AFL Current Clubs 2014
Adelaide Football Club: The Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed “The Crows”, is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in Adelaide, South Australia, playing its home matches at Adelaide Oval.The club was based at Football Park (currently known as AAMI Stadium) in West Lakes, but moved to Adelaide Oval in 2014. The club song is “The Pride of South Australia”, to the tune of the Marines’ Hymn.
The Crows was formed in 1990 as a composite team owned by the SANFL and played its first game in the 1991 season. They won both the 1997 and 1998 Grand Finals and have appeared in twelve finals series in their 22-year history.
The club is currently captained by Nathan van Berlo and coached by Brenton Sanderson. Sanderson was appointed senior coach following the 2011 season.
Brisbane Lions: The Brisbane Lions is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in Brisbane, Queensland. The club was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears. Along with Geelong, it is the equal-most successful AFL club of the 21st century, having appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships (2001, 2002 and 2003).
The club is based at The Gabba. The team is captained by Jed Adcock and is currently coached by Justin Leppitsch.
Carlton Football Club: The Carlton Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in Melbourne. The club competes in the Australian Football League, and was one of the eight founding members of that competition in 1897. The club originally represented the suburb of Carlton in Melbourne’s inner north, and its nickname is the Blues, which comes from the navy blue colour which it has traditionally worn in its playing uniform. It is based at Princes Park in Carlton, and played its home matches there throughout most of its history, but currently plays its home matches at either Docklands Stadium or the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Carlton has historically been one of the AFL’s most successful clubs, having won sixteen senior premierships throughout its history, equal with Essendon as the most of any club.
Collingwood Football Club: The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies, is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Formed in 1892, the club traditionally represented the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, and was based at Victoria Park in Abbotsford; the club is now based in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct in Melbourne, playing its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and with its training and administrative base in Gosch’s Paddock and the Westpac Centre.
Collingwood is the most supported club in the AFL,and has consistently attracted much higher than average crowds to its home games than other clubs in the league,and had a league record of 71,516 members in the 2011 season. This spike in membership registration can mainly be attributed to the winning of the 2010 AFL Premiership. This record was again broken in 2013, with club reaching a new high of 80,000 members.
Collingwood’s home guernsey consists of black and white stripes, matching the colours of an Australian magpie. Throughout its history, the club has developed rivalries with cross-town Melbourne based clubs, Carlton, Richmond and Essendon.
Historically one of the most successful clubs in the league, Collingwood has won fifteen VFL/AFL premierships, the third-most of any team. Collingwood has played in a record 43 grand finals (including replays), winning 15, drawing two and losing 26 (also a record).
The club also currently fields a seconds team in the Victorian Football League.
Essendon Football Club: The Essendon Football Club, nicknamed the Bombers, is a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Formed in 1871 as a junior club and as a senior club in 1873, it is headquartered at the Essendon Recreation Reserve (Windy Hill) in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon, Australia but match day home games are played at Etihad Stadium or the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Essendon has won 16 VFL/AFL premierships which, along with Carlton, is the most of any club in the AFL.
Fremantle Football Club: The Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers, is an Australian rules football team that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in the port city of Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River in Western Australia. In 1995 it became the second team from Western Australia to be admitted to the national Australian rules football competition, honouring the rich footballing tradition and history associated with Fremantle.
Matthew Pavlich has been club captain since the beginning of the 2007 season.High profile players since the club’s inception include Pavlich, the league’s tallest ever player Aaron Sandilands, former captains Peter Bell and Shaun McManus, former number one draft pick Clive Waterhouse, winners of the AFL Rising Star award Paul Hasleby and Rhys Palmer, Jeff Farmer, Luke McPharlin, Nathan Fyfe and Hayden Ballantyne.
The club is coached by Ross Lyon following the sacking of Mark Harvey at the end of the 2011 AFL home and away season. Fremantle has not won a premiership during its time in the AFL. Their most successful season to date was the 2013 season in which they finished runner up after losing in their first grand final appearance.
Geelong Football Club: The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club, named after and based in the city of Geelong, playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club has been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era (since 1990). Geelong has also won nine McClelland Trophies, a record it shares with Essendon.
Formed in 1859, Geelong is the second oldest club in the AFL after Melbourne and one of the oldest football clubs in the world.The club participated in the first football competition in Australia, winning the second season in 1863, and was a foundation club of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1897.
An early VFL powerhouse with six premierships up to 1963, Geelong developed a reputation as an under-achieving club. Despite playing in five losing Grand Finals, four between 1989–1995, its fans waited 44 years until it won another premiership—an AFL-record 119-point victory in the 2007 AFL Grand Final. Despite recording the most successful home and away season in the game’s history, the club went one win short of back-to-back premierships in losing the 2008 AFL Grand Final, but won the 2009 Grand Final against St Kilda. This was followed up with another Grand Final victory, in 2011 against Collingwood. With three premierships since 2000, they are the equal-most successful side of the 21st century along with the Brisbane Lions.
