Melbourne 20.11 (131) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 12,607) Report
Sunday, 10 April (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) def. by Hawthorn 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,808) Report
Sunday, 10 April (4:40 pm) Geelong 18.17 (125) def. Brisbane Lions 7.14 (56) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,320) Report

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Friday, 15 April (6:10 pm) West Coast 18.17 (125) def. Richmond 9.3 (57) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,860) Report
Saturday, 16 April (1:45 pm) Essendon 6.6 (42) def. by Geelong 9.18 (72) MCG (crowd: 42,723) Report
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 13.9 (87) def. St Kilda 13.6 (84) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,173) Report
Saturday, 16 April (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.23 (107) def. Gold Coast 14.10 (94) Gabba (crowd: 20,041) Report
Saturday, 16 April (7:25 pm) Carlton 7.7 (49) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,622) Report
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 16.17 (113) def. Sydney 15.13 (103) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 51,330) Report
Sunday, 17 April (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 22.19 (151) def. Port Adelaide 9.11 (65) Manuka Oval (crowd: 10,028) Report
Sunday, 17 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 9.13 (67) def. by Melbourne 16.6 (102) MCG (crowd: 47,558) Report
Sunday, 17 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 20.12 (132) def. Fremantle 14.17 (101) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,393) Report

Round 5[edit]

Round 5 (Anzac Round)
Friday, 22 April (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 17.10 (112) def. Adelaide 17.7 (109) MCG (crowd: 45,781) Report
Saturday, 23 April (1:45 pm) Sydney 12.16 (88) def. West Coast 7.7 (49) SCG (crowd: 35,427) Report
Saturday, 23 April (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 11.15 (81) def. by North Melbourne 18.11 (119) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,351) Report
Saturday, 23 April (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.18 (120) def. Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,097) Report
Saturday, 23 April (7:15 pm) Port Adelaide 8.11 (59) def. by Geelong 16.11 (107) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 44,937) Report
Sunday, 24 April (1:10 pm) St Kilda 12.7 (79) def. by Greater Western Sydney 19.12 (126) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,052) Report
Sunday, 24 April (2:15 pm) Fremantle 9.14 (68) def. by Carlton 10.12 (72) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,796) Report
Sunday, 24 April (7:10 pm) Melbourne 20.9 (129) def. Richmond 14.12 (96) MCG (crowd: 59,968) Report
Monday, 25 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 22.10 (142) def. Essendon 11.7 (73) MCG (crowd: 85,082) Report

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Friday, 29 April (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 9.7 (61) def. Western Bulldogs 6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,622) Report
Saturday, 30 April (1:45 pm) Melbourne 15.6 (96) def. by St Kilda 20.15 (135) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,260) Report
Saturday, 30 April (1:40 pm) Adelaide 14.13 (97) def. Fremantle 8.16 (64) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 47,423) Report
Saturday, 30 April (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 24.14 (158) def. Hawthorn 12.11 (83) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 13,766) Report
Saturday, 30 April (7:25 pm) Geelong 25.18 (168) def. Gold Coast 7.6 (48) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,007) Report
Saturday, 30 April (7:25 pm) Richmond 8.11 (59) def. by Port Adelaide 13.16 (94) MCG (crowd: 27,077) Report
Sunday, 1 May (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) def. by Sydney 15.7 (97) Gabba (crowd: 14,646) Report
Sunday, 1 May (3:20 pm) Carlton 10.12 (72) def. Essendon 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 43,827) Report
Sunday, 1 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 18.16 (124) def. Collingwood 9.8 (62) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,931) Report

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Friday, 6 May (7:50 pm) Richmond 13.12 (90) def. by Hawthorn 21.10 (136) MCG (crowd: 49,678) Report
Saturday, 7 May (1:45 pm) Collingwood 12.12 (84) def. by Carlton 15.9 (99) MCG (crowd: 60,222) Report
Saturday, 7 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 18.15 (123) def. West Coast 12.7 (79) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 25,429) Report
Saturday, 7 May (4:35 pm) Sydney 20.15 (135) def. Essendon 7.12 (54) SCG (crowd: 29,527) Report
Saturday, 7 May (5:10 pm) Gold Coast 14.3 (87) def. by Melbourne 24.16 (160) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,780) Report
Saturday, 7 May (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 18.15 (123) def. Adelaide 17.6 (108) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,984) Report
Saturday, 7 May (6:10 pm) Fremantle 11.11 (77) def. by Greater Western Sydney 14.11 (95) Domain Stadium (crowd: 28,201) Report
Sunday, 8 May (3:20 pm) St Kilda 11.9 (75) def. by North Melbourne 11.16 (82) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,254) Report
Sunday, 8 May (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 21.10 (136) def. Brisbane Lions 7.17 (59) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 32,399) Report
  • Melbourne's score of 24.16 (160) is its highest score since round 6, 2004[19] and the highest score conceded by Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.[20]

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Friday, 13 May (7:20 pm) Adelaide 11.6 (72) def. by Geelong 13.20 (98) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 53,141) Report
Saturday, 14 May (1:45 pm) Essendon 8.12 (60) def. by North Melbourne 10.14 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,321) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.14 (116) def. Fremantle 11.9 (75) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 12,012) Report
Saturday, 14 May (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 22.17 (149) def. Gold Coast 9.4 (58) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 8,308) Report
Saturday, 14 May (7:25 pm) Richmond 14.17 (101) def. Sydney 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 36,014) Report
Saturday, 14 May (7:25 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.5 (65) def. by Collingwood 20.23 (143) Gabba (crowd: 24,552) Report
Sunday, 15 May (1:10 pm) Carlton 14.9 (93) def. Port Adelaide 13.13 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,924) Report
Sunday, 15 May (3:20 pm) Melbourne 12.10 (82) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.12 (114) MCG (crowd: 39,921) Report
Sunday, 15 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 20.12 (132) def. St Kilda 3.11 (29) Domain Stadium (crowd: 36,140) Report

Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Friday, 20 May (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 7.13 (55) def. by Sydney 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 61,552) Report
Saturday, 21 May (1:45 pm) Collingwood 16.8 (104) def. Geelong 11.14 (80) MCG (crowd: 59,864) Report
Saturday, 21 May (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 11.8 (74) def. by Adelaide 22.17 (149) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,692) Report
Saturday, 21 May (4:05 pm) Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) def. by West Coast 14.10 (94) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 38,695) Report
Saturday, 21 May (5:40 pm) Fremantle 6.9 (45) def. by Richmond 11.17 (83) Domain Stadium (crowd: 20,184) Report
Saturday, 21 May (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 17.11 (113) def. Carlton 6.10 (46) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,419) Report
Sunday, 22 May (1:10 pm) Melbourne 19.17 (131) def. Brisbane Lions 9.14 (68) MCG (crowd: 26,892) Report
Sunday, 22 May (3:20 pm) Greater Western Sydney 15.8 (98) def. Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 9,612) Report
Sunday, 22 May (4:40 pm) St Kilda 16.13 (109) def. Essendon 9.9 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,026) Report
  • North Melbourne won the first nine games of a VFL/AFL season for the first time in its history.[26]
  • The Fremantle vs Richmond game, played during torrential rain, was attended by only 20,184 people, the lowest for a Fremantle home game since round 8, 2001, despite selling a season-high 43,943 tickets.[27]

Round 10[edit]

Round 10 (Sir Doug Nicholls Round)
Friday, 27 May (7:50 pm) Sydney 14.7 (91) def. North Melbourne 9.11 (65) SCG (crowd: 38,498) Report
Saturday, 28 May (1:45 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.9 (87) def. by Hawthorn 21.9 (135) Gabba (crowd: 23,691) Report
Saturday, 28 May (1:40 pm) Melbourne 10.16 (76) def. by Port Adelaide 18.13 (121) TIO Traeger Park (crowd: 5,146) Report
Saturday, 28 May (4:35 pm) St Kilda 15.11 (101) def. Fremantle 10.7 (67) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,927) Report
Saturday, 28 May (7:25 pm) Essendon 10.7 (67) def. by Richmond 16.9 (105) MCG (crowd: 56,948) Report
Saturday, 28 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 15.17 (107) def. Greater Western Sydney 13.7 (85) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 46,737) Report
Sunday, 29 May (1:10 pm) Carlton 16.8 (104) def. Geelong 12.13 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,535) Report
Sunday, 29 May (3:20 pm) Collingwood 7.11 (53) def. by Western Bulldogs 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 45,078) Report
Sunday, 29 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 20.12 (132) def. Gold Coast 7.13 (55) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,945) Report
  • Fremantle lost its tenth game in a row to start the season, the worst start to a season for a team that started with nine wins and zero losses the previous season.[28]
  • Carlton defeated Geelong for the first time at Etihad Stadium after 15 attempts.[29]

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Friday, 3 June (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 18.16 (124) def. Richmond 7.12 (54) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 17,844) Report
Saturday, 4 June (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 11.16 (82) def. Melbourne 10.4 (64) MCG (crowd: 41,833) Report
Saturday, 4 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 16.6 (102) def. Brisbane Lions 9.10 (64) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,722) Report
Saturday, 4 June (4:35 pm) Geelong 14.14 (98) def. Greater Western Sydney 14.4 (88) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 22,007) Report
Saturday, 4 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 20.6 (126) def. Essendon 6.11 (47) Domain Stadium (crowd: 31,199) Report
Saturday, 4 June (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 6.5 (41) def. by Sydney 11.13 (79) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 4,368) Report
Sunday, 5 June (1:10 pm) Collingwood 7.16 (58) def. by Port Adelaide 19.11 (125) MCG (crowd: 28,567) Report
Sunday, 5 June (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) def. West Coast 11.9 (75) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,769) Report
Sunday, 5 June (4:10 pm) Adelaide 19.19 (133) def. St Kilda 6.9 (45) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 40,896) Report

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Friday, 10 June (7:50 pm) Essendon 6.7 (43) def. by Hawthorn 23.13 (151) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 27,567) Report
Saturday, 11 June (1:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 40,096) Report
Saturday, 11 June (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.10 (64) def. by Fremantle 23.9 (147) Gabba (crowd: 12,899) Report
Saturday, 11 June (7:25 pm) Geelong 15.15 (105) def. North Melbourne 12.2 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,045) Report
Saturday, 11 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 11.10 (76) def. by Adelaide 15.15 (105) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,591) Report
Sunday, 12 June (1:10 pm) St Kilda 17.8 (110) def. Carlton 12.6 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,945) Report
Sunday, 12 June (3:20 pm) Richmond 17.12 (114) def. Gold Coast 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 30,448) Report
Sunday, 12 June (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 15.15 (105) def. Sydney 9.9 (63) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 21,541) Report
Monday, 13 June (3:20 pm) Melbourne 16.8 (104) def. Collingwood 8.10 (58) MCG (crowd: 60,158) Report

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Friday, 17 June (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 11.18 (84) def. by Hawthorn 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,073) Report
Saturday, 18 June (1:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.10 (82) def. by West Coast 20.11 (131) Gabba (crowd: 12,777) Report
Saturday, 18 June (2:35 pm) Fremantle 12.14 (86) def. Port Adelaide 9.15 (69) Domain Stadium (crowd: 32,448) Report
Saturday, 18 June (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 5.13 (43) def. by Geelong 16.4 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,725) Report
Sunday, 19 June (1:10 pm) Sydney 12.14 (86) def. Melbourne 4.7 (31) SCG (crowd: 19,086) Report
Sunday, 19 June (4:40 pm) Essendon 12.18 (90) def. by Greater Western Sydney 17.15 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 14,463) Report
Bye: Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Gold Coast, Richmond, St Kilda

