2004 AFL premiership season
Teams16
PremiersPort Adelaide
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersPort Adelaide
(3rd minor premiership)
Pre-season cupSt Kilda
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played185
Attendance6,368,297 (34,423 per match)
Highest attendance77,671 (Grand Final, Port Adelaide vs. Brisbane Lions)
Coleman MedallistFraser Gehrig (St Kilda)
Brownlow MedallistChris Judd (West Coast)
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The 2004 AFL season was the 108th season of the Australian Football League (AFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Australia, which was known as the Victorian Football League until 1989. The season featured sixteen clubs, ran from 26 March until 25 September, and comprised a 22-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top eight clubs.

The premiership was won by the Port Adelaide Football Club for the first time, after it defeated Brisbane Lions by 40 points in the 2004 AFL Grand Final.

AFL Draft

See 2004 AFL Draft.

Wizard Home Loans Cup

Main article: 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup

The Wizard Home Loans Cup Final saw St Kilda defeat Geelong 1.14.5 (98) to 1.10.7 (76) in front of a crowd of 50,533.

Premiership season

Round 1

Round 1 (Season Launch)
Friday, 26 March (7:45 pm) Richmond 14.13 (97) def. Collingwood 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 55,622)
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.17 (119) def. Melbourne 10.10 (70) MCG (crowd: 38,351)
Saturday, 27 March (2:15 pm) Fremantle 15.17 (107) def. Carlton 8.12 (60) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,177)
Saturday, 27 March (7:10 pm) St Kilda 19.8 (122) def. Geelong 9.7 (61) Telstra Dome (crowd: 35,042)
Saturday, 27 March (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.14 (80) def. Sydney 11.12 (78) The Gabba (crowd: 34,028)
Sunday, 28 March (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 23.20 (158) def. Essendon 8.14 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,413)
Sunday, 28 March (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 23.11 (149) def. Adelaide 10.14 (74) MCG (crowd: 19,231)
Sunday, 28 March (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 20.17 (137) def. by West Coast 22.12 (144) Telstra Dome (crowd: 18,841)

Round 2

Round 2
Friday, 2 April (7:45 pm) Melbourne 20.15 (135) def. Richmond 12.4 (76) MCG (crowd: 33,406)
Saturday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.16 (106) def. Western Bulldogs 13.19 (97) MCG (crowd: 40,044)
Saturday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Adelaide 11.17 (83) def. by Brisbane Lions 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,095)
Saturday, 3 April (7:10 pm) Essendon 8.12 (60) def. by St Kilda 13.16 (94) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,876)
Saturday, 3 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 17.13 (115) def. by Port Adelaide 18.10 (118) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,760)
Sunday, 4 April (1:10 pm) Sydney 15.12 (102) def. Fremantle 10.11 (71) SCG (crowd: 21,366)
Sunday, 4 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 16.8 (104) def. Geelong 6.14 (50) Optus Oval (crowd: 25,037)
Sunday, 4 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 11.8 (74) def. by Kangaroos 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 35,305)

Round 3

Round 3 (Easter)
Thursday, 8 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 21.11 (137) def. Collingwood 12.5 (77) The Gabba (crowd: 36,467)
Saturday, 10 April (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 17.9 (111) def. Carlton 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 36,273)
Saturday, 10 April (7:10 pm) Essendon 22.5 (137) def. West Coast 20.11 (131) Telstra Dome (crowd: 33,195)
Saturday, 10 April (7:10 pm) Sydney 10.13 (73) def. Geelong 10.7 (67) SCG (crowd: 25,451)
Sunday, 11 April (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 26.15 (171) def. Hawthorn 13.12 (90) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,421)
Sunday, 11 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.15 (87) def. by Melbourne 12.25 (97) MCG (crowd: 27,767)
Sunday, 11 April (2:10 pm) Fremantle 10.13 (73) def. Adelaide 8.16 (64) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,575)
Monday, 12 April (2:10 pm) St Kilda 16.18 (114) def. Richmond 10.9 (69) Telstra Dome (crowd: 43,468)

