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2021

For the 2021 AFLW season see 2021 AFLW season

Coach: Simon Goodwin
Captain: Max Gawn
Finishing Position: 1st (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: Clayton Oliver
Leading Goalkicker: Bayley Fritsch 59
Best Young Player: Kysaiah Pickett
Major Sponsor: Zurich/Jaguar
Financial result: TBD
Members: 53,706

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The AFL introduced new rules intended to increase scoring, including reducing the interchange cap to 75 and forcing players to be stationary when standing the mark, however scoring continued to drop, going below 80 points per team, per game for the first time since the 1960s.

Melbourne won their first three matches for the first time since 2005, first four for the first time since 1994, and first six for the first time since 1965. They finished the regular season with 17 wins and a draw, securing their first minor premiership since 1964 when Max Gawn kicked a goal after the siren to win the Round 23 game against Geelong. Melbourne then won its three finals comfortably, including a record 74 point win over Western Bulldogs in the Grand Final to record their 13th premiership, and first since 1964.

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, Round 11 was played in front of an empty stadium at Docklands, Round 12 was moved from the scheduled venue of Traeger Park to Sydney Showgrounds, and Round 13 was moved from the MCG to SCG. The loss of the Alice Springs and Queens Birthday games cost Melbourne approximately $1.5 million. Revenue from two further home games were lost due to scheduling changes due to further COVID outbreaks. The Round 18 game against Hawthorn was played with no crowd, moved from an originally scheduled 4.35pm start time to a night game.

The following week, a game scheduled against Gold Coast at Marrara was swapped with a match against Western Bulldogs, to again be played in front of no crowd at the MCG. The Gold Coast game was moved to Carrara on Saturday 31 July, before last-minute COVID restrictions in Queensland required the game to be relocated to the MCG the next day.

Despite several home games being played in front of empty stadiums due to COVID restrictions, including multiple lockdowns in Victoria, the club membership still broke the record set in 2019.

Practice matches

OppositionResultScore
Richmond WIN 93-82

AAMI Community Series

OppositionResultScore
Western Bulldogs LOSS67-106

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 Fremantle WIN80-58
2 St Kilda WIN91-73
3 Greater Western Sydney WIN102-68
4 Geelong WIN85-60
5 Hawthorn WIN104-54
6 Richmond WIN82-48
7 North Melbourne WIN103-73
8 Sydney WIN67-58
9 Carlton WIN94-68
10 Adelaide LOSE95-96
11 Western Bulldogs WIN87-59
12 Brisbane Lions WIN97-75
13 Collingwood LOSS63-80
14 BYE
15 Essendon WIN68-57
16 Greater Western Sydney LOSS55-64
17 Port Adelaide WIN86-55
18 Hawthorn DRAW79-79
19 Western Bulldogs LOSS65-85
20 Gold Coast WIN128-30
21 West Coast WIN72-63
22 Adelaide WIN104-63
23 Geelong WIN81-77
QF Brisbane WIN93-60
PF Geelong WIN 125-42
GF Western Bulldogs WIN 140-66

Ladder

WDL%P
Melbourne1714130.870
Port Adelaide1705126.368
Geelong1606126.764
Brisbane1507133.360
Western Bulldogs1507132.860
Sydney1507119.960
Greater Western Sydney1111099.746
Essendon11011109.144
West Coast1001293.240
St Kilda1001291.540
Fremantle1001286.540
Richmond911297.938
Carlton801488.532
Hawthorn721385.232
Adelaide701582.028
Gold Coast701576.828
Collingwood601685.624
North Melbourne411770.318

Senior list

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Steven May 230
2 Nathan Jones 82
3 Christian Salem 243
4 James Harmes 187
5 Christian Petracca 2529
6 Luke Jackson 2416
7 Jack Viney 154
8 Jake Lever 250
9 Charlie Spargo 2518
10 Angus Brayshaw 253
11 Max Gawn 2516
12 Toby Bedford 00
13 Clayton Oliver 2511
14 Michael Hibberd 170
15 Ed Langdon 2413
16 Bailey Laurie 00
17 Jake Bowey 70
18 Jake Melksham 128
19 Fraser Rosman 00
20 Adam Tomlinson 70
21 Marty Hore 00
22 Aaron vandenBerg 40
24 Trent Rivers 251
25 Tom McDonald 2333
26 Sam Weideman 53
29 Jayden Hunt 202
30 Alex Neal-Bullen 2515
31 Bayley Fritsch 2459
32 Tom Sparrow 217
33 Oskar Baker 30
35 Harrison Petty 190
36 Kysaiah Pickett 2540
39 Neville Jetta 50
41 Jay Lockhart 00
44 Joel Smith 30
46 Austin Bradtke 00
50 Ben Brown 1325

Rookie list

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
23 James Jordon 256
27 Aaron Nietschke 00
28 Majak Daw 00
34 Deakyn Smith 00
37 Kade Chandler 50
38 Mitch Brown 12
40 Kye Declase 00
42 Daniel Turner 00

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Clayton Oliver 670
2nd Christian Petracca 644
3rd Max Gawn 542
4th Christian Salem 522
5th Jake Lever 498
6th Ed Langdon 487
7th Steven May 431
8th Alex Neal-Bullen 421
9th Tom McDonald 408
9th Kysaiah Pickett 408
11th Bayley Fritsch 397
12th Luke Jackson 368
13th Charlie Spargo 334
14th Angus Brayshaw 332
15th Trent Rivers 310
16th Jack Viney 303
17th Harrison Petty 293
18th James Jordon 277
19th James Harmes 264
20th Jayden Hunt 242

Other awards

Best VFL player - Toby Bedford
Club Ambassador Award - Ben Brown and Neville Jetta
Club Values Player - Steven May
Leadership Award - Max Gawn
Coaches Award - Alex Neal-Bullen
Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 3 Clayton Oliver Melee $1000
Round 3 Jack Viney Melee $1000
Round 3 Charlie Spargo Striking $1000
Round 4 Neville Jetta Dangerous tackle $2000
Round 7 Bayley Fritsch Striking Cleared
Round 8 Steven May Striking $2000 fine
Round 9 Tom McDonald Kneeing $2000 fine
Round 12 Tom Sparrow Rough conduct $2000 fine
Round 20 Jack Viney Serious misconduct 2 weeks

Coaching Staff

General Manager of Football Performance - Alan Richardson
Backline coach - Troy Chaplin
Midfield coach - Adem Yze
Forward coach - Greg Stafford
Head of Development - Mark Williams
Casey Demons coach - Mark Corrigan

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