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Thursday, 23 June (7:20 pm) Adelaide 12.28 (100) def. North Melbourne 10.7 (67) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 37,890) Report
Friday, 24 June (7:50 pm) Collingwood 12.13 (85) def. Fremantle 5.7 (37) MCG (crowd: 20,320) Report
Saturday, 25 June (1:40 pm) Richmond 17.15 (117) def. Brisbane Lions 11.9 (75) MCG (crowd: 28,883) Report
Saturday, 25 June (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 18.19 (127) def. Carlton 9.11 (65) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 10,355) Report
Saturday, 25 June (7:25 pm) St Kilda 14.9 (93) def. Geelong 13.12 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,745) Report
Sunday, 26 June (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) def. Gold Coast 8.12 (60) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 10,121) Report
Bye: Essendon, Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Sydney, West Coast, Western Bulldogs
  • The crowd of 20,320 for the match between Collingwood and Fremantle, played in cold conditions, is the lowest for a game involving Collingwood at the MCG since 1940.[40]
  • Collingwood's win against Fremantle was their 1500th win in their VFL/AFL history.[40]
  • Fremantle's score of 5.7 (37) is its lowest score against Collingwood and their lowest score at the MCG.[17][41]
  • Though there were only six games this round, it still went down as the lowest attended round by average crowds since round 19, 1996, and the lowest attended round overall since round 6, 1994.[42]

Round 15[edit]

Round 15
Thursday, 30 June (6:10 pm) West Coast 20.10 (130) def. Essendon 7.10 (52) Domain Stadium (crowd: 33,117) Report
Friday, 1 July (7:50 pm) Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. Richmond 8.8 (56) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 37,848) Report
Saturday, 2 July (1:40 pm) Gold Coast 15.18 (108) def. St Kilda 8.20 (68) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,071) Report
Saturday, 2 July (4:35 pm) Sydney 11.13 (79) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.5 (83) SCG (crowd: 33,386) Report
Saturday, 2 July (7:25 pm) Carlton 6.9 (45) def. by Collingwood 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 56,157) Report
Sunday, 3 July (3:20 pm) Melbourne 15.8 (98) def. by Adelaide 18.12 (120) MCG (crowd: 29,133) Report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, Fremantle, Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Hawthorn, North Melbourne

Round 16[edit]

Round 16 (Multicultural Round)
Thursday, 7 July (7:20 pm) Port Adelaide 12.7 (79) def. by Hawthorn 15.11 (101) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 43,025) Report
Friday, 8 July (7:50 pm) Geelong 9.6 (60) def. by Sydney 15.8 (98) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 24,339) Report
Saturday, 9 July (1:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 14.9 (93) def. by Collingwood 19.11 (125) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 13,483) Report
Saturday, 9 July (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 22.7 (139) def. Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,528) Report
Saturday, 9 July (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.13 (85) def. Richmond 11.9 (75) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,679) Report
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 12.15 (87) def. Fremantle 8.7 (55) TIO Stadium (crowd: 8,163) Report
Sunday, 10 July (1:10 pm) Carlton 7.5 (47) def. by Adelaide 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 32,430) Report
Sunday, 10 July (1:20 pm) West Coast 16.8 (104) def. North Melbourne 11.6 (72) Domain Stadium (crowd: 35,168) Report
Sunday, 10 July (4:40 pm) Essendon 14.14 (98) def. by St Kilda 17.7 (109) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,204) Report

Round 17[edit]

Round 17
Thursday, 14 July (7:20 pm) Sydney 10.10 (70) def. by Hawthorn 11.9 (75) SCG (crowd: 42,314) Report
Friday, 15 July (6:10 pm) Fremantle 9.7 (61) def. by Geelong 11.12 (78) Domain Stadium (crowd: 31,042) Report
Saturday, 16 July (1:40 pm) Richmond 16.6 (102) def. Essendon 11.17 (83) MCG (crowd: 44,908) Report
Saturday, 16 July (4:35 pm) North Melbourne 10.17 (77) def. by Port Adelaide 16.9 (105) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,361) Report
Saturday, 16 July (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.17 (107) def. Gold Coast 8.11 (59) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 8,509) Report
Saturday, 16 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 14.13 (97) def. Collingwood 10.9 (69) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 50,012) Report
Sunday, 17 July (1:10 pm) Carlton 11.9 (75) def. by West Coast 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 26,389) Report
Sunday, 17 July (3:20 pm) St Kilda 15.20 (110) def. Melbourne 11.8 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,322) Report
Sunday, 17 July (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.13 (67) def. by Greater Western Sydney 22.14 (146) Gabba (crowd: 10,195) Report
  • Greater Western Sydney's second quarter score of 10.1 (61) is GWS's highest scoring quarter ever.[43]
  • The Brisbane Lions lost a club record 12th consecutive match.[44]
  • The crowd of 10,195 for the match between the Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney is the lowest for a Brisbane Lions match at the Gabba and the lowest at the ground since round 16, 1995.[44]
  • St Kilda won its 14th consecutive game against Melbourne spanning from the 2006 elimination final, and recorded their longest winning streak against any club in their VFL/AFL history, surpassing their previous record of 13 consecutive wins against Fitzroy from 1962–1969.[45]

Round 18[edit]

