1987 VFL Premiership season
Teams14
PremiersCarlton
(15th premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(16th minor premiership)
Night seriesMelbourne
(1st Night series win)
Matches played160
Attendance3,411,846 (21,324 per match)
Highest attendance92,754 (Grand Final, Carlton vs. Hawthorn)
Coleman MedallistTony Lockett (St Kilda)
Brownlow MedallistTony Lockett (St Kilda)
John Platten (Hawthorn)
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The 1987 VFL season was the 91st season of the Victorian Football League (VFL). The season ran from 27 March until 26 September, and comprised a 22-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top five clubs.

The season saw the beginning of a decade-long period of expansion of the Victorian league to the rest of Australia, with the admission of two newly established clubs: the West Coast Eagles, based in Perth, Western Australia, and the Brisbane Bears, based in South East Queensland. While the league remained the highest level senior Australian rules football competition and administrative body in Victoria, it also became the de facto highest level senior competition in Australia, with representation across four states. In the pre-season, the first modern VFL draft was held.

The premiership was won by the Carlton Football Club for the 15th time, after it defeated Hawthorn by 33 points in the 1987 VFL Grand Final.

Night Series

Melbourne defeated Essendon 8.10 (58) to 8.6 (54), to win the Night Series Grand Final at VFL Park.

Premiership season

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 15.14 (104) Brisbane Bears 19.23 (137) MCG 14,096 Friday 27 March 1987 Collingwood 11.8 (74) Sydney 25.15 (165) Victoria Park 17,129 Saturday 28 March 1987 Carlton 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 22.17 (149) Princes Park 20,192 Saturday 28 March 1987 St Kilda 15.11 (101) Geelong 14.18 (102) Moorabbin Oval 15,867 Saturday 28 March 1987 Melbourne 19.14 (128) Fitzroy 12.17 (89) MCG 18,012 Saturday 28 March 1987 Footscray 9.8 (62) Essendon 19.7 (121) VFL Park 22,550 Saturday 28 March 1987 West Coast 20.13 (133) Richmond 16.23 (119) Subiaco Oval 23,897 Sunday 29 March 1987

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 13.14 (92) Melbourne 7.17 (59) MCG 19,035 Friday 3 April 1987 Fitzroy 23.21 (159) St Kilda 17.13 (115) Princes Park 11,584 Saturday 4 April 1987 Essendon 17.17 (119) West Coast 17.12 (114) Windy Hill 19,959 Saturday 4 April 1987 Richmond 13.15 (93) Hawthorn 23.17 (155) MCG 17,824 Saturday 4 April 1987 Geelong 19.17 (131) Brisbane Bears 23.12 (150) Kardinia Park 14,480 Saturday 4 April 1987 Collingwood 17.5 (107) Carlton 16.18 (114) VFL Park 29,481 Saturday 4 April 1987 Sydney 27.25 (187) Footscray 11.13 (79) SCG 15,268 Sunday 5 April 1987

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 20.9 (129) North Melbourne 7.13 (55) VFL Park 10,043 Friday 10 April 1987 Geelong 18.20 (128) Melbourne 13.16 (94) Kardinia Park 15,391 Saturday 11 April 1987 Richmond 19.16 (130) Essendon 12.12 (84) MCG 27,528 Saturday 11 April 1987 Hawthorn 20.25 (145) Collingwood 10.8 (68) Princes Park 14,267 Saturday 11 April 1987 Footscray 5.10 (40) Carlton 18.19 (127) Western Oval 14,492 Saturday 11 April 1987 St Kilda 21.7 (133) Brisbane Bears 11.17 (83) Moorabbin Oval 12,717 Saturday 11 April 1987 West Coast 14.13 (97) Sydney 18.16 (124) Subiaco Oval 35,719 Sunday 12 April 1987

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 21.13 (139) St Kilda 14.8 (92) MCG 25,465 18 April 1987 Geelong 18.19 (127) North Melbourne 19.22 (136) Kardinia Park 18,614 18 April 1987 Carlton 29.17 (191) West Coast 15.14 (104) Princes Park 21,746 18 April 1987 Brisbane Bears 16.18 (114) Fitzroy 20.9 (129) Carrara Stadium 17,795 19 April 1987 Footscray 14.12 (96) Hawthorn 7.13 (55) Western Oval 10,425 20 April 1987 Essendon 17.11 (113) Sydney 9.12 (66) Windy Hill 24,264 20 April 1987 Collingwood 16.14 (110) Richmond 15.10 (100) VFL Park 36,749 20 April 1987

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 18.19 (127) St Kilda 16.14 (110) MCG 16,078 24 April 1987 Richmond 19.12 (126) Sydney 21.20 (146) MCG 22,154 25 April 1987 Hawthorn 13.14 (92) West Coast 15.14 (104) Princes Park 11,068 25 April 1987 Collingwood 14.5 (89) Footscray 12.13 (85) Victoria Park 22,039 25 April 1987 Geelong 29.10 (184) Fitzroy 17.7 (109) Kardinia Park 18,220 25 April 1987 Carlton 17.14 (116) Essendon 9.8 (62) VFL Park 56,124 25 April 1987 Brisbane Bears 12.14 (86) Melbourne 12.9 (81) Carrara Stadium 7,451 26 April 1987

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Sydney 13.16 (94) Carlton 12.15 (87) SCG 33,659 1 May 1987 Melbourne 16.14 (110) Richmond 9.15 (69) MCG 18,482 2 May 1987 Essendon 14.12 (96) Geelong 13.18 (96) Windy Hill 15,395 2 May 1987 Collingwood 16.9 (105) Brisbane Bears 8.10 (58) Victoria Park 14,689 2 May 1987 Footscray 11.12 (78) St Kilda 4.10 (34) VFL Park 12,834 2 May 1987 West Coast 24.18 (162) North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Subiaco Oval 28,330 3 May 1987 Hawthorn 16.17 (113) Fitzroy 15.14 (104) MCG 18,694 3 May 1987

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date West Coast 10.21 (81) Brisbane Bears 8.14 (62) WACA Ground 25,799 8 May 1987 Footscray 13.10 (88) North Melbourne 19.8 (122) Western Oval 13,395 9 May 1987 St Kilda 21.11 (137) Richmond 17.12 (114) Moorabbin Oval 14,909 9 May 1987 Fitzroy 25.9 (159) Essendon 21.8 (134) Princes Park 14,564 9 May 1987 Melbourne 18.18 (126) Collingwood 12.8 (80) MCG 49,215 9 May 1987 Carlton 22.18 (150) Geelong 14.10 (94) VFL Park 31,000 9 May 1987 Sydney 18.14 (122) Hawthorn 17.12 (114) SCG 22,273 10 May 1987

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Sydney 13.9 (87) Fitzroy 16.20 (116) SCG 24,858 15 May 1987 St Kilda 14.13 (97) West Coast 6.13 (49) Moorabbin Oval 11,537 16 May 1987 Hawthorn 17.10 (112) Geelong 10.5 (65) Princes Park 9,532 16 May 1987 Melbourne 11.15 (81) Footscray 15.15 (105) MCG 16,325 16 May 1987 Collingwood 10.8 (68) Essendon 14.10 (94) VFL Park 28,085 16 May 1987 Brisbane Bears 22.12 (144) Richmond 15.19 (109) Carrara Stadium 7,944 17 May 1987 North Melbourne 10.11 (71) Carlton 15.15 (105) MCG 26,684 17 May 1987

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.16 (94) North Melbourne 17.26 (128) MCG 14,220 22 May 1987 Collingwood 15.15 (105) St Kilda 15.9 (99) Victoria Park 18,173 23 May 1987 Carlton 12.20 (92) Fitzroy 9.16 (70) Princes Park 28,422 23 May 1987 Footscray 14.19 (103) Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) Western Oval 10,673 23 May 1987 Hawthorn 25.15 (165) Essendon 7.9 (51) VFL Park 32,634 23 May 1987 Geelong 15.14 (104) Sydney 11.13 (79) Kardinia Park 24,476 24 May 1987 West Coast 20.15 (135) Melbourne 18.11 (119) Subiaco Oval 23,366 24 May 1987

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 11.14 (80) Melbourne 15.12 (102) Windy Hill 13,862 30 May 1987 Richmond 14.13 (97) Geelong 18.10 (118) MCG 16,854 30 May 1987 Footscray 10.19 (79) Fitzroy 7.4 (46) Western Oval 12,722 30 May 1987 Carlton 27.22 (184) Brisbane Bears 12.9 (81) Princes Park 13,790 30 May 1987 Hawthorn 23.16 (154) St Kilda 15.8 (98) VFL Park 15,535 30 May 1987 Sydney 20.16 (136) North Melbourne 23.7 (145) SCG 20,084 31 May 1987 West Coast 19.23 (137) Collingwood 11.14 (80) Subiaco Oval 38,274 1 June 1987

