1980 VFL season

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1980 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Richmond
(10th premiership)
Minor premiers Geelong
(10th minor premiership)
Night series North Melbourne
(1st Night series win)
Matches played 138
Attendance 3,770,836 (27,325 per match)
Highest attendance 113,461
Coleman Medallist Michael Roach (Richmond)
Brownlow Medallist Kelvin Templeton (Footscray)
1979
1981

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1980.

Night Series[edit]

North Melbourne defeated Collingwood 8.9 (57) to 7.12 (54) in the Final.

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 15.16 (106) Richmond 16.15 (111) Princes Park 21,028 29 March 1980
Geelong 12.13 (85) South Melbourne 13.10 (88) Kardinia Park 22,685 29 March 1980
Essendon 12.15 (87) North Melbourne 15.10 (100) Windy Hill 28,811 29 March 1980
Footscray 17.11 (113) Fitzroy 18.17 (125) Western Oval 20,060 29 March 1980
Collingwood 13.16 (94) Carlton 19.18 (132) Victoria Park 29,587 29 March 1980
Melbourne 18.14 (122) St Kilda 14.16 (100) VFL Park 31,859 29 March 1980

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 17.15 (117) Essendon 17.22 (124) MCG 51,548 5 April 1980
North Melbourne 7.14 (56) Collingwood 7.19 (61) Arden Street Oval 24,363 5 April 1980
Melbourne 22.8 (140) Fitzroy 17.14 (116) VFL Park 28,802 5 April 1980
Carlton 14.25 (109) Geelong 15.14 (104) Princes Park 32,614 7 April 1980
St Kilda 11.17 (83) Hawthorn 15.26 (116) Moorabbin Oval 22,265 7 April 1980
South Melbourne 14.17 (101) Footscray 10.13 (73) Lake Oval 19,191 7 April 1980

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 18.20 (128) St Kilda 19.14 (128) MCG 37,076 12 April 1980
Geelong 17.17 (119) Melbourne 14.9 (93) Kardinia Park 21,504 12 April 1980
Fitzroy 14.18 (102) North Melbourne 21.22 (148) Junction Oval 14,548 12 April 1980
Hawthorn 19.16 (130) Collingwood 16.23 (119) Princes Park 27,034 12 April 1980
Footscray 14.10 (94) Carlton 17.17 (119) Western Oval 21,434 12 April 1980
Essendon 24.12 (156) South Melbourne 14.17 (101) VFL Park 33,909 12 April 1980

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 8.9 (57) Richmond 16.13 (109) Victoria Park 29,888 19 April 1980
Carlton 22.18 (150) South Melbourne 13.15 (93) Princes Park 20,794 19 April 1980
North Melbourne 10.9 (69) Geelong 16.10 (106) Arden Street Oval 15,437 19 April 1980
Melbourne 18.21 (129) Footscray 18.12 (120) MCG 20,905 19 April 1980
St Kilda 11.17 (83) Essendon 12.8 (80) Moorabbin Oval 30,947 19 April 1980
Hawthorn 11.19 (85) Fitzroy 12.10 (82) VFL Park 26,104 19 April 1980

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 14.10 (94) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Kardinia Park 34,256 25 April 1980
Richmond 29.25 (199) Fitzroy 11.15 (81) MCG 44,401 25 April 1980
Carlton 14.19 (103) Melbourne 9.20 (74) VFL Park 60,784 25 April 1980
South Melbourne 17.20 (122) St Kilda 7.15 (57) Lake Oval 23,003 26 April 1980
Essendon 9.15 (69) Collingwood 10.13 (73) Windy Hill 32,140 26 April 1980
North Melbourne 26.21 (177) Footscray 8.7 (55) SCG 13,476 27 April 1980

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 15.14 (104) South Melbourne 19.16 (130) MCG 22,487 3 May 1980
Collingwood 26.12 (168) St Kilda 16.12 (108) Victoria Park 29,094 3 May 1980
Hawthorn 19.16 (130) Footscray 18.5 (113) Princes Park 11,958 3 May 1980
Fitzroy 16.12 (108) Essendon 15.23 (113) Junction Oval 17,562 3 May 1980
North Melbourne 18.11 (119) Carlton 12.15 (87) Arden Street Oval 24,644 3 May 1980
Richmond 12.16 (88) Geelong 10.17 (77) VFL Park 47,265 3 May 1980

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 10.10 (70) Richmond 27.18 (180) Western Oval 16,471 10 May 1980
Essendon 13.15 (93) Geelong 16.11 (107) Windy Hill 23,993 10 May 1980
Carlton 14.27 (111) Hawthorn 16.17 (113) Princes Park 26,414 10 May 1980
St Kilda 12.20 (92) Fitzroy 18.23 (131) Moorabbin Oval 17,557 10 May 1980
South Melbourne 17.13 (115) Collingwood 13.12 (90) Lake Oval 22,375 10 May 1980
North Melbourne 24.15 (159) Melbourne 10.12 (72) VFL Park 18,939 10 May 1980

