2011 AFL premiership season
AFL Logo 2011 Premiership season.gif
Teams17
PremiersGeelong
(9th premiership)
Minor premiersCollingwood
(19th minor premiership)
Pre-season cupCollingwood
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played196
Attendance7,139,272 (36,425 per match)
Highest attendance99,537 (Grand Final, Collingwood vs. Geelong)
Coleman MedallistLance Franklin (Hawthorn)
71 goals
Brownlow MedallistDane Swan (Collingwood)
34 votes
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The 2011 AFL season was the 115th 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 seventeen clubs, with the newly established Gold Coast Suns, based in Gold Coast, Queensland, playing its inaugural season. The season ran from 24 March until 1 October, 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 Geelong Football Club for the ninth time, after it defeated Collingwood by 38 points in the 2011 AFL Grand Final.

Pre-season

Draft

Main article: 2010 AFL Draft

The 2010 National Draft was held on 18 November 2010 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.[1] 107 players were drafted, including 28 promoted rookies. New club Gold Coast received the first three selections as part of its draft concessions, and selected David Swallow with the number one draft pick.[2]

The 2011 Pre-season and Rookie Drafts were held on 7 December 2010, with another 80 players being selected. Greater Western Sydney, set to join the AFL as a senior club in 2012, had the first eight selections in the Rookie Draft as part of its draft concessions.[3]

NAB Cup

Main article: 2011 NAB Cup

The 2011 NAB Cup featured all seventeen senior clubs, as well as Greater Western Sydney which would not join the AFL as a senior club until 2012. The first round of matches featured lightning football matches played among six pools of three teams; standard matches were played for the rest of the competition. Collingwood defeated Essendon in the Grand Final at Etihad Stadium on Friday, 11 March.


2011 NAB Cup Grand Final
Friday, 11 March 7:45 pm Essendon def. by Collingwood Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,304) Report
0.2.2 (14)
0.3.4 (22)
0.9.5 (59)
 0.13.8 (86)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
0.3.4 (22)
0.7.6 (48)
1.11.7 (82)
 1.15.9 (108)
Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Nicholls, Jennings
Michael Tuck Medal: Heath Shaw
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Super Goals 1 Buckley
Hurley, Monfries 3
Ryder, Watson, Zaharakis 2
Hocking 1
Goals 3 Krakouer, Dawes
2 Cloke
1 Ball, Beams, McCarthy, Pendlebury, Swan, Thomas, Wellingham
Hardingham (groin) Injuries Nil

Premiership season

The fixture was announced on 29 October.[4] Some of the highlights included:

Round 1

Round 1
Thursday, 24 March (7:40 pm) Carlton 14.20 (104) def. Richmond 13.6 (84) MCG (crowd: 60,654) Report
Friday, 25 March (7:40 pm) Geelong 6.12 (48) def. St Kilda 6.11 (47) MCG (crowd: 42,869) Report
Saturday, 26 March (2:10 pm) Collingwood 24.11 (155) def. Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,773) Report
Saturday, 26 March (7:10 pm) Adelaide 16.9 (105) def. Hawthorn 12.13 (85) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,536) Report
Saturday, 26 March (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.8 (92) def. by Fremantle 13.16 (94) The Gabba (crowd: 23,373) Report
Sunday, 27 March (1:10 pm) Essendon 16.17 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 8.10 (58) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,617) Report
Sunday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Melbourne 11.18 (84) drew with Sydney 11.18 (84) MCG (crowd: 33,951) Report
Sunday, 27 March (4:10 pm) West Coast 13.14 (92) def. North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,878) Report
Bye: Gold Coast

Round 2

Round 2
Friday, 1 April (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.17 (95) drew with Richmond 14.11 (95) MCG (crowd: 41,465) Report
Saturday, 2 April (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 7.14 (56) def. by Collingwood 21.17 (143) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,578) Report
Saturday, 2 April (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 15.8 (98) def. by West Coast 16.20 (116) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,214) Report
Saturday, 2 April (6:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.10 (52) def. by Carlton 26.15 (171) The Gabba (crowd: 27,914) Report
Saturday, 2 April (5:40 pm) Fremantle 10.18 (78) def. by Geelong 13.11 (89) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,004) Report
Sunday, 3 April (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.9 (123) def. Brisbane Lions 6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,331) Report
Sunday, 3 April (2:10 pm) Sydney 14.14 (98) def. Essendon 13.15 (93) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 28,082) Report
Sunday, 3 April (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 16.26 (122) def. Melbourne 12.5 (77) MCG (crowd: 49,905) Report
Bye: Adelaide
  • The new club, Gold Coast, made its AFL Premiership debut against Carlton at The Gabba. Carlton's score of 26.15 (171) was its highest in a match since 2000; and the winning margin, 119 points, was its greatest since 2001.[7]
  • Richmond drew with St Kilda, ending the club's 13-game losing streak against the Saints, but extending the winless streak against the same opponent to 14 games. Richmond had not beaten St Kilda since round 4, 2003.

Round 3

Round 3
Friday, 8 April (7:40 pm) Collingwood 15.12 (102) def. Carlton 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 88,181) Report
Saturday, 9 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 18.14 (122) def. Gold Coast 7.9 (51) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,373) Report
Saturday, 9 April (2:40 pm) Adelaide 7.12 (54) def. by Fremantle 11.13 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,414) Report
Saturday, 9 April (7:10 pm) Richmond 6.16 (52) def. by Hawthorn 17.13 (115) MCG (crowd: 46,368) Report
Saturday, 9 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Sydney 15.11 (101) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,288) Report
Sunday, 10 April (1:10 pm) Melbourne 12.10 (82) def. Brisbane Lions 11.5 (71) MCG (crowd: 24,380) Report
Sunday, 10 April (2:10 pm) Geelong 17.20 (122) def. Port Adelaide 6.7 (43) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 22,420) Report
Sunday, 10 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 12.12 (84) def. by Essendon 21.10 (136) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 47,762) Report
Bye: North Melbourne

