1989 VFL season

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1989 VFL Premiership season
Teams 14
Premiers Hawthorn
(8th premiership)
Minor premiers Hawthorn
(7th minor premiership)
Pre-season Cup Melbourne
(1st Pre-season Cup win)
Matches played 160
Attendance 3,581,822 (22,386 per match)
Highest attendance 94,796 (Grand Final, Hawthorn v Geelong)
Coleman Medallist Jason Dunstall (Hawthorn)
Brownlow Medallist Paul Couch (Geelong)
1988
1990

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1989.

Night Series[edit]

1989 Night Series Grand Final
Geelong def. by Melbourne
3.2 (20)
6.6 (42)
9.7 (61)
9.13 (67)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.5 (17)
4.7 (31)
5.11 (41)
10.16 (76)


Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home score Away team Away score Venue Crowd Date
West Coast 14.12 (96) Essendon 17.10 (112) WACA Ground 25,664 31 March 1989
Carlton 10.13 (73) Footscray 19.18 (132) Princes Park 22,000 1 April 1989
Melbourne 18.8 (116) Fitzroy 16.15 (111) MCG 25,792 1 April 1989
St Kilda 20.16 (136) Brisbane Bears 15.7 (97) Moorabbin Oval 17,236 1 April 1989
Collingwood 13.15 (93) Hawthorn 11.17 (83) VFL Park 50,287 1 April 1989
Sydney 12.17 (89) Richmond 11.7 (73) SCG 8,611 2 April 1989
North Melbourne 18.17 (125) Geelong 17.21 (123) MCG 24,383 2 April 1989

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Essendon 14.10 (94) Melbourne 9.14 (68) Windy Hill 20,123 8 April 1989
Richmond 24.12 (156) Footscray 13.10 (88) MCG 22,835 8 April 1989
Fitzroy 20.12 (132) Collingwood 16.11 (107) Princes Park 23,837 8 April 1989
St Kilda 13.18 (96) Carlton 13.14 (92) Moorabbin Oval 27,796 8 April 1989
Hawthorn 21.15 (141) North Melbourne 11.6 (72) VFL Park 18,939 8 April 1989
Geelong 26.19 (175) West Coast 11.14 (80) Kardinia Park 19,926 9 April 1989
Brisbane Bears 18.15 (123) Sydney 8.17 (65) Carrara Stadium 11,405 9 April 1989

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 8.18 (66) North Melbourne 12.12 (84) Western Oval 14,926 15 April 1989
Richmond 8.13 (61) Melbourne 18.14 (122) MCG 32,580 15 April 1989
Hawthorn 20.15 (135) Essendon 13.13 (91) Princes Park 23,618 15 April 1989
Collingwood 19.21 (135) Brisbane Bears 11.9 (75) Victoria Park 18,240 15 April 1989
Fitzroy 19.18 (132) St Kilda 19.8 (122) VFL Park 31,780 15 April 1989
Sydney 20.14 (134) West Coast 11.17 (83) SCG 11,298 16 April 1989
Geelong 16.21 (117) Carlton 9.10 (64) Kardinia Park 27,475 16 April 1989

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 11.13 (79) Brisbane Bears 7.11 (53) MCG 17,560 21 April 1989
Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Sydney 23.15 (153) Princes Park 13,027 22 April 1989
Collingwood 23.21 (159) St Kilda 14.11 (95) Victoria Park 27,304 22 April 1989
Footscray 12.15 (87) Geelong 14.15 (99) Western Oval 22,844 23 April 1989
West Coast 10.12 (72) North Melbourne 18.7 (115) WACA Ground 18,546 23 April 1989
Carlton 15.20 (110) Essendon 21.12 (138) Princes Park 31,492 25 April 1989
Hawthorn 15.20 (110) Richmond 9.12 (66) VFL Park 41,347 25 April 1989

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 16.17 (113) Geelong 16.16 (112) Princes Park 13,377 29 April 1989
Essendon 20.18 (138) St Kilda 12.12 (84) Windy Hill 18,694 29 April 1989
Melbourne 11.16 (82) Footscray 10.11 (71) MCG 25,273 29 April 1989
Hawthorn 18.17 (125) Carlton 10.11 (71) VFL Park 31,827 29 April 1989
North Melbourne 20.14 (134) Richmond 26.15 (171) MCG 19,691 30 April 1989
Brisbane Bears 10.13 (73) West Coast 19.11 (125) Carrara Stadium 9,694 30 April 1989
Sydney 10.17 (77) Collingwood 9.12 (66) SCG 22,490 30 April 1989

