2006 AFL season

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2006 AFL premiership season
Teams16
PremiersWest Coast
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiersWest Coast
(3rd minor premiership)
Pre-season cupGeelong
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played185
Attendance6,736,234 (36,412 per match)
Highest attendance97,431 (Grand Final, Sydney vs. West Coast)
Coleman MedallistBrendan Fevola (Carlton)
Brownlow MedallistAdam Goodes (Sydney)
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The 2006 Australian Football League season was the 110th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 17th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.

West Coast defeated defending premiers Sydney in the grand final to win their third premiership, in what was the first grand final since 1966 to be decided by one point.

Pre-season competition[edit]

Week One Week Two Semifinals Final
Brisbane Lions 1 8 13 70
Essendon 1 8 12 69 Brisbane Lions 0 12 9 81
Western Bulldogs 1 7 12 63 Melbourne 0 13 12 90
Melbourne 0 9 15 69 Melbourne 1 5 5 44
Hawthorn 1 11 10 85 Adelaide 1 16 21 129
Richmond 0 11 9 75 Hawthorn 1 7 7 58
Adelaide 2 16 13 127 Adelaide 2 7 11 71
Port Adelaide 0 8 7 55 Adelaide 1 10 15 84
Kangaroos 1 8 11 68 Geelong 3 10 5 92
Sydney 0 5 7 37 Kangaroos 1 8 3 60
Carlton 1 8 13 70 Geelong 1 10 17 86
Geelong 0 15 8 98 Geelong 3 10 14 101
Collingwood 2 8 8 74 Fremantle 1 10 12 81
St Kilda 1 9 10 73 Collingwood 2 10 6 84
West Coast 1 7 14 65 Fremantle 0 15 10 100
Fremantle 1 18 10 127

Geelong 3.10.5 (92) defeated Adelaide 1.10.15 (84) in the 2006 NAB Cup Final. The game was held at AAMI Stadium, with an attendance of 30,707.

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 11.18 (84) St Kilda 9.12 (66) Subiaco Oval 40,036 Thursday, 30 March
Western Bulldogs 25.17 (167) Richmond 7.10 (52) Telstra Dome 43,532 Friday, 31 March
Geelong 17.13 (115) Brisbane Lions 5.8 (38) Skilled Stadium 23,029 Saturday, 1 April
Essendon 17.6 (108) Sydney 12.9 (81) Telstra Dome 45,355 Saturday, 1 April
Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) Kangaroos 19.14 (128) AAMI Stadium 27,680 Saturday, 1 April
Hawthorn 17.7 (109) Fremantle 13.9 (87) Aurora Stadium 13,862 Sunday, 2 April
Melbourne 10.12 (72) Carlton 13.15 (93) Telstra Dome 31,139 Sunday, 2 April
Collingwood 12.5 (77) Adelaide 17.9 (111) Telstra Dome 35,434 Monday, 3 April

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 11.11 (77) St Kilda 13.10 (88) Telstra Dome 40,740 Friday, 7 April
Geelong 22.6 (138) Kangaroos 10.9 (69) Skilled Stadium 22,839 Saturday, 8 April
Western Bulldogs 20.17 (137) Melbourne 12.18 (90) Telstra Dome 28,478 Saturday, 8 April
Brisbane Lions 17.13 (115) Essendon 15.7 (97) The Gabba 34,357 Saturday, 8 April
Fremantle 15.11 (101) Carlton 13.8 (86) Subiaco Oval 34,553 Saturday, 8 April
Sydney 11.14 (80) Port Adelaide 15.16 (106) SCG 33,551 Sunday, 9 April
Hawthorn 12.12 (84) Collingwood 18.11 (119) Telstra Dome 43,296 Sunday, 9 April
Adelaide 13.10 (88) West Coast 13.12 (90) AAMI Stadium 43,206 Sunday, 9 April

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 19.10 (124) Brisbane Lions 12.15 (87) Telstra Dome 35,760 Thursday, 13 April
Geelong 6.13 (49) Hawthorn 15.11 (101) Skilled Stadium 24,026 Saturday, 15 April
Carlton 11.8 (74) Sydney 12.9 (81) Telstra Dome 36,882 Saturday, 15 April
West Coast 20.16 (136) Richmond 14.6 (90) Subiaco Oval 39,436 Saturday, 15 April
Melbourne 14.13 (97) Adelaide 15.12 (102) Carrara Stadium 8,258 Sunday, 16 April
Essendon 13.15 (93) Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104) Telstra Dome 43,947 Sunday, 16 April
Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) Fremantle 15.20 (110) AAMI Stadium 25,042 Sunday, 16 April
Kangaroos 11.10 (76) Collingwood 23.15 (153) Telstra Dome 48,721 Monday, 17 April