Round 4

Round 4
Friday, 15 April (7:40 pm) Richmond 13.12 (90) def. by Collingwood 24.17 (161) MCG (crowd: 58,050) Report
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 10.12 (72) def. West Coast 9.11 (65) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,063[8]) Report
Saturday, 16 April (2:10 pm) Carlton 11.13 (79) drew with Essendon 11.13 (79) MCG (crowd: 78,605) Report
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Sydney 7.12 (54) def. by Geelong 11.15 (81) SCG (crowd: 25,300) Report
Saturday, 16 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.14 (98) def. Adelaide 9.12 (66) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,143) Report
Sunday, 17 April (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 9.15 (69) def. by Melbourne 23.21 (159) The Gabba (crowd: 12,111) Report
Sunday, 17 April (2:40 pm) Fremantle 18.19 (127) def. North Melbourne 14.14 (98) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,779) Report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs
  • The longest and second longest active streaks of consecutive games played were both broken this weekend: Kane Cornes of Port Adelaide was omitted after 174 consecutive games, and Collingwood's Darren Jolly was out injured after 142 consecutive matches.[9]

Round 5

Round 5 (Easter and ANZAC Day)
Thursday, 21 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.10 (76) def. by St Kilda 13.11 (89) The Gabba (crowd: 22,520) Report
Saturday, 23 April (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) def. by Gold Coast 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,287) Report
Saturday, 23 April (7:10 pm) Carlton 11.19 (85) def. Adelaide 12.7 (79) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,607) Report
Sunday, 24 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 14.19 (103) def. by Richmond 17.10 (112) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 36,461) Report
Monday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Essendon 11.11 (77) def. by Collingwood 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 89,626) Report
Monday, 25 April (6:40 pm) Fremantle 12.13 (85) def. Western Bulldogs 11.12 (78) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,551) Report
Tuesday, 26 April (2:40 pm) Hawthorn 15.8 (98) def. by Geelong 17.15 (117) MCG (crowd: 78,579) Report
Bye: Melbourne, Sydney, West Coast

Round 6

Round 6
Thursday, 28 April (6:40 pm) West Coast 15.16 (106) def. Melbourne 6.16 (52) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,298) Report
Friday, 29 April (7:40 pm) Sydney 10.11 (71) def. by Carlton 12.15 (87) SCG (crowd: 28,081) Report
Saturday, 30 April (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 18.25 (133) def. Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,014) Report
Saturday, 30 April (7:10 pm) Richmond 18.16 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 14.14 (98) MCG (crowd: 37,438) Report
Saturday, 30 April (7:10 pm) Adelaide 13.12 (90) def. St Kilda 9.17 (71) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,854) Report
Sunday, 1 May (1:10 pm) Essendon 31.11 (197) def. Gold Coast 8.10 (58) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,710) Report
Sunday, 1 May (4:40 pm) Collingwood 15.15 (105) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 53,776) Report
Bye: Fremantle, Geelong, Hawthorn
  • Essendon's scored 15.4 (94) in the first quarter against Gold Coast. It was the second highest score by any club in a quarter of football since 1919, and as of 2022 stands as the highest-scoring first quarter of all time.[11]
  • Essendon's final score of 31.11 (197) was its highest since 2000, and its final winning margin of 139 points was its highest since 1989.[12]

Round 7

Round 7
Friday, 6 May (8:10 pm) Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) def. by Hawthorn 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,819) Report
Saturday, 7 May (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.5 (65) def. by Sydney 10.13 (73) Manuka Oval (crowd: 10,184) Report
Saturday, 7 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 19.13 (127) def. North Melbourne 9.7 (61) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,669) Report
Saturday, 7 May (4:10 pm) Richmond 23.10 (148) def. Fremantle 14.15 (99) MCG (crowd: 34,090) Report
Saturday, 7 May (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 18.16 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) The Gabba (crowd: 25,501) Report
Sunday, 8 May (1:10 pm) Essendon 16.10 (106) def. West Coast 12.18 (90) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,631) Report
Sunday, 8 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 22.17 (149) def. Adelaide 8.5 (53) MCG (crowd: 19,987) Report
Monday, 9 May (7:20 pm) St Kilda 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 11.18 (84) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,576) Report
Bye: Collingwood

Round 8

Round 8
Friday, 13 May (7:40 pm) Geelong 8.17 (65) def. Collingwood 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 81,691) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.10 (124) def. Melbourne 12.11 (83) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,536) Report
Saturday, 14 May (2:40 pm) Adelaide 20.10 (130) def. Gold Coast 9.19 (73) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 36,056) Report
Saturday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.12 (66) def. by Essendon 15.12 (102) The Gabba (crowd: 24,921) Report
Saturday, 14 May (7:10 pm) Sydney 18.13 (121) def. Port Adelaide 9.5 (59) SCG (crowd: 20,719) Report
Sunday, 15 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 14.15 (99) def. St Kilda 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 42,453) Report
Sunday, 15 May (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 23.15 (153) def. Richmond 18.10 (118) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,141[17]) Report
Sunday, 15 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. Fremantle 9.9 (63) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,567) Report
Bye: Carlton

Round 9

Round 9 (Indigenous Round)
Friday, 20 May (7:40 pm) Carlton 14.16 (100) def. by Geelong 15.12 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 48,429) Report
Saturday, 21 May (2:10 pm) St Kilda 16.10 (106) def. Melbourne 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,863) Report
Saturday, 21 May (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 14.6 (90) def. by Fremantle 21.16 (142) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,274) Report
Saturday, 21 May (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.13 (73) def. North Melbourne 8.11 (59) The Gabba (crowd: 18,404) Report
Saturday, 21 May (7:40 pm) Richmond 16.9 (105) def. Essendon 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 83,563) Report
Sunday, 22 May (1:10 pm) Collingwood 20.15 (135) def. Adelaide 14.8 (92) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,849) Report
Sunday, 22 May (2:10 pm) Sydney 8.12 (60) def. by Hawthorn 15.16 (106) SCG (crowd: 33,136) Report
Sunday, 22 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 26.19 (175) def. Western Bulldogs 8.4 (52) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,308) Report
Bye: Gold Coast