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
West Coast 12.9 (81) Fitzroy 12.17 (89) WACA Ground 21,268 5 May 1989
St Kilda 13.17 (95) Sydney 9.13 (67) Moorabbin Oval 20,285 6 May 1989
Hawthorn 26.15 (171) Geelong 25.13 (163) Princes Park 17,645 6 May 1989
Melbourne 9.10 (64) Collingwood 18.16 (124) MCG 67,239 6 May 1989
Carlton 15.12 (102) Richmond 9.12 (66) VFL Park 31,287 6 May 1989
Brisbane Bears 8.11 (59) Footscray 6.15 (51) Carrara Stadium 5,134 7 May 1989
North Melbourne 17.19 (121) Essendon 16.9 (105) MCG 34,379 7 May 1989

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Sydney 7.16 (58) North Melbourne 9.13 (67) SCG 13,875 12 May 1989
Geelong 35.18 (228) St Kilda 16.13 (109) Kardinia Park 21,294 13 May 1989
Collingwood 16.10 (106) Footscray 11.12 (78) Victoria Park 23,523 13 May 1989
Hawthorn 25.15 (165) Fitzroy 13.6 (84) Princes Park 16,644 13 May 1989
Melbourne 12.14 (86) Carlton 11.14 (80) MCG 35,199 13 May 1989
Richmond 13.14 (92) West Coast 13.12 (90) VFL Park 11,745 13 May 1989
Brisbane Bears 12.9 (81) Essendon 17.10 (112) Carrara Stadium 12,034 14 May 1989

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 22.25 (157) Sydney 12.11 (83) Princes Park 14,388 20 May 1989
Essendon 21.19 (145) Richmond 12.15 (87) Windy Hill 18,047 20 May 1989
St Kilda 18.7 (115) North Melbourne 17.10 (112) Moorabbin Oval 19,193 20 May 1989
Footscray 8.16 (64) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Western Oval 11,926 20 May 1989
Geelong 26.23 (179) Brisbane Bears 6.14 (50) Kardinia Park 17,236 20 May 1989
Collingwood 16.13 (109) Carlton 12.8 (80) VFL Park 61,237 20 May 1989
West Coast 12.21 (93) Melbourne 13.17 (95) Subiaco Oval 16,017 21 May 1989

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 25.15 (165) Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) MCG 8,634 26 May 1989
St Kilda 18.10 (118) West Coast 12.11 (83) Moorabbin Oval 15,768 27 May 1989
Carlton 24.15 (159) Fitzroy 18.14 (122) Princes Park 19,520 27 May 1989
Richmond 10.17 (77) Geelong 32.19 (211) MCG 24,321 27 May 1989
Essendon 19.11 (125) Collingwood 7.16 (58) VFL Park 71,390 27 May 1989
Footscray 10.13 (73) Hawthorn 17.15 (117) Western Oval 16,437 28 May 1989
Sydney 6.7 (43) Melbourne 6.16 (52) SCG 13,475 28 May 1989

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 12.11 (83) Melbourne 16.17 (113) MCG 27,159 2 June 1989
Footscray 14.14 (98) Sydney 10.6 (66) Western Oval 10,170 3 June 1989
Essendon 18.14 (122) Fitzroy 10.9 (69) Windy Hill 15,684 3 June 1989
Carlton 17.13 (115) Brisbane Bears 18.10 (118) Princes Park 12,247 3 June 1989
St Kilda 13.21 (99) Richmond 13.14 (92) VFL Park 24,839 3 June 1989
Geelong 23.16 (154) Collingwood 13.10 (88) MCG 65,187 3 June 1989
West Coast 15.15 (105) Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Subiaco Oval 20,213 4 June 1989

