1985 VFL season

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1985 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Essendon
(14th premiership)
Minor premiers Essendon
(12th minor premiership)
Night series Hawthorn
(2nd Night series win)
Matches played 138
Highest attendance 100,042
Coleman Medallist Simon Beasley (Footscray)
Brownlow Medallist Brad Hardie (Footscray)
1984
1986

The 89th Victorian Football League Premiership season commenced in March 1985 and concluded on 28 September 1985 with Essendon winning their second consecutive Premiership in a third consecutive Grand Final against Hawthorn.

Night Series[edit]

Hawthorn defeated Essendon 11.11 (77) to 10.8 (68) in the Final.

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 15.13 (103) Collingwood 21.15 (141) MCG 65,628 29 March 1985
St Kilda 8.18 (66) Sydney 26.20 (176) Moorabbin Oval 20,910 30 March 1985
Essendon 21.11 (137) Richmond 18.12 (120) Windy Hill 22,802 30 March 1985
Carlton 17.10 (112) Footscray 22.10 (142) Princes Park 26,873 30 March 1985
Melbourne 20.8 (128) Fitzroy 14.18 (102) MCG 20,910 30 March 1985
Geelong 20.8 (128) Hawthorn 14.16 (100) VFL Park 20,776 30 March 1985

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 12.16 (88) Sydney 13.14 (92) MCG 24,113 6 April 1985
Geelong 14.12 (96) Collingwood 18.11 (119) Kardinia Park 32,966 6 April 1985
St Kilda 2.17 (29) Carlton 25.19 (169) Moorabbin Oval 18,655 6 April 1985
Hawthorn 25.20 (170) Melbourne 14.18 (102) Princes Park 17,278 8 April 1985
Fitzroy 8.15 (63) Essendon 24.22 (166) Victoria Park 17,093 8 April 1985
Footscray 20.14 (134) North Melbourne 16.12 (108) VFL Park 24,056 8 April 1985

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 17.12 (114) Hawthorn 15.10 (100) VFL Park 41,694 23 March 1985
Richmond 31.25 (211) St Kilda 14.14 (98) MCG 17,753 13 April 1985
Footscray 26.14 (170) Geelong 16.9 (105) Western Oval 23,259 13 April 1985
Collingwood 19.9 (123) Melbourne 16.17 (113) Victoria Park 22,896 13 April 1985
Carlton 22.13 (145) North Melbourne 22.15 (147) Princes Park 20,404 13 April 1985
Sydney 18.12 (120) Fitzroy 26.15 (171) SCG 10,204 14 April 1985
  • The average score by each team this round was 134.8, which stands as the VFL/AFL record.[1]

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 16.15 (111) St Kilda 11.6 (72) MCG 12,895 20 April 1985
Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Richmond 15.13 (103) Victoria Park 11,056 20 April 1985
Carlton 24.17 (161) Geelong 13.11 (89) Princes Park 19,894 20 April 1985
Essendon 13.8 (86) Collingwood 12.10 (82) Windy Hill 26,550 20 April 1985
Melbourne 14.18 (102) Footscray 12.11 (83) VFL Park 20,797 20 April 1985
Sydney 5.14 (44) Hawthorn 8.15 (63) SCG 7,860 21 April 1985

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 18.13 (121) Carlton 13.14 (92) MCG 53,067 25 April 1985
St Kilda 19.12 (126) Fitzroy 18.14 (122) VFL Park 20,480 25 April 1985
Hawthorn 21.23 (149) Richmond 29.14 (188) Princes Park 17,268 27 April 1985
Geelong 16.23 (119) North Melbourne 14.9 (93) Kardinia Park 16,492 27 April 1985
Collingwood 15.15 (105) Sydney 13.12 (90) Victoria Park 23,306 27 April 1985
Footscray 18.17 (125) Essendon 11.18 (84) Western Oval 33,677 27 April 1985

