2005 AFL premiership season
Teams16
PremiersSydney
(4th premiership)
Minor premiersAdelaide
(1st minor premiership)
Pre-season cupCarlton
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played185
Attendance6,763,852 (36,561 per match)
Highest attendance91,828 (Grand Final, Sydney vs. West Coast)
Coleman MedallistFraser Gehrig (St Kilda)
Brownlow MedallistBen Cousins (West Coast)
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The 2005 AFL season was the 109th 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 24 March until 24 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 Sydney Swans for the fourth time, after it defeated West Coast by four points in the AFL Grand Final. It was the club's first premiership since it won the 1933 premiership as South Melbourne, and ended a 72-year premiership drought which stands as the longest in league history.

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Carlton defeated West Coast 1.14.18 (111) to 1.11.9 (84) in the Grand Final.

Premiership season

Round 1 (Easter and season launch)

Round 1 (Easter and season launch)
Thursday, 24 March (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.8 (116) def. St Kilda 13.15 (93) The Gabba (crowd: 33,369)
Saturday, 26 March (2:15 pm) Kangaroos 16.9 (105) def. Carlton 12.13 (85) Telstra Dome (crowd: 40,345)
Saturday, 26 March (7:20 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. Essendon 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 47,849)
Saturday, 26 March (5:40 pm) Fremantle 13.10 (88) def. Port Adelaide 7.11 (53) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 33,704)
Sunday, 27 March (1:15 pm) Sydney 18.10 (118) def. Hawthorn 8.7 (55) SCG (crowd: 27,274)
Sunday, 27 March (2:15 pm) Richmond 15.8 (98) def. by Geelong 25.10 (160) MCG (crowd: 48,251)
Sunday, 27 March (2:45 pm) Adelaide 7.11 (53) def. by West Coast 9.10 (64) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 39,055)
Monday, 28 March (2:15 pm) Collingwood 11.14 (80) def. by Western Bulldogs 16.16 (112) MCG (crowd: 53,259)

Round 2

Round 2
Friday, 1 April (7:40 pm) Carlton 16.14 (110) def. Essendon 17.4 (106) MCG (crowd: 56,446)
Saturday, 2 April (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 12.10 (82) def. Sydney 7.17 (59) Manuka Oval (crowd: 13,481)
Saturday, 2 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.21 (111) def. by Melbourne 20.17 (137) Telstra Dome (crowd: 26,307)
Saturday, 2 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 12.12 (84) def. Geelong 8.14 (62) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,578)
Saturday, 2 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 11.9 (75) def. Brisbane Lions 11.7 (73) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,982)
Sunday, 3 April (1:10 pm) St Kilda 8.12 (60) def. Fremantle 8.11 (59) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 12,465)
Sunday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 10.15 (75) def. by Adelaide 12.9 (81) Telstra Dome (crowd: 31,464)
Sunday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 12.17 (89) def. by Richmond 16.7 (103) MCG (crowd: 33,409)

Round 3 (Rivalry Round)

Round 3 (Rivalry Round)
Friday, 8 April (7:40 pm) Melbourne 18.6 (114) def. Geelong 8.18 (66) MCG (crowd: 51,793)
Saturday, 9 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 16.12 (108) def. by Collingwood 20.8 (128) MCG (crowd: 61,608)
Saturday, 9 April (2:10 pm) St Kilda 14.9 (93) def. by Kangaroos 15.10 (100) Telstra Dome (crowd: 36,140)
Saturday, 9 April (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.15 (81) def. by Sydney 13.9 (87) The Gabba (crowd: 33,960)
Saturday, 9 April (5:40 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. by West Coast 12.16 (88) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 42,027)
Sunday, 10 April (12:40 pm) Adelaide 18.16 (124) def. Port Adelaide 8.8 (56) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 44,807)
Sunday, 10 April (2:10 pm) Essendon 10.17 (77) def. Hawthorn 11.9 (75) MCG (crowd: 44,971)
Sunday, 10 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.18 (84) def. by Richmond 12.16 (88) Telstra Dome (crowd: 30,871)

