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2017 AFL season

2017 AFL premiership season
2017 AFL season logo.svg
Teams 18
Premiers Richmond
(11th premiership)
Minor premiers Adelaide
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played 207
Attendance 7,287,880 (35,207 per match)
Highest attendance 100,021 (grand final, Adelaide vs. Richmond)
Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin
Sydney (69 goals)
Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin
Richmond (36 votes)
2016
2018

The 2017 Australian Football League season was the 121st season of the elite Australian rules football competition. There were 18 teams competing in the league, the same as the preceding five seasons. The first game was played on Thursday, 23 March, and the season concluded with the 2017 AFL Grand Final on Saturday, 30 September. Richmond defeated Adelaide in the Grand Final by 48 points, winning their first premiership since 1980.

Rule changes

The following amendments were made to the Laws of the Game for the 2017 season:[1]

  • Rules relating to around-the-ground ruck contests were amended such that only the nominated ruckman for each team is permitted in the contest, eliminating the option for another player to enter the contest and take the tap, otherwise known as the "third man up" strategy.[2] This was done to make ruck contests easier to adjudicate, to reduce the risk of injuries to ruckmen, and to increase the value of the skill of ruckwork.[2]
  • A more stringent interpretation of deliberate rushed behinds was introduced, by allowing the umpire to consider prior opportunity, distance from the goal line and degree of applied pressure when judging whether or not to pay a free kick.
  • Adjustments were made to the interpretation of high tackles, giving the umpire more discretion to call play-on when he deems that the tackled player is responsible for the high contact. This was introduced to discourage the practice of ducking into a tackle, dropping the knees when tackled or trying to shrug off a tackle to earn a free kick.[3]
  • A more stringent interpretation of punches to the body was introduced to the match review panel and tribunal to allow for suspensions to be imposed; and to allow fines to be imposed for low impact jumper punches.

Pre-season

JLT Community Series

The pre-season series of matches returned in 2017 as the newly renamed JLT Community Series, which featured 27 practice matches played over 25 days, beginning on 16 February and ending on 12 March. The matches were stand-alone, with no overall winner of the series. Each team played three games, many at suburban or regional venues, while all games were televised on Fox Footy.

Premiership season

Notable features of the draw include:

Round 1

Round 1 (Opening Round)
Thursday, 23 March (7:20 pm) Carlton 14.5 (89) def. by Richmond 20.12 (132) MCG (crowd: 73,137) Report
Friday, 24 March (7:50 pm) Collingwood 12.14 (86) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 66,254) Report
Saturday, 25 March (4:35 pm) Sydney 12.10 (82) def. by Port Adelaide 17.8 (110) SCG (crowd: 33,129) Report
Saturday, 25 March (4:35 pm) St Kilda 13.12 (90) def. by Melbourne 18.12 (120) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,249) Report
Saturday, 25 March (7:25 pm) Essendon 17.14 (116) def. Hawthorn 12.19 (91) MCG (crowd: 78,294) Report
Saturday, 25 March (7:05 pm) Gold Coast 14.12 (96) def. by Brisbane Lions 15.8 (98) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,710) Report
Sunday, 26 March (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 13.15 (93) def. by West Coast 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,997) Report
Sunday, 26 March (2:45 pm) Adelaide 22.15 (147) def. Greater Western Sydney 14.7 (91) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 43,993) Report
Sunday, 26 March (4:40 pm) Fremantle 10.13 (73) def. by Geelong 18.7 (115) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,638) Report
  • Melbourne defeated St Kilda for the first time since the 2006 elimination final, ending a fourteen match losing streak.[13]
  • The crowd of 78,294 for Essendon vs. Hawthorn is the highest ever crowd in a home-and-away game between these two teams.[14]
  • The match between North Melbourne and West Coast was the 15,000th VFL/AFL game played.[15]
  • The match between Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney started five minutes earlier than initially scheduled due to the application of the heat policy, whereby each quarter break was extended by two minutes.[16]
  • The total attendance of 400,401 for the round broke the record for the highest attended round in VFL/AFL history, breaking the previous record of 371,212 set in round 15, 2013.[17]

Round 2

Round 2
Thursday, 30 March (7:20 pm) Richmond 14.15 (99) def. Collingwood 11.14 (80) MCG (crowd: 58,236) Report
Friday, 31 March (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110) def. Sydney 13.9 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,834) Report
Saturday, 1 April (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) def. by Adelaide 16.17 (113) MCG (crowd: 37,420) Report
Saturday, 1 April (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 24.16 (160) def. Gold Coast 8.10 (58) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 8,022) Report
Saturday, 1 April (6:25 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) def. by Essendon 17.9 (111) Gabba (crowd: 21,749) Report
Saturday, 1 April (4:40 pm) West Coast 18.8 (116) def. St Kilda 13.19 (97) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,749) Report
Sunday, 2 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 17.10 (112) def. North Melbourne 17.9 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,917) Report
Sunday, 2 April (3:20 pm) Melbourne 13.8 (86) def. Carlton 9.10 (64) MCG (crowd: 46,727) Report
Sunday, 2 April (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 22.13 (145) def. Fremantle 8.8 (56) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 38,388) Report

Round 3

Round 3
Friday, 7 April (7:50 pm) Sydney 11.13 (79) def. by Collingwood 11.14 (80) SCG (crowd: 35,310) Report
Saturday, 8 April (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 10.7 (67) def. by Greater Western Sydney 15.19 (109) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 8,758) Report
Saturday, 8 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 11.10 (76) def. West Coast 8.17 (65) MCG (crowd: 42,523) Report
Saturday, 8 April (4:35 pm) Geelong 20.6 (126) def. Melbourne 13.19 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,733) Report
Saturday, 8 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) def. by Adelaide 15.10 (100) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 53,698) Report
Saturday, 8 April (5:40 pm) Fremantle 13.11 (89) def. Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) Domain Stadium (crowd: 28,865) Report
Sunday, 9 April (1:10 pm) St Kilda 14.23 (107) def. Brisbane Lions 11.10 (76) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,097) Report
Sunday, 9 April (3:20 pm) Carlton 7.15 (57) def. Essendon 6.6 (42) MCG (crowd: 48,022) Report
Sunday, 9 April (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 21.13 (139) def. Hawthorn 7.11 (53) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,728) Report

Round 4

Round 4 (Easter)
Thursday, 13 April (6:10 pm) West Coast 13.13 (91) def. Sydney 10.5 (65) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,065) Report
Friday, 14 April (4:20 pm) North Melbourne 12.14 (86) def. by Western Bulldogs 12.17 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,814) Report
Saturday, 15 April (1:40 pm) Melbourne 15.14 (104) def. by Fremantle 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 27,829) Report
Saturday, 15 April (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.16 (112) def. Port Adelaide 11.15 (81) UNSW Canberra Oval (crowd: 9,185) Report
Saturday, 15 April (7:25 pm) Carlton 12.10 (82) def. by Gold Coast 17.6 (108) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,968) Report
Saturday, 15 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 24.9 (153) def. Essendon 13.10 (88) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 47,492) Report
Sunday, 16 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 7.13 (55) def. by St Kilda 9.15 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,650) Report
Sunday, 16 April (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) def. by Richmond 17.17 (119) Gabba (crowd: 21,669) Report
Monday, 17 April (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 6.12 (48) def. by Geelong 20.14 (134) MCG (crowd: 62,360) Report

