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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2002 season was the unofficial 16th 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.

In this new era of the AFL, three of the six interstate clubs - Brisbane Lions, Port Adelaide, Adelaide - joined Collingwood in the Preliminary Finals.

Club ChangesEdit

  • John Worsfold replaced Ken Judge as coach at West Coast Eagles.
  • After a poor start to the season, Paul Roos replaced Rodney Eade as Sydney Swans coach.
  • Peter Rohde was appointed coach at Western Bulldogs.
  • Chris Connolly was appointed coach at Fremantle.

North Melbourne and West Coast Eagles both climbed 6 places to qualify for the finals series. Carlton fell 11 places to win the wooden spoon. Whilst Richmond fell 10 places to finish 14th


A repeat from last season, Brisbane Lions finished second on the ladder and won the premiership. Collingwood finishing 4th played them in the Grand Final. Port Adelaide were minor premiers. Whilst Carlton won the wooden spoon.


David Neitz of Melbourne won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Simon Black of Brisbane Lions won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2001 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Port Adelaide Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams   Matthew Primus
2   2010 Logo Lions Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Leigh Matthews   Michael Voss
3 ▲ 5   2010 Logo Adelaide Adelaide   Football Park   Gary Ayres   Mark Ricciuto
4 ▲ 5   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Nathan Buckley
5 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Kevin Sheedy   James Hird
6 ▲ 5   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   Neale Daniher   David Neitz
7 ▲ 6   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Denis Pagan   Anthony Stevens
8 ▲ 6   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Ben Cousins
9 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Ben Graham
10 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   MCG   Peter Schwab   Shane Crawford
11 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Rodney Eade
  Paul Roos
  Paul Kelly
12 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Peter Rohde   Chris Grant
13 ▲ 3   Fremantle-dockers Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Chris Connolly   Peter Bell
14   ▼ 10   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Danny Frawley   Wayne Campbell
15   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Grant Thomas   Robert Harvey
16   ▼ 11   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Princes Park   Wayne Brittain   Brett Ratten

Finals SeriesEdit

  Qualifying Final    
4  Collingwood  
1  Port Adelaide     Semi Final    
     Port Adelaide    
Elimination Final        Essendon       Preliminary Final  
5  Essendon        Collingwood  
8  West Coast Eagles          Adelaide     Grand Final  
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Brisbane Lions
7  North Melbourne          Port Adelaide  
6  Melbourne     Semi Final          Brisbane Lions  
Qualifying Final        Adelaide    
3  Adelaide  
2  Brisbane Lions  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing

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