Round 4 (ANZAC Round)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 9.14 (68) Hawthorn 15.10 (100) Telstra Dome 45,102 Friday, 21 April
Western Bulldogs 14.14 (98) Geelong 14.13 (97) Telstra Dome 45,922 Saturday, 22 April
Brisbane Lions 11.16 (82) Richmond 14.12 (96) The Gabba 30,266 Saturday, 22 April
Fremantle 9.5 (59) Adelaide 9.16 (70) Subiaco Oval 35,090 Saturday, 22 April
Kangaroos 10.11 (71) West Coast 14.11 (95) Manuka Oval 9,541 Sunday, 23 April
Sydney 13.14 (92) Melbourne 15.7 (97) SCG 29,167 Sunday, 23 April
Port Adelaide 19.8 (122) St Kilda 18.10 (118) AAMI Stadium 32,188 Monday, 24 April
Collingwood 15.16 (106) Essendon 12.17 (89) MCG 91,234 Tuesday, 25 April

Round 5[edit]

  • The AFL siren controversy occurred in this round between St Kilda and Fremantle. Play had continued on for 10 seconds after the final siren as St Kilda had kicked a behind and scores were level due to umpires unable to hear the siren. 4 days later, the AFL Commission has determined that the match officially ended on the final siren and therefore reversed the result. Fremantle got rewarded with the win and 4 points on the ladder as St Kilda had their 2 points stripped from the ladder.
Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 12.20 (92) Carlton 11.18 (84) MCG 54,815 Friday, 28 April
Melbourne 13.12 (90) Kangaroos 12.14 (86) MCG 30,392 Saturday, 29 April
Adelaide 20.12 (132) Western Bulldogs 7.13 (55) AAMI Stadium 41,057 Saturday, 29 April
Sydney 15.17 (107) Geelong 13.7 (85) Telstra Stadium 37,032 Saturday, 29 April
West Coast 18.14 (122) Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) Subiaco Oval 40,519 Saturday, 29 April
St Kilda 13.15 (93) Fremantle 14.10 (94) Aurora Stadium 15,282 Sunday, 30 April
Collingwood 18.12 (120) Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) Telstra Dome 32,276 Sunday, 30 April
Hawthorn 12.12 (84) Essendon 12.11 (83) MCG 40,179 Sunday, 30 April

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Melbourne 13.9 (87) Geelong 11.15 (81) MCG 36,041 Friday, 5 May
St Kilda 14.8 (92) Western Bulldogs 12.6 (78) Telstra Dome 42,760 Saturday, 6 May
Fremantle 12.16 (88) West Coast 12.11 (83) Subiaco Oval 42,213 Saturday, 6 May
Adelaide 15.13 (103) Port Adelaide 8.5 (53) AAMI Stadium 42,723 Saturday, 6 May
Essendon 13.17 (95) Richmond 13.19 (97) MCG 58,439 Saturday, 6 May
Brisbane Lions 10.10 (70) Sydney 15.12 (102) The Gabba 29,872 Sunday, 7 May
Carlton 9.12 (66) Collingwood 21.12 (138) MCG 59,695 Sunday, 7 May
Kangaroos 15.12 (102) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Telstra Dome 28,047 Sunday, 7 May

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 9.10 (64) Geelong 12.10 (82) Telstra Dome 48,313 Friday, 12 May
Richmond 9.8 (62) Sydney 28.12 (180) Telstra Dome 36,477 Saturday, 13 May
Melbourne 17.15 (117) Fremantle 8.10 (58) MCG 23,368 Saturday, 13 May
West Coast 16.16 (112) Collingwood 15.8 (98) Subiaco Oval 42,033 Saturday, 13 May
Hawthorn 9.12 (66) Brisbane Lions 16.10 (106) Carrara Stadium 12,315 Saturday, 13 May
Port Adelaide 13.12 (90) Western Bulldogs 25.16 (166) AAMI Stadium 20,233 Sunday, 14 May
Carlton 17.9 (111) Essendon 11.12 (78) MCG 32,976 Sunday, 14 May
Kangaroos 9.6 (60) Adelaide 18.8 (116) Telstra Dome 16,064 Sunday, 14 May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Melbourne 20.16 (136) MCG 42,985 Friday, 19 May
Richmond 10.9 (69) Adelaide 9.12 (66) Telstra Dome 24,461 Saturday, 20 May
Fremantle 13.6 (84) Kangaroos 6.13 (49) Subiaco Oval 34,072 Saturday, 20 May
Collingwood 22.14 (146) Geelong 6.8 (44) MCG 69,819 Saturday, 20 May
Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90) Sydney 17.14 (116) SCG 31,756 Saturday, 20 May
Port Adelaide 10.18 (78) Brisbane Lions 22.15 (147) AAMI Stadium 21,970 Sunday, 21 May
Carlton 4.10 (34) St Kilda 18.18 (126) MCG 39,908 Sunday, 21 May
Essendon 14.8 (92) West Coast 16.17 (113) Telstra Dome 31,434 Sunday, 21 May