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 18.13 (121) West Coast 15.9 (99) Western Oval 15,089 6 June 1987 St Kilda 16.10 (106) Essendon 18.13 (121) Moorabbin Oval 23,725 6 June 1987 North Melbourne 14.7 (91) Hawthorn 17.11 (113) VFL Park 23,606 6 June 1987 Brisbane Bears 9.10 (64) Sydney 19.23 (137) Carrara Stadium 11,840 7 June 1987 Fitzroy 18.15 (123) Richmond 22.17 (149) Princes Park 12,580 8 June 1987 Melbourne 13.12 (90) Carlton 21.9 (135) MCG 49,812 8 June 1987 Geelong 17.13 (115) Collingwood 17.8 (110) VFL Park 33,150 8 June 1987

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 15.10 (100) Essendon 9.10 (64) MCG 23,944 12 June 1987 Melbourne 11.10 (76) Sydney 17.10 (112) MCG 21,696 13 June 1987 Geelong 13.13 (91) West Coast 12.13 (85) Kardinia Park 17,483 13 June 1987 Collingwood 15.16 (106) Fitzroy 11.14 (80) Victoria Park 17,840 13 June 1987 Carlton 12.25 (97) St Kilda 14.12 (96) Princes Park 16,511 13 June 1987 Richmond 11.8 (74) Footscray 21.16 (142) VFL Park 16,279 13 June 1987 Brisbane Bears 11.4 (70) Hawthorn 24.21 (165) Carrara Stadium 7,284 14 June 1987

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date West Coast 16.18 (114) Fitzroy 5.12 (42) WACA Ground 13,540 19 June 1987 Hawthorn 6.8 (44) Melbourne 8.9 (57) Princes Park 7,596 20 June 1987 Footscray 13.11 (89) Geelong 8.2 (50) Western Oval 15,749 20 June 1987 Richmond 4.3 (27) Carlton 6.7 (43) MCG 15,916 20 June 1987 Essendon 9.10 (64) Brisbane Bears 3.9 (27) Windy Hill 8,832 20 June 1987 Collingwood 2.6 (18) North Melbourne 10.12 (72) VFL Park 17,613 20 June 1987 Sydney 20.14 (134) St Kilda 11.9 (75) SCG 17,760 21 June 1987

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Sydney 14.17 (101) Collingwood 10.14 (74) SCG 20,133 26 June 1987 Richmond 9.19 (73) West Coast 9.15 (69) MCG 8,926 27 June 1987 Geelong 13.20 (98) St Kilda 3.9 (27) Kardinia Park 13,661 27 June 1987 Fitzroy 11.16 (82) Melbourne 4.10 (34) Princes Park 7,643 27 June 1987 Essendon 7.10 (52) Footscray 9.10 (64) Windy Hill 17,401 27 June 1987 Hawthorn 12.8 (80) Carlton 12.7 (79) VFL Park 44,385 27 June 1987 Brisbane Bears 17.11 (113) North Melbourne 23.13 (151) Carrara Stadium 7,716 28 June 1987

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date West Coast 18.10 (118) Essendon 21.20 (146) WACA Ground 15,740 3 July 1987 Melbourne 15.20 (110) North Melbourne 16.16 (112) MCG 17,108 4 July 1987 Hawthorn 19.20 (134) Richmond 11.11 (77) Princes Park 10,150 4 July 1987 St Kilda 20.14 (134) Fitzroy 15.10 (100) Moorabbin Oval 15,201 4 July 1987 Footscray 10.13 (73) Sydney 16.10 (106) VFL Park 27,075 4 July 1987 Brisbane Bears 18.11 (119) Geelong 10.18 (78) Carrara Stadium 9,380 5 July 1987 Carlton 20.16 (136) Collingwood 15.22 (112) MCG 47,813 5 July 1987

Rounds 16 and 17

Rounds 16 and 17 were played concurrently over three weekends: five matches were played on the weekends of 11 and 18 July, and four matches were played on the weekend of 25 July. This fixturing effectively gave each team one bye during the three-week period. However, the matches are still grouped into two complete rounds rather than three partial rounds, which results in a chronological anomaly in which six teams played their Round 17 matches before their Round 16 matches.

