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The 1989 VFL Season was 93rd edition of elite Australian rules football and the third season under the leagues interstate expansion. The season commenced on the 31st of March and concluded on the 30th of September.

Overview Edit

This was the last season under the name of the VFL, with the competition being renamed and rebranded as the AFL. Geelong defeated Melbourne in the night series pre-season competition.

There was 5 coach changes, Allan Jeans returned as Hawthorn coach after missing the 1988 season through ill-health. Geelong brought in North Melbourne-legend, Malcolm Blight as their coach. Rod Austin replaced David Parkin as Fitzroy coach. Col Kinnear replaced Tom Hafey as Sydney Swans coach. After a poor start to the season, Alex Jesaulenko replaced Robert Walls as Carlton coach.

The biggest improver from last season was Geelong who climbed 6 places which took them into the Grand Final. Whilst West Coast Eagles fell 7 places to 11th and out of the finals series. Fitzroy also rose from a 12th to 6th


Final LadderEdit

Position Team Played Won Loss Draw Percentage (%) Points
1 Hawthorn Hawks (Premiers) 22 19 3 0 153.2 76
2 Essendon Bombers 22 17 5 0 131.4 68
3 Geelong Cats 22 16 6 0 146.8 64
4 Melbourne Demons 22 14 8 0 96.5 56
5 Collingwood Magpies 22 13 9 0 112.8 52
6 Fitzroy 22 12 10 0 97.4 48
7 Sydney Swans 22 11 11 0 100.1 44
8 Carlton Blues 22 9 12 1 92.4 38
9 North Melbourne Demons 22 9 13 0 89.6 36
10 Brisbane Bears 22 8 14 0 78.8 32
11 West Coast Eagles 22 7 15 0 86. 28
12 St Kilda Saints 22 7 15 0 84.3 28
13 Footscray Bulldogs 22 6 15 1 87.0 26
14 Richmond Tigers 22 5 17 0 70.9 20


Finals SeriesEdit

                                 
  Qualifying Semi Final  
  1  Hawthorn  
       Essendon         Grand Final  
               Hawthorn
  Qualifying Final           Preliminary Final        Geelong
  2  Essendon          Essendon  
  3  Geelong     Eliminating Semi Final        Geelong
       Geelong  
  Elimination Final        Melbourne
  4  Melbourne  
  5  Collingwood
   
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing
 

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