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The 1988 VFL Season was 92nd edition of elite Australian rules football and the second season under the leagues interstate expansion. The season commenced on the 2nd of April and concluded on the 24th of September.


Overview Edit

Despite the interstate expansion the previous season, the league still ran under the VFL name. For the first time the Night series was ran as a pre-season competition. Hawthorn defeated Geelong.

John Todd replaced the one-season coach Ron Alexander at West Coast Eagles. Richmond brought in one of the favorite players, Kevin Bartlett as their coach. Due to ill-health, Allan Jeans was replaced by Alan Joyce as Hawthorn coach for the season.

Collingwood had the biggest improvement for the season, climbing 10 places to finish second. Whilst North Melbourne fell 7 places to 11th and out of the finals series.

This was the first season a team apart of the interstate expansion made it to the finals (West Coast)

Final LadderEdit

Position Team Played Won Loss Draw Percentage (%) Points
1 Hawthorn Hawks (Premiers) 22 19 3 0 142.3 76
2 Collingwood Magpies 22 15 6 1 112.7 62
3 Carlton Blues 22 15 7 0 119.4 60
4 West Coast Eagles 22 13 9 0 111.9 52
5 Melbourne Demons 22 13 9 0 102.1 52
6 Essendon Bombers 22 12 10 0 108.4 48
7 Sydney Swans 22 12 10 0 99.7 48
8 Footscray Bulldogs 22 11 11 0 104.3 44
9 Geelong Ctas 22 10 12 0 104.9 40
10 Richmond Tigers 22 8 14 0 85.1 32
11 North Melbourne Kangaroos 22 7 14 1 89.5 30
12 Fitzroy Lions 22 7 15 0 83.8 28
13 Brisbane Bears 22 7 15 0 74.6 28
14 St Kilda Saints 22 4 18 0 82.1 16


Finals SeriesEdit

                                 
  Qualifying Semi Final  
  1  Hawthorn  
       Carlton         Grand Final  
               Hawthorn
  Qualifying Final           Preliminary Final        Melbourne
  2  Collingwood          Carlton  
  3  Carlton     Eliminating Semi Final        Melbourne
       Collingwood  
  Elimination Final        Melbourne
  4  West Coast Eagles  
  5  Melbourne
   
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing
 

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