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2006 AFL season

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Brownlow Medallist
Adam Goodes (Sydney)

30 Mar 2006 – 30 Sep 2006


West Coast Eagles


Matches played

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West Coast (3rd premiership)

Minor premiers
West Coast (3rd minor premiership)

Pre-season cup
Geelong (1st pre-season cup win)

Highest attendance
97,431 (Grand Final, West Coast vs. Sydney)

Coleman Medallist
Brendan Fevola (Carlton)

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The 2006 Australian Football League season was the 110th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.


West Coast defeated defending premiers Sydney in the Grand Final to win their third premiership, in what was the first Grand Final since 1966 to be decided by one point.

Preseason competition

Geelong 3.10.5 (92) defeated Adelaide 1.10.15 (84) in the 2006 NAB Cup Final. The game was held at AAMI Stadium, with an attendance of 30,707.

Round 6

This round was marketed as Rivalry Round

Round 9

This round was marketed as Green Shirt Round, to acknowledge the contribution of new and inexperienced umpires in junior competitions.

Round 15

  • Fremantle Football Club had its 100th Win
  • Round 16

  • This round was marketed as Heritage Round
  • Ladder progression

  • 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.
  • Awards

  • The Brownlow Medal was awarded 25 September 2006 to Adam Goodes from Sydney, for the AFL's best and fairest player.
  • The Leigh Matthews Trophy was awarded to Chris Judd from West Coast as the AFL Players Association's most valuable player.
  • The Coleman Medal was awarded to Brendan Fevola from Carlton.
  • The Norm Smith Medal was awarded to Andrew Embley from West Coast as the player best afield in the 2006 AFL Grand Final.
  • The AFL Rising Star award goes to Danyle Pearce from Port Adelaide.
  • The McClelland Trophy was awarded to West Coast for finishing on top of the ladder after the regular season.
  • The Wooden Spoon was "awarded" to Carlton for finishing 16th on the AFL ladder for the second straight year under Denis Pagan.
  • The 2006 All-Australian Team has been announced, with 10 debutants and Brad Johnson named as captain.
  • The AFL Mark of the Year was awarded to Brad Ottens from Geelong for his mark in Round 5.
  • The AFL Goal of the Year was awarded to Eddie Betts from Carlton for his goal in Round 21.
  • Notable events

  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground was unavailable until Round 5, due to its use as the main athletics stadium at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
  • Matthew Lloyd, in only his third game as Essendon captain, injured his hamstring against the Western Bulldogs, ending his season. This marked the Bulldogs' first victory over Essendon since inflicting their only defeat of the 2000 season. Despite a first round victory over reigning premiers Sydney, in which Lloyd kicked eight goals on Leo Barry, Essendon would suffer its worst season since 1933, winning only three games and just avoiding the wooden spoon to Carlton on percentage.
  • In Round 5, Fremantle and St Kilda's game ended in controversy after the final siren was not heard by umpires, with the extra time allowing St Kilda to level the scores – the result was changed by the AFL commission later in the week on the basis that the timekeeper had failed to perform his duties.
  • Richmond suffered three 100-point losses in season 2006, against the Western Bulldogs in round 1 (115 points), Sydney in round 7 (118 points) and St Kilda in round 17 (103 points).
  • A struggling Richmond team defeated league-leaders Adelaide in Round 8 in an often-discussed game. To counteract Adelaide's strong flood, Richmond slowly built up a lead by patiently controlling the football without ever kicking to a contest, a move described as both boring and brilliant. In the final quarter, Adelaide were forced to switch to man-on-man tactics, almost erasing the deficit, but falling three points short. In executing this plan, Richmond took 181 marks, which is the highest amount ever (recorded since 1987).
  • In Round 8, Brendan Fevola became the first player to kick all of his team's goals in a game since Mark Arceri in 1991 (also while playing for Carlton, kicking their only goal). Of Carlton's 4.10 (34), Fevola contributed 4.5 (29), Simon Wiggins scored two behinds, and three behinds were rushed. He also became the first player in 41 years to win a Coleman Medal from the wooden spoon winning side.
  • St Kilda broke two long winning droughts at the SCG and the Gabba by beating Sydney and Brisbane in rounds 11 and 22 respectively. The latter match was Michael Voss' final game for the Lions.
  • For the first time in VFL/AFL history, four non-Victorian teams filled the top four.
  • Bottom teams Essendon and Carlton had a draw in Round 16, 2006. Carlton's Eddie Betts scored the match-tying goal with under one minute remaining to deny Essendon what would have been just their second win for the season. Essendon would eventually achieve that the following week. This match was dubbed the "Bryce Gibbs Cup", named after young Glenelg midfielder Bryce Gibbs who was expected to be, and ultimately was, drafted with the first pick at the end of the year, by the media as both teams were firmly rooted to the bottom of the ladder leading into their match.
  • In the second Qualifying Final, Sydney beat minor premiers West Coast by a solitary point, the final scores reading 85 to 84. When the teams met again in the Grand Final, the final scores were also 85 to 84, but it was West Coast that claimed the victory.
  • Rohan Smith and Scott West each played their 300th games for the Western Bulldogs in the club's 74-point defeat to West Coast in the semi final. For Smith, this was his final AFL game.
  • References

    2006 AFL season Wikipedia

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