1985 AFC Night Series

The 1985 Australian Football Championships Night Series was the 7th 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]

1985 AFC Night Series
AFC Foster's Football Cup
Tournament details
Dates9 March - 23 July 1985
Teams17
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsHawthorn (1st title)
Runners-upEssendon
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Attendance97,922 (6,120 per match)
1984
1986

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
Essendon Bombers VFL Winners of the 1984 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1893, 1911, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Hawthorn Hawks VFL Runners-Up in the 1984 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1971, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Collingwood Magpies VFL Third Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1896, 1910, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Carlton Blues VFL Fourth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 14th (Previous: 1907, 1908, 1914, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Fitzroy Lions VFL Fifth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1913, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Geelong Cats VFL Sixth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Footscray Bulldogs VFL Seventh Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Richmond Tigers VFL Eighth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 11th (Previous: 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Melbourne Demons VFL Ninth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Sydney Swans VFL Tenth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 10th (Previous: 1888, 1890, 1909, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
North Melbourne Kangaroos VFL Eleventh Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Norwood Redlegs SANFL Winners of the 1984 South Australian National Football League 12th (Previous: 1888, 1907, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
Port Adelaide Magpies SANFL Runners-Up in the 1984 South Australian National Football League 12th (Previous: 1890, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Swan Districts Swans WAFL Winners of the 1984 West Australian Football League 6th (Previous: 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
East Fremantle Sharks WAFL Runners-Up in the 1984 West Australian Football League 7th (Previous: 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
Enter in Qualifying Playoff
St Kilda Saints VFL Twelfth Place in the 1984 Victorian Football League 7th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Queensland Maroons QAFL Winners of the 1984 Escort Shield 6th (Previous: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984)
1 Includes previous appearances in the Championship of Australia and NFL Night Series.

VenuesEdit

Melbourne Adelaide Brisbane
Waverley Park Football Park John Wren Oval
Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 10,000
   

Knockout stageEdit

Qualifying PlayoffEdit

Round 1Edit

Quarter FinalsEdit

Semi FinalsEdit

Australian Football Championships Night Series FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Eastman. "1985 AFC Foster's Football Cup".