1993 AFL premiership season
Teams15
PremiersEssendon
(15th premiership)
Minor premiersEssendon
(14th minor premiership)
Pre-season cupEssendon
(2nd pre-season cup win)
Matches played157
Attendance4,657,489 (29,666 per match)
Highest attendance96,862 (Grand Final, Essendon vs. Carlton)
Leading goalkickerGary Ablett (Geelong)
Brownlow MedallistGavin Wanganeen (Essendon)
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The 1993 AFL season was the 97th season of the Australian Football League (AFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Australia, which was known as the Victorian Football League until 1989. The season featured fifteen clubs, ran from 26 March until 25 September, and comprised a 20-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top six clubs.

The premiership was won by the Essendon Football Club for the 15th time, after it defeated Carlton by 44 points in the 1993 AFL Grand Final.

Foster's Cup

The 1993 Foster's Cup saw Essendon 14.18 (102) defeated Richmond 11.13 (79) in the Grand Final.

Premiership season

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Footscray 13.17 (95) Collingwood 17.13 (115) MCG 58,997 Friday 26, March North Melbourne 24.22 (166) Brisbane Bears 22.11 (143) MCG 8,653 Saturday 27, March Hawthorn 13.15 (93) Melbourne 11.4 (70) Waverley Park 25,098 Saturday 27, March Carlton 17.10 (112) Fitzroy 17.16 (118) Princes Park 23,433 Saturday 27, March Geelong 20.16 (136) St Kilda 16.16 (112) Kardinia Park 24,337 Saturday 27, March West Coast 17.21 (123) Essendon 17.8 (110) Subiaco Oval 34,361 Sunday 28, March Richmond 12.12 (84) Adelaide 28.10 (178) MCG 18,473 Sunday 28, March

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Richmond 18.18 (126) Brisbane Bears 11.14 (80) MCG 14,497 Friday 2, April St Kilda 19.18 (132) North Melbourne 19.11 (125) Waverley Park 23,554 Saturday 3, April Essendon 20.12 (132) Carlton 19.18 (132) MCG 49,856 Saturday 3, April Melbourne 13.17 (95) Footscray 15.13 (103) Princes Park 13,076 Saturday 3, April Collingwood 17.11 (113) Geelong 15.13 (103) Victoria Park 24,147 Saturday 3, April Sydney 12.20 (92) Hawthorn 22.17 (149) SCG 10,144 Sunday 4, April Adelaide 15.11 (101) West Coast 12.14 (86) Football Park 46,258 Sunday 4, April

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date St Kilda 20.12 (132) Sydney 13.16 (94) Waverley Park 25,351 Saturday 10, April Fitzroy 14.14 (98) Footscray 14.17 (101) Princes Park 18,265 Saturday 10, April Brisbane Bears 17.13 (115) Melbourne 17.11 (113) Gabba 12,821 Sunday 11, April West Coast 15.19 (109) Richmond 9.11 (65) Subiaco Oval 31,110 Sunday 11, April Carlton 16.16 (112) Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Princes Park 33,274 Monday 12, April Geelong 13.6 (84) North Melbourne 15.18 (108) Kardinia Park 23,428 Monday 12, April Essendon 16.13 (109) Collingwood 21.13 (139) MCG 87,638 Monday 12, April

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Adelaide 15.13 (103) Fitzroy 15.12 (102) Football Park 45,671 Friday 16, April North Melbourne 19.14 (128) Melbourne 14.15 (99) MCG 24,362 Saturday 17, April Hawthorn 11.13 (79) Geelong 18.17 (125) Waverley Park 31,492 Saturday 17, April Collingwood 15.14 (104) St Kilda 18.18 (126) Victoria Park 28,350 Saturday 17, April Sydney 14.11 (95) Essendon 28.13 (181) SCG 9,023 Sunday 18, April West Coast 14.14 (98) Brisbane Bears 6.10 (46) Subiaco Oval 30,032 Sunday 18, April

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Richmond 17.20 (122) North Melbourne 25.9 (159) MCG 35,113 Friday 23, April Fitzroy 24.23 (167) Sydney 11.8 (74) Princes Park 10,257 Saturday 24, April Footscray 20.7 (127) Essendon 11.15 (81) Whitten Oval 26,923 Saturday 24, April St Kilda 11.12 (78) Carlton 17.21 (123) Waverley Park 51,211 Sunday 25, April Brisbane Bears 19.12 (126) Geelong 18.19 (127) Gabba 12,996 Sunday 25, April Melbourne 10.17 (77) Adelaide 9.14 (68) MCG 17,011 Sunday 25, April

Round 6

Round 6
Friday, 30 April (7:38 pm) Melbourne 22.21 (153) def. Richmond 8.12 (60) MCG (crowd: 33933) Report
Friday, 30 April (8:38 pm) Adelaide 12.16 (88) def. by Hawthorn 16.9 (105) Football Park (crowd: 46689) Report
Saturday, 1 May (2:08 pm) Essendon 23.18 (156) def. Geelong 19.18 (132) MCG (crowd: 46588) Report
Saturday, 1 May (2:08 pm) North Melbourne 35.19 (229) def. Sydney 16.9 (105) Princes Park (crowd: 9230) Report
Sunday, 2 May (1:15 pm) Brisbane Bears 17.8 (110) def. Fitzroy 12.11 (83) The Gabba (crowd: 9893) Report
Sunday, 2 May (2:08 pm) Carlton 15.11 (101) def. by Collingwood 21.11 (137) MCG (crowd: 86196) Report
Sunday, 2 May (4:08 pm) West Coast 19.11 (125) def. Footscray 13.6 (84) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 32579) Report
Bye: St Kilda
  • In one of the games of the year, Essendon prevailed over Geelong in a very entertaining shoot-out. Gary Ablett put on one of his finest individual displays, kicking 14 goals 7 behinds. At the other end, Paul Salmon kicked 10 goals.

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Richmond 19.22 (136) St Kilda 16.8 (104) MCG 29,296 Saturday 8, May Hawthorn 16.17 (113) Brisbane Bears 10.10 (70) Waverley Park 14,375 Saturday 8, May Fitzroy 12.7 (79) Melbourne 11.12 (78) Princes Park 13,498 Saturday 8, May Footscray 17.8 (110) North Melbourne 22.9 (141) Whitten Oval 20,942 Saturday 8, May Collingwood 14.17 (101) Adelaide 11.10 (76) Victoria Park 25,854 Saturday 8, May Sydney 13.17 (95) Carlton 21.13 (139) SCG 9,214 Sunday 9, May Geelong 15.15 (105) West Coast 16.17 (113) Kardinia Park 23,697 Sunday 9, May

Round 8

Round 8
Friday, 14 May (8:38 pm) West Coast 7.16 (58) def. by Fitzroy 11.10 (76) WACA (crowd: 28506) Report
Saturday, 15 May (2:00 pm) St Kilda 9.13 (67) def. by Essendon 19.11 (125) Waverley Park (crowd: 43886 ) Report
Saturday, 15 May (2:00 pm) Carlton 11.12 (78) def. by Footscray 15.16 (106) Princes Park (crowd:  24133) Report
Saturday, 15 May (2:08 pm) Collingwood 14.10 (94) def. Hawthorn 10.16 (76) Victoria Park (crowd: 29880) Report
Sunday, 16 May (2:00 pm) Geelong 19.14 (128) def. Richmond 9.24 (78) Kardinia Park (crowd: 25224) Report
Sunday, 16 May (2:15 pm) Brisbane Bears 33.21 (219) def. Sydney 8.9 (57) The Gabba (crowd:  8916) Report
Sunday, 16 May (5:38 pm) Adelaide 19.9 (123) def. North Melbourne 18.13 (121) Football Park (crowd: 45562) Report
Bye: Melbourne
  • Against a hapless Sydney team, the Brisbane Bears kicked their highest score in a game - 33.21 (219) - and recorded their biggest win (162 points). Their three-quarter time score of 27.17 (179) also set a League record as the highest three-quarter time score until it was surpassed in 2007.
  • At Football Park, Adelaide came back from 26 points down at three-quarter time against North Melbourne to win by 2 points. Crows full-forward Tony Modra kicked 10 goals, and took the Mark of the Year early in the third quarter, using North's Ian Fairley and teammate Mark Mickan as a stepladder to pull down a strong overhead mark near the goalsquare.[1]

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date North Melbourne 20.14 (134) Carlton 14.12 (96) MCG 44,833 Friday 21, May Hawthorn 20.11 (131) Richmond 19.7 (121) Waverley Park 20,316 Saturday 22, May Fitzroy 14.8 (92) Collingwood 10.13 (73) Princes Park 24,442 Saturday 22, May Footscray 22.11 (143) St Kilda 11.13 (79) Whitten Oval 17,458 Saturday 22, May Essendon 16.15 (111) Adelaide 10.5 (65) MCG 34,372 Saturday 22, May Sydney 15.14 (104) Geelong 19.15 (129) SCG 9,594 Sunday 23, May Melbourne 14.17 (101) West Coast 13.10 (88) MCG 22,032 Sunday 23, May

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Essendon 19.15 (129) Fitzroy 19.11 (125) MCG 50,567 Friday 28, May Richmond 17.20 (122) Sydney 14.9 (93) MCG 17,781 Saturday 29, May Carlton 17.26 (128) Melbourne 11.8 (74) Princes Park 23,702 Saturday 29, May Footscray 9.8 (62) Hawthorn 20.12 (132) Whitten Oval 19,397 Saturday 29, May St Kilda 9.10 (64) West Coast 9.12 (66) Waverley Park 19,918 Saturday 29, May Collingwood 5.13 (43) North Melbourne 19.12 (126) Victoria Park 29,779 Saturday 29, May Brisbane Bears 12.13 (85) Adelaide 18.14 (122) Gabba 12,395 Sunday 30, May

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Fitzroy 7.14 (56) Richmond 12.10 (82) Princes Park 11,366 Saturday 12, June St Kilda 20.10 (130) Brisbane Bears 11.9 (75) Waverley Park 11,748 Saturday 12, June Geelong 13.11 (89) Carlton 17.16 (118) MCG 37,119 Saturday 12, June Sydney 10.3 (63) West Coast 17.18 (120) SCG 8,794 Sunday 13, June Adelaide 15.17 (107) Footscray 8.14 (62) Football Park 44,979 Sunday 13, June Melbourne 24.16 (160) Collingwood 16.13 (109) MCG 57,833 Monday 14, June Hawthorn 12.14 (86) Essendon 17.14 (116) Waverley Park 47,295 Monday 14, June

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date West Coast 15.11 (101) North Melbourne 16.11 (107) WACA 30,183 Friday 18, June Melbourne 15.15 (105) Essendon 10.11 (71) MCG 44,094 Saturday 19, June Hawthorn 23.14 (152) St Kilda 11.8 (74) Waverley Park 28,975 Saturday 19, June Footscray 13.16 (94) Sydney 10.9 (69) Whitten Oval 11,797 Saturday 19, June Carlton 24.12 (156) Adelaide 11.11 (77) Princes Park 21,405 Saturday 19, June Geelong 16.17 (113) Fitzroy 15.16 (106) Kardinia Park 19,308 Sunday 20, June Brisbane Bears 14.13 (97) Collingwood 20.18 (138) Gabba 15,471 Sunday 20, June

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date North Melbourne 11.14 (80) Hawthorn 12.11 (83) MCG 47,705 Friday 25, June Fitzroy 12.7 (79) St Kilda 17.10 (112) Waverley Park 15,181 Saturday 26, June Essendon 21.15 (141) Richmond 8.15 (63) Princes Park 19,105 Saturday 26, June Footscray 17.19 (121) Brisbane Bears 14.9 (93) Whitten Oval 15,397 Saturday 26, June Collingwood 11.5 (71) West Coast 14.10 (94) Victoria Park 24,371 Saturday 26, June Sydney 23.11 (149) Melbourne 16.13 (109) SCG 8,250 Sunday 27, June Adelaide 16.19 (115) Geelong 14.11 (95) Football Park 46,496 Sunday 27, June

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Sydney 12.10 (82) Adelaide 18.18 (126) SCG 13,057 Friday 2, July Essendon 23.17 (155) Brisbane Bears 4.15 (39) MCG 20,453 Saturday 3, July St Kilda 6.10 (46) Melbourne 14.8 (92) Waverley Park 23,398 Saturday 3, July Fitzroy 18.11 (119) North Melbourne 17.16 (118) Princes Park 13,965 Saturday 3, July Geelong 15.20 (110) Footscray 8.6 (54) Kardinia Park 19,293 Saturday 3, July West Coast 13.13 (91) Carlton 14.8 (92) Subiaco Oval 39,789 Sunday 4, July Richmond 17.15 (117) Collingwood 22.15 (147) MCG 49,980 Sunday 4, July

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date North Melbourne 19.15 (129) Essendon 13.13 (91) MCG 55,693 Friday 9, July Hawthorn 15.20 (110) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Waverley Park 21,744 Saturday 10, July Carlton 19.17 (131) Brisbane Bears 14.13 (97) Princes Park 16,934 Saturday 10, July Collingwood 25.19 (169) Sydney 11.11 (77) Victoria Park 20,394 Saturday 10, July Melbourne 22.9 (141) Geelong 20.7 (127) MCG 40,819 Saturday 10, July Adelaide 23.18 (156) St Kilda 8.15 (63) Football Park 46,667 Sunday 11, July Richmond 8.14 (62) Footscray 10.18 (78) MCG 24,832 Sunday 11, July

Round 16

Round 16
Friday, 16 July (8:38 pm) Adelaide 26.15 (171) def. Richmond 4.8 (32) Football Park (crowd: 45109) Report
Saturday, 17 July (2:00 pm) Fitzroy 14.11 (95) def. by Carlton 27.19 (181) Princes Park (crowd: 24987) Report
Saturday, 17 July (2:00 pm) Collingwood 21.19 (145) def. Footscray 11.15 (81) Victoria Park (crowd: 26156) Report
Saturday, 17 July (2:00 pm) St Kilda 27.15 (177) def. Geelong 15.16 (106) Waverley Park (crowd: 22059) Report
Saturday, 17 July (2:08 pm) Melbourne 12.18 (90) def. by Hawthorn 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 44303) Report
Sunday, 18 July (2:08 pm) Brisbane Bears 15.14 (104) def. by North Melbourne 22.14 (146) The Gabba (crowd: 9609) Report
Sunday, 18 July (2:08 pm) Essendon 12.17 (89) def. West Coast 13.9 (87) MCG (crowd: 44507) Report
Bye: Sydney
  • Adelaide continued their recent run of good form against Richmond, notching up the biggest win in the club's history to date (139 points). In their previous two clashes, the Crows had won by 110 and 94 points respectively. Tony Modra also kicked his third haul of 10 or more goals in a game, ending up with 13 goals 4 behinds. He had also kicked 10 against the Tigers in Round 1.
  • After being held to only three behinds from four kicks for the afternoon, Essendon full-forward Paul Salmon was awarded a free kick and converted the set shot in the dying minutes to give Essendon a two-point win against the reigning premiers West Coast. The win put Essendon back in the Top Six, and coach Kevin Sheedy acknowledged the importance of the win by waving his jacket in helicopter fashion as he was coming down from the coaches box.[2] This iconic gesture instigated a scarf-waving tradition in matches between the two clubs for several years.

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date North Melbourne 14.13 (97) St Kilda 16.16 (112) MCG 28,410 Friday 23, July Geelong 13.9 (87) Collingwood 11.13 (79) Waverley Park 38,166 Saturday 24, July Footscray 14.13 (97) Melbourne 16.14 (110) Whitten Oval 14,469 Saturday 24, July Carlton 12.11 (83) Essendon 15.14 (104) MCG 67,035 Saturday 24, July Brisbane Bears 18.10 (118) Richmond 14.15 (99) Gabba 8,797 Sunday 25, July Hawthorn 24.15 (159) Sydney 9.13 (67) Waverley Park 13,397 Sunday 25, July West Coast 15.17 (107) Adelaide 10.10 (70) Subiaco Oval 36,081 Sunday 25, July

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Collingwood 7.13 (55) Essendon 18.15 (123) MCG 87,573 Friday 30, July North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Geelong 25.16 (166) MCG 34,439 Saturday 31, July Footscray 22.14 (146) Fitzroy 13.6 (84) Whitten Oval 13,029 Saturday 31, July Richmond 11.15 (81) West Coast 15.10 (100) Princes Park 6,025 Saturday 31, July Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Carlton 17.20 (122) Waverley Park 40,850 Saturday 31, July Sydney 17.16 (118) St Kilda 24.11 (155) SCG 9,756 Sunday 1, August Melbourne 20.18 (138) Brisbane Bears 6.13 (49) MCG 15,664 Sunday 1, August

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Essendon 18.9 (117) Sydney 13.18 (96) MCG 22,813 Friday 6, August Richmond 12.11 (83) Carlton 16.10 (106) MCG 30,874 Saturday 7, August St Kilda 9.14 (68) Collingwood 10.20 (80) Waverley Park 40,327 Saturday 7, August Fitzroy 15.9 (99) Adelaide 13.16 (94) Princes Park 8,545 Saturday 7, August Geelong 22.18 (150) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) Kardinia Park 25,817 Saturday 7, August Brisbane Bears 10.11 (71) West Coast 19.17 (131) Gabba 9,046 Sunday 8, August

Round 20

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Sydney 15.9 (99) Fitzroy 17.12 (114) SCG 8,214 Friday 13, August Carlton 10.17 (77) St Kilda 11.18 (84) Princes Park 22,774 Saturday 14, August Essendon 14.14 (98) Footscray 12.13 (85) MCG 40,229 Saturday 14, August West Coast 10.7 (67) Hawthorn 6.9 (45) Subiaco Oval 41,988 Sunday 15, August North Melbourne 19.14 (128) Richmond 11.18 (84) MCG 17,585 Sunday 15, August Adelaide 13.27 (105) Melbourne 6.10 (46) Football Park 46,310 Sunday 15, August

Round 21

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date Fitzroy 22.15 (147) Brisbane Bears 5.13 (43) Princes Park 6,214 Saturday 21, August Geelong 19.12 (126) Essendon 14.10 (94) Kardinia Park 32,808 Saturday 21, August Collingwood 8.15 (63) Carlton 17.15 (117) MCG 84,054 Saturday 21, August Hawthorn 17.13 (115) Adelaide 13.10 (88) Waverley Park 26,540 Saturday 21, August Footscray 14.10 (94) West Coast 7.10 (52) Whitten Oval 12,444 Saturday 21, August Richmond 8.6 (54) Melbourne 26.19 (175) MCG 21,654 Sunday 22, August Sydney 14.14 (98) North Melbourne 25.10 (160) SCG 8,180 Sunday 22, August

Round 22

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date West Coast 14.12 (96) Geelong 17.14 (116) WACA 32,121 Friday 27, August St Kilda 18.17 (125) Richmond 12.10 (82) Waverley Park 22,971 Saturday 28, August Carlton 16.15 (111) Sydney 16.14 (110) Princes Park 21,900 Saturday 28, August North Melbourne 18.15 (123) Footscray 20.15 (135) MCG 31,109 Saturday 28, August Brisbane Bears 15.16 (106) Hawthorn 24.19 (163) Gabba 11,544 Sunday 29, August Melbourne 11.9 (75) Fitzroy 14.14 (98) MCG 22,605 Sunday 29, August Adelaide 19.21 (135) Collingwood 17.9 (111) Football Park 48,522 Sunday 29, August

Ladder

All teams played 20 games during the home and away season, for a total of 150. Each team also had two byes.

1993 AFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon (P) 20 13 6 1 2333 1959 119.1 54 Finals
2 Carlton 20 13 6 1 2315 1968 117.6 54
3 North Melbourne 20 13 7 0 2597 2150 120.8 52
4 Hawthorn 20 13 7 0 2166 1858 116.6 52
5 Adelaide 20 12 8 0 2168 1840 117.8 48
6 West Coast 20 12 8 0 1912 1651 115.8 48
7 Geelong 20 12 8 0 2354 2109 111.6 48
8 Collingwood 20 11 9 0 2086 2060 101.3 44
9 Footscray 20 11 9 0 1978 1997 99.0 44
10 Melbourne 20 10 10 0 2101 1873 112.2 40
11 Fitzroy 20 10 10 0 2001 2011 99.5 40
12 St Kilda 20 10 10 0 2040 2166 94.2 40
13 Brisbane Bears 20 4 16 0 1886 2504 75.3 16
14 Richmond 20 4 16 0 1753 2480 70.7 16
15 Sydney 20 1 19 0 1837 2901 63.3 4
Source: AFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals series

Week one

Elimination Finals
EF1: Saturday, 4 September (2:30 pm) North Melbourne 11.3 (69) def. by West Coast 17.18 (120) Waverley Park (crowd: 29147) Report
EF2: Sunday, 5 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 13.17 (95) def. by Adelaide 16.14 (110) MCG (crowd: 55287) Report
Qualifying Final
Saturday, 4 September (7:45 pm) Essendon 14.14 (98) def. by Carlton 15.10 (100) MCG (crowd: 79739) Report

Week two

Semi-finals
SF1: Sunday, 12 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 16.12 (108) def. West Coast 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 75453) Report
SF2: Saturday, 11 September (2:30 pm) Carlton 13.8 (86) def. Adelaide 8.20 (68) Waverley Park (crowd: 59233) Report

Week three

Preliminary Final
Saturday, 18 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 17.9 (111) def. Adelaide 14.16 (100) MCG (crowd: 76380) Report

Week four

Grand Final
Saturday, 25 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 20.13 (133) def. Carlton 13.11 (89) MCG (crowd: 96862) Report

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ Modra - Mark of the Year 1993
  2. ^ Mighty Moment | The Jacket Wave
  3. ^ Stephen Linnell (2 March 1993). "Clubs give up their control". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. pp. 38, 34.
  4. ^ Stephen Linnell; Patrick Smithers (20 July 1993). "United club stand forces AFL to back down on expulsion power". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. pp. 37–38.
  5. ^ "The day a pitch-invading porker made Plugger feel pig sick". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, NSW. 15 July 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2014.