Round 4

Round 4
Friday, 15 April (7:40 pm) Kangaroos 14.9 (93) def. Collingwood 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 51,565)
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 18.7 (115) def. Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 27,778)
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) West Coast 21.17 (143) def. Western Bulldogs 17.5 (107) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,124)
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Geelong 19.17 (131) def. Essendon 11.9 (75) Telstra Dome (crowd: 48,653)
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.19 (109) drew with Carlton 16.13 (109) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,519)
Sunday, 17 April (1:10 pm) Sydney 11.13 (79) def. by Adelaide 18.12 (120) SCG (crowd: 30,478)
Sunday, 17 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 14.16 (100) def. Fremantle 7.10 (52) MCG (crowd: 24,242)
Sunday, 17 April (2:10 pm) St Kilda 23.13 (151) def. Melbourne 15.14 (104) Telstra Dome (crowd: 40,004)

Round 5 (ANZAC Day)

Round 5 (ANZAC Day)
Friday, 22 April (8:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.5 (95) def. by Geelong 15.9 (99) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,405)
Saturday, 23 April (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 16.12 (108) def. Hawthorn 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 38,764)
Saturday, 23 April (2:10 pm) Fremantle 15.13 (103) def. Carlton 11.18 (84) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,056)
Saturday, 23 April (7:10 pm) Sydney 7.18 (60) def. by Melbourne 14.10 (94) SCG (crowd: 29,099)
Saturday, 23 April (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 21.14 (140) def. Adelaide 16.13 (109) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,900)
Sunday, 24 April (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.12 (84) def. by West Coast 23.19 (157) The Gabba (crowd: 33,007)
Sunday, 24 April (5:10 pm) St Kilda 22.15 (147) def. Richmond 11.13 (79) Telstra Dome (crowd: 49,580)
Monday, 25 April (2:10 pm) Essendon 11.17 (83) def. Collingwood 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 70,033)

Round 6

Round 6
Friday, 29 April (7:40 pm) Carlton 13.11 (89) def. Hawthorn 12.11 (83) Telstra Dome (crowd: 49,018)
Saturday, 30 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne 20.9 (129) def. by Fremantle 22.11 (143) MCG (crowd: 21,963)
Saturday, 30 April (2:10 pm) Adelaide 10.14 (74) def. Kangaroos 10.4 (64) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,867)
Saturday, 30 April (7:10 pm) Essendon 12.16 (88) def. by Brisbane Lions 21.10 (136) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,055)
Saturday, 30 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 15.14 (104) def. Sydney 8.11 (59) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,687)
Sunday, 1 May (1:10 pm) Geelong 16.12 (108) def. Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,019)
Sunday, 1 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 10.11 (71) def. by St Kilda 16.13 (109) MCG (crowd: 44,122)
Sunday, 1 May (2:10 pm) Richmond 19.9 (123) def. Port Adelaide 9.13 (67) Telstra Dome (crowd: 21,301)

Round 7 (Mother's Day)

Round 7 (Mother's Day)
Friday, 6 May (7:40 pm) Melbourne 12.7 (79) def. Adelaide 7.12 (54) MCG (crowd: 39,475)
Saturday, 7 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 18.11 (119) def. St Kilda 15.11 (101) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,814)
Saturday, 7 May (2:10 pm) Richmond 23.13 (151) def. Carlton 10.6 (66) MCG (crowd: 52,234)
Saturday, 7 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.15 (87) def. by Western Bulldogs 15.20 (110) The Gabba (crowd: 30,639)
Saturday, 7 May (7:10 pm) Sydney 13.16 (94) def. Essendon 14.4 (88) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 31,668)
Sunday, 8 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 12.5 (77) def. by West Coast 14.12 (96) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,933)
Sunday, 8 May (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 18.11 (119) def. Kangaroos 10.12 (72) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,050)
Sunday, 8 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 28.12 (180) def. Collingwood 10.8 (68) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,491)

