1986 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
PremiersHawthorn
(6th premiership)
Minor premiersHawthorn
(5th minor premiership)
Night seriesHawthorn
(3rd Night series win)
Matches played138
Attendance3,395,611 (24,606 per match)
Highest attendance101,861
Coleman MedallistBrian Taylor (Collingwood)
Brownlow MedallistGreg Williams (Sydney)
Robert DiPierdomenico (Hawthorn)
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The 1986 VFL season was the 90th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 29 March until 27 September, and comprised a 22-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top five clubs.

The premiership was won by the Hawthorn Football Club for the sixth time, after it defeated Carlton by 42 points in the 1986 VFL Grand Final.

Night Series

Hawthorn defeated Carlton 9.12 (66) to 5.6 (36) in the Final.

Premiership season

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 10.8 (68) Essendon 19.19 (133) Victoria Park 28,634 29 March 1986 Richmond 19.14 (128) Melbourne 20.18 (138) MCG 25,219 29 March 1986 Geelong 11.18 (84) Fitzroy 16.16 (112) Kardinia Park 21,500 29 March 1986 North Melbourne 15.11 (101) Sydney 20.6 (126) MCG 22,579 31 March 1986 Footscray 14.23 (107) St Kilda 12.18 (90) Western Oval 22,499 31 March 1986 Hawthorn 17.11 (113) Carlton 11.11 (77) VFL Park 48,107 31 March 1986

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 16.12 (108) Hawthorn 17.9 (111) MCG 26,456 4 April 1986 Melbourne 21.10 (136) St Kilda 16.12 (108) MCG 20,801 5 April 1986 Essendon 21.22 (148) Geelong 7.9 (51) Windy Hill 19,377 5 April 1986 Carlton 18.17 (125) Richmond 15.5 (95) Princes Park 20,528 5 April 1986 Fitzroy 10.19 (79) Footscray 10.9 (69) VFL Park 20,439 5 April 1986 Sydney 19.20 (134) Collingwood 15.10 (100) SCG 20,243 6 April 1986

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 22.22 (154) Richmond 15.9 (99) Princes Park 11,274 12 April 1986 Geelong 15.15 (105) Sydney 19.18 (132) Kardinia Park 16,882 12 April 1986 Fitzroy 14.20 (104) Melbourne 13.10 (88) Victoria Park 12,599 12 April 1986 North Melbourne 17.10 (112) Collingwood 9.15 (69) MCG 29,842 12 April 1986 St Kilda 10.9 (69) Carlton 24.13 (157) Moorabbin Oval 19,410 12 April 1986 Footscray 11.15 (81) Essendon 13.11 (89) VFL Park 33,546 12 April 1986

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 27.8 (170) Melbourne 17.6 (108) Windy Hill 18,265 19 April 1986 Collingwood 20.16 (136) Geelong 13.13 (91) Victoria Park 19,826 19 April 1986 Carlton 22.24 (156) Fitzroy 10.15 (75) Princes Park 27,620 19 April 1986 St Kilda 17.14 (116) Hawthorn 19.14 (128) Moorabbin Oval 11,670 19 April 1986 Richmond 17.11 (113) North Melbourne 14.12 (96) VFL Park 17,223 19 April 1986 Sydney 20.22 (142) Footscray 9.12 (66) SCG 18,766 20 April 1986

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 14.17 (101) Sydney 16.14 (110) MCG 40,117 25 April 1986 North Melbourne 24.10 (154) Geelong 14.8 (92) MCG 40,117 25 April 1986 Carlton 10.11 (71) Essendon 8.7 (55) VFL Park 68,151 25 April 1986 Richmond 20.15 (135) St Kilda 11.18 (84) MCG 21,611 26 April 1986 Fitzroy 13.26 (104) Hawthorn 13.12 (90) Victoria Park 13,311 26 April 1986 Footscray 10.20 (80) Collingwood 10.13 (73) Western Oval 23,683 26 April 1986

