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AFL - KEY FACTS

Official name
Australian Football League

Known as
AFL

Former name
Victorian Football League (V/AFL), 1897-1989

Duration
1897–2022

Headquarters
140 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, 3008

Phone
1300 722 515

Website
afl.com.au

Affiliated competitions (Current)
Premiership Season 1897-2022; Women's Premiership Season 2017-2022; Women's Under-18 Championships 2010-2022; Night/Pre-Season Competition 1956-2022; Under-19 Championships 1953-2022

Affiliated competitions (Historical)
AFLX 2018-2019; Women's Winter Series 2018-2019; Women's Exhibition Series 2013-2016; Reserves 1919-1999; Under 19s 1946-1991


Premiership Season

Official Name
V/AFL Premiership Season

Duration
1897–2022

Affiliated clubs (Current)
Carlton (VIC) 1897-2022; Collingwood (VIC) 1897-2022; Essendon (VIC) 1897-2022; Geelong (VIC) 1897-2022; Melbourne (VIC) 1897-2022; Sydney (VIC) 1897-2022; St. Kilda (VIC) 1897-2022; Richmond (VIC) 1908-2022; North Melbourne (VIC) 1925-2022; Western Bulldogs (VIC) 1925-2022; Hawthorn (VIC) 1925-2022; Brisbane (QLD) 1987-2022; West Coast (WA) 1987-2022; Adelaide (SA) 1991-2022; Fremantle (WA) 1995-2022; Port Adelaide (SA) 1997-2022; Gold Coast (QLD) 2011-2022; Greater Western Sydney (NSW) 2012-2022

Affiliated clubs (Historical)
Fitzroy (VIC) 1897-1996; University (VIC) 1908-1914

Affiliated grounds (Current)
Adelaide Oval; Bellerive Oval; Carrara Stadium; Cazaly's Stadium; Docklands; Eureka Stadium; Gabba; Kardinia Park; M.C.G.; Manuka Oval; Marrara Stadium; Perth Stadium; S.C.G.; Stadium Australia; Sydney Showground; Traeger Park; York Park

Affiliated grounds (Historical)
Albury Sports Ground; Arden Street; Blacktown; Brisbane Exhibition Ground; Brunswick Street; Canberra Stadium; Coburg City Oval; Corio Oval; East Melbourne; Euroa Memorial Oval; Football Park; Glenferrie Oval; Jiangwan Stadium; Junction Oval; Lake Oval; Moorabbin Oval; North Hobart Oval; Olympic Park; Princes Park; Punt Road; Riverway Stadium; Subiaco Oval; Toorak Park; Victoria Park; W.A.C.A.; Waverley Park; Wellington Stadium; Whitten Oval; Windy Hill; Yallourn Oval; Yarraville Oval

1981 V/AFL Premiership Season

 
 

1981 Ladder

LP Club P W L D For Agn % Pts
1 Carlton 22 17 5 0 2303 1768 130.26 68
2 Collingwood 22 17 5 0 2399 1957 122.59 68
3 Geelong 22 16 6 0 2224 1714 129.76 64
4 Essendon 22 16 6 0 2323 1821 127.57 64
5 Fitzroy 22 14 8 0 2413 2152 112.13 56
6 Hawthorn 22 13 9 0 2313 2114 109.41 52
7 Richmond 22 13 9 0 2323 2207 105.26 52
8 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2386 2293 104.06 40
9 South Melbourne 22 8 14 0 2165 2522 85.85 32
10 St. Kilda 22 5 17 0 1930 2266 85.17 20
11 Footscray 22 2 20 0 1764 2680 65.82 8
12 Melbourne 22 1 21 0 1824 2873 63.49 4
  H&A 132 132 132 0 26367 26367 100.00 528
  Finals 6 6 6 0 1185 1185 100.00 24
  Total 138 138 138 0 27552 27552 100.00 552

1981 Round by Round

Round 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | EF | QF | 1SF | 2SF | PF | GF

Round 1[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton3.310.713.922.12 144 Sat 28-Mar-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park56,372
Richmond1.33.48.712.10 82 Carlton won by 62 points[Stats]
Fitzroy2.29.715.920.13 133 Sat 28-Mar-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval27,202
Collingwood6.1310.1516.2422.27 159 Collingwood won by 26 points[Stats]
Geelong3.46.98.1410.17 77 Sat 28-Mar-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park37,256
Essendon3.24.59.810.11 71 Geelong won by 6 points[Stats]
Melbourne7.58.912.1216.16 112 Sat 28-Mar-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.32,202
Hawthorn6.314.718.1023.15 153 Hawthorn won by 41 points[Stats]
North Melbourne5.59.816.1521.19 145 Sat 28-Mar-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street19,437
South Melbourne2.75.118.1612.25 97 North Melbourne won by 48 points[Stats]
Footscray2.35.69.716.12 108 Sat 28-Mar-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval19,101
St. Kilda8.612.1318.1723.19 157 St. Kilda won by 49 points[Stats]

Round 2[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood6.414.1120.1326.22 178 Sat 4-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park26,515
Footscray1.26.29.513.6 84 Collingwood won by 94 points[Stats]
Essendon1.46.810.1216.15 111 Sat 4-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill26,754
North Melbourne5.18.211.515.9 99 Essendon won by 12 points[Stats]
Fitzroy5.510.916.1323.17 155 Sat 4-Apr-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park20,107
Melbourne3.18.511.916.14 110 Fitzroy won by 45 points[Stats]
Hawthorn4.39.611.916.11 107 Sat 4-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park30,159
Carlton1.27.1111.1617.21 123 Carlton won by 16 points[Stats]
St. Kilda5.58.89.1414.23 107 Sat 4-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval24,499
Geelong4.38.715.1016.13 109 Geelong won by 2 points[Stats]
South Melbourne5.18.311.1016.14 110 Sat 4-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval17,937
Richmond7.412.716.922.13 145 Richmond won by 35 points[Stats]

Round 3[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton4.67.118.1914.24 108 Sat 11-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park24,780
Fitzroy4.56.1010.1312.20 92 Carlton won by 16 points[Stats]
North Melbourne3.89.1513.2115.26 116 Sat 11-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street17,753
Geelong2.34.46.414.5 89 North Melbourne won by 27 points[Stats]
Richmond3.57.710.1117.16 118 Sat 11-Apr-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.61,908
Essendon5.410.814.1316.18 114 Richmond won by 4 points[Stats]
St. Kilda7.610.1212.1619.21 135 Sat 11-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval33,882
Collingwood6.311.617.1523.19 157 Collingwood won by 22 points[Stats]
South Melbourne5.58.816.1021.13 139 Sat 11-Apr-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park21,977
Hawthorn4.314.516.718.9 117 South Melbourne won by 22 points[Stats]
Footscray3.57.615.1118.11 119 Sat 11-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval13,256
Melbourne0.18.412.618.12 120 Melbourne won by 1 point[Stats]

Round 4[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Fitzroy3.29.917.1225.19 169 Sat 18-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval15,935
South Melbourne6.59.712.1114.16 100 Fitzroy won by 69 points[Stats]
Melbourne1.54.98.1310.16 76 Sat 18-Apr-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.36,488
St. Kilda4.86.1410.2316.32 128 St. Kilda won by 52 points[Stats]
North Melbourne2.44.87.1213.17 95 Sat 18-Apr-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park48,528
Richmond4.59.1214.1717.22 124 Richmond won by 29 points[Stats]
Essendon2.14.38.511.13 79 Mon 20-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill29,597
Hawthorn3.48.1011.1213.16 94 Hawthorn won by 15 points[Stats]
Geelong5.26.47.119.14 68 Mon 20-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park41,395
Collingwood2.56.98.911.10 76 Collingwood won by 8 points[Stats]
Footscray3.44.88.911.10 76 Mon 20-Apr-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park27,229
Carlton2.44.710.915.14 104 Carlton won by 28 points[Stats]

Round 5[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood7.113.516.1121.20 146 Sat 25-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park30,096
Melbourne3.14.39.513.5 83 Collingwood won by 63 points[Stats]
Essendon2.69.810.1315.14 104 Sat 25-Apr-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park33,465
Fitzroy6.110.314.619.11 125 Fitzroy won by 21 points[Stats]
Hawthorn6.310.613.1117.16 118 Sat 25-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park16,116
North Melbourne2.45.89.1411.17 83 Hawthorn won by 35 points[Stats]
Richmond3.47.1110.1615.22 112 Sat 25-Apr-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.46,230
Geelong1.67.78.1311.18 84 Richmond won by 28 points[Stats]
St. Kilda3.64.87.1010.13 73 Sat 25-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval32,341
Carlton0.49.1117.1619.23 137 Carlton won by 64 points[Stats]
South Melbourne4.59.911.1418.22 130 Sat 25-Apr-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval12,545
Footscray3.43.97.139.14 68 South Melbourne won by 62 points[Stats]

Round 6[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton4.36.77.1012.15 87 Sat 2-May-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park36,343
Collingwood2.510.516.922.12 144 Collingwood won by 57 points[Stats]
North Melbourne4.412.1217.1427.17 179 Sat 2-May-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street16,219
Fitzroy8.48.616.819.12 126 North Melbourne won by 53 points[Stats]
Richmond3.74.107.1710.19 79 Sat 2-May-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.45,750
Hawthorn3.311.716.1123.16 154 Hawthorn won by 75 points[Stats]
St. Kilda5.29.511.713.15 93 Sat 2-May-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park27,250
South Melbourne5.510.915.1015.13 103 South Melbourne won by 10 points[Stats]
Footscray1.54.96.1113.13 91 Sat 2-May-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval19,624
Essendon2.44.58.912.11 83 Footscray won by 8 points[Stats]
Geelong2.712.1316.1822.21 153 Sun 3-May-1981 2:10 pm S.C.G.11,077
Melbourne2.37.612.716.8 104 Geelong won by 49 points[Stats]

Round 7[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood5.39.1013.1418.15 123 Sat 9-May-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park20,553
South Melbourne0.43.55.87.16 58 Collingwood won by 65 points[Stats]
Essendon3.86.1011.1314.17 101 Sat 9-May-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill16,828
St. Kilda4.07.59.711.10 76 Essendon won by 25 points[Stats]
Fitzroy4.45.610.1213.14 92 Sat 9-May-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval12,977
Richmond6.69.1011.1212.16 88 Fitzroy won by 4 points[Stats]
Hawthorn4.35.47.78.8 56 Sat 9-May-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park13,273
Geelong0.54.124.147.17 59 Geelong won by 3 points[Stats]
Melbourne5.25.48.88.8 56 Sat 9-May-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.22,020
Carlton2.55.88.1512.24 96 Carlton won by 40 points[Stats]
North Melbourne1.29.514.1017.16 118 Sat 9-May-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park10,989
Footscray2.63.94.107.12 54 North Melbourne won by 64 points[Stats]

Round 8[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood2.27.313.314.3 87 Sat 16-May-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park79,326
Essendon6.311.915.1421.18 144 Essendon won by 57 points[Stats]
Geelong6.210.211.512.8 80 Sat 16-May-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park28,395
Carlton2.34.411.712.13 85 Carlton won by 5 points[Stats]
Hawthorn2.17.711.1421.18 144 Sat 16-May-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park17,459
Fitzroy3.67.1210.1716.19 115 Hawthorn won by 29 points[Stats]
Richmond5.410.817.1325.17 167 Sat 16-May-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.21,721
Footscray3.28.413.1017.15 117 Richmond won by 50 points[Stats]
St. Kilda3.65.97.158.16 64 Sat 16-May-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval16,860
North Melbourne5.212.718.1125.18 168 North Melbourne won by 104 points[Stats]
South Melbourne2.89.1314.1617.25 127 Sat 16-May-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval12,307
Melbourne4.46.511.712.11 83 South Melbourne won by 44 points[Stats]

Round 9[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton1.58.1417.1725.22 172 Sat 23-May-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park22,442
South Melbourne4.26.29.411.7 73 Carlton won by 99 points[Stats]
Fitzroy3.26.510.913.15 93 Sat 23-May-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval15,604
Geelong7.610.1214.1416.18 114 Geelong won by 21 points[Stats]
Melbourne4.26.79.710.10 70 Sat 23-May-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.31,769
Essendon2.44.98.1814.20 104 Essendon won by 34 points[Stats]
North Melbourne2.56.119.1712.26 98 Sat 23-May-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street26,255
Collingwood2.45.913.1016.15 111 Collingwood won by 13 points[Stats]
Richmond11.512.814.920.16 136 Sat 23-May-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park40,240
St. Kilda3.39.813.1215.15 105 Richmond won by 31 points[Stats]
Footscray2.57.99.1210.14 74 Sat 23-May-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval13,789
Hawthorn3.47.109.1511.18 84 Hawthorn won by 10 points[Stats]

Round 10[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood4.38.513.917.10 112 Sat 30-May-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park37,177
Richmond1.13.35.58.9 57 Collingwood won by 55 points[Stats]
Essendon3.44.57.711.13 79 Sat 30-May-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill30,770
Carlton2.25.35.66.8 44 Essendon won by 35 points[Stats]
Fitzroy1.24.911.1322.15 147 Sat 30-May-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval11,630
Footscray5.37.49.710.10 70 Fitzroy won by 77 points[Stats]
Geelong1.33.68.714.8 92 Sat 30-May-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park19,760
South Melbourne4.37.59.810.10 70 Geelong won by 22 points[Stats]
Hawthorn2.45.88.1313.17 95 Sat 30-May-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park14,961
St. Kilda2.37.89.1111.14 80 Hawthorn won by 15 points[Stats]
Melbourne3.35.56.76.7 43 Sat 30-May-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park17,015
North Melbourne6.511.1117.1525.22 172 North Melbourne won by 129 points[Stats]

Round 11[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton4.110.514.1117.13 115 Sat 6-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park31,806
North Melbourne4.75.97.1311.18 84 Carlton won by 31 points[Stats]
Richmond7.411.513.820.16 136 Sat 6-Jun-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.31,025
Melbourne5.28.411.714.10 94 Richmond won by 42 points[Stats]
St. Kilda3.46.99.1314.15 99 Sat 6-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval21,672
Fitzroy2.53.95.117.17 59 St. Kilda won by 40 points[Stats]
Hawthorn7.512.914.1418.19 127 Mon 8-Jun-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park92,935
Collingwood3.26.39.812.9 81 Hawthorn won by 46 points[Stats]
South Melbourne3.16.38.612.8 80 Mon 8-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval28,558
Essendon3.64.810.1415.18 108 Essendon won by 28 points[Stats]
Footscray5.46.510.812.10 82 Mon 8-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval24,974
Geelong5.39.1011.1117.15 117 Geelong won by 35 points[Stats]

Round 12[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton5.410.716.1021.13 139 Sat 13-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park26,990
Hawthorn2.77.1010.1214.16 100 Carlton won by 39 points[Stats]
Geelong5.39.1211.1619.21 135 Sat 13-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park23,037
St. Kilda1.11.52.114.11 35 Geelong won by 100 points[Stats]
Melbourne1.66.78.1013.12 90 Sat 13-Jun-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.17,691
Fitzroy5.59.1212.2117.32 134 Fitzroy won by 44 points[Stats]
North Melbourne7.57.812.1013.12 90 Sat 13-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street22,526
Essendon4.47.1310.2018.29 137 Essendon won by 47 points[Stats]
Richmond5.39.710.1019.12 126 Sat 13-Jun-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park24,588
South Melbourne5.36.612.1416.15 111 Richmond won by 15 points[Stats]
Footscray3.86.99.1513.15 93 Sat 13-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval20,903
Collingwood3.37.78.814.14 98 Collingwood won by 5 points[Stats]

Round 13[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood4.610.814.1119.14 128 Sat 20-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park23,669
St. Kilda1.42.54.610.11 71 Collingwood won by 57 points[Stats]
Essendon4.45.77.1412.22 94 Sat 20-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill30,765
Richmond2.49.812.1013.12 90 Essendon won by 4 points[Stats]
Fitzroy6.114.316.920.11 131 Sat 20-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval18,508
Carlton7.210.714.1015.16 106 Fitzroy won by 25 points[Stats]
Geelong6.110.618.1126.14 170 Sat 20-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park27,395
North Melbourne3.33.34.68.8 56 Geelong won by 114 points[Stats]
Hawthorn2.37.1114.1220.18 138 Sat 20-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park11,656
South Melbourne3.46.912.1315.16 106 Hawthorn won by 32 points[Stats]
Melbourne5.35.68.814.10 94 Sat 20-Jun-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park15,599
Footscray6.410.716.819.11 125 Footscray won by 31 points[Stats]

Round 14[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton1.77.1111.1815.25 115 Sat 27-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park17,464
Footscray2.14.15.35.4 34 Carlton won by 81 points[Stats]
Collingwood3.27.38.513.8 86 Sat 27-Jun-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park50,441
Geelong3.66.88.109.14 68 Collingwood won by 18 points[Stats]
Richmond4.511.1416.2021.23 149 Sat 27-Jun-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.31,212
North Melbourne5.27.612.1115.16 106 Richmond won by 43 points[Stats]
St. Kilda4.66.1011.1118.19 127 Sat 27-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval14,058
Melbourne3.17.28.68.7 55 St. Kilda won by 72 points[Stats]
South Melbourne2.64.106.139.16 70 Sat 27-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval11,756
Fitzroy4.49.513.614.9 93 Fitzroy won by 23 points[Stats]
Hawthorn4.410.717.1020.13 133 Sun 28-Jun-1981 2:10 pm Gabba20,351
Essendon5.214.818.1222.19 151 Essendon won by 18 points[Report]  [Stats]

Round 15[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton1.14.35.116.14 50 Sat 4-Jul-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park21,579
St. Kilda4.14.15.35.5 35 Carlton won by 15 points[Stats]
Fitzroy1.23.45.88.13 61 Sat 4-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval18,374
Essendon2.47.59.911.14 80 Essendon won by 19 points[Stats]
North Melbourne4.64.97.107.13 55 Sat 4-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street8,160
Hawthorn3.510.1013.1416.19 115 Hawthorn won by 60 points[Stats]
Geelong2.36.510.812.10 82 Sat 11-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park26,634
Richmond2.25.27.28.4 52 Geelong won by 30 points[Stats]
Melbourne2.36.310.410.6 66 Sat 11-Jul-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.30,803
Collingwood5.38.89.1512.16 88 Collingwood won by 22 points[Stats]
Footscray1.32.56.87.9 51 Sat 11-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval10,478
South Melbourne5.37.69.1017.12 114 South Melbourne won by 63 points[Stats]

Round 16[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood0.42.79.911.11 77 Sat 18-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park30,708
Carlton3.35.96.1110.16 76 Collingwood won by 1 point[Stats]
Essendon5.110.1015.1522.21 153 Sat 18-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill21,088
Footscray3.84.96.128.12 60 Essendon won by 93 points[Stats]
Fitzroy3.25.710.818.13 121 Sat 18-Jul-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park17,713
North Melbourne2.22.66.1112.15 87 Fitzroy won by 34 points[Stats]
Hawthorn1.65.99.1012.14 86 Sat 18-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park19,617
Richmond2.26.512.720.11 131 Richmond won by 45 points[Stats]
Melbourne1.22.57.512.7 79 Sat 18-Jul-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.21,947
Geelong5.610.1616.2622.35 167 Geelong won by 88 points[Stats]
South Melbourne3.08.615.1122.19 151 Sat 18-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval13,297
St. Kilda9.011.215.316.4 100 South Melbourne won by 51 points[Stats]

Round 17[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton2.210.1014.1223.15 153 Sat 25-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park15,196
Melbourne5.47.614.715.10 100 Carlton won by 53 points[Stats]
Geelong1.13.56.710.11 71 Sat 25-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park24,753
Hawthorn2.23.36.88.9 57 Geelong won by 14 points[Stats]
Richmond7.59.811.1116.19 115 Sat 25-Jul-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.37,589
Fitzroy0.58.913.1317.14 116 Fitzroy won by 1 point[Stats]
St. Kilda1.16.29.212.4 76 Sat 25-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval23,126
Essendon4.48.98.1712.21 93 Essendon won by 17 points[Stats]
Footscray9.210.613.818.8 116 Sat 25-Jul-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval14,755
North Melbourne2.48.612.819.11 125 North Melbourne won by 9 points[Stats]
South Melbourne6.38.813.1018.13 121 Sun 26-Jul-1981 2:10 pm S.C.G.22,238
Collingwood2.66.1012.1215.13 103 South Melbourne won by 18 points[Stats]

Round 18[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton7.29.511.717.13 115 Sat 1-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park30,512
Geelong2.34.38.712.10 82 Carlton won by 33 points[Stats]
Fitzroy4.76.78.1210.13 73 Sat 1-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval16,013
Hawthorn0.43.105.127.19 61 Fitzroy won by 12 points[Stats]
Melbourne3.27.59.1112.14 86 Sat 1-Aug-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.13,886
South Melbourne2.17.811.1117.13 115 South Melbourne won by 29 points[Stats]
North Melbourne9.811.1015.1816.21 117 Sat 1-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street11,517
St. Kilda2.05.47.912.13 85 North Melbourne won by 32 points[Stats]
Footscray4.57.87.119.15 69 Sat 1-Aug-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park19,725
Richmond1.26.610.1115.13 103 Richmond won by 34 points[Stats]
Essendon4.26.39.912.16 88 Sun 2-Aug-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.64,149
Collingwood3.57.89.119.15 69 Essendon won by 19 points[Stats]

Round 19[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood0.35.911.1614.19 103 Sat 8-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park21,237
North Melbourne4.56.89.1011.13 79 Collingwood won by 24 points[Stats]
Essendon1.95.129.1914.20 104 Sat 8-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill15,365
Melbourne0.23.43.59.6 60 Essendon won by 44 points[Stats]
Geelong4.27.1110.1211.19 85 Sat 8-Aug-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park25,565
Fitzroy2.52.55.149.16 70 Geelong won by 15 points[Stats]
Hawthorn8.110.914.1315.21 111 Sat 8-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park8,058
Footscray1.25.610.813.12 90 Hawthorn won by 21 points[Stats]
St. Kilda0.16.86.99.11 65 Sat 8-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval15,943
Richmond5.45.47.810.11 71 Richmond won by 6 points[Stats]
South Melbourne1.42.94.118.14 62 Sun 9-Aug-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.24,388
Carlton5.010.511.613.7 85 Carlton won by 23 points[Stats]

Round 20[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton3.16.211.615.8 98 Sat 15-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park36,681
Essendon3.35.78.1014.15 99 Essendon won by 1 point[Stats]
North Melbourne2.410.1116.1521.19 145 Sat 15-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Arden Street7,749
Melbourne4.45.612.713.9 87 North Melbourne won by 58 points[Stats]
Richmond1.77.119.1611.20 86 Sat 15-Aug-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.69,217
Collingwood3.36.79.714.7 91 Collingwood won by 5 points[Stats]
St. Kilda3.44.67.119.14 68 Sat 15-Aug-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park20,863
Hawthorn1.64.137.1510.17 77 Hawthorn won by 9 points[Stats]
South Melbourne2.55.99.1212.14 86 Sat 15-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval11,849
Geelong8.311.714.1121.13 139 Geelong won by 53 points[Stats]
Footscray2.15.78.912.14 86 Sat 15-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Western Oval11,770
Fitzroy7.412.719.1222.15 147 Fitzroy won by 61 points[Stats]

Round 21[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood2.58.1114.1222.17 149 Sat 22-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park26,680
Hawthorn6.37.69.811.10 76 Collingwood won by 73 points[Stats]
Essendon5.715.1021.1926.23 179 Sat 22-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Windy Hill18,787
South Melbourne3.06.47.510.8 68 Essendon won by 111 points[Stats]
Fitzroy3.34.610.1514.18 102 Sat 22-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Junction Oval12,130
St. Kilda2.07.77.89.10 64 Fitzroy won by 38 points[Stats]
Geelong10.513.715.1618.20 128 Sat 22-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Kardinia Park17,573
Footscray1.15.57.78.11 59 Geelong won by 69 points[Stats]
Melbourne2.36.58.815.9 99 Sat 22-Aug-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.19,567
Richmond5.29.415.917.14 116 Richmond won by 17 points[Stats]
North Melbourne2.42.97.138.14 62 Sat 22-Aug-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park25,544
Carlton2.29.610.812.12 84 Carlton won by 22 points[Stats]

Round 22[Round Review]

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood0.10.21.34.9 33 Sat 29-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Victoria Park32,393
Fitzroy4.45.97.118.11 59 Fitzroy won by 26 points[Stats]
Essendon1.32.45.66.11 47 Sat 29-Aug-1981 2:10 pm VFL Park75,221
Geelong2.33.75.127.13 55 Geelong won by 8 points[Stats]
Hawthorn5.56.910.1415.20 110 Sat 29-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Princes Park7,922
Melbourne3.24.65.88.9 57 Hawthorn won by 53 points[Stats]
Richmond1.62.83.95.10 40 Sat 29-Aug-1981 2:10 pm M.C.G.64,207
Carlton3.45.98.129.13 67 Carlton won by 27 points[Stats]
St. Kilda2.15.67.1012.15 87 Sat 29-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Moorabbin Oval11,948
Footscray3.24.45.65.8 38 St. Kilda won by 49 points[Stats]
South Melbourne3.26.79.1110.14 74 Sat 29-Aug-1981 2:10 pm Lake Oval8,485
North Melbourne5.77.912.1315.17 107 North Melbourne won by 33 points[Stats]

1981 Ladder

LP Club P W L D For Agn % Pts
1 Carlton 22 17 5 0 2303 1768 130.26 68
2 Collingwood 22 17 5 0 2399 1957 122.59 68
3 Geelong 22 16 6 0 2224 1714 129.76 64
4 Essendon 22 16 6 0 2323 1821 127.57 64
5 Fitzroy 22 14 8 0 2413 2152 112.13 56
6 Hawthorn 22 13 9 0 2313 2114 109.41 52
7 Richmond 22 13 9 0 2323 2207 105.26 52
8 North Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2386 2293 104.06 40
9 South Melbourne 22 8 14 0 2165 2522 85.85 32
10 St. Kilda 22 5 17 0 1930 2266 85.17 20
11 Footscray 22 2 20 0 1764 2680 65.82 8
12 Melbourne 22 1 21 0 1824 2873 63.49 4
  H&A 132 132 132 0 26367 26367 100.00 528
  Finals 6 6 6 0 1185 1185 100.00 24
  Total 138 138 138 0 27552 27552 100.00 552

Elimination Final

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Essendon0.54.811.1113.16 94 Sat 5-Sep-1981 2:30 pm VFL Park58,598
Fitzroy3.47.712.1116.13 109 Fitzroy won by 15 points[Stats]

Qualifying Final

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Geelong2.58.1114.1116.16 112 Sat 5-Sep-1981 2:30 pm M.C.G.83,899
Collingwood5.56.99.1513.20 98 Geelong won by 14 points[Stats]

First Semi-final

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood5.611.1314.1519.19 133 Sat 12-Sep-1981 2:30 pm M.C.G.85,133
Fitzroy2.36.512.1319.18 132 Collingwood won by 1 point[Stats]

Second Semi-final

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Carlton1.25.810.1216.17 113 Sat 12-Sep-1981 2:30 pm VFL Park66,078
Geelong3.35.39.411.7 73 Carlton won by 40 points[Stats]

Preliminary Final

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Geelong1.36.510.811.9 75 Sat 19-Sep-1981 2:30 pm VFL Park69,536
Collingwood3.55.89.1012.10 82 Collingwood won by 7 points[Stats]

Grand Final

 Q1Q2Q3Q4ScoreDate / ResultGroundCrowd
Collingwood2.65.710.1010.12 72 Sat 26-Sep-1981 2:50 pm M.C.G.112,964
Carlton2.45.88.1312.20 92 Carlton won by 20 points[Stats]

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.