The free agency period began at the end of October and ran through the first week of November. The first day was a busy one with five players heading to other clubs. The breakdown on the first day:
This was supposed to be a one sided affair. The in-form Collingwood taking on the injury hit and sixth seeded Greater Western Sydney Giants with the result surely leading to a Richmond vs Collingwood Grand Final, to the delight of the AFL and Melburnians. The only problem with this narrative was that the Giants didn’t read the script.
In one of the biggest surprises in recent Preliminary Final history, GWS stunned the locals by first taking a big lead, then by defending grimly when a late Collingwood surge looked like taking the Magpies back to the Grand Final in consecutive seasons. The end result shows the Giants winning by just 4 points, but so much happened throughout this game. A frantic last quarter, that a crowd of mostly 70,000 strong Collingwood fans were left as empty shells in a roller coaster of a final.
- Major Awards in the AFL The Brownlow Medal, The John Coleman Medal, The Norm Smith Medal, The Sandover and Magarey Medals, The Dr. William C. McClelland Trophy, State Of Origin Football, The All-Australian Team, AFLPA MVP, AFLCA Champion Player, Club Awards, AFLPA Best First Year Player, NAB Rising Star Award, AFLCA Best Young Player, Jack Titus Award, Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award, Premiership Cup and Medallions, NAB Cup / NAB Challenge / JLT Community Series, Teal Cup/Commonwealth Bank Cup, Australian Football Hall of Fame, AFLCA Allan Jeans Senior Coach, Graeme Samuel Scholarship, AFL Women's Awards, AFLW Best and Fairest Medal, All-Australian Umpires, AFLW AFLPA MVP, AFLW Rising Star, Jill Lindsay Scholarship, Football Woman of the Year Award