Round 18
Friday, 22 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 12.12 (84) def. by North Melbourne 18.16 (124) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,041) Report
Saturday, 23 July (1:45 pm) Sydney 10.14 (74) def. Carlton 10.8 (68) SCG (crowd: 31,765) Report
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 16.9 (105) def. Fremantle 12.9 (81) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 8,933) Report
Saturday, 23 July (2:35 pm) West Coast 10.6 (66) def. Melbourne 8.12 (60) Domain Stadium (crowd: 33,908) Report
Saturday, 23 July (7:25 pm) Geelong 12.13 (85) def. Adelaide 7.13 (55) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 21,127) Report
Saturday, 23 July (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.6 (60) def. by St Kilda 11.9 (75) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,532) Report
Sunday, 24 July (1:10 pm) Essendon 12.19 (91) def. by Brisbane Lions 20.8 (128) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,869) Report
Sunday, 24 July (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 16.18 (114) def. Richmond 5.14 (44) MCG (crowd: 51,892) Report
Sunday, 24 July (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 9.6 (60) def. by Greater Western Sydney 11.13 (79) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 27,935) Report

Round 19[edit]

Round 19
Friday, 29 July (7:50 pm) Geelong 16.7 (103) def. Western Bulldogs 11.12 (78) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 24,331) Report
Saturday, 30 July (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 17.9 (111) def. Richmond 3.5 (23) Manuka Oval (crowd: 14,974) Report
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) def. Carlton 7.13 (55) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 18,112) Report
Saturday, 30 July (4:35 pm) Collingwood 13.13 (91) def. West Coast 11.6 (72) MCG (crowd: 34,929) Report
Saturday, 30 July (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 12.13 (85) def. St Kilda 8.14 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,287) Report
Saturday, 30 July (7:25 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.13 (79) def. by Port Adelaide 25.23 (173) Gabba (crowd: 13,085) Report
Sunday, 31 July (1:10 pm) Melbourne 9.12 (66) def. Gold Coast 9.10 (64) MCG (crowd: 20,627) Report
Sunday, 31 July (1:20 pm) Fremantle 7.5 (47) def. by Sydney 21.11 (137) Domain Stadium (crowd: 32,401) Report
Sunday, 31 July (4:10 pm) Adelaide 22.11 (143) def. Essendon 9.7 (61) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 44,264) Report

Round 20[edit]

Round 20
Friday, 5 August (7:50 pm) Richmond 14.8 (92) def. Collingwood 11.11 (77) MCG (crowd: 49,122) Report
Saturday, 6 August (1:45 pm) Sydney 14.16 (100) def. Port Adelaide 4.9 (33) SCG (crowd: 30,204) Report
Saturday, 6 August (2:10 pm) Melbourne 17.8 (110) def. Hawthorn 11.15 (81) MCG (crowd: 38,818) Report
Saturday, 6 August (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 13.6 (84) def. by Greater Western Sydney 14.8 (92) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 9,108) Report
Saturday, 6 August (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) def. North Melbourne 7.5 (47) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,740) Report
Saturday, 6 August (7:10 pm) Adelaide 27.15 (177) def. Brisbane Lions 6.3 (39) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 43,549) Report
Sunday, 7 August (1:10 pm) Carlton 7.9 (51) def. by St Kilda 19.8 (122) MCG (crowd: 37,797) Report
Sunday, 7 August (3:20 pm) Geelong 15.10 (100) def. Essendon 4.10 (34) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,254) Report
Sunday, 7 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 9.10 (64) def. by West Coast 17.8 (110) Domain Stadium (crowd: 36,215) Report

Round 21[edit]

Round 21
Friday, 12 August (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) def. Collingwood 14.8 (92) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,010) Report
Saturday, 13 August (1:45 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.9 (99) def. Carlton 13.17 (95) Gabba (crowd: 17,432) Report
Saturday, 13 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 14.12 (96) def. North Melbourne 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 50,657) Report
Saturday, 13 August (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 14.12 (96) def. by West Coast 14.13 (97) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 10,385) Report
Saturday, 13 August (7:25 pm) St Kilda 11.10 (76) def. by Sydney 23.8 (146) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,059) Report
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 8.6 (54) def. by Melbourne 13.16 (94) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 33,426) Report
Sunday, 14 August (1:10 pm) Essendon 11.9 (75) def. Gold Coast 9.15 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,622) Report
Sunday, 14 August (3:20 pm) Richmond 12.6 (78) def. by Geelong 10.22 (82) MCG (crowd: 45,567) Report
Sunday, 14 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 11.4 (70) def. by Adelaide 21.16 (142) Domain Stadium (crowd: 30,116) Report

Round 22[edit]

Round 22
Friday, 19 August (6:10 pm) West Coast 13.14 (92) def. Hawthorn 10.7 (67) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,581) Report
Saturday, 20 August (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 10.16 (76) def. by Sydney 12.13 (85) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 16,495) Report
Saturday, 20 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 6.10 (46) def. by St Kilda 7.13 (55) MCG (crowd: 35,255) Report
Saturday, 20 August (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 19.15 (129) def. Fremantle 5.7 (37) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 9,556) Report
Saturday, 20 August (7:25 pm) Collingwood 16.22 (118) def. Gold Coast 6.11 (47) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,644) Report
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. by Adelaide 15.19 (109) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,541) Report
Sunday, 21 August (1:10 pm) Carlton 11.12 (78) def. Melbourne 7.16 (58) MCG (crowd: 40,693) Report
Sunday, 21 August (3:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) def. by Geelong 19.15 (129) Gabba (crowd: 20,477) Report
Sunday, 21 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 7.11 (53) def. by Western Bulldogs 14.9 (93) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,308) Report

Round 23[edit]

