1982 VFL season

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1982 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Carlton
(14th premiership)
Minor premiers Richmond
(8th minor premiership)
Night series Swans
(1st Night series win)
Matches played 138
Highest attendance 107,536
Coleman Medallist Malcolm Blight (North Melbourne)
Brownlow Medallist Brian Wilson (Melbourne)
1981
1983

The 86th Victorian Football League Premiership season commenced on 20 March 1982 and concluded on 25 September 1982 with Carlton defeating Richmond in the Grand Final to win its second consecutive Premiership.

The season was the first in which the VFL established a permanent interstate presence, with the South Melbourne Football Club moving all of its home games to Sydney, New South Wales, ultimately becoming known as the Sydney Swans.

Night Series[edit]

Swans defeated North Melbourne 13.12 (90) to 8.10 (58) in the Final.

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Carlton 16.17 (113) drew with Fitzroy 17.11 (113) Princes Park (crowd: 26,669)
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Collingwood 7.16 (58) def. by Geelong 21.20 (146) Waverley Park (crowd: 53,549)
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Essendon 29.16 (190) def. Footscray 11.15 (81) Windy Hill (crowd: 26,456)
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) St Kilda 12.16 (88) def. by Hawthorn 17.17 (119) Moorabbin Oval (crowd: 19,719)
Saturday, 27 March (2:10 pm) Richmond 18.14 (122) def. North Melbourne 15.14 (104) MCG (crowd: 38,864)
Sunday, 28 March (2:10 pm) Sydney 20.17 (137) def. Melbourne 16.12 (108) SCG (crowd: 15,764)


Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 20.10 (130) Fitzroy 13.11 (89) VFL Park 38,686 20 March 1982
North Melbourne 24.13 (157) Swans 16.21 (117) Arden Street Oval 12,855 3 April 1982
Melbourne 20.26 (146) St Kilda 16.10 (106) MCG 25,367 3 April 1982
Hawthorn 13.19 (97) Geelong 11.12 (78) Princes Park 14,980 3 April 1982
Footscray 14.8 (92) Collingwood 15.14 (104) Western Oval 27,266 3 April 1982
Essendon 13.13 (91) Carlton 8.17 (65) VFL Park 60,120 3 April 1982

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 17.14 (116) Swans 20.22 (142) Moorabbin Oval 17,811 10 April 1982
Collingwood 13.16 (94) Carlton 20.8 (128) Victoria Park 36,053 10 April 1982
Hawthorn 28.26 (194) Footscray 7.9 (51) VFL Park 22,209 10 April 1982
Geelong 21.12 (138) Melbourne 5.16 (46) Kardinia Park 24,672 12 April 1982
Fitzroy 14.16 (100) North Melbourne 25.14 (164) Junction Oval 21,868 12 April 1982
Richmond 25.22 (172) Essendon 16.14 (110) MCG 90,564 12 April 1982

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 12.19 (91) North Melbourne 14.24 (108) Windy Hill 27,183 17 April 1982
Carlton 21.22 (148) Hawthorn 12.15 (87) Princes Park 29,698 17 April 1982
St Kilda 16.9 (105) Geelong 13.14 (92) Moorabbin Oval 17,148 17 April 1982
Melbourne 19.12 (126) Footscray 19.19 (133) MCG 19,832 17 April 1982
Richmond 15.17 (107) Collingwood 10.15 (75) VFL Park 59,472 17 April 1982
Swans 24.18 (162) Fitzroy 14.22 (106) SCG 13,617 18 April 1982

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 13.22 (100) Richmond 10.22 (82) Princes Park 20,110 24 April 1982
Geelong 12.12 (84) Swans 11.16 (82) Kardinia Park 20,770 24 April 1982
Footscray 15.20 (110) St Kilda 20.9 (129) Western Oval 18,526 24 April 1982
Fitzroy 18.19 (127) Essendon 15.12 (102) Junction Oval 18,268 24 April 1982
North Melbourne 19.22 (136) Collingwood 18.11 (119) Arden Street Oval 23,405 24 April 1982
Carlton 9.22 (76) Melbourne 9.12 (66) VFL Park 26,950 24 April 1982

