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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[edit | edit source]
- 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.
Titles[edit | edit source]
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.
Medals[edit | edit source]
Matthew Lloyd of Essendon won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Shane Woewodin of Melbourne won the Brownlow Medal.
Ladder[edit | edit source]
Finals Series[edit | edit source]
|4||North Melbourne||Semi Final|
|Elimination Final||Hawthorn||Preliminary Final|
|Elimination Final||Preliminary Final||Melbourne|
|7||Western Bulldogs||North Melbourne|
|6||Brisbane Lions||Semi Final||Melbourne|