Round 9[edit]

  • This round was marketed as Green Shirt Round, to acknowledge the contribution of new and inexperienced umpires in junior competitions.[1]
Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 21.13 (139) Western Bulldogs 16.9 (105) MCG 67,920 Friday, 26 May
Geelong 12.18 (90) Richmond 17.8 (110) Skilled Stadium 23,386 Saturday, 27 May
Adelaide 18.16 (124) Carlton 9.6 (60) AAMI Stadium 41,157 Saturday, 27 May
Essendon 9.15 (69) Port Adelaide 20.9 (129) Telstra Dome 29,232 Saturday, 27 May
Hawthorn 7.12 (54) Sydney 19.5 (119) MCG 28,387 Saturday, 27 May
Brisbane Lions 21.15 (141) Fremantle 10.13 (73) The Gabba 27,999 Sunday, 28 May
St Kilda 10.14 (74) Kangaroos 8.9 (57) Telstra Dome 30,904 Sunday, 28 May
West Coast 13.19 (97) Melbourne 11.9 (75) Subiaco Oval 41,032 Sunday, 28 May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Adelaide 30.8 (188) Essendon 6.14 (50) AAMI Stadium 42,025 Friday, 2 June
Geelong 15.8 (98) West Coast 16.5 (101) Skilled Stadium 24,028 Saturday, 3 June
Western Bulldogs 16.13 (109) Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Telstra Dome 29,960 Saturday, 3 June
Collingwood 16.13 (109) Brisbane Lions 12.11 (83) MCG 54,820 Saturday, 3 June
Fremantle 15.10 (100) Richmond 13.11 (89) Subiaco Oval 36,032 Saturday, 3 June
Kangaroos 14.14 (98) Sydney 16.9 (105) Manuka Oval 14,922 Sunday, 4 June
Carlton 12.12 (84) Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) Telstra Dome 18,665 Sunday, 4 June
Melbourne 15.13 (103) St Kilda 13.12 (90) MCG 41,665 Sunday, 4 June

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Geelong 20.10 (130) Essendon 13.10 (88) Telstra Dome 43,600 Friday, 9 June
Richmond 15.12 (102) Kangaroos 9.13 (67) MCG 42,841 Saturday, 10 June
Brisbane Lions 8.12 (60) Adelaide 10.15 (75) The Gabba 27,516 Saturday, 10 June
Sydney 7.8 (50) St Kilda 7.10 (52) SCG 31,146 Saturday, 10 June
Port Adelaide 22.13 (145) Hawthorn 7.7 (49) AAMI Stadium 24,511 Sunday, 11 June
Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) Fremantle 12.14 (86) Telstra Dome 23,805 Sunday, 11 June
West Coast 16.15 (111) Carlton 15.11 (101) Subiaco Oval 40,090 Sunday, 11 June
Melbourne 22.9 (141) Collingwood 14.10 (94) MCG 78,773 Monday, 12 June

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 8.12 (60) Adelaide 18.15 (123) Telstra Dome 34,170 Friday, 16 June
Fremantle 6.16 (52) Geelong 18.10 (118) Subiaco Oval 34,236 Saturday, 17 June
Brisbane Lions 14.19 (103) Western Bulldogs 22.13 (145) The Gabba 27,745 Saturday, 17 June
Port Adelaide 13.19 (97) West Coast 8.12 (60) AAMI Stadium 28,125 Saturday, 17 June
Hawthorn 16.9 (105) Richmond 8.16 (64) Aurora Stadium 20,971 Sunday, 18 June
Essendon 10.15 (75) Melbourne 16.15 (111) Telstra Dome 35,019 Sunday, 18 June
Kangaroos 18.13 (121) Carlton 15.12 (102) Telstra Dome 34,110 Friday, 23 June
Sydney 11.16 (82) Collingwood 14.11 (95) Telstra Stadium 60,307 Saturday, 24 June