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 13.10 (88) Fitzroy 12.19 (91) Victoria Park 27,052 1 May 1982
Richmond 18.8 (116) Melbourne 15.16 (106) MCG 31,438 1 May 1982
Geelong 17.20 (122) Footscray 7.22 (64) Kardinia Park 18,791 1 May 1982
St Kilda 11.14 (80) Carlton 16.22 (118) Moorabbin Oval 26,185 1 May 1982
Hawthorn 19.21 (135) North Melbourne 15.11 (101) VFL Park 34,921 1 May 1982
Swans 15.21 (111) Essendon 18.9 (117) SCG 15,461 2 May 1982

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 22.11 (143) North Melbourne 28.12 (180) MCG 25,704 8 May 1982
Footscray 15.20 (110) Swans 20.11 (131) Western Oval 11,487 8 May 1982
Fitzroy 19.15 (129) Hawthorn 17.15 (117) Junction Oval 14,675 8 May 1982
Carlton 15.20 (110) Geelong 7.7 (49) Princes Park 28,736 8 May 1982
Essendon 17.20 (122) Collingwood 9.13 (67) Windy Hill 25,510 8 May 1982
Richmond 21.14 (140) St Kilda 17.12 (114) VFL Park 33,222 8 May 1982

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 23.18 (156) St Kilda 6.16 (52) Arden Street Oval 16,258 15 May 1982
Geelong 12.15 (87) Richmond 11.23 (89) Kardinia Park 28,403 15 May 1982
Hawthorn 15.15 (105) Essendon 16.15 (111) Princes Park 26,865 15 May 1982
Footscray 11.11 (77) Carlton 14.22 (106) Western Oval 17,903 15 May 1982
Melbourne 25.14 (164) Fitzroy 13.21 (99) VFL Park 25,856 15 May 1982
Swans 15.25 (115) Collingwood 13.19 (97) SCG 20,905 16 May 1982

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 19.19 (133) Melbourne 12.13 (85) Windy Hill 22,403 22 May 1982
Collingwood 13.14 (92) Hawthorn 17.12 (114) Victoria Park 24,904 22 May 1982
Carlton 27.23 (185) Swans 12.11 (83) Princes Park 23,954 22 May 1982
Richmond 21.13 (139) Footscray 14.14 (98) MCG 22,493 22 May 1982
St Kilda 16.19 (115) Fitzroy 25.12 (162) Moorabbin Oval 15,140 22 May 1982
Geelong 15.19 (109) North Melbourne 9.9 (63) VFL Park 25,237 22 May 1982

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 15.10 (100) North Melbourne 23.20 (158) Western Oval 15,686 29 May 1982
Fitzroy 25.11 (161) Geelong 19.18 (132) Junction Oval 16,256 29 May 1982
Carlton 18.16 (124) Richmond 16.11 (107) Princes Park 35,261 29 May 1982
Melbourne 16.24 (120) Collingwood 17.11 (113) MCG 52,169 29 May 1982
Essendon 22.17 (149) St Kilda 18.11 (119) VFL Park 37,736 29 May 1982
Swans 15.13 (103) Hawthorn 24.13 (157) SCG 15,420 30 May 1982

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 20.14 (134) Swans 18.25 (133) MCG 28,216 5 June 1982
Hawthorn 26.22 (178) Melbourne 14.15 (99) Princes Park 14,087 5 June 1982
Collingwood 26.16 (172) St Kilda 21.10 (136) Victoria Park 26,657 5 June 1982
Geelong 10.11 (71) Essendon 17.9 (111) Kardinia Park 29,884 5 June 1982
North Melbourne 13.18 (96) Carlton 15.15 (105) Arden Street Oval 26,206 5 June 1982
Fitzroy 23.22 (160) Footscray 16.12 (108) VFL Park 13,908 5 June 1982