Round 8

Round 8
Friday, 13 May (7:40 pm) Carlton 10.13 (73) def. by Geelong 22.11 (143) Telstra Dome (crowd: 45,758)
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.14 (128) def. Melbourne 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 38,587)
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) West Coast 13.10 (88) def. St Kilda 7.10 (52) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 41,177)
Saturday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Kangaroos 13.14 (92) def. by Western Bulldogs 18.10 (118) Telstra Dome (crowd: 32,901)
Saturday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Adelaide 8.15 (63) def. by Brisbane Lions 11.6 (72) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,357)
Sunday, 15 May (1:10 pm) Sydney 9.15 (69) def. Port Adelaide 6.9 (45) SCG (crowd: 24,226)
Sunday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 8.10 (58) def. by Richmond 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 54,330)
Sunday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Essendon 17.15 (117) def. Fremantle 11.16 (82) Telstra Dome (crowd: 30,383)

Round 9 (Community Weekend)

Round 9 (Community Weekend)
Friday, 20 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 8.9 (57) def. by Adelaide 15.13 (103) Telstra Dome (crowd: 35,100)
Saturday, 21 May (2:10 pm) Carlton 13.14 (92) def. by Melbourne 15.20 (110) Optus Oval (crowd: 30,052)
Saturday, 21 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 18.10 (118) def. West Coast 15.5 (95) MCG (crowd: 31,105)
Saturday, 21 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.11 (83) def. by Richmond 12.15 (87) The Gabba (crowd: 33,684)
Saturday, 21 May (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) def. Essendon 9.12 (66) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,648)
Sunday, 22 May (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.16 (76) def. by Sydney 13.11 (89) SCG (crowd: 22,358)
Sunday, 22 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 22.14 (146) def. Kangaroos 8.13 (61) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,102)
Sunday, 22 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 10.10 (70) def. by Hawthorn 18.16 (124) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 35,393)
  • Carlton played its last match at Princes Park (known at the time as Optus Oval), its home ground since 1897. The venue was the last suburban ground in use in Melbourne.
  • West Coast suffered its first loss for the season, against Collingwood (who was on the bottom of the ladder at the time).
  • At the end of this round, the AFL's three most successful clubs, Essendon, Carlton and Collingwood occupied the bottom three places on the AFL ladder.

Round 10

Round 10
Friday, 27 May (7:40 pm) Melbourne 20.11 (131) def. Richmond 11.8 (74) Telstra Dome (crowd: 44,263)
Saturday, 28 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 11.16 (82) def. by Fremantle 14.7 (91) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 20,869)
Saturday, 28 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 12.8 (80) def. by Collingwood 17.6 (108) MCG (crowd: 49,927)
Saturday, 28 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 13.15 (93) def. by Kangaroos 17.10 (112) The Gabba (crowd: 29,500)
Saturday, 28 May (7:10 pm) St Kilda 15.11 (101) def. Sydney 8.10 (58) Telstra Dome (crowd: 37,014)
Sunday, 29 May (12:40 pm) Adelaide 9.17 (71) def. Carlton 8.9 (57) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 43,277)
Sunday, 29 May (2:10 pm) Essendon 21.11 (137) def. Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) Telstra Dome (crowd: 40,454)
Sunday, 29 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 27.17 (179) def. Port Adelaide 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 40,188)
  • Fraser Gehrig of St Kilda played his 200th game.
  • AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou, Network 10 television commentators Stephen Quartermain and Tim Lane, and former Carlton great Robert Walls, all famously criticised eventual premiers the Sydney Swans' style of play in its loss against St Kilda, stating it could not win a premiership under Paul Roos' coaching.[2] This was the final match played by future Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks, who retired before the end of the season.[3] It proves to be a major turning point in the Swans' season as they would only lose three more matches for the season, all by seven points or less, on its way to its first AFL premiership in 72 years.[4]
  • West Coast recorded its biggest victory over Port Adelaide, winning by 117 points.