Round 10

Round 10
Friday, 27 May (7:40 pm) Melbourne 6.10 (46) def. by Carlton 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 47,464) Report
Saturday, 28 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 9.17 (71) def. by Sydney 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,267) Report
Saturday, 28 May (1:10 pm) Fremantle 7.14 (56) def. by St Kilda 15.12 (102) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,483) Report
Saturday, 28 May (7:20 pm) Gold Coast 10.13 (73) def. by Geelong 21.13 (139) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 21,485) Report
Saturday, 28 May (8:10 pm) Richmond 10.14 (74) def. by Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) TIO Stadium (crowd: 11,506) Report
Sunday, 29 May (12:40 pm) Adelaide 8.13 (61) def. by Brisbane Lions 15.11 (101) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,583) Report
Sunday, 29 May (2:10 pm) Collingwood 16.9 (105) def. West Coast 7.11 (53) MCG (crowd: 52,560) Report
Sunday, 29 May (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) def. by Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,747) Report
Bye: Essendon

Round 11

Round 11
Friday, 3 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 10.8 (68) def. by Melbourne 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 53,077) Report
Saturday, 4 June (1:10 pm) West Coast 13.7 (85) def. Gold Coast 10.7 (67) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,815) Report
Saturday, 4 June (2:10 pm) Geelong 23.10 (148) def. Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,078) Report
Saturday, 4 June (7:10 pm) Collingwood 16.12 (108) def. St Kilda 7.9 (51) MCG (crowd: 62,991) Report
Saturday, 4 June (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. by Sydney 17.14 (116) The Gabba (crowd: 22,150) Report
Sunday, 5 June (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 17.9 (111) def. Fremantle 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 31,925) Report
Sunday, 5 June (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 18.7 (115) def. Adelaide 10.8 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,185) Report
Sunday, 5 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 7.7 (49) def. by Carlton 16.15 (111) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,192) Report
Bye: Richmond

Round 12

Round 12 (Women's Round & Queen's Birthday)
Friday, 10 June (7:40 pm) St Kilda 12.9 (81) def. Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,237) Report
Saturday, 11 June (2:40 pm) Adelaide 10.7 (67) def. by West Coast 15.16 (106) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,412) Report
Saturday, 11 June (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 9.9 (63) def. by North Melbourne 18.14 (122) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,945[20]) Report
Saturday, 11 June (7:10 pm) Geelong 13.10 (88) def. Hawthorn 13.5 (83) MCG (crowd: 63,476) Report
Sunday, 12 June (1:10 pm) Carlton 19.10 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,617) Report
Sunday, 12 June (2:10 pm) Sydney 9.21 (75) def. Richmond 9.11 (65) SCG (crowd: 23,782) Report
Sunday, 12 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 15.8 (98) def. Essendon 9.10 (64) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,824) Report
Monday, 13 June (2:10 pm) Melbourne 6.5 (41) def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) MCG (crowd: 75,998) Report
Bye: Port Adelaide

Round 13

Round 13
Friday, 17 June (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.16 (100) def. Adelaide 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,363) Report
Saturday, 18 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 19.15 (129) def. Gold Coast 8.10 (58) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,377) Report
Saturday, 18 June (2:10 pm) Essendon 12.18 (90) def. by North Melbourne 17.9 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,329) Report
Saturday, 18 June (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 14.10 (94) def. by Richmond 18.17 (125) The Gabba (crowd: 21,510) Report
Saturday, 18 June (7:10 pm) St Kilda 11.6 (72) def. by Geelong 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 39,539) Report
Sunday, 19 June (1:10 pm) Melbourne 22.17 (149) def. Fremantle 8.12 (60) MCG (crowd: 19,092) Report
Sunday, 19 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 15.10 (100) def. Sydney 10.6 (66) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 42,788) Report
Sunday, 19 June (2:40 pm) West Coast 15.20 (110) def. Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,059) Report
Bye: Collingwood

Round 14

Round 14
Friday, 24 June (7:40 pm) Hawthorn 23.8 (146) def. Essendon 12.9 (81) MCG (crowd: 64,537) Report
Saturday, 25 June (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 13.10 (88) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,149) Report
Saturday, 25 June (2:10 pm) Richmond 13.13 (91) def. by Melbourne 17.16 (118) MCG (crowd: 61,900) Report
Saturday, 25 June (7:10 pm) Sydney 14.9 (93) def. by Collingwood 13.21 (99) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 38,053) Report
Saturday, 25 June (5:40 pm) Fremantle 12.16 (88) def. Brisbane Lions 10.5 (65) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,330) Report
Sunday, 26 June (1:10 pm) Geelong 19.11 (125) def. Adelaide 10.13 (73) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 23,246) Report
Sunday, 26 June (2:10 pm) Carlton 10.7 (67) def. by West Coast 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,241) Report
Sunday, 26 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) def. by North Melbourne 21.10 (136) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 17,275) Report
Bye: St Kilda

Round 15

Round 15
Friday, 1 July (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) def. Melbourne 8.15 (63) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,516) Report
Saturday, 2 July (1:10 pm) Fremantle 17.10 (112) def. Gold Coast 9.8 (62) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 28,646) Report
Saturday, 2 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 28.16 (184) MCG (crowd: 59,650) Report
Saturday, 2 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 18.7 (115) def. Geelong 16.15 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,806) Report
Saturday, 2 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 8.9 (57) def. Sydney 6.14 (50) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,063) Report
Sunday, 3 July (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.9 (99) def. Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) The Gabba (crowd: 17,276) Report
Sunday, 3 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 15.16 (106) def. Hawthorn 9.11 (65) MCG (crowd: 83,985) Report
Sunday, 3 July (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) def. by St Kilda 12.7 (79) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,693) Report
Bye: West Coast
  • Carlton recorded its highest ever score against Richmond, kicking 28.16 (184).[23]
  • Essendon defeated Geelong, ending Geelong's thirteen-game winning streak to start the season.