Round 23
Friday, 26 August (7:40 pm) Adelaide 10.11 (71) def. by West Coast 14.16 (100) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 50,785) Report
Saturday, 27 August (1:45 pm) Geelong 24.11 (155) def. Melbourne 6.8 (44) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 24,413) Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 15.13 (103) def. Carlton 10.19 (79) MCG (crowd: 46,566) Report
Saturday, 27 August (4:35 pm) Sydney 25.14 (164) def. Richmond 7.9 (51) SCG (crowd: 36,570) Report
Saturday, 27 August (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 9.9 (63) def. by Greater Western Sydney 14.16 (100) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,295) Report
Saturday, 27 August (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 9.12 (66) def. by Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 9,213) Report
Sunday, 28 August (1:10 pm) St Kilda 25.11 (161) def. Brisbane Lions 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,834) Report
Sunday, 28 August (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 17.10 (112) def. Collingwood 17.9 (111) MCG (crowd: 52,968) Report
Sunday, 28 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 10.9 (69) def. Western Bulldogs 6.13 (49) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,765) Report

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
10
PA
58
Rich
36
Syd
10
Haw
3
Fre
33
WB
15
Gee
26
GC
75
GWS
22
StK
88
WCE
29
X NM
33
Mel
22
Car
60
Col
28
Gee
30
Ess
82
BL
138
Fre
72
PA
15
WCE
29
NM
62
Syd
36
X X 6
Brisbane Lions WCE
64
NM
34
Gee
69
GC
13
WB
53
Syd
3
PA
77
Col
78
Mel
63
Haw
48
Car
38
Fre
83
WCE
49
Rich
42
X GC
26
GWS
79
Ess
37
PA
94
Ade
138
Car
4
Gee
60
StK
58
X X X X 17
Carlton Rich
9
Syd
60
GC
54
WB
36
Fre
4
Ess
15
Col
15
PA
2
NM
67
Gee
19
BL
38
StK
32
X GWS
62
Col
12
Ade
60
WCE
7
Syd
6
Haw
19
StK
71
BL
4
Mel
20
Ess
24
X X X X 14
Collingwood Syd
80
Rich
1
StK
29
Mel
35
Ess
69
WCE
62
Car
15
BL
78
Gee
24
WB
21
PA
67
Mel
46
X Fre
48
Car
12
GWS
32
Ade
28
NM
40
WCE
19
Rich
15
WB
3
GC
71
Haw
1
X X X X 12
Essendon GC
61
Mel
13
PA
61
Gee
30
Col
69
Car
15
Syd
81
NM
14
StK
46
Rich
38
Fre
79
Haw
108
GWS
27
X WCE
78
StK
11
Rich
19
BL
37
Ade
82
Gee
66
GC
6
WB
40
Car
24
X X X X 18
Fremantle WB
65
GC
26
WCE
33
NM
31
Car
4
Ade
33
GWS
18
Haw
41
Rich
38
StK
34
Ess
79
BL
83
PA
17
Col
48
X Mel
32
Gee
17
GC
24
Syd
90
WCE
46
Ade
72
GWS
92
WB
20
X X X X 16
Geelong Haw
30
GWS
13
BL
69
Ess
30
PA
48
GC
120
WCE
44
Ade
26
Col
24
Car
19
GWS
10
NM
31
WB
57
StK
3
X Syd
38
Fre
17
Ade
30
WB
25
Ess
66
Rich
4
BL
60
Mel
111
Haw
2
X Syd
37
X 3
Gold Coast Ess
61
Fre
26
Car
54
BL
13
NM
38
Gee
120
Mel
73
GWS
91
Ade
75
WCE
77
Syd
38
Rich
17
X Haw
26
StK
40
BL
26
WB
48
Fre
24
Mel
2
GWS
8
Ess
6
Col
71
PA
23
X X X X 15
Greater Western Sydney Mel
2
Gee
13
Syd
25
PA
86
StK
47
Haw
75
Fre
18
GC
91
WB
25
Ade
22
Gee
10
Syd
42
Ess
27
Car
62
X Col
32
BL
79
PA
19
Rich
88
GC
8
WCE
1
Fre
92
NM
37
Syd
36
X WB
6
X 4
Hawthorn Gee
30
WCE
46
WB
3
StK
3
Ade
3
GWS
75
Rich
46
Fre
41
Syd
14
BL
48
Mel
18
Ess
108
NM
9
GC
26
X PA
22
Syd
5
Rich
70
Car
19
Mel
29
NM
39
WCE
25
Col
1
Gee
2
WB
23
X X 5
Melbourne GWS
2
Ess
13
NM
5
Col
35
Rich
33
StK
39
GC
73
WB
32
BL
63
PA
45
Haw
18
Col
46
Syd
55
X Ade
22
Fre
32
StK
36
WCE
6
GC
2
Haw
29
PA
40
Car
20
Gee
111
X X X X 11
North Melbourne Ade
10
BL
34
Mel
5
Fre
31
GC
38
WB
16
StK
7
Ess
14
Car
67
Syd
26
Rich
70
Gee
31
Haw
9
Ade
33
X WCE
32
PA
28
Col
40
StK
23
WB
14
Haw
39
Syd
9
GWS
37
Ade
62
X X X 8
Port Adelaide StK
33
Ade
58
Ess
61
GWS
86
Gee
48
Rich
35
BL
77
Car
2
WCE
8
Mel
45
Col
67
WB
3
Fre
17
X Rich
38
Haw
22
NM
28
GWS
19
BL
94
Syd
67
Mel
40
Ade
15
GC
23
X X X X 10
Richmond Car
9
Col
1
Ade
36
WCE
68
Mel
33
PA
35
Haw
46
Syd
1
Fre
38
Ess
38
NM
70
GC
17
X BL
42
PA
38
WB
10
Ess
19
Haw
70
GWS
88
Col
15
Gee
4
StK
9
Syd
113
X X X X 13
St Kilda PA
33
WB
57
Col
29
Haw
3
GWS
47
Mel
39
NM
7
WCE
103
Ess
46
Fre
34
Ade
88
Car
32
X Gee
3
GC
40
Ess
11
Mel
36
WB
15
NM
23
Car
71
Syd
70
Rich
9
BL
58
X X X X 9
Sydney Col
80
Car
60
GWS
25
Ade
10
WCE
39
BL
3
Ess
81
Rich
1
Haw
14
NM
26
GC
38
GWS
42
Mel
55
X WB
4
Gee
38
Haw
5
Car
6
Fre
90
PA
67
StK
70
NM
9
Rich
113
GWS
36
Ade
36
Gee
37
WB
22
2
West Coast BL
64
Haw
46
Fre
33
Rich
68
Syd
39
Col
62
Gee
44
StK
103
PA
8
GC
77
WB
8
Ade
29
BL
49
X Ess
78
NM
32
Car
7
Mel
6
Col
19
Fre
46
GWS
1
Haw
25
Ade
29
WB
47
X X X 7
Western Bulldogs Fre
65
StK
57
Haw
3
Car
36
BL
53
NM
16
Ade
15
Mel
32
GWS
25
Col
21
WCE
8
PA
3
Gee
57
X Syd
4
Rich
10
GC
48
StK
15
Gee
25
NM
14
Col
3
Ess
40
Fre
20
WCE
47
Haw
23
GWS
6
Syd
22
1
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

