2013 AFL season

The 2013 Australian Football League season was the 117th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 24th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.[1]

2013 AFL premiership season
2013 AFL season logo.jpg
Teams18
PremiersHawthorn
(11th premiership)
Minor premiersHawthorn
(9th minor premiership)
Pre-season cupBrisbane Lions
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played207
Attendance6,931,085 (33,484 per match)
Highest attendance100,007 (Grand Final, Hawthorn vs. Fremantle)
Coleman MedallistJarryd Roughead
Hawthorn (68 goals)
Brownlow MedallistGary Ablett, Jr.
Gold Coast (28 votes)
Wooden spoonersGreater Western Sydney
(2nd wooden spoon)
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The season opened on 22 March, with Adelaide hosting Essendon,[2] and concluded on 28 September with Hawthorn defeating Fremantle in the AFL Grand Final. It was Hawthorn's eleventh VFL/AFL premiership, and Fremantle's first grand final appearance.

The season was marred by a series of off-field controversies, with three clubs penalised in 2013 for separate infractions which had taken place over previous years: Essendon, following an investigation into irregularities in the club's supplements program; Adelaide, after illegal payments and draft tampering charges relating to Kurt Tippett's 2009 contract extension; and Melbourne, after an investigation into allegations that the club had intentionally lost matches towards the end of the 2009 season.

Pre-seasonEdit

All Stars gameEdit

The biennial All Star game played in the Northern Territory, featuring an AFL team and the Indigenous All Stars team, made up of some of the best Indigenous players in the game, returned for the 2013 pre-season. Richmond were selected as the AFL team to partake in the game, which was played at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.[3]

2013 Indigenous All Stars Game
Friday, 8 February 7:45pm (ACST) Indigenous All Stars def. Richmond Traeger Park, Alice Springs (crowd: 8,350) Report
5.0 (30)
8.1 (49)
12.4 (76)
 14.6 (90)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.1 (7)
2.1 (13)
3.1 (19)
 6.4 (40)
Polly Farmer Medal: Harley Bennell
Television broadcast: afl.com.au
Johncock 3, Jones 2, Betts 2, Leroy Jetta, Ryder,
Ugle, Thomas, Anderson, Bennell, Newman
Goals McGuane 2, Stephenson 2, McDonough, A.Edwards
Bennell, Jones, Alwyn Davey, Johncock, Betts Best Martin, S.Edwards, Conca, Grigg, Elton
Nil Injuries Nil
Nil Reports Nil

NAB CupEdit

The 2013 NAB Cup was won by the Brisbane Lions, their first ever win preseason competition win, when they defeated Carlton by 40 points.[4]


2013 NAB Cup Grand Final
Friday, 15 March 7:45pm (AEDT) Carlton def. by Brisbane Lions Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,884) Report
1.2.0 (21)
2.6.6 (60)
2.7.7 (67)
 2.7.9 (69)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
0.5.3 (33)
0.7.5 (47)
0.12.10 (82)
 0.16.13 (109)
Umpires: Bannister, Margetts, Jeffery
Michael Tuck Medal: Daniel Rich
Television broadcast: Seven Network / Fox Footy
Bryce Gibbs, Zach Tuohy Super Goals N/A
Betts, Casboult, Duigan, Kreuzer, Robinson, Rowe, White Goals Brown 5, Green 3, Zorko 2, Bewick, Karnezis, McGrath, Polkinghorne, Redden, Rich
Gibbs, Simpson, Yarran, Kreuzer, Murphy Best Rich, Zorko, Hanley, Brown, Karnezis, Moloney, Merrett, Green
N/A Injuries N/A
N/A Reports N/A
  • Due to the unavailability of the Gabba because of cricket commitments, the AFL chose to schedule the match at Etihad Stadium rather than Metricon Stadium in Queensland, citing that the largest possible crowd would be drawn in Melbourne ahead of any potential game on the Gold Coast.[5]

Premiership seasonEdit

The full fixture was released on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

Round 1Edit

Round 1
Friday, 22 March (8:10 pm) Adelaide 11.16 (82) def. by Essendon 18.9 (117) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 42,218) Match report
Saturday, 23 March (4:40 pm) Fremantle 16.12 (108) def. West Coast 11.14 (80) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,629) Match report
Thursday, 28 March (7:45 pm) Carlton 14.17 (101) def. by Richmond 14.22 (106) MCG (crowd: 80,971) Match report
Saturday, 30 March (1:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 19.13 (127) def. Brisbane Lions 7.17 (59) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,263) Match report
Saturday, 30 March (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.10 (76) def. by Sydney 16.10 (106) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 23,690) Match report
Saturday, 30 March (6:45 pm) Gold Coast 13.12 (90) def. St Kilda 10.17 (77) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,832) Match report
Sunday, 31 March (1:10 pm) Melbourne 8.6 (54) def. by Port Adelaide 19.19 (133) MCG (crowd: 22,924) Match report
Sunday, 31 March (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 13.9 (87) def. by Collingwood 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 41,040) Match report
Monday, 1 April (3:20 pm) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) def. by Geelong 13.15 (93) MCG (crowd: 76,300) Match report

Round 2Edit

Round 2
Friday, 5 April (7:50 pm) St Kilda 12.10 (82) def. by Richmond 14.15 (99) MCG (crowd: 56,783) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (1:45 pm) Sydney 17.12 (114) def. Gold Coast 11.7 (73) SCG (crowd: 20,372) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (2:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 11.12 (78) def. by Fremantle 16.10 (106) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 19,210) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (3:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.17 (77) def. by Adelaide 14.12 (96) Gabba (crowd: 21,308) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 19.20 (134) def. Greater Western Sydney 11.12 (78) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,122) Match report
Saturday, 6 April (7:40 pm) Essendon 28.16 (184) def. Melbourne 5.6 (36) MCG (crowd: 51,153) Match report
Sunday, 7 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 16.16 (112) def. North Melbourne 17.6 (108) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,152) Match report
Sunday, 7 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 17.15 (117) def. Carlton 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 84,247) Match report
Sunday, 7 April (2:40 pm) West Coast 15.8 (98) def. by Hawthorn 23.10 (148) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,389) Match report

Round 3Edit

Round 3
Friday, 12 April (6:40 pm) Fremantle 9.14 (68) def. by Essendon 10.12 (72) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,963) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (1:45 pm) North Melbourne 13.14 (92) def. by Sydney 20.11 (131) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 13,221) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (2:10 pm) Melbourne 13.5 (83) def. by West Coast 27.15 (177) MCG (crowd: 18,571) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (4:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 10.8 (68) def. by St Kilda 21.14 (140) StarTrack Oval Canberra (crowd: 11,092) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (7:40 pm) Geelong 18.11 (119) def. Carlton 15.13 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 43,241) Match report
Saturday, 13 April (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.14 (92) def. by Brisbane Lions 13.16 (94) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 12,961) Match report
Sunday, 14 April (1:10 pm) Richmond 20.15 (135) def. Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 44,045) Match report
Sunday, 14 April (3:20 pm) Collingwood 13.12 (90) def. by Hawthorn 22.13 (145) MCG (crowd: 72,254) Match report
Sunday, 14 April (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) def. Adelaide 16.13 (109) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 40,707) Match report

