1996 AFL Lightning Premiership

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1996 AFL Lightning Premiership
Season 1996
Teams 16
Winners Essendon (2nd title)
Matches played 15
Attendance 24,276 (average 1,618 per match)

The 1996 AFL Lightning Premiership was an Australian rules football knock-out competition, played in its entirety before the Australian Football League's main pre-season competition began. The Lightning Premiership was held for the only time in the modern era in 1996 - the Centenary Season of the AFL. It was a knock-out competition played from Friday, 9 February until Sunday, 11 February, with four games each evening at Waverley Park, each consisting of two 17.5 minute halves. The game trialled a number of highly experimental rules, including three points awarded both for deliberate rushed behinds and balls which hit the goalposts, and timekeepers not blowing the siren if scores were tied. However, the rule which altered play most significantly was the ball not being thrown in from the boundary line after travelling out of bounds, a free kick being awarded instead against the last team to touch the ball. Essendon won the title defeating Brisbane by 17 points in the Grand Final.

Rules[edit]

  • Each game consisted of two 17 minute halves, with a five-minute half-time break
  • In the case of a tie after normal time, the siren would not sound until another score had been registered
  • Four boundary and four goal umpires were used
  • Three points were awarded if the ball hit the post, signalled by a different coloured flag
  • Three points were awarded for a deliberately rushed behind
  • The last player to touch the ball before it went over the boundary line was penalised and a free kick awarded to the opposing team. When it could not be determined who touched the ball last, it was thrown back in
  • The defender kicking in after a score did not have to wait until the goal umpire finished waving his flags
  • No umpire would bounce the ball, instead it was thrown up on all occasions
  • Six-man interchange bench

Matches[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Match Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Date Time
1. North Melbourne 3.5 (23) Melbourne 3.4 (22) Waverley Park Friday, 9 February 6:30pm
2. Fitzroy 2.5 (17) Collingwood 6.4 (40) Waverley Park Friday, 9 February 7:30pm
3. St Kilda 7.8 (50) Hawthorn 3.2 (20) Waverley Park Friday, 9 February 8:30pm
4. Brisbane 6.4 (40) Carlton 3.8 (26) Waverley Park Friday, 9 February 9:30pm
5. West Coast 4.8 (32) Richmond 6.1 (37) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 11:00am
6. Adelaide 6.6 (42) Fremantle 8.7 (55) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 12:00pm
7. Geelong 6.7 (43) Essendon 10.7 (67) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 1:00pm
8. Sydney 6.6 (42) Footscray 6.4 (40) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 2:00pm

Quarter finals[edit]

Match Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Date Time
9. North Melbourne 5.6 (36) Collingwood 6.7 (43) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 6:30pm
10. St Kilda 3.3 (21) Brisbane 6.7 (43) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 7:30pm
11. Richmond 5.1 (31) Fremantle 8.13 (61) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 8:30pm
12. Essendon 7.13 (55) Sydney 3.10 (28) Waverley Park Saturday, 10 February 9:30pm

Semi finals[edit]

Match Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Date Time
13. Collingwood 4.2 (26) Brisbane 7.13 (55) Waverley Park Sunday, 11 February 6:30pm
14. Fremantle 5.8 (38) Essendon 6.11 (47) Waverley Park Sunday, 11 February 7:30pm

Grand final[edit]

Match Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Date Time
15. Brisbane 2.9 (21) Essendon 6.2 (38) Waverley Park Sunday, 11 February 9:30pm

Summary of results[edit]

Round One Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grand Final
North Melbourne 23
Melbourne 22   North Melbourne 36
Fitzroy 17   Collingwood 43
Collingwood 40   Collingwood 26
St Kilda 50   Brisbane Bears 55
Hawthorn 20   St Kilda 21
Brisbane Bears 40   Brisbane Bears 43
Carlton 26   Brisbane Bears 21
West Coast 32   Essendon 38
Richmond 37   Richmond 31
Adelaide 42   Fremantle 61
Fremantle 55   Fremantle 38
Geelong 43   Essendon 47
Essendon 67   Essendon 55
Sydney 42   Sydney 28
Western Bulldogs 40

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Lovett, Michael, ed. (1997). AFL '97: The Official Guide To Australia's Greatest Game. p. 307. ISBN 1-86330-629-3.