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA % Pts Qualification
1 Sydney 22 17 5 0 2221 1469 151.2 68 2016 finals
2 Geelong 22 17 5 0 2235 1554 143.8 68
3 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2134 1800 118.6 68
4 Greater Western Sydney 22 16 6 0 2380 1663 143.1 64
5 Adelaide 22 16 6 0 2483 1795 138.3 64
6 West Coast 22 16 6 0 2181 1678 130.0 64
7 Western Bulldogs (P) 22 15 7 0 1857 1609 115.4 60
8 North Melbourne 22 12 10 0 1956 1859 105.2 48
9 St Kilda 22 12 10 0 1953 2041 95.7 48
10 Port Adelaide 22 10 12 0 2055 1939 106.0 40
11 Melbourne 22 10 12 0 1944 1991 97.6 40
12 Collingwood 22 9 13 0 1910 1998 95.6 36
13 Richmond 22 8 14 0 1713 2155 79.5 32
14 Carlton 22 7 15 0 1568 1978 79.3 28
15 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1778 2273 78.2 24
16 Fremantle 22 4 18 0 1574 2119 74.3 16
17 Brisbane Lions 22 3 19 0 1770 2872 61.6 12
18 Essendon 22 3 19 0 1437 2356 61.0 12
Source: AFL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

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 Sydney 4 8 12 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 40 44 44 48 52 56 60 64 68
2 Geelong 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 36 40 40 40 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68
3 Hawthorn 0 4 8 12 16 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 44 48 52 56 60 60 64 64 68
4 Greater Western Sydney 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 36 40 40 40 44 48 52 56 56 60 64
5 Adelaide 0 4 8 12 12 16 16 16 20 24 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 48 52 56 60 64 64
6 West Coast 4 4 8 12 12 16 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 32 36 40 44 48 48 52 56 60 64
7 Western Bulldogs 4 8 8 12 16 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 36 36 40 44 48 48 48 52 56 60 60
8 North Melbourne 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 44 48 48 48 48 48
9 St Kilda 0 0 4 4 4 8 8 8 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 44 48
10 Port Adelaide 4 4 8 8 8 12 16 16 16 20 24 24 24 24 28 28 32 32 36 36 36 36 40
11 Melbourne 4 4 4 8 12 12 16 16 20 20 20 24 24 24 24 28 28 28 32 36 40 40 40
12 Collingwood 0 4 4 4 8 8 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 32 32 36 36
13 Richmond 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 28 28 28 32 32 32 32
14 Carlton 0 0 0 0 4 8 12 16 16 20 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 28 28
15 Gold Coast 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 16 20 20 24 24 24 24 24 24
16 Fremantle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 16
17 Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 12
18 Essendon 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 12

Finals series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 10 Sep, ANZ Stadium  
1  Sydney 7.13 (55)  
4  Greater Western Sydney 12.19 (91)     SF1: 17 Sep, SCG  
     Sydney 18.10 (118)    
EF1: 10 Sep, Adelaide Oval      Adelaide 12.10 (82)       PF1: 24 Sep, Spotless Stadium
5  Adelaide 21.15 (141)        Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83)  
8  North Melbourne 12.7 (79)          Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89)     GF: 1 Oct, MCG
         Sydney 10.7 (67)
  EF2: 8 Sep, Domain Stadium       PF2: 23 Sep, MCG      Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89)
6  West Coast 7.10 (52)          Geelong 8.12 (60)  
7  Western Bulldogs 14.15 (99)     SF2: 16 Sep, MCG        Sydney 15.7 (97)  
     Hawthorn 12.12 (84)    
QF2: 9 Sep, MCG      Western Bulldogs 16.11 (107)    
2  Geelong 12.13 (85)  
3  Hawthorn 12.11 (83)  

Week one[edit]

Qualifying finals
QF2: Friday, 9 September (7:50 pm) Geelong 12.13 (85) def. Hawthorn 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 87,533) Report
QF1: Saturday, 10 September (3:20 pm) Sydney 7.13 (55) def. by Greater Western Sydney 12.19 (91) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 60,222) Report
Elimination finals
EF2: Thursday, 8 September (6:10 pm) West Coast 7.10 (52) def. by Western Bulldogs 14.15 (99) Domain Stadium (crowd: 42,079) Report
EF1: Saturday, 10 September (7:10 pm) Adelaide 21.15 (141) def. North Melbourne 12.7 (79) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,007) Report
  • The Western Bulldogs won their first week one final since 2006, and their first interstate final in the club's history.
  • Greater Western Sydney won their first ever finals match.[65]

Week two[edit]

Semi finals
SF2: Friday, 16 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 12.12 (84) def. by Western Bulldogs 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 87,823) Report
SF1: Saturday, 17 September (7:25 pm) Sydney 18.10 (118) def. Adelaide 12.10 (82) SCG (crowd: 38,136) Report

