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2017 AFL Women's season

The 2017 AFL Women's season was the first season of the elite women's Australian rules football competition. Eight teams competed in the league, all of which are associated with existing Australian Football League (AFL) clubs. The first game was played on Friday, 3 February, and the season concluded with the grand final on Saturday, 25 March.

2017 AFL Women's season
2017 AFL Women's logo.svg
Teams8
PremiersAdelaide
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersBrisbane
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played29
Attendance198,020 (6,828 per match)
Highest attendance24,568 (round 1, Carlton vs. Collingwood)
Leading goalkickerDarcy Vescio (14 goals)
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Contents

Premiership seasonEdit

 
Players contest the first ball-up at the inaugural AFLW match.

The full fixture was released on Friday 9 December 2016.[1][2] Notable features of the draw include:

  • Carlton and Collingwood featured in the league's first ever match,[3] the match was initially scheduled to be held at Collingwood's home Olympic Park Oval, but was moved in January 2017 to the higher capacity Ikon Park due to higher than expected interest.[4]
  • Adelaide, Carlton, Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs each had four home games, while all other clubs had three.[5]
  • Adelaide, Greater Western Sydney and Fremantle each hosted matches at grounds outside of their home metropolitan area with trips to Darwin, Canberra and Mandurah respectively. Fremantle played their home game against Carlton at Domain Stadium, the home ground of the men's team, as part of a double-header which also included an AFL pre-season match between the same two clubs.[5][6]
  • The Western Bulldogs featured in the most free-to-air televised matches (four), Collingwood and Melbourne had three each, Adelaide had two and all other clubs had only one.[1]
  • Many games were played in the late morning and late afternoon to avoid the summer heat, especially in Brisbane and Western Australia.[7]
  • All starting times are local.

Round 1Edit

Round 1
Friday, 3 February (7:45 pm) Carlton 7.4 (46) def. Collingwood 1.5 (11) Ikon Park (crowd: 24,568) Report
Saturday, 4 February (4:35 pm) Adelaide 7.6 (48) def. Greater Western Sydney 1.6 (12) Thebarton Oval (crowd: 9,289) Report
Saturday, 4 February (7:35 pm) Western Bulldogs 6.8 (44) def. Fremantle 1.6 (12) VU Whitten Oval (crowd: 10,100) Report
Sunday, 5 February (5:05 pm) Melbourne 1.4 (10) def. by Brisbane 4.1 (25) Casey Fields (crowd: 6,500) Report
  • A lockout was declared during the first quarter of the Carlton and Collingwood match, with the Victorian Police requesting the gates to be closed for safety reasons.[8] The crowd of 24,568 set an all-time record for attendance at a stand-alone women's sports event in Australia, exceeded only by the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games for crowds at women's sports.[9]

Round 2Edit

Round 2
Friday, 10 February (7:35 pm) Western Bulldogs 2.11 (23) def. by Adelaide 7.6 (48) VU Whitten Oval (crowd: 7,669) Report
Saturday, 11 February (3:35 pm) Carlton 7.5 (47) def. Greater Western Sydney 5.4 (34) Ikon Park (crowd: 7,884) Report
Saturday, 11 February (7:40 pm) Collingwood 4.1 (25) def. by Melbourne 7.2 (44) Ikon Park (crowd: 6,916) Report
Sunday, 12 February (4:05 pm) Fremantle 3.5 (23) def. by Brisbane 5.6 (36) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 10,000) Report

Round 3Edit

Round 3
Saturday, 18 February (12:05 pm) Greater Western Sydney 7.1 (43) drew with Fremantle 6.7 (43) Blacktown ISP Oval (crowd: 4,000[11]) Report
Saturday, 18 February (3:35 pm) Brisbane 4.3 (27) def. Collingwood 3.5 (23) South Pine Sports Complex (crowd: 5,500) Report
Saturday, 18 February (7:35 pm) Western Bulldogs 4.5 (29) def. by Melbourne 6.7 (43) VU Whitten Oval (crowd: 8,000) Report
Sunday, 19 February (11:35 am) Adelaide 2.5 (17) def. Carlton 2.2 (14) Thebarton Oval (crowd: 9,006) Report

Round 4Edit

Round 4
Saturday, 25 February (11:35 am) Melbourne 6.6 (42) def. Carlton 5.6 (36) Casey Fields (crowd: 3,965) Report
Saturday, 25 February (3:35 pm) Brisbane 6.7 (43) def. Greater Western Sydney 1.3 (9) South Pine Sports Complex (crowd: 3,500) Report
Saturday, 25 February (7:10 pm) Western Bulldogs 3.7 (25) def. by Collingwood 5.2 (32) VU Whitten Oval (crowd: 6,733) Report
Sunday, 26 February (4:05 pm) Fremantle 3.5 (23) def. by Adelaide 6.10 (46) Fremantle Oval (crowd: 4,578) Report