Round 4Edit

Round 4
Friday, 19 April (7:50 pm) Sydney 16.7 (103) def. by Geelong 19.10 (124) SCG (crowd: 31,060) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 18.10 (118) def. Fremantle 11.10 (76) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 12,619) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 11.13 (79) def. by Collingwood 16.17 (113) MCG (crowd: 81,950) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (4:40 pm) St Kilda 13.13 (91) def. by Essendon 19.14 (128) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 46,965) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (5:40 pm) West Coast 7.23 (65) def. by Carlton 12.17 (89) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,674) Match report
Saturday, 20 April (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 9.12 (66) def. by Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 11,332) Match report
Sunday, 21 April (1:10 pm) Melbourne 22.12 (144) def. Greater Western Sydney 15.13 (103) MCG (crowd: 20,018) Match report
Sunday, 21 April (2:50 pm) Adelaide 12.8 (80) def. Western Bulldogs 4.4 (28) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 24,684) Match report
Sunday, 21 April (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 18.17 (125) def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,776) Match report

Round 5Edit

Round 5
Thursday, 25 April (2:40 pm) Essendon 18.13 (121) def. Collingwood 10.15 (75) MCG (crowd: 93,373) Match report
Thursday, 25 April (7:50 pm) St Kilda 9.9 (63) def. by Sydney 11.13 (79) Westpac Stadium (crowd: 22,546) Match report
Friday, 26 April (6:45 pm) Fremantle 12.9 (81) def. Richmond 12.8 (80) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,365) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 16.8 (104) def. by Gold Coast 21.22 (148) StarTrack Oval Canberra (crowd: 6,832) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (4:40 pm) Carlton 17.13 (115) def. Adelaide 12.11 (83) MCG (crowd: 44,711) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (7:15 pm) Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) def. West Coast 10.19 (79) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,132) Match report
Saturday, 27 April (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 13.8 (86) def. by Geelong 15.17 (107) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,153) Match report
Sunday, 28 April (3:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.20 (122) def. Melbourne 14.10 (94) Gabba (crowd: 19,018) Match report
Sunday, 28 April (4:40 pm) Hawthorn 14.15 (99) def. North Melbourne 13.18 (96) MCG (crowd: 42,103) Match report
  • A crowd of 93,373 attended the Essendon vs Collingwood match; it was the third-highest crowd for a home-and-away match in VFL/AFL history.[17]
  • The St Kilda vs Sydney match was the first ever AFL premiership match played outside Australia.[18]

Round 6Edit

Round 6
Friday, 3 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 15.13 (103) def. St Kilda 11.11 (77) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,071) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (1:45 pm) Essendon 17.18 (120) def. Greater Western Sydney 12.9 (81) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,143) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 14.9 (93) def. Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) Blundstone Arena (crowd: 10,265) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (4:10 pm) Adelaide 11.12 (78) def. by Hawthorn 13.11 (89) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 37,324) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 7.12 (54) def. by Fremantle 15.9 (99) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 10,552) Match report
Saturday, 4 May (7:40 pm) Richmond 13.9 (87) def. by Geelong 20.11 (131) MCG (crowd: 55,625) Match report
Sunday, 5 May (1:10 pm) Sydney 17.13 (115) def. Brisbane Lions 8.7 (55) SCG (crowd: 23,315) Match report
Sunday, 5 May (3:20 pm) Carlton 18.13 (121) def. Melbourne 8.12 (60) MCG (crowd: 35,286) Match report
Sunday, 5 May (2:40 pm) West Coast 21.11 (137) def. Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,163) Match report

Round 7Edit

Round 7
Friday, 10 May (7:50 pm) Geelong 17.11 (113) def. Essendon 11.19 (85) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 53,014) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) def. by Richmond 18.6 (114) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 25,372) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (2:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.10 (82) def. by West Coast 17.6 (108) Gabba (crowd: 17,615) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.7 (97) def. by North Melbourne 22.19 (151) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,690) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (5:40 pm) Fremantle 15.10 (100) def. Collingwood 10.13 (73) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,214) Match report
Saturday, 11 May (7:40 pm) Hawthorn 18.11 (119) def. Sydney 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 54,725) Match report
Sunday, 12 May (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.10 (52) def. by Adelaide 29.13 (187) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 5,830) Match report
Sunday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Melbourne 7.12 (54) def. by Gold Coast 16.18 (114) MCG (crowd: 13,304) Match report
Monday, 13 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 11.11 (77) def. Carlton 9.14 (68) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,054) Match report

Round 8Edit

Round 8
Friday, 17 May (6:40 pm) West Coast 12.18 (90) def. North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 38,146) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (1:45 pm) Essendon 12.14 (86) def. by Brisbane Lions 14.12 (96) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,915) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 21.14 (140) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.3 (57) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 10,513) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.15 (93) def. Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,520) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (7:40 pm) Sydney 11.4 (70) drew with Fremantle 9.16 (70) SCG (crowd: 22,546) Match report
Saturday, 18 May (7:40 pm) Collingwood 15.12 (102) def. Geelong 14.12 (96) MCG (crowd: 66,768) Match report
Sunday, 19 May (1:10 pm) Carlton 16.13 (109) def. Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,936) Match report
Sunday, 19 May (3:20 pm) Richmond 15.16 (106) def. Melbourne 11.6 (72) MCG (crowd: 39,148) Match report
Sunday, 19 May (4:10 pm) Adelaide 12.15 (87) def. St Kilda 6.11 (47) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 34,605) Match report

Round 9Edit

Round 9
Friday, 24 May (7:50 pm) Collingwood 8.7 (55) def. by Sydney 15.12 (102) MCG (crowd: 65,306) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 9.14 (68) def. by Geelong 18.8 (116) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 21,309) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 8.7 (55) def. by West Coast 23.17 (155) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,324) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (4:40 pm) St Kilda 15.11 (101) def. by Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,982) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) def. by Carlton 13.20 (98) Gabba (crowd: 24,037) Match report
Saturday, 25 May (7:45 pm) Richmond 9.8 (62) def. by Essendon 13.13 (91) MCG (crowd: 84,234) Match report
Sunday, 26 May (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 18.10 (118) def. Gold Coast 14.8 (92) MCG (crowd: 28,112) Match report
Sunday, 26 May (3:20 pm) North Melbourne 19.10 (124) def. by Adelaide 18.17 (125) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,033) Match report
Sunday, 26 May (2:40 pm) Fremantle 19.16 (130) def. Melbourne 6.4 (40) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,950) Match report
  • John Longmire received AFL life membership by reaching 300 AFL games as a player and coach.[23]
  • Fremantle recorded its largest ever victory over Melbourne, and Melbourne's final score was its lowest ever against Fremantle.

Round 10Edit

Round 10
Friday, 31 May (7:50 pm) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. by Collingwood 14.16 (100) Gabba (crowd: 26,626) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (1:45 pm) Carlton 22.16 (148) def. Greater Western Sydney 8.6 (54) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,008) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (1:40 pm) Adelaide 8.11 (59) def. by Fremantle 10.6 (66) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 27,684) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (4:40 pm) Sydney 17.13 (115) def. Essendon 10.11 (71) SCG (crowd: 29,792) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (7:40 pm) Geelong 18.15 (123) def. Gold Coast 10.11 (71) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 30,082) Match report
Saturday, 1 June (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 10.7 (67) def. Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,850) Match report
Sunday, 2 June (3:20 pm) Melbourne 6.12 (48) def. by Hawthorn 21.17 (143) MCG (crowd: 28,546) Match report
Sunday, 2 June (4:40 pm) North Melbourne 19.19 (133) def. St Kilda 10.5 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 25,658) Match report
Monday, 3 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 8.14 (62) def. by Richmond 16.7 (103) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 37,781) Match report

Round 11Edit

Round 11
Friday, 7 June (7:50 pm) Essendon 11.11 (77) def. Carlton 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 82,639) Match report
Saturday, 8 June (1:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 15.8 (98) def. by Geelong 24.13 (157) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 7,809) Match report
Saturday, 8 June (4:10 pm) Adelaide 6.14 (50) def. by Sydney 19.13 (127) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 38,374) Match report
Saturday, 8 June (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 9.12 (66) def. North Melbourne 8.3 (51) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 10,891) Match report
Sunday, 9 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 11.14 (80) def. by West Coast 12.12 (84) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 23,795) Match report
Monday, 10 June (3:15 pm) Melbourne 5.9 (39) def. by Collingwood 17.20 (122) MCG (crowd: 50,835) Match report
Bye: Brisbane Lions, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond, Western Bulldogs

Round 12Edit

Round 12
Friday, 14 June (7:50 pm) Carlton 13.9 (87) def. by Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,670) Match report
Saturday, 15 June (1:40 pm) Richmond 16.14 (110) def. Adelaide 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 43,615) Match report
Saturday, 15 June (2:40 pm) Fremantle 12.14 (86) def. Brisbane Lions 6.10 (46) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 33,384) Match report
Saturday, 15 June (7:40 pm) Essendon 17.13 (115) def. Gold Coast 11.6 (72) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,452) Match report
Sunday, 16 June (1:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 6.14 (50) def. by Port Adelaide 19.11 (125) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 6,601) Match report
Sunday, 16 June (4:40 pm) Collingwood 15.9 (99) def. Western Bulldogs 9.11 (65) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,253) Match report
Bye: Geelong, Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney, West Coast

Round 13Edit

Round 13
Friday, 21 June (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 19.9 (123) def. West Coast 16.7 (103) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,567) Match report
Saturday, 22 June (1:10 pm) Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) def. Sydney 8.6 (54) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 16,096) Match report
Saturday, 22 June (4:40 pm) St Kilda 16.8 (104) def. Melbourne 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 28,751) Match report
Saturday, 22 June (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) def. by Richmond 17.19 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 29,788) Match report
Sunday, 23 June (1:20 pm) Fremantle 10.7 (67) def. North Melbourne 4.5 (29) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,637) Match report
Sunday, 23 June (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.13 (103) def. Geelong 14.14 (98) Gabba (crowd: 24,164) Match report
Bye: Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney

Round 14Edit

Round 14
Thursday, 27 June (6:10 pm) West Coast 13.13 (91) def. by Essendon 15.8 (98) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 36,451) Match report
Friday, 28 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 8.17 (65) def. Carlton 5.13 (43) SCG (crowd: 25,349) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (1:40 pm) Gold Coast 11.17 (83) def. by Adelaide 16.15 (111) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,791) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) def. Collingwood 7.9 (51) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,121) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (7:40 pm) Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 21,217) Match report
Saturday, 29 June (7:40 pm) Geelong 11.19 (85) def. Fremantle 7.2 (44) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 26,743) Match report
Sunday, 30 June (1:10 pm) Hawthorn 21.17 (143) def. Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 15,796) Match report
Sunday, 30 June (3:20 pm) North Melbourne 19.16 (130) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.8 (44) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 15,438) Match report
Sunday, 30 June (4:40 pm) Richmond 17.17 (119) def. St Kilda 8.7 (55) MCG (crowd: 52,184) Match report

Round 15Edit

Round 15
Friday, 5 July (7:50 pm) Carlton 12.5 (77) def. by Collingwood 17.16 (118) MCG (crowd: 78,224) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) def. by Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) StarTrack Oval Canberra (crowd: 7,132) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 19.14 (128) def. Richmond 8.18 (66) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 45,966) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) def. Gold Coast 12.11 (83) Gabba (crowd: 27,170) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (7:10 pm) Adelaide 9.15 (69) def. by West Coast 11.9 (75) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 26,426) Match report
Saturday, 6 July (7:40 pm) Geelong 11.16 (82) def. Hawthorn 10.12 (72) MCG (crowd: 85,197) Match report
Sunday, 7 July (1:10 pm) Melbourne 13.7 (85) def. by Sydney 16.20 (116) MCG (crowd: 26,216) Match report
Sunday, 7 July (1:20 pm) Fremantle 15.10 (100) def. St Kilda 11.4 (70) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,064) Match report
Sunday, 7 July (4:40 pm) Essendon 18.10 (118) def. Port Adelaide 12.16 (88) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 40,817) Match report

Round 16Edit

Round 16
Friday, 12 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 17.9 (111) def. Adelaide 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd: 54,790) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (1:15 pm) Port Adelaide 12.7 (79) def. by Hawthorn 19.10 (124) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 23,748) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 13.20 (98) def. Melbourne 4.6 (30) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 23,172) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (4:40 pm) Richmond 6.17 (53) def. Gold Coast 6.8 (44) Cazaly's Stadium (crowd: 11,197) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.9 (117) def. North Melbourne 17.3 (105) Gabba (crowd: 18,131) Match report
Saturday, 13 July (7:40 pm) Carlton 16.14 (110) def. St Kilda 10.14 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,949) Match report
Sunday, 14 July (1:10 pm) Sydney 24.27 (171) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.12 (42) SCG (crowd: 21,757) Match report
Sunday, 14 July (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90) def. by Essendon 18.13 (121) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,500) Match report
Sunday, 14 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 14.9 (93) def. by Fremantle 19.7 (121) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 39,839) Match report
  • Melbourne recorded only 19 inside-50s in its loss to Geelong, an AFL-record low since the statistic was first recorded in 1999.[28]

Round 17Edit

Round 17
Friday, 19 July (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 16.12 (108) def. by Carlton 16.13 (109) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 37,443) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (1:45 pm) Hawthorn 13.17 (95) def. Western Bulldogs 11.10 (76) Aurora Stadium (crowd: 14,022) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (2:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 11.11 (77) def. by Essendon 18.8 (116) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 10,783) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.7 (85) def. Collingwood 11.12 (78) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 19,721) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 11.9 (75) def. by Brisbane Lions 13.16 (94) TIO Stadium (crowd: 7,615) Match report
Saturday, 20 July (7:40 pm) St Kilda 13.14 (92) def. by Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 14,878) Match report
Sunday, 21 July (1:10 pm) Richmond 12.12 (84) def. Fremantle 8.9 (57) MCG (crowd: 40,125) Match report
Sunday, 21 July (2:50 pm) Adelaide 14.10 (94) def. Geelong 14.8 (92) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 28,603) Match report
Sunday, 21 July (2:40 pm) West Coast 11.13 (79) def. by Sydney 17.11 (113) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,166) Match report

