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The 2019 AFL Season was the 123rd installment of elite Aussie Rules football and the 30th edition since the formation of the Australian Football League. The season commenced on Thursday 21st March and finished on Saturday 28th September.

Overview Edit

There were a few notable fixture changes for the 2019 season. St Kilda replaced Gold Coast as the hosts for the Shanghai match against Port Adelaide. Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville hosted it's first ever AFL match when Gold Coast played St Kilda in round 13 and Collingwood were hosting Melbourne in the annual Queens Birthday Clash.

There were a host of managerial changes throughout the season. Brad Scott resigned from North Melbourne, with Rhyce Shaw coming on as caretaker and eventually becoming the new full time replacement. Brendan Bolton was sacked from Carlton and was replaced by David Teague. Alan Richardson resigned from the St Kilda job and replaced by Brett Ratten. Ross Lyon was sacked from Fremantle, David Hale was made caretaker but Justin Longmuir was named as the permanent replacement. Don Pyke stepped down from the Adelaide job and was replaced by Matthew Nicks.

There was also a number of shifts in team performances compared to the previous season. Brisbane were the most notable improvement as they shot up 13 places from 15th in 2018 to 2nd in 2019. The Western Bulldogs returned to the finals after a 13th place finish in 2018 they came 7th in 2019. Melbourne were the most noticeable decline as they went from a promising 5th place to a lowly 17th, Sydney also fell off after a 6th place finish in 2018 they then dropped to 15th in 2019.

Final Ladder Edit

Position Team Played Won Loss Draw Percentage (%) Points
1 Geelong Cats 22 16 6 0 135.7 64
2 Brisbane Lions 22 16 6 0 118.3 64
3 Richmond Tigers (Premiers) 22 16 6 0 113.7 64
4 Collingwood Magpies 22 15 7 0 117.7 60
5 West Coast Eagles 22 15 7 0 112.5 60
6 Greater Western Sydney Giants 22 13 9 0 115.4 52
7 Western Bulldogs 22 12 10 0 107.2 48
8 Essendon Bombers 22 12 10 0 95.4 48
9 Hawthorn Hawks 22 11 11 0 108.7 44
10 Port Adelaide Power 22 11 11 0 105.4 44
11 Adelaide Crows 22 10 12 0 100.9 40
12 North Melbourne Kangaroos 22 10 12 0 99.5 40
13 Fremantle Dockers 22 9 13 0 91.9 36
14 St Kilda Saints 22 9 13 0 83.9 36
15 Sydney Swans 22 8 14 0 97.7 32
16 Carlton Blues 22 7 15 0 84.5 28
17 Melbourne Demons 22 5 17 0 78.6 20
18 Gold Coast Suns 22 3 19 0 60.5 12

Finals Series Edit

                                   
  Qualifying Final    
1  Geelong  
4  Collingwood     Semi Final    
     Geelong    
Elimination Final        West Coast       Preliminary Final  
5  West Coast        Collingwood  
8  Essendon          GWS     Grand Final  
         GWS
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Richmond
6  GWS Giants          Richmond  
7  Western Bulldogs     Semi Final          Geelong  
     Brisbane Lions    
Qualifying Final        GWS    
2  Brisbane Lions  
3  Richmond  
   
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing
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