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 15.19 (109) South Melbourne 16.10 (106) Arden Street Oval 17,190 17 May 1980
Hawthorn 17.16 (118) Melbourne 15.18 (108) Princes Park 10,504 17 May 1980
Geelong 20.15 (135) St Kilda 10.12 (72) Kardinia Park 22,449 17 May 1980
Fitzroy 17.16 (118) Collingwood 17.16 (118) Junction Oval 20,596 17 May 1980
Richmond 19.24 (138) Carlton 12.13 (85) MCG 85,659 17 May 1980
Essendon 22.16 (148) Footscray 10.11 (71) VFL Park 21,851 17 May 1980

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 15.12 (102) Richmond 29.21 (195) MCG 27,217 24 May 1980
Fitzroy 14.16 (100) South Melbourne 16.25 (121) Junction Oval 14,665 24 May 1980
Collingwood 18.28 (136) Geelong 15.15 (105) Victoria Park 30,157 24 May 1980
St Kilda 19.15 (129) Footscray 15.13 (103) Moorabbin Oval 15,207 24 May 1980
North Melbourne 14.9 (93) Hawthorn 13.10 (88) VFL Park 34,384 24 May 1980
Carlton 20.11 (131) Essendon 13.16 (94) SCG 24,545 25 May 1980

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 17.18 (120) Melbourne 11.10 (76) Windy Hill 16,504 31 May 1980
Richmond 15.15 (105) North Melbourne 13.20 (98) MCG 61,769 31 May 1980
South Melbourne 28.15 (183) Hawthorn 14.15 (99) Lake Oval 17,420 31 May 1980
Geelong 18.15 (123) Fitzroy 17.6 (108) Kardinia Park 19,581 31 May 1980
Footscray 18.11 (119) Collingwood 24.17 (161) Western Oval 21,482 31 May 1980
Carlton 14.20 (104) St Kilda 9.8 (62) VFL Park 37,594 31 May 1980

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 15.13 (103) Geelong 22.12 (144) Western Oval 15,519 7 June 1980
Collingwood 19.15 (129) Melbourne 18.11 (119) Victoria Park 23,040 7 June 1980
St Kilda 12.8 (80) North Melbourne 25.13 (163) Moorabbin Oval 16,506 7 June 1980
Hawthorn 9.17 (71) Essendon 13.11 (89) Princes Park 21,223 7 June 1980
Fitzroy 19.12 (126) Carlton 22.24 (156) Junction Oval 15,286 7 June 1980
Richmond 18.13 (121) South Melbourne 10.8 (68) VFL Park 50,017 7 June 1980

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 19.20 (134) St Kilda 14.8 (92) MCG 26,324 14 June 1980
Fitzroy 18.15 (123) Footscray 25.17 (167) Junction Oval 10,681 14 June 1980
North Melbourne 15.11 (101) Essendon 10.12 (72) Arden Street Oval 28,068 14 June 1980
Carlton 13.12 (90) Collingwood 11.19 (85) Princes Park 43,599 15 June 1980
Richmond 16.12 (108) Hawthorn 11.22 (88) MCG 57,572 16 June 1980
Geelong 21.21 (147) South Melbourne 12.12 (84) SCG 13,209 16 June 1980

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 21.17 (143) St Kilda 16.13 (109) Princes Park 11,686 21 June 1980
Footscray 15.14 (104) South Melbourne 12.15 (87) Western Oval 15,837 21 June 1980
Essendon 15.17 (107) Richmond 16.21 (117) Windy Hill 24,045 21 June 1980
Melbourne 18.21 (129) Fitzroy 18.9 (117) MCG 15,075 21 June 1980
Geelong 12.11 (83) Carlton 12.6 (78) Kardinia Park 26,526 21 June 1980
Collingwood 20.19 (139) North Melbourne 13.15 (93) VFL Park 54,675 21 June 1980

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 13.6 (84) North Melbourne 4.3 (27) Kardinia Park 21,555 28 June 1980
Footscray 10.13 (73) Melbourne 6.7 (43) Western Oval 11,785 28 June 1980
Hawthorn 21.17 (143) Fitzroy 8.7 (55) Princes Park 8,209 28 June 1980
Richmond 9.19 (73) Collingwood 7.22 (64) MCG 64,054 28 June 1980
South Melbourne 5.9 (39) Carlton 10.18 (78) Lake Oval 12,362 28 June 1980
St Kilda 7.11 (53) Essendon 6.12 (48) VFL Park 20,485 28 June 1980