Round 5

Round 5 (Anzac Round)
Friday, 21 April (7:20 pm) Port Adelaide 20.17 (137) def. Carlton 6.11 (47) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 43,120) Report
Saturday, 22 April (1:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.20 (122) def. Brisbane Lions 14.6 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,822) Report
Saturday, 22 April (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 13.8 (86) def. by Adelaide 23.15 (153) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,672) Report
Saturday, 22 April (7:25 pm) Sydney 9.9 (63) def. by Greater Western Sydney 15.15 (105) SCG (crowd: 34,824) Report
Saturday, 22 April (5:40 pm) Fremantle 9.13 (67) def. North Melbourne 9.8 (62) Domain Stadium (crowd: 33,319) Report
Sunday, 23 April (3:20 pm) St Kilda 13.10 (88) def. by Geelong 19.12 (126) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,884) Report
Sunday, 23 April (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 19.11 (125) def. West Coast 11.9 (75) MCG (crowd: 28,997) Report
Monday, 24 April (7:25 pm) Richmond 12.16 (88) def. Melbourne 11.9 (75) MCG (crowd: 85,657) Report
Tuesday, 25 April (3:20 pm) Essendon 15.10 (100) def. Collingwood 11.16 (82) MCG (crowd: 87,685) Report

Round 6

Round 6
Friday, 28 April (7:50 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.9 (75) def. Western Bulldogs 9.19 (73) UNSW Canberra Oval (crowd: 14,048) Report
Saturday, 29 April (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 8.7 (55) def. by St Kilda 19.16 (130) University of Tasmania Stadium (crowd: 15,571) Report
Saturday, 29 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 15.7 (97) def. Sydney 11.12 (78) MCG (crowd: 32,678) Report
Saturday, 29 April (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) def. by Port Adelaide 22.18 (150) Gabba (crowd: 13,638) Report
Saturday, 29 April (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 16.11 (107) def. Gold Coast 14.10 (94) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,431) Report
Saturday, 29 April (6:10 pm) West Coast 16.7 (103) def. Fremantle 9.8 (62) Domain Stadium (crowd: 40,836) Report
Sunday, 30 April (1:10 pm) Essendon 10.14 (74) def. by Melbourne 17.10 (112) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,040) Report
Sunday, 30 April (3:20 pm) Geelong 11.12 (78) def. by Collingwood 15.17 (107) MCG (crowd: 46,457) Report
Sunday, 30 April (4:10 pm) Adelaide 21.14 (140) def. Richmond 10.4 (64) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 51,069) Report

Round 7

Round 7
Friday, 5 May (7:50 pm) St Kilda 16.12 (108) def. Greater Western Sydney 12.13 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,160) Report
Saturday, 6 May (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 22.13 (145) def. Adelaide 13.8 (86) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 10,064) Report
Saturday, 6 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 8.8 (56) def. by Carlton 12.7 (79) MCG (crowd: 70,279) Report
Saturday, 6 May (4:05 pm) Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) def. by West Coast 15.7 (97) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 38,333) Report
Saturday, 6 May (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 18.16 (124) def. Geelong 15.9 (99) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,648) Report
Saturday, 6 May (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.14 (80) def. Richmond 11.9 (75) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,387) Report
Sunday, 7 May (1:10 pm) Sydney 20.15 (135) def. Brisbane Lions 12.9 (81) SCG (crowd: 25,619) Report
Sunday, 7 May (3:20 pm) Melbourne 14.7 (91) def. by Hawthorn 14.10 (94) MCG (crowd: 38,693) Report
Sunday, 7 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 17.14 (116) def. Essendon 11.13 (79) Domain Stadium (crowd: 33,393) Report

Round 8

Round 8
Friday, 12 May (6:10 pm) West Coast 9.15 (69) def. Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,934) Report
Saturday, 13 May (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 17.11 (113) def. Brisbane Lions 11.9 (75) University of Tasmania Stadium (crowd: 10,553) Report
Saturday, 13 May (2:10 pm) St Kilda 12.13 (85) def. Carlton 10.6 (66) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,014) Report
Saturday, 13 May (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 15.12 (102) def. Collingwood 15.9 (99) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 11,360) Report
Saturday, 13 May (7:25 pm) Essendon 17.8 (110) def. Geelong 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 57,172) Report
Saturday, 13 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 9.12 (66) def. by Melbourne 17.5 (107) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 47,882) Report
Sunday, 14 May (1:10 pm) Richmond 10.10 (70) def. by Fremantle 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 31,200) Report
Sunday, 14 May (1:15 pm) Gold Coast 4.14 (38) def. by Port Adelaide 16.14 (110) Jiangwan Stadium, Shanghai (crowd: 10,118) Report
Sunday, 14 May (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 11.12 (78) def. by Sydney 18.12 (120) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,589) Report

Round 9

Round 9
Friday, 19 May (7:50 pm) Geelong 16.8 (104) def. Western Bulldogs 12.9 (81) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 30,275) Report
Saturday, 20 May (1:45 pm) St Kilda 10.8 (68) def. by Sydney 18.10 (118) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,778) Report
Saturday, 20 May (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.12 (78) def. Richmond 10.15 (75) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 10,677) Report
Saturday, 20 May (7:25 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.18 (60) def. by Adelaide 21.14 (140) Gabba (crowd: 13,802) Report
Saturday, 20 May (7:25 pm) Collingwood 13.12 (90) def. Hawthorn 11.6 (72) MCG (crowd: 54,252) Report
Sunday, 21 May (1:10 pm) Essendon 19.11 (125) def. West Coast 8.16 (64) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,403) Report
Sunday, 21 May (3:20 pm) Melbourne 13.12 (90) def. by North Melbourne 15.14 (104) MCG (crowd: 33,218) Report
Sunday, 21 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 13.8 (86) def. Carlton 7.9 (51) Domain Stadium (crowd: 30,313) Report
Bye: Gold Coast, Port Adelaide

Round 10

Round 10 (Sir Doug Nicholls Round)
Thursday, 25 May (7:20 pm) Geelong 11.15 (81) def. Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 24,909) Report
Friday, 26 May (7:50 pm) Sydney 11.9 (75) def. by Hawthorn 12.9 (81) SCG (crowd: 36,221) Report
Saturday, 27 May (1:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) def. St Kilda 7.8 (50) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,685) Report
Saturday, 27 May (4:05 pm) Melbourne 18.14 (122) def. Gold Coast 13.9 (87) TIO Traeger Park (crowd: 5,072) Report
Saturday, 27 May (7:25 pm) Richmond 11.15 (81) def. Essendon 10.6 (66) MCG (crowd: 85,656) Report
Saturday, 27 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 20.23 (143) def. Fremantle 6.7 (43) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 42,415) Report
Sunday, 28 May (1:10 pm) Collingwood 18.21 (129) def. Brisbane Lions 13.6 (84) MCG (crowd: 32,750) Report
Sunday, 28 May (3:20 pm) Carlton 15.6 (96) def. by North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,802) Report
Sunday, 28 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 14.6 (90) def. by Greater Western Sydney 14.14 (98) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,057) Report

