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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2000 season was the unofficial 14th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987.

The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. In 1991 Adelaide Crows joined followed by Fremantle Dockers in 1995.

1997 was the start of a new era of the AFL. Footscray changed its name to Western Bulldogs. Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged to become Brisbane Lions. And Port Adelaide Power joined retaining the league with 16 clubs.

Essendon almost completed the season undefeated. They won 21 home & away matches and the 3 finals matches. The only loss was against the Western Bulldogs by 11 points.

Club Changes[]

  • Mick Malthouse left West Coast Eagles to coach Collingwood. Ken Judge left Hawthorn to coach West Coast Eagles. Peter Schwab replaced Ken Judge as Hawthorn coach.
  • Gary Ayres left Geelong to coach Adelaide. Mark Thompson replaced him as Geelong coach.
  • Danny Frawley replaced Jeff Gieschen as coach at Richmond.

The Docklands Stadium opened and become the home ground to Essendon, North Melbourne, St Kilda and Western Bulldogs. The MCG remained the home ground for Melbourne and Richmond and were joined by Collingwood and Hawthorn. Carlton continued to played its home matches at Princes Park.

Melbourne had the biggest improvement for the season, climbing 11 places to finish 3rd on the ladder and played in the Grand Final. Whilst West Coast Eagles fell 8 places to 13th and out of the final series.


After Essendon won the minor premiers last season but missed out of the Grand Final, they took the next step by winning both in 2000. Melbourne finishing 3rd on the ladder played Essendon in the Grand Final. Whilst St Kilda won the wooden spoon.


Matthew Lloyd of Essendon won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Shane Woewodin of Melbourne won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1999 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Kevin Sheedy   James Hird
2 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Princes Park   David Parkin   Craig Bradley
3   ▲ 11   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Neale Daniher   David Neitz
4 ▼ 2   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Denis Pagan   Wayne Carey
5 ▲ 6   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Ben Graham
6 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Leigh Matthews   Michael Voss
7 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Terry Wallace   Scott Wynd
8 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Peter Schwab   Shane Crawford
9 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Danny Frawley   Matthew Knights
10 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   Rodney Eade   Paul Kelly
11 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Gary Ayres   Mark Bickley
12 ▲ 3   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Damian Drum   Shaun McManus
13 ▼ 8   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Ken Judge   Guy McKenna
14 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams   Gavin Wanganeen
15 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Nathan Buckley
16 ▼ 6   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Tim Watson   Nathan Burke

Finals Series[]

  Qualifying Final    
1  Essendon  
4  North Melbourne     Semi Final    
     North Melbourne    
Elimination Final        Hawthorn       Preliminary Final  
8  Hawthorn        Essendon  
5  Geelong          Carlton     Grand Final  
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Melbourne
7  Western Bulldogs          North Melbourne  
6  Brisbane Lions     Semi Final          Melbourne  
     Brisbane Lions    
Qualifying Final        Carlton    
2  Carlton  
3  Melbourne  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing