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The 1990 AFL Season was 94th edition of elite Australian rules football and the fourth season under the leagues interstate expansion, but the first to be offically named the Australian Football League (AFL) The season commenced on the 31st of March and concluded on the 6th of October.


Overview Edit

This was the first season to be rebranded as the AFL. Having been previously named the VFL. Essendon defeated North Melbourne in the renamed pre-season tournament, Foster's cup (formerly Night Series). Originally Fitzroy and Footscray were set to merge and be renamed as the Fitzroy Bulldogs, although following a successful campaign by Footscray supporters the decision was overturned. Port Adelaide made a bid to join the league from the SANFL but it was dismissed.

There were a number of coaching changes throughout and following the conclusion of the season. Mick Malthouse left Footscray to become the coach at West Coast Eagles. Terry Wheeler replaced him as coach at Footscray. North Melbourne appointed one of their favorite players, Wayne Schimmelbusch as their coach. Ken Sheldon replaced Darrel Baldock as coach at St Kilda. Norm Dare was appointed coach at Brisbane Bears.

In his 1st season at West Coast Eagles, Mick Malthouse took the club up 8 places into the finals series. Whilst Geelong fell 7 places to 10th.

Final Ladder Edit

Position Team Played Won Loss Draw Percentage (%) Points
1 Essendon Bombers 22 17 5 0 139.2 68
2 Collingwood Magpies (Premiers) 22 16 6 0 130.2 64
3 West Coast Eagles 22 16 6 0 118.4 64
4 Melbourne Demons 22 16 6 0 113.2 64
5 Hawthorn Hawks 22 14 8 0 120.6 56
6 North Melbourne Kangaroos 22 12 10 0 114.0 48
7 Footscray Bulldogs 22 12 10 0 99.3 48
8 Carlton Blues 22 11 11 0 104.1 44
9 St Kilda Saints 22 9 13 0 100.6 36
10 Geelong Cats 22 8 14 0 93.7 32
11 Richmond Tigers 22 7 15 0 78.6 28
12 Fitzroy Lions 22 7 15 0 78.4 28
13 Sydney Swans 22 5 17 0 70.4 20
14 Brisbane Bears 22 4 18 0 7/4 16



Finals SeriesEdit

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

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