1995 AFL season

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1995 AFL Premiership season
Teams 16
Premiers Carlton
(16th premiership)
Minor premiers Carlton
(17th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup North Melbourne
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 185
Attendance 5,712,693 (30,879 per match)
Highest attendance 93,102 (Grand Final, Carlton v Geelong)
Leading goalkicker Gary Ablett (Geelong)
Brownlow Medallist Paul Kelly (Sydney)
1994
1996

Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1995.

AFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1995 AFL Draft

National Cup[edit]

North Melbourne defeated Adelaide 14.9 (93) to 8.15 (63).

Premiership season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Adelaide 10.16 (76) MCG 24,882 Friday, 31 March
Richmond 12.18 (90) Fremantle 12.13 (85) MCG 26,219 Saturday, 1 April
Hawthorn 20.7 (127) Brisbane Bears 11.4 (70) Waverley Park 14,653 Saturday, 1 April
Geelong 12.15 (87) Melbourne 11.7 (73) Kardinia Park 22,707 Saturday, 1 April
Fitzroy 6.2 (38) Essendon 16.16 (112) Whitten Oval 17,869 Saturday, 1 April
West Coast 18.13 (121) St Kilda 11.9 (75) WACA 28,083 Sunday, 2 April
Carlton 14.11 (95) Collingwood 9.12 (66) MCG 87,119 Sunday, 2 April
Footscray 15.12 (102) Sydney 12.13 (85) Whitten Oval 19,189 Sunday, 2 April

Round 2[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Fremantle 11.16 (82) Essendon 12.19 (91) WACA 23,688 Friday, 7 April
Melbourne 12.15 (87) North Melbourne 16.10 (106) MCG 25,010 Saturday, 8 April
Hawthorn 10.11 (71) Footscray 14.11 (95) Waverley Park 18,136 Saturday, 8 April
Carlton 18.17 (125) Fitzroy 8.8 (56) Princes Park 16,586 Saturday, 8 April
Brisbane Bears 18.18 (126) Adelaide 14.15 (99) Gabba 9,334 Sunday, 9 April
Collingwood 11.10 (76) West Coast 11.14 (80) MCG 33,129 Sunday, 9 April
St Kilda 9.15 (69) Richmond 14.11 (95) Waverley Park 26,037 Sunday, 9 April
Sydney 10.15 (75) Geelong 11.14 (80) SCG 12,973 Sunday, 9 April

Round 3[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Fitzroy 11.12 (78) Fremantle 18.13 (121) Whitten Oval 7,561 Saturday, 15 April
Geelong 18.14 (122) Collingwood 14.11 (95) Kardinia Park 27,057 Saturday, 15 April
Footscray 8.12 (60) Carlton 23.20 (158) MCG 41,576 Saturday, 15 April
West Coast 12.19 (91) North Melbourne 5.13 (43) WACA 16,586 Saturday, 15 April
Hawthorn 5.4 (34) Richmond 4.16 (40) Waverley Park 24,820 Sunday, 16 April
Brisbane Bears 15.14 (104) Sydney 14.15 (99) Gabba 8,460 Sunday, 16 April
Adelaide 13.14 (92) St Kilda 3.8 (26) Football Park 38,046 Sunday, 16 April
Essendon 14.14 (98) Melbourne 12.10 (82) MCG 60,057 Monday, 17 April

Round 4[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Fremantle 12.22 (94) Geelong 10.15 (75) WACA 26,455 Friday, 21 April
St Kilda 10.10 (70) Hawthorn 16.10 (106) Waverley Park 24,972 Saturday, 22 April
Sydney 17.14 (116) Fitzroy 12.12 (84) SCG 10,762 Saturday, 22 April
Brisbane Bears 12.10 (82) Carlton 18.11 (119) Gabba 12,009 Sunday, 23 April
Melbourne 12.8 (80) Footscray 16.7 (103) Princes Park 16,969 Sunday, 23 April
Adelaide 7.14 (56) West Coast 6.10 (46) Football Park 42,723 Sunday, 23 April
Richmond 21.8 (134) North Melbourne 13.7 (85) MCG 62,606 Monday, 24 April
Collingwood 17.9 (111) Essendon 16.15 (111) MCG 94,825 Tuesday, 25 April
  • This was the first ANZAC Day clash held between Collingwood and Essendon which famously ended in a draw.

