1996 AFL season

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1996 AFL Premiership season
Teams 16
Premiers North Melbourne
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiers Sydney Swans Squared.jpg Sydney
(7th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup St Kilda
(1st pre-season cup win)
Matches played 185
Attendance 5,694,921 (30,783 per match)
Highest attendance 93,102 (Grand Final, North Melbourne v Sydney)
Leading goalkicker Sydney Swans Squared.jpg Tony Lockett (Sydney)
Brownlow Medallist Brisbane Bears design.jpg Michael Voss (Brisbane Bears)
EssendonDesign.svg James Hird (Essendon)
1995
1997

Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1996.

See List of Australian Football League premiers for a complete list.

AFL Draft[edit]

See 1996 AFL Draft for more information.

Lightning Premiership[edit]

In the 1996 AFL Lightning Premiership final, Essendon defeated Brisbane Bears 6.11 (47) to 2.9 (21) at Waverley Park.

National Cup[edit]

In the 1996 Ansett Australia Cup final, St Kilda defeated Carlton 20.10 (130) to 10.12 (72) in front of 66,888 at Waverley Park.

Premiership Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 8.8 (56) Geelong 27.21 (183) MCG 46,832 Friday, 29 March
Richmond 15.14 (104) Essendon 19.8 (122) MCG 52,271 Saturday, 30 March
St Kilda 12.13 (85) North Melbourne 15.19 (109) Waverley Park 23,434 Saturday, 30 March
Fitzroy 11.5 (71) Hawthorn 13.14 (92) Whitten Oval 10,239 Saturday, 30 March
Brisbane Bears 21.15 (141) Footscray 7.12 (54) The Gabba 14,222 Saturday, 30 March
Carlton 16.13 (109) Collingwood 12.15 (87) MCG 70,152 Sunday, 31 March
Fremantle 6.9 (45) West Coast 9.13 (67) Subiaco Oval 33,041 Sunday, 31 March
Adelaide 20.10 (130) Sydney 6.4 (40) Football Park 40,665 Sunday, 31 March

Round 2[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 26.12 (168) Footscray 5.7 (37) MCG 30,873 Saturday, 6 April
Geelong 26.8 (164) St Kilda 20.14 (134) Kardinia Park 25,950 Saturday, 6 April
Hawthorn 6.15 (51) Richmond 14.14 (98) Waverley Park 38,263 Saturday, 6 April
Fitzroy 15.11 (101) Adelaide 21.7 (133) Whitten Oval 8,685 Saturday, 6 April
West Coast 11.11 (77) Brisbane Bears 16.7 (103) WACA 29,213 Saturday, 6 April
Essendon 10.12 (72) Carlton 15.11 (101) MCG 62,207 Sunday, 7 April
Sydney 9.17 (71) Fremantle 13.22 (100) SCG 10,965 Sunday, 7 April
Collingwood 27.11 (173) Melbourne 11.13 (79) MCG 53,268 Monday, 8 April

Round 3[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Adelaide 21.16 (142) Geelong 12.6 (78) Football Park 43,766 Friday, 12 April
Footscray 17.19 (121) Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Whitten Oval 14,345 Saturday, 13 April
Hawthorn 12.8 (80) North Melbourne 22.21 (153) Waverley Park 20,331 Saturday, 13 April
Brisbane Bears 13.12 (90) Richmond 15.18 (108) The Gabba 20,635 Saturday, 13 April
Sydney 15.17 (107) Collingwood 10.13 (73) SCG 17,674 Sunday, 14 April
Fremantle 15.12 (102) Carlton 6.13 (49) Subiaco Oval 22,652 Sunday, 14 April
Essendon 16.13 (109) West Coast 6.14 (50) Waverley Park 20,852 Sunday, 14 April
Melbourne 14.14 (98) St Kilda 13.10 (88) Optus Oval 11,881 Sunday, 14 April

Round 4[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Brisbane Bears 18.17 (125) North Melbourne 14.11 (95) The Gabba 17,469 Friday, 19 April
Carlton 21.7 (133) Melbourne 12.14 (86) Optus Oval 19,051 Saturday, 20 April
Collingwood 14.14 (98) Fremantle 8.13 (61) Victoria Park 23,170 Saturday, 20 April
St Kilda 24.16 (160) Fitzroy 11.9 (75) Waverley Park 17,625 Saturday, 20 April
Footscray 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 8.9 (57) Whitten Oval 16,804 Saturday, 20 April
Adelaide 23.23 (161) Essendon 9.11 (65) Football Park 45,266 Saturday, 20 April
Richmond 9.16 (70) Sydney 10.11 (71) Waverley Park 33,847 Sunday, 21 April
West Coast 12.16 (88) Geelong 16.10 (106) Subiaco Oval 30,837 Sunday, 21 April