Round 4

Round 4
Friday, 16 April (7:40 pm) Carlton 12.8 (80) def. by Essendon 17.15 (117) MCG (crowd: 60,864)
Saturday, 17 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne 18.16 (124) def. Port Adelaide 10.11 (71) MCG (crowd: 20,093)
Saturday, 17 April (2:10 pm) West Coast 12.7 (79) def. Brisbane Lions 10.16 (76) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,666)
Saturday, 17 April (7:10 pm) Geelong 19.13 (127) def. Richmond 11.12 (78) Telstra Dome (crowd: 31,575)
Saturday, 17 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 15.8 (98) def. by St Kilda 18.5 (113) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,219)
Sunday, 18 April (1:10 pm) Kangaroos 10.10 (70) def. by Sydney 18.13 (121) Manuka Oval (crowd: 14,891)
Sunday, 18 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 7.12 (54) def. by Fremantle 12.16 (88) Telstra Dome (crowd: 34,416)
Sunday, 18 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) def. by Western Bulldogs 16.13 (109) MCG (crowd: 24,959)

Round 5

Round 5 (ANZAC Day)
Friday, 23 April (7:40 pm) Richmond 9.5 (59) def. by Adelaide 21.8 (134) Telstra Dome (crowd: 25,267)
Saturday, 24 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 14.8 (92) def. West Coast 6.7 (43) Optus Oval (crowd: 18,018)
Saturday, 24 April (2:10 pm) St Kilda 20.10 (130) def. Kangaroos 8.17 (65) Telstra Dome (crowd: 38,896)
Saturday, 24 April (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.26 (110) def. Hawthorn 9.8 (62) The Gabba (crowd: 34,526)
Saturday, 24 April (7:20 pm) Sydney 15.9 (99) def. by Melbourne 17.9 (111) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 33,127)
Sunday, 25 April (1:15 pm) Collingwood 11.13 (79) def. by Essendon 17.10 (112) MCG (crowd: 57,294)
Sunday, 25 April (2:45 pm) Port Adelaide 17.17 (119) def. Western Bulldogs 7.22 (64) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,839)
Sunday, 25 April (2:15 pm) Fremantle 18.9 (117) def. Geelong 14.7 (91) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,021)

Round 6

Round 6
Friday, 30 April (7:40 pm) Richmond 12.12 (84) def. Hawthorn 13.5 (83) Telstra Dome (crowd: 37,947)
Saturday, 1 May (2:10 pm) Essendon 16.12 (108) def. Sydney 15.8 (98) MCG (crowd: 38,946)
Saturday, 1 May (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 18.11 (119) def. by Western Bulldogs 19.6 (120) Manuka Oval (crowd: 7,222)
Saturday, 1 May (7:10 pm) St Kilda 13.14 (92) def. Brisbane Lions 14.7 (91) Telstra Dome (crowd: 53,539)
Saturday, 1 May (5:40 pm) West Coast 11.7 (73) def. by Fremantle 12.11 (83) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 42,135)
Sunday, 2 May (1:10 pm) Geelong 15.11 (101) def. Adelaide 8.10 (58) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 18,224)
Sunday, 2 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 25.10 (160) def. Carlton 8.7 (55) MCG (crowd: 38,799)
Sunday, 2 May (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.17 (101) def. Collingwood 12.12 (84) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,174)
  • Three games in this round were decided by one point.

Round 7

Round 7 (Mother's Day)
Friday, 7 May (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) def. by Essendon 18.13 (121) Telstra Dome (crowd: 45,119)
Saturday, 8 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 13.11 (89) def. Collingwood 11.14 (80) MCG (crowd: 56,617)
Saturday, 8 May (2:10 pm) Fremantle 11.6 (72) def. by St Kilda 14.11 (95) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,931)
Saturday, 8 May (7:10 pm) Kangaroos 11.10 (76) def. by Brisbane Lions 18.12 (120) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,511)
Saturday, 8 May (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) def. by Adelaide 17.17 (119) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,733)
Sunday, 9 May (1:10 pm) Sydney 8.6 (54) def. by Richmond 10.7 (67) SCG (crowd: 23,014)
Sunday, 9 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 18.14 (122) def. West Coast 11.7 (73) MCG (crowd: 21,145)
Sunday, 9 May (5:10 pm) Hawthorn 8.4 (52) def. by Geelong 15.18 (108) Telstra Dome (crowd: 28,612)