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 5.6 (36) South Melbourne 6.14 (50) Moorabbin Oval 16,840 12 July 1980
Fitzroy 15.19 (109) Richmond 12.16 (88) Junction Oval 11,362 12 July 1980
Collingwood 11.22 (88) Essendon 13.6 (84) Victoria Park 30,659 12 July 1980
North Melbourne 15.19 (109) Footscray 7.8 (50) Arden Street Oval 15,277 12 July 1980
Melbourne 15.13 (103) Carlton 18.24 (132) MCG 26,216 12 July 1980
Geelong 17.15 (117) Hawthorn 4.13 (37) VFL Park 34,204 12 July 1980

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 20.9 (129) South Melbourne 19.19 (133) Windy Hill 17,471 19 July 1980
Collingwood 22.17 (149) Hawthorn 19.8 (122) Victoria Park 25,090 19 July 1980
Carlton 24.16 (160) Footscray 15.13 (103) Princes Park 18,792 19 July 1980
Melbourne 15.15 (105) Geelong 17.12 (114) MCG 23,327 19 July 1980
North Melbourne 17.13 (115) Fitzroy 13.8 (86) VFL Park 16,002 19 July 1980
Richmond 34.18 (222) St Kilda 11.4 (70) SCG 14,077 20 July 1980

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 25.10 (160) Hawthorn 15.17 (107) Western Oval 12,362 26 July 1980
Essendon 18.14 (122) Fitzroy 17.14 (116) Windy Hill 14,372 26 July 1980
Carlton 14.17 (101) North Melbourne 20.13 (133) Princes Park 26,347 26 July 1980
South Melbourne 17.22 (124) Melbourne 13.12 (90) Lake Oval 11,643 26 July 1980
Richmond 13.15 (93) Geelong 16.14 (110) MCG 70,068 26 July 1980
Collingwood 32.19 (211) St Kilda 16.11 (107) VFL Park 33,933 26 July 1980

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 15.14 (104) St Kilda 12.8 (80) Junction Oval 6,836 2 August 1980
Collingwood 11.24 (90) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 24,739 2 August 1980
North Melbourne 12.15 (87) Melbourne 7.15 (57) Arden Street Oval 7,544 2 August 1980
Geelong 15.14 (104) Essendon 13.12 (90) Kardinia Park 24,738 2 August 1980
Hawthorn 9.15 (69) Carlton 16.17 (113) Princes Park 15,046 2 August 1980
Richmond 23.18 (156) Footscray 6.5 (41) VFL Park 18,282 2 August 1980

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 18.8 (116) Footscray 11.8 (74) Windy Hill 16,952 9 August 1980
Carlton 12.19 (91) Richmond 10.10 (70) Princes Park 30,051 9 August 1980
South Melbourne 12.13 (85) North Melbourne 11.7 (73) Lake Oval 13,681 9 August 1980
Melbourne 9.10 (64) Hawthorn 19.27 (141) MCG 15,447 9 August 1980
St Kilda 13.10 (88) Geelong 11.17 (83) Moorabbin Oval 13,236 9 August 1980
Collingwood 19.10 (124) Fitzroy 16.19 (115) VFL Park 31,013 9 August 1980

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 16.22 (118) St Kilda 11.7 (73) Western Oval 13,966 16 August 1980
Carlton 25.14 (164) Essendon 16.7 (103) Princes Park 27,955 16 August 1980
Richmond 26.18 (174) Melbourne 16.13 (109) MCG 19,048 16 August 1980
South Melbourne 20.14 (134) Fitzroy 17.15 (117) Lake Oval 12,015 16 August 1980
Geelong 14.15 (99) Collingwood 12.9 (81) Kardinia Park 42,198 16 August 1980
North Melbourne 20.15 (135) Hawthorn 11.13 (79) VFL Park 21,739 16 August 1980

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 14.14 (98) Richmond 15.19 (109) Arden Street Oval 23,682 23 August 1980
Fitzroy 16.21 (117) Geelong 20.12 (132) Junction Oval 12,004 23 August 1980
Collingwood 19.16 (130) Footscray 13.14 (92) Victoria Park 23,472 23 August 1980
Melbourne 14.17 (101) Essendon 18.14 (122) MCG 23,530 23 August 1980
St Kilda 13.9 (87) Carlton 20.16 (136) Moorabbin Oval 21,258 23 August 1980
Hawthorn 16.17 (113) South Melbourne 12.11 (83) VFL Park 19,882 23 August 1980

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 11.17 (83) St Kilda 12.11 (83) Arden Street Oval 10,302 30 August 1980
Essendon 15.12 (102) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Windy Hill 17,772 30 August 1980
Carlton 21.20 (146) Fitzroy 20.22 (142) Princes Park 22,495 30 August 1980
South Melbourne 16.11 (107) Richmond 7.11 (53) Lake Oval 21,964 30 August 1980
Melbourne 9.12 (66) Collingwood 19.10 (124) MCG 52,791 30 August 1980
Geelong 12.18 (90) Footscray 5.10 (40) VFL Park 21,186 30 August 1980

