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: $2,628,228
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.
|Richmond || WIN || 93-82|
|Greater Western Sydney||11||1||10||99.7||46
Best and Fairest
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
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