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2017 AFL Women's Season

2017 AFL Women's season
2017 AFL Women's logo.svg
Teams8
PremiersAdelaide
Minor premiersBrisbane
Matches played29
Attendance198,020 (6,828 per match)
Highest attendance24,568 (round 1, Carlton vs. Collingwood)
Leading goalkickerDarcy Vescio
Carlton (14 goals)
Best and fairestErin Phillips
Adelaide (14 votes)

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.

Premiership season

Home-and-away matches

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 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 table

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
GWS
36
WB
25
Car
3
Fre
23
BL
3
Mel
2
Col
24
BL
6
1
Mel
15
Fre
13
Col
4
GWS
34
Ade
3
WB
7
Car
0
Ade
6
2
Col
35
GWS
13
Ade
3
Mel
6
WB
6
Fre
16
BL
0
X 4
Car
35
Mel
19
BL
4
WB
7
Fre
1
GWS
36
Ade
24
X 5
WB
32
BL
13
GWS
0
Ade
23
Col
1
Car
16
Mel
54
X 7
Ade
36
Car
13
Fre
0
BL
34
Mel
5
Col
36
WB
32
X 8
BL
15
Col
19
WB
14
Car
6
GWS
5
Ade
2
Fre
54
X 3
Fre
32
Ade
25
Mel
14
Col
7
Car
6
BL
7
GWS
32
X 6

Ladder

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.
(P) Premiers.

Ladder progression

  • 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 Final

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

Attendances

Honours

Bec Goddard
Bec Goddard coached Adelaide in 2017, winning the inaugural AFLW premiership.
Erin Phillips
Erin Phillips won the league's best and fairest award for the season
Ebony Marinoff
Ebony Marinoff was named the inaugural AFL Women's Rising Star winner

Club leadership

Awards

Best and fairest

Table of club best and fairest award recipients
Club Award name Player Ref.
Adelaide Club Champion Erin Phillips [32]
Brisbane N/A Emily Bates [33]
Carlton N/A Brianna Davey [34]
Collingwood N/A Nicola Stevens [35]
Fremantle N/A Dana Hooker [36]
Greater Western Sydney Gabrielle Trainor Medal Jessica Dal Pos [37]
Melbourne N/A Daisy Pearce [38]
Western Bulldogs Susan Alberti Award Ellie Blackburn [39]
Emma Kearney

AFLW leading goalkicker

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

All-Australian team

The final All-Australian team was announced on 28 March. Grand finalists Adelaide and Brisbane had the most representatives with five each, and every team had at least one representative.[40]Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce was announced as the All-Australian captain and Adelaide co-captain Erin Phillips was announced as the vice-captain.[41]

State of Origin

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.[42] 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.[43]

Squads

Result

AFLW State of Origin
Saturday, 2 September (7:40 pm) Victoria def. Allies Etihad Stadium (crowd: 9,400[44]) 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 also

References

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