1990 AFL season

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1990 AFL Premiership season
Teams 14
Premiers Collingwood
(14th premiership)
Minor premiers Essendon
(13th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup Essendon
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 161
Attendance 4,086,383 (25,381 per match)
Highest attendance 98,944 (Grand Final, Collingwood v Essendon)
Coleman Medallist John Longmire (North Melbourne)
Brownlow Medallist Tony Liberatore (Footscray)
1989
1991

Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1990. The 1990 season was the 94th season of the league's competition, and the first under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.

National Cup[edit]

Essendon defeated North Melbourne 17.10 (112) to 10.16 (76)

Premiership Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 14.15 (99) Sydney 15.14 (104) Princes Park 22,427 Saturday 31, March
Essendon 20.21 (141) Fitzroy 8.12 (60) Windy Hill 18,960 Saturday 31, March
Geelong 11.11 (77) Hawthorn 28.24 (192) Waverley Park 41,694 Saturday, 31 March
North Melbourne 12.17 (89) Melbourne 22.10 (142) MCG 23,191 Saturday, 31 March
Brisbane Bears 19.19 (133) Richmond 10.14 (74) Carrara Stadium 11,814 Saturday, 31 March
West Coast 14.16 (100) Collingwood 8.6 (54) Subiaco Oval 25,342 Sunday, 1 April
Footscray 11.15 (81) St Kilda 22.12 (144) Whitten Oval 28,553 Sunday, 1 April

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 9.14 (68) North Melbourne 32.17 (209) MCG 18,105 Friday 6, April
Carlton 13.9 (87) Collingwood 19.8 (122) Waverley Park 44,906 Saturday 7, April
Fitzroy 13.20 (98) Brisbane Bears 8.11 (59) Princes Park 6,838 Saturday 7, April
Melbourne 18.20 (128) Geelong 13.13 (91) MCG 29,024 Saturday 7, April
St Kilda 18.19 (127) West Coast 10.9 (69) Moorabbin 23,161 Saturday 7, April
Essendon 24.15 (159) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) MCG 55,311 Sunday 8, April
Sydney 10.18 (78) Footscray 20.20 (140) SCG 11,051 Sunday 8, April

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
St Kilda 11.10 (76) Carlton 14.8 (92) Waverley Park 53,065 Saturday 14, April
Footscray 7.17 (59) West Coast 18.14 (122) Whitten Oval 14,842 Saturday 14, April
Hawthorn 15.21 (111) Richmond 10.21 (81) Princes Park 11,698 Saturday 14, April
Brisbane Bears 14.11 (95) North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Carrara Stadium 8,683 Sunday 15, April
Collingwood 20.8 (128) Sydney 12.21 (93) Victoria Park 27,839 Monday 16, April
Melbourne 18.14 (122) Essendon 14.11 (95) MCG 59,894 Monday 16, April
Geelong 22.18 (150) Fitzroy 11.11 (77) Kardinia Park 23,031 Monday 16, April

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 17.18 (120) Carlton 10.10 (70) WACA 28,568 Friday 20, April
Collingwood 14.12 (96) Footscray 11.12 (78) Victoria Park 17,948 Saturday 21, April
Richmond 6.13 (49) Essendon 18.19 (127) MCG 17,975 Saturday 21, April
Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Melbourne 13.11 (89) Waverley Park 13,671 Saturday 21, April
Hawthorn 18.12 (120) Brisbane Bears 5.8 (38) Princes Park 8,649 Saturday 21, April
North Melbourne 15.22 (112) Geelong 20.23 (143) MCG 28,512 Sunday 22, April
Sydney 13.19 (97) St Kilda 19.17 (131) SCG 11,472 Sunday 22, April

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 10.16 (76) Footscray 15.13 (103) Princes Park 24,960 Wednesday 25, April
Richmond 21.17 (143) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) MCG 23,078 Wednesday 25, April
St Kilda 13.13 (91) Collingwood 12.20 (92) MCG 67,893 Saturday 28, April
Essendon 11.15 (81) Geelong 12.17 (89) Waverley Park 42,097 Saturday 28, April
Hawthorn 16.12 (108) North Melbourne 10.18 (78) Princes Park 13,144 Saturday 28, April
Brisbane Bears 8.13 (61) Melbourne 19.11 (125) Carrara Stadium 9,381 Saturday 28, April
West Coast 19.14 (128) Sydney 10.7 (67) Subiaco Oval 25,683 Sunday 29, April