Round 16

Round 16
Friday, 8 July (6:40 pm) West Coast 14.12 (96) def. Geelong 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 40,164) Report
Saturday, 9 July (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 16.9 (105) def. Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,604) Report
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 4.12 (36) def. by Sydney 15.16 (106) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,488) Report
Saturday, 9 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 15.15 (105) def. Richmond 9.12 (66) MCG (crowd: 55,442[24]) Report[dead link]
Sunday, 10 July (1:10 pm) Collingwood 22.15 (147) def. North Melbourne 3.12 (30) MCG (crowd: 53,601) Report
Sunday, 10 July (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 8.5 (53) def. by St Kilda 17.7 (109) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,887) Report
Sunday, 10 July (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) def. Carlton 9.15 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,582) Report
Bye: Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne

Round 17

Round 17 (Multicultural Round)
Friday, 15 July (8:10 pm) Adelaide 10.13 (73) def. by Essendon 12.12 (84) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,118) Report
Saturday, 16 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 9.16 (70) def. by Gold Coast 12.13 (85) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 10,382) Report
Saturday, 16 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 11.13 (79) def. by Collingwood 13.20 (98) MCG (crowd: 85,936) Report
Saturday, 16 July (7:10 pm) St Kilda 13.4 (82) def. West Coast 9.7 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,416) Report
Saturday, 16 July (8:10 pm) Melbourne 17.11 (113) def. Port Adelaide 14.8 (92) TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,255) Report
Sunday, 17 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 13.9 (87) def. by Fremantle 15.8 (98) SCG (crowd: 23,415) Report
Sunday, 17 July (2:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.14 (104) def. by Geelong 20.13 (133) The Gabba (crowd: 19,906) Report
Sunday, 17 July (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 21.16 (142) def. Western Bulldogs 17.9 (111) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,754) Report
Bye: Hawthorn

Round 18

Round 18
Friday, 22 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 19.13 (127) def. Adelaide 3.6 (24) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,546) Report
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 17.20 (122) def. Brisbane Lions 11.11 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 20,809) Report
Saturday, 23 July (2:10 pm) Sydney 16.18 (114) def. Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) SCG (crowd: 19,449) Report
Saturday, 23 July (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 11.9 (75) def. by Collingwood 19.15 (129) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 23,302) Report
Saturday, 23 July (7:10 pm) Essendon 12.7 (79) def. by Carlton 24.9 (153) MCG (crowd: 74,123) Report
Sunday, 24 July (1:10 pm) Geelong 17.11 (113) def. Richmond 7.9 (51) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,761) Report
Sunday, 24 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 12.6 (78) def. by Hawthorn 20.12 (132) MCG (crowd: 39,782) Report
Sunday, 24 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 9.10 (64) def. by West Coast 8.17 (65) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 41,055) Report
Bye: Port Adelaide
  • Adelaide's score of 3.6 (24) set a new record as the lowest match score ever in club history, breaking the previous club record of 4.7 (31) set in round 7, 1991;[27] and, it set a new record as the lowest match score ever at Etihad Stadium.[28] It was the lowest score conceded in a match by St Kilda since round 12, 1971.[29] Following the loss, Neil Craig stepped down as Adelaide head coach, effective immediately, and was replaced by Mark Bickley as caretaker.[30]
  • A new record crowd for any event at Metricon Stadium was set when 23,302 spectators watched Gold Coast play Collingwood. Reportedly, 7,000 of those spectators were Collingwood supporters who made the trip from Melbourne to watch the match.[31]
  • Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne hit the post from 50 metres out on the boundary line after the siren against West Coast. A goal would have won the game.[32]

Round 19

Round 19
Friday, 29 July (7:40 pm) North Melbourne 9.8 (62) def. by Carlton 11.14 (80) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,332) Report
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.5 (95) def. by West Coast 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 28,883) Report
Saturday, 30 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 37.11 (233) def. Melbourne 7.5 (47) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 22,716) Report
Saturday, 30 July (7:10 pm) Gold Coast 6.18 (54) def. by St Kilda 10.14 (74) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 17,482) Report
Saturday, 30 July (5:40 pm) Fremantle 6.8 (44) def. by Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 30,937) Report
Sunday, 31 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 25.16 (166) def. Essendon 14.8 (92) MCG (crowd: 73,163) Report
Sunday, 31 July (4:10 pm) Adelaide 16.15 (111) def. Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,586) Report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, Richmond, Sydney
  • Geelong's final score of 37.11 (233) stands, as of 2022, as the second-highest ever scored by Geelong, the second-highest score ever conceded by Melbourne, the highest score ever at Skilled Stadium, the fourth-highest score of all-time, and the highest score by any team since quarters were shortened to 20 minutes in 1994.[33][34][35]
  • Geelong's final winning margin of 186 points stands, as of 2022, as Geelong's highest ever, the highest ever at Skilled Stadium, the second-highest ever conceded by Melbourne, the second-highest of all-time, and the largest since quarters were shortened to 20 minutes in 1994.
  • Geelong's second quarter score of 12.1 (73) was the highest ever by Geelong, and the equal-highest ever conceded by Melbourne.[36]
  • Geelong recorded 510 disposals through the game, a new record.[37]
  • Melbourne coach Dean Bailey was sacked by the club at an emergency board meeting on the day after the 186-point loss, to be replaced immediately by Todd Viney as caretaker.[38]

Round 20

Round 20
Friday, 5 August (7:40 pm) St Kilda 16.17 (113) def. Fremantle 10.12 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,181) Report
Saturday, 6 August (1:40 pm) Geelong 29.14 (188) def. Gold Coast 6.2 (38) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 24,588) Report
Saturday, 6 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 21.8 (134) def. Melbourne 7.16 (58) MCG (crowd: 42,342) Report
Saturday, 6 August (7:20 pm) Essendon 15.10 (100) def. Sydney 14.15 (99) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,722) Report
Saturday, 6 August (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 3.3 (21) def. by Collingwood 23.21 (159) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,863) Report
Sunday, 7 August (1:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.9 (105) def. by Adelaide 16.14 (110) The Gabba (crowd: 17,930) Report
Sunday, 7 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 15.13 (103) def. North Melbourne 13.8 (86) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 16,820) Report
Sunday, 7 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 22.15 (147) def. Richmond 14.6 (90) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,106) Report
Bye: Western Bulldogs
  • Gold Coast's defeat of 150 points stands, as of 2022, as the club's greatest losing margin.[39]
  • Adam Goodes (Sydney) missed a set shot after the siren from 50m, resulting in Sydney's one point less to Essendon.[40]
  • Port Adelaide's final score of 3.3 (21) and its losing margin of 138 points against Collingwood were in both cases new records as the worst in club history; the new record-losing margin for the club lasted only until the following round. Port Adelaide's total of six scoring shots was the fewest in club history, and the fewest by any team since round 12, 1971.[41] For Collingwood, the winning margin was its highest since round 4, 1979, and the third biggest win in its history.[42]

