1994 AFL season

The 1994 Australian Football League season was the 98th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 5th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.

1994 AFL premiership season
Teams15
PremiersWest Coast
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiersWest Coast
(2nd minor premiership)
Pre-season cupEssendon
(3rd pre-season cup win)
Matches played174
Attendance5,237,398 (30,100 per match)
Highest attendance93,860 (Grand Final, West Coast vs. Geelong)
Leading goalkickerGary Ablett (Geelong)
Brownlow MedallistGreg Williams (Carlton)
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Foster's CupEdit

Essendon 15.12 (102) defeated Adelaide 9.14 (68) in the final.

Rule changesEdit

There were several significant alterations to the laws of the game brought in for the 1994 season:

  • The number of interchange players was increased from two to three which, when added to the "run on" team of 18 on-the-field players, increased the standard team squad size to 21 players.
  • The number of field umpires was increased from two to three.
  • Playing time was reduced from 25 minutes per quarter to 20 minutes, but additional stoppages (including all scores and boundary throw-ins) attracted "time-on" allocations; the total reduction of playing time was approximately 10%.[1]
  • The size of each club's senior playing list was significantly reduced from 52 to 42 players from the 1994 season (with the exception of the struggling Sydney, which was granted a list of 50 players). Victorian clubs could list ten players on a supplementary list to make up the numbers in their reserves teams, but those players were not eligible for AFL senior selection. The change was part of an AFL Commission plan to completely abolish the Victorian clubs' reserves competition by 1995, but this final stage did not occur until 2000.[2]
  • Advertising was permitted for the first time on the backs of guernseys. Small sponsors' logos had previously been permitted over the breast and on the shorts, but the new regulations allowed for logos 30 cm long and 8 cm high below the number on the back of the guernsey, which has since become the prime advertising location on guernseys. Under the original rules, the logo was required to be consistent with the colour of the guernsey, a stipulation which has since been relaxed.[3]

Premiership seasonEdit

Round 1Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 17.12 (114) Fitzroy 16.7 (103) Victoria Park 25,602 Saturday 26, March
Footscray 17.11 (113) Richmond 17.9 (111) Whitten Oval 18,592 Saturday 26, March
St Kilda 15.7 (97) Hawthorn 23.15 (153) Waverley Park 29,582 Saturday 26, March
Essendon 12.10 (82) West Coast 11.13 (79) MCG 39,492 Saturday 26, March
Melbourne 26.18 (174) Geelong 16.13 (109) MCG 39,741 Sunday 27, March
Brisbane Bears 13.21 (99) Sydney 12.17 (89) Gabba 7,901 Sunday 27, March
Adelaide 22.18 (150) Carlton 13.6 (84) Football Park 44,953 Sunday 27, March

Round 2Edit

Round 2
Saturday, 2 April (2:00 pm) Fitzroy 17.10 (112) def. Essendon 14.15 (99) Optus Oval (crowd: 24,872) Report
Saturday, 2 April (2:00 pm) North Melbourne 21.16 (142) def. St Kilda 10.13 (73) MCG (crowd: 27,195) Report
Saturday, 2 April (2:08 pm) Hawthorn 8.16 (64) def. by Melbourne 17.16 (118) Waverley Park (crowd: 29,581) Report
Sunday, 3 April (2:08 pm) Richmond 20.14 (134) def. Brisbane Bears 11.6 (72) MCG (crowd: 15,333) Report
Sunday, 3 April (2:15 pm) West Coast 14.13 (97) def. Adelaide 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 28,228) Report
Monday, 4 April (2:00 pm) Geelong 22.20 (152) def. Footscray 8.16 (64) Kardinia Park (crowd: 24,019) Report
Monday, 4 April (2:08 pm) Carlton 9.12 (66) def. by Collingwood 14.16 (100) MCG (crowd: 85,063) Report
Bye: Sydney
  • Under pressure to respond after their poor showing against Melbourne the previous week, Geelong scored their biggest win over Footscray, starting and finishing strongly to run out winners by 88 points.[4] Gary Ablett kicked seven goals and ruckman John Barnes' masterful display (22 hit-outs and 24 disposals) would gain him three Brownlow votes. In the middle of the week, the Footscray board sacked Terry Wheeler and replaced him with ex-Hawthorn coach Alan Joyce.[5]
Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fitzroy 17.10 (112) Essendon 14.15 (99) Optus Oval 24,872 Saturday 2, April
North Melbourne 21.16 (142) St Kilda 10.13 (73) MCG 27,195 Saturday 2, April
Hawthorn 8.16 (64) Melbourne 17.16 (118) Waverley Park 29,581 Saturday 2, April
West Coast 14.13 (97) Adelaide 11.12 (78) Subiaco Oval 28,228 Sunday 3, April
Richmond 20.14 (134) Brisbane Bears 11.6 (72) MCG 15,333 Sunday 3, April
Geelong 22.20 (152) Footscray 8.16 (64) Kardinia Park 24,019 Monday 4, April
Carlton 9.12 (66) Collingwood 14.16 (100) MCG 85,063 Monday 4, April

Round 3Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 25.23 (173) Hawthorn 6.10 (46) MCG 36,726 Friday 8, April
St Kilda 16.12 (108) Essendon 14.10 (94) Waverley Park 30,454 Saturday 9, April
Fitzroy 17.9 (111) Brisbane Bears 12.6 (78) Whitten Oval 8,829 Saturday 9, April
Richmond 5.9 (39) West Coast 20.15 (135) MCG 19,609 Saturday 9, April
Carlton 14.15 (99) Geelong 10.10 (70) Optus Oval 28,496 Sunday 10, April
Collingwood 14.11 (95) Footscray 12.22 (94) MCG 38,307 Sunday 10, April
Sydney 21.9 (135) Adelaide 24.10 (154) SCG 11,068 Sunday 10, April

Round 4Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Sydney 11.20 (86) Richmond 10.12 (72) SCG 9,727 Friday 15, April
Hawthorn 11.7 (73) Carlton 24.16 (160) Waverley Park 30,944 Saturday 16, April
Footscray 14.15 (99) North Melbourne 17.10 (112) Whitten Oval 21,630 Saturday 16, April
Essendon 9.12 (66) Melbourne 12.12 (84) MCG 61,193 Saturday 16, April
West Coast 18.21 (129) Fitzroy 8.5 (53) WACA 28,980 Saturday 16, April
Brisbane Bears 22.19 (151) St Kilda 15.8 (98) Gabba 11,290 Sunday 17, April
Adelaide 15.14 (104) Geelong 11.11 (77) Football Park 45,638 Sunday 17, April

Round 5Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Melbourne 17.15 (117) Brisbane Bears 4.6 (30) MCG 20,946 Friday 22, April
Geelong 17.18 (120) North Melbourne 15.15 (105) Kardinia Park 23,490 Saturday 23, April
Fitzroy 20.17 (137) Sydney 20.9 (129) Whitten Oval 10,514 Saturday 23, April
Essendon 14.14 (98) Collingwood 14.10 (94) MCG 74,330 Saturday 23, April
Adelaide 13.15 (93) Footscray 17.8 (110) Football Park 44,426 Sunday 24, April
West Coast 8.10 (58) Hawthorn 19.15 (129) Subiaco Oval 27,357 Sunday 24, April
St Kilda 10.10 (70) Richmond 15.22 (112) Waverley Park 37,870 Monday 25, April

Round 6Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 20.14 (134) Sydney 11.8 (74) Optus Oval 22,810 Saturday 30, April
Collingwood 8.7 (55) Melbourne 9.6 (60) Waverley Park 47,211 Saturday 30, April
North Melbourne 13.8 (86) West Coast 18.15 (123) MCG 27,022 Saturday 30, April
Brisbane Bears 17.8 (110) Adelaide 18.13 (121) Gabba 9,457 Saturday 30, April

Round 7Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Hawthorn 12.16 (88) Essendon 11.9 (75) Waverley Park 33,927 Saturday 7, May
Richmond 20.13 (133) Fitzroy 13.14 (92) Optus Oval 14,614 Saturday 7, May
Melbourne 8.10 (58) North Melbourne 13.12 (90) MCG 34,601 Saturday 7, May
Sydney 17.7 (109) St Kilda 16.14 (110) SCG 9,295 Sunday 8, May
Geelong 18.16 (124) Collingwood 13.18 (96) MCG 52,342 Sunday 8, May
Footscray 12.14 (86) Brisbane Bears 7.7 (49) Whitten Oval 12,181 Sunday 8, May
West Coast 16.19 (115) Carlton 6.13 (49) Subiaco Oval 26,676 Sunday 8, May

Round 8Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Richmond 16.11 (107) Carlton 20.15 (135) MCG 50,227 Friday 13, May
Hawthorn 25.16 (166) Brisbane Bears 10.7 (67) Waverley Park 12,233 Saturday 14, May
Fitzroy 13.12 (90) North Melbourne 17.17 (119) Whitten Oval 11,334 Saturday 14, May
Collingwood 19.13 (127) St Kilda 11.12 (78) MCG 35,851 Saturday 14, May
Melbourne 13.13 (91) Footscray 14.10 (94) MCG 28,559 Sunday 15, May
Sydney 9.17 (71) Geelong 25.15 (165) SCG 11,142 Sunday 15, May
Essendon 20.11 (131) Adelaide 13.10 (88) Optus Oval 28,626 Sunday 15, May

Round 9Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 17.19 (121) Collingwood 13.10 (88) MCG 72,216 Friday 20, May
Geelong 21.16 (142) Richmond 11.12 (78) Kardinia Park 22,777 Saturday 21, May
Melbourne 14.13 (97) Sydney 16.10 (106) MCG 19,333 Saturday 21, May
Carlton 7.20 (62) Essendon 9.9 (63) Waverley Park 40,080 Saturday 21, May
Footscray 7.10 (52) West Coast 12.11 (83) Whitten Oval 14,923 Saturday 21, May
Adelaide 7.6 (48) Hawthorn 22.13 (145) Football Park 44,403 Sunday 22, May
St Kilda 11.9 (75) Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Waverley Park 15,249 Sunday 22, May

Round 10Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 14.17 (101) Sydney 10.15 (75) WACA 27,901 Friday 27, May
Carlton 16.13 (109) Footscray 13.19 (97) Optus Oval 23,691 Saturday 28, May
St Kilda 4.8 (32) Melbourne 15.16 (106) Waverley Park 19,914 Saturday 28, May
Collingwood 16.14 (110) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) Victoria Park 26,718 Saturday 28, May
Essendon 16.16 (112) Geelong 15.11 (101) MCG 75,129 Saturday 28, May
Brisbane Bears 17.18 (120) North Melbourne 12.21 (93) Gabba 10,953 Sunday 29, May
Adelaide 15.13 (103) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Football Park 42,915 Sunday 29, May

Round 11Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fitzroy 12.8 (80) Carlton 20.15 (135) Waverley Park 19,090 Saturday 4, June
Essendon 24.10 (154) Richmond 17.6 (108) Optus Oval 22,547 Saturday 4, June
Geelong 15.11 (101) Brisbane Bears 19.12 (126) Kardinia Park 18,599 Saturday 4, June
Collingwood 13.12 (90) Adelaide 8.19 (67) Victoria Park 27,390 Saturday 4, June
Hawthorn 20.5 (125) Footscray 8.13 (61) Waverley Park 22,895 Sunday 5, June
Sydney 16.10 (106) North Melbourne 19.12 (126) SCG 11,182 Sunday 5, June
Melbourne 11.8 (74) West Coast 18.10 (118) MCG 31,324 Sunday 5, June

Round 12Edit

Round 12
Saturday, 11 June (2:00 pm) Geelong 17.11 (113) def. St Kilda 16.14 (110) Kardinia Park (crowd: 23,696) Report
Saturday, 11 June (2:08 pm) North Melbourne 21.23 (149) def. Adelaide 10.9 (69) Optus Oval (crowd: 16,643) Report
Saturday, 11 June (2:08 pm) Melbourne 13.16 (94) def. by Carlton 18.13 (121) MCG (crowd: 52,199) Report
Sunday, 12 June (1:15 pm) Sydney 13.5 (83) def. by Hawthorn 21.15 (141) SCG (crowd: 12,251) Report
Sunday, 12 June (4:15 pm) West Coast 11.12 (78) def. Brisbane Bears 10.9 (69) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 23,492) Report
Monday, 13 June (2:00 pm) Footscray 13.14 (92) def. Essendon 9.10 (64) Waverley Park (crowd: 39,181) Report
Monday, 13 June (2:08 pm) Richmond 14.18 (102) def. Collingwood 4.12 (36) MCG (crowd: 61,983) Report
Bye: Fitzroy
  • Despite missing key players Robert Harvey, Stewart Loewe and Tony Lockett, St Kilda led Geelong at three-quarter time by 26 points after kicking seven goals to nil in the third quarter. However, a spectacular last quarter by Gary Ablett in which he kicked four of his seven goals, and an intercept of Rod Keogh's attempted pass in the forward pocket to Nicky Winmar in the final minute, enabled the Cats to escape with a three-point win.[6]

Round 13Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Carlton 22.13 (145) St Kilda 10.5 (65) Optus Oval 22,927 Saturday 18, June
Hawthorn 7.11 (53) Fitzroy 10.6 (66) Waverley Park 17,599 Saturday 18, June
Richmond 9.18 (72) North Melbourne 10.7 (67) MCG 26,917 Saturday 18, June
Footscray 20.14 (134) Sydney 9.6 (60) Whitten Oval 13,070 Sunday 19, June
Brisbane Bears 17.12 (114) Essendon 11.15 (81) Gabba 18,484 Sunday 19, June
Collingwood 18.13 (121) West Coast 12.12 (84) MCG 27,699 Sunday 19, June
Adelaide 11.17 (83) Melbourne 12.6 (78) Football Park 41,189 Sunday 19, June

Round 14Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 13.10 (88) Carlton 15.16 (106) MCG 45,177 Friday 24, June
Footscray 21.18 (144) Fitzroy 6.4 (40) Whitten Oval 16,085 Saturday 25, June
Melbourne 9.8 (62) Richmond 11.12 (78) MCG 32,528 Saturday 25, June
St Kilda 12.7 (79) Adelaide 11.13 (79) Waverley Park 13,868 Saturday 25, June
Geelong 10.15 (75) West Coast 14.9 (93) Kardinia Park 21,939 Saturday 25, June
Essendon 19.15 (129) Sydney 14.11 (95) MCG 27,094 Sunday 26, June
Brisbane Bears 17.19 (121) Collingwood 11.11 (77) Gabba 18,881 Sunday 26, June

Round 15Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 19.14 (128) St Kilda 7.7 (49) WACA 24,632 Friday 1, July
North Melbourne 11.19 (85) Essendon 14.8 (92) MCG 50,141 Saturday 2, July
Hawthorn 16.19 (115) Geelong 11.13 (79) Waverley Park 35,267 Saturday 2, July
Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Melbourne 16.15 (111) Whitten Oval 8,484 Saturday 2, July
Carlton 22.12 (144) Brisbane Bears 6.10 (46) Optus Oval 21,119 Saturday 2, July
Sydney 10.13 (73) Collingwood 13.15 (93) SCG 13,083 Sunday 3, July
Adelaide 12.11 (83) Richmond 13.12 (90) Football Park 43,052 Sunday 3, July

Round 16Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Fitzroy 11.14 (80) Collingwood 19.15 (129) Whitten Oval 15,394 Saturday 9, July
Geelong 22.13 (145) Melbourne 17.13 (115) Kardinia Park 23,687 Saturday 9, July
Hawthorn 21.16 (142) St Kilda 11.12 (78) Waverley Park 25,037 Saturday 9, July
Richmond 14.13 (97) Footscray 12.22 (94) MCG 49,878 Saturday 9, July
Sydney 15.20 (110) Brisbane Bears 21.9 (135) SCG 5,728 Sunday 10, July
West Coast 11.14 (80) Essendon 5.14 (44) Subiaco Oval 29,723 Sunday 10, July
Carlton 20.16 (136) Adelaide 10.16 (76) Optus Oval 29,695 Sunday 10, July

