1978 VFL season

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1978 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Hawthorn
(4th premiership)
Minor premiers North Melbourne
(2nd minor premiership)
Night series Fitzroy
(1st Night series win)
Matches played 138
Highest attendance 101,704
Coleman Medallist Kelvin Templeton (Footscray)
Brownlow Medallist Malcolm Blight (North Melbourne)
1977
1979

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1978.

Night Series[edit]

Fitzroy defeated North Melbourne 13.18 (96) to 2.8 (20) in the Final at VFL Park.

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 22.15 (147) Melbourne 9.14 (68) Princes Park 10,632 1 April 1978
Footscray 11.14 (80) North Melbourne 23.11 (149) Western Oval 20,420 1 April 1978
Fitzroy 15.11 (101) St Kilda 16.13 (109) Junction Oval 17,030 1 April 1978
Essendon 19.9 (123) South Melbourne 14.18 (102) Windy Hill 23,562 1 April 1978
Geelong 11.10 (76) Collingwood 17.16 (118) Kardinia Park 27,463 1 April 1978
Richmond 25.24 (174) Carlton 14.13 (97) MCG 49,031 1 April 1978

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 25.16 (166) Richmond 14.9 (93) Arden Street Oval 22,505 8 April 1978
Collingwood 22.23 (155) Essendon 12.16 (88) Victoria Park 34,160 8 April 1978
Carlton 13.17 (95) Geelong 15.19 (109) Princes Park 16,841 8 April 1978
South Melbourne 16.8 (104) Hawthorn 18.24 (132) Lake Oval 15,037 8 April 1978
St Kilda 20.17 (137) Footscray 19.16 (130) Moorabbin Oval 18,540 8 April 1978
Melbourne 24.23 (167) Fitzroy 23.19 (157) MCG 15,613 8 April 1978

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 16.14 (110) St Kilda 15.20 (110) MCG 35,602 15 April 1978
Footscray 10.16 (76) Geelong 21.14 (140) Western Oval 16,949 15 April 1978
Essendon 15.15 (105) Fitzroy 14.17 (101) Windy Hill 16,300 15 April 1978
Carlton 13.20 (98) Melbourne 11.19 (85) Princes Park 17,765 15 April 1978
South Melbourne 18.11 (119) Collingwood 14.18 (102) Lake Oval 20,733 15 April 1978
North Melbourne 16.15 (111) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) VFL Park 39,097 15 April 1978

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 18.17 (125) Richmond 15.8 (98) Kardinia Park 20,566 22 April 1978
Fitzroy 21.17 (143) South Melbourne 18.16 (124) Junction Oval 13,660 22 April 1978
Collingwood 14.19 (103) Hawthorn 15.15 (105) Victoria Park 28,714 22 April 1978
St Kilda 14.16 (100) North Melbourne 17.17 (119) Moorabbin Oval 29,117 22 April 1978
Melbourne 18.19 (127) Footscray 18.12 (120) MCG 14,865 22 April 1978
Essendon 19.17 (131) Carlton 16.8 (104) VFL Park 34,516 22 April 1978

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 19.16 (130) Melbourne 8.11 (59) MCG 34,212 25 April 1978
St Kilda 14.14 (98) Geelong 9.11 (65) VFL Park 43,388 25 April 1978
Hawthorn 14.17 (101) Fitzroy 15.12 (102) Princes Park 13,528 29 April 1978
Footscray 15.20 (110) Essendon 13.15 (93) Western Oval 20,328 29 April 1978
North Melbourne 19.10 (124) Collingwood 17.13 (115) Arden Street Oval 31,424 29 April 1978
South Melbourne 18.9 (117) Carlton 17.14 (116) Lake Oval 20,183 29 April 1978

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 21.15 (141) St Kilda 31.18 (204) MCG 24,852 6 May 1978
Geelong 12.16 (88) North Melbourne 16.14 (110) Kardinia Park 23,074 6 May 1978
Essendon 22.18 (150) Richmond 19.15 (129) Windy Hill 21,946 6 May 1978
Carlton 19.12 (126) Hawthorn 24.13 (157) Princes Park 19,464 6 May 1978
Fitzroy 14.12 (96) Collingwood 22.16 (148) Junction Oval 25,282 6 May 1978
South Melbourne 18.15 (123) Footscray 16.9 (105) VFL Park 19,263 6 May 1978