Round 8

Round 8
Friday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 12.12 (84) def. by Essendon 20.15 (135) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 46,309)
Saturday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Richmond 15.15 (105) def. Western Bulldogs 10.22 (82) MCG (crowd: 33,960)
Saturday, 15 May (2:10 pm) West Coast 18.16 (124) def. Sydney 15.7 (97) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,870)
Saturday, 15 May (7:10 pm) St Kilda 21.12 (138) def. Collingwood 13.13 (91) Telstra Dome (crowd: 47,898)
Saturday, 15 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 21.14 (140) def. Carlton 16.6 (102) The Gabba (crowd: 34,368)
Sunday, 16 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) def. Fremantle 8.13 (61) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,554)
Sunday, 16 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 15.11 (101) def. Melbourne 12.15 (87) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,157)
Sunday, 16 May (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 21.14 (140) def. Port Adelaide 7.6 (48) Telstra Dome (crowd: 16,910)

All home teams won except Adelaide

Round 9

Round 9
Friday, 21 May (7:40 pm) Collingwood 9.14 (68) def. Adelaide 9.11 (65) Telstra Dome (crowd: 37,881)
Saturday, 22 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 13.18 (96) def. Kangaroos 11.12 (78) MCG (crowd: 31,291)
Saturday, 22 May (2:10 pm) Fremantle 20.17 (137) def. Brisbane Lions 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32,575)
Saturday, 22 May (7:10 pm) Geelong 18.12 (120) def. Essendon 14.13 (97) Telstra Dome (crowd: 51,400)
Saturday, 22 May (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) def. Richmond 7.8 (50) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,761)
Sunday, 23 May (1:10 pm) Sydney 11.14 (80) def. Hawthorn 12.7 (79) SCG (crowd: 25,127)
Sunday, 23 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 12.7 (79) def. by Western Bulldogs 16.8 (104) Optus Oval (crowd: 26,041)
Sunday, 23 May (2:10 pm) St Kilda 26.13 (169) def. West Coast 9.14 (68) Telstra Dome (crowd: 30,478)

Round 10

Round 10
Friday, 28 May (7:40 pm) Essendon 17.13 (115) def. Fremantle 12.13 (85) Telstra Dome (crowd: 38,411)
Saturday, 29 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 6.11 (47) def. by Adelaide 20.13 (133) MCG (crowd: 22,942)
Saturday, 29 May (2:10 pm) West Coast 14.16 (100) def. Richmond 9.9 (63) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,517)
Saturday, 29 May (7:10 pm) Kangaroos 9.11 (65) def. by Collingwood 13.14 (92) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,833)
Saturday, 29 May (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) def. by Sydney 12.21 (93) SCG (crowd: 23,479)
Sunday, 30 May (1:10 pm) Melbourne 12.11 (83) def. by Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) The Gabba (crowd: 32,902)
Sunday, 30 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 13.10 (88) def. by St Kilda 31.10 (196) Telstra Dome (crowd: 37,136)
Sunday, 30 May (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 18.8 (116) def. Geelong 17.10 (112) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 29,177)

Round 11

Round 11
Friday, 4 June (7:40 pm) Collingwood 14.9 (93) def. West Coast 11.9 (75) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,401)
Saturday, 5 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 12.8 (80) def. by Essendon 24.10 (154) MCG (crowd: 42,682)
Saturday, 5 June (2:10 pm) Adelaide 12.15 (87) def. by Carlton 14.7 (91) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,617)
Saturday, 5 June (7:10 pm) Kangaroos 24.10 (154) def. Richmond 12.8 (80) Telstra Dome (crowd: 31,700)
Saturday, 5 June (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) def. Port Adelaide 12.14 (86) The Gabba (crowd: 34,241)
Sunday, 6 June (1:10 pm) Sydney 17.10 (112) def. St Kilda 11.10 (76) SCG (crowd: 36,039)
Sunday, 6 June (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) def. by Geelong 17.11 (113) Telstra Dome (crowd: 31,811)
Sunday, 6 June (2:10 pm) Fremantle 9.8 (62) def. by Melbourne 13.15 (93) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 33,125)
  • A five-minute brawl broke out between rivals Hawthorn and Essendon in the round 11 match, after which one Bomber (Justin Murphy) and four Hawks players received suspensions totalling 16 matches, and a combined total of $70,700 of fines were handed out. 27 charges were brought before the AFL Tribunal, the most ever from a single game.[1] The game is widely known as the "Line in the Sand" match as the brawls were sparked in the third quarter after Hawthorn players were urged at a half-time address by club legend Dermott Brereton to metaphorically draw such a line; Brereton thought the young Hawks were being physically intimidated by the more experienced Bombers.[2]
  • Two games on the same day consisted of the 24.10 (154) to 12.8 (80) scoreline – the aforementioned Hawthorn vs. Essendon match as well as the Kangaroos vs. Richmond match that was played in the evening.
  • The Sydney Swans handed St Kilda their first defeat of the season, winning by 36 points in a match best known for Leo Barry's shut-down effort on Fraser Gehrig, who statistically played his worst match for the season registering only two disposals.[3]