Round 16
Saturday, 11 July (2:10 pm) Essendon 21.11 (137) def. Richmond 12.11 (83) Windy Hill (crowd: 13593) Report
Saturday, 11 July (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 23.18 (156) def. Fitzroy 19.9 (123) MCG (crowd: 15244) Report
Sunday, 12 July (2:10 pm) Brisbane Bears 14.9 (93) def. by St Kilda 18.13 (121) Carrara (crowd: 9106) Report
Saturday, 18 July (2:10 pm) Carlton 20.13 (133) def. Footscray 12.6 (78) Princes Park (crowd: 21388) Report
Saturday, 18 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 5.13 (43) def. by Hawthorn 25.18 (168) Victoria Park (crowd: 17370) Report
Sunday, 19 July (2:10 pm) Sydney 30.21 (201) def. West Coast 10.11 (71) SCG (crowd: 24199) Report
Saturday, 25 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 18.9 (117) def. Geelong 11.11 (77) VFL Park (crowd: 15253) Report
  • At the SCG, Sydney recorded the club's highest score in a match. It marked the third time they had kicked 30 goals in a game, the previous time being in Round 13 of the 1982 VFL season against St Kilda. Swans rover Stephen Wright kicked a career-best eight goals in his first game back after missing five weeks due to a hamstring strain.[1]
  • Hawthorn recorded their biggest-ever win against Collingwood and it was also the Magpies' heaviest-ever defeat at Victoria Park.[2]
Round 17
Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date West Coast 15.17 (107) Carlton 15.14 (104) WACA Ground 21,780 10 July 1987 Hawthorn 25.12 (162) Footscray 9.11 (65) Princes Park 14,429 11 July 1987 North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Geelong 27.14 (176) MCG 20,880 18 July 1987 St Kilda 18.6 (114) Melbourne 9.14 (68) VFL Park 20,354 18 July 1987 Richmond 18.20 (128) Collingwood 14.5 (89) MCG 24,793 25 July 1987 Fitzroy 17.29 (131) Brisbane Bears 16.10 (106) Princes Park 5,824 25 July 1987 Sydney 36.20 (236) Essendon 11.7 (73) SCG 24,199 26 July 1987

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Sydney 31.12 (198) Richmond 15.17 (107) SCG 17,157 31 July 1987 Fitzroy 20.9 (129) Geelong 12.15 (87) Princes Park 8,678 1 August 1987 St Kilda 15.16 (106) North Melbourne 11.15 (81) Moorabbin Oval 18,968 1 August 1987 Footscray 9.11 (65) Collingwood 8.6 (54) Western Oval 14,514 1 August 1987 Melbourne 22.21 (153) Brisbane Bears 14.15 (99) MCG 10,307 1 August 1987 Essendon 10.9 (69) Carlton 10.10 (70) VFL Park 29,761 1 August 1987 West Coast 17.13 (115) Hawthorn 17.12 (114) Subiaco Oval 24,502 2 August 1987

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date West Coast 15.19 (109) North Melbourne 18.12 (120) WACA Ground 22,540 7 August 1987 Carlton 17.21 (123) Sydney 8.7 (55) Princes Park 32,058 8 August 1987 Richmond 15.10 (100) Melbourne 17.17 (119) MCG 15,899 8 August 1987 St Kilda 15.14 (104) Footscray 15.11 (101) Moorabbin Oval 23,080 8 August 1987 Geelong 12.20 (92) Essendon 9.11 (65) Kardinia Park 18,316 8 August 1987 Hawthorn 26.9 (165) Fitzroy 16.9 (105) VFL Park 14,692 8 August 1987 Brisbane Bears 11.11 (77) Collingwood 14.16 (100) Carrara Stadium 9,166 9 August 1987

Round 20

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 20.22 (142) Sydney 15.7 (97) Princes Park 20,551 15 August 1987 Essendon 20.7 (127) Fitzroy 11.20 (86) Windy Hill 12,510 15 August 1987 Collingwood 8.11 (59) Melbourne 15.24 (114) Victoria Park 16,285 15 August 1987 North Melbourne 18.17 (125) Footscray 18.17 (125) MCG 18,921 15 August 1987 Geelong 13.10 (88) Carlton 24.12 (156) Kardinia Park 22,219 15 August 1987 Richmond 19.19 (133) St Kilda 8.9 (57) VFL Park 27,589 15 August 1987 Brisbane Bears 18.11 (119) West Coast 21.14 (140) Carrara Stadium 4,859 16 August 1987

Round 21

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 18.21 (129) West Coast 10.8 (68) MCG 21,048 21 August 1987 North Melbourne 18.14 (122) Richmond 11.18 (84) MCG 15,073 22 August 1987 St Kilda 15.17 (107) Collingwood 8.10 (58) Moorabbin Oval 24,335 22 August 1987 Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Carlton 17.22 (124) Princes Park 16,126 22 August 1987 Essendon 9.10 (64) Hawthorn 17.12 (114) VFL Park 27,046 22 August 1987 Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) Footscray 22.21 (153) Carrara Stadium 6,754 23 August 1987 Sydney 18.14 (122) Geelong 18.23 (131) SCG 23,953 23 August 1987

Round 22

The final round of the 1987 VFL home-and-away season turned out to be one of the most dramatic and significant in VFL/AFL history. The composition of the Final Five would be determined by a number of scenarios:

The round began on the Friday night with Richmond and the fledgling Brisbane Bears playing for the wooden spoon; the Bears won easily to ensure they didn't come last in their first season. The significant matches to determine the Final Five were all played on Saturday afternoon, and they were all thrillers.