Round 11

Round 11
Thursday, 1 June (7:20 pm) Port Adelaide 13.20 (98) def. Hawthorn 7.5 (47) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 37,910) Report
Friday, 2 June (7:50 pm) Geelong 13.18 (96) def. Adelaide 10.14 (74) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 30,468) Report
Saturday, 3 June (1:45 pm) Gold Coast 11.14 (80) def. West Coast 11.11 (77) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,402) Report
Saturday, 3 June (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 18.9 (117) def. Essendon 15.11 (101) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 13,671) Report
Saturday, 3 June (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 9.12 (66) def. by Richmond 14.17 (101) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,100) Report
Sunday, 4 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.13 (85) def. by Collingwood 15.15 (105) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,259) Report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney, Western Bulldogs
  • Hawthorn's half time score of 0.3 (3) was the lowest half-time score in the club's history.[30]
  • Port Adelaide's conceded half time score of 0.3 (3) was its lowest conceded half time score in its AFL history.[31]

Round 12

Round 12
Thursday, 8 June (7:20 pm) Sydney 12.16 (88) def. Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42) SCG (crowd: 20,692) Report
Friday, 9 June (7:20 pm) Adelaide 16.15 (111) def. St Kilda 7.12 (54) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 46,082) Report
Saturday, 10 June (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) def. by Gold Coast 14.11 (95) MCG (crowd: 27,392) Report
Saturday, 10 June (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.13 (121) def. Fremantle 9.10 (64) Gabba (crowd: 11,742) Report
Saturday, 10 June (7:25 pm) Essendon 19.17 (131) def. Port Adelaide 8.13 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,022) Report
Sunday, 11 June (3:20 pm) Carlton 10.11 (71) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.16 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,194) Report
Monday, 12 June (3:20 pm) Melbourne 15.14 (104) def. Collingwood 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 70,926) Report
Bye: Geelong, North Melbourne, Richmond, West Coast

Round 13

Round 13
Thursday, 15 June (6:10 pm) West Coast 11.17 (83) def. Geelong 10.10 (70) Domain Stadium (crowd: 35,719) Report
Friday, 16 June (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 10.12 (72) def. by St Kilda 12.17 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,107) Report
Saturday, 17 June (1:45 pm) Richmond 10.11 (71) def. by Sydney 12.8 (80) MCG (crowd: 58,721) Report
Saturday, 17 June (4:05 pm) Port Adelaide 18.13 (121) def. Brisbane Lions 12.9 (81) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 31,772) Report
Saturday, 17 June (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 11.7 (73) def. by Carlton 12.11 (83) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,936) Report
Sunday, 18 June (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 8.8 (56) def. by Melbourne 17.11 (113) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,667) Report
Bye: Adelaide, Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Greater Western Sydney, Hawthorn

Round 14

Round 14
Thursday, 22 June (7:20 pm) Adelaide 12.10 (82) def. by Hawthorn 14.12 (96) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 45,312) Report
Friday, 23 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 11.20 (86) def. Essendon 12.13 (85) SCG (crowd: 34,575) Report
Saturday, 24 June (1:45 pm) Collingwood 9.8 (62) def. by Port Adelaide 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 35,933) Report
Saturday, 24 June (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.14 (86) def. by Greater Western Sydney 22.14 (146) Gabba (crowd: 11,455) Report
Saturday, 24 June (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.17 (107) def. North Melbourne 16.10 (106) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,263) Report
Saturday, 24 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. by Melbourne 15.9 (99) Domain Stadium (crowd: 36,622) Report
Sunday, 25 June (1:10 pm) Geelong 10.14 (74) def. Fremantle 11.6 (72) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 29,928) Report
Sunday, 25 June (3:20 pm) Richmond 11.18 (84) def. Carlton 8.10 (58) MCG (crowd: 64,448) Report
Sunday, 25 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 14.20 (104) def. Gold Coast 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,844) Report

Round 15

Round 15
Friday, 30 June (7:50 pm) Melbourne 7.8 (50) def. by Sydney 11.19 (85) MCG (crowd: 47,464) Report
Saturday, 1 July (1:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.14 (80) def. by West Coast 12.15 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,671) Report
Saturday, 1 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 12.5 (77) def. by Adelaide 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 33,433) Report
Saturday, 1 July (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 18.10 (118) def. North Melbourne 14.15 (99) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,779) Report
Saturday, 1 July (7:25 pm) Greater Western Sydney 10.8 (68) drew with Geelong 10.8 (68) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 15,007) Report
Saturday, 1 July (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) def. by Richmond 11.10 (76) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 39,979) Report
Sunday, 2 July (1:10 pm) Essendon 11.16 (82) def. by Brisbane Lions 13.12 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,246) Report
Sunday, 2 July (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 18.10 (118) def. Collingwood 14.10 (94) MCG (crowd: 56,593) Report
Sunday, 2 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. by St Kilda 12.17 (89) Domain Stadium (crowd: 30,541) Report

Round 16

Round 16
Friday, 7 July (7:20 pm) Adelaide 16.8 (104) def. Western Bulldogs 5.15 (45) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 41,948) Report
Saturday, 8 July (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) drew with Greater Western Sydney 15.7 (97) University of Tasmania Stadium (crowd: 12,156) Report
Saturday, 8 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 12.8 (80) def. by Essendon 18.9 (117) MCG (crowd: 63,537) Report
Saturday, 8 July (4:35 pm) Sydney 17.16 (118) def. Gold Coast 7.9 (51) SCG (crowd: 32,987) Report
Saturday, 8 July (7:25 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.12 (78) def. by Geelong 25.13 (163) Gabba (crowd: 18,769) Report
Saturday, 8 July (7:25 pm) St Kilda 21.12 (138) def. Richmond 10.11 (71) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,514) Report
Sunday, 9 July (1:10 pm) North Melbourne 12.10 (82) def. by Fremantle 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,267) Report
Sunday, 9 July (3:20 pm) Carlton 12.10 (82) def. by Melbourne 14.6 (90) MCG (crowd: 47,266) Report
Sunday, 9 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Port Adelaide 18.12 (120) Domain Stadium (crowd: 36,766) Report

