What to look forward to in 2012:
The Greater Western Sydney Giants
Hopefully the Giants can have a better first season than the Suns did in 2011, and with Sheedy at the helm, who knows what could happen.
First Game: vs. Western Bulldogs and Collingwood, NAB Cup, Round 1, Sat 18th February
First Home & Away Game - vs. Sydney, Round 1, Sat 24th March
First New South Wales Derby - See above
Greater Western Sydney Club Song
The Sun's second season
Having only won 3 games in 2011, finishing bottom of the table and clutching the wooden spoon, the Suns have a lot to prove in 2012. Will they be able to fight back and win consecutive matches or will they once again become nothing more than overpaid cones.
2011 IN REVIEW
The 2011 Grand Final:
Geelong 18.11 (119) defeated Collingwood 12.9 (81) in the Grand Final
Norm Smith Medallist: Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
- The Brownlow Medal was awarded to Dane Swan of Collingwood, who received 34 votes.
- The AFL Rising Star was awarded to Dyson Heppell of Essendon, who received 44 votes.
- The Coleman Medal was awarded to Lance Franklin of Hawthorn, who kicked 71 goals during the home and away season.
- The Mark of the Year was awarded to Andrew Krakouer, for a very high leap on the shoulders of Adelaide's Luke Thompson in Round 9
- The Goal of the Year was awarded to Hayden Ballantyne, for Ballantyne's Round 2 beauty from 50 metres
- The McClelland Trophy was awarded to Collingwood.
- The Wooden Spoon was "awarded" to Gold Coast.
- The AFL Players Association Awards were as follows:
- The Leigh Matthews Trophy was awarded to Chris Judd of Carlton, for being the Most Valuable Player throughout the premiership season.
- The Robert Rose Award went to Jonathan Brown of Brisbane Lions, for being the Most Courageous Player throughout the premiership season.
- The Best Captain award went to Chris Judd of Carlton.
- The Best First-Year Player award was won by Dyson Heppell of Essendon.
- The AFL Coaches Association Awards were as follows:
- The Player of the Year Award was given to Marc Murphy of Carlton, who received 94 votes.
- The Allan Jeans Award was given to John Worsfold of West Coast.
- The Assistant Coach of the Year Award was given to Darren Crocker of North Melbourne.
- The Best Young Player Award was given to Nat Fyfe of Fremantle.
2011 Retirements and Delistings:
Full list here