The club’s home ground is Kardinia Park (currently also known by its sponsorship name “Simonds Stadium”). However the club also hosts home matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Docklands Stadium. The club’s traditional guernsey colours are white with navy blue hoops, white shorts and navy and white hooped socks and the team song is “We Are Geelong”. The club’s nickname, the “Cats”, was first used in 1923 after a run of losses prompted a local cartoonist to suggest that the club needed a black cat to bring it good luck.
Gold Coast Football Club: The Gold Coast Football Club, nicknamed The Suns, is an Australian rules football franchise based on the Gold Coast, which began playing in the Australian Football League (AFL) competition for the first time in 2011. The club played its first game as a part of the AFL in the pre-season NAB Cup competition in February 2011 before beginning the season proper in April 2011.
The club is the product of a sole consortium, formerly known as “GC17″, tendering against established criteria for a licence to be the 17th club in the AFL competition. On 31 March 2009 the club was granted a provisional licence to join the AFL competition and the AFL proposed that the new club would enter the national competition in the 2011 season. The following year, during a press conference on 22 July, the club announced its new nickname, logo, club song and three new home, away and clash guernseys.
Greater Western Sydney Giants: The Greater Western Sydney Giants, nicknamed the GWS Giants or just Giants, is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Representing the Greater Western Sydney area and Canberra,the club is based at the Tom Wills Oval in Sydney Olympic Park.The team’s primary home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. Four games a year are played at Manuka Oval in Canberra as part of a deal with the government of the Australian Capital Territory. A reserve team, the UWS Giants, participates in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL), as part of a partnership between the club and the University of Western Sydney.The commercial club entity itself is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of the AFL Commission.
Hawthorn Football Club: The Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, is a professional Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club, founded in 1902, is the youngest of the Victorian-based teams in the AFL and has won eleven VFL/AFL premierships; renowned as the only club with successive premierships in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The team play in brown and gold vertically striped guernseys. The club’s Latin motto is spectemur agendo, the English translation being “By our deeds we shall be known”.
The Hawks’ origins are in the inner-eastern Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn and also at Glenferrie Oval, the club’s former administrative and training base and social club. Matches, however, have not been played there since 1973. In 2006, Hawthorn’s training and administration facilities were relocated to Waverley Park in the middle of the club’s major supporter base in Melbourne’s outer-eastern region. Since 2007 Hawthorn have played four games a year at their second ground of York Park in Launceston, Tasmania, with the remaining games played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the club’s current playing home ground. Hawthorn’s current Victorian Football League (VFL) affiliate team is the Box Hill Hawks Football Club.
Melbourne Football Club: The Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons or The Dees, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), based in Melbourne, Victoria.
In 1859,a few days after it was founded, some of its members created the code of football that it still plays. In 1862 it competed in what may be the earliest challenge trophy competition, was a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) (1877), one of two associations and governing bodies formed in the same year and in 1897 it became a foundation member of the Victorian Football League (VFL) competition which later became the national Australian Football League (AFL).
In 2008 the club celebrated what was claimed to be the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of its founding members, published “Melbourne FC – Since 1858 – An Illustrated History” and commemorated its formation by naming “150 Heroes” as well as a birthday logo which appears on its official guernsey.
The football club has been a sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club since 2009, having previously been associated with the MCC between 1889 and 1980.
North Melbourne Football Club: The North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Kangaroos, is the fourth oldest Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. It is based at the Arden Street Oval in the inner Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne, but plays its home matches at the nearby Docklands Stadium.
The club is characterised by its inner-city location, its working-class background, the doggedness of successive administrators and an iron-like vision to survive and eventually succeed, despite the odds. The club’s mascot is a grey or red kangaroo, dating from the middle of the 20th century. The club is also unofficially known as “The Shinboners”, a term which dates back to its 19th-century abattoir-worker origins. The club’s motto is Victoria amat curam, Latin for “Victory Demands Dedication”.
Port Adelaide Football Club: The Port Adelaide Football Club is an Australian rules football club based in Alberton, South Australia, which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL) (in which they are known as the Power) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) (in which they are known as the Magpies).Port Adelaide is the older of the two clubs in South Australia playing in the AFL and the 18th Australian rules club formed in Australia. Since the club’s first game in 1870 it has won 36 SANFL premierships, including six in a row. The club also won the Champions of Australia competition on a record four occasions.
From its foundation in 1870 to 1996, the club representing Port Adelaide competed in the SANFL as the “Port Adelaide Football Club”. The club had various nicknames during the 19th century, including: the Cockledivers, the Seaside Men, the Seasiders and the Magentas, before finally settling on the Magpies in 1902.
In 1997, the club joined the Australian Football League. On entry, Port Adelaide adopted a new nickname, “The Power”, and added two more colours (silver and teal). Since joining the AFL, Port Adelaide have added the 2004 AFL Grand Final to their premiership wins. Port Adelaide Magpies also hold 36 SANFL premierships, as well as the four Champion of Australia wins. The club’s AFL licence is held by the SANFL.
