The 131st season of the Victorian Football League/Victorian Football Association was held in 2012. Geelong won the 2012 VFL Premiership, defeating Port Melbourne in the Grand Final.
|2012 VFL season|
|Minor premiers||Casey Scorpions|
3rd minor premiership
|J. J. Liston Trophy||Ben Ross (Werribee)|
|Leading goalkicker||Dean Galea (Port Melbourne) 76|
For the 2012 VFL season, the Bendigo Football Club changed its name to the Bendigo Gold. The change came after it was announced that 2012 would be the final season Bendigo would be aligned with the Essendon Football Club, with the latter to be fielding its own reserves team in the VFL from the 2013 season.
Casey Scorpions finished on top of the ladder with fourteen wins, however lost both its finals matches to be knocked out of the finals series. Port Melbourne and Geelong progressed to the Grand Final at Etihad Stadium. Geelong won its third premiership as a stand-alone VFL team, with previous victories in 2002 and 2007.
|7||Box Hill Hawks||18||9||9||0||1653||1500||110.2||36|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
Qualifying and Elimination FinalsEdit
|Sunday, 2 September (2:00 pm)||Casey Scorpions 3.10 (28)||def. by||Werribee 6.10 (46)||Casey Fields|
|Sunday, 2 September (2:10 pm)||Port Melbourne 20.12 (132)||def.||Geelong 16.14 (110)||North Port Oval|
|Sunday, 1 September (2:10 pm)||Williamstown 11.17 (83)||def.||Bendigo Gold 10.11 (71)||North Port Oval|
|Sunday, 1 September (2:00 pm)||Sandringham 14.4 (88)||def. by||Box Hill Hawks 18.10 (118)||Trevor Barker Beach Oval|
|Saturday, 8 September (2:10 pm)||Casey Scorpions 5.8 (38)||def. by||Williamstown 11.9 (75)||Casey Fields|
|Sunday, 9 September (2:10 pm)||Geelong 11.10 (76)||def.||Box Hill Hawks 9.8 (62)||Casey Fields|
|Saturday, 15 September (2:10 pm)||Port Melbourne 12.15 (87)||def.||Williamstown 7.11 (53)||North Port Oval|
|Sunday, 16 September (2:10 pm)||Werribee 15.13 (103)||def. by||Geelong 16.12 (108)||North Port Oval|
|Sunday, 23 September (2:15 pm)||Port Melbourne||def. by||Geelong||Etihad Stadium (crowd: 14,536)||Report|
|Norm Goss Memorial Medal: George Horlin-Smith (Geelong)|
|D. Galea 4, H. O'Farrell 2, W. Burstin 2,
S. Dwyer, C. Cain, A. Bentick
|Goals||S. Kersten 3, M. Brown 2, G. Burbury 2,|
O. Stephenson, J. Stringer, M. Corrigan,
J. Simpkin, S. Byrnes, D. Gleeson, S. Hogan
|A. Bentick, S. Valenti, H. O'Farrell,
S. Pleming, J. Baird, W. Burstin
|Best||G. Horlin-Smith, G. Burbury, O. Stephenson,|
D. Simpson, S. Byrnes, R. Bathie
- The J. J. Liston Trophy was won by Ben Ross (Werribee), who polled 20 votes. Ross finished ahead of Tom Couch (Casey Scorpions), who was second with 19 votes, and John Baird (Port Melbourne), who was third with 18 votes.
- The Frosty Miller Medal was won by Dean Galea (Port Melbourne), who kicked 76 goals for the season.
- The Fothergill-Round Medal was won by Dean Towers (North Ballarat)
- The top two non-AFL clubs – Port Melbourne and Werribee – qualified for the 2013 Foxtel Cup tournament.
- The premiership in the reserves, which was renamed the Development League from 2012, was won by Coburg. Coburg 16.12 (108) defeated Box Hill 15.11 (101) in the Grand Final, played as a curtain-raiser to the seniors first preliminary final on 15 September at North Port Oval.
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