Round 5[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 17.14 (116) Brisbane Bears 14.12 (96) MCG 24,379 Saturday, 29 April
Geelong 28.13 (181) Fitzroy 13.14 (92) Kardinia Park 19,644 Saturday, 29 April
Footscray 14.14 (98) Fremantle 14.12 (96) Whitten Oval 16,800 Saturday, 29 April
West Coast 13.12 (90) Melbourne 11.8 (74) WACA 30,294 Saturday, 29 April
North Melbourne 7.8 (50) Carlton 12.12 (84) MCG 42,729 Sunday, 30 April
Hawthorn 14.12 (96) Collingwood 4.13 (37) Waverley Park 40,715 Sunday, 30 April
Essendon 24.10 (154) St Kilda 5.8 (38) Princes Park 17,930 Sunday, 30 April
Sydney 20.24 (144) Adelaide 12.15 (87) SCG 15,491 Sunday, 30 April

Round 6[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Adelaide 11.11 (77) Melbourne 10.9 (69) Football Park 40,406 Friday, 5 May
St Kilda 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Waverley Park 15,440 Saturday, 6 May
Carlton 13.12 (90) West Coast 10.7 (67) Princes Park 24,527 Saturday, 6 May
Footscray 8.14 (62) Geelong 22.18 (150) Whitten Oval 20,749 Saturday, 6 May
Collingwood 12.10 (82) Richmond 13.16 (94) MCG 59,954 Saturday, 6 May
Fremantle 25.13 (163) Sydney 16.9 (105) WACA 22,804 Sunday, 7 May
North Melbourne 22.12 (144) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) MCG 32,207 Sunday, 7 May
Essendon 19.14 (128) Brisbane Bears 14.16 (100) Princes Park 17,646 Sunday, 7 May

Round 7[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 10.12 (72) Adelaide 9.4 (58) MCG 38,791 Friday, 12 May
Carlton 10.15 (75) Essendon 9.13 (67) MCG 73,753 Saturday, 13 May
St Kilda 15.15 (105) Footscray 12.15 (87) Waverley Park 13,280 Saturday, 13 May
Geelong 9.19 (73) Hawthorn 11.12 (78) Kardinia Park 24,842 Saturday, 13 May
Fitzroy 13.10 (88) North Melbourne 17.16 (118) Whitten Oval 11,082 Saturday, 13 May
Collingwood 13.19 (97) Sydney 11.10 (76) Victoria Park 22,835 Saturday, 13 May
West Coast 23.13 (151) Fremantle 9.12 (66) Subiaco Oval 40,356 Sunday, 14 May
Melbourne 12.10 (82) Brisbane Bears 10.15 (75) MCG 12,783 Sunday, 14 May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Sydney 21.6 (132) Carlton 8.12 (60) SCG 23,744 Friday, 19 May
Richmond 14.7 (91) Geelong 24.19 (163) MCG 65,335 Saturday, 20 May
Hawthorn 7.8 (50) Melbourne 17.10 (112) Waverley Park 24,372 Saturday, 20 May
Footscray 13.6 (84) North Melbourne 15.15 (105) Whitten Oval 17,741 Saturday, 20 May
Collingwood 20.11 (131) Fremantle 14.9 (93) Victoria Park 22,466 Saturday, 20 May
Adelaide 9.12 (66) Fitzroy 15.9 (99) Football Park 39,888 Saturday, 20 May
Brisbane Bears 17.13 (115) St Kilda 14.10 (94) Gabba 7,648 Sunday, 21 May
West Coast 13.12 (90) Essendon 16.12 (108) Subiaco Oval 34,731 Sunday, 21 May