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 20.11 (131) North Melbourne 20.12 (132) MCG 23,815 4 May 1985
Fitzroy 15.12 (102) Hawthorn 19.16 (130) Victoria Park 9,231 4 May 1985
St Kilda 16.12 (108) Geelong 15.21 (111) Moorabbin Oval 16,000 4 May 1985
Essendon 27.14 (176) Carlton 8.19 (67) Windy Hill 22,644 4 May 1985
Richmond 16.10 (106) Collingwood 13.10 (88) VFL Park 58,733 4 May 1985
Sydney 25.11 (161) Footscray 11.17 (83) SCG 9,537 5 May 1985

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 28.15 (183) St Kilda 8.9 (57) Princes Park 8,762 11 May 1985
Geelong 12.13 (85) Melbourne 5.10 (40) Kardinia Park 15,000 11 May 1985
Collingwood 11.15 (81) Fitzroy 25.10 (160) Victoria Park 22,964 11 May 1985
Richmond 15.11 (101) Footscray 23.13 (151) MCG 36,250 11 May 1985
North Melbourne 22.20 (152) Essendon 14.9 (93) VFL Park 37,125 11 May 1985
Sydney 11.17 (83) Carlton 12.16 (88) SCG 12,507 12 May 1985

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 11.8 (74) Sydney 6.10 (46) MCG 14,572 18 May 1985
Collingwood 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 6.10 (46) Victoria Park 20,731 18 May 1985
Carlton 11.18 (84) Richmond 9.13 (67) Princes Park 21,777 18 May 1985
Footscray 11.7 (73) Fitzroy 12.15 (87) Western Oval 16,952 18 May 1985
Geelong 8.11 (59) Essendon 10.15 (75) Kardinia Park 23,102 18 May 1985
Melbourne 16.10 (106) St Kilda 7.12 (54) VFL Park 16,282 18 May 1985

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 23.15 (153) Melbourne 9.17 (71) Windy Hill 19,985 25 May 1985
Richmond 16.15 (111) North Melbourne 18.19 (127) MCG 31,347 25 May 1985
Hawthorn 17.24 (126) Footscray 16.11 (107) Princes Park 16,686 25 May 1985
St Kilda 20.17 (137) Collingwood 24.18 (162) Moorabbin Oval 22,348 25 May 1985
Carlton 18.16 (124) Fitzroy 19.9 (123) VFL Park 29,455 25 May 1985
Sydney 13.11 (89) Geelong 16.21 (117) SCG 12,577 26 May 1985

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 15.19 (109) Sydney 14.8 (92) MCG 16,749 1 June 1985
Fitzroy 17.15 (117) North Melbourne 19.14 (128) Victoria Park 11,333 1 June 1985
Carlton 9.14 (68) Hawthorn 22.15 (147) Princes Park 25,424 1 June 1985
St Kilda 18.12 (120) Essendon 21.20 (146) Moorabbin Oval 16,536 1 June 1985
Geelong 18.12 (120) Richmond 10.10 (70) VFL Park 24,849 1 June 1985
Footscray 16.10 (106) Collingwood 12.8 (80) MCG 45,408 2 June 1985

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 15.11 (101) Richmond 17.19 (121) MCG 31,606 8 June 1985
Footscray 15.21 (111) St Kilda 13.12 (90) Western Oval 17,538 8 June 1985
Essendon 17.11 (113) Sydney 11.5 (71) Windy Hill 17,652 8 June 1985
North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Hawthorn 17.11 (113) MCG 39,084 10 June 1985
Geelong 17.8 (110) Fitzroy 20.21 (141) Kardinia Park 20,000 10 June 1985
Carlton 16.14 (110) Collingwood 13.9 (87) VFL Park 56,604 10 June 1985