Round 11

Round 11
Friday, 3 June (7:40 pm) Collingwood 18.13 (121) def. Geelong 14.12 (96) Telstra Dome (crowd: 48,261)
Saturday, 4 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 14.7 (91) def. by Sydney 18.8 (116) Telstra Dome (crowd: 30,973)
Saturday, 4 June (2:10 pm) Richmond 15.13 (103) def. by West Coast 15.15 (105) MCG (crowd: 31,704)
Saturday, 4 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 10.7 (67) def. by Brisbane Lions 15.16 (106) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 34,143)
Saturday, 4 June (7:10 pm) Adelaide 24.7 (151) def. Essendon 9.9 (63) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 43,486)
Sunday, 5 June (1:10 pm) Kangaroos 11.14 (80) def. by Melbourne 17.14 (116) Manuka Oval (crowd: 12,626)
Sunday, 5 June (1:10 pm) St Kilda 11.15 (81) def. by Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 17,402)
Sunday, 5 June (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.9 (111) def. Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Telstra Dome (crowd: 29,240)

Round 12 (Queen's Birthday)

Round 12 (Queen's Birthday)
Friday, 10 June (6:40 pm) West Coast 15.16 (106) def. Essendon 12.10 (82) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,558)
Saturday, 11 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 8.6 (54) def. by St Kilda 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 33,905)
Saturday, 11 June (7:10 pm) Carlton 12.10 (82) def. by Brisbane Lions 21.14 (140) Telstra Dome (crowd: 37,880)
Saturday, 11 June (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) def. Western Bulldogs 15.13 (103) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,079)
Sunday, 12 June (1:10 pm) Sydney 16.13 (109) def. Fremantle 10.11 (71) SCG (crowd: 24,933)
Sunday, 12 June (2:10 pm) Geelong 9.7 (61) def. Adelaide 8.9 (57) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,506)
Sunday, 12 June (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 17.7 (109) def. Richmond 10.20 (80) Telstra Dome (crowd: 40,444)
Monday, 13 June (2:10 pm) Melbourne 17.15 (117) def. Collingwood 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 65,347)

Round 13 (Split Round)

Round 13 (Split Round)
Friday, 17 June (8:10 pm) Port Adelaide 29.14 (188) def. Hawthorn 10.11 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 30,212)
Saturday, 18 June (2:10 pm) Melbourne 13.12 (90) def. by West Coast 15.15 (105) MCG (crowd: 35,653)
Saturday, 18 June (7:10 pm) Richmond 9.8 (62) def. by Adelaide 20.12 (132) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,092)
Saturday, 18 June (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 17.14 (116) def. Carlton 10.10 (70) Marrara Oval (crowd: 13,037)
Sunday, 19 June (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) def. Geelong 6.11 (47) The Gabba (crowd: 31,307)
Sunday, 19 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 6.8 (44) def. by Kangaroos 8.18 (66) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 33,550)
Friday, 24 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 19.5 (119) def. St Kilda 16.8 (104) Telstra Dome (crowd: 48,342)
Saturday, 25 June (7:10 pm) Sydney 11.11 (77) def. Collingwood 10.16 (76) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 44,387)

Round 14 (Family Round)