Round 22
Friday, 28 August (7:40 pm) Richmond 17.11 (113) def. by Brisbane Bears 26.13 (169) MCG (crowd: 12079) Report
Saturday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Carlton 20.9 (129) def. North Melbourne 19.11 (125) VFL Park (crowd: 30444) Report
Saturday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Fitzroy 20.13 (133) def. by Sydney 20.21 (141) Princes Park (crowd: 11170) Report
Saturday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Footscray 10.8 (68) def. by Melbourne 12.11 (83) Western Oval (crowd: 31249) Report
Saturday, 29 August (2:10 pm) Geelong 17.21 (123) def. by Hawthorn 19.12 (126) Kardinia Park (crowd: 27030) Report
Sunday, 30 August (12:10 pm) West Coast 26.19 (175) def. St Kilda 13.9 (87) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 17617) Report
Sunday, 30 August (2:10 pm) Essendon 21.13 (139) def. by Collingwood 23.6 (144) MCG (crowd: 28887) Report
  • In an epic, see-sawing clash at VFL Park, Carlton captain Stephen Kernahan kicked a goal after the final siren to snatch a thrilling win over North Melbourne and secure the minor premiership for 1987, their 16th in VFL competition.[3]
  • Sydney's win over Fitzroy marked the club's first win at Princes Park in 22 years. The Swans trailed at one stage by 41 points in the third quarter, but thereafter began to play more direct football and held off the Lions to secure third spot and the double chance. [4]

Ladder

1987 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton (P) 22 18 4 0 2599 1883 138.0 72 Finals
2 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2781 1891 147.1 68
3 Sydney 22 15 7 0 2846 2197 129.5 60
4 North Melbourne 22 13 8 1 2402 2417 99.4 54
5 Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2189 2026 108.0 48
6 Geelong 22 11 10 1 2355 2348 100.3 46
7 Footscray 22 11 10 1 1959 2046 95.7 46
8 West Coast 22 11 11 0 2386 2438 97.9 44
9 Essendon 22 9 12 1 2075 2318 89.5 38
10 St Kilda 22 9 13 0 2150 2369 90.8 36
11 Fitzroy 22 8 14 0 2328 2544 91.5 32
12 Collingwood 22 7 15 0 1853 2425 76.4 28
13 Brisbane Bears 22 6 16 0 2113 2666 79.3 24
14 Richmond 22 5 17 0 2199 2667 82.5 20
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals series

Main article: 1987 VFL finals series

Week one

Qualifying Final
Saturday, 5 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 23.18 (156) def. Sydney 8.9 (57) VFL Park (crowd: 47752) Report
Elimination Final
Sunday, 6 September (2:30 pm) North Melbourne 5.10 (40) def. by Melbourne 22.26 (158) MCG (crowd: 72628) Report
  • Melbourne's 118-point win is the largest winning margin in an Elimination Final.

Week two

Semi-finals
SF1: Sunday, 13 September (2:30 pm) Sydney 10.13 (73) def. by Melbourne 21.23 (149) MCG (crowd: 80292) Report
SF2: Saturday, 12 September (2:30 pm) Carlton 11.14 (80) def. Hawthorn 10.5 (65) VFL Park (crowd: 64333) Report

Week three

Preliminary Final
Saturday, 19 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) def. Melbourne 10.18 (78) VFL Park (crowd: 71298) Report
  • Melbourne was leading by 4 points at the final siren, though Hawthorn's Gary Buckenara had a free kick 55 metres out. But Melbourne's Jim Stynes ran across the mark and incurred a 15-metre penalty, bringing Buckenara close enough to kick the winning goal after the siren.[5][6]

Week four

Main article: 1987 VFL Grand Final

Grand Final
Saturday, 26 September (2:50 pm) Carlton 15.14 (104) def. Hawthorn 9.17 (71) MCG (crowd: 92754) Report

Player Statistics and Awards

Coleman Medal

Brownlow Medal count

Name Club Votes
1 Tony Lockett St Kilda 20
- John Platten Hawthorn 20
3 Paul Meldrum Carlton 15
- Tony McGuinness Footscray 15
- Brian Royal Footscray 15

Notable events

See also

References

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  3. ^ Blake, Martin (31 August 1987). "Kernahan's goal gives Blues a dream finish". The Age. p. 30. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
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  12. ^ "No action on young Roos' win". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. 29 September 1987. p. 84.