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1995 AFL season

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Leading goalkicker  Gary Ablett (Geelong)
Start date  1995
Attendance  5,712,693
Brownlow Medallist  Paul Kelly (Sydney)
Teams  16
Matches played  185
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Premiers  Carlton (16th premiership)
Minor premiers  Carlton (17th minor premiership)
Pre-season cup  North Melbourne (1st pre-season cup win)
Highest attendance  94,825 (Round 4, Collingwood v Essendon)
Similar  1997 AFL season, 1993 AFL season, 1999 AFL season, 1998 AFL season, 1992 AFL season

The 1995 Australian Football League season was the 99th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.


National Cup

North Melbourne defeated Adelaide 14.9 (93) to 8.15 (63).

Round 4

  • This was the first ANZAC Day clash held between Collingwood and Essendon which famously ended in a draw.
  • Round 14

    (Matthew Lloyd Debut)

    Round 16

    *Brisbane Bears came from 45 points down at 3 quarter time to beat Hawthorn by 7 points.

    Ladder progression

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round.
  • Awards

  • The Brownlow Medal was awarded to Paul Kelly of Sydney.
  • The Leigh Matthews Trophy was awarded to Wayne Carey of North Melbourne.
  • The Coleman Medal was awarded to Gary Ablett of Geelong.
  • The Norm Smith Medal was awarded to Greg Williams of Carlton.
  • The AFL Rising Star award was awarded to Nick Holland of Hawthorn.
  • The Wooden Spoon was "awarded" to Fitzroy.
  • Notable events

  • The Fremantle Dockers made their debut in the competition.
  • They played their first game against Richmond at the MCG and won their first game against Fitzroy at Whitten Oval.
  • The first ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon was held in round 4 which famously ended in a draw.
  • Carlton won a record 16th premiership, winning twenty games for the home-and-away season, also a new record (subsequently surpassed by Essendon in 2000). They won their 16th consecutive match in the grand final, comfortably beating Geelong 21.15 (141) to 11.14 (80).
  • Amidst these records, they also suffered the rare ignominy of losing to the bottom team (St Kilda) while atop the ladder in their Round 9 game. In this game, they failed to score a goal in the first half and became the fifth (and to date last) premier team to have kicked a season's lowest score (also in 1923, 1968, 1970 and 1992).
  • Richmond reached the finals for the first time since 1982, finishing 3rd and making the preliminary finals.
  • They won their first 7 games, winning their first five games for the first time since the early 1980s.
  • They were on top of the ladder for the first time since 1982 (from rounds 9 to 12).
  • Brisbane Bears made an exceptional late season charge to reach the finals for the first time in team history.
  • The Bears sat 14th after 15 rounds with a win/loss record of 4-11 and a percentage of 83.2%.
  • In Round 16 at the Gabba against Hawthorn, the Bears trailed Hawthorn by 45 points at three-quarter time, but scored nine goals to one in the final quarter to pull off a seven-point victory. It remains the largest three-quarter time deficit ever overcome in VFL/AFL history. The Bears were still in 14th place at the end of the game.
  • Brisbane won its next two games against bottom eight opposition to reach 12th place, but were to face Carlton, Richmond and Essendon (who then held the top three places respectively) in the following three weeks. Against all odds, Brisbane lost to Carlton by only 14 points, then thrashed the Tigers by 77 points and beat Essendon by 32 points.
  • At the start of the final round, Melbourne, Collingwood and Brisbane sat 8th, 9th and 10th respectively, all on nine wins. Brisbane needed to beat Melbourne, and rely on Sydney (12th place) beating Collingwood to reach the finals. Brisbane beat Melbourne by 21 points of Friday night, then watched on Sunday as Sydney scored eight final quarter goals to overhaul Collingwood by 23 points.
  • The Bears finals appearance was short-lived, as the eventual priemers Carlton beat them by 13 points in the first week of the finals in a very high standard game
  • However, the 10 wins and 12 losses of Brisbane in 1995, remains the worst record of a team in VFL/AFL history which qualified a team for the finals (excluding those seasons where more than half of teams qualified for the finals).
  • Tony Lockett transferred from St Kilda to Sydney.
  • Footscray, VFL and State of Origin legend Ted Whitten died.
  • He had been given a "lap of honour" during the 1995 State of Origin match between Victoria and South Australia.
  • Hawthorn missed out on the finals for the first time since the early 1980s.
  • The team finished second last, failing to register a win for its last seven matches.
  • Fitzroy continued to decline, failing to register a win from round 9 and finished on the bottom of the ladder with just 2 wins.
  • There were many significant changes to incumbent AFL team coaches:
  • After round 19, the Fitzroy coach Bernie Quinlan was sacked and replaced by caretaker coach Alan McConnell for the remaining three games of their season (Michael Nunan later was signed as coach for 1996).
  • Peter Knights was sacked as coach of Hawthorn.
  • John Northey resigned from Richmond (he became coach of Brisbane Bears in 1996).
  • Robert Walls resigned as coach of Brisbane Bears and joined Richmond as coach in 1996.
  • Ron Barassi coached his last VFL/AFL match, resigning as coach of Sydney at the end of 1995.
  • References

    1995 AFL season Wikipedia