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 23.18 (156) Fitzroy 17.16 (118) MCG 43,474 12 June 1982
Hawthorn 17.10 (112) Geelong 6.17 (53) VFL Park 38,086 12 June 1982
St Kilda 14.11 (95) Melbourne 19.24 (138) Moorabbin Oval 19,385 13 June 1982
Collingwood 24.19 (163) Footscray 14.13 (97) Victoria Park 29,075 14 June 1982
Swans 15.15 (105) North Melbourne 16.15 (111) SCG 14,523 14 June 1982
Essendon 19.12 (126) Carlton 8.18 (66) Windy Hill 33,800 14 June 1982

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 16.11 (107) Hawthorn 12.20 (92) Western Oval 10,530 19 June 1982
Carlton 12.26 (98) Collingwood 9.17 (71) Princes Park 30,346 19 June 1982
Swans 30.19 (199) St Kilda 15.13 (103) SCG 10,034 19 June 1982
Melbourne 21.8 (134) Geelong 10.10 (70) MCG 23,365 19 June 1982
North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Fitzroy 11.21 (87) Arden Street Oval 16,000 19 June 1982
Richmond 12.10 (82) Essendon 10.5 (65) VFL Park 64,319 19 June 1982

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 17.8 (110) St Kilda 10.3 (63) Kardinia Park 15,107 26 June 1982
Fitzroy 16.16 (112) Swans 20.13 (133) Junction Oval 12,300 26 June 1982
Collingwood 10.12 (72) Richmond 13.16 (94) Victoria Park 25,409 26 June 1982
Hawthorn 17.14 (116) Carlton 12.10 (82) Princes Park 23,354 26 June 1982
Melbourne 13.16 (94) Footscray 14.8 (92) VFL Park 18,947 26 June 1982
Essendon 15.15 (105) North Melbourne 14.13 (97) MCG 47,656 26 June 1982

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 21.13 (139) Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Windy Hill 20,059 3 July 1982
Carlton 18.20 (128) Melbourne 16.15 (111) Princes Park 21,871 3 July 1982
Richmond 17.14 (116) Hawthorn 22.14 (146) MCG 48,338 3 July 1982
Swans 18.18 (126) Geelong 12.15 (87) SCG 12,221 3 July 1982
St Kilda 20.11 (131) Footscray 18.12 (120) Moorabbin Oval 15,958 3 July 1982
North Melbourne 16.13 (109) Collingwood 13.11 (89) VFL Park 32,812 3 July 1982

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 32.14 (206) North Melbourne 15.22 (112) Princes Park 18,760 10 July 1982
Footscray 25.7 (157) Geelong 17.13 (115) Western Oval 14,004 10 July 1982
Carlton 21.13 (139) St Kilda 9.9 (63) VFL Park 27,829 10 July 1982
Melbourne 9.18 (72) Richmond 23.9 (147) MCG 36,161 17 July 1982
Essendon 12.10 (82) Swans 17.13 (115) Windy Hill 22,278 17 July 1982
Fitzroy 10.24 (84) Collingwood 9.10 (64) VFL Park 26,105 17 July 1982

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 28.17 (185) St Kilda 14.18 (102) MCG 22,749 24 July 1982
Collingwood 15.18 (108) Essendon 17.17 (119) Victoria Park 24,487 24 July 1982
North Melbourne 22.14 (146) Melbourne 16.17 (113) Arden Street Oval 10,887 24 July 1982
Geelong 16.19 (115) Carlton 11.9 (75) Kardinia Park 19,892 24 July 1982
Fitzroy 27.8 (170) Hawthorn 18.15 (123) VFL Park 24,760 24 July 1982
Swans 14.27 (111) Footscray 15.8 (98) SCG 11,289 25 July 1982