Round 14 (Family Round)
Friday, 1 July (7:40 pm) Collingwood 14.18 (102) def. Port Adelaide 9.17 (71) Telstra Dome (crowd: 35,844)
Saturday, 2 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 12.13 (85) def. Sydney 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 34,572)
Saturday, 2 July (2:10 pm) West Coast 21.13 (139) def. Carlton 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,928)
Saturday, 2 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 13.8 (86) def. by Kangaroos 19.14 (128) Telstra Dome (crowd: 48,696)
Saturday, 2 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 13.14 (92) def. by Brisbane Lions 25.16 (166) The Gabba (crowd: 31,259)
Sunday, 3 July (12:40 pm) Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. Fremantle 14.4 (88) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,794)
Sunday, 3 July (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.8 (98) def. by St Kilda 17.14 (116) MCG (crowd: 33,622)
Sunday, 3 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 16.17 (113) def. Hawthorn 8.10 (58) Telstra Dome (crowd: 36,667)

Round 15

Round 15
Friday, 8 July (7:40 pm) Kangaroos 14.13 (97) def. by West Coast 15.11 (101) Telstra Dome (crowd: 33,151)
Saturday, 9 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 14.8 (92) def. Essendon 9.12 (66) MCG (crowd: 49,975)
Saturday, 9 July (2:10 pm) Port Adelaide 20.17 (137) def. Melbourne 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,040)
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 19.19 (133) def. Collingwood 7.13 (55) The Gabba (crowd: 37,224)
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Sydney 16.9 (105) def. Geelong 7.9 (51) SCG (crowd: 28,185)
Sunday, 10 July (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) def. by Adelaide 12.6 (78) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,282)
Sunday, 10 July (2:10 pm) St Kilda 23.15 (153) def. Carlton 11.7 (73) Telstra Dome (crowd: 39,181)
Sunday, 10 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 22.13 (145) def. Western Bulldogs 13.14 (92) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 30,991)

Round 16

Round 16
Friday, 15 July (7:40 pm) Collingwood 15.15 (105) def. by Essendon 21.5 (131) MCG (crowd: 52,507)
Saturday, 16 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 18.18 (126) def. Port Adelaide 7.5 (47) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 19,362)
Saturday, 16 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 5.7 (37) def. by St Kilda 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 40,043)
Saturday, 16 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 11.12 (78) def. by Sydney 16.8 (104) Telstra Dome (crowd: 28,749)
Saturday, 16 July (5:40 pm) West Coast 17.9 (111) def. Brisbane Lions 13.10 (88) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 41,524)
Sunday, 17 July (12:40 pm) Adelaide 16.13 (109) def. Western Bulldogs 5.5 (35) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,264)
Sunday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 17.15 (117) def. by Fremantle 24.8 (152) MCG (crowd: 16,076)
Sunday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) def. by Kangaroos 16.13 (109) Telstra Dome (crowd: 23,722)

Round 17

Round 17
Friday, 22 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 21.17 (143) def. Collingwood 10.10 (70) Telstra Dome (crowd: 45,576)
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.13 (127) def. Carlton 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 31,459)
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 20.13 (133) def. Geelong 14.14 (98) Telstra Dome (crowd: 29,351)
Saturday, 23 July (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.12 (114) def. Essendon 14.17 (101) The Gabba (crowd: 36,077)
Saturday, 23 July (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.12 (92) def. Richmond 12.11 (83) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,455)
Sunday, 24 July (12:40 pm) Sydney 13.10 (88) def. West Coast 10.7 (67) SCG (crowd: 37,071)
Sunday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 16.13 (109) def. by Adelaide 19.8 (122) Telstra Dome (crowd: 25,263)
Sunday, 24 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 15.11 (101) def. Melbourne 11.10 (76) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 31,028)

Round 18

Round 18
Friday, 29 July (7:40 pm) Essendon 16.11 (107) def. Geelong 13.16 (94) Telstra Dome (crowd: 47,122)
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 13.10 (88) def. by St Kilda 27.14 (176) MCG (crowd: 39,584)
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) West Coast 12.25 (97) def. Hawthorn 7.7 (49) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 39,412)
Saturday, 30 July (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 23.13 (151) def. Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) Telstra Dome (crowd: 29,200)
Saturday, 30 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 8.6 (54) def. Sydney 6.11 (47) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,629)
Sunday, 31 July (1:10 pm) Kangaroos 15.10 (100) def. Port Adelaide 14.12 (96) Manuka Oval (crowd: 10,431)
Sunday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 22.9 (141) def. Richmond 16.10 (106) Telstra Dome (crowd: 34,925)
Sunday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 12.13 (85) def. by Fremantle 15.8 (98) MCG (crowd: 26,586)