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Sydney 8.9 (57) Carlton 12.13 (85) SCG 13,703 9 June 1989
Fitzroy 1.8 (14) North Melbourne 6.13 (49) Princes Park 7,921 10 June 1989
Richmond 5.15 (45) Brisbane Bears 3.8 (26) MCG 7,966 10 June 1989
Footscray 9.8 (62) St Kilda 7.12 (54) VFL Park 17,060 10 June 1989
West Coast 11.15 (81) Collingwood 17.14 (116) Subiaco Oval 20,233 11 June 1989
Hawthorn 8.6 (54) Melbourne 10.9 (69) Princes Park 21,716 12 June 1989
Geelong 12.17 (89) Essendon 4.11 (35) MCG 87,653 12 June 1989

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
West Coast 16.9 (105) Footscray 11.11 (77) WACA Ground 13,783 16 June 1989
Essendon 7.8 (50) Sydney 7.13 (55) Windy Hill 13,398 17 June 1989
Carlton 7.9 (51) North Melbourne 5.10 (40) Princes Park 16,111 17 June 1989
St Kilda 8.6 (54) Hawthorn 10.12 (72) Moorabbin Oval 18,124 17 June 1989
Melbourne 2.8 (20) Geelong 13.11 (89) MCG 38,128 17 June 1989
Collingwood 18.15 (123) Richmond 9.15 (69) VFL Park 26,557 17 June 1989
Brisbane Bears 18.6 (114) Fitzroy 19.14 (128) Carrara Stadium 10,008 18 June 1989

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 15.16 (106) Brisbane Bears 4.11 (35) VFL Park 6,292 23 June 1989
Essendon 3.10 (28) Footscray 3.5 (23) Windy Hill 13,559 24 June 1989
Collingwood 14.24 (108) North Melbourne 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 21,210 24 June 1989
Carlton 9.10 (64) West Coast 5.11 (41) Princes Park 11,995 24 June 1989
St Kilda 8.8 (56) Melbourne 10.4 (64) Moorabbin Oval 19,040 24 June 1989
Fitzroy 15.5 (95) Richmond 9.13 (67) VFL Park 12,424 24 June 1989
Sydney 14.19 (103) Geelong 16.15 (111) SCG 12,967 25 June 1989

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 18.19 (127) St Kilda 9.13 (67) MCG 19,354 7 July 1989
Richmond 10.15 (75) Sydney 7.8 (50) MCG 12,601 8 July 1989
Hawthorn 19.27 (141) West Coast 6.14 (50) Princes Park 8,028 8 July 1989
Geelong 11.16 (82) Fitzroy 8.10 (58) Kardinia Park 18,231 8 July 1989
Essendon 9.7 (61) Carlton 8.10 (58) VFL Park 34,617 8 July 1989
Brisbane Bears 14.15 (99) Melbourne 17.11 (113) Carrara Stadium 8,799 9 July 1989
Footscray 15.15 (105) Collingwood 7.15 (57) Western Oval 18,775 9 July 1989

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 17.15 (117) North Melbourne 11.15 (81) MCG 23,764 15 July 1989
Fitzroy 12.20 (92) St Kilda 13.8 (86) Princes Park 11,017 15 July 1989
Essendon 25.10 (160) West Coast 1.12 (18) Windy Hill 11,503 15 July 1989
Brisbane Bears 11.11 (77) Geelong 22.19 (151) Carrara Stadium 18,198 15 July 1989
Carlton 15.6 (96) Collingwood 12.18 (90) VFL Park 44,548 15 July 1989
Richmond 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 22.10 (142) MCG 17,894 16 July 1989
Sydney 16.21 (117) Footscray 10.17 (77) SCG 8,010 16 July 1989

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Brisbane Bears 14.10 (94) St Kilda 12.18 (90) Carrara Stadium 11,004 22 July 1989
Richmond 9.12 (66) Essendon 14.15 (99) MCG 23,964 22 July 1989
Hawthorn 21.11 (137) Collingwood 11.11 (77) Princes Park 20,367 22 July 1989
Footscray 6.10 (46) Carlton 6.10 (46) Western Oval 15,089 22 July 1989
Melbourne 16.16 (112) Geelong 17.7 (109) VFL Park 38,865 22 July 1989
West Coast 16.16 (112) Sydney 9.16 (70) Subiaco Oval 13,299 23 July 1989
North Melbourne 8.18 (66) Fitzroy 16.11 (107) MCG 13,173 23 July 1989