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 12.10 (82) Hawthorn 15.10 (100) Windy Hill 22,991 31 July 1982
Collingwood 12.13 (85) Swans 13.12 (90) Victoria Park 20,636 31 July 1982
Carlton 30.21 (201) Footscray 10.12 (72) Princes Park 17,514 31 July 1982
St Kilda 14.12 (96) North Melbourne 22.18 (150) Moorabbin Oval 10,955 31 July 1982
Melbourne 13.15 (93) Fitzroy 24.19 (163) MCG 18,649 31 July 1982
Richmond 24.19 (163) Geelong 11.13 (79) VFL Park 23,237 31 July 1982

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 7.8 (50) Richmond 16.16 (112) Western Oval 16,259 7 August 1982
Fitzroy 21.16 (142) St Kilda 11.12 (78) Junction Oval 9,987 7 August 1982
North Melbourne 22.18 (150) Geelong 11.16 (82) Arden Street Oval 11,634 7 August 1982
Hawthorn 20.20 (140) Collingwood 16.22 (118) Princes Park 18,699 7 August 1982
Essendon 20.17 (137) Melbourne 14.17 (101) VFL Park 28,379 7 August 1982
Swans 15.16 (106) Carlton 9.18 (72) SCG 25,601 8 August 1982

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 18.18 (126) Swans 8.14 (62) Princes Park 15,743 14 August 1982
Collingwood 17.12 (114) Melbourne 25.18 (168) Victoria Park 20,702 14 August 1982
Geelong 5.18 (48) Fitzroy 15.15 (105) Kardinia Park 14,597 14 August 1982
St Kilda 10.16 (76) Essendon 13.12 (90) Moorabbin Oval 15,705 14 August 1982
Richmond 9.10 (64) Carlton 13.14 (92) MCG 71,203 14 August 1982
North Melbourne 17.16 (118) Footscray 16.8 (104) VFL Park 11,133 14 August 1982

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 19.17 (131) Footscray 12.11 (83) Junction Oval 8,280 21 August 1982
Essendon 14.12 (96) Geelong 12.13 (85) Windy Hill 17,587 21 August 1982
Carlton 26.24 (180) North Melbourne 17.8 (110) Princes Park 28,309 21 August 1982
Melbourne 14.8 (92) Hawthorn 14.19 (103) MCG 26,049 21 August 1982
St Kilda 22.16 (148) Collingwood 16.16 (112) VFL Park 25,816 21 August 1982
Swans 16.14 (110) Richmond 19.13 (127) SCG 21,083 22 August 1982

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Richmond 15.8 (98) Arden Street Oval 19,135 28 August 1982
Melbourne 25.13 (163) Swans 22.16 (148) MCG 27,521 28 August 1982
Hawthorn 23.23 (161) St Kilda 11.7 (73) Princes Park 13,116 28 August 1982
Footscray 9.8 (62) Essendon 32.16 (208) Western Oval 21,575 28 August 1982
Geelong 18.13 (121) Collingwood 18.18 (126) Kardinia Park 20,950 28 August 1982
Carlton 23.12 (150) Fitzroy 17.9 (111) VFL Park 46,130 28 August 1982

Ladder[edit]

1982 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Richmond 22 18 4 0 2682 2125 126.21 72
2 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2828 2149 131.60 68
3 Carlton (P) 22 16 5 1 2561 2008 127.54 66
4 Essendon 22 16 6 0 2576 2057 125.23 64
5 North Melbourne 22 14 8 0 2693 2458 109.56 56
6 Fitzroy 22 12 9 1 2614 2550 102.51 50
7 Swans 22 12 10 0 2621 2537 103.31 48
8 Melbourne 22 8 14 0 2488 2752 90.41 32
9 Geelong 22 7 15 0 2073 2293 90.41 28
10 Collingwood 22 4 18 0 2201 2575 85.48 16
11 St Kilda 22 4 18 0 2188 3052 71.69 16
12 Footscray 22 3 19 0 2066 3035 68.07 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against
Note: In 1982, Sydney were officially known as the Swans[1]

