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List of Seasons (The team that could have been)

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This list is a list of seasons played throughout 2000 to now. The list shall be updated with the end of every AFL season.

2000 Season

2000 AFL Premiership season

Melbourne following 2000 loss

Teams 15
Premiers Geelong (7th premiership)
Minor Premiers Adelaide (1st minor premiership)
Pre-season Cup Essendon (4th pre-season cup win)
Matches played 154
Highest attendance 98,401
Coleman Medallist Matthew Lloyd (Essendon)
Brownlow Medallist Brad Green (Melbourne)

The 2000 AFL season was the 104th AFL/VFL season and was a highly contested season. Throughout the season, Geelong held the lead, coming in first position on the ladder and winning all but 2 games. The finals series where tougher for the new teams in the top eight, with only one (Melbourne) going to preliminaries. After Geelongs' victory over Port Adelaide and Melbournes' victory over North Melbourne, the to contenders fought for the premiership. Despite having the lead, Melbourne slipped away in the 3rd quarter of the grand final, and lost to Geelong, who won by 8 points, securing their 7th premiership.

2001 Season

2001 AFL Premiership season

2001 AFL Grand Final Leap

Teams 15
Premiers Carlton (16th premiership)
Minor Premiers Essendon (16th minor premiership)
Pre-season Cup Western Bulldogs (1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 154
Highest attendance 92,739
Coleman Medallist Brad Johnson (Western Bulldogs)
Brownlow Medallist Brett Ratten (Carlton)

The 2001 season was entered with high hopes from the previous premiership victors, Geelong. But the previous years wooden spooners, Carlton, came storming back landing their club as being the only AFL club to not lose a match that entire year. However, they did not win every game, as in the 4th week Essendon drew with them. But it did not stop their steam rolling of the finals, as no club could get even close to their scores (eg. during the semi's, Carlton got 158 to Brisbanes' 24). After the preliminaries, Carlton landed a spot in the finals alongside their old rivals Essendon. Following a slow start, Carlton got a major lead, and by the end they had the largest grand final score ever; 193 - 168.

2002 Season

2002 AFL Premiership season

Collingwood 2002 Premiers

Teams 15
Premiers Collingwood (15th premiership)
Minor Premiers Collingwood (18th minor premiership)
Pre-season Cup North Melbourne (2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played 154
Highest attendance 91,462
Coleman Medallist Anthony Rocca (Collingwood)
Brownlow Medallist Josh Carr (Port Adelaide)

The 2002 AFL season was the 106th AFL/VFL season. The season started out with North Melbournes pre-season victory of 2001's Premiers Carlton, which shattered Carltons' offense with the loss of a rising star in the Carlton ranks, Bredan Fevola, to a broken leg. This allowed Collingwood to steam ahead in the competition. After the 10th round, they had lost only 1, which was to Port Adelaide. After that, the two teams, Collingwood and Port Adelaide, became the two teams that were to be considered the two to get into the final. This was challenged however, when in the preliminaries, Sydney Drew with Collingwood, leading onto extra time. This time would continue for 6 more minutes, until Anthony Rocca kicked a wobbly kick from 60 meters away, which landed through for a behind, giving Collingwood their grand final position. In the grand final, Collingwood managed to trounce the Power (Port Adelaide) with a 71 point lead (132 - 61) and win their 15th Premiership.

2003 Season

2003 AFL Premiership season

Melbourne Entrance 2003 Grand Final

Teams 16
Premiers Melbourne (1st premiership)
Minor Premiers Brisbane (1st minor premiership)
Pre-season Cup Essendon (6th pre-season cup win)
Matches played 154
Highest attendance 93,475
Coleman Medallist Robert Copeland (Brisbane)
Brownlow Medallist

Sam Mitchell (Melbourne) Brad Scott (Fremantle)

The 2003 AFL season was the 107th AFL/VFL season. It began with the 6th win for Essendon in the NAB cup, and followed by a series of wins for the 2 merger teams, Melbourne and Brisbane. These teams, as well as Sydney, continued the domination of the ladder throughout the season, only losing games against each other. By the finals series came around, the the top 4 teams had only lost 4 games each in the entire season. This allowed them to go into the finals almost unchallenged by the the other teams in the top 8. Suddenly, during the preliminaries, the scores were in a dead lock, with the two teams Melbourne or Brisbane being able to clear it out of their center, until Sam Mitchell managed to get close to the goals, but kicked the ball into the post. This gave them a 1 point lead, which they then held onto and won the game, 87 - 86. A few hours later, Sydney managed to win their game against North Melbourne, and get themselves into the final. During the finals, both teams discovered the other were no pushovers, with the lead constantly changing throughout. But, when Sydney player Chris Judd managed to get a goal with 5 minutes remaining, Melbourne turned frantic. It was not until there was 2 minutes remaining that Melbourne ruck Jeff White managed to kick a goal, and get them 2 points ahead. Melbourne then held onto their lead and finally win their first Premiership.

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