Round 5[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 16.9 (105) Collingwood 17.15 (117) MCG 87,549 Thursday, 25 April
Fremantle 13.18 (96) Melbourne 8.11 (59) WACA 26,618 Friday, 26 April
Carlton 12.14 (86) West Coast 12.13 (85) Optus Oval 19,927 Saturday, 27 April
Geelong 13.13 (91) Richmond 12.16 (88) Kardinia Park 26,016 Saturday, 27 April
North Melbourne 23.14 (152) Adelaide 17.11 (113) MCG 32,215 Saturday, 27 April
Sydney 13.10 (88) Hawthorn 11.10 (76) SCG 20,227 Saturday, 27 April
Brisbane Bears 24.14 (158) Fitzroy 6.13 (49) The Gabba 14,495 Sunday, 28 April
St Kilda 16.20 (116) Footscray 13.12 (90) Waverley Park 27,094 Sunday, 28 April

Round 6[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Sydney 14.6 (90) Essendon 12.18 (90) SCG 22,088 Friday, 3 May
Geelong 13.15 (93) North Melbourne 15.14 (104) MCG 50,074 Friday, 3 May
Collingwood 23.14 (152) Adelaide 12.8 (80) Victoria Park 26,459 Saturday, 4 May
Melbourne 7.8 (50) West Coast 24.12 (156) Optus Oval 8,747 Saturday, 4 May
Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Richmond 23.16 (154) Whitten Oval 13,497 Saturday, 4 May
Hawthorn 9.11 (65) St Kilda 13.8 (86) Waverley Park 30,225 Saturday, 4 May
Footscray 9.10 (64) Carlton 12.8 (80) MCG 31,024 Sunday, 5 May
Fremantle 12.13 (85) Brisbane Bears 17.8 (110) Subiaco Oval 24,591 Sunday, 5 May

Round 7[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 22.11 (143) Geelong 17.12 (114) MCG 75,632 Wednesday, 8 May
Collingwood 14.11 (95) St Kilda 18.10 (118) MCG 71,663 Friday, 10 May
Carlton 18.17 (125) Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Optus Oval 16,176 Saturday, 11 May
Melbourne 5.8 (38) Sydney 12.10 (82) MCG 23,660 Saturday, 11 May
Brisbane Bears 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 5.11 (41) The Gabba 20,053 Saturday, 11 May
Richmond 17.11 (113) Footscray 9.8 (62) MCG 25,691 Sunday, 12 May
West Coast 19.11 (125) North Melbourne 7.16 (58) Subiaco Oval 32,312 Sunday, 12 May
Adelaide 20.12 (132) Fremantle 5.6 (36) Football Park 40,386 Sunday, 12 May

Round 8[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Brisbane Bears 15.18 (108) Collingwood 14.14 (98) The Gabba 21,644 Friday, 17 May
Carlton 12.14 (86) Geelong 15.8 (98) MCG 67,931 Friday, 17 May
Hawthorn 19.8 (122) Melbourne 10.11 (71) Waverley Park 20,527 Saturday, 18 May
Fitzroy 16.11 (107) Fremantle 10.16 (76) Whitten Oval 5,083 Saturday, 18 May
North Melbourne 20.24 (144) Richmond 14.5 (89) MCG 49,939 Saturday, 18 May
West Coast 14.16 (100) Sydney 9.10 (64) WACA 31,411 Saturday, 18 May
Adelaide 13.19 (97) St Kilda 11.7 (73) Football Park 43,370 Sunday, 19 May
Footscray 13.6 (84) Essendon 23.13 (151) MCG 36,766 Sunday, 19 May

Note: Ben Hart took the mark of the year in Adelaide's win over St Kilda.
Note: Fitzroy's victory was the last win they had as a club.

