1988 VFL Grand Final

1988 VFL Grand Final

The 1988 VFL Grand Final took place on September 24, 1988 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between VFL clubs Hawthorn and Melbourne. It was Hawthorn's sixth successive Grand Final while Melbourne were competing in their first since 1964.

Match Summary

Melbourne made its first Granf final since 1964 - and probably wish it hadn't.Hawthorn won the match by 96 points and in doing set a VFL record for the greatest winning margin in a Grand Final. It remained a record until Geelong's 119 point demolition of Port Adelaide in 2007. The Hawthorn side of 1988 remains among the greatest teams of all time.


Aussie rules team | title = Hawthorn
backpocket1 = Andrew Collins
fullback = Chris Langford
backpocket2 = Gary Ayres
halfbackflank1 = Scott Maginness
centrehalfback = Chris Mew
halfbackflank2 = Michael Tuck (c)
wing1 = Robert DiPierdomenico
centre = Peter Schwab
wing2 = Tony Hall
halfforwardflank1 = Chris Wittman
centrehalfforward = Dermott Brereton
halfforwardflank2 = John Kennedy
forwardpocket1 = Paul Abbott
fullforward = Jason Dunstall
forwardpocket2 = James Morrissey
ruck = Greg Dear
ruckrover = Gary Buckenara
rover = John Platten
interchange1 = Russell Greene
interchange2 = Darrin Pritchard
interchange3 =
interchange4 =
interchange5 =
interchange6 =
coach = Alan Joyce

Aussie rules team | title = Melbourne
backpocket1 = Alan Johnson
fullback = Steven Stretch
backpocket2 = Rod Grinter
halfbackflank1 = Stephen Newport
centrehalfback = Jamie Duursma
halfbackflank2 = Brett Lovett
wing1 = Todd Viney
centre = Brian Wilson
wing2 = Graeme Yeats
halfforwardflank1 = Garry Lyon
centrehalfforward = Earl Spalding
halfforwardflank2 = David Williams
forwardpocket1 = Jim Stynes
fullforward = Sean Wight
forwardpocket2 = Ricky Jackson
ruck = Danny Hughes
ruckrover = Andy Lovell
rover = Greg Healy (c)
interchange1 = David Flintoff
interchange2 = Steven Febey
interchange3 =
interchange4 =
interchange5 =
interchange6 =
coach = John Northey



* Attendance - 93,754

Goal kickers

Norm Smith Medal

The Norm Smith Medal was won by Hawthorn's defender Gary Ayres who had 22 disposals.

External links

* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/stats/games/1988/101119880924.html Match details at AFL Tables]

ee also

* 1988 VFL season

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