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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1989 season was the unofficial third AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987. The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears.

Club ChangesEdit

There was 5 coach changes:

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

Geelong 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.


Hawthorn repeated last season's success by again winning the double of the minor premiers and the premiership. They played Geelong in the Grand Final who finished 3rd in the ladder. Whilst Richmond won the wooden spoon which was their second in 3 seasons.


Jason Dunstall of Hawthorn won back-to-back Coleman Medals for again being the leading goalscorer. Peter Couch of Geelong won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1988 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   Princes Park   Allan Jeans   Michael Tuck
2 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Windy Hill   Kevin Sheedy   Tim Watson
3 ▲ 6   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Malcolm Blight   Damian Bourke
4 ▲ 1   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   John Northey   Greg Healy
5 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Tony Shaw
6 ▲ 6        Fitzroy   Princes Park   Rod Austin   Paul Roos
7   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Col Kinnear   Dennis Carroll
8 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Princes Park   Robert Walls
  Alex Jesaulenko
  Stephen Kernahan
9 ▲ 2   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   MCG   John Kennedy   John Law
10 ▲ 3        Brisbane Bears   Carrara Stadium   Peter Knights   Mark Mickan
11 ▼ 7   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   John Todd   Murray Rance
12 ▲ 2   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Moorabbin Oval   Darrel Baldock   Danny Frawley
13 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Footscray   Western Oval   Mick Malthouse   Stephen Wallis
14 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Kevin Bartlett   Dale Weightman

Finals SeriesEdit

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

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