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 19.11 (125) MCG 25,904 13 May 1978
Hawthorn 27.15 (177) Footscray 13.13 (91) Princes Park 9,099 13 May 1978
North Melbourne 14.14 (98) Fitzroy 14.11 (95) Arden Street Oval 14,150 13 May 1978
St Kilda 17.11 (113) Essendon 16.11 (107) Moorabbin Oval 30,760 13 May 1978
Collingwood 9.14 (68) Carlton 12.13 (85) Victoria Park 26,782 13 May 1978
Melbourne 21.13 (139) Geelong 18.18 (126) VFL Park 13,072 13 May 1978

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 8.13 (61) North Melbourne 20.17 (137) MCG 21,268 20 May 1978
Essendon 11.10 (76) Geelong 7.18 (60) Windy Hill 21,212 20 May 1978
Carlton 8.15 (63) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Princes Park 21,520 20 May 1978
South Melbourne 20.16 (136) St Kilda 4.13 (37) Lake Oval 21,494 20 May 1978
Footscray 14.5 (89) Collingwood 14.9 (93) Western Oval 19,096 20 May 1978
Hawthorn 14.15 (99) Richmond 9.16 (70) VFL Park 27,224 20 May 1978

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 16.13 (109) South Melbourne 14.11 (95) Kardinia Park 21,603 27 May 1978
Fitzroy 13.14 (92) Footscray 18.9 (117) Junction Oval 11,903 27 May 1978
Collingwood 12.20 (92) Richmond 10.16 (76) Victoria Park 28,651 27 May 1978
Carlton 18.9 (117) North Melbourne 8.11 (59) Princes Park 30,976 27 May 1978
St Kilda 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 13.19 (97) Moorabbin Oval 25,293 27 May 1978
Essendon 15.12 (102) Melbourne 8.12 (60) VFL Park 28,231 27 May 1978

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 12.24 (96) Geelong 8.13 (61) Princes Park 11,066 3 June 1978
Richmond 12.14 (86) Fitzroy 11.14 (80) MCG 21,122 3 June 1978
North Melbourne 13.7 (85) Essendon 12.10 (82) Arden Street Oval 28,828 3 June 1978
South Melbourne 24.18 (162) Melbourne 14.8 (92) Lake Oval 15,738 5 June 1978
Footscray 19.11 (125) Carlton 15.14 (104) Western Oval 30,197 5 June 1978
Collingwood 18.23 (131) St Kilda 14.13 (97) VFL Park 72,669 5 June 1978

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 16.15 (111) Geelong 16.18 (114) Junction Oval 10,300 17 June 1978
Essendon 16.8 (104) Hawthorn 19.19 (133) Windy Hill 23,302 17 June 1978
Collingwood 17.25 (127) Melbourne 10.7 (67) Victoria Park 19,931 17 June 1978
Carlton 23.27 (165) St Kilda 8.17 (65) Princes Park 25,388 17 June 1978
Richmond 23.17 (155) Footscray 14.13 (97) MCG 22,764 17 June 1978
North Melbourne 17.15 (117) South Melbourne 15.7 (97) VFL Park 31,037 17 June 1978

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Carlton 20.17 (137) Richmond 13.16 (94) Princes Park 28,266 24 June 1978
Melbourne 15.18 (108) Hawthorn 18.20 (128) MCG 14,652 24 June 1978
North Melbourne 8.12 (60) Footscray 13.12 (90) Arden Street Oval 14,269 24 June 1978
St Kilda 17.9 (111) Fitzroy 20.14 (134) Moorabbin Oval 15,822 24 June 1978
South Melbourne 13.19 (97) Essendon 17.18 (120) Lake Oval 18,574 24 June 1978
Geelong 13.18 (96) Collingwood 7.14 (56) VFL Park 31,636 24 June 1978