Round 12

Round 12 (Queen's Birthday)
Friday, 11 June (7:40 pm) Carlton 15.10 (100) def. Hawthorn 14.4 (88) Telstra Dome (crowd: 47,302)
Saturday, 12 June (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.13 (103) def. St Kilda 11.14 (80) MCG (crowd: 28,306)
Saturday, 12 June (7:10 pm) Essendon 14.12 (96) def. by Brisbane Lions 25.12 (162) Telstra Dome (crowd: 50,003)
Saturday, 12 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 15.18 (108) def. Adelaide 11.10 (76) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,580)
Sunday, 13 June (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 20.12 (132) def. Sydney 8.12 (60) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,032)
Sunday, 13 June (2:10 pm) Geelong 14.10 (94) def. Kangaroos 12.12 (84) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,612)
Sunday, 13 June (2:10 pm) Richmond 10.11 (71) def. by Fremantle 12.9 (81) MCG (crowd: 18,666)
Monday, 14 June (2:10 pm) Melbourne 12.10 (82) def. Collingwood 11.7 (73) MCG (crowd: 56,988)

Round 13

Round 13 (Split Round)
Friday, 18 June (7:40 pm) St Kilda 19.13 (127) def. Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Telstra Dome (crowd: 36,925)
Saturday, 19 June (2:10 pm) Geelong 13.14 (92) def. Brisbane Lions 9.11 (65) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 17,648)
Saturday, 19 June (7:10 pm) Richmond 14.9 (93) def. by Carlton 18.16 (124) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,618)
Saturday, 19 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 16.6 (102) def. by Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,507)
Sunday, 20 June (1:10 pm) Kangaroos 16.12 (108) def. West Coast 11.9 (75) Manuka Oval (crowd: 8,542)
Sunday, 20 June (2:10 pm) Essendon 10.9 (69) def. by Melbourne 13.17 (95) MCG (crowd: 47,314)
Sunday, 20 June (2:10 pm) Adelaide 20.13 (133) def. Western Bulldogs 15.11 (101) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,774)
Saturday, 26 June (7:10 pm) Sydney 13.7 (85) def. Collingwood 11.13 (79) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 50,091)

Round 14

Round 14
Friday, 2 July (7:40 pm) Essendon 12.7 (79) def. by Kangaroos 14.16 (100) Telstra Dome (crowd: 49,419)
Saturday, 3 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 12.12 (84) def. by Sydney 15.5 (95) Optus Oval (crowd: 26,172)
Saturday, 3 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 20.20 (140) def. Hawthorn 11.9 (75) MCG (crowd: 44,329)
Saturday, 3 July (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.12 (114) def. Richmond 14.12 (96) The Gabba (crowd: 32,744)
Saturday, 3 July (5:40 pm) West Coast 7.9 (51) def. Geelong 7.7 (49) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,668)
Sunday, 4 July (1:10 pm) St Kilda 7.5 (47) def. by Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 19,223)
Sunday, 4 July (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.16 (76) def. by Fremantle 18.9 (117) Telstra Dome (crowd: 18,734)
Sunday, 4 July (2:10 pm) Adelaide 22.13 (145) def. Melbourne 10.13 (73) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 39,288)

Round 15

Round 15
Friday, 9 July (7:40 pm) Collingwood 9.11 (65) def. by Geelong 12.22 (94) Telstra Dome (crowd: 50,627)
Saturday, 10 July (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 12.10 (82) def. by West Coast 12.14 (86) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,581)
Saturday, 10 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 11.11 (77) def. by Essendon 24.11 (155) MCG (crowd: 48,286)
Saturday, 10 July (5:10 pm) Fremantle 12.7 (79) def. by Kangaroos 14.12 (96) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 37,077)
Saturday, 10 July (7:10 pm) Sydney 8.10 (58) def. Adelaide 6.9 (45) SCG (crowd: 28,493)
Sunday, 11 July (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 20.16 (136) def. Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68) The Gabba (crowd: 29,295)
Sunday, 11 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 23.8 (146) def. St Kilda 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 54,409)
Sunday, 11 July (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 18.15 (123) def. Carlton 5.10 (40) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 30,109)