Round 9[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 25.20 (170) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) MCG 19,964 Friday, 24 May
Essendon 11.23 (89) Melbourne 12.5 (77) MCG 37,288 Saturday, 25 May
Footscray 18.11 (119) Adelaide 11.13 (79) Whitten Oval 11,140 Saturday, 25 May
Hawthorn 8.8 (56) West Coast 14.6 (90) Waverley Park 14,286 Saturday, 25 May
Sydney 21.6 (132) Brisbane Bears 10.14 (74) SCG 26,537 Sunday, 26 May
Fremantle 17.18 (120) Richmond 10.6 (66) Subiaco Oval 20,934 Sunday, 26 May
St Kilda 9.15 (69) Carlton 13.13 (91) Waverley Park 41,023 Sunday, 26 May
Collingwood 11.10 (76) Geelong 21.13 (139) MCG 56,609 Monday, 27 May

Round 10[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Footscray 10.9 (69) North Melbourne 12.17 (89) MCG 22,416 Friday, 7 June
Carlton 15.11 (101) Richmond 13.12 (90) MCG 59,062 Saturday, 8 June
Geelong 14.14 (98) Brisbane Bears 15.8 (98) Kardinia Park 24,800 Saturday, 8 June
Fitzroy 10.7 (67) Sydney 21.11 (137) Whitten Oval 9,701 Saturday, 8 June
St Kilda 9.13 (67) Essendon 13.11 (89) Waverley Park 43,925 Saturday, 8 June*
Fremantle 7.11 (53) Hawthorn 17.8 (110) Subiaco Oval 19,350 Sunday, 9 June
Adelaide 11.10 (76) West Coast 19.16 (130) Football Park 43,398 Sunday, 9 June
Melbourne 17.12 (114) Collingwood 10.16 (76) MCG 48,302 Monday, 10 June

Round 11[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Geelong 20.9 (129) Footscray 12.13 (85) Kardinia Park 21,516 Saturday, 15 June
Hawthorn 16.12 (108) Adelaide 14.15 (99) Waverley Park 16,652 Saturday, 15 June
North Melbourne 10.13 (73) Sydney 24.8 (152) Optus Oval 18,644 Saturday, 15 June
Richmond 21.13 (139) St Kilda 15.15 (105) MCG 39,029 Saturday, 15 June
Brisbane Bears 5.8 (38) Carlton 9.8 (62) The Gabba 20,225 Saturday, 15 June
West Coast 16.19 (115) Collingwood 9.8 (62) Subiaco Oval 34,832 Sunday, 16 June
Essendon 13.12 (90) Fremantle 12.17 (89) MCG 31,383 Sunday, 16 June
Fitzroy 8.8 (56) Melbourne 18.11 (119) Whitten Oval 10,836 Sunday, 16 June

Round 12[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Richmond 19.14 (128) Adelaide 13.4 (82) MCG 39,044 Friday, 21 June
Collingwood 14.11 (95) Carlton 17.14 (116) MCG 61,448 Saturday, 22 June
Geelong 17.10 (112) Fremantle 13.15 (93) Kardinia Park 22,116 Saturday, 22 June
Hawthorn 17.12 (114) Fitzroy 12.11 (83) Waverley Park 16,217 Saturday, 22 June
Brisbane Bears 18.15 (123) Melbourne 6.10 (46) The Gabba 14,871 Saturday, 22 June
Sydney 18.15 (123) Footscray 11.11 (77) SCG 22,689 Sunday, 23 June
North Melbourne 16.11 (107) Essendon 14.11 (95) MCG 39,515 Sunday, 23 June
West Coast 22.9 (141) St Kilda 17.6 (108) Subiaco Oval 29,434 Sunday, 23 June

Round 13[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Collingwood 10.9 (69) Richmond 14.8 (92) MCG 69,072 Friday, 28 June
Carlton 13.13 (91) Sydney 15.12 (102) Optus Oval 20,030 Saturday, 29 June
Fitzroy 6.3 (39) Geelong 25.16 (166) Whitten Oval 10,504 Saturday, 29 June
St Kilda 14.12 (96) Brisbane Bears 7.8 (50) Waverley Park 13,824 Saturday, 29 June
Essendon 18.13 (121) Hawthorn 15.10 (100) MCG 43,481 Saturday, 29 June
Fremantle 8.10 (58) North Melbourne 9.20 (74) WACA 19,360 Saturday, 29 June
Adelaide 10.12 (72) Melbourne 19.9 (123) Football Park 37,557 Sunday, 30 June
Footscray 9.5 (59) West Coast 11.5 (71) Whitten Oval 11,184 Sunday, 30 June