Round 9[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 12.7 (79) Geelong 20.20 (140) MCG 44,780 Friday 26 May
Essendon 15.11 (101) Footscray 9.13 (67) MCG 38,719 Saturday, 27 May
St Kilda 11.14 (80) Carlton 3.6 (24) Waverley Park 17,902 Saturday, 27 May
Fitzroy 8.6 (54) West Coast 12.10 (82) Bruce Stadium 11,282 Saturday, 27 May
Adelaide 9.6 (60) Hawthorn 7.16 (58) Football Park 38,740 Saturday, 27 May
Sydney 14.6 (90) Richmond 17.14 (116) SCG 23,475 Sunday, 28 May
Melbourne 12.13 (85) Collingwood 7.16 (58) MCG 51,774 Sunday, 28 May
Fremantle 17.18 (120) Brisbane Bears 8.6 (54) Subiaco Oval 17,574 Sunday, 28 May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 19.12 (126) Essendon 15.9 (99) MCG 59,354 Friday, 2 June
Melbourne 15.12 (102) Sydney 11.11 (77) MCG 26,630 Saturday, 3 June
St Kilda 9.6 (60) Fremantle 20.11 (131) Waverley Park 14,890 Saturday, 3 June
Geelong 16.20 (116) Adelaide 14.7 (91) Kardinia Park 26,314 Saturday, 3 June
Collingwood 13.15 (93) Fitzroy 10.19 (79) Victoria Park 23,356 Saturday, 3 June
West Coast 17.10 (112) Brisbane Bears 10.7 (67) Subiaco Oval 26,261 Sunday, 4 June
Footscray 9.10 (64) Richmond 13.18 (96) MCG 33,042 Sunday, 4 June
Carlton 26.16 (172) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Princes Park 29,520 Sunday, 4 June

Round 11[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 25.11 (161) St Kilda 13.9 (87) MCG 36,528 Friday, 9 June
Essendon 17.10 (112) Geelong 19.9 (123) MCG 77,643 Saturday, 10 June
Richmond 18.15 (123) West Coast 9.9 (63) Princes Park 17,041 Saturday, 10 June
Adelaide 12.18 (90) Footscray 6.10 (46) Football Park 36,955 Saturday, 10 June
Brisbane Bears 17.30 (132) Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Gabba 8,209 Sunday, 11 June
Fremantle 11.6 (72) North Melbourne 22.11 (143) Subiaco Oval 28,013 Sunday, 11 June
Melbourne 12.8 (80) Carlton 16.16 (112) MCG 53,290 Monday, 12 June
Hawthorn 17.11 (113) Sydney 9.17 (71) Waverley Park 19,737 Monday, 12 June

Round 12[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 10.18 (78) Hawthorn 8.12 (60) MCG 47,237 Friday, 23 June
Richmond 15.19 (109) Fitzroy 15.13 (103) MCG 26,403 Saturday, 24 June
Footscray 10.11 (71) Collingwood 10.11 (71) Waverley Park 27,421 Saturday, 24 June
Carlton 16.16 (112) Geelong 15.19 (109) Princes Park 30,843 Saturday, 24 June
Adelaide 16.9 (105) Fremantle 12.12 (84) Football Park 40,981 Saturday, 24 June
Brisbane Bears 13.11 (89) North Melbourne 20.13 (133) Gabba 11,996 Sunday, 25 June
St Kilda 11.7 (73) Melbourne 13.12 (90) Waverley Park 18,390 Sunday, 25 June
West Coast 11.7 (73) Sydney 10.12 (72) Subiaco Oval 24,574 Sunday, 25 June

Round 13[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 24.8 (152) Adelaide 7.14 (56) MCG 33,407 Friday, 30 July
Melbourne 14.11 (95) Richmond 12.12 (84) MCG 42,548 Saturday, 1 July
St Kilda 12.12 (84) North Melbourne 18.13 (121) Waverley Park 14,301 Saturday, 1 July
Geelong 17.14 (116) West Coast 9.10 (64) Kardinia Park 23,743 Saturday, 1 July
Footscray 9.15 (69) Brisbane Bears 8.5 (53) Whitten Oval 11,556 Saturday, 1 July
Sydney 21.12 (138) Essendon 17.17 (119) SCG 21,853 Sunday, 2 July
Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Hawthorn 21.25 (151) Princes Park 12,503 Sunday, 2 July
Fremantle 7.7 (49) Carlton 15.16 (106) Subiaco Oval 25,465 Sunday, 2 July