Round 16

Round 16
Friday, 16 July (6:40 pm) West Coast 18.9 (117) def. Essendon 10.13 (73) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 40,674)
Saturday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 9.16 (70) def. Kangaroos 9.8 (62) Optus Oval (crowd: 20,732)
Saturday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 9.7 (61) def. by St Kilda 16.9 (105) Telstra Dome (crowd: 34,631)
Saturday, 17 July (7:10 pm) Collingwood 11.7 (73) def. by Brisbane Lions 16.13 (109) MCG (crowd: 34,236)
Saturday, 17 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 12.8 (80) def. by Fremantle 14.8 (92) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,855)
Sunday, 18 July (1:10 pm) Geelong 11.11 (77) def. Sydney 9.8 (62) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 20,515)
Sunday, 18 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 7.11 (53) def. by Port Adelaide 15.15 (105) MCG (crowd: 11,682)
Sunday, 18 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 12.21 (93) def. Western Bulldogs 7.13 (55) Telstra Dome (crowd: 25,107)

Round 17

Round 17
Friday, 23 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 20.7 (127) def. Essendon 14.8 (92) Telstra Dome (crowd: 50,392)
Saturday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 22.11 (143) def. Hawthorn 8.15 (63) MCG (crowd: 20,018)
Saturday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Fremantle 18.10 (118) def. Sydney 14.7 (91) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,037)
Saturday, 24 July (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 8.18 (66) def. by Collingwood 17.13 (115) Telstra Dome (crowd: 32,675)
Saturday, 24 July (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 29.15 (189) def. Adelaide 6.12 (48) The Gabba (crowd: 33,443)
Sunday, 25 July (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 16.6 (102) def. West Coast 9.22 (76) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,286)
Sunday, 25 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 18.23 (131) def. Carlton 11.8 (74) Telstra Dome (crowd: 43,210)
Sunday, 25 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 10.10 (70) def. by Melbourne 19.12 (126) MCG (crowd: 25,211)
  • The Brisbane Lions' 141-point win over Adelaide was their biggest ever win, and Adelaide's biggest ever defeat.
  • Hawthorn coach Peter Schwab announced his intention of leaving the role at the end of the season in the week leading up to their game verses Kangaroos. The Roos 80-point win over the Hawks fast-tracked Schwab’s departure to the days following with assistant Donald McDonald appointed as interim coach for the remainder of the year.

Round 18

Round 18 (Heritage Round)
Friday, 30 July (8:10 pm) Adelaide 5.19 (49) def. Kangaroos 5.12 (42) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 37,562)
Saturday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.13 (103) def. Richmond 14.14 (98) MCG (crowd: 39,933)
Saturday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 9.9 (63) def. by Fremantle 16.15 (111) Optus Oval (crowd: 17,092)
Saturday, 31 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 18.11 (119) def. Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) Telstra Dome (crowd: 35,711)
Saturday, 31 July (7:10 pm) Sydney 12.11 (83) def. Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) SCG (crowd: 34,926)
Sunday, 1 August (1:10 pm) Geelong 15.11 (101) def. St Kilda 15.4 (94) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,673)
Sunday, 1 August (2:10 pm) Melbourne 15.17 (107) def. Hawthorn 9.9 (63) MCG (crowd: 28,392)
Sunday, 1 August (2:10 pm) West Coast 15.16 (106) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,028)

Round 19

Round 19
Friday, 6 August (6:40 pm) Fremantle 11.7 (73) def. by Collingwood 14.22 (106) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 40,901)
Saturday, 7 August (1:10 pm) St Kilda 14.7 (91) def. Adelaide 10.8 (68) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 17,101)
Saturday, 7 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 8.9 (57) def. by Carlton 10.14 (74) MCG (crowd: 45,083)
Saturday, 7 August (7:10 pm) Sydney 18.4 (112) def. by Kangaroos 17.16 (118) SCG (crowd: 24,028)
Saturday, 7 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.13 (109) def. by Hawthorn 18.12 (120) Telstra Dome (crowd: 22,330)
Sunday, 8 August (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) def. by West Coast 12.15 (87) The Gabba (crowd: 31,754)
Sunday, 8 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 11.17 (83) def. by Geelong 16.18 (114) MCG (crowd: 33,176)
Sunday, 8 August (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 18.17 (125) def. Melbourne 6.16 (52) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 30,702)

