1986 AFC Night Series

The 1986 Australian Football Championships Night Series was the 8th edition of the AFC Night Series, a VFL-organised national club Australian rules football tournament between the leading clubs from the VFL and the SANFL.[1]

1986 AFC Night Series
AFC Foster's Football Cup
Tournament details
Dates1 March - 1 July 1986
Teams14
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsHawthorn (2nd title)
Runners-upCarlton
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Attendance111,620 (7,441 per match)
1985

The 1986 Series would be the last to be played under the AFC banner as the VFL began its transformation from a state league to a national competition with the introduction of two interstate expansion clubs, the Brisbane Bears and the West Coast Eagles. As a result, the AFC Board was disbanded and the following year's Night Series was reverted to a VFL-run competition featuring only the VFL teams.[2]

Qualified TeamsEdit

Team Nickname League Qualification Participation (bold indicates winners)1
Essendon Bombers VFL Winners of the 1985 Victorian Football League 10th (Previous: 1893, 1911, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Hawthorn Hawks VFL Runners-Up in the 1985 Victorian Football League 10th (Previous: 1971, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Footscray Bulldogs VFL Third Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
North Melbourne Kangaroos VFL Fourth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 10th (Previous: 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Carlton Blues VFL Fifth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 15th (Previous: 1907, 1908, 1914, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Geelong Cats VFL Sixth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Collingwood Magpies VFL Seventh Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 10th (Previous: 1896, 1910, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Richmond Tigers VFL Eighth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 12th (Previous: 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Fitzroy Lions VFL Ninth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 9th (Previous: 1913, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Sydney Swans VFL Tenth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 11th (Previous: 1888, 1890, 1909, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Melbourne Demons VFL Eleventh Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
St Kilda Saints VFL Twelfth Place in the 1985 Victorian Football League 8th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
Glenelg Tigers SANFL Winners of the 1985 South Australian National Football League 10th (Previous: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
North Adelaide Roosters SANFL Runners-Up in the 1985 South Australian National Football League 7th (Previous: 1971, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981)
1 Includes previous appearances in the Championship of Australia and NFL Night Series.

VenuesEdit

Melbourne Adelaide
Waverley Park Football Park
Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 67,000
   

Knockout stageEdit

Round 1Edit

Lucky Loser PlayoffEdit

Quarter FinalsEdit

Semi FinalsEdit

Australian Football Championships Night Series FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ David Eastman. "1986 AFC Foster's Football Cup".
  2. ^ David Eastman. "1987 VFL National Panasonic Cup".