Round 21

Round 21
Friday, 12 August (7:40 pm) St Kilda 10.10 (70) def. by Collingwood 14.5 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,505) Report
Saturday, 13 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 31.11 (197) def. Port Adelaide 5.2 (32) MCG (crowd: 27,532) Report
Saturday, 13 August (1:10 pm) Fremantle 12.13 (85) def. by Carlton 16.19 (115) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,737) Report
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.11 (101) def. by Essendon 23.12 (150) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,986) Report
Saturday, 13 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) def. Gold Coast 8.13 (61) The Gabba (crowd: 23,565) Report
Sunday, 14 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 9.8 (62) def. by West Coast 16.14 (110) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,740) Report
Sunday, 14 August (2:10 pm) Richmond 14.15 (99) def. Sydney 7.14 (56) MCG (crowd: 34,337) Report
Sunday, 14 August (4:10 pm) Adelaide 12.13 (85) def. by Geelong 14.12 (96) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 33,576) Report
Bye: North Melbourne
  • Hawthorn's winning margin of 165 points against Port Adelaide was: the highest winning margin in Hawthorn's history,surpassing the previous record of 160 points set in 1992);[43] the highest winning margin by any club at the MCG;[44] and the highest losing margin in Port Adelaide's history (surpassing the record of 138 points set the previous week).[41]
  • This was the last round coached for the season by Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade. His contract was not renewed for 2012, and he elected to stand aside immediately rather than complete the season. Paul Williams replaced him as caretaker for the last three matches.[citation needed]

Round 22

Round 22
Friday, 19 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 8.18 (66) def. by Hawthorn 10.18 (78) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 52,052) Report
Saturday, 20 August (2:10 pm) Gold Coast 9.10 (64) def. by Adelaide 18.17 (125) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 16,168) Report
Saturday, 20 August (1:10 pm) West Coast 20.14 (134) def. Essendon 11.11 (77) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,253) Report
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) North Melbourne 21.17 (143) def. Fremantle 6.9 (45) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,581) Report
Saturday, 20 August (7:10 pm) Collingwood 14.18 (102) def. Brisbane Lions 13.6 (84) MCG (crowd: 47,788) Report
Sunday, 21 August (1:10 pm) Sydney 10.23 (83) def. St Kilda 10.8 (68) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 25,025) Report
Sunday, 21 August (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 15.7 (97) def. by Western Bulldogs 24.13 (157) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 14,169) Report
Sunday, 21 August (4:40 pm) Melbourne 17.8 (110) def. by Richmond 17.15 (117) MCG (crowd: 36,321) Report
Bye: Geelong

Round 23

Round 23
Friday, 26 August (6:40 pm) Fremantle 8.4 (52) def. by Collingwood 20.12 (132) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,985) Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 16.17 (113) def. Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) MCG (crowd: 42,198) Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 12.14 (86) def. by Sydney 15.9 (99) Skilled Stadium (crowd: 25,900) Report
Saturday, 27 August (7:10 pm) St Kilda 19.21 (135) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 35,848) Report
Saturday, 27 August (7:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.15 (81) def. by West Coast 13.11 (89) The Gabba (crowd: 13,500) Report
Sunday, 28 August (12:40 pm) Adelaide 15.9 (99) def. by Richmond 17.19 (121) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,023) Report
Sunday, 28 August (2:10 pm) Melbourne 17.10 (112) def. Gold Coast 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 21,534) Report
Sunday, 28 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 17.18 (120) def. Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,849) Report
Bye: Carlton

Round 24

Round 24
Friday, 2 September (7:40 pm) Collingwood 8.5 (53) def. by Geelong 22.17 (149) MCG (crowd: 85,705) Report
Saturday, 3 September (1:10 pm) Gold Coast 14.13 (97) def. by Hawthorn 16.10 (106) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 19,314) Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.17 (107) def. Fremantle 8.13 (61) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 18,128) Report
Saturday, 3 September (4:10 pm) Sydney 18.11 (119) def. Brisbane Lions 9.13 (67) SCG (crowd: 27,721) Report
Saturday, 3 September (5:10 pm) West Coast 22.13 (145) def. Adelaide 7.8 (50) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,062) Report
Saturday, 3 September (7:10 pm) Carlton 9.12 (66) def. by St Kilda 13.8 (86) MCG (crowd: 55,606) Report
Sunday, 4 September (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) def. Melbourne 15.14 (104) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 29,340) Report
Sunday, 4 September (4:40 pm) Richmond 13.13 (91) def. by North Melbourne 15.14 (104) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,890) Report
Bye: Essendon