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 9.14 (68) West Coast 15.13 (103) MCG 17,229 Friday 4, May
Carlton 20.13 (133) North Melbourne 14.19 (103) Princes Park 17,555 Saturday 5, May
Collingwood 10.15 (75) Essendon 15.11 (101) MCG 63,318 Saturday 5, May
Footscray 12.10 (82) Fitzroy 5.20 (50) Waverley Park 13,610 Saturday 5, May
Geelong 23.13 (151) Brisbane Bears 12.8 (80) Kardinia Park 18,426 Saturday 5, May
St Kilda 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 14.17 (101) Moorabbin 30,895 Saturday 5, May
Sydney 14.14 (98) Melbourne 12.21 (93) SCG 10,155 Sunday 6, May

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Melbourne 18.8 (116) West Coast 9.7 (61) MCG 32,269 Friday 11, May
Essendon 13.13 (91) Carlton 17.9 (111) Windy Hill 22,198 Saturday 12, May
Collingwood 13.14 (92) Hawthorn 13.16 (94) Waverley Park 48,099 Saturday 12, May
Fitzroy 18.13 (121) St Kilda 15.13 (103) Princes Park 14,524 Saturday 12, May
North Melbourne 12.13 (85) Footscray 12.15 (87) MCG 16,155 Saturday 12, May
Geelong 9.28 (82) Richmond 13.18 (96) Kardinia Park 21,181 Sunday 13, May
Brisbane Bears 14.12 (96) Sydney 13.10 (88) Carrara Stadium 7,226 Sunday 13, May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Sydney 15.17 (107) Geelong 13.20 (98) SCG 8,960 Friday 18, May
Carlton 18.18 (126) Hawthorn 9.5 (59) Waverley Park 36,370 Saturday 19, May
Fitzroy 9.21 (75) Collingwood 17.18 (120) Princes Park 16,530 Saturday 19, May
Melbourne 20.13 (133) Richmond 11.14 (80) MCG 26,376 Saturday 19, May
St Kilda 12.22 (94) North Melbourne 11.12 (78) Moorabbin 22,351 Saturday 19, May
Footscray 11.12 (78) Essendon 14.13 (97) Whitten Oval 25,255 Sunday 20, May
West Coast 16.26 (122) Brisbane Bears 9.9 (63) Subiaco Oval 20,457 Sunday 20, May

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 18.15 (123) Fitzroy 11.16 (82) Princes Park 19,052 Saturday 26, May
Collingwood 26.20 (176) North Melbourne 14.12 (96) Victoria Park 22,232 Saturday 26, May
Essendon 18.16 (124) St Kilda 17.11 (113) Windy Hill 21,251 Saturday 26, May
Hawthorn 14.8 (92) Melbourne 7.6 (48) Waverley Park 39,701 Saturday 26, May
Brisbane Bears 8.8 (56) Footscray 19.11 (125) Carrara Stadium 6,628 Saturday 26, May
West Coast 16.16 (112) Geelong 13.15 (93) Subiaco Oval 21,323 Sunday 27, May
Richmond 20.19 (139) Sydney 9.6 (60) MCG 19,465 Sunday 27, May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 17.16 (118) West Coast 13.12 (90) MCG 9,377 Friday 1, June
Richmond 15.18 (108) Carlton 13.7 (85) MCG 31,648 Saturday 2, June
Collingwood 16.14 (110) Melbourne 9.4 (58) Waverley Park 49,655 Saturday 2, June
Fitzroy 15.13 (103) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Princes Park 11,329 Saturday 2, June
St Kilda 21.22 (148) Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) Moorabbin 14,099 Saturday 2, June
Sydney 11.8 (74) Essendon 25.14 (164) SCG 12,551 Sunday 3, June
Geelong 14.12 (96) Footscray 13.16 (94) Kardinia Park 26,073 Sunday 3, June