Round 17

Round 17
Friday, 14 July (7:50 pm) St Kilda 7.15 (57) def. by Essendon 17.16 (118) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,156) Report
Saturday, 15 July (1:45 pm) Geelong 13.10 (88) def. Hawthorn 12.13 (85) MCG (crowd: 70,345) Report
Saturday, 15 July (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 19.13 (127) def. North Melbourne 8.9 (57) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 34,138) Report
Saturday, 15 July (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Collingwood 15.13 (103) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 17,275) Report
Saturday, 15 July (7:25 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) def. by Sydney 14.12 (96) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 21,924) Report
Saturday, 15 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 10.10 (70) def. by Adelaide 17.14 (116) TIO Stadium (crowd: 12,104) Report
Sunday, 16 July (1:10 pm) Richmond 16.16 (112) def. Brisbane Lions 12.9 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,188) Report
Sunday, 16 July (3:20 pm) Carlton 9.8 (62) def. by Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 35,157) Report
Sunday, 16 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 5.14 (44) def. by West Coast 11.8 (74) Domain Stadium (crowd: 38,722) Report

Round 18

Round 18
Friday, 21 July (7:20 pm) Adelaide 13.13 (91) def. Geelong 10.10 (70) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 50,464) Report
Saturday, 22 July (1:45 pm) Essendon 20.12 (132) def. North Melbourne 16.9 (105) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,359) Report
Saturday, 22 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 13.10 (88) def. Port Adelaide 9.11 (65) MCG (crowd: 27,068) Report
Saturday, 22 July (4:35 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110) def. Gold Coast 8.8 (56) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 9,364) Report
Saturday, 22 July (7:25 pm) Sydney 14.17 (101) def. St Kilda 9.5 (59) SCG (crowd: 35,773) Report
Saturday, 22 July (5:40 pm) Fremantle 7.6 (48) def. by Hawthorn 15.10 (100) Domain Stadium (crowd: 30,818) Report
Sunday, 23 July (1:10 pm) Richmond 9.10 (64) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.9 (45) MCG (crowd: 33,467) Report
Sunday, 23 July (3:20 pm) Collingwood 13.15 (93) def. West Coast 13.7 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,927) Report
Sunday, 23 July (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.10 (112) def. Carlton 11.16 (82) Gabba (crowd: 18,847) Report

Round 19

Round 19 (Multicultural Round)
Friday, 28 July (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 10.12 (72) def. Sydney 9.12 (66) MCG (crowd: 52,181) Report
Saturday, 29 July (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 11.10 (76) def. Melbourne 10.12 (72) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 13,939) Report
Saturday, 29 July (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 13.20 (98) def. Fremantle 13.8 (86) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 11,233) Report
Saturday, 29 July (4:05 pm) Port Adelaide 9.9 (63) def. St Kilda 8.13 (61) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 30,335) Report
Saturday, 29 July (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 10.5 (65) def. by Richmond 14.14 (98) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,207) Report
Saturday, 29 July (7:25 pm) Carlton 8.10 (58) def. by Geelong 18.15 (123) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,460) Report
Sunday, 30 July (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) def. Essendon 13.19 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 48,754) Report
Sunday, 30 July (3:20 pm) Collingwood 15.13 (103) drew with Adelaide 16.7 (103) MCG (crowd: 33,269) Report
Sunday, 30 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 17.11 (113) def. Brisbane Lions 6.9 (45) Domain Stadium (crowd: 32,652) Report

Round 20

Round 20
Friday, 4 August (7:50 pm) Geelong 8.13 (61) def. by Sydney 16.11 (107) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 30,833) Report
Saturday, 5 August (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 14.13 (97) def. Melbourne 10.2 (62) UNSW Canberra Oval (crowd: 14,274) Report
Saturday, 5 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 11.18 (84) def. Carlton 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 58,562) Report
Saturday, 5 August (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.11 (89) def. by Western Bulldogs 14.19 (103) Gabba (crowd: 16,148) Report
Saturday, 5 August (7:25 pm) North Melbourne 7.15 (57) def. by Collingwood 16.15 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,394) Report
Saturday, 5 August (5:40 pm) Fremantle 12.18 (90) def. Gold Coast 10.7 (67) Domain Stadium (crowd: 27,050) Report
Sunday, 6 August (1:10 pm) St Kilda 15.13 (103) def. West Coast 14.11 (95) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,688) Report
Sunday, 6 August (3:20 pm) Richmond 13.15 (93) def. Hawthorn 9.10 (64) MCG (crowd: 58,342) Report
Sunday, 6 August (4:10 pm) Adelaide 18.22 (130) def. Port Adelaide 7.4 (46) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 45,028) Report

Round 21

Round 21
Friday, 11 August (7:50 pm) Western Bulldogs 7.15 (57) def. by Greater Western Sydney 16.9 (105) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,672) Report
Saturday, 12 August (1:45 pm) Sydney 22.11 (143) def. Fremantle 5.9 (39) SCG (crowd: 39,281) Report
Saturday, 12 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 11.14 (80) def. Richmond 9.12 (66) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 32,266) Report
Saturday, 12 August (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 22.10 (142) def. Gold Coast 12.12 (84) Gabba (crowd: 17,772) Report
Saturday, 12 August (7:25 pm) Essendon 12.8 (80) def. by Adelaide 18.15 (123) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,487) Report
Saturday, 12 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 15.10 (100) def. Carlton 12.11 (83) Domain Stadium (crowd: 30,491) Report
Sunday, 13 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 14.12 (96) def. St Kilda 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 53,115) Report
Sunday, 13 August (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 18.8 (116) def. North Melbourne 14.5 (89) University of Tasmania Stadium (crowd: 14,509) Report
Sunday, 13 August (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.14 (98) def. Collingwood 10.11 (71) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 37,533) Report

Round 22

Round 22
Friday, 18 August (7:20 pm) Adelaide 11.14 (80) def. by Sydney 13.5 (83) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 51,466) Report
Saturday, 19 August (1:45 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.13 (79) def. by Port Adelaide 14.12 (96) Mars Stadium (crowd: 10,087) Report
Saturday, 19 August (2:10 pm) Collingwood 9.5 (59) def. by Geelong 10.10 (70) MCG (crowd: 47,889) Report
Saturday, 19 August (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.9 (81) def. West Coast 9.6 (60) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 15,751) Report
Saturday, 19 August (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 9.3 (57) def. by Essendon 12.18 (90) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,817) Report
Saturday, 19 August (7:25 pm) Carlton 12.5 (77) def. Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,799) Report
Sunday, 20 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 16.8 (104) def. Brisbane Lions 14.7 (91) MCG (crowd: 30,422) Report
Sunday, 20 August (3:20 pm) St Kilda 18.19 (127) def. North Melbourne 12.6 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,126) Report
Sunday, 20 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 7.9 (51) def. by Richmond 25.5 (155) Domain Stadium (crowd: 34,204) Report