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 19.25 (139) St Kilda 15.13 (103) MCG 13,522 2 May 1986 Geelong 16.14 (110) Footscray 13.13 (91) Kardinia Park 15,411 3 May 1986 Melbourne 11.17 (83) Collingwood 17.19 (121) MCG 32,472 3 May 1986 Richmond 17.20 (122) Fitzroy 18.13 (121) Princes Park 12,877 3 May 1986 Hawthorn 19.12 (126) Essendon 15.12 (102) VFL Park 38,381 3 May 1986 Sydney 18.12 (120) Carlton 13.20 (98) SCG 37,873 4 May 1986

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 18.25 (133) Sydney 15.10 (100) Princes Park 17,731 10 May 1986 Footscray 14.11 (95) North Melbourne 10.17 (77) Western Oval 18,196 10 May 1986 St Kilda 10.14 (74) Fitzroy 12.15 (87) Moorabbin Oval 11,296 10 May 1986 Richmond 16.9 (105) Essendon 21.19 (145) MCG 38,456 10 May 1986 Collingwood 9.15 (69) Carlton 16.13 (109) Victoria Park 28,569 10 May 1986 Geelong 12.17 (89) Melbourne 7.16 (58) VFL Park 14,504 10 May 1986

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 14.13 (97) North Melbourne 18.12 (120) Victoria Park 12,189 17 May 1986 Essendon 22.14 (146) St Kilda 12.12 (84) Windy Hill 14,549 17 May 1986 Carlton 20.14 (134) Geelong 16.9 (105) Princes Park 21,628 17 May 1986 Melbourne 20.12 (132) Footscray 11.14 (80) MCG 18,196 17 May 1986 Collingwood 8.11 (59) Hawthorn 15.14 (104) VFL Park 26,032 17 May 1986 Sydney 16.15 (111) Richmond 16.16 (112) SCG 25,103 18 May 1986

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 5.8 (38) Sydney 6.11 (47) Moorabbin Oval 12,492 24 May 1986 Fitzroy 18.7 (115) Essendon 10.10 (70) Victoria Park 14,979 24 May 1986 Richmond 11.10 (76) Collingwood 16.16 (112) MCG 41,945 24 May 1986 Footscray 7.8 (50) Carlton 4.12 (36) Western Oval 21,478 24 May 1986 North Melbourne 12.11 (83) Melbourne 6.12 (48) VFL Park 14,478 24 May 1986 Geelong 12.14 (86) Hawthorn 19.5 (119) Kardinia Park 21,375 25 May 1986

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 21.11 (137) Essendon 18.13 (121) MCG 40,301 30 May 1986 Geelong 19.12 (126) Richmond 16.14 (110) Kardinia Park 12,712 31 May 1986 Hawthorn 11.13 (79) Footscray 16.12 (108) Princes Park 15,784 31 May 1986 Melbourne 6.13 (49) Carlton 25.15 (165) MCG 27,440 31 May 1986 Collingwood 19.19 (133) St Kilda 14.7 (91) VFL Park 24,865 31 May 1986 Sydney 18.18 (126) Fitzroy 14.17 (101) SCG 23,091 1 June 1986

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 21.19 (145) Melbourne 9.6 (60) Princes Park 10,919 7 June 1986 Collingwood 18.14 (122) Fitzroy 11.12 (78) Victoria Park 27,166 7 June 1986 St Kilda 13.10 (88) Geelong 19.12 (126) VFL Park 21,805 7 June 1986 Essendon 9.4 (58) Sydney 10.18 (78) Windy Hill 27,267 9 June 1986 Carlton 22.10 (142) North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Princes Park 31,985 9 June 1986 Richmond 15.7 (97) Footscray 12.8 (80) MCG 35,360 9 June 1986

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Sydney 13.13 (91) North Melbourne 14.11 (95) SCG 26,581 13 June 1986 Melbourne 17.23 (125) Richmond 21.8 (134) MCG 19,032 14 June 1986 Fitzroy 22.13 (145) Geelong 11.11 (77) Victoria Park 10,987 14 June 1986 St Kilda 10.15 (75) Footscray 24.10 (154) Moorabbin Oval 12,520 14 June 1986 Essendon 13.16 (94) Collingwood 18.12 (120) VFL Park 27,611 14 June 1986 Hawthorn 19.19 (133) Carlton 16.14 (110) MCG 57,634 15 June 1986