Round 18Edit

Round 18
Friday, 26 July (7:50 pm) Essendon 13.9 (87) def. by Hawthorn 22.11 (143) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 49,505) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (1:45 pm) Gold Coast 11.11 (77) def. by Carlton 16.24 (120) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 19,460) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 4.4 (28) def. by North Melbourne 22.18 (150) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 16,959) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (4:40 pm) Collingwood 15.16 (106) def. Greater Western Sydney 10.6 (66) MCG (crowd: 32,691) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (5:40 pm) Fremantle 11.9 (75) def. Adelaide 7.11 (53) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 28,765) Match report
Saturday, 27 July (7:40 pm) Geelong 21.11 (137) def. St Kilda 5.6 (36) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 27,200) Match report
Sunday, 28 July (12:40 pm) Port Adelaide 9.17 (71) def. Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 22,631) Match report
Sunday, 28 July (3:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.15 (111) def. West Coast 13.11 (89) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,019) Match report
Sunday, 28 July (4:40 pm) Sydney 16.14 (110) def. Richmond 9.9 (63) SCG (crowd: 29,738) Match report

Round 19Edit

Round 19
Friday, 2 August (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 15.6 (96) def. Geelong 13.8 (86) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,584) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 19.10 (124) def. Melbourne 12.15 (87) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 8,308) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 9.12 (66) def. by Richmond 16.11 (107) MCG (crowd: 64,324) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (2:40 pm) West Coast 20.10 (130) def. Gold Coast 17.11 (113) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 32,140) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 16.12 (108) def. St Kilda 11.11 (77) Gabba (crowd: 19,856) Match report
Saturday, 3 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 12.8 (80) def. by Fremantle 17.14 (116) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,457) Match report
Sunday, 4 August (1:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.9 (99) def. by Sydney 21.8 (134) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,647) Match report
Sunday, 4 August (2:50 pm) Adelaide 15.13 (103) def. by Port Adelaide 17.5 (107) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 43,368) Match report
Sunday, 4 August (4:40 pm) Collingwood 20.13 (133) def. Essendon 7.12 (54) MCG (crowd: 69,821) Match report

Round 20Edit

Round 20
Friday, 9 August (7:50 pm) St Kilda 7.14 (56) def. by Hawthorn 14.18 (102) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 24,765) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (1:45 pm) Richmond 14.13 (97) def. Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) MCG (crowd: 46,961) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 20.9 (129) def. Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 24,784) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (4:40 pm) Carlton 13.11 (89) def. by Western Bulldogs 16.21 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,126) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 13.12 (90) def. Melbourne 10.17 (77) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,840) Match report
Saturday, 10 August (7:40 pm) Sydney 10.11 (71) def. by Collingwood 14.16 (100) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 42,627) Match report
Sunday, 11 August (1:10 pm) Essendon 9.13 (67) def. by West Coast 18.12 (120) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 32,595) Match report
Sunday, 11 August (2:50 pm) Adelaide 11.13 (79) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 31,801) Match report
Sunday, 11 August (2:40 pm) Fremantle 24.13 (157) def. Greater Western Sydney 6.8 (44) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 31,390) Match report
  • Richmond clinched a finals berth for the first time since 2001, ending an eleven-year drought.[30]
  • Fremantle recorded their biggest win in club history.[31]

Round 21Edit

Round 21
Friday, 16 August (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 18.11 (119) def. Collingwood 12.12 (84) MCG (crowd:  71,533) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (1:45 pm) Richmond 14.12 (96) def. by Carlton 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 63,825) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 16.17 (113) def. Gold Coast 14.12 (96) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 18,703) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (4:40 pm) Essendon 9.16 (70) def. by North Melbourne 17.13 (115) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 34,102) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (5:40 pm) West Coast 6.5 (41) def. by Geelong 16.11 (107) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 34,394) Match report
Saturday, 17 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.9 (63) Gabba (crowd: 13,855) Match report
Sunday, 18 August (1:10 pm) Melbourne 5.8 (38) def. by Fremantle 20.13 (133) MCG (crowd: 13,768) Match report
Sunday, 18 August (3:20 pm) Sydney 18.10 (118) def. St Kilda 8.11 (59) SCG (crowd: 26,730) Match report
Sunday, 18 August (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 20.11 (131) def. Adelaide 17.12 (114) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,159) Match report

Round 22Edit

Round 22
Friday, 23 August (7:50 pm) Collingwood 15.11 (101) def. West Coast 5.9 (39) MCG (crowd: 41,198) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (1:15 pm) Adelaide 18.12 (120) def. Melbourne 7.10 (52) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 35,643) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 15.13 (103) def. by Hawthorn 17.15 (117) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 33,039) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (4:40 pm) Geelong 13.14 (92) def. Sydney 7.6 (48) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 28,459) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (5:40 pm) Fremantle 21.8 (134) def. Port Adelaide 9.6 (60) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 35,565) Match report
Saturday, 24 August (7:40 pm) Carlton 9.22 (76) def. by Essendon 12.10 (82) MCG (crowd: 53,630) Match report
Sunday, 25 August (1:10 pm) St Kilda 17.14 (116) def. Gold Coast 10.10 (70) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 17,622) Match report
Sunday, 25 August (3:20 pm) Greater Western Sydney 6.6 (42) def. by Richmond 25.13 (163) Škoda Stadium (crowd: 12,314) Match report
Sunday, 25 August (4:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 15.10 (100) def. Western Bulldogs 13.15 (93) Gabba (crowd: 20,130) Match report

Round 23Edit

Round 23
Friday, 30 August (7:50 pm) Sydney 16.4 (100) def. by Hawthorn 17.10 (112) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 37,980) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (1:45 pm) St Kilda 16.16 (112) def. Fremantle 6.5 (41) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,476) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 15.22 (112) def. Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 27,467) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (4:10 pm) Port Adelaide 15.13 (103) def. by Carlton 15.14 (104) AAMI Stadium (crowd: 45,127) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (6:10 pm) West Coast 5.13 (43) def. by Adelaide 19.15 (129) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 29,416) Match report
Saturday, 31 August (7:40 pm) Essendon 9.11 (65) def. by Richmond 15.14 (104) MCG (crowd: 60,979) Match report
Sunday, 1 September (1:10 pm) Gold Coast 22.14 (146) def. Greater Western Sydney 9.9 (63) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 13,080) Match report
Sunday, 1 September (3:20 pm) Collingwood 17.12 (114) def. by North Melbourne 19.11 (125) MCG (crowd: 50,958) Match report
Sunday, 1 September (4:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 16.11 (107) def. Melbourne 13.9 (87) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 22,176) Match report
  • Carlton's one point victory over Port Adelaide meant they finished the home and away season in 9th and subsequently replaced disqualified Essendon in the finals.
  • Assured of its third placed finish, Fremantle omitted eleven senior players to manage their fatigue for the finals, and consequently lost to sixteenth-placed St Kilda by 71 points. Following the season, the AFL formally clarified its integrity rules relating to such events: clubs could obtain permission on request to rest senior players at the end of the season, but the league would need to rule on a case-by-case basis that the club was not attempting to manipulate its finals draw.[33]
  • Gold Coast set a new record for the largest winning margin in the club's history, 83 points, in its win against Greater Western Sydney.[34]

