1998 AFL finals series

The Australian Football League's 1998 finals series began on Friday, 4 September 1998 and culminated with the 102nd AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, 26 September 1998. Eight of the league's sixteen teams qualified for the finals based on the home-and-away season, and the finals were played under the McIntyre Final Eight System.

The series concluded with the Grand Final, which saw the Adelaide Crows (5th placed after the home-and-away season, 13–9) win its second consecutive premiership, defeating minor premiers North Melbourne (16–6) by 35 points. Adelaide was the lowest placed team after the home-and-away season to win the premiership since 1900.

Final Ladder

Week One

Qualifying Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 11.16.82 Essendon 8.12.60 MCG 71,154 Friday, 4 September
Melbourne 17.13.115 Adelaide 9.13.67 MCG 60,817 Saturday, 5 September
Sydney 12.17.89 St Kilda 13.9.87 SCG 36,076 Saturday, 5 September
Western Bulldogs 18.13.121 West Coast 7.9.51 MCG 43,025 Sunday, 6 September

Week Two

Semi finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Melbourne 15.17.107 St Kilda 7.14.56 MCG 88,456 Saturday, 12 September
Sydney 10.7.67 Adelaide 14.10.94 SCG 37,498 Saturday, 12 September

Week Three

Preliminary Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
North Melbourne 17.12.114 Melbourne 12.12.84 MCG 73,719 Friday, 18 September
Western Bulldogs 13.15.93 Adelaide 24.17.161 MCG 67,557 Saturday, 19 September

North Melbourne's won its eleventh consecutive match. Adelaide defeated the Western Bulldogs in a preliminary final for the second consecutive year.

Grand final

Main article: 1998 AFL Grand Final
Team 1 2 3 Final
North Melbourne 4.4 6.15 8.15 8.22 (70)
Adelaide 3.2 4.3 9.11 15.15 (105)
Date Saturday, 26 September 1998, 2:30pm AEST
Coin Toss Winner Kangaroos, chose Punt Road end.
Goals (North) 1: Blakey, Pike, Abraham, Carey, Roberts, Bell, Allison, Simpson
Goals (Adel) 5: Jarman
3: Smart
2. Vardy
1. James, Pittman, Johnson, Thiessen, Ricciuto
Norm Smith Medal Andrew McLeod Adelaide
Reports None
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC
Attendance 94,431
Umpires Andrew Coates, Hayden Kennedy, Darren Goldspink
Metropolitan Free To Air TV audience


External links

  • AFL official website
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