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 21.26 (152) North Melbourne 13.14 (92) Princes Park 16,145 21 June 1986 Collingwood 14.11 (95) Sydney 14.12 (96) Victoria Park 27,611 21 June 1986 St Kilda 15.11 (101) Melbourne 7.7 (49) Moorabbin Oval 11,242 21 June 1986 Footscray 22.11 (143) Fitzroy 8.7 (55) Western Oval 16,318 21 June 1986 Geelong 11.11 (77) Essendon 12.17 (89) Kardinia Park 17,646 21 June 1986 Richmond 11.7 (73) Carlton 19.18 (132) VFL Park 26,231 21 June 1986

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 8.8 (56) Footscray 12.13 (85) Windy Hill 21,382 28 June 1986 Collingwood 17.13 (115) North Melbourne 9.14 (68) Victoria Park 21,351 28 June 1986 Carlton 24.19 (163) St Kilda 11.10 (76) Princes Park 14,760 28 June 1986 Richmond 11.8 (74) Hawthorn 26.19 (175) MCG 20,264 28 June 1986 Melbourne 17.13 (115) Fitzroy 11.5 (71) VFL Park 10,049 28 June 1986 Sydney 17.11 (113) Geelong 13.13 (91) SCG 22,106 29 June 1986

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 13.8 (86) Richmond 16.18 (114) MCG 16,975 4 July 1986 Hawthorn 8.11 (59) St Kilda 5.8 (38) Princes Park 6,488 5 July 1986 Footscray 11.4 (70) Sydney 12.14 (86) Western Oval 21,863 5 July 1986 Melbourne 8.12 (60) Essendon 27.20 (182) MCG 21,560 5 July 1986 Geelong 8.10 (58) Collingwood 19.15 (129) Kardinia Park 18,067 5 July 1986 Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Carlton 7.11 (53) VFL Park 14,962 5 July 1986

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 16.16 (112) St Kilda 13.7 (85) Kardinia Park 9,480 12 July 1986 North Melbourne 13.14 (92) Carlton 22.17 (149) MCG 24,506 12 July 1986 Melbourne 6.14 (50) Hawthorn 17.15 (117) VFL Park 10,272 12 July 1986 Sydney 24.18 (162) Essendon 15.13 (103) SCG 33,192 13 July 1986 Footscray 17.20 (122) Richmond 14.11 (95) Western Oval 19,341 19 July 1986 Fitzroy 12.13 (85) Collingwood 20.12 (132) VFL Park 34,488 19 July 1986

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 15.15 (105) Carlton 11.14 (80) MCG 51,646 20 July 1986 St Kilda 20.9 (129) Richmond 7.12 (54) Moorabbin Oval 11,889 26 July 1986 Hawthorn 6.9 (45) Fitzroy 14.12 (96) Princes Park 9,876 26 July 1986 Geelong 19.9 (123) North Melbourne 22.10 (142) VFL Park 10,091 26 July 1986 Collingwood 11.10 (76) Footscray 9.11 (65) MCG 49,124 26 July 1986 Sydney 29.15 (189) Melbourne 9.11 (65) SCG 19,110 27 July 1986

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 21.11 (137) Hawthorn 6.14 (50) Windy Hill 21,320 2 August 1986 Collingwood 13.14 (92) Melbourne 16.9 (105) Victoria Park 10,943 2 August 1986 Carlton 15.14 (104) Sydney 12.15 (87) Princes Park 27,644 2 August 1986 St Kilda 13.12 (90) North Melbourne 19.13 (127) Moorabbin Oval 11,413 2 August 1986 Richmond 11.19 (85) Fitzroy 13.16 (94) MCG 15,200 2 August 1986 Footscray 11.13 (79) Geelong 10.16 (76) VFL Park 11,460 2 August 1986

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 24.16 (160) St Kilda 11.9 (75) Victoria Park 8,311 9 August 1986 Melbourne 18.19 (127) Geelong 17.18 (120) MCG 32,635 9 August 1986 North Melbourne 20.20 (140) Footscray 10.23 (83) MCG 32,635 9 August 1986 Essendon 23.16 (154) Richmond 11.9 (75) VFL Park 30,349 9 August 1986 Sydney 10.13 (73) Hawthorn 27.9 (171) SCG 39,763 10 August 1986 Carlton 21.10 (136) Collingwood 12.15 (87) MCG 72,505 10 August 1986

