2011 VFL season
Teams13
PremiersPort Melbourne
16th premiership
Minor premiersPort Melbourne
19th minor premiership
J. J. Liston TrophyShane Valenti
Leading goalkickerPatrick Rose (67)
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The 130th season of the Victorian Football League/Victorian Football Association was held in 2011.

Teams

The league contracted from fourteen teams to thirteen, after the Gold Coast Football Club left and entered the Australian Football League. The fledgling Gold Coast club had used the 2009 TAC Cup season and the 2010 VFL season as preparation for joining the AFL. There was originally speculation that the Greater Western Sydney Giants, which had played TAC Cup in 2010 and was set to join the AFL in 2012, may have spent the 2011 season in the VFL under a similar plan, but instead the club opted to play in the North East Australian Football League.[1]

The VFL continued to serve as both the top state-level football league in Victoria, and as a reserves competition for Victorian-based clubs in the Australian Football League, as had been the case since 2000. The affiliation agreements between VFL and AFL clubs were unchanged from 2010.

The top three teams from 2010 – North Ballarat, Northern Bullants and Williamstown – competed in the inaugural Foxtel Cup competition, with Williamstown winning the event.

Port Melbourne dominated the 2011 season, winning twenty-one games in a row to win the premiership undefeated. In the home-and-away season, the Borough finished with a record of 18–0, finishing four games clear atop the ladder; it was the first time a club had finished the home-and-away season undefeated since Geelong West in 1972 Division 2, and the first to do so in the top division since Williamstown in 1957.[2] The Borough maintained its undefeated record through the finals to claim the premiership, replicating the feat of Geelong West's 1972 team, but becoming the first team to achieve the feat in the top division since North Melbourne in 1918.

Ladder

2011 VFL season
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Port Melbourne (P) 18 18 0 0 2162 1384 156.2 72 Finals
2 Williamstown 18 14 4 0 2087 1486 140.4 56
3 North Ballarat 18 14 4 0 1823 1385 131.6 56
4 Casey Scorpions 18 11 7 0 1868 1529 122.2 44
5 Werribee 18 10 8 0 1847 1710 108.0 40
6 Northern Bullants 18 10 8 0 1699 1754 96.9 40
7 Bendigo Bombers 18 9 9 0 1802 1874 96.2 36
8 Box Hill Hawks 18 7 11 0 1485 1656 89.7 28
9 Geelong 18 6 12 0 1759 1785 98.5 24
10 Sandringham 18 6 12 0 1537 1786 86.1 24
11 Coburg Tigers 18 6 12 0 1449 1812 80.0 24
12 Collingwood 18 4 14 0 1555 1962 79.3 16
13 Frankston 18 2 16 0 1137 2087 54.5 8
Source: sportingpulse.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Qualifying and elimination finalsSemi-finalsPreliminary finalsGrand Final
Sep 3, TEAC Oval
1Port Melbourne24.16 (160)
4Casey Scorpions9.9 (63)10 Sep, TEAC Oval
Casey Scorpions6.15 (51)
3 Sep, Avalon Airport OvalWerribee16.17 (113)17 Sep, TEAC Oval
5Werribee13.11 (89)Port Melbourne18.19 (127)
8Box Hill Hawks9.9 (63)Northern Bullants16.9 (105)25 Sep, Etihad Stadium
Port Melbourne22.12 (144)
4 Sep, TEAC Oval18 Sep, TEAC OvalWilliamstown13.10 (88)
6Northern Bullants14.9 (93)Williamstown23.19 (157)
7Bendigo Bombers10.5 (65)11 Sep, TEAC OvalWerribee11.8 (74)
North Ballarat12.6 (78)
4 Sep, Box Hill City OvalNorthern Bullants14.12 (96)
2Williamstown20.14 (134)
3North Ballarat10.7 (67)

Grand Final

2011 VFL Grand Final
Sunday 25 September

(2:15 pm)

Port Melbourne def. Williamstown Etihad Stadium (crowd: 11,804)
2.0 (12)
9.7 (61)
15.10 (100)
 22.12 (144)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
5.3 (33)
6.4 (40)
12.7 (79)
 13.10 (88)
Norm Goss Memorial Medal: Toby Pinwill (Port Melbourne)

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ Diamond, Brent (22 August 2010). "GWS Likely to Join Northern League". Football Nation. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ "This weekend in the VFL". The Marngrook Footy Show. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. ^ Diamond, Brett (13 September 2011). "Valenti seizes second Liston". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Saad a Saint". Sportingpulse. 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ "2011 VFL Reserves – Grand Final". Foxsportspulse. Retrieved 24 August 2014.