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Essendon 15.9 (99) West Coast 8.12 (60) Windy Hill 19,427 Saturday 9, June
St Kilda 15.14 (104) Geelong 16.16 (112) Waverley Park 47,572 Saturday 9, June
Hawthorn 19.18 (132) Sydney 11.17 (83) Princes Park 11,848 Saturday 9, June
Brisbane Bears 10.13 (73) Collingwood 15.17 (107) Carrara Stadium 12,339 Sunday 10, June
Melbourne 15.9 (99) Carlton 13.15 (93) MCG 59,782 Monday 11, June
Fitzroy 11.12 (78) North Melbourne 15.10 (100) Princes Park 13,271 Monday 11, June
Footscray 15.6 (96) Richmond 12.10 (82) Whitten Oval 29,698 Monday 11, June

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 16.9 (105) Hawthorn 12.10 (82) WACA 28,094 Friday 15, June
Carlton 24.14 (158) Brisbane Bears 11.23 (89) Princes Park 11,738 Saturday 16, June
Geelong 12.16 (88) Collingwood 14.15 (99) Waverley Park 53,917 Saturday 16, June
Essendon 18.16 (124) North Melbourne 13.16 (94) Windy Hill 16,311 Saturday 16, June
Richmond 18.20 (128) St Kilda 16.12 (108) MCG 31,180 Saturday 16, June
Sydney 10.11 (71) Fitzroy 17.14 (116) SCG 6,136 Sunday 17, June
Footscray 10.8 (68) Melbourne 15.11 (101) Whitten Oval 17,828 Sunday 17, June

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 18.15 (123) Geelong 13.26 (104) Princes Park 29,571 Saturday 23, June
Melbourne 14.15 (99) St Kilda 20.12 (132) MCG 38,511 Saturday 23, June
Brisbane Bears 7.13 (55) Essendon 15.19 (109) Carrara Stadium 10,105 Saturday 23, June
Collingwood 14.17 (101) Richmond 5.12 (42) Victoria Park 31,447 Saturday 30, June
Hawthorn 10.13 (73) Footscray 14.7 (91) Waverley Park 22,388 Saturday 30, June
North Melbourne 18.23 (131) Sydney 5.11 (41) MCG 10,721 Saturday 30, June
West Coast 20.8 (128) Fitzroy 13.13 (91) Subiaco Oval 20,133 Sunday 1, July

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 22.21 (153) Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) MCG 11,438 Friday 6, July
Collingwood 15.12 (102) West Coast 11.10 (76) Victoria Park 23,596 Saturday 7, July
Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Essendon 20.24 (144) Princes Park 13,339 Saturday 7, July
St Kilda 11.12 (78) Footscray 12.13 (85) Moorabbin 28,202 Saturday 7, July
Hawthorn 18.10 (118) Geelong 7.8 (50) Waverley Park 30,211 Saturday 7, July
Melbourne 10.13 (73) North Melbourne 31.14 (200) MCG 19,272 Saturday 7, July
Sydney 13.12 (90) Carlton 25.12 (162) SCG 10,555 Sunday 8, July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 16.12 (108) St Kilda 14.6 (90) WACA 20,474 Friday 13, July
Collingwood 17.11 (113) Carlton 8.11 (59) Waverley Park 76,390 Saturday 14, July
Hawthorn 10.7 (67) Essendon 21.16 (142) Princes Park 25,159 Saturday 14, July
Footscray 17.10 (112) Sydney 13.18 (96) Whitten Oval 13,184 Saturday 14, July
Geelong 17.11 (113) Melbourne 15.13 (103) Kardinia Park 18,265 Saturday 14, July
North Melbourne 22.12 (144) Richmond 15.10 (100) MCG 21,426 Saturday 14, July
Brisbane Bears 17.9 (111) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Carrara Stadium 7,347 Sunday 15, July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 16.13 (109) Footscray 9.12 (66) WACA 20,296 Friday 20, July
Carlton 19.9 (123) St Kilda 15.18 (108) Princes Park 25,235 Saturday 21, July
Essendon 15.16 (106) Melbourne 17.12 (114) Windy Hill 19,945 Saturday 21, July
Fitzroy 17.6 (108) Geelong 12.9 (81) Waverley Park 13,335 Saturday 21, July
Richmond 10.8 (68) Hawthorn 25.9 (159) MCG 25,532 Saturday 21, July
Sydney 19.9 (123) Collingwood 21.21 (147) SCG 11,722 Sunday 22, July
North Melbourne 13.12 (90) Brisbane Bears 7.12 (54) MCG 8,310 Sunday 22, July