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 9.10 (64) North Melbourne 14.17 (101) Victoria Park 19,573 15 June 1985
Hawthorn 17.15 (117) Geelong 13.10 (88) Princes Park 11,377 15 June 1985
Richmond 10.9 (69) Essendon 23.12 (150) MCG 36,851 15 June 1985
Footscray 13.8 (86) Carlton 5.9 (39) Western Oval 20,707 15 June 1985
Fitzroy 11.15 (81) Melbourne 6.11 (47) VFL Park 14,668 15 June 1985
Sydney 23.21 (159) St Kilda 13.14 (92) SCG 7,811 16 June 1985

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 21.14 (140) Fitzroy 16.17 (113) Windy Hill 18,398 22 June 1985
Collingwood 12.13 (85) Geelong 13.13 (91) Victoria Park 16,852 22 June 1985
Carlton 20.19 (139) St Kilda 16.11 (107) Princes Park 13,534 22 June 1985
Melbourne 12.9 (81) Hawthorn 11.31 (97) MCG 16,406 22 June 1985
Footscray 11.11 (77) North Melbourne 9.21 (75) VFL Park 22,319 22 June 1985
Sydney 19.23 (137) Richmond 8.12 (60) SCG 9,504 23 June 1985

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 10.15 (75) Carlton 22.19 (151) MCG 32,861 28 June 1985
Fitzroy 13.17 (95) Sydney 11.14 (80) Victoria Park 9,953 29 June 1985
St Kilda 12.9 (81) Richmond 17.15 (117) Moorabbin Oval 14,243 29 June 1985
Geelong 17.22 (124) Footscray 23.8 (146) Kardinia Park 17,000 29 June 1985
Melbourne 12.13 (85) Collingwood 23.19 (157) MCG 29,154 29 June 1985
Essendon 21.11 (137) Hawthorn 15.11 (101) VFL Park 48,880 29 June 1985

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 23.18 (156) Sydney 12.11 (83) Princes Park 8,689 6 July 1985
Footscray 26.13 (169) Melbourne 6.13 (49) Western Oval 15,328 6 July 1985
Collingwood 11.12 (78) Essendon 13.11 (89) Victoria Park 26,014 6 July 1985
Richmond 21.16 (142) Fitzroy 17.16 (118) MCG 19,794 6 July 1985
Geelong 16.8 (104) Carlton 19.16 (130) Kardinia Park 18,727 6 July 1985
North Melbourne 21.13 (139) St Kilda 11.9 (75) VFL Park 11,829 6 July 1985

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 16.13 (109) St Kilda 18.10 (118) Victoria Park 8,735 13 July 1985
Richmond 17.11 (113) Hawthorn 27.18 (180) MCG 23,522 13 July 1985
Essendon 17.10 (112) Footscray 13.10 (88) Windy Hill 28,144 20 July 1985
North Melbourne 12.19 (91) Geelong 20.11 (131) MCG 17,686 20 July 1985
Carlton 14.15 (99) Melbourne 5.9 (39) VFL Park 17,920 20 July 1985
Sydney 17.21 (123) Collingwood 29.11 (185) SCG 12,172 21 July 1985

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 14.18 (102) St Kilda 12.9 (81) Kardinia Park 11,989 27 July 1985
Footscray 15.15 (105) Sydney 11.13 (79) Western Oval 13,026 27 July 1985
Collingwood 13.8 (86) Richmond 11.12 (78) Victoria Park 20,336 27 July 1985
Carlton 18.12 (120) Essendon 10.8 (68) Princes Park 28,786 27 July 1985
North Melbourne 17.12 (114) Melbourne 16.14 (110) MCG 10,787 27 July 1985
Hawthorn 19.20 (134) Fitzroy 8.14 (62) VFL Park 13,197 27 July 1985

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 25.16 (166) North Melbourne 8.14 (62) Windy Hill 18,894 3 August 1985
Carlton 19.13 (127) Sydney 14.9 (93) Princes Park 15,717 3 August 1985
St Kilda 13.16 (94) Hawthorn 20.15 (135) Moorabbin Oval 10,911 3 August 1985
Melbourne 12.14 (86) Geelong 21.18 (144) MCG 16,421 3 August 1985
Fitzroy 14.21 (105) Collingwood 14.10 (94) Victoria Park 15,958 3 August 1985
Footscray 25.16 (166) Richmond 17.6 (108) VFL Park 16,205 3 August 1985

