- 1996 AFL season
Infobox AFL season
year = 1996
imagesize = 100px
caption = AFL logo 1990-1999
teams = 16
premiers = AFL Nor
count = 3rd
minor premiers = Sydney
national cup winners = AFL StK
nccount = 1st
highest attendance =
top goal scorer =
Tony Lockett(AFL Syd)
brownlow medallist =
Michael Voss(AFL Bri) James Hird(AFL Ess)Results and statistics for the Australian Football Leagueseason of 1996.
List of Australian Football League premiersfor a complete list."
1996 AFL Draftfor more information."
1996 Ansett Australia CupFinal saw St. Kilda defeat Carlton 20.10 (130) to 10.12 (72) in front of 66,888 at Waverley Park.
Note: Ben Hart took the mark of the year in Adelaide's win over St Kilda.
Team W L D % Pts ---------------------------------------- Sydney 16 5 1 123.8 66 Nth Melb 16 6 - 127.4 64 Brisbane 15 6 1 125.6 62 West Coast 15 7 - 125.3 60 Carlton 15 7 - 110.8 60 Essendon 14 7 1 109.2 58 Geelong 13 8 1 114.9 54 Hawthorn 11 10 1 98.5 46
Richmond 11 11 - 117.4 44 St. Kilda 10 12 - 101.0 40 Collingwood 9 13 - 102.8 36 Adelaide 8 14 - 96.0 32 Fremantle 7 15 - 92.3 28 Melbourne 7 15 - 70.8 28 Footscray 5 16 1 77.3 22 Fitzroy 1 21 - 49.5 4
Brownlow Medalwas awarded to Michael Vossof Brisbane and James Hirdof Essendon.
Leigh Matthews Trophywas awarded to Corey McKernanof North Melbourne.
Coleman Medalwas awarded to Tony Lockettof the Sydney Swans.
Norm Smith Medalwas awarded to Glenn Archerof the North Melbourne.
AFL Rising Star awardwas awarded to Ben Cousinsof the West Coast Eagles.
*The Wooden Spoon was "awarded" to the
Fitzroy Lionsin their final season before the club folded.
* The Round 10 game between St Kilda and Essendon was interrupted at the twenty minute mark of the third quarter when
Waverley Parklost power, causing the floodlights to go off. The remaining quarter and a bit was played three nights later.
** Subsequently, the AFL introduced contingencies that a game could be abandoned, with the progress result accepted as final at any point beyond half time, at the agreement of the captains when (a) any unexpected incident delays a game by half an hour, or (b) if dangerous weather conditions, most typically lightning, prevail.
North Melbourne Football Clubreceived a special gold-coloured premiership cup, instead of the typical silver, to signify what the AFL had represented as its Centenary Season throughout 1996. (Note: 1996 was the VFL/AFL's "hundredth season", which by strictest definition is not the same as the centenary season which would have been 1997).
* The season is perhaps best remembered for its preliminary final between minor premiers Sydney and sixth-placed Essendon. With scores level on 10.9 (69), Sydney's
Tony Lockettscored a behind with a kick after the siren to win the game.
**Lockett had been under an injury cloud with a groin problem during the preceding week, and there was some doubt whether he would play. The Swans' victory led a Sydney journalist to comment that "All week we have been concentrating on Lockett's groin, when we now know it was his behind that counted."
* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1996.html 1996 Season - AFL Tables]
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