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 15.11 (101) West Coast 20.12 (132) Princes Park 18,712 Saturday 28, July
Essendon 18.17 (125) Richmond 6.10 (46) Waverley Park 24,436 Saturday 28, July
Melbourne 15.19 (109) Fitzroy 12.18 (90) MCG 20,222 Saturday 28, July
Geelong 17.8 (110) North Melbourne 20.11 (131) Kardinia Park 18,018 Saturday 28, July
St Kilda 22.16 (148) Sydney 10.13 (73) Moorabbin 19,108 Saturday 28, July
Footscray 14.12 (96) Collingwood 12.21 (93) MCG 52,724 Sunday 29, July
Brisbane Bears 14.11 (95) Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Carrara Stadium 8,768 Sunday 29, July

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 14.14 (98) Hawthorn 15.18 (108) MCG 44,627 Friday 3, August
Collingwood 16.21 (117) St Kilda 7.7 (49) Victoria Park 28,301 Saturday 4, August
Geelong 14.8 (92) Essendon 13.16 (94) Kardinia Park 21,796 Saturday 4, August
Fitzroy 16.17 (113) Richmond 10.15 (75) Princes Park 8,949 Saturday 4, August
Melbourne 10.13 (73) Brisbane Bears 9.6 (60) Waverley Park 10,890 Saturday 4, August
Footscray 9.13 (67) Carlton 15.6 (96) Whitten Oval 22,142 Sunday 5, August
Sydney 10.8 (68) West Coast 12.11 (83) SCG 6,970 Sunday 5, August

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fitzroy 12.16 (88) Footscray 17.21 (123) Princes Park 10,482 Saturday 11, August
Hawthorn 17.17 (119) St Kilda 13.5 (83) Waverley Park 27,612 Saturday 11, August
Melbourne 27.11 (173) Sydney 15.16 (106) MCG 16,719 Saturday 11, August
Brisbane Bears 25.13 (163) Geelong 14.13 (97) Carrara Stadium 8,180 Saturday 11, August
North Melbourne 13.11 (89) Carlton 7.13 (55) MCG 21,094 Sunday 12, August
Essendon 13.6 (84) Collingwood 11.12 (78) Waverley Park 65,293 Sunday 12, August
West Coast 22.21 (153) Richmond 16.9 (105) Subiaco Oval 22,939 Sunday 12, August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Sydney 11.20 (86) Brisbane Bears 7.13 (55) SCG 5,272 Friday 17, August
Carlton 16.11 (107) Essendon 12.15 (87) Princes Park 25,455 Saturday 18, August
Hawthorn 26.7 (163) Collingwood 12.8 (80) Waverley Park 53,982 Saturday 18, August
St Kilda 17.15 (117) Fitzroy 18.8 (116) Moorabbin 13,712 Saturday 18, August
Footscray 12.16 (88) North Melbourne 17.13 (115) Whitten Oval 16,087 Saturday 18, August
Richmond 14.10 (94) Geelong 24.14 (158) MCG 16,984 Saturday 18, August
West Coast 15.13 (103) Melbourne 21.13 (139) Subiaco Oval 35,623 Sunday 19, August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 27.17 (179) St Kilda 12.15 (87) MCG 18,079 Friday 24, August
Hawthorn 17.14 (116) Carlton 12.13 (85) Princes Park 23,200 Saturday 25, August
Collingwood 17.16 (118) Fitzroy 4.8 (32) Victoria Park 21,008 Saturday 25, August
Essendon 15.14 (104) Footscray 11.14 (80) Windy Hill 17,258 Saturday 25, August
Geelong 12.18 (90) Sydney 14.8 (92) Kardinia Park 13,109 Saturday 25, August
Richmond 7.8 (50) Melbourne 12.14 (86) Waverley Park 15,342 Saturday 25, August
Brisbane Bears 8.11 (59) West Coast 14.16 (100) Carrara Stadium 7,286 Sunday 26, August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fitzroy 18.17 (125) Carlton 16.17 (113) Princes Park 14,168 Saturday 1, September
North Melbourne 8.19 (67) Collingwood 23.18 (156) Waverley Park 43,044 Saturday 1, September
St Kilda 13.15 (93) Essendon 19.14 (128) Moorabbin 26,661 Saturday 1, September
Footscray 16.21 (117) Brisbane Bears 15.6 (96) Whitten Oval 11,371 Saturday 1, September
Geelong 12.11 (83) West Coast 14.6 (90) Kardinia Park 16,312 Saturday 1, September
Melbourne 17.14 (116) Hawthorn 15.14 (104) MCG 57,247 Saturday 1, September
Sydney 15.19 (109) Richmond 20.19 (139) SCG 7,180 Sunday 2, September