Round 19

Round 19
Friday, 5 August (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.18 (96) def. Geelong 8.7 (55) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,848)
Saturday, 6 August (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 21.14 (140) def. West Coast 14.13 (97) MCG (crowd: 27,693)
Saturday, 6 August (2:10 pm) Adelaide 13.22 (100) def. Melbourne 7.4 (46) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,843)
Saturday, 6 August (7:10 pm) Essendon 15.8 (98) def. by Sydney 18.10 (118) Telstra Dome (crowd: 41,629)
Saturday, 6 August (5:40 pm) Fremantle 13.15 (93) def. Richmond 9.12 (66) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 36,026)
Sunday, 7 August (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.13 (121) def. Hawthorn 11.14 (80) The Gabba (crowd: 31,946)
Sunday, 7 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 16.13 (109) def. by Port Adelaide 18.15 (123) MCG (crowd: 16,371)
Sunday, 7 August (2:10 pm) Collingwood 14.14 (98) def. by Kangaroos 15.14 (104) Telstra Dome (crowd: 33,587)

Round 20 (Heritage Round)

Round 20 (Heritage Round)
Friday, 12 August (6:40 pm) West Coast 19.14 (128) def. Fremantle 12.8 (80) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 40,720)
Saturday, 13 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 15.9 (99) def. by Melbourne 14.16 (100) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 20,148)
Saturday, 13 August (2:10 pm) Kangaroos 13.7 (85) def. by St Kilda 16.12 (108) Telstra Dome (crowd: 39,777)
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Collingwood 14.10 (94) def. by Carlton 19.11 (125) MCG (crowd: 48,287)
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 12.9 (81) def. by Adelaide 13.10 (88) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,199)
Sunday, 14 August (1:10 pm) Sydney 19.10 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 6.4 (40) Telstra (crowd: 43,512)
Sunday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.15 (117) def. Essendon 16.8 (104) MCG (crowd: 32,053)
Sunday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 16.11 (107) def. by Western Bulldogs 18.11 (119) Telstra Dome (crowd: 33,482)

Round 21

Round 21
Friday, 19 August (6:40 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. St Kilda 11.9 (75) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 38,057)
Saturday, 20 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 16.13 (109) def. West Coast 5.3 (33) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 20,372)
Saturday, 20 August (2:10 pm) Adelaide 22.19 (151) def. Collingwood 5.11 (41) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,372)
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) Melbourne 16.13 (109) def. Western Bulldogs 16.9 (105) MCG (crowd: 32,621)
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. by Port Adelaide 11.15 (81) The Gabba (crowd: 35,221)
Sunday, 21 August (1:10 pm) Sydney 15.11 (101) def. Kangaroos 9.10 (64) SCG (crowd: 34,975)
Sunday, 21 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 28.14 (182) def. Carlton 11.17 (83) MCG (crowd: 37,481)
Sunday, 21 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 20.17 (137) def. Hawthorn 21.7 (133) Telstra Dome (crowd: 30,906)


