1983 VFL season

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1983 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Hawthorn
(5th premiership)
Minor premiers North Melbourne
(3rd minor premiership)
Night series Carlton
(1st Night series win)
Matches played 138
Highest attendance 110,332
Coleman Medallist Bernie Quinlan (Fitzroy)
Brownlow Medallist Ross Glendinning (North Melbourne)
1982
1984

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1983.

Night Series[edit]

Carlton defeated Richmond 14.16 (100) to 10.6 (66) in the Final.

Premiership season[edit]

Rounds 12-22 were the home-and-away reverse of Rounds 1-11.

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 14.16 (100) St Kilda 12.15 (87) Arden Street Oval 18,496 26 March 1983
Fitzroy 16.16 (112) Hawthorn 20.11 (131) Junction Oval 15,626 26 March 1983
Carlton 20.16 (136) Richmond 11.10 (76) Princes Park 28,108 26 March 1983
Melbourne 19.11 (125) Collingwood 20.15 (135) MCG 72,274 26 March 1983
Geelong 15.16 (106) Footscray 11.9 (75) VFL Park 18,377 26 March 1983
Sydney 17.9 (111) Essendon 15.20 (110) SCG 12,001 27 March 1983

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 14.12 (96) Geelong 15.11 (101) Victoria Park 34,851 2 April 1983
Richmond 15.10 (100) Melbourne 18.11 (119) MCG 41,889 2 April 1983
Footscray 14.15 (99) Carlton 12.10 (82) Western Oval 20,414 2 April 1983
Hawthorn 9.16 (70) Sydney 5.15 (45) Princes Park 16,159 4 April 1983
Essendon 20.11 (131) St Kilda 10.10 (70) Windy Hill 27,566 4 April 1983
Fitzroy 12.16 (88) North Melbourne 6.7 (43) VFL Park 23,788 4 April 1983

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 13.16 (94) Richmond 6.10 (46) Kardinia Park 23,643 9 April 1983
Footscray 16.15 (111) Melbourne 11.13 (79) Western Oval 20,608 9 April 1983
St Kilda 6.6 (42) Hawthorn 26.15 (171) Moorabbin Oval 19,227 9 April 1983
Fitzroy 14.13 (97) Essendon 7.14 (56) Junction Oval 19,823 9 April 1983
Carlton 13.19 (97) Collingwood 11.21 (87) VFL Park 69,596 9 April 1983
Sydney 5.15 (45) North Melbourne 27.23 (185) SCG 11,831 10 April 1983

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 18.19 (127) Richmond 14.19 (103) Arden Street Oval 14,822 16 April 1983
Fitzroy 17.23 (125) Sydney 6.16 (52) Junction Oval 10,738 16 April 1983
Hawthorn 12.25 (97) Footscray 17.16 (118) Princes Park 16,026 16 April 1983
Essendon 20.21 (141) Collingwood 17.15 (117) Windy Hill 27,888 16 April 1983
Melbourne 13.12 (90) Carlton 14.15 (99) MCG 38,544 16 April 1983
Geelong 13.12 (90) St Kilda 11.13 (79) VFL Park 20,826 16 April 1983

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 9.19 (73) Hawthorn 14.11 (95) Victoria Park 28,506 23 April 1983
Carlton 9.11 (65) Fitzroy 18.17 (125) Princes Park 25,971 23 April 1983
Sydney 24.16 (160) St Kilda 21.11 (137) SCG 11,276 24 April 1983
Geelong 16.14 (110) Melbourne 18.13 (121) Kardinia Park 27,645 25 April 1983
Richmond 17.12 (114) Footscray 18.8 (116) MCG 51,651 25 April 1983
Essendon 20.8 (128) North Melbourne 17.21 (123) VFL Park 47,722 25 April 1983

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 18.18 (126) Sydney 12.21 (93) MCG 22,590 30 April 1983
Essendon 27.19 (181) Footscray 7.7 (49) Windy Hill 25,151 30 April 1983
Collingwood 19.16 (130) North Melbourne 15.18 (108) Victoria Park 28,016 30 April 1983
Carlton 12.13 (85) Geelong 14.11 (95) Princes Park 25,480 30 April 1983
St Kilda 15.12 (102) Fitzroy 22.11 (143) Moorabbin Oval 16,154 30 April 1983
Richmond 15.16 (106) Hawthorn 12.16 (88) VFL Park 33,096 30 April 1983