Ladder[edit]

All teams played 22 games during the home and away season, for a total of 154. An additional 7 games were played during the finals series.

1990 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Essendon 22 17 5 0 2526 1815 139.17 68
2 Collingwood (P) 22 16 6 0 2376 1825 130.19 64
3 West Coast 22 16 6 0 2274 1920 118.44 64
4 Melbourne 22 16 6 0 2339 2066 113.21 64
5 Hawthorn 22 14 8 0 2414 2002 120.58 56
6 North Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2519 2210 113.98 48
7 Footscray 22 12 10 0 2016 2031 99.26 48
8 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2277 2187 104.12 44
9 St Kilda 22 9 13 0 2328 2313 100.65 36
10 Geelong 22 8 14 0 2248 2398 93.74 32
11 Richmond 22 7 15 0 1988 2530 78.58 28
12 Fitzroy 22 7 15 0 1874 2389 78.44 28
13 Sydney 22 5 17 0 1904 2704 70.41 20
14 Brisbane Bears 22 4 18 0 1733 2426 71.43 16
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Finals Series[edit]

Elimination Final[edit]

Elimination Final
Sunday, 9 September 2:30pm Melbourne def. Hawthorn MCG (Crowd: 74,954)
1.2 (8)
3.6 (24)
9.10 (64)
10.13 (73)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.6 (18)
4.7 (31)
5.10 (40)
8.16 (64)
Umpires: Carey, Sawers
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Bennett 4
Stretch 2
Eishold, Healy, Jackson, Spalding 1
Goals 2 Brereton, Dunstall, Hall
1 Platten, Pritchard
Eishold, Stynes, Campbell, Yeats, Rohde, Newport, Healy Best Hall, Tuck, Mew, Pritchard


Qualifying Final[edit]

Qualifying Final
Saturday, 8 September 2:30pm Collingwood drew with West Coast Waverley Park (Crowd: 57,546)
3.6 (24)
7.11 (53)
10.12 (72)
13.12 (90)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
3.1 (19)
6.5 (41)
10.10 (70)
13.12 (90)
Umpires: Ball, Rich
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Daicos 4
Barwick, Brown 3
Taylor 2
Manson 1
Goals 4 Sumich
2 Lewis, Heady, Langdon
1 Kemp, Keene, Waterman
Brown, Wright, Francis, Millane, A. Richardson, Gayfer, Daicos Best Lewis, Heady, Lamb, Mainwaring, Hart, Langdon, Watters



Qualifying Final Replay
Saturday, 15 September 2:30pm Collingwood def. West Coast Waverley Park (Crowd: 53,520)
8.1 (49)
12.6 (78)
14.9 (93)
19.12 (126)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.1 (13)
4.5 (29)
9.9 (63)
9.13 (67)
Umpires: Mitchell, Sheehan
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Brown, Daicos 4
Manson , Crosisca, Francis 2
Kelly, Russell, McGuane, Christian, Millane 1
Goals 4 Sumich
2 Keene
1 Langdon, Turley, Kemp
Christian, Francis, Wright, Morwood, Brown, Gayfer, McGuane Best Turley, Sumich, Lamb, Keene, Worsfold, Lewis


Semi Finals[edit]