Round 17Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Melbourne 17.10 (112) Hawthorn 11.8 (74) Optus Oval 14,096 Saturday 16, July
Footscray 17.11 (113) Geelong 13.7 (85) Whitten Oval 23,953 Saturday 16, July
St Kilda 8.7 (55) North Melbourne 17.14 (116) Waverley Park 21,097 Saturday 16, July
Collingwood 7.12 (54) Carlton 14.13 (97) MCG 85,831 Saturday 16, July
Essendon 24.9 (153) Fitzroy 12.17 (89) MCG 33,265 Sunday 17, July
Brisbane Bears 12.12 (84) Richmond 15.8 (98) Gabba 14,936 Sunday 17, July
Adelaide 12.10 (82) West Coast 11.12 (78) Football Park 42,860 Sunday 17, July

Round 18Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Adelaide 10.15 (75) Sydney 13.9 (87) Football Park 43,788 Friday 22, July
Footscray 13.9 (87) Collingwood 7.13 (55) Whitten Oval 25,540 Saturday 23, July
Essendon 15.10 (100) St Kilda 18.2 (110) MCG 38,858 Saturday 23, July
Hawthorn 9.5 (59) North Melbourne 15.9 (99) Waverley Park 26,936 Saturday 23, July
Brisbane Bears 8.17 (65) Fitzroy 7.16 (58) Gabba 8,236 Sunday 24, July
Geelong 13.12 (90) Carlton 8.6 (54) Waverley Park 42,930 Sunday 24, July
West Coast 14.17 (101) Richmond 7.11 (53) Subiaco Oval 26,020 Sunday 24, July

Round 19Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 15.12 (102) Footscray 12.10 (82) MCG 32,845 Friday 29, July
Melbourne 21.9 (135) Essendon 8.10 (58) MCG 43,132 Saturday 30, July
St Kilda 5.15 (45) Brisbane Bears 8.7 (55) Waverley Park 12,927 Saturday 30, July
Carlton 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 9.18 (72) Optus Oval 25,265 Saturday 30, July
Richmond 14.11 (95) Sydney 9.8 (62) MCG 23,906 Sunday 31, July
Geelong 13.13 (91) Adelaide 5.8 (38) Kardinia Park 15,383 Sunday 31, July
Fitzroy 3.8 (26) West Coast 13.14 (92) Whitten Oval 5,334 Sunday 31, July

Round 20Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
Collingwood 19.20 (134) Essendon 17.4 (106) MCG 76,565 Friday 5, August
Richmond 12.21 (93) St Kilda 9.7 (61) MCG 33,503 Saturday 6, August
North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Geelong 10.18 (78) Optus Oval 26,014 Saturday 6, August
Hawthorn 15.10 (100) West Coast 7.12 (54) Waverley Park 16,328 Saturday 6, August
Brisbane Bears 12.12 (84) Melbourne 14.15 (99) Gabba 12,341 Sunday 7, August
Footscray 17.16 (118) Adelaide 4.10 (34) Whitten Oval 17,591 Sunday 7, August
Sydney 9.12 (66) Fitzroy 13.16 (94) SCG 6,513 Sunday 7, August

Round 21Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
West Coast 10.13 (73) North Melbourne 9.10 (64) WACA 31,948 Friday 12, August
St Kilda 10.12 (72) Footscray 17.15 (117) Waverley Park 14,653 Saturday 13, August
Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Geelong 13.22 (100) Optus Oval 11,388 Saturday 13, August
Melbourne 9.10 (64) Collingwood 13.14 (92) MCG 49,872 Saturday 13, August
Sydney 9.16 (70) Carlton 8.14 (62) SCG 9,622 Sunday 14, August
Richmond 11.23 (89) Hawthorn 18.9 (117) MCG 52,562 Sunday 14, August
Adelaide 13.11 (89) Brisbane Bears 12.14 (86) Football Park 36,599 Sunday 14, August

Round 22Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 12.11 (83) Melbourne 15.13 (103) MCG 32,951 Friday 19, August
St Kilda 17.12 (114) Sydney 11.15 (81) Waverley Park 13,454 Saturday 20, August
Fitzroy 10.9 (69) Richmond 19.15 (129) Whitten Oval 12,122 Saturday 20, August
Collingwood 15.17 (107) Geelong 16.8 (104) MCG 66,555 Saturday 20, August
Essendon 20.16 (136) Hawthorn 12.12 (84) MCG 49,354 Sunday 21, August
Brisbane Bears 13.10 (88) Footscray 14.14 (98) Gabba 10,572 Sunday 21, August
Carlton 19.12 (126) West Coast 8.14 (62) Optus Oval 28,038 Sunday 21, August

Round 23Edit

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Crowd Date
North Melbourne 25.10 (160) Fitzroy 10.14 (74) MCG 17,960 Friday 26, August
Carlton 25.11 (161) Richmond 6.12 (48) Optus Oval 32,486 Saturday 27, August
St Kilda 14.6 (90) Collingwood 13.10 (88) Waverley Park 40,154 Saturday 27, August
Geelong 16.15 (111) Sydney 15.9 (99) Kardinia Park 22,208 Saturday 27, August
Footscray 16.15 (111) Melbourne 11.5 (71) Whitten Oval 23,615 Saturday 27, August
Brisbane Bears 13.13 (91) Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Gabba 13,718 Sunday 28, August
Adelaide 17.13 (115) Essendon 8.10 (58) Football Park 41,669 Sunday 28, August

Round 24Edit

Round 24
Friday, 2 September (8:08 pm) Collingwood 8.14 (62) def. by North Melbourne 19.12 (126) MCG (crowd: 72,932) Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:00 pm) Essendon 12.8 (80) def. Carlton 9.8 (62) MCG (crowd: 61,231) Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:00 pm) Fitzroy 15.12 (102) def. by St Kilda 21.14 (140) Western Oval (crowd: 10,809) Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:08 pm) Hawthorn 9.12 (66) def. Adelaide 6.11 (47) Waverley Park (crowd: 22,973) Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:08 pm) Richmond 13.17 (95) def. by Geelong 27.9 (171) Optus Oval (crowd: 25,112) Report
Sunday, 4 September (1:15 pm) Sydney 18.13 (121) def. by Melbourne 27.5 (167) SCG (crowd: 8,344) Report
Sunday, 4 September (4:15 pm) West Coast 17.15 (117) def. Footscray 6.10 (46) Subiaco Oval (crowd: 26,992) Report
Bye: Brisbane Bears

LadderEdit

All teams played 22 games during the home and away season, for a total of 165. An additional 9 games were played during the finals series. It was the first season that the AFL implemented a top 8 team finals series.

1994 AFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 West Coast (P) 22 16 6 0 2078 1572 132.2 64 Finals
2 Carlton 22 15 7 0 2351 1774 132.5 60
3 North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 2383 1848 129.0 52
4 Geelong 22 13 9 0 2403 2104 114.2 52
5 Footscray 22 13 9 0 2106 1905 110.6 52
6 Hawthorn 22 13 9 0 2188 2005 109.1 52
7 Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2190 1879 116.6 48
8 Collingwood 22 12 10 0 2017 2019 99.9 48
9 Richmond 22 12 10 0 2033 2167 93.8 48
10 Essendon 22 11 11 0 2075 2119 97.9 44
11 Adelaide 22 9 12 1 1876 2159 86.9 38
12 Brisbane Bears 22 9 13 0 1940 2195 88.4 36
13 St Kilda 22 7 14 1 1809 2415 74.9 30
14 Fitzroy 22 5 17 0 1726 2456 70.3 20
15 Sydney 22 4 18 0 1987 2545 78.1 16
Source: AFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Ladder progressionEdit

  Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round.
Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324
West Coast Eagles (P)048121216202024283236364044484852565660606064
Carlton0048812121616202428323640444848525252566060
North Melbourne048121212162024242832323232323640444444444852
Geelong044488121620202024242424282832364044444852
Footscray444488121616161620242828283236364044485252
Hawthorn444488121620202428282832363636364044444852
Melbourne488121620202020242424242428283232364040444448
Collingwood4812121212121616202424282832363636364044484848
Richmond044488121212121216202428323636404444484848
Essendon44448881216202424242832323636363636404044
Adelaide448121216161616202020242626263030303034343838
Brisbane Bears444888888121616202424282832363636363636
St Kilda0044448812121212121414141418181818222630
Fitzroy04881212121212121212161616161616162020202020
Sydney0004444488888888812121216161616

FinalsEdit

The Second McIntyre "Final Six" system, which had operated in 1992 and 1993, was replaced by the McIntyre "Final Eight" system. The McIntyre "Final Eight" system would be used until 1999 and was then replaced by the AFL’s Amended "Final Eight" system in 2000.