Win/loss tableEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 F1 F2 F3 GF Ladder
Adelaide Ess
-35
BL
+19
PA
-9
WB
+52
Carl
-32
Haw
-11
GWS
+135
StK
+40
NM
+1
Frem
-7
Syd
-77
Rich
-38
X GCS
+28
WCE
-6
Coll
-27
Geel
+2
Frem
-22
PA
-4
NM
+9
WB
-17
Melb
+68
WCE
+86
X X X X 11
Brisbane Lions WB
-68
Adel
-19
GCS
+2
NM
-63
Melb
+28
Syd
-60
WCE
-26
Ess
+10
Carl
-13
Coll
-49
X Frem
-40
Geel
+5
Haw
-58
GCS
+33
NM
+12
Melb
+19
PA
-9
StK
+31
Rich
-23
GWS
+60
WB
+7
Geel
-1
X X X X 12
Carlton Rich
-5
Coll
-17
Geel
-16
WCE
+24
Adel
+32
Melb
+61
StK
-9
PA
+18
BL
+13
GWS
+94
Ess
-5
Haw
-16
X Syd
-22
Coll
-41
StK
+36
NM
+1
GCS
+43
Frem
-36
WB
-28
Rich
+10
Ess
-6
PA
+1
Rich
+20
Syd
-24
X X 8[a]
Collingwood NM
+16
Carl
+17
Haw
-55
Rich
+34
Ess
-46
StK
+26
Frem
-27
Geel
+6
Syd
-47
BL
+49
Melb
+83
WB
+34
X PA
-35
Carl
+41
Adel
+27
GCS
-7
GWS
+40
Ess
+79
Syd
+29
Haw
-35
WCE
+62
NM
-11
PA
-24
X X X 6
Essendon Adel
+35
Melb
+148
Frem
+4
StK
+37
Coll
+46
GWS
+39
Geel
-28
BL
-10
Rich
+29
Syd
-44
Carl
+5
GCS
+43
X WCE
+7
PA
+30
WB
+31
GWS
+39
Haw
-56
Coll
-79
WCE
-53
NM
-45
Carl
+6
Rich
-39
X X X X 9[b]
Fremantle WCE
+28
WB
+28
Ess
-4
Haw
-42
Rich
+1
GCS
+45
Coll
+27
Syd
0
Melb
+90
Adel
+7
X BL
+40
NM
+38
Geel
-41
StK
+30
WCE
+28
Rich
-27
Adel
+22
Carl
+36
GWS
+113
Melb
+95
PA
+74
StK
-71
Geel
+15
X Syd
+25
Haw
-15
3
Geelong Haw
+7
NM
+4
Carl
+16
Syd
+21
WB
+21
Rich
+44
Ess
+28
Coll
-6
PA
+48
GCS
+52
GWS
+59
X BL
-5
Frem
+41
Haw
+10
Melb
+68
Adel
-2
StK
+101
NM
-10
PA
+25
WCE
+66
Syd
+44
BL
+1
Frem
-15
PA
+16
Haw
-5
X 2
Gold Coast StK
+13
Syd
-41
BL
-2
PA
-38
GWS
+44
Frem
-45
Melb
+60
WB
+32
Haw
-26
Geel
-52
NM
+15
Ess
-43
X Adel
-28
BL
-33
Rich
-9
Coll
+7
Carl
-43
WCE
-17
Melb
+13
PA
-17
StK
-46
GWS
+83
X X X X 14
Greater Western Sydney Syd
-30
PA
-56
StK
-72
Melb
-41
GCS
-44
Ess
-39
Adel
-135
Haw
-83
WCE
-100
Carl
-94
Geel
-59
PA
-75
X NM
-86
WB
-4
Syd
-129
Ess
-39
Coll
-40
Melb
+37
Frem
-113
BL
-60
Rich
-121
GCS
-83
X X X X 18
Hawthorn Geel
-7
WCE
+50
Coll
+55
Frem
+42
NM
+3
Adel
+11
Syd
+37
GWS
+83
GCS
+26
Melb
+95
X Carl
+16
WCE
+20
BL
+58
Geel
-10
PA
+45
WB
+19
Ess
+56
Rich
-41
StK
+46
Coll
+35
NM
+14
Syd
+12
Syd
+54
X Geel
+5
Frem
+15
1
Melbourne PA
-79
Ess
-148
WCE
-94
GWS
+41
BL
-28
Carl
-61
GCS
-60
Rich
-34
Frem
-90
Haw
-95
Coll
-83
X StK
-35
WB
+3
Syd
-31
Geel
-68
BL
-19
NM
-122
GWS
-37
GCS
-13
Frem
-95
Adel
-68
WB
-20
X X X X 17
North Melbourne Coll
-16
Geel
-4
Syd
-39
BL
+63
Haw
-3
PA
+10
WB
+54
WCE
-2
Adel
-1
StK
+68
GCS
-15
X Frem
-38
GWS
+86
Rich
+62
BL
-12
Carl
-1
Melb
+122
Geel
+10
Adel
-9
Ess
+45
Haw
-14
Coll
+11
X X X X 10
Port Adelaide Melb
+79
GWS
+56
Adel
+9
GCS
+38
WCE
+5
NM
-10
Rich
-41
Carl
-18
Geel
-48
WB
-9
X GWS
+75
Syd
+18
Coll
+35
Ess
-30
Haw
-45
StK
+5
BL
+9
Adel
+4
Geel
-25
GCS
+17
Frem
-74
Carl
-1
Coll
+24
Geel
-16
X X 7[c]
Richmond Carl
+5
StK
+17
WB
+67
Coll
-35
Frem
-1
Geel
-44
PA
+41
Melb
+34
Ess
-29
WCE
+41
X Adel
+38
WB
+60
StK
+64
NM
-62
GCS
+9
Frem
+27
Syd
-47
Haw
+41
BL
+23
Carl
-10
GWS
+121
Ess
+39
Carl
-20
X X X 5
St Kilda GCS
-13
Rich
-17
GWS
+72
Ess
-37
Syd
-16
Coll
-26
Carl
+9
Adel
-40
WB
-9
NM
-68
WCE
-4
X Melb
+35
Rich
-64
Frem
-30
Carl
-36
PA
-5
Geel
-101
BL
-31
Haw
-46
Syd
-59
GCS
+46
Frem
+71
X X X X 16
Sydney GWS
+30
GCS
+41
NM
+39
Geel
-21
StK
+16
BL
+60
Haw
-37
Frem
0
Coll
+47
Ess
+44
Adel
+77
X PA
-18
Carl
+22
Melb
+31
GWS
+129
WCE
+34
Rich
+47
WB
+35
Coll
-29
StK
+59
Geel
-44
Haw
-12
Haw
-54
Carl
+24
Frem
-25
X 4
West Coast Frem
-28
Haw
-50
Mel
+94
Carl
-24
PA
-5
WB
+70
BL
+26
NM
+2
GWS
+100
Rich
-41
StK
+4
X Haw
-20
Ess
-7
Adel
+6
Frem
-28
Syd
-34
WB
-22
GCS
+17
Ess
+53
Geel
-66
Coll
-62
Adel
-86
X X X X 13
Western Bulldogs BL
+68
Frem
-28
Rich
-67
Adel
-52
Geel
-21
WCE
-70
NM
-54
GCS
-32
StK
+9
PA
+9
X Coll
-34
Rich
-60
Melb
-3
GWS
+4
Ess
-31
Haw
-19
WCE
+22
Syd
-35
Carl
+28
Adel
+17
BL
-7
Melb
+20
X X X X 15
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 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