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Kangaroos 14.12 (96) Essendon 13.11 (89) Telstra Dome 33,747 Friday, 30 June
Melbourne 18.12 (120) Port Adelaide 12.10 (82) MCG 24,283 Saturday, 1 July
St Kilda 18.17 (125) Hawthorn 8.7 (55) Telstra Dome 33,869 Saturday, 1 July
Brisbane Lions 8.23 (71) Carlton 7.14 (56) The Gabba 29,516 Saturday, 1 July
Sydney 12.19 (91) Fremantle 9.4 (58) SCG 24,114 Saturday, 1 July
Adelaide 21.21 (147) Geelong 8.7 (55) AAMI Stadium 41,752 Sunday, 2 July
Richmond 13.14 (92) Collingwood 6.9 (45) MCG 63,016 Sunday, 2 July
West Coast 8.16 (64) Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) Subiaco Oval 40,375 Sunday, 2 July

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fremantle 19.11 (125) Essendon 12.16 (88) Subiaco Oval 34,608 Friday, 7 July
Carlton 11.11 (77) Geelong 23.4 (142) Telstra Dome 32,096 Saturday, 8 July
Hawthorn 16.8 (104) West Coast 17.12 (114) MCG 21,989 Saturday, 8 July
Melbourne 14.14 (98) Brisbane Lions 13.12 (90) The Gabba 25,541 Saturday, 8 July
Port Adelaide 6.18 (54) Richmond 14.8 (92) AAMI Stadium 25,067 Saturday, 8 July
Sydney 8.14 (62) Adelaide 15.11 (101) SCG 36,104 Sunday, 9 July
St Kilda 19.8 (122) Collingwood 9.9 (63) Telstra Dome 48,564 Sunday, 9 July
Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) Kangaroos 13.16 (94) MCG 28,173 Sunday, 9 July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 7.10 (52) Melbourne 9.16 (70) MCG 60,086 Friday, 14 July
Essendon 10.11 (71) St Kilda 11.8 (74) MCG 33,082 Saturday, 15 July
Adelaide 16.13 (109) Hawthorn 11.7 (73) AAMI Stadium 37,446 Saturday, 15 July
Kangaroos 11.18 (84) Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) Telstra Dome 22,947 Saturday, 15 July
West Coast 9.13 (67) Sydney 9.11 (65) Subiaco Oval 40,688 Saturday, 15 July
Geelong 9.14 (68) Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) Skilled Stadium 19,149 Sunday, 16 July
Carlton 11.14 (80) Western Bulldogs 16.14 (110) Telstra Dome 26,418 Sunday, 16 July
Collingwood 15.14 (104) Fremantle 18.11 (119) MCG 30,373 Sunday, 16 July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Adelaide 19.10 (124) Kangaroos 7.10 (52) AAMI Stadium 47,487 Friday, 21 July
Collingwood 19.13 (127) West Coast 13.12 (90) Telstra Dome 38,777 Saturday, 22 July
Essendon 16.9 (105) Carlton 15.15 (105) MCG 49,181 Saturday, 22 July
Brisbane Lions 11.18 (84) Hawthorn 11.8 (74) The Gabba 26,738 Saturday, 22 July
Sydney 14.17 (101) Richmond 7.11 (53) SCG 28,371 Saturday, 22 July
St Kilda 8.16 (64) Port Adelaide 8.12 (60) Aurora Stadium 16,588 Sunday, 23 July
Geelong 13.12 (90) Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89) Telstra Dome 39,417 Sunday, 23 July
Fremantle 15.6 (96) Melbourne 9.13 (67) Subiaco Oval 36,244 Sunday, 23 July

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 16.17 (113) Hawthorn 11.2 (68) MCG 54,306 Friday, 28 July
St Kilda 27.12 (174) Richmond 10.11 (71) MCG 43,250 Saturday, 29 July
West Coast 26.9 (165) Adelaide 12.11 (83) Subiaco Oval 40,380 Saturday, 29 July
Essendon 25.10 (160) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) Telstra Dome 32,761 Saturday, 29 July
Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) Sydney 10.17 (77) AAMI Stadium 23,183 Saturday, 29 July
Kangaroos 13.12 (90) Geelong 8.12 (60) Manuka Oval 9,561 Sunday, 30 July
Carlton 13.11 (89) Fremantle 15.17 (107) Telstra Dome 17,518 Sunday, 30 July
Melbourne 18.11 (119) Western Bulldogs 9.14 (68) MCG 36,466 Sunday, 30 July