Round 14[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 18.17 (125) Collingwood 10.13 (73) MCG 66,719 Friday, 7 July
Essendon 27.20 (182) Adelaide 8.12 (60) MCG 40,269 Saturday, 8 July
Hawthorn 8.8 (56) West Coast 14.13 (97) Waverley Park 19,373 Saturday, 8 July
Geelong 15.21 (111) Brisbane Bears 15.8 (98) Kardinia Park 22,459 Saturday, 8 July
Sydney 14.10 (94) St Kilda 17.17 (119) SCG 14,979 Sunday, 9 July
Carlton 17.13 (115) Richmond 12.13 (85) MCG 84,745 Sunday, 9 July
Fitzroy 12.7 (79) Footscray 23.8 (146) Whitten Oval 16,745 Sunday, 9 July
Fremantle 7.8 (50) Melbourne 15.12 (102) Subiaco Oval 16,161 Sunday, 9 July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 15.11 (101) Essendon 15.11 (101) MCG 76,628 Friday, 14 July
North Melbourne 12.12 (84) Sydney 16.17 (113) MCG 22,524 Saturday, 15 July
Hawthorn 18.10 (118) Fremantle 11.8 (74) Waverley Park 14,167 Saturday, 15 July
Carlton 20.13 (133) Adelaide 15.10 (100) Princes Park 22,543 Saturday, 15 July
Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Melbourne 20.11 (131) Whitten Oval 8,862 Saturday, 15 July
Brisbane Bears 11.14 (80) Collingwood 19.15 (129) Gabba 11,467 Sunday, 16 July
Geelong 13.7 (85) St Kilda 13.15 (93) MCG 37,382 Sunday, 16 July
West Coast 8.13 (61) Footscray 12.15 (87) Subiaco Oval 30,169 Sunday, 16 July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Adelaide 9.11 (65) North Melbourne 7.12 (54) Football Park 34,301 Friday, 21 July
Essendon 22.18 (150) Fitzroy 12.7 (79) MCG 25,295 Saturday, 22 July
St Kilda 9.10 (64) West Coast 19.8 (122) Waverley Park 13,490 Saturday, 22 July
Melbourne 12.10 (82) Geelong 15.21 (111) Princes Park 18,416 Saturday, 22 July
Sydney 12.7 (79) Footscray 21.8 (134) SCG 15,708 Saturday, 22 July
Brisbane Bears 14.20 (104) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Gabba 8,209 Sunday, 23 July
Collingwood 10.8 (68) Carlton 12.18 (90) MCG 78,934 Sunday, 23 July
Fremantle 9.13 (67) Richmond 10.14 (74) Subiaco Oval 18,723 Sunday, 23 July

*Brisbane Bears came from 45 points down at 3 quarter time to beat Hawthorn by 7 points.

Round 17[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 12.8 (80) Melbourne 15.12 (102) MCG 28,838 Friday, 28 July
Essendon 21.9 (135) Fremantle 13.9 (87) MCG 29,102 Saturday, 29 July
Richmond 9.8 (62) St Kilda 15.17 (107) Princes Park 15,715 Saturday, 29 July
Geelong 23.13 (151) Sydney 11.8 (74) Kardinia Park 28,600 Saturday, 29 July
Footscray 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 7.10 (52) Whitten Oval 16,673 Saturday, 29 July
West Coast 18.21 (129) Collingwood 11.13 (79) Subiaco Oval 35,332 Sunday, 30 July
Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Carlton 24.17 (161) Waverley Park 15,567 Sunday, 30 July
Adelaide 6.10 (46) Brisbane Bears 11.10 (76) Football Park 33,829 Sunday, 30 July

Round 18[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 13.21 (99) Hawthorn 8.7 (55) MCG 37,543 Friday, 4 August
Melbourne 11.7 (73) Essendon 15.16 (106) MCG 52,523 Saturday, 5 August
St Kilda 10.8 (68) Adelaide 14.14 (98) Waverley Park 13,141 Saturday, 5 August
North Melbourne 15.16 (106) West Coast 7.2 (44) Princes Park 11,822 Saturday, 5 August
Sydney 17.9 (111) Brisbane Bears 19.12 (126) SCG 8,150 Sunday, 6 August
Collingwood 15.9 (99) Geelong 14.11 (95) MCG 62,212 Sunday, 6 August
Carlton 15.16 (106) Footscray 11.15 (81) Princes Park 24,084 Sunday, 6 August
Fremantle 17.14 (116) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Subiaco Oval 20,073 Sunday, 6 August