LadderEdit

2013 AFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Hawthorn (P) 22 19 3 0 2523 1859 135.7 76 Finals series
2 Geelong 22 18 4 0 2409 1776 135.6 72
3 Fremantle 22 16 5 1 2035 1518 134.1 66
4 Sydney 22 15 6 1 2244 1694 132.5 62
5 Richmond 22 15 7 0 2154 1754 122.8 60
6 Collingwood 22 14 8 0 2148 1868 115.0 56
7 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 2051 2002 102.4 48
8 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2125 1992 106.7 44
9 Essendon 22 14 8 0 2145 2000 107.3 56[d]
10 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2307 1930 119.5 40
11 Adelaide 22 10 12 0 2064 1909 108.1 40
12 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 1922 2144 89.6 40
13 West Coast 22 9 13 0 2038 2139 95.3 36
14 Gold Coast 22 8 14 0 1918 2091 91.7 32
15 Western Bulldogs 22 8 14 0 1926 2262 85.1 32
16 St Kilda 22 5 17 0 1751 2120 82.6 20
17 Melbourne 22 2 20 0 1455 2691 54.1 8
18 Greater Western Sydney 22 1 21 0 1524 2990 51.0 4
Source: AFL Tables
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers.
Notes:
  1. ^ Carlton finished 9th initially, but were promoted to 8th following the Essendon drug scandal.
  2. ^ Essendon finished 7th initially, but were relegated to 9th following the drug scandal.
  3. ^ Port Adelaide finished 8th initially, but were promoted to 7th following the Essendon drug scandal.
  4. ^ Essendon was relegated to ninth due to irregularities in its supplements program during the 2012 season.[35]

Ladder progressionEdit

  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 ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223
Hawthorn0481216202428323636404448485256606064687276
Geelong48121620242828323640404044485252565660646872
Fremantle488812162022263030343838424646505458626666
Sydney48121216202022263034343438424650545858626262
Richmond48121212121620202424283236364044444852525660
Collingwood4881212161620202428323232364040444852525656
Port Adelaide48121620202020202020242832323236404444484848
Carlton00048121216202424242424242832363636404044
Essendon48121620242424282832363640444852525252525656
North Melbourne0004481212121616161620242424283232363640
Adelaide0448881216202020202024242428282832323640
Brisbane Lions004488812121212121616202428283232364040
West Coast0044481216202024242424282828283236363636
Gold Coast4444881216161620202020202024242428282832
Western Bulldogs4444444481212121212161616202024282832
St Kilda0044448888881212121212121212121620
Melbourne00044444444448888888888
Greater Western Sydney00000000000000000044444

Finals seriesEdit

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: Sep 6, MCG  
1  Hawthorn 15.15 (105)  
4  Sydney 7.9 (51)     SF1: Sep 14, ANZ Stadium  
     Sydney 13.8 (86)    
EF1: Sep 8, MCG      Carlton 8.14 (62)       PF1: Sep 20, MCG
5  Richmond 14.12 (96)        Hawthorn 14.18 (102)  
8  Carlton 18.8 (116)          Geelong 15.7 (97)     GF: Sep 28, MCG
         Hawthorn 11.11 (77)
  EF2: Sep 7, MCG       PF2: Sep 21, Patersons Stadium      Fremantle 8.14 (62)
6  Collingwood 9.9 (63)          Fremantle 14.15 (99)  
7  Port Adelaide 12.15 (87)     SF2: Sep 13, MCG        Sydney 11.8 (74)  
     Geelong 13.18 (96)    
QF2: Sep 7, Simonds Stadium      Port Adelaide 12.8 (80)    
2  Geelong 9.18 (72)  
3  Fremantle  12.15 (87)  


Week oneEdit

Qualifying Finals
QF1: Friday, 6 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 15.15 (105) def. Sydney 7.9 (51) MCG (crowd: 59,615) Match report
QF2: Saturday, 7 September (2:20 pm) Geelong 9.18 (72) def. by Fremantle 12.15 (87) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 32,815) Match report
Elimination Finals
EF2: Saturday, 7 September (7:45 pm) Collingwood 9.9 (63) def. by Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) MCG (crowd: 51,722) Match report
EF1: Sunday, 8 September (3:20 pm) Richmond 14.12 (96) def. by Carlton 18.8 (116) MCG (crowd: 94,690) Match report

Week twoEdit

Semi Finals
SF2: Friday, 13 September (7:50 pm) Geelong 13.18 (96) def. Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) MCG (crowd: 52,744) Match report
SF1: Saturday, 14 September (7:45 pm) Sydney 13.8 (86) def. Carlton 8.14 (62) ANZ Stadium (crowd: 37,980) Match report

Week threeEdit

Preliminary Finals
PF1: Friday, 20 September (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 14.18 (102) def. Geelong 15.7 (97) MCG (crowd: 85,569) Match report
PF2: Saturday, 21 September (5:45 pm) Fremantle 14.15 (99) def. Sydney 11.8 (74) Patersons Stadium (crowd: 43,249) Match report

Week fourEdit

Grand final
GF: Saturday, 28 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 11.11 (77) def. Fremantle 8.14 (62) MCG (crowd: 100,007) Match report
  • This was Fremantle's first and so far only, grand final appearance.

