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Although the league was still called the VFL until this season, this is the unofficial fourth 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

  • 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.


After qualifying for last season's finals series, Collingwood took the next step by winning the premiership. Essendon, after finishing second in 1989, were the minor premiers. Whilst Brisbane Bears won its first wooden spoon in its 4th season in the AFL.


The Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer was awarded to John Longmire of North Melbourne. Tony Liberatore of Footscray won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1989 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Windy Hill   Kevin Sheedy   Tim Watson
2 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Tony Shaw
3 ▲ 8   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Mick Malthouse   Steve Malaxos
4   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   John Northey   Greg Healy
5 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   Princes Park   Allan Jeans   Michael Tuck
6 ▲ 3   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   MCG   Wayne Schimmelbusch   Matthew Larkin
7 ▲ 6   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Footscray   Western Oval   Terry Wheeler   Doug Hawkins
8   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Princes Park   Alex Jesaulenko   Stephen Kernahan
9 ▲ 3   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Moorabbin Oval   Ken Sheldon   Danny Frawley
10 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Malcolm Blight   Andrew Bews
11 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Kevin Bartlett   Dale Weightman
12 ▼ 6        Fitzroy   Princes Park   Rod Austin   Paul Roos
13 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Col Kinnear   Dennis Carroll
14 ▼ 4        Brisbane Bears   Carrara Stadium   Norm Dare   Roger Merrett

Finals SeriesEdit

  Qualifying Semi Final  
  1  Essendon  
       Collingwood         Grand Final  
  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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