Round 20

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 14.12 (96) Sydney 21.18 (144) MCG 16,141 16 August 1986 Footscray 19.14 (128) Melbourne 10.11 (71) Western Oval 11,924 16 August 1986 St Kilda 6.12 (48) Essendon 11.16 (82) Moorabbin Oval 13,171 16 August 1986 Hawthorn 20.24 (144) Collingwood 10.12 (72) Princes Park 16,597 16 August 1986 Geelong 16.12 (108) Carlton 10.19 (79) Kardinia Park 11,987 16 August 1986 North Melbourne 14.9 (93) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) VFL Park 15,931 16 August 1986

Round 21

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 28.14 (182) North Melbourne 14.13 (97) MCG 15,110 23 August 1986 Essendon 8.13 (61) Fitzroy 14.12 (96) Windy Hill 18,910 23 August 1986 Collingwood 23.18 (156) Richmond 8.7 (55) Victoria Park 17,800 23 August 1986 Hawthorn 35.15 (225) Geelong 13.12 (90) Princes Park 9,848 23 August 1986 Carlton 23.13 (151) Footscray 10.12 (72) VFL Park 28,697 23 August 1986 Sydney 20.20 (140) St Kilda 16.15 (111) SCG 18,179 24 August 1986

Round 22

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 7.13 (55) Hawthorn 19.11 (125) Western Oval 15,196 30 August 1986 Fitzroy 9.19 (73) Sydney 8.15 (63) Victoria Park 17,141 30 August 1986 Essendon 10.19 (79) North Melbourne 15.11 (101) Windy Hill 17,982 30 August 1986 Carlton 20.19 (139) Melbourne 6.17 (53) Princes Park 17,455 30 August 1986 Richmond 15.14 (104) Geelong 20.16 (136) MCG 13,569 30 August 1986 St Kilda 11.7 (73) Collingwood 18.17 (125) VFL Park 30,442 30 August 1986

This was the round where Brian Taylor kicked his 100th goal of the season.

Ladder

1986 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Hawthorn (P) 22 18 4 0 2698 1906 141.6 72 Finals
2 Sydney 22 16 6 0 2470 2087 118.4 64
3 Carlton 22 15 7 0 2566 1809 141.8 60
4 Fitzroy 22 13 9 0 2068 2063 100.2 52
5 Essendon 22 12 10 0 2379 1978 120.3 48
6 Collingwood 22 12 10 0 2261 2070 109.2 48
7 North Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2324 2356 98.6 48
8 Footscray 22 11 11 0 1963 2010 97.7 44
9 Geelong 22 7 15 0 2133 2599 82.1 28
10 Richmond 22 7 15 0 2151 2745 78.4 28
11 Melbourne 22 7 15 0 2003 2673 74.9 28
12 St Kilda 22 2 20 0 1846 2566 71.9 8
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Elimination Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date Fitzroy 8.10 (58) Essendon 8.9 (57) Waverley Park 59,420 Saturday, 6 September

Qualifying Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date Sydney 15.14 (104) Carlton 18.12 (120) MCG 66,016 Sunday, 7 September

Semi Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date Hawthorn 13.6 (84) Carlton 16.16 (112) Waverley Park 62,315 Saturday, 13 September Sydney 13.11 (89) Fitzroy 13.16 (94) MCG 65,763 Sunday, 14 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Waverley Park 68,339 Saturday, 20 September

Grand Final

Main article: 1986 VFL Grand Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date Carlton 9.14 (68) Hawthorn 16.14 (110) MCG 101,861 Saturday, 27 September

Awards

Notable events

See also

References

  1. ^ Daryl Timms (29 September 1986). "Blues too experienced". The Sun Grand Final Souvenir. Melbourne. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Hawthorn vs Geelong". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Quarters & Halves". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  4. ^ Martin Flanagan (2 October 1986). "Survival the object in Lions' year of trial". The Age. Melbourne. p. 36.