AttendancesEdit

By clubEdit

2013 AFL Attendances[36]
Club Total Games Avg. Per Game
Adelaide 693,855 22 31,539
Brisbane Lions 503,994 22 22,909
Carlton 1,116,734 24 46,531
Collingwood 1,236,343 23 53,754
Essendon 1,036,044 22 47,093
Fremantle 819,016 25 32,761
Geelong 980,408 25 39,216
Gold Coast 389,966 22 17,726
Greater Western Sydney 345,730 22 15,715
Hawthorn 1,144,222 25 45,769
Melbourne 549,418 22 24,974
North Melbourne 634,033 22 28,820
Port Adelaide 648,854 24 27,036
Richmond 1,137,980 23 49,477
St Kilda 634,858 22 28,857
Sydney 798,556 25 31,942
West Coast 678,430 22 30,838
Western Bulldogs 513,729 22 23,351

By groundEdit

2013 H&A Ground Attendances
Ground Total Games Avg. Per Game
AAMI Stadium 665,808 22 30,264
ANZ Stadium 104,297 3 32,347
Aurora Stadium 52,950 4 13,238
Blundstone Arena 23,488 2 11,744
Cazaly's Stadium 11,197 1 11,197
Etihad Stadium 1,466,099 48 30,544
Gabba 231,909 11 21,083
MCG 2,346,893 45 52,153
Metricon Stadium 152,980 11 13,907
Patersons Stadium 773,485 22 35,158
Simonds Stadium 187,545 7 26,792
Škoda Stadium 57,969 7 8,281
StarTrack Oval 25,056 3 8,352
Sydney Cricket Ground 230,659 9 25,629
TIO Stadium 15,465 2 7,733
Westpac Stadium 22,546 1 22,546

AwardsEdit

Coleman MedalEdit

  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the player led the Coleman that round.
  • Underlined numbers indicates the player did not play that round.

Best and fairestEdit

Club Award name Player Ref
Adelaide Malcolm Blight Medal Rory Sloane [38]
Brisbane Lions Merrett-Murray Medal Joel Patfull [39]
Carlton John Nicholls Medal Kade Simpson [40]
Collingwood Copeland Trophy Scott Pendlebury [41]
Essendon Crichton Medal Brendon Goddard [42]
Fremantle Doig Medal Nathan Fyfe [43]
Geelong Carji Greeves Medal Joel Selwood [44]
Gold Coast Club Champion Gary Ablett, Jr. [45]
Greater Western Sydney Kevin Sheedy Medal Jeremy Cameron [46]
Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Josh Gibson [47]
Melbourne Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal Nathan Jones [48]
North Melbourne Syd Barker Medal Scott Thompson
Daniel Wells
[49]
Port Adelaide John Cahill Medal Chad Wingard [50]
Richmond Jack Dyer Medal Daniel Jackson [51]
St Kilda Trevor Barker Award Jack Steven [52]
Sydney Bob Skilton Medal Jarrad McVeigh [53]
West Coast John Worsfold Medal Matt Priddis [54]
Western Bulldogs Charles Sutton Medal Ryan Griffen [55]

Club leadershipEdit

Club Coach Captain(s) Vice-captain(s) Leadership group
Adelaide[56] Brenton Sanderson Nathan van Berlo Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Thompson Sam Jacobs, Jason Porplyzia, Rory Sloane
Brisbane Lions[57] Michael Voss (Rds 1–20);
Mark Harvey (Rds 21–23)
Jed Adcock, Jonathan Brown Daniel Rich, Tom Rockliff
Carlton[58] Mick Malthouse Marc Murphy Andrew Carrazzo, Kade Simpson Nick Duigan, Jarrad Waite
Collingwood[59] Nathan Buckley Nick Maxwell Scott Pendlebury Luke Ball, Dayne Beams, Harry O'Brien
Essendon[60] James Hird (Rds 1–22)
Simon Goodwin (Rd 23)
Jobe Watson Brendon Goddard, Dyson Heppell, Heath Hocking, Michael Hurley, Brent Stanton, Jason Winderlich, David Zaharakis
Fremantle[61] Ross Lyon Matthew Pavlich Hayden Ballantyne, Matt de Boer, Chris Mayne, David Mundy, Luke McPharlin, Aaron Sandilands
Gold Coast[62] Guy McKenna Gary Ablett Nathan Bock, Michael Rischitelli Karmichael Hunt, Zac Smith, David Swallow
Greater Western Sydney[63] Kevin Sheedy Phil Davis, Callan Ward Tom Scully
Geelong[64] Chris Scott Joel Selwood Jimmy Bartel Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor
Hawthorn Alastair Clarkson Luke Hodge Jordan Lewis, Jarryd Roughead Lance Franklin, Sam Mitchell
Melbourne[65] Mark Neeld (Rds 1–12)
Neil Craig (Rds 13–23)
Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove Nathan Jones Shannon Byrnes, Mitch Clark, Chris Dawes, James Frawley, Colin Garland, Jordie McKenzie
North Melbourne[66] Brad Scott Andrew Swallow Drew Petrie, Jack Ziebell Brent Harvey, Scott Thompson, Daniel Wells
Port Adelaide[67] Ken Hinkley Travis Boak Brad Ebert Robbie Gray, Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove
Richmond[68] Damien Hardwick Trent Cotchin Brett Deledio, Daniel Jackson, Jack Riewoldt Dylan Grimes, Ivan Maric
St Kilda[69] Scott Watters Nick Riewoldt David Armitage, Nick Dal Santo, Sean Dempster, Ben McEvoy, Jarryn Geary, James Gwilt, Leigh Montagna,
Sydney[70] John Longmire Kieren Jack, Jarrad McVeigh Jude Bolton, Adam Goodes, Josh Kennedy, Ryan O'Keefe, Ted Richards, Rhyce Shaw, Nick Smith
West Coast[71] John Worsfold Darren Glass Beau Waters Dean Cox, Andrew Embley, Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa, Adam Selwood, Scott Selwood
Western Bulldogs[72] Brendan McCartney Matthew Boyd No official leadership group

Club membershipEdit

2013 AFL membership figures
Club Members[73] Change from 2012 % Change from 2012
Adelaide 46,405   1,300   2.80%
Brisbane Lions 24,130   3,368   16.22%
Carlton 50,564   4,764   10.40%
Collingwood 78,427   5,739   7.90%
Essendon 56,173   8,465   17.74%
Fremantle 43,880   962   2.24%
Geelong 42,884   2,679   6.66%
Gold Coast 12,502   1,298   11.59%
Greater Western Sydney 12,681   2,440   23.83%
Hawthorn 63,353   2,512   4.13%
Melbourne 33,177   2,282   6.44%
North Melbourne 34,607   1,184   3.54%
Port Adelaide 39,838   4,295   12.08%
Richmond 60,321   7,294   13.76%
St Kilda 32,707   2,733   7.71%
Sydney 36,358   6,485   21.71%
West Coast 58,501   1,124   1.96%
Western Bulldogs 30,209   202   0.67%
Total 756,717   49,096   6.94%

Coach changesEdit

Coach Club Date Notes Caretaker New coach
Mark Neeld Melbourne 17 June 2013 Sacked after a mid-season club review following a string of bad losses, including just five wins from 33 games.[74] Neil Craig[74] Paul Roos[75]
Michael Voss Brisbane Lions 13 August 2013 Stepped down following the club's decision not to renew his contract at the end of the season.[76][77][78][79] Mark Harvey Justin Leppitsch[80]
James Hird Essendon 27 August 2013 Suspended by the AFL for twelve months for his involvement in the 2012 Essendon supplements scandal, effective immediately[81] Simon Goodwin Mark Thompson[82]
John Worsfold West Coast Eagles 5 September 2013 Stepped down[83][84] None (end of regular season) Adam Simpson[85]
Kevin Sheedy Greater Western Sydney 13 September 2013 Retired as part of a succession plan[86] None (end of regular season) Leon Cameron
Scott Watters St Kilda 1 November 2013 Sacked None (end of regular season) Alan Richardson