Round 5Edit

Round 5
Friday, 3 March (5:05 pm) Greater Western Sydney 3.2 (20) def. Melbourne 1.9 (15) Blacktown ISP Oval (crowd: 2,000) Report
Saturday, 4 March (11:35 am) Carlton 8.6 (54) def. Western Bulldogs 7.6 (48) Ikon Park (crowd: 6,833) Report
Saturday, 4 March (10:35 am) Fremantle 4.7 (31) def. by Collingwood 5.2 (32) Rushton Park (crowd: 2,800) Report
Saturday, 4 March (6:40 pm) Adelaide 4.6 (30) def. by Brisbane 5.3 (33) Norwood Oval (crowd: 12,108) Report

Round 6Edit

Round 6
Friday, 10 March (3:05 pm) Fremantle 6.7 (43) def. Carlton 4.3 (27) Domain Stadium (crowd: 1,200) Report
Saturday, 11 March (10:05 am) Brisbane 2.11 (23) def. Western Bulldogs 2.4 (16) South Pine Sports Complex (crowd: 4,200) Report
Saturday, 11 March (5:40 pm) Adelaide 5.2 (32) def. by Melbourne 5.4 (34) TIO Stadium (crowd: 5,100) Report
Sunday, 12 March (11:05 am) Collingwood 7.13 (55) def. Greater Western Sydney 3.1 (19) Olympic Park Oval (crowd: 2,700) Report

Round 7Edit

Round 7
Saturday, 18 March (4:35 pm) Melbourne 11.4 (70) def. Fremantle 2.4 (16) Casey Fields (crowd: 2,500) Report
Saturday, 18 March (7:10 pm) Greater Western Sydney 3.2 (20) def. by Western Bulldogs 7.10 (52) Manuka Oval (crowd: 6,460) Report
Sunday, 19 March (1:35 pm) Collingwood 7.4 (46) def. by Adelaide 10.10 (70) Olympic Park Oval (crowd: 2,500) Report
Sunday, 19 March (3:35 pm) Carlton 6.1 (37) drew with Brisbane 5.7 (37) Ikon Park (crowd: 5,801) Report

Win/Loss tableEdit

Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin
This table can be sorted by margin, winners are represented in the first half of each column, and losers are represented in the second half of each column once sorted

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 GF Ladder
Adelaide GWS
36
WB
25
Car
3
Fre
23
BL
3
Mel
2
Col
24
BL
6
1
Brisbane Mel
15
Fre
13
Col
4
GWS
34
Ade
3
WB
7
Car
0
Ade
6
2
Carlton Col
35
GWS
13
Ade
3
Mel
6
WB
6
Fre
16
BL
0
X 4
Collingwood Car
35
Mel
19
BL
4
WB
7
Fre
1
GWS
36
Ade
24
X 5
Fremantle WB
32
BL
13
GWS
0
Ade
23
Col
1
Car
16
Mel
54
X 7
Greater Western Sydney Ade
36
Car
13
Fre
0
BL
34
Mel
5
Col
36
WB
32
X 8
Melbourne BL
15
Col
19
WB
14
Car
6
GWS
5
Ade
2
Fre
54
X 3
Western Bulldogs Fre
32
Ade
25
Mel
14
Col
7
Car
6
BL
7
GWS
32
X 6

LadderEdit

Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA % Pts Qualification
1 Brisbane 7 6 0 1 224 148 151.4 26 Grand Final
2 Adelaide (P) 7 5 2 0 291 185 157.3 20
3 Melbourne 7 5 2 0 258 183 141.0 20
4 Carlton 7 3 3 1 261 232 112.5 14
5 Collingwood 7 3 4 0 224 262 85.5 12
6 Western Bulldogs 7 2 5 0 237 232 102.2 8
7 Fremantle 7 1 5 1 191 298 64.1 6
8 Greater Western Sydney 7 1 5 1 157 303 51.8 6
Source: AFL.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Ladder progressionEdit

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicates the team finished the round inside the top 2.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished in first place 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
 
1 Brisbane 4 8 12 16 20 24 26
2 Adelaide 4 8 12 16 16 16 20
3 Melbourne 0 4 8 12 12 16 20
4 Carlton 4 8 8 8 12 12 14
5 Collingwood 0 0 0 4 8 12 12
6 Western Bulldogs 4 4 4 4 4 4 8
7 Fremantle 0 0 2 2 2 6 6
8 Greater Western Sydney 0 0 2 2 6 6 6