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 6.15 (51) Fitzroy 18.15 (123) MCG 15,045 28 July 1989
Carlton 15.16 (106) Melbourne 10.19 (79) Princes Park 20,277 29 July 1989
St Kilda 16.10 (106) Essendon 20.13 (133) Moorabbin Oval 17,000 29 July 1989
Hawthorn 23.16 (154) North Melbourne 9.24 (78) VFL Park 15,523 29 July 1989
Collingwood 19.11 (125) Geelong 14.20 (104) MCG 35,217 29 July 1989
Footscray 10.12 (72) West Coast 16.13 (109) Western Oval 9,467 30 July 1989
Sydney 12.23 (95) Brisbane Bears 9.16 (70) SCG 7,437 30 July 1989

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 23.13 (151) Melbourne 15.13 (103) Princes Park 11,236 5 August 1989
Collingwood 11.15 (81) Sydney 12.13 (85) Victoria Park 17,621 5 August 1989
Brisbane Bears 25.17 (167) North Melbourne 12.12 (84) Carrara Stadium 9,606 5 August 1989
St Kilda 13.12 (90) Geelong 17.11 (113) Moorabbin Oval 14,243 5 August 1989
Hawthorn 14.11 (95) Carlton 14.6 (90) VFL Park 33,615 5 August 1989
West Coast 19.16 (130) Richmond 10.19 (79) Subiaco Oval 17,660 6 August 1989
Footscray 3.5 (23) Essendon 7.9 (51) Western Oval 16,005 6 August 1989

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Carlton 15.14 (104) Richmond 11.10 (76) VFL Park 14,783 11 August 1989
Fitzroy 11.6 (72) West Coast 5.10 (40) Princes Park 6,920 12 August 1989
Essendon 15.11 (101) Brisbane Bears 7.5 (47) Windy Hill 11,878 12 August 1989
Melbourne 9.9 (63) Hawthorn 12.15 (87) VFL Park 28,117 12 August 1989
Geelong 18.16 (124) Footscray 10.14 (74) Kardinia Park 17,977 12 August 1989
North Melbourne 11.14 (80) Collingwood 11.12 (78) VFL Park 21,027 13 August 1989
Sydney 25.9 (159) St Kilda 16.13 (109) SCG 11,583 13 August 1989

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
West Coast 18.18 (126) Geelong 12.10 (82) WACA Ground 15,721 18 August 1989
Melbourne 14.14 (98) Sydney 12.15 (87) MCG 16,304 19 August 1989
Footscray 15.17 (107) Richmond 3.11 (29) Western Oval 8,673 19 August 1989
Essendon 19.14 (128) North Melbourne 17.10 (112) Windy Hill 15,912 19 August 1989
Carlton 20.13 (133) St Kilda 20.12 (132) Princes Park 15,227 19 August 1989
Collingwood 14.20 (104) Fitzroy 10.11 (71) VFL Park 42,111 19 August 1989
Brisbane Bears 12.5 (77) Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Carrara Stadium 9,093 20 August 1989

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Sydney 15.20 (110) Essendon 15.14 (104) SCG 12,042 25 August 1989
Melbourne 10.12 (72) St Kilda 16.8 (104) MCG 19,645 26 August 1989
Geelong 20.19 (139) North Melbourne 17.15 (117) Kardinia Park 16,940 26 August 1989
Collingwood 12.11 (83) Richmond 4.13 (37) Victoria Park 16,657 26 August 1989
Hawthorn 19.20 (134) Footscray 8.11 (59) Princes Park 10,178 26 August 1989
Brisbane Bears 12.9 (81) Fitzroy 10.8 (68) VFL Park 6,622 26 August 1989
West Coast 21.22 (148) Carlton 10.12 (72) Subiaco Oval 23,781 27 August 1989

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 13.15 (93) Sydney 21.10 (136) MCG 9,235 1 September 1989
Geelong 23.24 (162) Richmond 12.14 (86) Kardinia Park 20,743 2 September 1989
Fitzroy 13.18 (96) Footscray 12.9 (81) Princes Park 8,961 2 September 1989
Collingwood 20.9 (129) West Coast 11.14 (80) Victoria Park 18,118 2 September 1989
Melbourne 13.11 (89) Essendon 16.12 (108) MCG 41,080 2 September 1989
Hawthorn 28.13 (181) St Kilda 13.13 (91) VFL Park 25,532 2 September 1989
Brisbane Bears 15.15 (105) Carlton 10.10 (70) Carrara Stadium 15,409 3 September 1989

