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The 2016 AFL Season was the 120th installment of elite Aussie Rules football and the 27th edition since the formation of Australian Football League. The season commenced on Thursday 24, March and finished on Saturday 1, October.

Overview Edit

There were a few notable fixture changes. For the first time since 1991, Essendon and Collingwood only played once during the home and away season. Carlton were not given any prime time Friday night slots, but were allowed to compete in the annual opening game verses Richmond. GWS played their first 2 home games at substitute home ground Manuka Oval. Due to a contract termination all of Sydney's home games were played at the SCG, instead of a mix between the SCG and ANZ stadium. ANZ stadium will however be Sydney's home ground for the finals. The AFL sanctioned the first ever LGBT pride game between St Kilda and Sydney. For the first time their was a bye between round 13 and the first week of finals.

Paul Roos retired as Melbourne coach to make way for Simon Goodwin. Justin Leppitsch was sacked as Brisbane coach and was replaced by Chris Fagan.

The Geelong Cats rose from a 10th place finish in 2015 to achieve a second place finish in 2016. Fremantle saw a massive decline, after minor premiership in 2015 they slumped to a 16th place finish in 2016. St Kilda dropped from 9th to 14th whilst Bombers dropped to the wooden spoon after having their main playing group suspended for the season.

Final Ladder Edit

Position Team Played Won Loss Draw Percentage (%) Points
1 Sydney Swans 22 17 5 0 151.2 68
2 Geelong Cats 22 17 5 0 143.8 68
3 Hawthorn Hawks 22 17 5 0 118.6 68
4 Greater Western Sydney Giants 22 16 6 0 143.1 64
5 Adelaide Crows 22 16 6 0 138.3 64
6 West Coast Eagles 22 16 6 0 130.0 64
7 Western Bulldogs (Premiers) 22 15 7 0 115.4 60
8 North Melbourne 22 12 10 0 105.2 48
9 Saint Kilda Saints 22 12 10 0 95.7 48
10 Port Adelaide Power 22 10 12 0 106.0 40
11 Melbourne Demons 22 10 12 0 97.6 40
12 Collingwood Magpies 22 9 13 0 95.6 36
13 Richmond Tigers 22 8 14 0 79.5 32
14 Carlton Blues 22 7 15 0 79.3 28
15 Gold Coast Suns 22 6 16 0 78.2 24
16 Fremantle Dockers 22 4 18 0 74.3 16
17 Brisbane Lions 22 3 18 0 61.6 12
18 Essendon Bombers 22 3 18 0 61.0 12

Finals Series Edit

                                   
  Qualifying Final    
1  Sydney  
4  GWS Giants     Semi Final    
     Sydney    
Elimination Final        Adelaide       Preliminary Final  
5  Adelaide        GWS Giants  
8  North Melbourne          Western Bulldogs     Grand Final  
         Western Bulldogs
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Sydney
6  West Coast          Geelong  
7  Western Bulldogs     Semi Final          Sydney  
     Hawthorn    
Qualifying Final        Western Bulldogs    
3  Geelong  
2  Hawthorn  
   
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing
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