Richmond Football Club: The Richmond Football Club, nicknamed The Tigers, is an Australian rules football club which competes in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Since joining the competition in 1908, Richmond has won ten premierships, the most recent victory being in 1980. This currently sees the club ranked sixth in terms of premierships won.
In recent times, unstable administration on and off the field has troubled Richmond, none more so than in 1990, when a large debt almost forced the club to fold. Richmond has since regained a strong financial position, but with the exception of finals appearances in 1995, 2001 and 2013, the club has underachieved on the field.
Since the club’s inception in 1885, it has been based at the Punt Road Oval, formerly known as the Richmond Cricket Ground, just a few hundred metres to the east of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Tigers have played their home games at the MCG since 1965. The club’s training and administration headquarters are at the Punt Road Oval and from 2011 are called the ME Bank Centre.
Based in a traditionally working-class area, Richmond has long-standing rivalries with cross town Melbourne based clubs, Collingwood, Carlton and Essendon.
Over the years, many great players have represented Richmond. Some of these players have been recognized as being among Australian rules football’s greatest players. Such players include Jack Dyer, Kevin Bartlett, Royce Hart, Francis Bourke, Ian Stewart, Matthew Richardson and Jack Titus.
St Kilda Football Club: The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The club plays in the Australian Football League, the sport’s premier league.
The club was established in 1873 and its name originates from the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda. St Kilda were a foundation team of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and later, in 1897, became a foundation team in the Victorian Football League (VFL), which was renamed the Australian Football League (AFL) prior to the start of the 1990 season.
Despite being a foundation team in the league, St Kilda have only won a single premiership, a famous one-point win in the 1966 VFL Grand Final.St Kilda have, however, had various other achievements including, most recently, being the minor premiers of the 2009 AFL season and 2009 and 2010 grand finalists.
St Kilda developed a reputation as perennial underachievers, much of this attributed to their record of finishing last more often than any other club in the league,as well as having the third lowest all-time win percentage of any team still playing in the league.
Sydney Swans: The Sydney Swans is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club has been based in Sydney, New South Wales since the South Melbourne Football Club was relocated to Sydney in 1982. Sydney was the first club in the competition to be based outside of Victoria. The Swans play most home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while local derbies and larger games against teams such as Collingwood are played at ANZ Stadium.
Since 1995, the Sydney Swans are the only club not to have missed the finals in consecutive seasons, and have made the finals more years than any other club in the same time, only missing the finals in 2000, 2002 and 2009.
The South Melbourne Football Club was founded in 1874 and won three premierships in 1909, 1918 and also in 1933 before experiencing 72 years without a premiership. In 2005, however, the Swans finally broke the league’s longest premiership drought of any club, by winning the Grand Final against the West Coast Eagles in a tight, low-scoring game by a margin of just four points.The following season the two teams met in the Grand Final once again, but this time Sydney finished as runners-up by a single point. In 2012, the Swans won their fifth premiership by defeating Hawthorn by 10 points in front of 99,683 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
West Coast Eagles: The West Coast Eagles are an Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia, currently playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). Representing the Australian state of Western Australia, in particular the Perth metropolitan region, the club trains and plays its home games at Subiaco Oval (Patersons Stadium) in Subiaco, having previously also played matches at the WACA Ground. The club is one of two Australian Football League clubs based in Western Australia, with the other being the Fremantle Football Club.
The club was founded in 1986 as an expansion team, and entered the competition the following season, along with the Brisbane Bears, making the finals series for the first time in 1988. West Coast won its first premiership in 1992, after being defeated in the grand final the previous year, winning two more in 1994 and 2006. In 2011, the Eagles finished fourth to make the finals for the first time since 2007, having won the wooden spoon after finishing last in 2010. The club’s current captain is Darren Glass, and the current senior coach is former North Melbourne legend Adam Simpson, after John Worsfold’s resignation in September 2013. From the 2014 season onwards, the East Perth Football Club, playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), will serve as West Coast’s reserve team, with West Coast players previously distributed among all WAFL teams.
Western Bulldogs: The Footscray Football Club, currently known as the Western Bulldogs, is an Australian rules football club that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Founded in 1877, the club won nine premierships in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) between 1898 and 1924, and has won one premiership in 1954 since joining the Victorian Football League (VFL), the predecessor to the AFL, in 1925.
The Western Bulldogs home guernsey features two thick horizontal “hoops”—one red and one white—on a royal blue background. The club’s traditional rivals include St Kilda and geographical rivals Essendon.
The club has its headquarters and practices at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The club draws its supporter base from this traditionally working class area and plays its home matches at Docklands Stadium in the Melbourne Docklands area, also in the city’s inner-west. In October 1996, the Club began to play under its current name of the “Western Bulldogs”, changing from its original name of the “Footscray Football Club”.The Whitten Oval underwent a A$20 million redevelopment starting in 2005 to improve the Club’s headquarters and training facilities.