Ladder[edit]

1980 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Geelong 22 17 5 0 2362 1888 125.11 68
2 Carlton 22 17 5 0 2576 2128 121.05 68
3 Richmond (P) 22 16 5 1 2754 1990 138.39 66
4 North Melbourne 22 14 7 1 2345 1894 123.81 58
5 Collingwood 22 14 7 1 2491 2178 114.37 58
6 South Melbourne 22 13 9 0 2211 2174 101.70 52
7 Essendon 22 10 12 0 2268 2151 105.44 40
8 Hawthorn 22 10 12 0 2249 2381 94.46 40
9 Melbourne 22 5 17 0 2140 2709 79.00 20
10 Footscray 22 5 17 0 2056 2737 75.12 20
11 St Kilda 22 4 16 2 1872 2704 69.23 20
12 Fitzroy 22 4 17 1 2398 2788 86.01 18
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Finals[edit]

Qualifying & Elimination Finals[edit]

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
QF Carlton 10.14 (74) Richmond 18.8 (116) Waverley Park 59,014 6 September 1980
EF North Melbourne 14.12 (96) Collingwood 14.20 (104) MCG 82,952 6 September 1980

Semi finals[edit]

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
1st SF Carlton 15.12 (102) Collingwood 22.20 (152) MCG 94,451 13 September 1980
2nd SF Geelong 11.5 (71) Richmond 14.11 (95) Waverley Park 65,303 13 September 1980

Preliminary Final[edit]

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
PF Geelong 13.11 (89) Collingwood 13.15 (93) Waverley Park 75,526 20 September 1980

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1980 VFL Grand Final

Richmond defeated Collingwood 23.21 (159) to 9.24 (78), in front of a crowd of 113,461 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Game Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Grand Final Richmond 23.21 (159) Collingwood 9.24 (78) MCG 113,461 27 September 1980

Awards[edit]

  • The leading goal kicker was Michael Roach of Richmond with 112 goals
  • The Brownlow Medal was won by Footscray's Kelvin Templeton
  • The Richmond Football Club set a record that, as yet, has not been beaten: the club's three full-forwards each kicked more than 100 goals in the 1980 season.
    • The full-forward of its Senior team, Michael Roach, kicked 112 goals.
    • The full-forward of its Reserve team, Mark Jackson, kicked 131 goals (a record for the Reserve competition).
    • The full-forward of its Under-19 team, Peter Lane, kicked 116 goals.
  • The reserves premiership was won by Geelong. Geelong 24.15 (159) defeated South Melbourne 19.12 (126) in the Grand Final, held as a curtain-raiser to the seniors Grand Final on 27 September.[1]

Notable events[edit]

  • Following persistent wrestling between ruckmen Peter Moore and Gary Dempsey at centre bounces during the 1979 Preliminary Final between Collingwood and North Melbourne, the VFL introduced for the 1980 season a dividing line drawn across the centre circle in the wing-to-wing direction; under the new rules, each ruckman was forced to begin and run from his side of the line at a centre bounce, to eliminate wrestling.[2] The rule was officially adopted at the national level in November 1982.[3]
  • The league threatened to kick Footscray off the Western Oval and force it to play its games away from home, after the Footscray Council granted the Footscray J.U.S.T. (a soccer team playing in the NSL) a lease to play games at the ground on Sundays – in defiance of a League stipulation that League grounds could not be shared with other codes during winter. In the end, Footscray-J.U.S.T. played most of its games elsewhere, and the League was not forced to follow through on its ultimatum.[4]
  • On 5 July, the VFL put together three separate Victorian representative teams to compete in different interstate games. The No. 1 team recorded a 21-point victory against Western Australia at VFL Park, and the No. 2 team recorded an 80-point win against Queensland at the Gabba; but, the No. 3 team suffered an upset 13-point loss against the A.C.T. at Manuka Oval, prompting league president Dr Allan Aylett to describe it as the worst team ever to represent Victoria.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Rule (29 September 1980). "Cats settle for seconds best". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 34. 
  2. ^ Atkinson, Graeme (1989). 3AW Book of Footy Records. South Melbourne,: Magistra Publishing Company Pty Ltd. p. 278. ISBN 1863210091. .
  3. ^ Gerry Carmen (23 November 1982). "Centre line – it's official". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 42. 
  4. ^ "Ultimatum by VFL". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). 23 May 1980. p. 26. 
  5. ^ Tony Bourke (7 Jul 1980). "Qld: thanks for the thrashing". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 26. 
  • Stephen Rogers and Ashley Brown (1998). Every Game Ever Played. 6th ed. Victoria: Penguin Books.