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 8.11 (59) West Coast 14.14 (98) Telstra Dome 40,177 Friday, 4 August
Carlton 12.8 (80) Melbourne 10.13 (73) Telstra Dome 24,113 Saturday, 5 August
Richmond 10.18 (78) Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) MCG 36,339 Saturday, 5 August
Sydney 17.14 (116) Essendon 11.7 (73) SCG 25,465 Saturday, 5 August
Adelaide 7.16 (58) Collingwood 7.12 (54) AAMI Stadium 45,658 Saturday, 5 August
Brisbane Lions 13.9 (87) Geelong 14.20 (104) The Gabba 28,055 Sunday, 6 August
Kangaroos 12.12 (84) Port Adelaide 9.11 (65) Telstra Dome 14,815 Sunday, 6 August
Fremantle 14.20 (104) Hawthorn 7.9 (51) Subiaco Oval 35,017 Sunday, 6 August

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Essendon 10.14 (74) Collingwood 9.7 (61) MCG 62,940 Friday, 11 August
Melbourne 10.3 (63) Sydney 14.11 (95) MCG 43,794 Saturday, 12 August
West Coast 14.23 (107) Kangaroos 12.9 (81) Subiaco Oval 40,067 Saturday, 12 August
Richmond 21.16 (142) Brisbane Lions 8.12 (60) Telstra Dome 27,211 Saturday, 12 August
Western Bulldogs 13.13 (91) Port Adelaide 14.21 (105) Marrara Oval 14,100 Saturday, 12 August
Adelaide 10.20 (80) Fremantle 13.17 (95) AAMI Stadium 43,127 Sunday, 13 August
Geelong 11.14 (80) St Kilda 15.13 (103) Telstra Dome 40,986 Sunday, 13 August
Hawthorn 17.11 (113) Carlton 13.12 (90) MCG 36,817 Sunday, 13 August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) Collingwood 12.17 (89) AAMI Stadium 30,281 Friday, 18 August
Geelong 14.6 (90) Sydney 9.9 (63) Skilled Stadium 21,175 Saturday, 19 August
Western Bulldogs 16.9 (105) Adelaide 14.14 (98) MCG 29,988 Saturday, 19 August
Essendon 15.16 (106) Hawthorn 19.10 (124) Telstra Dome 44,275 Saturday, 19 August
Fremantle 17.12 (114) St Kilda 7.14 (56) Subiaco Oval 39,069 Saturday, 19 August
Brisbane Lions 7.10 (52) West Coast 16.18 (114) The Gabba 23,764 Sunday, 20 August
Carlton 14.11 (95) Richmond 21.14 (140) Telstra Dome 37,094 Sunday, 20 August
Kangaroos 12.10 (82) Melbourne 20.12 (132) MCG 29,457 Sunday, 20 August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Western Bulldogs 13.14 (92) St Kilda 22.10 (142) Telstra Dome 47,120 Friday, 25 August
Geelong 14.10 (94) Melbourne 14.10 (94) Skilled Stadium 23,086 Saturday, 26 August
Hawthorn 7.16 (58) Kangaroos 4.12 (36) Aurora Stadium 18,836 Saturday, 26 August
Richmond 20.9 (129) Essendon 16.17 (113) MCG 48,710 Saturday, 26 August
Sydney 14.13 (97) Brisbane Lions 6.4 (40) Telstra Stadium 37,659 Saturday, 26 August
Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) Adelaide 11.15 (81) AAMI Stadium 41,549 Sunday, 27 August
Collingwood 24.12 (156) Carlton 17.10 (112) MCG 57,719 Sunday, 27 August
West Coast 8.13 (61) Fremantle 18.10 (118) Subiaco Oval 43,527 Sunday, 27 August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Western Bulldogs 22.15 (147) Essendon 18.17 (125) Telstra Dome 42,956 Friday, 1 September
Richmond 12.13 (85) West Coast 26.17 (173) MCG 35,106 Saturday, 2 September
Adelaide 23.14 (152) Melbourne 14.10 (94) AAMI Stadium 41,364 Saturday, 2 September
Brisbane Lions 7.15 (57) St Kilda 16.12 (108) The Gabba 27,101 Saturday, 2 September
Fremantle 23.13 (151) Port Adelaide 9.18 (72) Subiaco Oval 41,121 Saturday, 2 September
Sydney 21.10 (136) Carlton 6.8 (44) SCG 33,943 Sunday, 3 September
Collingwood 20.19 (139) Kangaroos 10.11 (71) MCG 49,040 Sunday, 3 September
Hawthorn 21.7 (133) Geelong 10.12 (72) Telstra Dome 28,188 Sunday, 3 September

Ladder[edit]