Post-seasonEdit

International Rules SeriesEdit

The International Rules Series was played between Australia and Ireland for the first time since 2011. For the first time, the Australian team was represented by the Indigenous All Stars.[87] As in previous years, two test matches were played, and the series was decided on aggregate. The series was held in Ireland, and was won by Ireland 2-0 and on an aggregate margin of 173-72 points.[88]

2013 International Rules Series
Saturday, 19 October (7:00pm) Ireland 2.12.9 (57) def. Australia 1.7.8 (35) Breffni Park, Cavan (crowd: 17,657) Match report
Saturday, 26 October (7:00pm) Ireland 6.22.14 (116) def. Australia 2.7.4 (37) Croke Park, Dublin (crowd: 28,525) Match report

Notable events and controversiesEdit

Adelaide Crows–Kurt Tippett contract scandalEdit

During the trade period leading up to the 2013 season, Adelaide Crows forward Kurt Tippett sought to be traded. During trade negotiations, information was uncovered which brought into question the legality under AFL rules of Tippett's 2009 contract extension with Adelaide. The AFL investigated Tippett's contract during October and November, and charged Tippett and Adelaide with a total of eleven charges relating to draft tampering and breaching the total player payments, including:[89]

  • Arranging a secret deal in which Tippett would be traded to a club of his choice at the end of 2012
  • Direct payments of $100,000 outside the salary cap in each of 2011 and 2012
  • Illegally arranging third-party deals in 2011 and 2012, resulting in Tippett receiving further money outside the salary cap in those years.

Adelaide was considered likely to incur a loss of draft picks, among other penalties, if found guilty, but the AFL Commission was yet to complete its hearing into the matter when the National Draft was held on 22 November 2012, so the club was permitted to participate in the draft as normal. However, on the day before the draft, the club voluntarily relinquished its highest two remaining selections (No. 20 and 54) as a "gesture of goodwill" ahead of the hearing.[90]

The final hearing took place on 30 November, and Adelaide and Tippett pleaded guilty to all charges. Adelaide was stripped of its first and second round draft picks, and banned from taking any father-son selections, in the 2013 National Draft, and received a $300,000 fine. Tippett was suspended for the 2013 NAB Cup and 11 premiership matches, with a further suspended sentence of 11 matches, and received a $50,000 fine. Several senior Adelaide personnel were also punished by the league: chief executive Steven Trigg and former football manager John Reid were each fined $50,000 and banned from AFL functions for six months (with a further suspended sentence of six months), and current football manager Phil Harper was banned from AFL functions for two months with a four-month suspended sentence.[89] In a separate hearing in January 2013, the AFL Players' Association revoked the accreditation of Tippett's manager, Peter Blucher, for at least one year.[91]

Melbourne Football Club tanking scandalEdit

Throughout the 2012/13 offseason, the league investigated the Melbourne Football Club over allegations that it had tanked during the latter part of the 2009 season – that is, that it had intentionally lost matches near the end of the season so that it would finish with no more than four wins, and therefore receive a priority draft pick. The league released its findings in February 2013, and found the club not guilty of tanking.[92][93]

However, it did find two of Melbourne's then-senior staff members – senior coach Dean Bailey and general manager of football operations Chris Connolly – guilty of "acting in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the competition". This related most specifically to a meeting in July 2009, which became known colloquially as "the vault", in which Connolly allegedly openly discussed the potential benefits to the club of tanking.[94] The guilty parties received the following penalties:

  • Connolly, who was still at the club in 2013 but serving in a role outside the football department, was suspended outright from serving in any position at any club until 1 February 2014. Connolly was sacked by Melbourne in October 2013.[95]
  • Bailey, serving in 2013 as an assistant coach at the Adelaide Crows, was suspended from his position for the first sixteen weeks of the 2013 season, preventing him from having any contact with the Crows' playing group during that time.
  • The Melbourne Football Club, which was complicit to the infraction in its capacity as Connolly's and Bailey's employer, was fined $500,000.

None of Melbourne, Connolly or Bailey contested these penalties.[96]

Essendon Football Club supplements controversyEdit

On 5 February the Essendon Football Club asked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to investigate the concerns over the clubs possible use of un-approved supplements during the 2012 season.[97]

An internal independent review conducted by Dr. Ziggy Switkowski regarding the Essendon Football Club governance processes was released to the public on May 6.[98]

While ASADA investigated the legality of the supplements, the AFL separately investigated the administration of the club's supplements program, and charged the club and senior staff with bringing the game into disrepute. The charges focussed on the poor business practices within the program, including allowing "a culture of frequent, uninformed and unregulated use of the injection of supplements" at the club, incomplete record keeping which had made it impossible to determine with certainty whether or not players had been administered banned supplements, and for failing to guarantee the health and safety of its players in its program. On 27 August, five days before round 23 and after two days of discussions between the club and the league, the following penalties were imposed relating to these charges:

  • Essendon was fined $2 million (staggered over three years); this was the largest fine imposed on a club in the history of Australian sport.
  • Essendon was ruled ineligible to participate in the 2013 AFL finals series, achieved by relegating it to ninth position on the ladder.
  • Essendon was stripped of draft picks in the following two drafts: in 2013, its first and second round draft picks were stripped; in 2014, it was stripped of the first and second round draft picks it would have received based on its finishing position, but was granted the last draft pick in the first round.
  • Senior coach James Hird was suspended from any involvement in any football club for twelve months, effective immediately.
  • Football operations manager Danny Corcoran was suspended from involvement in any football club for four months, with a further two-month suspended sentence, effective 1 October 2013.
  • Senior assistant coach Mark Thompson was fined $30,000.
  • Club doctor Bruce Reid had contested his charge at a hearing from the AFL Commission, which was on Thursday 29 August, 10:30pm EST.[99]

The scandal was investigated over the following years, and ended with 34 players who were on the 2012 Essendon list being suspended for the entire 2016 AFL season as part of a partially offset two-year suspensions for using thymosin beta-4 during the scandal.

Adam Goodes–Eddie McGuire racism controversyEdit

Late in the final quarter of the round 9 match between Collingwood and Sydney, Adam Goodes became the target of racial abuse in which a 13-year-old Collingwood supporter called him an "ape".[100][101] Goodes pointed the supporter out to security following the incident, who subsequently evicted her from the ground; after the match, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire visited the Swans' rooms to apologise "on behalf of football", and stamped out that racism would not be tolerated by the Collingwood Football Club.[102][103]

Five days later, McGuire was involved in another controversy involving Goodes on his Triple M Melbourne breakfast show, when he joked that Goodes could be used to promote the King Kong musical that was to be held in Melbourne, quickly apologising on air after making the reference.[104][105] McGuire initially defended his comments by saying that the remark was simply "a slip of the tongue", but admitted to vilifying Goodes in an interview later in the day, albeit unintentionally.[106][107]

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