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 13.13 (91) North Melbourne 21.16 (142) Princes Park 13,945 7 May 1983
Fitzroy 11.10 (76) Geelong 9.13 (67) Junction Oval 18,770 7 May 1983
Richmond 16.16 (112) Essendon 21.11 (137) MCG 49,707 7 May 1983
Footscray 11.16 (82) Collingwood 14.4 (88) Western Oval 31,479 7 May 1983
Melbourne 16.12 (108) St Kilda 11.9 (75) VFL Park 25,192 7 May 1983
Sydney 18.10 (118) Carlton 22.17 (149) SCG 15,432 8 May 1983

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 11.18 (84) Sydney 16.14 (110) Kardinia Park 17,000 14 May 1983
North Melbourne 29.15 (189) Footscray 11.8 (74) Arden Street Oval 16,000 14 May 1983
Melbourne 12.15 (87) Fitzroy 18.18 (126) MCG 33,758 14 May 1983
Hawthorn 20.17 (137) Essendon 14.11 (95) Princes Park 21,835 14 May 1983
St Kilda 12.17 (89) Carlton 22.13 (145) Moorabbin Oval 19,016 14 May 1983
Collingwood 16.11 (107) Richmond 8.11 (59) VFL Park 58,780 14 May 1983

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 12.12 (84) North Melbourne 18.16 (124) Kardinia Park 21,802 21 May 1983
Essendon 22.17 (149) Melbourne 17.13 (115) Windy Hill 19,850 21 May 1983
Carlton 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 14.12 (96) Princes Park 30,750 21 May 1983
St Kilda 16.12 (108) Richmond 13.15 (93) Moorabbin Oval 20,686 21 May 1983
Footscray 22.13 (145) Fitzroy 13.21 (99) VFL Park 22,336 21 May 1983
Sydney 18.13 (121) Collingwood 14.16 (100) SCG 15,305 22 May 1983

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 16.10 (106) Sydney 14.10 (94) MCG 21,047 28 May 1983
Footscray 17.26 (128) St Kilda 11.16 (82) Western Oval 19,247 28 May 1983
Essendon 15.19 (109) Geelong 15.7 (97) Windy Hill 20,782 28 May 1983
Collingwood 10.17 (77) Fitzroy 13.15 (93) Victoria Park 32,820 28 May 1983
North Melbourne 29.19 (193) Carlton 11.16 (82) Arden Street Oval 22,776 28 May 1983
Hawthorn 27.9 (171) Melbourne 16.13 (109) VFL Park 23,988 28 May 1983

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 18.17 (125) North Melbourne 20.19 (139) MCG 25,249 4 June 1983
Fitzroy 20.16 (136) Richmond 16.18 (114) Junction Oval 16,153 4 June 1983
Hawthorn 12.16 (88) Geelong 14.11 (95) Princes Park 13,465 4 June 1983
St Kilda 21.18 (144) Collingwood 24.16 (160) Moorabbin Oval 25,153 4 June 1983
Essendon 19.12 (126) Carlton 15.11 (101) VFL Park 60,619 4 June 1983
Sydney 17.19 (121) Footscray 15.12 (102) SCG 10,710 5 June 1983

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 15.12 (102) Geelong 14.7 (91) Western Oval 25,382 11 June 1983
St Kilda 15.14 (104) North Melbourne 20.15 (135) Moorabbin Oval 15,467 11 June 1983
Hawthorn 25.17 (167) Fitzroy 21.8 (134) Princes Park 20,559 11 June 1983
Essendon 23.18 (156) Sydney 13.5 (83) Windy Hill 20,535 13 June 1983
Richmond 21.15 (141) Carlton 13.13 (91) MCG 48,243 13 June 1983
Collingwood 12.15 (87) Melbourne 10.8 (68) VFL Park 55,380 13 June 1983

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 18.15 (123) Richmond 15.19 (109) MCG 28,468 18 June 1983
Fitzroy 34.16 (220) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Junction Oval 19,770 18 June 1983
Carlton 26.15 (171) Footscray 12.10 (82) Princes Park 23,710 18 June 1983
Sydney 11.12 (78) Hawthorn 15.20 (110) SCG 10,084 18 June 1983
Essendon 21.12 (138) St Kilda 13.13 (91) VFL Park 30,616 18 June 1983
Geelong 15.11 (101) Collingwood 13.7 (85) Kardinia Park 25,808 19 June 1983