Ladder after Round 22[edit]

1989 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Hawthorn (P) 22 19 3 0 2678 1748 153.20 76
2 Essendon 22 17 5 0 2240 1705 131.38 68
3 Geelong 22 16 6 0 2916 1987 146.75 64
4 Melbourne 22 14 8 0 1876 1944 96.50 56
5 Collingwood 22 13 9 0 2216 1964 112.83 52
6 Fitzroy 22 12 10 0 2069 2125 97.36 48
7 Sydney 22 11 11 0 1959 1958 100.05 44
8 Carlton 22 9 12 1 1921 2079 92.40 38
9 North Melbourne 22 9 13 0 2061 2301 89.57 36
10 Brisbane Bears 22 8 14 0 1792 2274 78.80 32
11 West Coast 22 7 15 0 1948 2247 86.69 28
12 St Kilda 22 7 15 0 2108 2502 84.25 28
13 Footscray 22 6 15 1 1614 1855 87.01 26
14 Richmond 22 5 17 0 1725 2434 70.87 20
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Finals[edit]

Elimination Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 17.9 (111) Collingwood 13.10 (88) Waverley Park 63,062 Saturday, 9 September

Qualifying Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 24.13 (157) Geelong 11.15 (81) MCG 75,861 Sunday, 10 September

Semi finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 16.16 (112) Essendon 11.10 (76) Waverley Park 66,003 Saturday, 16 September
Geelong 22.21 (153) Melbourne 12.18 (90) MCG 69,082 Sunday, 17 September

Preliminary Final[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 10.10 (70) Geelong 24.20 (164) Waverley Park 67,892 Saturday, 23 September

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1989 VFL Grand Final
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Hawthorn 21.18 (144) Geelong 21.12 (138) MCG 94,796 Saturday, 30 September

Notable events[edit]

  • In Round 6, Geelong’s losing score of 25.13 (163) against Hawthorn remains the highest losing score in VFL/AFL history.
  • The wettest Melbourne winter since 1952[1] saw horrible conditions between Rounds 11 and 13 that produced several unusually low scores:
  1. in Round 11 on the Saturday before the Queen’s Birthday, Fitzroy’s score of 1.8 (14) was the lowest since Footscray kicked an identical score against Geelong in 1965, and the first single goal score since Carlton’s 1.11 (17) on Anzac Day of 1968.
  2. on the same day, Brad Hardie kicked 3.4 (22) – with all the three goals coming in the first fifteen minutes – of only 3.8 scored by the Bears, this being the first time a player had kicked all his team’s goals[a] since Alex Ruscuklic on the same weekend of 1967.[2]
  3. in Round 13 Essendon and Footscray played the lowest scoring game since the 1927 Grand Final, with the teams combining for only 6.15 (51).
  • Geelong set a record for the most points scored in the home-and-away season, 2916. Footscray’s season aggregate score of 1614 points was the lowest since 1972.

Player statistics and awards[edit]

Leading goalkickers[edit]

Name Club Gms Gls/Bhds Acc% GpM
1 Jason Dunstall Hawthorn 24 138 / 76 64 5.75
2 Gary Ablett Geelong 23 87 / 54 62 3.78
3 Tony Lockett St Kilda 11 78 / 24 76 7.09
4 Richard Osborne Fitzroy 16 68 / 43 61 4.25
5 Gavin Exell Geelong 17 63 / 31 67 3.71

Abbreviation guide: Gms=Games played in the season, Gls/Bhds=Goals and behinds kicked, Acc%=Accuracy percentage (Goals divided by Goals + Behinds multiplied by 100), GpM=Average goals per match

Brownlow Medal count[edit]

Name Club Votes 3-2-1
1 Paul Couch Geelong 22 5-3-1
2 John Platten Hawthorn 20 5-2-1
3 Tim Watson Essendon 16 4-1-2
- Nicky Winmar St Kilda 16 4-2-0
- Greg Williams Sydney 16 3-3-1
- Jason Dunstall Hawthorn 16 2-4-2

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

a Based on a qualification of a team total of three or more goals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melbourne Highest to Lowest Seasonal Rainfall
  2. ^ Atkinson, Graeme (1989); 3AW Book of Footy Records; South Melbourne,: Magistra Publishing Company Pty Ltd; p. 147. ISBN 1863210091