Just days after the conclusion of Round Eight, Tiger Shaun Grigg announced his immediate retirement. Grigg, a member of the 2017 premiership side, has been struggling with knee and hip injuries this year and had yet to play a senior game. Grigg said he had a "horrible preseason" and knew he would be unable to get himself right to play. After discussions with Coach Hardwiick and medical staff, it was up to him to make the decision whether or not he could continue, “... As much as I would love to get back out there … I just couldn’t do it.”
The Western Bulldogs have appointed Luke Beveridge as senior coach for the next three years. Beveridge has been the back line coach at Hawthorn for the past three years and was set to become director of coaching at St Kilda. Assistant coach Brett Montgomery was an early favorite, but his bid was unsuccessful. Beveridge will not be making any changes to the current coaching panel. Following a systematic and thorough process, Beveridge received the unanimous endorsement of the selection committee, led by Chris Grant and included Chief Executive Simon Garlick, John Worsfold, Luke Darcy and GM Football Graham Lowe. The recommendation of the sub-committee was unanimously endorsed by the club board. The committee was assisted by a recruitment consulting firm.
The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities. All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT. This is based on information from the AFL, AFANA, press reports and past history. This story will be periodically updated with late information. (Revised 9/28/12)
|Start Time AEST||Start Time US EDT||End Time AEST||End Time US EDT||Event||US / Can Network Coverage|
|7:00 AM||5:00 PM||11:00 AM||9:00 PM||Season in Review / Grand Final Day from the MCG (Ch. Seven Australia) Not available in US or Canada.||None|
|11:00 AM||9:00 PM||Grand Final Preview (Relayed from Ch. Seven Australia). SEN radio pregame begins. Coverage on FSP begins.||Fox Soccer Plus (FSP)|
Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
June 13, 2012 saw new additions to the AFL Hall of Fame and one previous inductee elevated to Legend status. The new inductees were Hawthorn's Shane Crawford, Bulldog Chris Grant, South Australian icon and Adelaide Crows' inaugural coach Graham Cornes, North Melbourne's Glenn Archer, Melbourne's Bob Johnson, and St Kilda's Robert Harvey. North Melbourne's Barry Cable, an original inductee in 1996, was elevated to Legend status.
- 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, The AFLPA MVP, Club Awards, NAB Rising Star Award, 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, AFL Women's Awards: The Best and Fairest Medal, The All-Australian Team, AFLPA MVP, NAB Rising Star, Jill Lindsay Scholarship, Football Woman of the Year Award