2006 AFL ladder
Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 West Coast (P) 22 17 5 0 2257 1874 120.44 68
2 Adelaide 22 16 6 0 2331 1640 142.13 64
3 Fremantle 22 15 7 0 2079 1893 109.83 60
4 Sydney 22 14 8 0 2098 1630 128.71 56
5 Collingwood 22 14 8 0 2345 1965 119.34 56
6 St Kilda 22 14 8 0 2074 1752 118.38 56
7 Melbourne 22 13 8 1 2146 1957 109.66 54
8 Western Bulldogs 22 13 9 0 2311 2173 106.35 52
9 Richmond 22 11 11 0 1934 2245 86.15 44
10 Geelong 22 10 11 1 1982 2002 99.00 42
11 Hawthorn 22 9 13 0 1834 2140 85.70 36
12 Port Adelaide 22 8 14 0 1911 2151 88.84 32
13 Brisbane Lions 22 7 15 0 1844 2239 82.36 28
14 Kangaroos 22 7 15 0 1754 2167 80.94 28
15 Essendon 22 3 18 1 2021 2469 81.86 14
16 Carlton 22 3 18 1 1791 2415 74.16 14
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Ladder progression[edit]

  • 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
1 West Coast 4 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 36 40 40 40 44 48 48 52 56 60 64 64 68
2 Adelaide 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 56 60 60 60 60 64
3 Fremantle 0 4 8 8 12 16 16 20 20 24 24 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 60
4 Sydney 0 0 4 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 28 32 32 32 36 40 44 48 48 52 56
5 Collingwood 0 4 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 36 36 36 40 44 44 44 48 52 56
6 St Kilda 0 4 8 8 8 12 12 16 20 20 24 24 28 32 36 40 44 44 48 48 52 56
7 Melbourne 0 0 0 4 8 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 44 48 48 48 52 54 54
8 Western Bulldogs 4 8 12 16 16 16 20 20 20 24 28 32 36 36 40 40 40 44 44 48 48 52
9 Richmond 0 0 0 4 8 12 12 16 20 20 24 24 28 32 32 32 32 32 36 40 44 44
10 Geelong 4 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 16 20 20 24 28 32 32 36 36 40 42 42
11 Hawthorn 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 24 28 32 36
12 Port Adelaide 0 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 12 16 20 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 28 28 32 32
13 Brisbane Lions 0 4 4 4 4 4 8 12 16 16 16 16 20 20 24 28 28 28 28 28 28 28
14 Kangaroos 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 16 20 20 20 24 28 28 28 28 28
15 Essendon 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 10 10 14 14 14 14
16 Carlton 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 14 14 14 14 14

Finals series[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: Sep 9, Subiaco Oval  
1  West Coast 12.12 (84)  
4  Sydney 13.7 (85)     SF1: Sep 16, Subiaco Oval  
     West Coast 16.17 (113)    
EF1: Sep 10, MCG      Western Bulldogs 5.9 (39)       PF1: Sep 22, Telstra Stadium
5  Collingwood 11.14 (80)        Sydney 19.13 (127)  
8  Western Bulldogs 18.13 (121)          Fremantle 14.8 (92)     GF: Sep 30, MCG
         Sydney 12.12 (84)
  EF2: Sep 8, MCG       PF2: Sep 23, AAMI Stadium      West Coast 12.13 (85)
6  St Kilda 10.12 (72)          Adelaide 11.9 (75)  
7  Melbourne 13.12 (90)     SF2: Sep 15, Subiaco Oval        West Coast 11.19 (85)  
     Fremantle 14.18 (102)    
QF2: Sep 9, AAMI Stadium      Melbourne 11.8 (74)    
2  Adelaide 10.16 (76)  
3  Fremantle 7.4 (46)  


Week one[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
St Kilda 10.12 (72) Melbourne 13.12 (90) MCG 67,528 Friday, 8 September
Adelaide 10.16 (76) Fremantle 7.4 (46) AAMI Stadium 42,208 Saturday, 9 September
West Coast 12.12 (84) Sydney 13.7 (85) Subiaco Oval 43,116 Saturday, 9 September
Collingwood 11.14 (80) Western Bulldogs 18.13 (121) MCG 84,284 Sunday, 10 September

Week two[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
West Coast 16.17 (113) Western Bulldogs 5.9 (39) Subiaco Oval 43,219 Saturday, 16 September
Fremantle 14.18 (102) Melbourne 11.8 (74) Subiaco Oval 42,505 Friday, 15 September

Week three[edit]

Preliminary Finals
Friday, 22 September (8:00 pm) Sydney 19.13 (127) def. Fremantle 14.8 (92) Telstra Stadium (crowd: 61,373) Report
Saturday, 23 September (3:00 pm) Adelaide 11.9 (75) def. by West Coast 11.19 (85) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 50,514) Report
  • This was the first time a Victorian team failed to reach the preliminary finals, with all four preliminary finalists teams from other states.