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 11.16 (82) Sydney 7.8 (50) Arden Street Oval 7,408 25 June 1983
Hawthorn 21.17 (143) St Kilda 9.20 (74) Princes Park 8,190 25 June 1983
Essendon 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Windy Hill 22,925 25 June 1983
Melbourne 14.15 (99) Footscray 12.13 (85) MCG 19,306 25 June 1983
Collingwood 15.10 (100) Carlton 6.9 (45) Victoria Park 27,778 25 June 1983
Richmond 11.4 (70) Geelong 10.9 (69) VFL Park 17,339 25 June 1983

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 9.14 (68) St Kilda 18.12 (120) Kardinia Park 11,459 2 July 1983
Collingwood 16.8 (104) Essendon 13.9 (87) Victoria Park 33,614 2 July 1983
Richmond 16.18 (114) North Melbourne 21.12 (138) MCG 23,622 2 July 1983
Sydney 23.9 (147) Fitzroy 17.15 (117) SCG 10,315 2 July 1983
Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Footscray 9.6 (60) VFL Park 15,750 2 July 1983
Carlton 9.13 (67) Melbourne 15.16 (106) Princes Park 19,300 3 July 1983

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 12.12 (84) Richmond 15.14 (104) Western Oval 15,006 9 July 1983
North Melbourne 19.14 (128) Essendon 16.11 (107) Arden Street Oval 22,340 9 July 1983
Carlton 18.16 (124) Fitzroy 13.11 (89) VFL Park 31,757 9 July 1983
St Kilda 20.9 (129) Sydney 14.16 (100) Moorabbin Oval 17,861 16 July 1983
Melbourne 10.19 (79) Geelong 10.13 (73) MCG 34,155 16 July 1983
Hawthorn 19.23 (137) Collingwood 14.16 (100) Princes Park 28,595 16 July 1983

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 20.18 (138) St Kilda 22.17 (149) Junction Oval 15,335 23 July 1983
Sydney 18.17 (125) Melbourne 16.16 (112) SCG 11,094 23 July 1983
Richmond 11.16 (82) Hawthorn 22.14 (146) MCG 31,084 23 July 1983
Footscray 16.11 (107) Essendon 18.17 (125) Western Oval 20,708 23 July 1983
Geelong 11.7 (73) Carlton 15.18 (108) Kardinia Park 17,657 23 July 1983
North Melbourne 24.8 (152) Collingwood 14.14 (98) VFL Park 41,098 24 July 1983

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 6.14 (50) Richmond 19.10 (124) Windy Hill 18,050 30 July 1983
Collingwood 12.10 (82) Footscray 9.19 (73) Victoria Park 20,743 30 July 1983
Carlton 17.17 (119) Sydney 11.9 (75) Princes Park 17,868 30 July 1983
St Kilda 11.15 (81) Melbourne 14.14 (98) Moorabbin Oval 20,218 30 July 1983
North Melbourne 12.18 (90) Hawthorn 15.7 (97) Arden Street Oval 17,720 30 July 1983
Fitzroy 16.15 (111) Geelong 7.7 (49) VFL Park 14,718 30 July 1983

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Sydney 10.15 (75) Geelong 20.21 (141) SCG 12,752 5 August 1983
Fitzroy 22.29 (161) Melbourne 11.9 (75) Junction Oval 13,870 6 August 1983
Essendon 23.18 (156) Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Windy Hill 19,315 6 August 1983
Carlton 25.18 (168) St Kilda 8.13 (61) Princes Park 19,203 6 August 1983
Richmond 11.13 (79) Collingwood 13.11 (89) MCG 81,966 6 August 1983
North Melbourne 25.14 (164) Footscray 10.11 (71) VFL Park 12,028 6 August 1983

