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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2010 season was the unofficial 24th 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.

Club ChangesEdit

  • Brad Scott, twin brother of Chris Scott, replaced Dean Laidley as coach at North Melbourne.
  • After a poor start to the season, Matthew Primus replaced Mark Williams as Port Adelaide coach.
  • Damien Hardwick was appointed coach at Richmond.

Sydney Swans, Fremantle and Hawthorn qualified for the finals series. Whilst Adelaide, Brisbane Lions and Essendon fell out after participating last season.


The "colliwobbles" finally ended when Collingwood won the double: the minor premiers and the premiership. It was 1990, 20 years ago when Collingwood last won the premiership. St Kilda who finished third played in its second Grand Final in a row. Whilst West Coast Eagles won the wooden spoon, 4 years after they were premiers.


Jack Riewoldt of Richmond won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Chris Judd of Carlton won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2009 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Nick Maxwell
2   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Cameron Ling
3 ▼ 2   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Ross Lyon   Nick Riewoldt
4 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Rodney Eade   Brad Johnson
5 ▲ 7   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Paul Roos   Brett Kirk
6 ▲ 8   Fremantle-dockers Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Mark Harvey   Matthew Pavlich
7 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Sam Mitchell
8 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Brett Ratten   Chris Judd
9 ▲ 4   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Brad Scott   Brent Harvey
10   2010 Logo Port Adelaide Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams
  Matthew Primus
  Domenic Cassisi
11 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Adelaide Adelaide   Football Park   Neil Craig   Simon Goodwin
12 ▲ 4   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   Dean Bailey   James McDonald
13 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Lions Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Michael Voss   Jonathan Brown
14 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Matthew Knights   Jobe Watson
15   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Damien Hardwick   Chris Newman
16 ▼ 5   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Darren Glass

Finals SeriesEdit

  Qualifying Final    
1  Collingwood  
4  Western Bulldogs     Semi Final    
     Western Bulldogs    
Elimination Final        Sydney Swans       Preliminary Final  
5  Sydney Swans        Collingwood  
8  Carlton          Geelong     Grand Final  
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        St Kilda
7  Hawthorn          Western Bulldogs  
6  Fremantle     Semi Final          St Kilda  
Qualifying Final        Geelong    
2  Geelong  
3  St Kilda  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing

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