Round 23

Round 23
Friday, 25 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 15.9 (99) def. Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 48,090) Report
Saturday, 26 August (1:45 pm) Collingwood 14.15 (99) def. Melbourne 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 51,223) Report
Saturday, 26 August (2:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.13 (79) def. by North Melbourne 19.16 (130) Gabba (crowd: 15,416) Report
Saturday, 26 August (4:35 pm) Sydney 21.12 (138) def. Carlton 8.9 (57) SCG (crowd: 38,965) Report
Saturday, 26 August (7:25 pm) Geelong 15.13 (103) def. Greater Western Sydney 8.11 (59) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 30,087) Report
Saturday, 26 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 20.15 (135) def. Gold Coast 3.2 (20) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 34,288) Report
Sunday, 27 August (1:10 pm) Essendon 16.11 (107) def. Fremantle 14.8 (92) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,665) Report
Sunday, 27 August (3:20 pm) Richmond 19.8 (122) def. St Kilda 12.9 (81) MCG (crowd: 69,104) Report
Sunday, 27 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 15.10 (100) def. Adelaide 10.11 (71) Domain Stadium (crowd: 39,367) Report

Season notes

  • The overall combined home and away attendance of 6,732,601 is the highest overall attendance for any home and away season, surpassing 2011's figure of 6,525,071.[42]
  • Adelaide recorded the longest unbeaten start to a season in club history, winning its first six games.[43]
  • Sydney was the first reigning grand finalist in VFL/AFL history to lose its first six matches of the following season,[44] before becoming the first club to reach the finals after starting the season with zero wins and six losses.[45]
  • Western Bulldogs became the first team since Hawthorn in 2009 and the first team in the 18 team competition to fail to make the finals after winning the premiership the previous year and Hawthorn missed the finals for the first time since 2009.[46]
  • Essendon became the first team since West Coast in 2011 to qualify for the finals after finishing wooden spooners the previous season.[47]
  • West Coast reached the finals at the expense of Melbourne on percentage by 0.48 percentage points, a difference equivalent to only nine on-field points. It is the narrowest margin in VFL/AFL history to decide a finals spot.[citation needed]
  • This was the last season in which games were played at Domain Stadium, with the Western Australian teams playing home games at Perth Stadium from 2018 and onwards.[48]
  • Adelaide's record of 15 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses is the least successful of any minor premier since 1997.
  • Brisbane Lions' record of 5 wins and 17 losses is the most successful of any wooden spooner since 1998.
  • Richmond had the highest average home-and-away and home game attendance of any club in 2017, with figures of 46,580 and 55,958 respectively.[49]

Win/loss table

Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin
This table can be sorted by margin, winners are represented in the first half of each column, and losers are represented in the second half of each column once sorted

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Adelaide GWS
56
Haw
24
PA
17
Ess
65
GC
67
Rich
76
NM
59
Mel
41
BL
80
Frem
100
Geel
22
StK
57
X Haw
14
Carl
12
WB
59
Mel
46
Geel
21
Coll
0
PA
84
Ess
43
Syd
3
WCE
29
GWS
36
X Geel
61
Rich
48
2
Brisbane Lions GC
2
Ess
27
StK
31
Rich
52
WB
32
PA
83
Syd
54
Haw
38
Adel
80
Coll
45
X Frem
57
PA
40
GWS
60
Ess
8
Geel
85
Rich
31
Carl
30
WCE
68
WB
14
GC
58
Mel
13
NM
51
X X X X 18
Carlton Rich
43
Mel
22
Ess
15
GC
26
PA
90
Syd
19
Coll
23
StK
19
Frem
35
NM
17
X GWS
1
GC
10
Rich
26
Adel
12
Mel
8
WB
20
BL
30
Geel
65
Ess
8
WCE
17
Haw
7
Syd
81
X X X X 16
Collingwood WB
14
Rich
19
Syd
1
StK
14
Ess
18
Geel
29
Carl
23
GWS
3
Haw
18
BL
45
Frem
20
Mel
4
X PA
31
Haw
24
Ess
37
GC
15
WCE
8
Adel
0
NM
54
PA
27
Geel
11
Mel
16
X X X X 13
Essendon Haw
25
BL
27
Carl
15
Adel
65
Coll
18
Mel
38
Frem
37
Geel
17
WCE
61
Rich
15
GWS
16
PA
70
X Syd
1
BL
8
Coll
37
StK
61
NM
27
WB
30
Carl
8
Adel
43
GC
33
Frem
15
Syd
65
X X X 8
Fremantle Geel
42
PA
89
WB
16
Mel
2
NM
5
WCE
41
Ess
37
Rich
2
Carl
35
Adel
100
Coll
20
BL
57
X Geel
2
StK
9
NM
4
WCE
30
Haw
52
GWS
12
GC
23
Syd
104
Rich
104
Ess
15
X X X X 14
Geelong Frem
42
NM
1
Mel
29
Haw
86
StK
38
Coll
29
GC
25
Ess
17
WB
23
PA
2
Adel
22
X WCE
13
Frem
2
GWS
0
BL
85
Haw
3
Adel
21
Carl
65
Syd
46
Rich
14
Coll
11
GWS
44
Rich
51
Syd
59
Adel
61
X 3
Gold Coast BL
2
GWS
102
Haw
86
Carl
26
Adel
67
NM
13
Geel
25
PA
72
X Mel
35
WCE
3
Haw
16
Carl
10
StK
32
NM
19
Syd
67
Coll
15
WB
54
Rich
33
Frem
23
BL
58
Ess
33
PA
115
X X X X 17
Greater Western Sydney Adel
56
GC
102
NM
42
PA
31
Syd
42
WB
2
StK
23
Coll
3
Rich
3
WCE
8
Ess
16
Carl
1
X BL
60
Geel
0
Haw
0
Syd
13
Rich
19
Frem
12
Mel
35
WB
48
WCE
21
Geel
44
Adel
36
WCE
67
Rich
36
X 4
Hawthorn Ess
25
Adel
24
GC
86
Geel
86
WCE
51
StK
75
Mel
3
BL
38
Coll
18
Syd
6
PA
51
GC
16
X Adel
14
Coll
24
GWS
0
Geel
3
Frem
52
Syd
6
Rich
29
NM
27
Carl
7
WB
9
X X X X 12
Melbourne StK
30
Carl
22
Geel
29
Frem
2
Rich
13
Ess
38
Haw
3
Adel
41
NM
14
GC
35
X Coll
4
WB
57
WCE
3
Syd
35
Carl
8
Adel
46
PA
23
NM
4
GWS
35
StK
24
BL
13
Coll
16
X X X X 9
North Melbourne WCE
43
Geel
1
GWS
42
WB
3
Frem
5
GC
13
Adel
59
Syd
42
Mel
14
Carl
17
Rich
35
X StK
17
WB
1
GC
19
Frem
4
PA
70
Ess
27
Mel
4
Coll
54
Haw
27
StK
49
BL
51
X X X X 15
Port Adelaide Syd
28
Frem
89
Adel
17
GWS
31
Carl
90
BL
83
WCE
10
GC
72
X Geel
2
Haw
51
Ess
70
BL
40
Coll
31
Rich
13
WCE
32
NM
70
Mel
23
StK
2
Adel
84
Coll
27
WB
17
GC
115
WCE
2
X X X 7
Richmond Carl
43
Coll
19
WCE
11
BL
52
Mel
13
Adel
76
WB
5
Frem
2
GWS
3
Ess
15
NM
35
X Syd
9
Carl
26
PA
13
StK
67
BL
31
GWS
19
GC
33
Haw
29
Geel
14
Frem
104
StK
41
Gee
51
X GWS
36
Adel
48
1
St Kilda Mel
30
WCE
19
BL
31
Coll
14
Geel
38
Haw
75
GWS
23
Carl
19
Syd
50
WB
40
X Adel
57
NM
17
GC
32
Frem
9
Rich
67
Ess
61
Syd
42
PA
2
WCE
8
Mel
24
NM
49
Rich
41
X X X X 11
Sydney PA
28
WB
23
Coll
1
WCE
26
GWS
42
Carl
19
BL
54
NM
42
StK
50
Haw
6
X WB
46
Rich
9
Ess
1
Mel
35
GC
67
GWS
13
StK
42
Haw
6
Geel
46
Frem
104
Adel
3
Carl
81
Ess
65
Geel
59
X X 5
West Coast NM
43
StK
19
Rich
11
Syd
26
Haw
51
Frem
41
PA
10
WB
8
Ess
61
GWS
8
GC
3
X Geel
13
Mel
3
WB
7
PA
32
Frem
30
Coll
8
BL
68
StK
8
Carl
17
GWS
21
Adel
29
PA
2
GWS
67
X X 6
Western Bulldogs Coll
14
Syd
23
Frem
16
NM
3
BL
32
GWS
2
Rich
5
WCE
8
Geel
23
StK
40
X Syd
46
Mel
57
NM
1
WCE
7
Adel
59
Carl
20
GC
54
Ess
30
BL
14
GWS
48
PA
17
Haw
9
X X X X 10
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder

Ladder

Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Adelaide 22 15 6 1 2415 1776 136.0 62 2017 finals
2 Geelong 22 15 6 1 2134 1818 117.4 62
3 Richmond (P) 22 15 7 0 1992 1684 118.3 60
4 Greater Western Sydney 22 14 6 2 2081 1812 114.8 60
5 Port Adelaide 22 14 8 0 2168 1671 129.7 56
6 Sydney 22 14 8 0 2093 1651 126.8 56
7 Essendon 22 12 10 0 2135 2004 106.5 48
8 West Coast 22 12 10 0 1964 1858 105.7 48
9 Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2035 1934 105.2 48
10 Western Bulldogs 22 11 11 0 1857 1913 97.1 44
11 St Kilda 22 11 11 0 1925 1986 96.9 44
12 Hawthorn 22 10 11 1 1864 2055 90.7 42
13 Collingwood 22 9 12 1 1944 1963 99.0 38
14 Fremantle 22 8 14 0 1607 2160 74.4 32
15 North Melbourne 22 6 16 0 1983 2264 87.6 24
16 Carlton 22 6 16 0 1594 2038 78.2 24
17 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1756 2311 76.0 24
18 Brisbane Lions 22 5 17 0 1877 2526 74.3 20
Source: AFL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Ladder progression

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicates the team finished the round inside the top eight.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished in first place on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round.
  • Underlined numbers indicates the team had a bye during that round.
  • Subscript numbers indicate ladder position at rounds end.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
 
1 Adelaide 41 82 121 162 201 241 241 241 281 321 322 361 361 362 402 441 481 521 541 581 621 621 621
2 Geelong 42 87 123 161 202 203 203 205 243 283 323 323 323 363 383 423 462 462 502 504 543 583 622
3 Richmond 43 83 122 163 203 204 206 207 207 245 284 284 286 326 364 366 405 444 484 523 524 564 603
4 Greater Western Sydney 018 49 85 124 164 202 202 242 282 322 361 362 362 401 421 442 443 443 483 522 562 602 604
5 Port Adelaide 45 81 84 87 126 165 167 204 206 208 245 245 284 324 325 364 404 405 445 445 486 525 565
6 Sydney 014 015 016 016 018 018 417 815 1212 1215 1216 1614 2012 2410 289 328 366 406 406 446 485 526 566
7 Essendon 47 86 87 811 128 1210 1212 1611 2010 2011 2012 247 248 2411 2411 2810 3210 368 3610 408 4010 448 487
8 West Coast 44 85 86 125 127 166 204 243 244 246 247 249 287 287 327 329 368 369 408 409 448 449 488
9 Melbourne 46 84 88 88 810 128 1210 1610 1611 209 209 246 285 325 326 365 367 407 407 4010 447 487 489
10 Western Bulldogs 48 88 89 126 165 167 205 208 208 244 246 248 249 289 2810 2811 3211 3610 409 447 449 4411 4410
11 St Kilda 013 013 410 810 811 129 168 206 209 2010 2011 2012 2410 288 328 367 369 3611 3611 4011 4011 4410 4411
12 Hawthorn 012 014 018 018 415 417 816 1214 1217 1614 1615 1617 1617 2016 2413 2613 2613 3012 3412 3413 3812 3812 4212
13 Collingwood 011 011 412 413 413 812 815 817 1213 1612 2010 2011 2013 2013 2015 2015 2414 2813 3013 3412 3412 3413 3813
14 Fremantle 017 018 415 812 129 1211 169 209 245 247 248 2410 2411 2412 2414 2812 2812 2814 2814 3214 3214 3214 3214
15 North Melbourne 015 012 017 017 017 415 814 816 1214 1613 1613 1615 1616 1617 1617 1617 1617 1617 2016 2016 2016 2017 2415
16 Carlton 016 016 414 414 416 814 1213 1213 1216 1217 1217 1616 2015 2015 2016 2016 2016 2016 2017 2017 2017 2415 2416
17 Gold Coast 010 017 411 89 812 813 1211 1212 1215 1216 1614 2013 2014 2014 2412 2414 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2416 2417
18 Brisbane Lions 49 410 413 415 414 416 418 418 418 418 418 818 818 818 1218 1218 1218 1618 1618 1618 2018 2018 2018

Finals series

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 7 Sep, Adelaide Oval  
1  Adelaide 12.12 (84)  
4  Greater Western Sydney 6.12 (48)     SF1: 16 Sep, Spotless Stadium  
     Greater Western Sydney 19.11 (125)    
EF1: 9 Sep, Adelaide Oval      West Coast 9.4 (58)       PF1: 22 Sep, Adelaide Oval
5  Port Adelaide 10.16 (76) (a.e.t.)        Adelaide 21.10 (136)  
8  West Coast 12.6 (78) (a.e.t.)          Geelong 10.15 (75)     GF: 30 Sep, MCG
         Adelaide 8.12 (60)
  EF2: 9 Sep, SCG       PF2: 23 Sep, MCG      Richmond 16.12 (108)
6  Sydney 19.7 (121)          Richmond 15.13 (103)  
7  Essendon 8.8 (56)     SF2: 15 Sep, MCG        Greater Western Sydney 9.13 (67)  
     Geelong 15.8 (98)    
QF2: 8 Sep, MCG      Sydney 5.9 (39)    
2  Geelong 5.10 (40)  
3  Richmond 13.13 (91)  