Week four[edit]

Grand final
Saturday, 30 September (2:30 pm) Sydney def. by West Coast MCG (crowd: 97,431) Report
1.4 (10)
4.6 (30)
8.11 (59)
 12.12 (84)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
4.2 (26)
8.7 (55)
10.10 (70)
 12.13 (85)
Umpires: M Vozzo, B Allen, D Goldspink
Norm Smith Medal: Andrew Embley (West Coast)
Television broadcast: Network Ten
National anthem: Brian Mannix, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite and Shane Howard
M O'Loughlin, N Davis 3
B Matthews, L Roberts-Thomson, A Goodes, A Schneider, R O'Keefe, N Malceski 1
Goals Q Lynch 3
A Embley, A Hansen, B Cousins 2
C Judd, S Armstrong, A Hunter 1
N Fosdike, T Richards T Kennelly, M O'Loughlin, J McVeigh, B Kirk, A Goodes Best A Embley, D Chick, C Judd, D Glass, Q Lynch, A Selwood, M Braun, D Cox, D Kerr
L Ablett Injuries Nil
Nil Reports Nil

Awards[edit]

Best and fairests[edit]

[2]

Notable events[edit]

  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground was unavailable until round 5, due to its use as the main athletics stadium at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which concluded just four days prior to the season starting.
  • Matthew Lloyd, in only his third game as Essendon captain, injured his hamstring against the Western Bulldogs, ending his season. This marked the Bulldogs' first victory over Essendon since inflicting their only defeat of the 2000 season. Despite a first round victory over reigning premiers Sydney, in which Lloyd kicked eight goals on Leo Barry,[3][4] Essendon would suffer its worst season since 1933, winning only three games and just avoiding the wooden spoon to Carlton on percentage.[5]
  • In Round 5, Fremantle and St Kilda's game ended in controversy after the final siren was not heard by umpires, with the extra time allowing St Kilda to level the scores – the result was changed by the AFL commission later in the week on the basis that the timekeeper had failed to perform his duties.
  • Richmond suffered three 100-point losses in season 2006, against the Western Bulldogs in round 1 (115 points), Sydney in round 7 (118 points) and St Kilda in round 17 (103 points).
  • A struggling Richmond team defeated league-leaders Adelaide in round 8 in an often-discussed game. To counteract Adelaide's strong flood, Richmond slowly built up a lead by patiently controlling the football without ever kicking to a contest, a move described as both boring and brilliant. In the final quarter, Adelaide were forced to switch to man-on-man tactics, almost erasing the deficit, but falling three points short. In executing this plan, Richmond took 181 marks, which is the highest amount ever (recorded since 1987).
  • In round 8, Brendan Fevola became the first player to kick all of his team's goals in a game since Mark Arceri in 1991 (also while playing for Carlton, kicking their only goal). Of Carlton's 4.10 (34), Fevola contributed 4.5 (29), Simon Wiggins scored two behinds, and three behinds were rushed. He also became the first player in 41 years to win a Coleman Medal from the wooden spoon winning side.
  • St Kilda broke two long winning droughts at the SCG and the Gabba by beating Sydney and Brisbane in rounds 11 and 22 respectively. The latter match was Michael Voss' final game for the Lions.
  • For the first time in VFL/AFL history, four non-Victorian teams filled the top four.
  • Bottom teams Essendon and Carlton had a draw in round 16, 2006. Carlton's Eddie Betts scored the match-tying goal with under one minute remaining to deny Essendon what would have been just their second win for the season. Essendon would eventually achieve that the following week; this match was dubbed the "Bryce Gibbs Cup", named after young Glenelg midfielder Bryce Gibbs who was expected to be, and ultimately was, drafted with the first pick at the end of the year, by the media as both teams were firmly rooted to the bottom of the ladder leading into their match.
  • In the second Qualifying Final, Sydney beat minor premiers West Coast by a solitary point, the final scores reading 85 to 84. When the teams met again in the grand final, the final scores were also 85 to 84, but it was West Coast that claimed the victory.
  • Rohan Smith and Scott West each played their 300th games for the Western Bulldogs in the club's 74-point defeat to West Coast in the semi final. For Smith, this was his final AFL game.