Round 20

Round 20
Friday, 13 August (7:40 pm) Essendon 18.13 (121) def. Collingwood 13.9 (87) MCG (crowd: 52,983)
Saturday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 9.21 (75) def. Fremantle 3.7 (25) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 15,209)
Saturday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 6.7 (43) def. by Brisbane Lions 8.18 (66) MCG (crowd: 17,159)
Saturday, 14 August (7:10 pm) Melbourne 7.4 (46) def. by Sydney 10.7 (67) Telstra Dome (crowd: 34,991)
Saturday, 14 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) def. by Port Adelaide 23.9 (147) Marrara Oval (crowd: 13,271)
Sunday, 15 August (12:40 pm) Adelaide 21.12 (138) def. Richmond 13.8 (86) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,896)
Sunday, 15 August (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 15.6 (96) def. by St Kilda 23.9 (147) Telstra Dome (crowd: 41,664)
Sunday, 15 August (2:10 pm) West Coast 15.21 (111) def. Carlton 6.13 (49) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,631)

Round 21

Round 21
Friday, 20 August (7:40 pm) Collingwood 9.16 (70) def. by Port Adelaide 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 27,226)
Saturday, 21 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 14.9 (93) def. Melbourne 8.14 (62) Optus Oval (crowd: 22,254)
Saturday, 21 August (2:10 pm) Adelaide 15.19 (109) def. Geelong 12.15 (87) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 37,576)
Saturday, 21 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 21.10 (136) def. Kangaroos 15.16 (106) Telstra Dome (crowd: 24,741)
Saturday, 21 August (7:10 pm) Sydney 17.8 (110) def. Essendon 12.18 (90) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 46,440)
Sunday, 22 August (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 20.10 (130) def. St Kilda 13.7 (85) The Gabba (crowd: 35,823)
Sunday, 22 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 16.13 (109) def. Richmond 13.8 (86) MCG (crowd: 27,007)
Sunday, 22 August (2:10 pm) Fremantle 6.9 (45) def. by West Coast 13.15 (93) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 41,907)

Round 22

Round 22
Friday, 27 August (7:40 pm) Collingwood 16.11 (107) def. by Carlton 17.6 (108) MCG (crowd: 60,898)
Saturday, 28 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 6.8 (44) def. by Sydney 16.12 (108) MCG (crowd: 29,777)
Saturday, 28 August (2:10 pm) West Coast 15.17 (107) def. Melbourne 10.7 (67) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,882)
Saturday, 28 August (7:10 pm) St Kilda 17.10 (112) def. Fremantle 12.11 (83) Telstra Dome (crowd: 35,329)
Saturday, 28 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 26.14 (170) def. Kangaroos 9.3 (57) The Gabba (crowd: 33,122)
Sunday, 29 August (12:40 pm) Adelaide 9.6 (60) def. by Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,473)
Sunday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 17.11 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) Telstra Dome (crowd: 39,894)
Sunday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 17.21 (123) def. Hawthorn 9.4 (58) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 21,192)

Ladder

2004 AFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Port Adelaide (P) 22 17 5 0 2413 1823 132.4 68 Finals series
2 Brisbane Lions 22 16 6 0 2447 1783 137.2 64
3 St Kilda 22 16 6 0 2443 1909 128.0 64
4 Geelong 22 15 7 0 2088 1741 119.9 60
5 Melbourne 22 14 8 0 2127 1900 111.9 56
6 Sydney 22 13 9 0 1938 1804 107.4 52
7 West Coast 22 13 9 0 2042 1968 103.8 52
8 Essendon 22 12 10 0 2282 2228 102.4 48
9 Fremantle 22 11 11 0 1882 1870 100.6 44
10 Kangaroos 22 10 12 0 2142 2135 100.3 40
11 Carlton 22 10 12 0 1825 2235 81.7 40
12 Adelaide 22 8 14 0 1950 2039 95.6 32
13 Collingwood 22 8 14 0 1899 2082 91.2 32
14 Western Bulldogs 22 5 17 0 1957 2459 79.6 20
15 Hawthorn 22 4 18 0 1668 2375 70.2 16
16 Richmond 22 4 18 0 1693 2445 69.2 16
Source: AFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers


Ladder progression

  Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round.
Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Port Adelaide481212162020202428283236404448525256606468
Brisbane Lions481212161620242428323636404448525252566064
St Kilda481216202428323640404044444448525256606064
Geelong00044812162020242832323640444852565660
Melbourne04812162024242828323640404448525656565656
Sydney04812121212121620242428323636364040444852
West Coast4448888121216162020242832323640444852
Essendon0048121620242428323232323636364040444448
Fremantle44812162020202424242828323236404444444444
Kangaroos481212121212161616202024283232363640404040
Carlton04448812121212162024242428282832323640
Adelaide00004488812121216202020202424283232
Collingwood04444444812161616202020242832323232
Western Bulldogs000448881212121616161616161616162020
Hawthorn44444448888888888812121616
Richmond44444812161616161616161616161616161616
Source:[citation needed]

Finals series

Qualifying and elimination finalsSemi-finalsPreliminary finalsGrand final
5 Sep, AAMI Stadium
1Port Adelaide18.9 (117)
4Geelong9.8 (62)11 Sep, MCG
Geelong10.14 (74)
4 Sep, MCGEssendon9.10 (64)17 Sep, AAMI Stadium
5Melbourne15.9 (99)Port Adelaide14.10 (94)
8Essendon15.14 (104)St Kilda13.10 (88)25 Sep, MCG
Port Adelaide17.11 (113)
4 Sep, Telstra Stadium18 Sep, MCGBrisbane Lions10.13 (73)
6Sydney11.9 (75)Brisbane Lions12.12 (84)
7West Coast4.10 (34)10 Sep, MCGGeelong10.15 (75)
St Kilda16.11 (107)
3 Sep, The GabbaSydney8.8 (56)
2Brisbane Lions23.11 (149)
3St Kilda10.9 (69)

Week one

Qualifying finals
QF1: Sunday, 5 September (2:00 pm) Port Adelaide 18.9 (117) def. Geelong 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 39,250)
QF2: Friday, 3 September (7:30 pm) Brisbane Lions 23.11 (139) def. St Kilda 10.9 (69) The Gabba (crowd: 33,582)
Elimination finals
EF1: Saturday, 4 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 15.9 (99) def. by Essendon 15.14 (104) MCG (crowd: 60,903)
EF2: Saturday, 4 September (7:30 pm) Sydney 11.9 (75) def. West Coast 4.10 (34) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 40,282)
  • West Coast were eliminated in the first week of the finals for the third consecutive year.
  • As of 2022, this has been the last final that Essendon have won

Week two

Semi Finals
SF2: Friday, 10 September (7:30 pm) St Kilda 16.11 (107) def. Sydney 8.8 (56) MCG (crowd: 50,671)
SF1: Saturday 11 September (7:30 pm) Geelong 10.14 (74) def. Essendon 9.10 (64) MCG (crowd: 53,356)
  • Essendon were eliminated in the second week of the finals for the third consecutive year.

Week three

Preliminary finals
PF1: Friday, 17 September (7:30 pm) Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. St Kilda 13.10 (88) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 46,978)
PF2: Saturday, 18 September (7:30 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) def. Geelong 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 55,768)

Week four

Main article: 2004 AFL Grand Final

Grand final
Saturday, 25 September (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) def. Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) MCG (crowd: 77,671)

Match attendance

Total match attendance for all games was 5,915,407. Attendance at the grand final was 77,671. The largest non-finals attendance was 60,898 people for the Collingwood v Carlton game in round 22.

Attendances during the season were affected by the ongoing reconstruction of the Ponsford, Olympic and Melbourne Cricket Club stands at the MCG to be ready for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Awards

Coleman

Notable events

Notes

  1. ^ Hinds, Richard (9 June 2004). "Bombers, Hawks to face 27 charges".
  2. ^ Brereton, Dermott (25 September 2008). "Dermott Brereton recalls the 'line in the sand' game".
  3. ^ Pentony, Luke (6 June 2004). "Swans upset Saints in masterful display". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  4. ^ Hinds, Richard (9 June 2004). "Bombers, Hawks to face 27 charges".
  5. ^ Brereton, Dermott (25 September 2008). "Dermott Brereton recalls the 'line in the sand' game".
  6. ^ Rucci, Michaelangelo. "Gary Ayres opinions way too late". Adelaidenow. The Advertiser. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  7. ^ Jessica Halloran (9 August 2004). "Swans mourn loss of their father figure". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, NSW. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Single Team - Most Total Games".
  9. ^ "Round 22, 2004: Brisbane Lions vs Kangaroos".
  10. ^ Wilson, Caroline. "Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 18 September 2016.

References