Round 22

Round 22
Friday, 26 August (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 21.15 (141) def. Collingwood 14.16 (100) Telstra Dome (crowd: 41,947)
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 11.9 (75) def. by Sydney 20.9 (129) MCG (crowd: 31,891)
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) West Coast 10.14 (74) def. by Adelaide 12.10 (82) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 43,044)
Saturday, 27 August (7:10 pm) St Kilda 28.18 (186) def. Brisbane Lions 7.5 (47) Telstra Dome (crowd: 46,105)
Saturday, 27 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 18.12 (120) def. Fremantle 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 41,518)
Sunday, 28 August (1:10 pm) Geelong 10.9 (69) def. Richmond 10.8 (68) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,096)
Sunday, 28 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 12.11 (83) def. by Kangaroos 17.11 (113) Telstra Dome (crowd: 27,625)
Sunday, 28 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 12.13 (85) def. by Melbourne 13.17 (95) MCG (crowd: 55,016)
  • St Kilda's 139-point win against the Brisbane Lions was the largest victory in St Kilda's history, and the heaviest defeat in the Brisbane Lions' history. The loss ensured the Lions would miss the finals for the first time since 1998.[5]
  • The match between West Coast and Adelaide saw the two teams play off for the minor premiership with the Crows winning the game and finished on top of the ladder on percentage ahead of the Eagles.

Ladder

2005 AFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Adelaide 22 17 5 0 2070 1517 136.5 68 Finals series
2 West Coast 22 17 5 0 2261 1824 124.0 68
3 Sydney (P) 22 15 7 0 1974 1696 116.4 60
4 St Kilda 22 14 8 0 2407 1806 133.3 56
5 Kangaroos 22 13 9 0 2053 2069 99.2 52
6 Geelong 22 12 10 0 2134 1906 112.0 48
7 Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2171 2266 95.8 48
8 Port Adelaide 22 11 10 1 2028 2066 98.2 46
9 Western Bulldogs 22 11 11 0 2385 2351 101.4 44
10 Fremantle 22 11 11 0 2041 2038 100.1 44
11 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 2139 2164 98.8 40
12 Richmond 22 10 12 0 2022 2190 92.3 40
13 Essendon 22 8 14 0 2118 2302 92.0 32
14 Hawthorn 22 5 17 0 1904 2317 82.2 20
15 Collingwood 22 5 17 0 1884 2425 77.7 20
16 Carlton 22 4 17 1 2016 2670 75.5 18
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
Adelaide04812121616162024282832364044485256606468
West Coast481216202428323236404448525660606464686868
Sydney44888812162020242832323640444448525660
St Kilda0448121616161620202424283236404448525256
Kangaroos481216202020202024242832363640404448484852
Geelong4448121620242828283232363640404040404448
Melbourne481212161620202428323636363636363636404448
Port Adelaide04466610101414182226263030343438384246
Western Bulldogs44448812161616202024242424283236404044
Fremantle444481216161620202020202428323640404444
Brisbane Lions4444488121212162024283232363640404040
Richmond04812121620242828282828323636363636364040
Essendon0044888121216161620202024242828283232
Hawthorn000444481212121212121212161616202020
Collingwood00444444812161616202020202020202020
Carlton044661010101010101010101010101414181818
Source:[citation needed]

Finals series

Main article: 2005 AFL finals series

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semifinals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: Sep 3, AAMI Stadium  
1  Adelaide 8.9 (57)  
4  St Kilda 10.5 (65)     SF1: Sep 10, AAMI Stadium  
     Adelaide 18.15 (123)    
EF1: Sep 4, Telstra Dome      Port Adelaide 5.10 (40)       PF1: Sep 16, MCG
5  Kangaroos 11.11 (77)        St Kilda 9.11 (65)  
8  Port Adelaide 26.8 (164)          Sydney 15.6 (96)     GF: Sep 24, MCG
         Sydney 8.10 (58)
  EF2: Sep 3, MCG       PF2: Sep 17, Subiaco Oval      West Coast 7.12 (54)
6  Geelong 18.8 (116)          West Coast 14.9 (93)  
7  Melbourne 9.7 (61)     SF2: Sep 9, SCG        Adelaide 11.11 (77)  
     Sydney 7.14 (56)    
QF2: Sep 2, Subiaco Oval      Geelong 7.11 (53)    
2  West Coast 10.9 (69)  
3  Sydney 10.5 (65)  