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 21.14 (140) South Melbourne 18.11 (119) Princes Park 13,583 1 July 1978
Footscray 33.15 (213) St Kilda 16.10 (106) Western Oval 16,300 1 July 1978
Richmond 21.16 (142) North Melbourne 17.15 (117) MCG 27,156 1 July 1978
Essendon 12.26 (98) Collingwood 14.21 (105) Windy Hill 29,913 1 July 1978
Geelong 8.9 (57) Carlton 9.13 (67) Kardinia Park 25,185 1 July 1978
Fitzroy 19.27 (141) Melbourne 8.13 (61) VFL Park 13,933 1 July 1978

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 19.7 (121) St Kilda 18.16 (124) Arden Street Oval 12,599 8 July 1978
Footscray 20.7 (127) Melbourne 8.11 (59) Western Oval 13,325 8 July 1978
Richmond 17.20 (122) Geelong 18.9 (117) MCG 24,417 8 July 1978
South Melbourne 22.11 (143) Fitzroy 13.15 (93) Lake Oval 16,642 8 July 1978
Essendon 13.24 (102) Carlton 14.11 (95) Windy Hill 29,831 8 July 1978
Collingwood 13.6 (84) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) VFL Park 46,066 8 July 1978

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 10.14 (74) North Melbourne 7.13 (55) Princes Park 16,214 15 July 1978
Collingwood 17.12 (114) South Melbourne 12.22 (94) Victoria Park 23,729 15 July 1978
St Kilda 10.11 (71) Richmond 19.11 (125) Moorabbin Oval 18,954 15 July 1978
Geelong 12.12 (84) Footscray 10.12 (72) Kardinia Park 15,700 15 July 1978
Fitzroy 15.11 (101) Essendon 11.17 (83) Junction Oval 13,550 15 July 1978
Carlton 17.13 (115) Melbourne 2.14 (26) VFL Park 16,870 15 July 1978

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 14.9 (93) Richmond 17.19 (121) MCG 18,416 22 July 1978
Geelong 16.8 (104) St Kilda 12.20 (92) Kardinia Park 16,219 22 July 1978
Fitzroy 18.14 (122) Hawthorn 17.19 (121) Junction Oval 12,240 22 July 1978
Collingwood 7.17 (59) North Melbourne 15.11 (101) Victoria Park 32,286 22 July 1978
Carlton 16.16 (112) South Melbourne 9.17 (71) Princes Park 24,277 22 July 1978
Footscray 15.17 (107) Essendon 13.8 (86) VFL Park 30,200 22 July 1978

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 20.21 (141) Melbourne 13.11 (89) Moorabbin Oval 13,118 29 July 1978
North Melbourne 18.14 (122) Geelong 10.16 (76) Arden Street Oval 15,775 29 July 1978
South Melbourne 15.15 (105) Footscray 13.13 (91) Lake Oval 14,112 29 July 1978
Richmond 20.16 (136) Essendon 13.18 (96) MCG 41,878 29 July 1978
Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Carlton 18.11 (119) Princes Park 28,132 29 July 1978
Collingwood 16.11 (107) Fitzroy 11.11 (77) VFL Park 32,246 29 July 1978

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 17.10 (112) Hawthorn 17.16 (118) Western Oval 17,285 5 August 1978
Fitzroy 11.16 (82) North Melbourne 19.10 (124) Junction Oval 13,022 5 August 1978
Essendon 11.16 (82) St Kilda 18.13 (121) Windy Hill 18,410 5 August 1978
Carlton 14.19 (103) Collingwood 8.14 (62) Princes Park 43,313 5 August 1978
Melbourne 13.17 (95) Geelong 14.17 (101) MCG 12,363 5 August 1978
South Melbourne 14.9 (93) Richmond 9.16 (70) VFL Park 31,717 5 August 1978

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 13.7 (85) South Melbourne 3.19 (37) Moorabbin Oval 20,933 12 August 1978
Hawthorn 18.19 (127) Richmond 10.10 (70) Princes Park 15,980 12 August 1978
Collingwood 11.16 (82) Footscray 10.6 (66) Victoria Park 24,069 12 August 1978
North Melbourne 26.18 (174) Melbourne 8.13 (61) Arden Street Oval 9,183 12 August 1978
Geelong 14.8 (92) Essendon 13.7 (85) Kardinia Park 15,080 12 August 1978
Carlton 9.15 (69) Fitzroy 8.10 (58) VFL Park 21,410 12 August 1978