Round 19[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 16.14 (110) Richmond 15.10 (100) MCG 51,247 Friday, 11 August
Essendon 16.14 (110) Collingwood 15.12 (102) MCG 77,448 Saturday, 12 August
Hawthorn 14.13 (97) St Kilda 16.9 (105) Waverley Park 19,852 Saturday, 12 August
Geelong 16.10 (106) Fremantle 12.11 (83) Kardinia Park 20,679 Saturday, 12 August
Footscray 11.12 (78) Melbourne 7.16 (58) Whitten Oval 17,697 Saturday, 12 August
West Coast 26.21 (177) Adelaide 5.12 (42) Subiaco Oval 30,507 Sunday, 13 August
Carlton 11.19 (85) Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) Princes Park 16,350 Sunday, 13 August
Fitzroy 6.8 (44) Sydney 27.8 (170) Whitten Oval 7,426 Sunday, 13 August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 15.11 (101) MCG 51,746 Friday, 18 August
Melbourne 10.15 (75) West Coast 16.8 (104) MCG 24,874 Saturday, 19 August
St Kilda 10.15 (75) Essendon 23.13 (151) Waverley Park 34,121 Saturday, 19 August
Carlton 18.14 (122) North Melbourne 15.13 (103) Princes Park 32,065 Saturday, 19 August
Fitzroy 8.17 (65) Geelong 15.16 (106) Whitten Oval 9,196 Saturday, 19 August
Adelaide 13.15 (93) Sydney 22.7 (139) Football Park 38,529 Saturday, 19 August
Brisbane Bears 24.16 (160) Richmond 13.5 (83) Gabba 11,524 Sunday, 20 August
Fremantle 17.14 (116) Footscray 12.13 (85) Subiaco Oval 18,175 Sunday, 20 August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 18.7 (115) Adelaide 23.8 (146) MCG 22,800 Friday, 25 August
Richmond 14.25 (109) Collingwood 7.13 (55) MCG 70,809 Saturday, 26 August
Hawthorn 9.14 (68) North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Waverley Park 21,513 Saturday, 26 August
Geelong 15.20 (110) Footscray 19.11 (125) Kardinia Park 25,057 Saturday, 26 August
Fitzroy 13.12 (90) St Kilda 16.21 (117) Princes Park 9,363 Saturday, 26 August
Brisbane Bears 17.14 (116) Essendon 12.12 (84) Gabba 12,657 Saturday, 26 August
Sydney 19.13 (127) Fremantle 20.24 (144) SCG 10,410 Sunday, 27 August
West Coast 16.8 (104) Carlton 15.15 (105) Subiaco Oval 41,492 Sunday, 27 August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Brisbane Bears 16.14 (110) Melbourne 13.11(89) Gabba 11,842 Friday, 1 September
Essendon 9.13 (67) Carlton 16.12 (108) MCG 87,984 Saturday, 2 September
Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Geelong 23.10 (148) Waverley Park 32,747 Saturday, 2 September
North Melbourne 30.24 (204) Fitzroy 15.11 (101) Princes Park 14,907 Saturday, 2 September
Footscray 11.12 (78) St Kilda 20.12 (132) Whitten Oval 19,442 Saturday, 2 September
Adelaide 12.14 (86) Richmond 19.9 (123) Football Park 40,168 Saturday, 2 September
Sydney 19.13 (127) Collingwood 15.14 (104) SCG 18,191 Sunday, 3 September
Fremantle 8.10 (58) West Coast 16.15 (111) Subiaco Oval 39,844 Sunday, 3 September

Qualifying Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 12.12 (84) North Melbourne 17.12 (114) MCG 68,226 Friday, 8 September
Essendon 11.8 (74) West Coast 8.7 (55) Waverley Park 36,102 Saturday, 9 September
Geelong 24.11 (155) Footscray 10.13 (73) MCG 59,889 Saturday, 9 September
Carlton 13.12 (90) Brisbane Bears 12.5 (77) MCG 52,092 Sunday, 10 September

Semi finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 11.7 (73) Richmond 12.14 (86) MCG 88,308 Saturday, 16 September
North Melbourne 18.21 (129) West Coast 10.11 (71) MCG 53,759 Sunday, 17 September

Preliminary Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Carlton 18.10 (118) North Melbourne 8.8 (56) MCG 72,552 Saturday, 23 September
Geelong 20.9 (129) Richmond 6.4 (40) Waverley Park 70,321 Saturday, 23 September

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1995 AFL Grand Final
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Carlton 21.15 (141) Geelong 11.14 (80) MCG 93,102 Saturday, 30 September

Ladder[edit]