Week three[edit]

Preliminary finals
PF2: Friday, 23 September (7:50 pm) Geelong 8.12 (60) def. by Sydney 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 71,772) Report
PF1: Saturday, 24 September (5:15 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 21,790) Report
  • With both Geelong and Greater Western Sydney losing, this was the first time under the final eight system in which both teams who won their respective qualifying finals failed to qualify for the grand final.[66]
  • The crowd of 21,790 for the match between Greater Western Sydney and the Western Bulldogs is the highest ever crowd for an AFL game at Spotless Stadium.[67]
  • The Greater Western Sydney and Western Bulldogs match was the second-most watched game in AFL history outside a grand final with an average viewership of 2.378 million people.[68]
  • The Western Bulldogs qualified for their first grand final since 1961.[69]
  • The Western Bulldogs became the first team to finish outside the top 4 in the home and away season under the current system to qualify for the Grand Final.

Week four[edit]

Grand Final
Saturday, 1 October (2:30 pm) Sydney 10.7 (67) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 99,981) Report
  • The Western Bulldogs won their first premiership in sixty-two years, ending the then-longest active VFL/AFL premiership drought.
  • The Western Bulldogs won from the seventh on the ladder after the minor round, the lowest position from which an AFL team had ever won the premiership.
  • The Western Bulldogs became just the second club after Adelaide in 1997 to win four consecutive finals to win a premiership.

Attendances[edit]

By club[edit]

2016 AFL attendances
Club Total Games Avg. per game Home total Home games Home avg.
Adelaide 944,586 24 37,948 517,612 11 47,056
Brisbane Lions 504,110 22 22,914 187,816 11 17,074
Carlton 784,445 22 35,657 389,242 11 35,386
Collingwood 972,219 22 44,192 508,066 11 46,188
Essendon 802,059 22 36,457 371,015 11 33,729
Fremantle 574,588 22 26,118 345,575 11 31,416
Geelong 910,207 24 37,925 335,490 11 30,499
Gold Coast 351,648 22 15,984 127,168 11 11,561
Greater Western Sydney 485,219 24 20,217 135,664 11 12,333
Hawthorn 1,013,973 24 42,249 403,078 11 36,643
Melbourne 686,641 22 30,977 344,591 11 31,326
North Melbourne 720,874 23 31,342 309,881 11 28,171
Port Adelaide 694,948 22 31,589 436,310 11 39,665
Richmond 900,137 22 40,915 452,609 11 41,146
St Kilda 686,842 22 31,220 340,420 11 30,947
Sydney 966,681 26 37,180 367,679 11 33,425
West Coast 786,853 23 34,211 401,997 11 36,545
Western Bulldogs 954,452 26 36,710 337,685 11 30,699

By ground[edit]

2016 ground attendances
Ground Total Games Avg. per game
Adelaide Oval 1,002,929 23 43,606
ANZ Stadium 60,222 1 60,222
Aurora Stadium 55,418 4 13,855
Blundstone Arena 46,946 3 15,649
Cazaly's Stadium 8,509 1 8,509
Domain Stadium 789,651 23 34,333
Etihad Stadium 1,392,126 46 30,264
Gabba 187,816 11 17,074
Manuka Oval 38,658 3 12,886
MCG 2,434,905 50 48,698
Metricon Stadium 127,168 11 11,561
Simonds Stadium 187,973 8 23,497
Spotless Stadium 118,796 9 13,200
SCG 405,815 12 33,818
TIO Stadium 8,163 1 8,163
TIO Traeger Park 5,146 1 5,146

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Name Club Milestone Round Ref.
Michael Rischitelli Gold Coast 200 AFL games Round 1 [88]
Leigh Montagna St Kilda 250 AFL games Round 1 [89]
Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 300 AFL games Round 2 [90]
Matt Priddis West Coast 200 AFL games Round 3 [91]
Joel Patfull Greater Western Sydney 200 AFL games Round 4 [92]
Shaun Burgoyne Hawthorn 300 AFL games Round 5 [93]
Rodney Eade Gold Coast 600 AFL games played/coached Round 5 [94]
Drew Petrie North Melbourne 300 AFL games Round 7 [95]
Nick Malceski Gold Coast 200 AFL games Round 8 [96]
Kade Simpson Carlton 250 AFL games Round 8 [97]
Jordan Lewis Hawthorn 250 AFL games Round 10 [98]
John Worsfold Essendon 500 AFL games played/coached Round 10 [99]
Brent Harvey North Melbourne 500 AFL goals Round 11 [100]
Josh Gibson Hawthorn 200 AFL games Round 11 [101]
Heath Grundy Sydney 200 AFL games Round 13 [102]
Bryce Gibbs Carlton 200 AFL games Round 14 [103]
Andrew Walker Carlton 200 AFL games Round 15 [104]
Kieren Jack Sydney 200 AFL games Round 16 [105]
Andrew Swallow North Melbourne 200 AFL games Round 16 [106]
Andrew Mackie Geelong 250 AFL games Round 17 [107]
Scott Thompson Adelaide 300 AFL games Round 17 [108]
Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 300 AFL games Round 18 [109]
Jimmy Bartel Geelong 300 AFL games Round 19 [110]
Matthew Pavlich Fremantle 350 AFL games Round 19 [111]
Justin Westhoff Port Adelaide 200 AFL games Round 20 [112]
John Worsfold Essendon 300 AFL games coached Round 20 [113]
Jack Riewoldt Richmond 200 AFL games Round 21 [114]
Harry Taylor Geelong 200 AFL games Round 21 [115]
David Mundy Fremantle 250 AFL games Round 22 [116]
Eddie Betts Adelaide 250 AFL games Round 22 [117]
Adam Cooney Essendon 250 AFL games Round 22 [118]
Mathew Stokes Essendon 200 AFL games Round 22 [119]
Dale Thomas Carlton 200 AFL games Round 23 [120]
Daniel Merrett Brisbane Lions 200 AFL games Round 23 [121]
Matthew Pavlich Fremantle 700 AFL goals Round 23 [122]
Shannon Hurn West Coast 200 AFL games Finals week 1 [123]