Player changes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Retirements[edit]

Name Date of Birth Club Round Retired Career Games Career Goals Reason
Justin Leppitsch 10 October 1975 Brisbane Lions Round 10 227 194 Back-related calf injury[6]
Gavin Wanganeen 18 June 1973 Port Adelaide Round 10 300 202 Injured knee[7]
Paul Williams 3 April 1973 Sydney Round 14 306 307 Fractured shoulder[8]
Blake Caracella 15 March 1977 Collingwood Round 17 187 218 Fractured spinal cord/vertebrae[9]
Peter Riccardi 17 December 1972 Geelong Round 19 288 286 Hamstring injury[10]
Josh Francou 7 August 1974 Port Adelaide Round 20 156 72 Long-term knee injury[11]
Jade Rawlings 9 October 1977 Kangaroos Round 21 148 96 Long-term knee injury[12]
Dean Rioli 20 May 1978 Essendon Round 20 100 91 Hamstring, wrist and knee injuries[13]

End of season[edit]

Club captains[edit]

Club Captain(s) Vice Captain(s)/Leadership Group
Adelaide Mark Ricciuto Simon Goodwin, Tyson Edwards, Nathan Bassett and Brett Burton[18]
Brisbane Lions Simon Black, Jonathan Brown, Chris Johnson, Nigel Lappin and Luke Power
Carlton Lance Whitnall[19] Nick Stevens,[20] Kade Simpson (interim)
Collingwood Nathan Buckley James Clement (vc), Josh Fraser (deputy vc) and Ben Johnson (deputy vc)
Essendon Matthew Lloyd and David Hille (acting) Mark McVeigh (vc), Andrew Welsh, Scott Lucas and Dustin Fletcher
Fremantle Peter Bell Matthew Pavlich
Geelong Tom Harley Cameron Ling and Cameron Mooney (deputy)
Hawthorn Richard Vandenberg[21] Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell
Kangaroos Adam Simpson Brent Harvey
Melbourne David Neitz[22] Cameron Bruce, Brad Green, Brock McLean and James McDonald
Port Adelaide Warren Tredrea Shaun Burgoyne, Brendon Lade, Michael Wilson and Chad Cornes
Richmond Kane Johnson Nathan Brown and Joel Bowden (deputy)
St Kilda Luke Ball[23]
Sydney Leo Barry, Barry Hall and Brett Kirk
West Coast Chris Judd Andrew Embley, Darren Glass and Dean Cox
Western Bulldogs Brad Johnson[24] Scott West, Robert Murphy, Daniel Cross and Daniel Giansiracusa

Delistings[edit]

Trades[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2006b&f.html
  3. ^ Seven controversial moments of Essendon champ and Hall of Fame inductee Matthew Lloyd, Herald Sun, 5 June 2013
  4. ^ Bombers upset Swans - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  5. ^ Bulldogs earn gritty win, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 1 September 2006
  6. ^ "Leppitsch retires from AFL due to injury". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 June 2006.
  7. ^ Shiell, Alan (7 June 2006). "LWanganeen signs-off".
  8. ^ Hinds, Richard (12 July 2006). "End of the road for brave Swan". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  9. ^ "Caracella forced to retire from AFL". The Age. Melbourne. 2 August 2006.
  10. ^ "Riccardi's end sums up Cats' season". 15 August 2006.
  11. ^ "Francou calls it a day". 23 August 2006.
  12. ^ "Jade Rawlings announces retirement". 22 August 2006.
  13. ^ Wu, Andrew (27 August 2006). "One last cameo for Rioli".
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Boulton, Martin (17 September 2006). "Lion Keating one of many looking for fresh pasture". The Sunday Age. p. 9.
  15. ^ Black, Keith (29 August 2006). "Veteran Hangs Up Boots".
  16. ^ Connolly, Steve (7 October 2006). "Voss best ever, says Matthews". The Courier-Mail.
  17. ^ Lavell, Steven (7 October 2006). "Banfield signs off".
  18. ^ "Crows stick with Roo, but who's next?". sportsaustralia.com. 9 January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  19. ^ "Whitnall confirmed as Blues captain". sportsaustralia.com. 21 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  20. ^ "Experiments key for Carlton". ABC Sport. 12 March 2007. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  21. ^ "2007 preview: Hawthorn". AFL.com.au. 5 March 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  22. ^ "Neitz to skipper Demons again". Australian Broadcasting Corporation .au. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  23. ^ Morris, Tom; Holmesby, Luke (28 August 2014). "Farewell to former Saints skipper". St Kilda Football Club. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  24. ^ Spits, Scott (6 December 2006). "Johnson top Dog in 2007". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 23 August 2012.