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 10.12 (72) Footscray 12.5 (77) Victoria Park 11,022 10 August 1985
St Kilda 7.8 (50) Melbourne 8.11 (59) Moorabbin Oval 11,779 10 August 1985
Hawthorn 15.6 (96) Collingwood 8.16 (64) Princes Park 15,799 10 August 1985
Richmond 11.14 (80) Carlton 23.15 (153) MCG 24,125 10 August 1985
Essendon 13.11 (89) Geelong 8.16 (64) VFL Park 34,614 10 August 1985
Sydney 12.22 (94) North Melbourne 14.15 (99) SCG 9,215 11 August 1985

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 16.20 (116) Richmond 9.12 (66) Arden St Oval 7,341 17 August 1985
Geelong 13.13 (91) Sydney 9.10 (64) Kardinia Park 12,422 17 August 1985
Footscray 5.13 (43) Hawthorn 5.8 (38) Western Oval 21,828 17 August 1985
Carlton 12.15 (87) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Princes Park 16,902 17 August 1985
Melbourne 15.7 (97) Essendon 17.10 (112) MCG 22,193 17 August 1985
Collingwood 17.18 (120) St Kilda 9.15 (69) VFL Park 15,709 17 August 1985

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 27.22 (184) St Kilda 14.7 (91) Windy Hill 14,133 24 August 1985
Collingwood 9.10 (64) Footscray 15.19 (109) Victoria Park 21,724 24 August 1985
North Melbourne 17.22 (124) Fitzroy 17.14 (116) MCG 14,581 24 August 1985
Hawthorn 15.17 (107) Carlton 12.12 (84) Princes Park 31,484 24 August 1985
Richmond 16.15 (111) Geelong 12.7 (79) VFL Park 16,174 24 August 1985
Sydney 24.21 (165) Melbourne 14.13 (97) SCG 7,942 25 August 1985

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 23.21 (159) North Melbourne 14.11 (95) Princes Park 16,449 31 August 1985
Fitzroy 14.13 (97) Geelong 17.18 (120) Victoria Park 9,120 31 August 1985
Richmond 20.12 (132) Melbourne 13.13 (91) MCG 17,158 31 August 1985
St Kilda 12.12 (84) Footscray 8.18 (66) Moorabbin Oval 14,236 31 August 1985
Carlton 12.9 (81) Collingwood 11.9 (75) VFL Park 37,027 31 August 1985
Sydney 11.12 (78) Essendon 24.21 (165) SCG 12,180 1 September 1985

Ladder[edit]

1985 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Essendon (P) 22 19 3 0 2755 1991 138.37 76
2 Footscray 22 16 6 0 2417 2000 120.85 64
3 Hawthorn 22 15 6 1 2647 2024 130.78 62
4 Carlton 22 15 7 0 2430 2104 115.49 60
5 North Melbourne 22 13 8 1 2379 2431 97.86 54
6 Geelong 22 12 10 0 2277 2263 100.62 48
7 Collingwood 22 10 12 0 2197 2180 100.78 40
8 Richmond 22 9 13 0 2362 2590 91.20 36
9 Fitzroy 22 7 15 0 2301 2452 93.84 28
10 Sydney 22 6 16 0 2219 2349 94.47 24
11 Melbourne 22 6 16 0 1965 2527 77.76 24
12 St Kilda 22 3 19 0 1899 2937 64.66 12
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
Carlton 16.11 (107) North Melbourne 20.6 (126) Waverley Park 49,126 Saturday, 7 September

Qualifying Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Footscray 8.14 (62) Hawthorn 22.23 (155) MCG 58,449 Sunday, 8 September