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 19.16 (130) Melbourne 21.10 (136) Windy Hill 11,984 19 August 1978
South Melbourne 24.11 (155) Geelong 26.11 (167) Lake Oval 15,259 19 August 1978
Footscray 9.17 (71) Fitzroy 21.13 (139) Western Oval 12,525 19 August 1978
Richmond 16.13 (109) Collingwood 19.9 (123) MCG 59,580 19 August 1978
North Melbourne 9.16 (70) Carlton 19.17 (131) Arden Street Oval 28,965 19 August 1978
St Kilda 21.13 (139) Hawthorn 12.11 (83) VFL Park 31,677 19 August 1978

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 15.16 (106) South Melbourne 11.19 (85) MCG 13,488 26 August 1978
Geelong 13.8 (86) Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Kardinia Park 21,663 26 August 1978
Fitzroy 20.14 (134) Richmond 17.15 (117) Junction Oval 11,200 26 August 1978
Collingwood 22.15 (147) St Kilda 15.17 (107) Victoria Park 31,537 26 August 1978
Carlton 23.7 (145) Footscray 15.12 (102) Princes Park 22,397 26 August 1978
North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Essendon 7.9 (51) VFL Park 22,337 26 August 1978

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 16.15 (111) South Melbourne 12.15 (87) Arden Street Oval 15,607 2 September 1978
Geelong 13.22 (100) Fitzroy 5.8 (38) Kardinia Park 22,842 2 September 1978
Hawthorn 17.16 (118) Essendon 16.13 (109) Princes Park 14,534 2 September 1978
Melbourne 19.11 (125) Collingwood 24.12 (156) MCG 40,267 2 September 1978
St Kilda 16.10 (106) Carlton 9.12 (66) Moorabbin Oval 35,850 2 September 1978
Richmond 19.20 (134) Footscray 11.15 (81) VFL Park 17,768 2 September 1978

Grand final[edit]

Hawthorn defeated North Melbourne 18.13 (121) to 15.13 (103), in front of a crowd of 101704 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Ladder[edit]

1978 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 North Melbourne 22 16 6 0 2407 1991 120.89 64
2 Hawthorn (P) 22 16 6 0 2496 2120 117.74 64
3 Collingwood 22 15 7 0 2347 2072 113.27 60
4 Carlton 22 14 8 0 2329 1994 116.80 56
5 Geelong 22 12 10 0 2153 2104 102.33 48
6 St Kilda 22 11 10 1 2330 2503 93.09 46
7 Richmond 22 10 11 1 2459 2389 102.93 42
8 South Melbourne 22 9 13 0 2390 2383 100.29 36
9 Fitzroy 22 8 14 0 2258 2339 96.54 32
10 Essendon 22 8 14 0 2203 2337 94.27 32
11 Footscray 22 7 15 0 2272 2508 90.59 28
12 Melbourne 22 5 17 0 2025 2929 69.14 20
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The 19th and 20th men were converted into interchange players, meaning that any two players could be rested at any time, and could return to the field.
  • In Round 2, Fitzroy broke South Melbourne's 1976 record for the highest losing score against Melbourne by four points.
  • In Round 6, Melbourne and St Kilda set the current record for the highest aggregate score in a game, the two teams amassing 52.33 (345). This broke the record set in the 1972 Grand Final.
  • In Round 13, Footscray set the record for highest score in a game, scoring 33.15 (213) against St Kilda. This beat Carlton's nine year old 1969 record by three points. The new record was beaten in the following 1979 VFL season. In this match, Kelvin Templeton kicked 15.9, the most goals in a game for a Footscray player, and the most scoring shots ever by any player.
  • In Round 20, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (who was the Number 1 ticket holder for Carlton throughout his time in office) was booed incessantly during the second half of the North Melbourne vs Carlton match at the Arden Street Oval. The booing continued right up to the moment when Mr. Fraser stepped inside his limousine and was driven away from the ground.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Stephen Rogers and Ashley Brown (1998). Every Game Ever Played. 6th ed. Victoria: Penguin Books.
  • 1978 Season - AFL Tables