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 28.14 (182) Sydney 18.12 (120) Victoria Park 18,772 13 August 1983
North Melbourne 16.20 (116) Geelong 11.18 (84) Arden Street Oval 11,093 13 August 1983
Footscray 19.11 (125) Fitzroy 14.15 (99) Western Oval 14,688 13 August 1983
Melbourne 19.10 (124) Essendon 21.15 (141) MCG 38,620 13 August 1983
Hawthorn 15.22 (112) Carlton 20.9 (129) Princes Park 28,504 13 August 1983
St Kilda 21.14 (140) Richmond 9.11 (65) VFL Park 21,811 13 August 1983

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Carlton 18.18 (126) North Melbourne 13.15 (93) Princes Park 32,610 20 August 1983
Sydney 10.13 (73) Richmond 15.24 (114) SCG 11,475 20 August 1983
St Kilda 13.16 (94) Footscray 16.4 (100) Moorabbin Oval 15,680 20 August 1983
Fitzroy 19.13 (127) Collingwood 7.21 (63) Junction Oval 24,104 20 August 1983
Hawthorn 25.22 (172) Melbourne 8.9 (57) VFL Park 21,192 20 August 1983
Geelong 12.11 (83) Essendon 26.9 (165) Kardinia Park 20,110 21 August 1983

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 11.11 (77) Hawthorn 24.13 (157) Kardinia Park 11,214 27 August 1983
Footscray 17.12 (114) Sydney 10.12 (72) Western Oval 13,369 27 August 1983
Collingwood 24.11 (155) St Kilda 14.8 (92) Victoria Park 19,016 27 August 1983
North Melbourne 21.22 (148) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Arden Street Oval 10,603 27 August 1983
Richmond 12.21 (93) Fitzroy 19.13 (127) MCG 27,310 27 August 1983
Essendon 18.10 (118) Carlton 8.19 (67) VFL Park 64,232 27 August 1983

Ladder[edit]

1983 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 North Melbourne 22 16 6 0 2789 2183 127.76 64
2 Hawthorn (P) 22 15 7 0 2675 2078 128.73 60
3 Fitzroy 22 15 7 0 2608 2059 126.66 60
4 Essendon 22 15 7 0 2664 2215 120.27 60
5 Carlton 22 13 9 0 2360 2244 105.17 52
6 Collingwood 22 12 10 0 2315 2247 103.03 48
7 Footscray 22 10 12 0 2102 2428 86.57 40
8 Melbourne 22 9 13 0 2220 2557 86.82 36
9 Geelong 22 8 14 0 1932 2197 87.94 32
10 Richmond 22 7 15 0 2124 2392 88.80 28
11 Sydney 22 7 15 0 2068 2670 77.45 28
12 St Kilda 22 5 17 0 2150 2737 78.55 20
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Finals[edit]

Elimination Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 17.12 (114) Carlton 12.9 (81) Waverley Park 65,881 Saturday, 3 September

Qualifying Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 19.13 (127) Fitzroy 19.9 (123) MCG 58,288 Saturday, 3 September

Semi Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Waverley Park 41,063 Saturday, 10 September
Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Essendon 16.13 (109) MCG 81,090 Saturday, 10 September

Preliminary Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 12.6 (78) Essendon 25.14 (164) Waverley Park 63,785 Saturday, 17 September

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1983 VFL Grand Final
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 20.20 (140) Essendon 8.9 (57) MCG 110,332 Saturday, 24 September

Attendance[edit]

A total of 3,631,042 people attended VFL matches during the 1983 season, an average of about 26,312 per game (including finals matches). A combined total of 420,439 attended finals matches in 1983, an average of 70,073 per finals match. The largest attendance for a home and away game was Richmond versus Collingwood at the MCG, the attendance figure was 81,966.

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • In Round 4, St Kilda played Paul Morwood and Silvio Foschini without their clearances from the Sydney Swans being finalised. Had they beaten Geelong, they would have forfeited the points under the laws at the time.
  • North Melbourne's 150-point loss to Fitzroy in Round 13 more than doubled the previous biggest loss by a minor premier of 69 points, which had occurred in 1952 and 1974.
  • In Fitzroy's Round 17 game with St Kilda, a record quarter aggregate of 19.7 (121) - Fitzroy 12.6 (78), St. Kilda 7.1 (43) - was kicked during the second quarter.
  • In Round 19, Kevin Bartlett became the first player to play 400 VFL games, after having in Round 11 of 1981 become the first to reach 350 games. Only Michael Tuck has since equalled his achievement.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grand final scores". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). 26 September 1983. p. 25. 

Sources[edit]