1999 AFL Premiership season
Teams 16
Premiers Western Bulldogs

(4th premiership)

Minor premiers Essendon

(15th minor premiership)

Pre-season cup Geelong

(2nd pre-season cup win)

Matches played 185
Attendance 6,435,036 (34,783 per match)
Highest attendance 98,502 (Grand Final, Western Bulldogs v Essendon)
Coleman Medallist Tony Lockett (Sydney)
Brownlow Medallist Ben Cousins (West Coast)
Scott West (Western Bulldogs)
< 1998 AFL Season 2000 >

The 1999 AFL Premiership season was the 103rd annual season of the VFL/AFL league contested between the 16 teams of the competition. Set to determine the premiers of the 1999 year, it was won by the second placed Western Bulldogs, their third in a row and fourth overall.

Notable Events

  • Sydney full-forward Tony Lockett overtook Gordon Coventry's 60 year old record for highest number of goals kicked by an individual VFL/AFL player, booting his 1300 goal against Fremantle at the SCG in round 7.
  • Essendon's first quarter score of 16.3 (99) against Collingwood in round 4 stands as a league record for the highest score kicked in the first quarter, and an overall club record for the Essendon Football Club. The final margin at the end of the game (33.11.209 to 7.14.56) stands as the 16th widest margin in the history of the league and the equal 20th highest score.
  • Both Waverley Park and Victoria Park hosted their final senior VFL/AFL games on round 22, the former stadium having served the league since 1970, and the latter having served as a Collingwood home ground since their inception into the VFA in 1892. They would go onto be replaced by Colonial (Docklands) Stadium in the year 2000.
  • In order to finish within the final eight (and thus secure a finals berth), Hawthorn needed to defeat Fremantle by more than 100 points in order to climb higher than Brisbane based in percentage. They ultimately won 23.13.151 to 5.6.36, an 115 point victory which relegated Brisbane to number nine on the ladder, and presented Hawthorn a shot at the premiership.


  • With their final round home-and-away victory against the Western Bulldogs, Essendon finished the season on top of the ladder as minor premiers, the 15th time in their history.
  • At the bottom of the ladder, Collingwood won the wooden spoon, having won only two games for the entire season (both against Melbourne) in round 2 and 19, the third wooden spoon in their history.
  • Finishing his career off with the Coleman, Tony Lockett kicked the most goals in the 1999 season, his 7 goal haul in the final two rounds lifting him to 98 goals for the entire home-and-away year.
  • Two 'best-and-fairest' players won the Brownlow at the end of the 1999 season; the West Coast forward Ben Cousins and the Western Bulldogs midfielder Scott West, both of whom ended with 26 votes during the Brownlow tallying.


# 1998 Team (Wins-Losses-Draws) Coach Captain
1 8  Essendon  (17-5-0)  Kevin Sheedy  James Hird
2 1  Western Bulldogs  (16-6-0)  Terry Wallace  Scott Wynd
3 1  North Melbourne  (15-7-0)  Dennis Pagan  Wayne Carey
4 3  West Coast Eagles  (13-9-0)  Mick Malthouse  Mark Bickley
5 2  Sydney  (13-9-0)  Rodney Eade  Paul Kelly
6  Richmond  (12-10-0)  Jeff Gieschen  Matthew Knights
7 4  Port Adelaide  (11-11-0)  Mark Williams  Gavin Wanganeen
8 6  Hawthorn  (11-11-0)  Ken Judge  Jason Dunstall
9 6  Brisbane  (11-11-0)  Leigh Matthews  Michael Voss
10 2  Geelong  (10-12-0)  Gary Ayres  Leigh Colbert
11 7  Adelaide  (9-12-1)  Malcolm Blight  Mark Bickley
12 1  Fremantle  (8-13-1)  Gerard Neesham  Peter Mann
13 8  Melbourne  (7-15-0)  Neale Daniher  Todd Viney
14 4  Carlton  (7-15-0)  David Parkin;
Peter Knights
 Craig Bradley
15 7  St Kilda  (6-16-0)  Stan Alves  Nathan Burke
16  Collingwood  (2-19-0)  Peter Daicos  Nathan Buckley


  Qualifying Final
4  West Coast Eagles Semi Final
5  Sydney Swans  Richmond Preliminary Final
  Qualifying Final  Sydney Swans  Richmond
1  Essendon  Essendon
8  Hawthorn Grand Final
  Qualifying Final  Western Bulldogs
6  Richmond Preliminary Final
3  North Melbourne   Semi Final  Western Bulldogs
  Qualifying Final  North Melbourne  West Coast Eagles
2  Western Bulldogs  West Coast Eagles
7  Port Adelaide

Qualifying Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
West Coast 11.8 (74) Sydney 10.16 (76) WACA Ground 27,194 Friday, 3 September
Western Bulldogs 24.17 (161) Port Adelaide 12.16 (88) Optus Oval 29,618 Saturday, 4 September
North Melbourne 15.13 (103) Richmond 5.26 (56) MCG 44,221 Saturday, 4 September
Essendon 21.7 (133) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) MCG 59,058 Sunday, 5 September

Semi Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Sydney 8.14 (62) Richmond 8.22 (70) SCG 37,632 Saturday, 11 September
North Melbourne 16.11 (107) West Coast 18.14 (122) MCG 30,075 Saturday, 11 September

Preliminary Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Western Bulldogs 14.9 (93) West Coast 10.18 (78) MCG 57,203 Friday, 17 September
Essendon 18.17 (125) Richmond 17.10 (112) MCG 78,094 Saturday, 18 September

Grand Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Attendance Date
Essendon 9.19 (73) Western Bulldogs 12.8 (80) MCG 98,502 Saturday, 25 September

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