Round 14[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 21.18 (144) Carlton 13.11 (89) MCG 68,537 Friday, 5 July
Hawthorn 17.12 (114) Collingwood 11.15 (81) Waverley Park 30,886 Saturday, 6 July
Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Essendon 17.16 (118) Optus Oval 12,748 Saturday, 6 July
Richmond 7.9 (51) West Coast 10.8 (68) MCG 37,482 Saturday, 6 July
Adelaide 15.12 (102) Brisbane Bears 14.10 (94) Football Park 34,183 Saturday, 6 July
Sydney 18.17 (125) Geelong 11.8 (74) SCG 44,047 Sunday, 7 July
Melbourne 14.10 (94) Footscray 10.7 (67) MCG 22,852 Sunday, 7 July
Fremantle 11.11 (77) St Kilda 15.10 (100) Subiaco Oval 17,697 Sunday, 7 July

Round 15[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
West Coast 20.11 (131) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) WACA 22,044 Friday, 12 July
Carlton 19.17 (131) Adelaide 9.10 (64) Optus Oval 20,102 Saturday, 13 July
Collingwood 22.12 (144) North Melbourne 12.11 (83) MCG 34,514 Saturday, 13 July
Geelong 10.12 (72) Hawthorn 11.8 (74) Kardinia Park 22,207 Saturday, 13 July
St Kilda 11.13 (79) Sydney 14.12 (96) Waverley Park 34,337 Saturday, 13 July
Brisbane Bears 15.13 (103) Essendon 10.8 (68) The Gabba 20,378 Sunday, 14 July
Melbourne 12.9 (81) Richmond 18.19 (127) MCG 41,380 Sunday, 14 July
Footscray 18.9 (117) Fremantle 15.9 (99) Whitten Oval 8,674 Sunday, 14 July

Round 16[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 17.16 (118) St Kilda 4.5 (29) MCG 24,778 Friday, 19 July
Essendon 15.18 (108) Richmond 13.10 (88) MCG 58,768 Saturday, 20 July
Footscray 3.4 (22) Brisbane Bears 4.12 (36) Whitten Oval 9,994 Saturday, 20 July
Geelong 13.10 (88) Melbourne 4.6 (30) Kardinia Park 17,538 Saturday, 20 July
Hawthorn 15.8 (98) Carlton 7.7 (49) Waverley Park 28,670 Saturday, 20 July
Sydney 16.14 (110) Adelaide 12.16 (88) SCG 29,174 Sunday, 21 July
West Coast 12.10 (82) Fremantle 7.6 (48) Subiaco Oval 35,406 Sunday, 21 July
Collingwood 17.14 (116) Fitzroy 10.16 (76) Victoria Park 23,567 Sunday, 21 July

Round 17[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 11.4 (70) North Melbourne 28.15 (183) MCG 20,955 Friday, 26 July
Carlton 13.13 (91) Essendon 11.16 (82) MCG 65,420 Saturday, 27 July
St Kilda 14.16 (100) Geelong 11.10 (76) Waverley Park 24,289 Saturday, 27 July
Richmond 17.12 (114) Hawthorn 11.7 (73) Optus Oval 19,081 Saturday, 27 July
Brisbane Bears 25.13 (163) West Coast 17.14 (116) The Gabba 15,772 Saturday, 27 July
Footscray 16.12 (108) Collingwood 17.12 (114) MCG 28,776 Sunday, 28 July
Fremantle 15.14 (104) Sydney 12.6 (78) Subiaco Oval 17,513 Sunday, 28 July
Adelaide 26.10 (166) Fitzroy 9.13 (67) Football Park 31,880 Sunday, 28 July

Round 18[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 19.16 (130) Hawthorn 15.9 (99) MCG 28,555 Friday, 2 August
Carlton 23.7 (145) Fremantle 11.18 (84) Optus Oval 15,277 Saturday, 3 August
St Kilda 13.10 (88) Collingwood 11.12 (78) Waverley Park 30,065 Saturday, 3 August
Geelong 15.14 (104) Adelaide 10.9 (69) Kardinia Park 17,818 Saturday, 3 August
Sydney 17.13 (115) Melbourne 6.16 (52) SCG 18,850 Sunday, 4 August
West Coast 14.15 (99) Essendon 14.9 (93) Subiaco Oval 37,669 Sunday, 4 August
Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Footscray 8.12 (60) Whitten Oval 8,757 Sunday, 4 August
Richmond 7.11 (53) Brisbane Bears 9.16 (70) Optus Oval 17,157 Sunday, 4 August