1995 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Carlton (P) 22 20 2 0 2357 1711 137.76 80
2 Geelong 22 16 6 0 2558 1939 131.92 64
3 Richmond 22 15 6 1 2096 1943 107.87 62
4 Essendon 22 14 6 2 2464 1931 127.60 60
5 West Coast 22 14 8 0 2079 1692 122.87 56
6 North Melbourne 22 14 8 0 2311 2013 114.80 56
7 Footscray 22 11 10 1 1879 2054 91.48 46
8 Brisbane Bears 22 10 12 0 2104 2207 95.33 40
9 Melbourne 22 9 13 0 1938 1925 100.68 36
10 Collingwood 22 8 12 2 2043 2111 96.78 36
11 Adelaide 22 9 13 0 1749 2184 80.08 36
12 Sydney 22 8 14 0 2314 2299 100.65 32
13 Fremantle 22 8 14 0 2051 2209 92.85 32
14 St Kilda 22 8 14 0 1814 2258 80.34 32
15 Hawthorn 22 7 15 0 1857 1975 94.03 28
16 Fitzroy 22 2 20 0 1617 2780 58.17 8
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The Fremantle Dockers made their debut in the competition.
  • The first ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon was held in round 4 which famously ended in a draw.
  • Carlton won a record 16th premiership, winning twenty games for the home-and-away season, also a new record (subsequently surpassed by Essendon in 2000). They won their 16th consecutive match in the grand final, comfortably beating Geelong 21.15 (141) to 11.14 (80).
    • Amidst these records, they also suffered the rare ignominy of losing to the bottom team (St Kilda) while atop the ladder in their Round 9 game. In this game, they failed to score a goal in the first half and became the fifth (and to date last) premier team to have kicked a season's lowest score (also in 1923, 1968, 1970 and 1992).
  • Richmond reached the finals for the first time since 1982, finishing 3rd and making the preliminary finals.
    • They won their first 7 games, winning their first five games for the first time since the early 1980s.
    • They were on top of the ladder for the first time since 1982 (from rounds 9 to 12).
  • Brisbane Bears made an exceptional late season charge to reach the finals for the first time in team history.
    • The Bears sat 14th after 15 rounds with a win/loss record of 4-11 and a percentage of 83.2%.
    • In Round 16 at the Gabba against Hawthorn, the Bears trailed Hawthorn by 45 points at three-quarter time, but scored nine goals to one in the final quarter to pull off a seven point victory. It remains the largest three-quarter time deficit ever overcome in VFL/AFL history. The Bears were still in 14th place at the end of the game.
    • Brisbane won its next two games against bottom eight opposition to reach 12th place, but were to face Carlton, Richmond and Essendon (who then held the top three places respectively) in the following three weeks. Against all odds, Brisbane lost to Carlton by only 14 points, then thrashed the Tigers by 77 points and beat Essendon by 32 points.
    • At the start of the final round, Melbourne, Collingwood and Brisbane sat 8th, 9th and 10th respectively, all on nine wins. Brisbane needed to beat Melbourne, and rely on Sydney (12th place) beating Collingwood to reach the finals. Brisbane beat Melbourne by 21 points of Friday night, then watched on Sunday as Sydney scored eight final quarter goals to overhaul Collingwood by 23 points.
    • The Bears finals appearance was short-lived, as the eventual priemers Carlton beat them by 13 points in the first week of the finals in a very high standard game
    • However, the 10 wins and 12 losses of Brisbane in 1995, remains the worst record of a team in VFL/AFL history which qualified a team for the finals (excluding those seasons where more than half of teams qualified for the finals).
  • Tony Lockett transferred from St Kilda to Sydney.
  • Footscray, VFL and State of Origin legend Ted Whitten died.
    • He had been given a "lap of honour" during the 1995 State of Origin match between Victoria and South Australia.
  • Hawthorn missed out on the finals for the first time since the early 1980s.
    • The team finished second last, failing to register a win for its last seven matches.
  • Fitzroy continued to decline, failing to register a win from round 9 and finished on the bottom of the ladder with just 2 wins.
  • There were many significant changes to incumbent AFL team coaches:
  • After round 19, the Fitzroy coach Bernie Quinlan was sacked and replaced by caretaker coach Alan McConnell for the remaining three games of their season (Michael Nunan later was signed as coach for 1996).
  • Peter Knights was sacked as coach of Hawthorn.
  • John Northey resigned from Richmond (he became coach of Brisbane Bears in 1996).
  • Robert Walls resigned as coach of Brisbane Bears and joined Richmond as coach in 1996.
  • Ron Barassi coached his last VFL/AFL match, resigning as coach of Sydney at the end of 1995.

References[edit]