Win/loss table

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Adelaide Haw
+20
X Frem
-25
PA
-32
Carl
-6
StK
+19
Melb
-96
GCS
+57
Coll
-43
BL
-40
NM
-47
WCE
-39
WB
-30
Geel
-52
Syd
+7
X Ess
-11
StK
-103
PA
+32
BL
+5
Geel
-11
GCS
+61
Rich
-22
WCE
-95
X X X X 14
Brisbane Lions Frem
-2
WB
-78
Melb
-11
X StK
-13
Rich
-26
GCS
-8
Ess
-36
NM
+14
Adel
+40
Syd
-65
Carl
-61
Rich
-31
Frem
-23
PA
+11
Haw
-42
Geel
-29
NM
-45
X Adel
-5
GCS
+62
Coll
-18
WCE
-8
Syd
-52
X X X X 15
Carlton Rich
+20
GCS
+119
Coll
-28
Ess
0
Adel
+6
Syd
+16
StK
+3
X Geel
-2
Melb
+47
PA
+62
BL
+61
Syd
+34
WCE
-36
Rich
+103
WB
-27
Coll
-19
Ess
+74
NM
+18
Melb
+76
Frem
+30
Haw
-12
X StK
-20
Ess
+62
WCE
-3
X X 5
Collingwood PA
+75
NM
+87
Carl
+28
Rich
+71
Ess
+30
WB
+48
X Geel
-3
Adel
+43
WCE
+52
StK
+57
Melb
+88
X Syd
+6
Haw
+41
NM
+117
Carl
+19
GCS
+54
Ess
+74
PA
+138
StK
+19
BL
+18
Frem
+80
Geel
-96
WCE
+20
X Haw
+3
Geel
-38
1
Essendon WB
+55
Syd
-5
StK
+52
Carl
0
Coll
-30
GCS
+139
WCE
+16
BL
+36
Rich
-16
X Melb
-33
Frem
-34
NM
-21
Haw
-65
Geel
+4
Rich
+39
Adel
+11
Carl
-74
Coll
-74
Syd
+1
WB
+49
WCE
-57
PA
+7
X Carl
-62
X X X 8
Fremantle BL
+2
Geel
-11
Adel
+25
NM
+29
WB
+7
X Rich
-49
WCE
-33
PA
+52
StK
-46
Haw
-22
Ess
+34
Melb
-89
BL
+23
GCS
+50
X Syd
+11
WCE
-1
Haw
-51
StK
-41
Carl
-30
NM
-98
Coll
-80
WB
-46
X X X X 11
Gold Coast X Carl
-119
WB
-71
Melb
-90
PA
+3
Ess
-139
BL
+8
Adel
-57
X Geel
-66
WCE
-18
NM
-59
Haw
-71
WB
-22
Frem
-50
Syd
-70
Rich
+15
Coll
-54
StK
-20
Geel
-150
BL
-62
Adel
-61
Melb
-30
Haw
-9
X X X X 17
Geelong StK
+1
Frem
+11
PA
+79
Syd
+27
Haw
+19
X NM
+66
Coll
+3
Carl
+2
GCS
+66
WB
+61
Haw
+5
StK
+28
Adel
+52
Ess
-4
WCE
-8
BL
+29
Rich
+62
Melb
+186
GCS
+150
Adel
+11
X Syd
-13
Coll
+96
Haw
+31
X WCE
+48
Coll
+38
2
Hawthorn Adel
-20
Melb
+45
Rich
+63
WCE
+7
Geel
-19
X PA
+32
StK
+30
Syd
+46
WB
+29
Frem
+22
Geel
-5
GCS
+71
Ess
+65
Coll
-41
BL
+42
X Melb
+54
Frem
+51
NM
+17
PA
+165
Carl
+12
WB
+46
GCS
+9
Geel
-31
Syd
+36
Coll
-3
X 3
Melbourne Syd
0
Haw
-45
BL
+11
GCS
+90
X WCE
-54
Adel
+96
NM
-41
StK
-20
Carl
-47
Ess
+33
Coll
-88
Frem
+89
Rich
+27
WB
-64
X PA
+21
Haw
-54
Geel
-186
Carl
-76
WCE
-48
Rich
-7
GCS
+30
PA
-8
X X X X 13
North Melbourne WCE
-4
Coll
-87
X Frem
-29
Rich
-9
PA
+60
Geel
-66
Melb
+41
BL
-14
Syd
-1
Adel
+47
GCS
+59
Ess
+21
PA
+45
StK
-9
Coll
-117
WB
+31
BL
+45
Carl
-18
Haw
-17
X Frem
+98
StK
-65
Rich
+13
X X X X 9
Port Adelaide Coll
-75
WCE
-18
Geel
-79
Adel
+32
GCS
-3
NM
-60
Haw
-32
Syd
-62
Frem
-52
Rich
+15
Carl
-62
X WCE
-22
NM
-45
BL
-11
StK
-56
Melb
-21
X Adel
-32
Coll
-138
Haw
-165
WB
-60
Ess
-7
Melb
+8
X X X X 16
Richmond Carl
-20
StK
0
Haw
-63
Coll
-71
NM
+9
BL
+26
Frem
+49
WB
-35
Ess
+16
PA
-15
X Syd
-10
BL
+31
Melb
-27
Carl
-103
Ess
-39
GCS
-15
Geel
-62
X WCE
-57
Syd
+43
Melb
+7
Adel
+22
NM
-13
X X X X 12
St Kilda Geel
-1
Rich
0
Ess
-52
X BL
+13
Adel
-19
Carl
-3
Haw
-30
Melb
+20
Frem
+46
Coll
-57
WB
+24
Geel
-28
X NM
+9
PA
+56
WCE
+21
Adel
+103
GCS
+20
Frem
+41
Coll
-19
Syd
-15
NM
+65
Carl
+20
Syd
-25
X X X 6
Sydney Melb
0
Ess
+5
WCE
+13
Geel
-27
X Carl
-16
WB
+8
PA
+62
Haw
-46
NM
+1
BL
+65
Rich
+10
Carl
-34
Coll
-6
Adel
-7
GCS
+70
Frem
-11
WB
+39
X Ess
-1
Rich
-43
StK
+15
Geel
+13
BL
+52
StK
+25
Haw
-36
X X 7
West Coast NM
+4
PA
+18
Syd
-13
Haw
-7
X Melb
+54
Ess
-16
Frem
+33
WB
+123
Coll
-52
GCS
+18
Adel
+39
PA
+22
Carl
+36
X Geel
+8
StK
-21
Frem
+1
WB
+8
Rich
+57
Melb
+48
Ess
+57
BL
+8
Adel
+95
Coll
-20
Carl
+3
Geel
-48
X 4
Western Bulldogs Ess
-55
BL
+78
GCS
+71
X Frem
-7
Coll
-48
Syd
-8
Rich
+35
WCE
-123
Haw
-29
Geel
-61
StK
-24
Adel
+30
GCS
+22
Melb
+64
Carl
+27
NM
-31
Syd
-39
WCE
-8
X Ess
-49
PA
+60
Haw
-46
Frem
+46
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 24 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Colour Symbol Result
Green + Win
Red - Loss
Blue N/A Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder

2011 AFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Collingwood 22 20 2 0 2592 1546 167.7 80 Finals series
2 Geelong (P) 22 19 3 0 2548 1619 157.4 76
3 Hawthorn 22 18 4 0 2355 1634 144.1 72
4 West Coast 22 17 5 0 2235 1715 130.3 68
5 Carlton 22 14 7 1 2225 1700 130.9 58
6 St Kilda 22 12 9 1 1891 1677 112.8 50
7 Sydney 22 12 9 1 1897 1735 109.3 50
8 Essendon 22 11 10 1 2217 2217 100.0 46
9 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2106 2082 101.2 40
10 Western Bulldogs 22 9 13 0 2060 2155 95.6 36
11 Fremantle 22 9 13 0 1791 2155 83.1 36
12 Richmond 22 8 13 1 2069 2396 86.4 34
13 Melbourne 22 8 13 1 1974 2315 85.3 34
14 Adelaide 22 7 15 0 1742 2193 79.4 28
15 Brisbane Lions 22 4 18 0 1814 2240 81.0 16
16 Port Adelaide 22 3 19 0 1718 2663 64.5 12
17 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 1534 2726 56.3 12
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.
  Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during that round.
Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324
Collingwood4812162024242428323640404448525660646872768080
Geelong4812162020242832364044485252525660646872727276
Hawthorn048121212162024283232364040444448525660646872
West Coast4888812121620202428323636404044485256606468
Carlton488101418222222263034383842424246505458585858
St Kilda0222666610141418181822263034384242424650
Sydney2610101010141818222630303030343438383838424650
Essendon448101014182222222222222226303434343842424646
North Melbourne00000448881216202424242832323232363640
Western Bulldogs04888881212121212162024282828282828323236
Fremantle448121616161620202024242832323636363636363636
Richmond0222610141418181818222222222222222226303434
Melbourne226101010141414141818222626263030303030303434
Adelaide44444881212121212121216161616202424282828
Brisbane Lions0000000048888812121212121216161616
Port Adelaide0004444448888888888888812
Gold Coast00004488888888881212121212121212
Source:[citation needed]

Finals series

Main article: 2011 AFL finals series

  Qualifying and elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 10 Sep, MCG  
1  Collingwood 12.10 (82)  
4  West Coast 9.8 (62)     SF1: 17 Sep, Patersons  
     West Coast 15.11 (101)    
EF1: 11 Sep, MCG      Carlton 15.8 (98)       PF1: 23 Sep, MCG
5  Carlton 21.23 (149)        Collingwood 10.8 (68)  
8  Essendon 13.9 (87)          Hawthorn 9.11 (65)     GF: 1 Oct, MCG
         Collingwood 12.9 (81)
  EF2: 10 Sep, Etihad Stadium       PF2: 24 Sep, MCG      Geelong 18.11 (119)
6  St Kilda 8.9 (57)          Geelong 17.15 (117)  
7  Sydney 12.10 (82)     SF2: 16 Sep, MCG        West Coast 10.9 (69)  
     Hawthorn 19.8 (122)    
QF2: 9 Sep, MCG      Sydney 13.8 (86)    
2  Geelong 14.14 (98)  
3  Hawthorn 9.13 (67)  

Week one

Qualifying finals
Saturday, 10 September (2:20 pm) Collingwood 12.10 (82) def. West Coast 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 67,379) Report
Friday, 9 September (7:45 pm) Geelong 14.14 (98) def. Hawthorn 9.13 (67) MCG (crowd: 73,400) Report
Elimination finals
Sunday, 11 September (2:20 pm) Carlton 21.23 (149) def. Essendon 13.9 (87) MCG (crowd: 90,161) Report
Saturday, 10 September (7:20 pm) St Kilda 8.9 (57) def. by Sydney 12.10 (82) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 39,205) Report
  • The elimination final between Carlton and Essendon had an attendance of 90,161, the largest crowd for an elimination final in VFL/AFL history. This record stood until 2013.[49]

Week two

Semi finals
Friday, 16 September (7:45 pm) Hawthorn 19.8 (122) def. Sydney 13.8 (86) MCG (crowd: 55,198) Report
Saturday, 17 September (5:50 pm) West Coast 15.11 (101) def. Carlton 15.8 (98) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 42,803) Report

Week three

Preliminary finals
Friday, 23 September (7:45 pm) Collingwood 10.8 (68) def. Hawthorn 9.11 (65) MCG (crowd: 87,112) Report
Saturday, 24 September (2:20 pm) Geelong 17.15 (117) def. West Coast 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 59,455) Report

Week four

Main article: 2011 AFL Grand Final

Grand Final
Saturday, 1 October (2:30 pm) Collingwood def. by Geelong MCG (crowd: 99,537) Report
4.2 (26)
9.3 (57)
12.6 (78)
 12.9 (81)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
4.3 (27)
8.6 (54)
13.7 (85)
 18.11 (119)
Umpires: C Donlon, B Rosebury, S Ryan
Norm Smith Medal: Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National anthem: Vanessa Amorosi
T Cloke, A Krakouer 3
S Sidebottom 2
L Ball, L Brown, B Johnson, S Wellingham 1
Goals 4 S Johnson
3 J Bartel, T Hawkins, T Varcoe
2 J Selwood
1 M Duncan, C Ling, M Stokes
S Pendlebury, D Thomas, S Sidebottom, C Tarrant, L Ball, L Brown, T Cloke Best J Bartel, J Selwood, T Hawkins, C Ling, S Johnson, P Chapman, B Ottens, T Varcoe
Nil Injuries J Podsiadly (shoulder)
L Davis Reports Nil
  • Collingwood finished its season with three losses, all of which were against Geelong.

Awards

Best and fairest

Club Award name Player Ref
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Scott Thompson [54]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Tom Rockliff [55]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Marc Murphy [56]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Scott Pendlebury [57]
Essendon Crichton Medal David Zaharakis [58]
Fremantle Doig Medal Matthew Pavlich [59]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Corey Enright [60]
Gold Coast Club Champion Gary Ablett, Jr. [61]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Sam Mitchell [62]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Brent Moloney [63]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Daniel Wells
Andrew Swallow
[64]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Travis Boak
Jackson Trengove
[65]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Trent Cotchin [66]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Sam Fisher [67]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Adam Goodes [68]
West Coast Club Champion Award Darren Glass [69]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Matthew Boyd [70]

Notable events and controversies

Betting scandals

The issue of betting became prominent during the 2011 season. The previous few years had seen other sports compromised by major spot-fixing scandals – most notably the Pakistan cricket spot-fixing controversy – so the issue was already well publicised at the time. The AFL had in place a strict policy prohibiting anyone involved in the AFL from placing any bet on any AFL outcome.

