1997 VFL season

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1997 VFL Premiership Season
Teams11
PremiersSandringham
(6th premiership)
Minor premiersFrankston
(2nd minor premiership)
1996
1998

The 1997 Victorian Football League season was the 116th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Sandringham Football Club, after it defeated Frankston by 29 points in the Grand Final on 21 September.

Premiership season[edit]

Ladder[edit]

1997 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Frankston 18 17 1 0 1966 1174 167.46 68
2 Springvale 18 14 4 0 2006 1256 159.71 56
3 Sandringham (P) 18 14 4 0 1677 1075 156.00 56
4 Werribee 18 12 6 0 1883 1366 137.85 48
5 Port Melbourne 18 10 8 0 1660 1430 116.08 40
6 Williamstown 18 8 8 2 1544 1662 92.90 36
7 Preston 18 7 11 0 1360 1618 84.05 28
8 North Ballarat 18 6 12 0 1358 1539 88.24 24
9 Box Hill 18 5 12 1 1324 1521 87.05 22
10 Traralgon 18 3 14 1 1199 2071 57.89 14
11 Coburg 18 1 17 0 1084 2349 46.15 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[citation needed]

Finals[edit]

Qualifying final
Saturday, 30 August
(2:00 pm)
Springvale 14.6 (90) def. by Sandringham 17.13 (115) North Port Oval
Elimination final
Sunday, 31 August
(2:00 pm)
Werribee 14.16 (100) def. by Port Melbourne 17.14 (116) North Port Oval
First semi-final
Sunday, 7 September
(2:00pm)
Springvale 16.7 (103) def. Port Melbourne 13.6 (84) North Port Oval
Second semi-final
Saturday, 6 September
(2:00pm)
Frankston 10.7 (67) def. by Sandringham 16.12 (108) North Port Oval
Preliminary Final
Sunday, 14 September
(2:00pm)
Frankston 14.17 (101) def. Springvale 9.8 (62) North Port Oval

Grand Final[edit]

1997 VFL Grand Final
Sunday 21 September

(2:00 pm)

Sandringham def. Frankston North Port Oval (crowd: 10,000) [1]
3.1 (19)
5.6 (36)
7.10 (52)
 10.13 (73)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.3 (9)
4.3 (27)
4.9 (33)
 5.14 (44)
Umpires: M. Vozzo, W. Mann, M. James
Norm Goss Memorial Medal: Tim Scott-Branagan (Sandringham)
Amiet 4, Templeton 2, Scott-Branagan 2, Frater, Dear Goals R. Stubbs 3, S. Ryan, Cummings
Reports Pickering, for striking Mann in the first quarter
R. Stubbs, for striking Grant in the first quarter
Goodwin, for striking Dear in the first quarter

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The VFL adopted two rule changes which had been incorporated into the Australian Football League in 1994: the size of the interchange bench was increased from two to three, and the length of a quarter was reduced from 25 minutes to 20 minutes with extra provisions for time on.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tim Stoney (22 September 1997). "Collins earns his stripes". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. p. 54.
  2. ^ "Fothergill-Round Medallists". Sportingpulse. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  3. ^ Fiddian, Marc (2004); The VFA; A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877-1995; p. 45