Week one

Qualifying finals
QF2: Friday, 2 September West Coast 10.9 (69) def. Sydney 10.5 (65) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 43,302)
QF1: Saturday, 3 September Adelaide 8.9 (57) def. by St Kilda 10.5 (65) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 48,768)
Elimination finals
EF2: Saturday, 3 September Geelong 18.8 (116) def. Melbourne 9.7 (61) MCG (crowd: 65,018)
EF1: Sunday, 4 September Kangaroos 11.11 (77) def. by Port Adelaide 26.8 (164) Telstra Dome (crowd: 25,195)

Week two

Semi-finals
SF2: Friday, 9 September Sydney 7.14 (56) def. Geelong 7.11 (53) SCG (crowd: 39,079)
SF1: Saturday, 10 September Adelaide 18.15 (123) def. Port Adelaide 5.10 (40) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 50,521)

Week three

Preliminary finals
PF1: Friday, 16 September St Kilda 9.11 (65) def. by Sydney 15.6 (96) MCG (crowd: 73,344)
PF2: Saturday, 17 September West Coast 14.9 (94) def. Adelaide 11.11 (77) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 43,009)

Week four

Grand final
Saturday, 24 September (2:40 pm) Sydney def. West Coast MCG (crowd: 91,898)
3.0 (18)
6.3 (39)
6.5 (41)
 8.10 (58)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.4 (16)
2.7 (19)
5.9 (39)
 7.12 (54)
Umpires: Allen, McLaren, Goldspink
Norm Smith Medal: Chris Judd (West Coast)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National anthem: Silvie Paladino
Hall 2
Jolly, Schneider, O'Loughlin, Kennelly, Goodes, Buchanan 1
Goals 2 Hunter
1 Nicoski, Cox, Embley, Hansen, Cousins
Roberts-Thomson, Goodes, Buchanan, Kennelly, Fosdike, Kirk Best Judd, Wirrpunda, Cousins, Cox, Fletcher
Ball (cut head), C. Bolton (nose), Crouch (ankle) Injuries Kerr (ankle), Gardiner (cut head)
Nil Reports Nil
  • Sydney won their fourth Premiership – their first in Sydney, their first in the AFL era and their first since they won the VFL as South Melbourne in 1933.
  • Tadhg Kennelly became the first Irishman to become an AFL Premiership player. He later also became the first man to be both an AFL Premiership player and an All-Ireland senior (Gaelic) football champion in 2009 with his native Kerry.
  • Chris Judd became the fourth player to win the Norm Smith Medal despite being on the grand final losing team, joining Maurice Rioli (Richmond 1982), Gary Ablett Sr. (Geelong 1989) and Nathan Buckley (Collingwood 2002).

Awards

Player moves

Post-season matches

Notable events

Three players celebrated 200th game milestones against eventual premiers the Sydney Swans during the regular season:

Additionally, Michael Voss (Brisbane Lions) played his 250th AFL game and Mal Michael his 100th club game for the Lions, both also against the Swans, in round 3.[11]

References

  1. ^ Berry, Damien (10 April 2017). "End of an era: A look back at the Brisbane Lions 2005 season". The Drop Punt News. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Ugly Swans' flag hopes at half-mast". Sydney Morning Herald. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  3. ^ "A new face after Roos loses faith". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 June 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Ugly ducklings to make up for the sin of St Kilda". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2020. "It was almost a turning point for us," he said.
  5. ^ O'Shea, Joe (27 August 2005). "Saints inflict record loss on Lions". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  6. ^ "AFL Tables – 2005 Brownlow Medal". afltables.com. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ "2005 Trading Places". freeservers.com. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ Gehrig runs riot in 200th match Archived 26 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 28 May 2005
  9. ^ Hall bags seven as Swans ride high Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 2005
  10. ^ No end in sight as Lucas aims up for game 200 Archived 26 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 4 August 2005
  11. ^ Cousins named for Derby clash Archived 26 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 8 April 2005