Week oneEdit

Qualifying finals
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) North Melbourne 15.24 (114) def. Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Waverley Park (crowd: 38,223) Report
Saturday, 10 September (7:45 pm) Geelong 15.16 (106) def. Footscray 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 61,182) Report
Sunday, 11 September (2:10 pm) Carlton 14.12 (96) def. by Melbourne 18.15 (123) MCG (crowd: 56,111) Report
Sunday, 11 September (4:45 pm) West Coast 11.16 (82) def. Collingwood 12.8 (80) WACA Ground (crowd: 31,824) Report
  • The third qualifying final between North Melbourne and Hawthorn was the first ever AFL finals match to require extra time, after the scores were level which had North Melbourne 12.19 (91) to Hawthorn 13.13 (91) at the expiration of regular time. The provision for extra time had been introduced after the controversial 1990 finals series, when the qualifying final between Collingwood and West Coast was drawn. North Melbourne dominated extra time, kicking 3.5 to Hawthorn's nil, and won the match by 23 points.

Semi finalsEdit

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Geelong 15.15 (105) Carlton 10.12 (72) Waverley Park 53,160 Saturday, 17 September
Melbourne 21.18 (144) Footscray 9.11 (65) MCG 65,577 Sunday, 18 September

Preliminary FinalEdit

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 14.19 (103) Geelong 16.13 (109) MCG 80,121 Saturday, 24 September
West Coast 16.21 (117) Melbourne 8.4 (52) WACA 34,317 Saturday, 24 September

Grand finalEdit

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
West Coast 20.23 (143) Geelong 8.15 (63) MCG 93,860 Saturday, 1 October

AwardsEdit

Notable eventsEdit

  • Fitzroy moved its match-day home ground from Princes Park (which, due to the first ever ground naming rights deal affecting an AFL venue, became known as Optus Oval from this season) to the Western Oval. However, this left Carlton as the sole tenant of Optus Oval, and an existing arrangement between Carlton and the AFL required eighteen matches to be played there during the year; consequently, Fitzroy and the MCG's four co-tenants (Essendon, Richmond, Melbourne and North Melbourne) were each forced to play one or two home games at Optus Oval to make up the balance.[9]
  • Starting from Round 20, the "blood rule" was introduced in order to allay fears raised by the threat of AIDS. Under the rule, any bleeding player would be sent from the field by the umpires until his wound had been covered or closed and any blood-stained gear replaced.[10] The rule, which for the first time ever gave umpires the ability to order players from the ground, was not initially well-received – particularly following a Round 23 incident in which Hawthorn ruckman Stephen Lawrence was unable to return to the field after the third quarter because Hawthorn officials could not find a spare sock to replace his bloodstained one.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rohan Connolly; Gerard Wright (21 August 1994). "A goal that wasn't and a clock that ran fast". The Sunday Age (Sport Liftout). Melbourne, VIC. p. 3.
  2. ^ Greg Denham (12 June 1993). "League cuts team lists in shake-up". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 32.
  3. ^ Stephen Linnell (19 August 1993). "Logos get a guernsey from the AFL". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 28.
  4. ^ "Cats rip into Dogs with impressive comeback". The Canberra Times. 68 (21, 538). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 5 April 1994. p. 17. Retrieved 20 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Don't write me off, warns sacked Wheeler". The Canberra Times. 68 (21, 540). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 April 1994. p. 22. Retrieved 20 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Ablett snatches win from Saints". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 12 June 1994. p. 15. Retrieved 19 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "All-in brawl leaves Sumich unconscious". The Canberra Times. 70 (21, 691). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 5 September 1994. p. 24. Retrieved 20 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Morris, Tom (4 September 2018). "AFL 2018: Danny Southern, Peter Sumich finally make peace 24 years after horror headlock". foxsports.com.au.
  9. ^ Greg Denham (9 November 1993). "MCG tenants protest at 'home' switch". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 46.
  10. ^ Ashley Browne (4 August 1994). "AFL under fire over new law on bleeding players". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 30.
  11. ^ Steve Perkin; Daryl Timms (29 August 1994). "Blood rule 'ridiculous'". Herald Sun (Afternoon ed.). Melbourne, VIC. p. 86.

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