Week one

Qualifying finals
QF1: Thursday, 7 September (7:20 pm) Adelaide 12.12 (84) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.12 (48) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 52,805) Report
QF2: Friday, 8 September (7:50 pm) Geelong 5.10 (40) def. by Richmond 13.13 (91) MCG (crowd: 95,028) Report
Elimination finals
EF2: Saturday, 9 September (4:20 pm) Sydney 19.7 (121) def. Essendon 8.8 (56) SCG (crowd: 46,323) Report
EF1: Saturday, 9 September (7:20 pm) Port Adelaide 10.16 (76)(ET) def. by West Coast 12.6 (78)(ET) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 41,172) Report
  • Richmond won its first final since 2001, ending the longest active winless streak in finals.[50]
  • Richmond had its first win against Geelong since round 9, 2006 ending a 13-match losing streak and its first win against Geelong at the MCG since round 12, 1999.
  • The crowd of 95,028 for the final between Geelong and Richmond is the highest attendance for a final in week 1 of the finals VFL/AFL history.[51]
  • The crowd of 46,323 is the largest crowd for an AFL game at the SCG.[52]
  • At the end of regular time in the Port Adelaide vs West Coast game, scores were tied at 8.12 (60) to 9.6 (60). Extra time was played to determine the winner, with Luke Shuey kicking a goal after the final siren in the second half of extra time to win the match. It was only the third time in VFL/AFL history a final was decided by extra time.

Week two

Semi finals
SF2: Friday, 15 September (7:50 pm) Geelong 15.8 (98) def. Sydney 5.9 (39) MCG (crowd: 55,529) Report
SF1: Saturday, 16 September (7:25 pm) Greater Western Sydney 19.11 (125) def. West Coast 9.4 (58) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 14,865) Report

Week three

Preliminary finals
PF1: Friday, 22 September (7:20 pm) Adelaide 21.10 (136) def. Geelong 10.15 (75) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 53,817) Report
PF2: Saturday, 23 September (4:45 pm) Richmond 15.13 (103) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.13 (67) MCG (crowd: 94,258) Report

Week four

Grand final
Saturday, 30 September (2:30 pm) Adelaide 8.12 (60) def. by Richmond 16.12 (108) MCG (crowd: 100,021) Report
  • For only the second time in AFL/VFL history – the first time since the inaugural grand final in 1898 – every player was playing in his first grand final.[55]
  • Richmond won its first grand final since 1980, breaking a 37 year premiership drought.
  • The crowd of 100,021 was the largest crowd for an Adelaide game.[56]
  • The crowd of 100,021 was the biggest grand final crowd since Hawthorn vs Carlton in the 1986 VFL Grand Final.[57][58]

Attendances

By club

2017 AFL attendances
Club Total Games Avg. per game Home total Home games Home avg.
Adelaide 1,034,578 25 41,240 513,151 11 46,650
Brisbane Lions 481,838 22 21,902 181,007 11 16,455
Carlton 873,618 22 39,710 421,916 11 38,356
Collingwood 1,003,991 22 45,636 514,963 11 46,815
Essendon 1,066,080 23 46,351 558,935 11 50,812
Fremantle 690,906 22 31,405 356,122 11 32,375
Geelong 995,602 25 39,824 386,218 11 35,111
Gold Coast 368,482 22 16,749 150,292 11 13,663
Greater Western Sydney 593,903 25 23,756 145,152 11 13,196
Hawthorn 866,536 22 39,388 365,822 11 33,257
Melbourne 833,190 22 37,872 392,638 11 35,694
North Melbourne 554,306 22 25,196 249,460 11 22,678
Port Adelaide 740,549 23 32,198 419,494 11 38,136
Richmond 1,314,058 25 52,562 615,542 11 55,958
St Kilda 760,222 22 34,556 344,510 11 31,319
Sydney 896,761 24 37,365 367,376 11 33,398
West Coast 769,709 24 30,618 404,258 11 36,751
Western Bulldogs 729,431 22 33,156 346,206 11 31,473

By ground

2017 ground attendances
Ground Total Games Avg. per game
Adelaide Oval 1,080,439 25 43,218
Blundstone Arena 32,761 3 10,920
Cazaly's Stadium 9,364 1 9,364
Domain Stadium 760,380 22 34,563
Etihad Stadium 1,513,914 46 32,911
Gabba 181,007 11 16,455
Jiangwan Stadium 10,118 1 10,118
Mars Stadium 10,087 1 10,087
MCG 2,696,189 50 53,924
Metricon Stadium 140,174 10 14,017
SCG 413,699 12 34,475
Simonds Stadium 208,766 7 29,824
Spotless Stadium 122,510 9 13,612
TIO Stadium 12,104 1 12,104
TIO Traeger Park 5,072 1 5,072
University of Tasmania Stadium 52,789 4 13,197
UNSW Canberra Oval 37,507 3 12,502

Awards

Milestones

Name Club Milestone Round Ref.
Travis Boak Port Adelaide 200 AFL games Round 1 [77]
Brent Stanton Essendon 250 AFL games Round 2 [78]
Danyle Pearce Fremantle 250 AFL games Round 2 [79]
Lance Franklin Sydney 250 AFL games Round 3 [80]
Steve Johnson Greater Western Sydney 500 AFL goals Round 3 [81]
Travis Cloke Western Bulldogs 250 AFL games Round 4 [82]
Lindsay Thomas North Melbourne 200 AFL games Round 4 [83]
Robert Murphy Western Bulldogs 300 AFL games Round 5 [84]
Richard Douglas Adelaide 200 AFL games Round 5 [85]
Lance Franklin Sydney 800 AFL goals Round 5 [86]
Jarryd Roughead Hawthorn 500 AFL goals Round 5 [87]
Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 700 AFL goals Round 6 [88]
Aaron Sandilands Fremantle 250 AFL games Round 6 [89]
Eddie Betts Adelaide 500 AFL goals Round 7 [90]
Jack Riewoldt Richmond 500 AFL goals Round 7 [91]
James Kelly Essendon 300 AFL games Round 8 [92]
Bernie Vince Melbourne 200 AFL games Round 8 [93]
Ross Lyon Fremantle 250 AFL games coached Round 10 [94]
Brad Ebert Port Adelaide 200 AFL games Round 11 [95]
Tom Hawkins Geelong 200 AFL games Round 11 [96]
Brendon Goddard Essendon 300 AFL games Round 11 [97]
Patrick Ryder Port Adelaide 200 AFL games Round 14 [98]
Heath Shaw Greater Western Sydney 250 AFL games Round 14 [99]
Gary Ablett Jr. Gold Coast 300 AFL games Round 15 [100]
Scott Pendlebury Collingwood 250 AFL games Round 15 [101]
Tom Lonergan Geelong 200 AFL games Round 16 [102]
Luke Hodge Hawthorn 300 AFL games Round 17 [103]
Daniel Wells Collingwood 250 AFL games Round 17 [104]
Mathew Nicholls Umpire 300 AFL games umpired Round 18 [105]
Alastair Clarkson Hawthorn 300 AFL games coached Round 18 [106]
Josh Kennedy West Coast 200 AFL games Round 18 [107]
Josh Kennedy Sydney 200 AFL games Round 19 [108]
Shane Edwards Richmond 200 AFL games Round 19 [109]
Josh Kennedy West Coast 500 AFL goals Round 20 [110]
Jarryd Roughead Hawthorn 250 AFL games Round 20 [111]
Matt Rosa Gold Coast 200 AFL games Round 21 [112]
Jarrod Harbrow Gold Coast 200 AFL games Round 21 [113]
Scott Thompson North Melbourne 200 AFL games Round 23 [114]
Patrick Dangerfield Geelong 200 AFL games Finals week 1 [115]
Jarrad McVeigh Sydney 300 AFL games Finals week 2 [116]
Brett Deledio Greater Western Sydney 250 AFL games Finals week 3 [117]