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 Rory Sloane [124]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Dayne Zorko [125]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Sam Docherty [126]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Scott Pendlebury [127]
Essendon W. S. Crichton Medal Zach Merrett [128]
Fremantle Doig Medal Lachie Neale [129]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Patrick Dangerfield [130]
Gold Coast Club Champion Tom Lynch [131]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Toby Greene [132]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Sam Mitchell [133]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Jack Viney [134]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Robbie Tarrant [135]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Robbie Gray [136]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Dustin Martin [137]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Jack Steven [138]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Josh Kennedy [139]
West Coast John Worsfold Medal Luke Shuey [140]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Marcus Bontempelli [141]

Club leadership[edit]

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) Leadership group Reference
Adelaide Don Pyke Taylor Walker Richard Douglas, Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Daniel Talia, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo [142][143]
Brisbane Lions Justin Leppitsch Tom Rockliff Pearce Hanley, Daniel Rich, Dayne Zorko, Dayne Beams, Daniel Merrett [144]
Carlton Brendon Bolton Marc Murphy Kade Simpson Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow, Sam Docherty, Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Walker [145]
Collingwood Nathan Buckley Scott Pendlebury Nathan Brown, Steele Sidebottom, Taylor Adams, Brent Macaffer [146]
Essendon John Worsfold Brendon Goddard Mark Baguley Joe Daniher, James Gwilt, Zach Merrett, David Zaharakis [147][148]
Fremantle Ross Lyon David Mundy Nathan Fyfe, Aaron Sandilands, Lee Spurr, Matthew Pavlich, Michael Johnson [149][150]
Geelong Chris Scott Joel Selwood Harry Taylor Mark Blicavs, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan, Tom Hawkins [151]
Gold Coast Rodney Eade Gary Ablett Tom Lynch, Dion Prestia, Steven May Nick Malceski, Michael Rischitelli, David Swallow, Jarrod Harbrow, Matt Rosa, Jaeger O'Meara [152]
Greater Western Sydney Leon Cameron Phil Davis
Callan Ward
Heath Shaw Matthew Buntine, Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith [153]
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Josh Gibson, Isaac Smith [154]
Melbourne Paul Roos Nathan Jones Max Gawn, Colin Garland, Jack Viney, Bernie Vince, Tom McDonald [155][156]
North Melbourne Brad Scott Andrew Swallow Jack Ziebell Shaun Higgins, Jamie Macmillan, Scott Thompson [157]
Port Adelaide Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Hamish Hartlett Brad Ebert, Jack Hombsch, Tom Jonas, Matthew Lobbe, Justin Westhoff, Ollie Wines [158]
Richmond Damien Hardwick Trent Cotchin Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric Alex Rance, Shane Edwards [159]
St Kilda Alan Richardson Nick Riewoldt David Armitage, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary, Leigh Montagna, Jack Newnes, Jack Steven, Maverick Weller [160]
Sydney John Longmire Kieren Jack
Jarrad McVeigh
Heath Grundy, Dan Hannebery, Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Dane Rampe, Nick Smith [161]
West Coast Adam Simpson Shannon Hurn Josh Kennedy Eric Mackenzie, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey [162]
Western Bulldogs Luke Beveridge Robert Murphy Easton Wood Matthew Boyd, Marcus Bontempelli, Dale Morris [163]

Coach changes[edit]

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Paul Roos Melbourne 27 August 2016 Retired at the end of the season as part of a succession plan[164] N/A Simon Goodwin
Justin Leppitsch Brisbane Lions 29 August 2016 Sacked following continued poor on-field performances in 2016[165] N/A Chris Fagan

Club financials[edit]

2016 AFL membership figures
Club Members[166] Change from 2015 % change from 2015
Adelaide 54,307 Increase 1,387 Increase 2.62%
Brisbane Lions 23,286 Decrease 2,122 Decrease 8.35%
Carlton 50,130 Increase 2,825 Increase 5.97%
Collingwood 74,643 Decrease 394 Decrease 0.53%
Essendon 57,494 Decrease 3,324 Decrease 5.47%
Fremantle 51,889 Increase 456 Increase 0.89%
Geelong 50,571 Increase 6,259 Increase 14.12%
Gold Coast 12,854 Decrease 789 Decrease 5.78%
Greater Western Sydney 15,312 Increase 1,832 Increase 15.59%
Hawthorn 75,351 Increase 2,427 Increase 3.33%
Melbourne 39,146 Increase 3,193 Increase 8.88%
North Melbourne 45,014 Increase 4,002 Increase 9.78%
Port Adelaide 53,743 Decrease 314 Decrease 0.58%
Richmond 72,278 Increase 1,469 Increase 2.07%
St Kilda 38,009 Increase 5,263 Increase 16.07%
Sydney 56,523 Increase 7,687 Increase 15.74%
West Coast 65,188 Increase 4,967 Increase 8.25%
Western Bulldogs 39,459 Increase 4,237 Increase 12.03%
Total 875,197 Increase 39,061 Increase 4.67%

Notable events[edit]

Essendon supplements scandal[edit]

On 12 January 2016, after appealing the AFL anti-doping tribunal's verdict that 34 past and present Essendon players were found not guilty of taking an illegal substance during the 2012 season, the Court of Arbitration for Sport returned a final verdict of guilty; as a result, these players, including twelve still at the club, five at another as well as 17 players who are currently playing at lower levels or have retired altogether, were suspended for the entire season.[167]

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