Round 19[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Fremantle 15.16 (106) Collingwood 11.16 (82) WACA 22,874 Friday, 9 August
Melbourne 20.9 (129) Carlton 17.8 (110) MCG 30,166 Saturday, 10 August
Essendon 21.17 (143) Adelaide 16.11 (107) Optus Oval 15,794 Saturday, 10 August
Geelong 18.19 (127) West Coast 12.10 (82) Kardinia Park 21,081 Saturday, 10 August
Fitzroy 5.5 (35) St Kilda 13.10 (88) Whitten Oval 7,781 Saturday, 10 August
Hawthorn 20.12 (132) Footscray 10.5 (65) Waverley Park 14,914 Saturday, 10 August
Sydney 20.10 (130) Richmond 12.10 (82) SCG 28,541 Sunday, 11 August
North Melbourne 8.11 (59) Brisbane Bears 11.11 (77) Optus Oval 15,453 Sunday, 11 August

Round 20[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 13.14 (92) Fremantle 10.11 (71) MCG 15,494 Friday, 16 August
Richmond 19.18 (132) Geelong 9.13 (67) MCG 50,633 Saturday, 17 August
Hawthorn 7.7 (49) Sydney 9.18 (72) Waverley Park 28,897 Saturday, 17 August
Fitzroy 14.16 (100) Brisbane Bears 29.13 (187) Optus Oval 6,469 Saturday, 17 August
Adelaide 10.10 (70) North Melbourne 10.16 (76) Football Park 33,030 Saturday, 17 August
Footscray 14.11 (95) St Kilda 8.9 (57) Optus Oval 7,677 Sunday, 18 August
Collingwood 9.10 (64) Essendon 11.11 (77) MCG 51,057 Sunday, 18 August
West Coast 19.13 (127) Carlton 10.8 (68) Subiaco Oval 40,085 Sunday, 18 August

Round 21[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 14.12 (96) Geelong 16.13 (109) MCG 52,426 Friday, 23 August
Carlton 13.18 (96) Footscray 9.12 (66) Optus Oval 21,674 Saturday, 24 August
Essendon 14.16 (100) Sydney 12.10 (82) MCG 69,237 Saturday, 24 August
St Kilda 9.9 (63) Hawthorn 12.8 (80) Waverley Park 28,118 Saturday, 24 August
Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) Fremantle 10.10 (70) The Gabba 19,204 Saturday, 24 August
Richmond 28.19 (187) Fitzroy 5.6 (36) MCG 48,884 Sunday, 25 August
West Coast 24.7 (151) Melbourne 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval 33,689 Sunday, 25 August
Adelaide 14.12 (96) Collingwood 24.9 (153) Football Park 40,212 Sunday, 25 August

Round 22[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 11.13 (79) Footscray 11.10 (76) MCG 42,598 Friday, 30 August
Geelong 9.11 (65) Carlton 16.11 (107) Kardinia Park 27,659 Saturday, 31 August
Collingwood 15.10 (100) Brisbane Bears 6.15 (51) Victoria Park 21,126 Saturday, 31 August
St Kilda 20.24 (144) Adelaide 11.9 (75) Waverley Park 14,778 Saturday, 31 August
Melbourne 15.11 (101) Hawthorn 15.12 (102) MCG 63,196 Saturday, 31 August
Sydney 12.13 (85) West Coast 6.14 (50) SCG 29,517 Saturday, 31 August
Richmond 16.13 (109) North Melbourne 21.15 (141) MCG 61,740 Sunday, 1 September
Fremantle 24.13 (157) Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Subiaco Oval 22,574 Sunday, 1 September

Qualifying Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Brisbane Bears 15.11 (101) Essendon 15.10 (100) The Gabba 21,964 Friday, 6 September
West Coast 18.17 (125) Carlton 10.10 (70) Subiaco Oval 41,501 Saturday, 7 September
Sydney 13.12 (90) Hawthorn 12.12 (84) SCG 37,010 Saturday, 7 September
North Melbourne 19.17 (131) Geelong 9.17 (71) MCG 69,323 Sunday, 8 September

Semi Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
West Coast 8.19 (67) Essendon 22.12 (144) MCG 85,656 Saturday, 14 September
Brisbane Bears 26.14 (170) Carlton 10.13 (73) The Gabba 21,767 Saturday, 14 September

Preliminary Finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Sydney 10.10 (70) Essendon 10.9 (69) SCG 41,731 Saturday, 21 September
North Melbourne 17.12 (114) Brisbane Bears 11.10 (76) MCG 66,719 Saturday, 21 September