Coleman Medal

  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the player led the Coleman Medal at the end of that round.
  • Numbers underlined indicates the player did not play in that round.

Best and fairest

Club Award name Player Ref.
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Matt Crouch [118]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Dayne Zorko [119]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Marc Murphy [120]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Steele Sidebottom [121]
Essendon W. S. Crichton Medal Joe Daniher [122]
Fremantle Doig Medal Bradley Hill [123]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Patrick Dangerfield [124]
Gold Coast Club Champion Gary Ablett [125]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Josh Kelly [126]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Tom Mitchell [127]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Trophy Clayton Oliver [128]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Shaun Higgins [129]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Paddy Ryder [130]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Dustin Martin [131]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Sebastian Ross [132]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Luke Parker [133]
West Coast John Worsfold Medal Elliot Yeo [134]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Marcus Bontempelli [135]

Club leadership

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) Leadership group Ref
Adelaide Don Pyke Taylor Walker Rory Sloane Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Daniel Talia, Taylor Walker [136]
Brisbane Lions Chris Fagan Dayne Beams Tom Rockliff, Dayne Zorko (deputy) Harris Andrews, Allen Christensen, Ryan Lester, Stefan Martin [137]
Carlton Brendon Bolton Marc Murphy Kade Simpson Dennis Armfield, Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow, Sam Docherty, Bryce Gibbs [138]
Collingwood Nathan Buckley Scott Pendlebury Taylor Adams, Steele Sidebottom, Jeremy Howe [139][140]
Essendon John Worsfold Dyson Heppell Cale Hooker, Zach Merrett Joe Daniher, Brendon Goddard, Michael Hurley, Jobe Watson [141]
Fremantle Ross Lyon Nathan Fyfe David Mundy, Lachie Neale, Aaron Sandilands, Lee Spurr, Michael Walters [142]
Geelong Chris Scott Joel Selwood Patrick Dangerfield, Harry Taylor Mark Blicavs, Mitch Duncan, Cameron Guthrie, Tom Hawkins, Scott Selwood [143]
Gold Coast Rodney Eade (Rounds 1–20)
Dean Solomon (Rounds 21–23)
Tom Lynch
Steven May
Michael Barlow, Touk Miller, Michael Rischitelli, Matt Rosa, David Swallow [144][145]
Greater Western Sydney Leon Cameron Phil Davis
Callan Ward
Stephen Coniglio Josh Kelly, Heath Shaw, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith [146]
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Jarryd Roughead Liam Shiels, Isaac Smith Josh Gibson, Jack Gunston, Luke Hodge, Ben Stratton [147]
Melbourne Simon Goodwin Nathan Jones
Jack Viney
Max Gawn, Jordan Lewis, Tom McDonald, Bernie Vince [148]
North Melbourne Brad Scott Jack Ziebell Robbie Tarrant Shaun Higgins, Jamie Macmillan, Andrew Swallow [149]
Port Adelaide Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Ollie Wines Brad Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Tom Jonas [150]
Richmond Damien Hardwick Trent Cotchin Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance [151]
St Kilda Alan Richardson Jarryn Geary David Armitage, Josh Bruce, Jack Newnes, Dylan Roberton, Sebastian Ross, Jack Steven, Maverick Weller [152]
Sydney John Longmire Josh Kennedy Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker, Dane Rampe Heath Grundy, Kieren Jack, Jarrad McVeigh, Nick Smith [153]
West Coast Adam Simpson Shannon Hurn Josh Kennedy, Luke Shuey Andrew Gaff, Jeremy McGovern, Sam Mitchell, Matt Priddis [154]
Western Bulldogs Luke Beveridge Robert Murphy Easton Wood Matthew Boyd, Marcus Bontempelli, Dale Morris [155][156]

Coach changes

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Rodney Eade Gold Coast 8 August 2017 Contract wasn't renewed beyond 2017 and decided to leave immediately following continued poor on-field performances in 2017.[157] Dean Solomon Stuart Dew[158]

Club financials

2017 AFL membership figures
Club Members[159] Change from 2016 % change from 2016
Adelaide 56,865 Increase 2,558 Increase 4.71%
Brisbane Lions 21,362 Decrease 1,924 Decrease 8.26%
Carlton 50,326 Increase 196 Increase 0.39%
Collingwood 75,879 Increase 1,236 Increase 1.66%
Essendon 67,768 Increase 10,274 Increase 17.87%
Fremantle 51,254 Decrease 635 Decrease 1.22%
Geelong 54,854 Increase 4,283 Increase 8.47%
Gold Coast 11,665 Decrease 1,189 Decrease 9.25%
Greater Western Sydney 20,944 Increase 5,632 Increase 36.78%
Hawthorn 75,663 Increase 312 Increase 0.41%
Melbourne 42,233 Increase 3,087 Increase 7.89%
North Melbourne 40,343 Decrease 4,671 Decrease 10.38%
Port Adelaide 52,129 Decrease 1,614 Decrease 3.00%
Richmond 72,669 Increase 391 Increase 0.54%
St Kilda 42,052 Increase 4,043 Increase 10.64%
Sydney 58,838 Increase 2,315 Increase 4.10%
West Coast 65,064 Decrease 124 Decrease 0.19%
Western Bulldogs 47,653 Increase 8,194 Increase 20.77%
Total 907,561 Increase 32,364 Increase 3.70%

Post-season

International Rules Series

The International Rules Series returned in November 2017, with Australia hosting two test matches. The series was played on an aggregate-points basis, with the winner being the team that scores the highest amount over the two test matches. The matches were played on 12 and 18 November 2017 at Adelaide Oval and Domain Stadium. The Australian team was again composed exclusively of players who have won All-Australian honours in their careers.[160] The times and venues for the series were announced in August.[161]

2017 International Rules Series
Sunday, 12 November (3:30 pm) Australia 2.13.12 (63) def. Ireland 1.13.8 (53) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 25,502) Report
Saturday, 18 November (4:45 pm) Australia 0.15.8 (53) def. Ireland 2.10.8 (50) Domain Stadium (crowd: 30,116)

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