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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1995 season was the unofficial 9th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987.

The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. In 1991 Adelaide Crows joined. This season Fremantle Dockers joined the AFL to bring the number of clubs to 16. With the expanded league, 8 clubs now participate in the finals series.

Club Changes[]

  • Gary Ayres replaced Malcolm Blight as coach at Geelong.
  • Robert Shaw replaced Graham Cornes as coach at Adelaide.
  • Bernie Quinlan replaced Robert Shaw as coach at Fitzroy.

Both Richmond and Essendon both climbed 6 places to qualify for the finals series. Hawthorn fell 9 places to 15th, one place above the wooden spoon.


Carlton were the minor premiers and won the premiership. They played Geelong in the Grand Final who finished 2nd in the ladder. Whilst Fitzroy won the wooden spoon.


Gary Ablett Sr. of Geelong won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer for the third year in a row. Paul Kelly of Sydney Swans won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1994 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Princes Park   David Parkin   Stephen Kernahan
2 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Gary Ayres   Barry Stoneham
3 ▲ 6   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   John Northey   Tony Free
4 ▲ 6   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   MCG   Kevin Sheedy   Mark Thompson
5 ▼ 4   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Mick Malthouse   John Worsfold
6 ▼ 3   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   MCG   Denis Pagan   Wayne Carey
7 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Footscray   Western Oval   Alan Joyce   Scott Wynd
8 ▲ 4        Brisbane Bears   Gabba   Robert Walls   Roger Merrett
9 ▼ 2   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Neil Balme   Garry Lyon
10 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Gavin Brown
11   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Robert Shaw   Tony McGuinness
12 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   Ron Barassi   Paul Kelly
13 n/a   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Gerard Neesham   Ben Allan
14 ▼ 1   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Waverley Park   Stan Alves   Danny Frawley
15 ▼ 9   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   Waverley Park   Peter Knights   Jason Dunstall
16 ▼ 2        Fitzroy   Princes Park/Western Oval   Bernie Quinlan   Brad Boyd

Finals Series[]

  Qualifying Final
5  West Coast Eagles
4  Essendon Semi Final
 West Coast Eagles
  Qualifying Final  North Melbourne Preliminary Final
8  Brisbane Bears  North Melbourne
1  Carlton  Carlton Grand Final
  Qualifying Final Preliminary Final  Geelong
2  Geelong  Geelong
7  Footscray Semi Final  Richmond
  Qualifying Final  Richmond
3  Richmond
6  North Melbourne
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing