1983 AFC Night Series

The 1983 Australian Football Championships Night Series was the 5th edition of the AFC Night Series, a VFL-organised national club Australian rules football tournament between the leading clubs from the VFL, the SANFL, the WAFL and State Representative Teams.[1]

1983 AFC Night Series
AFC Sterling Cup
Tournament details
Dates8 March - 26 July 1983
Teams17
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsCarlton (1st title)
Runners-upRichmond
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Attendance112,719 (7,045 per match)
1982
1984

A total of 17 teams from across Australia played 16 matches over five months, with matches held during the pre-season and midweek throughout the premiership season.

Qualified TeamsEdit

Team Nickname League Qualification Participation (bold indicates winners)1
Enter in Round 1
Carlton Blues VFL Winners of the 1982 Victorian Football League 12th (Previous: 1907, 1908, 1914, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Richmond Tigers VFL Runners-Up in the 1982 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Hawthorn Hawks VFL Third Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1971, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
North Melbourne Kangaroos VFL Fourth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Essendon Bombers VFL Fifth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1893, 1911, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Fitzroy Lions VFL Sixth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 6th (Previous: 1913, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Sydney Swans VFL Seventh Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1888, 1890, 1909, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Melbourne Demons VFL Eighth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 5th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Geelong Cats VFL Ninth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 5th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Collingwood Magpies VFL Tenth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1896, 1910, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
St Kilda Saints VFL Eleventh Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 5th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Norwood Redlegs SANFL Winners of the 1982 South Australian National Football League 11th (Previous: 1888, 1907, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Glenelg Tigers SANFL Runners-Up in the 1982 South Australian National Football League 9th (Previous: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Claremont Tigers WAFL Runners-Up in the 1982 West Australian Football League 6th (Previous: 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
West Perth Falcons WAFL Third Place in the 1982 West Australian Football League2 8th (Previous: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
Enter in Qualifying Playoff
Footscray Bulldogs VFL Twelfth Place in the 1982 Victorian Football League 6th (Previous: 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Tasmania Devils TANFL Winners of the 1982 Escort Shield 7th (Previous: 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
1 Includes previous appearances in the Championship of Australia and NFL Night Series.
2 Replaced Swan Districts who was banned for two years by the AFC for fielding a Reserves-Colts side in their 1982 Quarter-Final loss to Richmond.

VenuesEdit

Melbourne Hobart
Waverley Park KGV Oval
Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 18,000
   

Knockout stageEdit

Qualifying PlayoffEdit

Round 1Edit

Quarter FinalsEdit

Semi FinalsEdit

Australian Football Championships Night Series FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Eastman. "1983 AFC Sterling Cup".