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The 2017 AFL Season was the 121st installment of elite Aussie Rules football and the 28th edition since the formation of the Australian Football League. The season commenced on Thursday 23, 2018 and finished on Saturday 30, September.

Overview Edit

There were a few notable fixture changes. York Park was renamed the University of Tasmania Stadium. GWS sold the naming rights of Manuka Oval and will now be known as UNSW Canberra Oval. North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs played in their first Good Friday match. Port Adelaide and Gold Coast competed in the first game outside of Australia and New Zealand, in Beijing, China. Simonds Stadium was unavailable until round 9. Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide played in the inaugural match in Regional Victoria at Mars Stadium, Ballarat.

Upon not being offered a new contract, Rodney Eade stepped down as Gold Coast coach and was replaced by Stuart Dew, after the remainder of the season was taken by caretaker manager Dean Solomon.

Richmond rose from 13th in 2016 to 3rd and eventual premiers. Essendon rose from 18th to 7th following the year-long suspension to the playing group. North Melbourne dropped form 8th to 15th, whilst Hawthorn dropped from 3rd to 12th. Reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs failed to make the 8 and dropped to 10th.


Final Ladder Edit

Position Team Played Won Loss Draw Percentage (%) Points
1 Adelaide Crows 22 15 6 1 136.0 62
2 Geelong Cats 22 15 16 1 117.4 62
3 Richmond Tigers (Premiers) 22 15 7 0 118.3 60
4 Greater Western Sydney Giants 22 14 6 2 114.8 60
5 Port Adelaide Power 22 14 8 0 129.7 56
6 Sydney Swans 22 14 8 0 126.8 56
7 Essendon Bombers 22 12 10 0 106.5 48
8 West Coast Eagles 22 12 10 0 105.7 48
9 Melbourne Demons 22 12 10 0 105.2 48
10 Western Bulldogs 22 11 11 0 97.1 44
11 St Kilda Saints 22 11 11 0 96.9 44
12 Hawthorn Hawks 22 10 11 1 90.7 42
13 Collingwood Magpies 22 9 12 1 99.0 38
14 Fremantle Dockers 22 8 14 0 74.4 32
15 North Melbourne Kangaroos 22 6 16 0 87.6 24
16 Carlton Blues 22 6 16 0 78.2 24
17 Gold Coast Suns 22 6 16 0 76.0 24
18 Brisbane Lions 22 5 17 0 74.3 20

Finals Series Edit

                                   
  Qualifying Final    
1  Adelaide  
4  GWS Giants     Semi Final    
     GWS Giants    
Elimination Final        West Coast       Preliminary Final  
5  Port Adelaide        Adelaide  
8  West Coast (a.e.t)          Geelong     Grand Final  
         Adelaide
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Richmond
6  Sydney          Richmond  
7  Essendon     Semi Final          GWS Giants  
     Geelong    
Qualifying Final        Sydney    
2  Geelong  
3  Richmond  
   
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing     (a.e.t) = After Extra Time
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