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 1996 AFL Grand Final
Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Sydney 13.10 (88) North Melbourne 19.17 (131) MCG 93,102 Saturday, 28 September

Ladder[edit]

1996 AFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA  % Pts
1 Sydney 22 16 5 1 2152 1737 123.89 66
2 North Melbourne (P) 22 16 6 0 2526 1982 127.45 64
3 Brisbane Bears 22 15 6 1 2174 1731 125.59 62
4 West Coast 22 15 7 0 2201 1758 125.20 60
5 Carlton 22 15 7 0 2116 1909 110.84 60
6 Essendon 22 14 7 1 2209 2023 109.19 58
7 Geelong 22 13 8 1 2353 2047 114.95 54
8 Hawthorn 22 11 10 1 1893 1921 98.54 46
9 Richmond 22 11 11 0 2282 1944 117.39 44
10 St Kilda 22 10 12 0 2053 2033 100.98 40
11 Collingwood 22 9 13 0 2203 2142 102.85 36
12 Adelaide 22 8 14 0 2233 2327 95.96 32
13 Fremantle 22 7 15 0 1830 1983 92.28 28
14 Melbourne 22 7 15 0 1743 2463 70.77 28
15 Footscray 22 5 16 1 1654 2139 77.33 22
16 Fitzroy 22 1 21 0 1452 2935 49.47 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Attendance[edit]

Team Hosted Average Highest Lowest Total
Essendon 11 49,526 87,549 15,794 544,789
Collingwood 11 44,723 71,663 21,126 491,953
Adelaide 11 39,428 45,266 31,880 433,713
Richmond 11 38,624 61,740 17,157 424,859
Carlton 11 35,891 70,152 15,277 394,802
North Melbourne 11 34,627 68,537 15,453 380,899
West Coast 11 32,448 40,085 22,044 356,932
Melbourne 11 30,315 63,196 8747 333,465
St Kilda 11 27,137 43,925 13,824 298,512
Geelong 11 25,161 50,074 17,538 276,775
Sydney 11 24,574 44,047 10,965 270,309
Hawthorn 11 23,624 38,263 14,286 259,868
Fremantle 11 22,473 33,041 17,513 247,204
Brisbane 11 18,088 21,644 14,222 198,968
Footscray 11 18,073 36,766 7677 198,800
Fitzroy 11 9482 13,497 5083 104,300
Totals 176 29,637 87,549 5083 5216,148
Venue Hosted Average Highest Lowest Total
MCG 51 46,114 87,549 15,494 2351,808
Football Park 11 39,428 45,266 31,880 433,713
Subiaco Oval 16 28,289 40,085 17,513 452,616
Waverley Park 24 25,545 43,925 13,824 613,079
WACA 6 25,253 31,411 19,360 151,520
SCG 11 24,574 44,047 10,965 270,309
Victoria Park 4 23,581 26,459 21,126 94,322
Kardinia Park 10 22,670 27,659 17,538 226,701
GABBA 11 18,088 21,644 14,222 198,968
Optus Oval 17 15,641 21,674 6469 265,892
Whitten Oval 15 10,482 16,804 5083 157,224
Totals 176 29,637 87,549 5083 5216,148

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The Round 10 game between St Kilda and Essendon was interrupted at the twenty minute mark of the third quarter when Waverley Park lost power, causing the floodlights to go off. The remaining quarter and a bit was played three nights later.
    • Subsequently, the AFL introduced contingencies that a game could be abandoned, with the progress result accepted as final at any point beyond half time, at the agreement of the captains when (a) any unexpected incident delays a game by half an hour, or (b) if dangerous weather conditions, most typically lightning, prevail.
  • North Melbourne received a special gold-coloured premiership cup, instead of the typical silver, to signify what the AFL had represented as its Centenary Season throughout 1996. (Note: 1996 was the VFL/AFL's hundredth season, which by strictest definition is not the same as the centenary season which would have been 1997).
  • The season is perhaps best remembered for its preliminary final between minor premiers Sydney and sixth-placed Essendon. With scores level on 10.9 (69), Sydney's Tony Lockett scored a behind with a kick after the siren to win the game.
    • Lockett had been under an injury cloud with a groin problem during the preceding week, and there was some doubt whether he would play. The Swans' victory led a Sydney journalist to comment that "All week we have been concentrating on Lockett's groin, when we now know it was his behind that counted."

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