Early in the season, it emerged that there were several suspicious plunges on players who were usually defenders to kick the first goal of a match; in each case, the player unexpectedly started in the forward-line, indicating that the plunges may have been caused by team information somehow leaking to punters. Five suspicious plunges on defenders for the first goal were identified during the season:

Nathan Bock was the only of the five players to kick the first goal of his respective match. The cases all raised concerns about "exotic bets" and the risk of spot-fixing, although in no case was a deliberate attempt at spot-fixing ever implicated.

The controversy deepened prior to round 17, when the investigation into the Maxwell plunge revealed that Heath Shaw was implicated in bets placed on Maxwell's first goal. Shaw and a friend from outside the Collingwood Football Club were found to have placed a shared $20 bet on Maxwell for first goal at a TAB venue, using Shaw's knowledge from team meetings that Maxwell would be starting forward; that friend had later placed two more bets on Maxwell worth $15, shared with another friend. Shaw was penalised by the league under the anti-gambling code, receiving a suspension of eight matches, with a further suspended sentence of six matches, and was fined $20,000.[74]

In their respective investigations, it was found that both Nick Maxwell and Nathan Bock had informed family members and friends that they would be starting in the forward-line before their respective plunges, and, unbeknownst to the players, those family members and friends then placed bets. Maxwell was fined $5,000, with a further suspended fine of $5,000,[74] and Bock was fined $10,000 and suspended for two matches.[75]

Following round 24, Essendon assistant coach Dean Wallis was found to have placed three separate FootyQuad bets worth a total of $400 during the latter half of the season, one of which included a leg which involved an Essendon match. Wallis was fined $7,500, and suspended for fourteen matches (the suspension prevents him from participating on match-day, and from interacting directly with his players during training, until the suspension is complete).[76]

Club leadership

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) and/or "leadership group"
Adelaide Neil Craig (Rds 1–18);
Mark Bickley (Rds 19–24)
Nathan van Berlo[77] Scott Stevens, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty and Scott Thompson.
Brisbane Lions Michael Voss Jonathan Brown Daniel Merrett, Jed Adcock, Tom Rockliff[78]
Carlton Brett Ratten Chris Judd Kade Simpson (vc),[79] Andrew Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison, Marc Murphy, Jordan Russell[80]
Collingwood Mick Malthouse Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury (vc), Dane Swan (deputy vc), Luke Ball, Darren Jolly, Harry O'Brien, Heath Shaw[81]
Essendon James Hird Jobe Watson Dustin Fletcher, Heath Hocking, Mark McVeigh, Brent Stanton, Andrew Welsh (vc)[82]
Fremantle Mark Harvey Matthew Pavlich Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Paul Duffield, Luke McPharlin, Garrick Ibbotson, Chris Mayne and Matt de Boer[83]
Gold Coast Guy McKenna Gary Ablett, Jr.[84] Nathan Bock (vc), Campbell Brown (deputy vc), Michael Rischitelli, Daniel Harris, Maverick Weller, Zac Smith and Marc Lock[85]
Geelong Chris Scott Cameron Ling[86] Joel Selwood(vc),[86] Jimmy Bartel, Joel Corey, Corey Enright, James Kelly, Harry Taylor
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge[87] Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis[88]
Melbourne Dean Bailey (Rds 1–19);
Todd Viney (Rds 20–24)
Brad Green[89] Aaron Davey, Jack Grimes, Nathan Jones, Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers[90]
North Melbourne Brad Scott Brent Harvey Brady Rawlings (vc) and Drew Petrie (vc)
Port Adelaide Matthew Primus Domenic Cassisi
Richmond Damien Hardwick Chris Newman
St Kilda Ross Lyon Nick Riewoldt Lenny Hayes
Sydney John Longmire Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh[91]
West Coast John Worsfold Darren Glass[92] Beau Waters (vc)[92] Scott Selwood, Andrew Embley, Mark LeCras, Dean Cox, Adam Selwood, Matt Priddis, Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn[93]
Western Bulldogs Rodney Eade (Rds 1–21);
Paul Williams (Rds 22–24)[94]
Matthew Boyd[95] Daniel Giansiracusa (vc) and Adam Cooney (vc)

Umpiring and rule changes

Club membership

2011 AFL membership figures
Club Members[98] Change from 2010 % Change from 2010
Adelaide 44,719 Decrease 826 Decrease 1.81%
Brisbane Lions 20,792 Decrease 5,987 Decrease 22.36%
Carlton 43,791 Increase 3,311 Increase 8.18%
Collingwood 71,271 Increase 13,863 Increase 24.15%
Essendon 42,559 Increase 1,970 Increase 4.85%
Fremantle 42,762 Increase 2,908 Increase 7.30%
Geelong 39,343 Decrease 983 Decrease 2.44%
Gold Coast 11,141
Hawthorn 56,224 Increase 2,246 Increase 4.16%
Melbourne 36,937 Increase 3,579 Increase 10.73%
North Melbourne 28,761 Increase 1,808 Increase 6.71%
Port Adelaide 32,581 Increase 3,489 Increase 11.99%
Richmond 40,184 Increase 4,224 Increase 11.75%
St Kilda 39,276 Increase 255 Increase 0.65%
Sydney 27,106 Decrease 1,565 Decrease 5.46%
West Coast 43,216 Decrease 944 Decrease 2.14%
Western Bulldogs 29,710 Decrease 2,367 Decrease 7.38%
Total 650,373 Increase 36,122 Increase 5.88%


Coach changes

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Neil Craig Adelaide 25 July 2011 Stepped down following the round 18 loss to St Kilda.[99] Mark Bickley Brenton Sanderson
Dean Bailey Melbourne 31 July 2011 Sacked following the round 19 loss to Geelong.[100] Todd Viney[101] Mark Neeld
Rodney Eade Western Bulldogs 17 August 2011 Will not have contract renewed at end of season.[102] Paul Williams[103] Brendan McCartney
Mark Harvey Fremantle 15 September 2011 Sacked at end of season.[104] N/A Ross Lyon[105]
Ross Lyon St Kilda 15 September 2011 Left to coach Fremantle.[105] Robert Harvey[106] (interim) Scott Watters
Mick Malthouse Collingwood 1 October 2011 Succession plan established in 2009,[107] Malthouse quits Collingwood after Grand Final.[108] N/A Nathan Buckley

Club overviews

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