First Semi-Final
Saturday, 22 September 2:30pm Melbourne def. by West Coast Waverley Park (Crowd: 43,458)
2.1 (13)
2.8 (20)
8.9 (57)
15.10 (100)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
4.2 (26)
10.5 (65)
16.10 (106)
19.16 (130)
Umpires: Sawers, Rich
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Grinter 4
Bennett, Yeats, Jackson 2
Tingay, Campbell, Spalding, Healy, Eishold 1
Goals 6 Waterman
4 Sumich
3 Jackson
2 Mainwaring
1 Lewis, Keene, Langdon, Kemp
B. Lovett, Spalding, Campbell, Eishold, Stynes, Grinter Best Turley, Keene, Mainwaring, Waterman, McKenna, Jackson, Lewis



Second Semi-Final
Sunday, 23 September 2:30pm Collingwood def. Essendon MCG (Crowd: 91,555)
4.5 (29)
7.7 (49)
12.8 (80)
17.15 (117)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
2.3 (15)
5.7 (37)
7.10 (52)
7.12 (54)
Umpires: Carey, Sheehan
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Brown 5
Daicos, Barwick 3
Starcevich, Russell 2
Francis, Crosisca 1
Goals 3 Salmon
1 Harvey, Kickett, Vander Haar, Thompson
McGuane, Brown, Banks, Morwood, Russell, Francis, Christian Best Salmon, T. Daniher, Thompson, Bewick, Ezard


Preliminary Final[edit]

Preliminary Final
Saturday, 29 September 2:30pm Essendon def. West Coast Waverley Park (Crowd: 55,813)
4.1 (25)
11.3 (69)
13.10 (88)
18.13 (121)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.2 (8)
5.3 (33)
6.8 (44)
8.10 (58)
Umpires: Carey, Sheehan
Television broadcast: Seven Network
Ezard, Harvey 3
Salmon, Madden, Vander Haar 2
Anderson, Bewick, Kickett, Long, Manning, Watson 1
Goals 3 Jackson
2 Sumich
1 Heady, Langdon, Mainwaring
Madden, T. Daniher, Anderson, Grenvold, Ezard, Hamilton, Bewick Best Mainwaring, Lewis, Scott, Hart, Heady, Brennan, McKenna


Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1990 AFL Grand Final

This was Collingwood's 14th VFL/AFL premiership, ending 32 years of heartbreak as the Magpies had lost each of the eight Grand Finals it had contested since it won the 1958 Grand Final (it had also drawn the 1977 VFL Grand Final then lost the replay the following week).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 2.5 8.9 11.10 13.11 (89)
Essendon 2.2 3.5 5.6 5.11 (41)

Match attendance[edit]

Total match attendance for the home-and-away season was 3,587,595 people. Total attendance for the finals series was 475,790 people.

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The Victorian Football League (VFL) was renamed and re-badged (with a new logo) as the Australian Football League in 1990.
  • VFL Park was re-designated as Waverley Park (although it took about two or three years for football commentators and sporting editors to relinquish the usage of the old name for the ground).
  • By the AFL rules at the time, the drawn qualifying final between Collingwood and West Coast was replayed on the following weekend. This meant that minor premier Essendon was given a second consecutive bye week, giving them three weeks between games; Essendon ultimately reached the Grand Final through the Preliminary Final, but they were soundly beaten in both the Second Semi-Final and Grand Final, to which many laid partial blame upon the extended layoff. Additionally, the delay caused scheduling chaos for venues and hotels as a large number of league and corporate events related to the finals, and particularly to Grand Final week, had to be rescheduled; the extent of this was unprecedented, as the number of finals-related events had increased significantly since the last finals draw in 1977.[1] The AFL went on to introduce the provision to play extra time in tied finals matches (except the Grand Final) in future years to prevent a repeat of this.
  • The Port Adelaide Football Club from the South Australian National Football League made a bid to join the new AFL competition; the application was rejected, and a composite South Australian National Football League team, christened the "Adelaide Crows" was admitted to the AFL competition in the 1991 season.
  • The Brisbane-Melbourne game in Round 5 was the 10,000th VFL/AFL match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce Matthews (11 September 1990). "Commission rules out grand final change". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). p. 66.