The 1987 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Carlton Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 26 September 1987. It was the the 91st annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1987 VFL season. The match, attended by 92,754 spectators, was won by Carlton by a margin of 33 points, marking that club's 15th premiership win.

It was Hawthorn's fifth successive Grand Final and they had beaten Carlton in the previous season's Grand Final. Carlton had only beaten Hawthorn in two of the last twelve games the two teams had met.

This time Carlton was victorious, attaining their 15th premiership and their first since winning the 1982 VFL Grand Final. Hawthorn were without Jason Dunstall who had kicked 94 goals for the year but was out of the game with an ankle injury. Instead they played Paul Dear at full-forward. The game was played on a very hot day, with temperatures hovering above 30 degrees celcius.

The Norm Smith Medal was awarded to Carlton defender David Rhys-Jones for being judged the best player afield. Rhys-Jones kept dangerous Hawthorn forward Dermott Brereton goalless for the game.


B: Tom Alvin Stephen Silvagni David Glascott
HB: Ian Aitkin David Rhys-Jones Peter Dean
C: Michael Kennedy Craig Bradley Shane Robertson
HF: Richard Dennis Stephen Kernahan (c) Ken Hunter
F: Paul Meldrum Jon Dorotich Mark Naley
Foll: Justin Madden Wayne Johnston Fraser Murphy
Int: Adrian Gleeson Warren McKenzie
Coach: Robert Walls
B: Gary Ayres Chris Mew Andrew Collins
HB: Ray Jencke Chris Langford John Kennedy
C: Russell Greene Michael Tuck (c) Robert DiPierdomenico
HF: Peter Curran Dermott Brereton Russell Morris
F: Gary Buckenara Paul Dear Peter Russo
Foll: Greg Dear Peter Schwab John Platten
Int: Paul Abbott Darrin Pritchard
Coach: Allan Jeans



Team 1 2 3 Final
Carlton 3.5 6.8 10.11 15.14 (104)
Hawthorn 4.2 4.9 7.13 9.17 (71)

Goal kickers


  • Bradley 3
  • Kernahan 3
  • Johnston 2
  • Dorotich 1
  • Gleeson 1
  • Hunter 1
  • McKenzie 1
  • Meldrum 1
  • Murphy 1
  • Naley 1


  • Kennedy 3
  • Collins 1
  • Curran 1
  • G.Dear 1
  • DiPierdomenico 1
  • Platten 1
  • Pritchard 1

See also