Grand finalEdit

In the absence of a finals series, the two teams who finished the highest on the ladder at the end of the home and away season played in the AFL Women's Grand Final.[12] Brisbane finished as the minor premiers and secured a spot in the grand final at the end of round six; Adelaide's round seven win over Collingwood saw them secure the second spot in the grand final over Melbourne due to a higher percentage.[13] It was confirmed in February by AFL Chief Executive Officer, Gillon McLachlan, that the team finishing highest on the ladder at the end of the season would earn the right to host the grand final in their home state.[14] The match was originally planned to be held at the Gabba, however due to its ground surface being in a dangerous state, the grand final was moved to Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast as a curtain raiser to the Gold Coast versus Brisbane Lions AFL match.[15]

2017 AFL Women's Grand Final
Saturday, 25 March (12:55 pm) Brisbane 4.5 (29) def. by Adelaide 4.11 (35) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 15,610) Report

AttendancesEdit

By clubEdit

2017 AFL Women's attendances
Club Total Games Avg. per game Home total Home games Home avg.
Adelaide 65,860 8 8,233 35,503 4 8,876
Brisbane 63,219 8 7,902 28,810 4 7,203
Carlton 59,257 7 8,465 45,086 4 11,272
Collingwood 51,717 7 7,388 12,116 3 4,039
Fremantle 35,178 7 5,025 18,578 4 4,645
Greater Western Sydney 35,833 7 5,119 12,460 3 4,153
Melbourne 34,981 7 4,997 12,965 3 4,322
Western Bulldogs 49,995 7 7,142 32,502 4 8,126

By groundEdit

2017 ground attendances
Ground Total Games Avg. per game
Blacktown ISP Oval 6,000 2 3,000
Casey Fields 12,965 3 4,322
Domain Stadium 1,200 1 1,200
Fremantle Oval 14,578 2 7,289
IKON Park 52,002 5 10,400
Manuka Oval 6,460 1 6,460
Metricon Stadium 15,610 1 15,610
Norwood Oval 12,108 1 12,108
Olympic Park Oval 5,200 2 2,600
Rushton Park 2,800 1 2,800
South Pine Sports Complex 13,200 3 4,400
Thebarton Oval 18,295 2 9,148
TIO Stadium 5,100 1 5,100
VU Whitten Oval 32,502 4 8,126

AwardsEdit

Best and fairestEdit

Club Award name Player Ref.
Adelaide Club Champion Erin Phillips [24]
Brisbane Best and fairest Emily Bates [25]
Carlton Best and fairest Brianna Davey [26]
Collingwood Best and fairest Nicola Stevens [27]
Fremantle Fairest and best Dana Hooker [28]
Greater Western Sydney Gabrielle Trainor Medal Jessica Dal Pos [29]
Melbourne Best and fairest Daisy Pearce [30]
Western Bulldogs Susan Alberti Award Ellie Blackburn [31]
Emma Kearney

AFLW leading goalkickerEdit

  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the player led the season's goal kicking tally at the end of that round.

Club leadershipEdit

State of OriginEdit

In mid-July the AFL announced a State of Origin representative match would be held for AFL Women's players during the AFL season pre-finals bye.[40] A team of players born in Victoria would play a single exhibition match against a team of players from the rest of Australia at Etihad Stadium on the evening of Saturday 2 September. Initial squads for the match were announced on 25 July including that Melbourne AFLW football operations manager Debbie Lee would coach Victoria, while Adelaide premiership coach Bec Goddard, would coach the Allies.[41]

Victoria (AFL Women's)
Playing list Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 3 September 2017
Source(s): Players, Coaches

Allies (AFL Women's)
Playing list Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 3 September 2017
Source(s): Players, Coaches

ResultEdit

AFLW State of Origin
Saturday, 2 September (7:40 pm) Victoria def. Allies Etihad Stadium (crowd: 9,400[42]) Report
0.2.2 (14)
0.8.5 (53)
0.11.7 (73)
 0.17.11 (113)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
0.1.1 (7)
0.2.2 (14)
0.2.2 (14)
 0.2.4 (16)
Umpires: Bryce, Cheever, Rodger
Best on ground: Daisy Pearce
Television broadcast: Network Seven, Fox Footy
Super goals: Nil
Garner 5, Blackburn 3, Ashmore 2, Eva, Lambert, Paxman, Kearney, Pearce, D'Arcy, Hope
Goals Super goals: Nil
Harris, Wuetschner
Pearce, Paxman, Donnellan, Garner, Eva, Kearney, Blackburn Best King, Bates, Antonio, Brennan, Marinoff
Lambert (hip) Injuries Harris (knee), Zielke (ribs), Randall (thigh), Bentley (knee)
Nil Reports Nil

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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