Anyone can contribute to The Roar and have their work This page is a complete chronological listing of VFL/AFL premiers.The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football.. As mentioned, bags of flags can be gathered on the back of two or three dominant dynasties. Victoria records eighth straight day with no new coronavirus cases, as state prepares for eased restrictions, Junaid can't vote in this weekend's Myanmar election because he's Rohingya, Swathes of Italy re-enter lockdown as coronavirus infections surge past 12 million across Europe. Essendon was awarded the premiership on both occasions. But the most damning spoon record appears is St Kilda with a whopping 27 – finishing last about one in every five seasons. Carlton and Essendon are ranked second and third. [7][8] This has had a significant impact on the spread of premierships: since 1990, thirteen clubs have won a premiership,[9] compared with only five clubs between 1967 and 1989. Donald Trump and Joe Biden supporters face off outside counting centres amid cliffhanger election, Here are all the legal challenges the Republicans have launched since Election Day. The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football. Last year, I wrote an article, A look at the most dominant eras in VFL/AFL history, which, as the title implies, looked at which VFL/AFL clubs have enjoyed the best eras spanning five to eight years. Carlton and Essendon are ranked second and third respectively, and we see that West Coast has displaced Collingwood in the top four with its 12.5 per cent strike rate. This page is a complete chronological listing of VFL/AFL premiers.The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football. Why is the US election vote count taking so long? Now let’s look at how clubs have performed while playing away: Collingwood (52.7%) easily takes the cake here – it is also the only club to have recorded a positive win percentage when playing away. 15 - Collingwood. Towards the less desirable end the table we see that GWS has already surpassed the lowly St Kilda across the key indicators during its brief existence. Next best is Carlton with 29 grand finals (2.4 per ten seasons). Follow SBS News to join in the conversation and never miss the latest live updates. Oops! I’m sure many people will say “That’s easy! Please select the editions you would like to sign up to, 1 - St Kilda, Port Adelaide, Western Bulldogs. Overall home win-rate So does that mean they have been the most successful clubs in VFL/AFL history? [10], Two clubs, Carlton and Essendon, have won the most VFL/AFL premierships with sixteen each. So does this mean Hawthorn are actually the most successful VFL/AFL club of all-time? Catch up on SBS On Demand. Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. We saw earlier the Magpies have qualified for the finals almost seven times per ten seasons in their history, but we see here they’ve won only 43.09 per cent of their 181 post-season matches. Let’s look at how often clubs manage to contest the grand final (draws not counted): We see that Collingwood has made the grand final an extraordinary 42 times at a rate of 3.4 times per ten seasons. Making the finals (or not) is clearly a good indicator of a club’s success. Only six clubs have made the finals more often than not – West Coast, Collingwood, Sydney, Carlton, Adelaide, and Essendon. Rounding out the Melbourne-based powerhouse clubs in fourth place, Richmond (44.0%) has a relatively poor away record compared to its ‘big four’ peers. Ask Amazon Alexa for the latest SBS News or listen to SBS Radio. At the top of this table, we learn that only two clubs have never finished last – the two South Australian clubs. At the other end of the scale, we see that Footscray/Western Bulldogs have never been minor premiers in any of their 94 seasons. Now, this may come as a surprise to some, due to the Blues’ recent lack of on-field success, brought on primarily by the salary-cap scandal of the late 1990s and early 2000s for which it was severely penalised and forced to forfeit player picks across three drafts. Average finishing position However, the same can’t be said for fellow expansion club Gold Coast. We also see that, remarkably, Collingwood has finished last just twice in its 122-year history and is ranked third. It was known as the Victorian Junior Football League from 1919 until 1923, the Seconds from 1924 until 1959, the VFL Reserves from 1960 until 1989, and as the AFL reserves from 1990 until 1999. So if we are looking at premierships as a gauge, we clearly need to look at premiership strike rate – flags won per year. As a result, it may be easy to forget what a truly successful powerhouse club the Old Navy Blues have been over the journey – the stats don’t lie. So although Essendon has officially earned 16 premierships, they have actually won only 14 grand finals. [1], The inaugural premiership was awarded as a result of a round-robin finals system;[2] this format was replaced after the first season, and a grand final has been held every season since 1898 to determine the premiers,[3] with the exception of 1924 when a modified round-robin system was used. It was known as the VFL Thirds until 1959, and as the Under-19s from 1960 until 1991.[13]. featured alongside some of Australia’s most prominent sports journalists. 8 - Fitzroy. This time West Coast clearly tops the table having made the finals 23 times in 32 years – at a very impressive 71.88 per cent. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos/via Getty Images ). Making the grand final is a good achievement, but let’s examine how clubs have actually performed on the big stage when it matters most: Topping the table is Brisbane, but thanks solely to its 2001-2004 dynasty in which it contested four consecutive grand finals, winning the first three. SBS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia. In both of those seasons, a round-robin finals series was contested with no grand final being played. I’d be surprised if any other top-tier sports league from around the world has seen a team lose the ultimate clash at such a rate. At the other end of the table we see that the defunct University never played finals in its brief seven-year history, nor has Gold Coast in what, as mentioned earlier, has been a very disappointing start to its existence. A remarkable effort and certainly helped a great deal by the support the club receives from its army of fans not just all around Melbourne and Victoria, but all around the nation. We love feedback: help us improve by rating the app and sharing your suggestions at If not for such a poor record in finals, especially grand finals, it would almost certainly sit on top of the table. The VFL/AFL's Under-19s competition was held between 1946 and 1991. We see that Fitzroy (57.63%), at fifth, also had a very good record in finals. In a way that’s more impressive than the younger Adelaide clubs’ clean-sheet but we can’t assume that one of them will get spooned anytime soon, so they certainly deserve their spots at the top of this table. 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