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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2015 season was the unofficial 29th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987.

The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. In 1991 Adelaide Crows joined followed by Fremantle Dockers in 1995.

1997 was the start of a new era of the AFL. Port Adelaide Power joined. Footscray changed its name to Western Bulldogs. Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged to become Brisbane Lions.

In 2011 Gold Coast Suns joined followed by Greater Western Sydney in 2012. That brings the number of clubs to 18.

Club ChangesEdit

  • Luke Beveridge replaced Brendan McCartney as coach at Western Bulldogs.
  • Phil Walsh is appointed coach at Adelaide. He died and Scott Camporeale overtook the role for the remainder of the season.
  • James Hird returned as Essendon coach after 12 month ban.
  • Rodney Eade replaced Guy McKenna as coach at Gold Coast Suns .
  • After a poor start to the season, John Barker replaced Mick Malthouse as Carlton coach.


Western Bulldogs had the biggest improvement for the season climbing 8 places. West Coast Eagles climbed 7 places and played in the Grand Final. Whilst Essendon fell 8 places and out of the finals series.


TitlesEdit

Hawthorn won its third consecutive AFL Premiership. Fremantle were minor premiers but West Coast Eagles played Hawthorn in the Grand Final. Whilst Carlton won the wooden spoon.


MedalsEdit

Josh Kennedy of West Coast Eagles won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Nat Fyfe of Fremantle won the Brownlow Medal.


LadderEdit

# 2014 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 3   Fremantle-dockers Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Ross Lyon   Matthew Pavlich
2 ▲ 7   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   Adam Simpson   Shannon Hurn
3 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Luke Hodge
4 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   John Longmire   Kieren Jack
5 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Damien Hardwick   Trent Cotchin
6 ▲ 8   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Luke Beveridge   Robert Murphy
7 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Adelaide Adelaide   Adelaide Oval   Phil Walsh
  Scott Camporeale
  Taylor Walker
8 ▼ 2   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Brad Scott   Andrew Swallow
9 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Port Adelaide Port Adelaide   Adelaide Oval   Ken Hinkley   Travis Boak
10 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Chris Scott   Joel Selwood
11 ▲ 5   GWS logo Greater Western Sydney   Showground Stadium   Leon Cameron   Callan Ward
12 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   MCG   Nathan Buckley   Scott Pendlebury
13 ▲ 4   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   Paul Roos   Nathan Jones
14 ▲ 4   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Alan Richardson   Nick Riewoldt
15 ▼ 8   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Docklands Stadium   James Hird   Jobe Watson
16 ▼ 4   Gold Coast Suns logo Gold Coast Suns   Carrara Stadium   Rodney Eade   Gary Ablett, Jr.
17 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Lions Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Justin Leppitsch   Tom Rockliff
18 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Mick Malthouse
  John Barker
  Marc Murphy


Finals SeriesEdit

                                   
  Qualifying Final    
1  Fremantle  
4  Sydney Swans     Semi Final    
     Sydney Swans    
Elimination Final        North Melbourne       Preliminary Final  
8  North Melbourne        Fremantle  
5  Richmond          Hawthorn     Grand Final  
         Hawthorn
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        West Coast Eagles
6  Western Bulldogs          North Melbourne  
7  Adelaide     Semi Final          West Coast Eagles  
     Adelaide    
Qualifying Final        Hawthorn    
3  Hawthorn  
2  West Coast Eagles  
   
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing
 

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