Semi Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 14.18 (102) Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Waverley Park 67,063 Saturday, 14 September
Footscray 19.23 (137) North Melbourne 16.11 (107) MCG 56,112 Sunday, 15 September

Preliminary Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 16.13 (109) Footscray 15.9 (99) Waverley Park 55,246 Saturday, 21 September

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1985 VFL Grand Final
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 26.14 (170) Hawthorn 14.8 (92) MCG 100,042 Saturday, 28 September

Player Statistics and Awards[edit]

Leading goalkickers[edit]

Name Club Goals
1 Simon Beasley Footscray 105
2 Bernie Quinlan Fitzroy 84
3 Gary Ablett Geelong 82
4 Brian Taylor Collingwood 80
- Michael Roach Richmond 80

Brownlow Medal Count[edit]

Name Club Votes
1 Brad Hardie Footscray 22
2 Justin Madden Carlton 21
3 Paul Roos Fitzroy 16
4 Tim Watson Essendon 15
- Greg Williams Geelong 15
- Gary Ablett Geelong 15
- Matthew Larkin North Melbourne 15
- Brian Royal Footscray 15
- Stephen Wallis Footscray 15

Notable events[edit]

  • In the first three rounds, St Kilda set an unwanted record of three consecutive losses by 100 points (110, 140 and 113 points). Their percentage at the end of the round was only 34.7.
  • In Round 10, Geelong trailed at each change by 1, 10 and 13 points, but then kicked 11.7 (73) to 1.2 (8) in the last quarter to beat Richmond by 50 points. Their 50-point margin is the largest by a team outscored for each of the first three quarters.
  • A violent brawl in the Round 12 match between Hawthorn and Geelong led to veteran champion Leigh Matthews being charged with assaulting Geelong's Neville Bruns by Victoria Police.
  • On the week of Round 18, the Sydney Swans club was bought by Geoffrey Edelsten and became the first privately owned VFL club. Earlier in the season Perth businessmen Alan Delany and John Watts attempted to buy lowly St. Kilda and move them to Perth.[3]
  • In Round 18, Essendon led North Melbourne 18.8 (116) to 2.4 (16) at half-time. This was the largest half-time lead since Round 2 of 1931, when led by Richmond 17.9 (111) to North Melbourne's 0.5 (5).
  • Collingwood player Andrew Witts wore jumper #65 during his seven games with the Magpies - the highest jumper number in VFL/AFL history.[4]
  • In Round 20, the Arden Street Oval hosted its last senior VFL match. The venue had been used by North Melbourne throughout its time in the VFL, except for 1965 when the club was based in Coburg. A total of 529 VFL senior matches were played at the ground that was formerly overshadowed by a massive gasometer on Macaulay Road.
  • In a reserves match between Collingwood and the Sydney Swans at the Lake Oval in South Melbourne on Sunday, April 28, Collingwood reserves full-back John Bourke was reported in the third quarter by field umpire Phil Waight for kicking Swans player Patrick Foy. In a fit of rage, John Bourke then kicked and pushed umpire Waight onto the ground. Bourke was immediately escorted off the field, but not before he jumped over the boundary fence to attack an abusive spectator. Bourke was given the longest suspension in VFL/AFL history: ten years and eight games (subsequently reduced to six years). Bourke was later convicted on two counts of assault and fined $2000 plus costs in the Prahran Magistrates Court.[5] In a meeting that was orchestrated twenty years later, John Bourke apologised to Phil Waight for the incident (see www.150years.com.au: Moment #58 -- "He's Just Whacked the Umpire!").

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Round Records". AFL Tables. 
  2. ^ "VFL details". The Age Sport Extra (Melbourne, VIC). 30 September 1985. p. 2. 
  3. ^ Christian, Geoff; "WAFL to Monitor Move on Saints"; in The West Australian, May 20, 1985
  4. ^ Fine, Mark (2011). The Book of Footy Lists. Australia: Slattery Media Group. p. 300. ISBN 9781921778308. 
  5. ^ The Age, November 19, 1985