- 1981 VFL Grand Final
The 1981 VFL Grand Final took place on
September 26, 1981at the Melbourne Cricket Groundbetween VFL clubs Carlton and Collingwood. It was a rematch between the two teams who competed in the 1979 Grand Final, with Carlton and Collingwood finishing the home and away season in first and second place respectively.
Captained by Mike Fitzpatrick, Carlton came back from a nine point half time deficit to win by 20 points, giving Collingwood their third successive Grand Final loss and their fourth in five years. At one stage late in the third quarter Collingwood had lead by 21 points after a burst of goals. Sheldon kicked the opening goal of the final quarter to get Carlton within four points and then Rod Ashman kicked one to put them in front. Collingwood scored just two points in the quarter and goals from Maclure and McKay sealed the win for Carlton.
Aussie rules team | title = Carlton
fullback = Scott Howell
centre = Greg Wells
halfforwardflank2 = Wayne Johnston
forwardpocket1 = David McKay
forwardpocket2 = Jim Buckley
ruck = Mike Fitzpatrick (c)
Aussie rules team | title = Collingwood
backpocket1 = Ian Cooper
centre = Mark Williams
centrehalfforward = Craig Davis
forwardpocket2 = Craig Stewart
ruck = Peter Moore (c)
ruckrover = Michael Taylor
*Attendance - 112,964
Norm Smith Medal
Bruce Doullwon the Norm Smith Medalfor his efforts on the half back line.
1981 VFL season
* "The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004"
* [http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Grand+Final%2C+1981 Blueseum page on the Grand Final]
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