Finals[edit]

Elimination Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 16.19 (115) North Melbourne 19.14 (128) VFL Park 50.537 Saturday, 5 September

Qualifying Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 16.9 (105) Carlton 25.13 (163) MCG 70,552 Saturday, 5 September

Semi Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 24.22 (166) North Melbourne 18.6 (114) MCG 61,729 Saturday, 11 September
Richmond 14.18 (102) Carlton 9.8 (62) VFL Park 65,611 Saturday, 11 September

Preliminary Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Carlton 13.16 (94) Hawthorn 8.16 (63) VFL Park 61,307 Saturday, 18 September

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1982 VFL Grand Final
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 12.13 (85) Carlton 14.19 (103) MCG 107,536 Saturday, 25 September

Notes[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • South Melbourne, affected by limited finances and loss of its inner-city support base ever since World War II, relocated to Sydney after experimental matches played by the VFL there since 1979. Early in the season, the team was still formally known as South Melbourne, although it marketed itself as 'Sydney Swans' in Sydney; on 2 June, the team formally became known as 'the Swans' for the remainder of the season,[3] before formally becoming the 'Sydney Swans' in 1983.[4]
  • From 4 May, patrons were banned from bringing alcoholic beverages into VFL matches, and were limited to purchasing at most two pre-opened cans at a time from vendors at the ground.[5]
  • Owing to the extreme drought and consequent firm grounds, the 1982 season remains the highest-scoring on record. Among the records were:
    • an average game score of 112 points; the next highest average score in a season was 106 points in 1979 and 1983
    • St Kilda and Footscray became the only teams ever to concede 3,000 points in one season
    • 66 scores of 20 goals occurred, a record equalled only in 1991
    • 57 matches where both teams scored more than 100 points - no other season had more than fifty such matches
    • Round 10 is the only round in VFL/AFL history in which every team scored 100 or more points.
  • In Round 16 against North Melbourne, Hawthorn set record scores of 13.3 (81) for the first quarter and 20.7 (127) for the first half. The former record stood until 2011, and the latter stood until 2004.
  • After a negative response from the players since its introduction in 1980, the VFL abandoned the practice of presenting runners-up medals to the losing team as part of the Grand Final post-match presentation.[6]
  • In Round 18, Leigh Matthews ran into and broke a behind post at Windy Hill.
  • Early in the season, the VFL arranged for the Grand Finalists to play a rematch as a demonstration sport at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, held in Brisbane shortly after the season was finished.[7] Carlton and Richmond played the exhibition match at the Gabba on Wednesday, 6 October, and Richmond won the high-scoring match 28.16 (184) to 26.10 (166).[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/Sydney_part_2.htm
  2. ^ Gerry Carmen (27 September 1982). "Geelong's hat-trick". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 27. 
  3. ^ Simunovich, Peter (3 June 1982). "The Swans – officially". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne). p. 67. 
  4. ^ Sydney - Part 2 Full Points Footy
  5. ^ Simunovich, Peter (17 June 1982). "Victory in VFL's booze battle". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne). p. 76. 
  6. ^ Simunovich, Peter (22 July 1982). "VFL: no medals for runners-up". The Sun News-Pictorial (Final ed.) (Melbourne). p. 63. 
  7. ^ Sheahan, Mike (3 March 1982). "Games Grand Final replay". The Herald (Final ed.) (Melbourne). p. 44. 
  8. ^ Reed, Ron (7 October 1982). "Grace Gabba the crowd grabba". The Sun News-Pictorial (Final ed.) (Melbourne). p. 66. 
  • Stephen Rogers and Ashley Brown (1998). Every Game Ever Played. 6th ed. Victoria: Penguin Books.