Other Matches

Night Series/Pre-Season Cup

Originally the teams that didn't make the finals would play a 'night series' at Lake Oval during September. Melbourne made their debut in 1957 but didn't play again until 1965 when they next missed the finals. They were runners-up in 1969 and 1970 before finally winning in 1971.

After that triumph the series went into recess until 1976 when it reemerged as a pre-season competition featuring the top VFL sides playing against the best of the SANFL and WAFL. That arrangement only lasted one year before the competition reverted to a VFL-only competition in 1977. Matches were played midweek throughout the season at Waverley.

In 1979 the competition once again went national with the VFL clubs tackling the WAFL sides along with New South Wales, ACT and Tasmania representative sides. In 1980 the SANFL rejoined and a Queensland side made their debut with a win over Tasmania. By 1982 the state sides were gone, as were the majority of non-Victorian clubs. Tasmania returned in 1983 but suffered a 108 point home loss to Footscray. The next year, though, Queensland took St. Kilda to 11 points but none of the interstate sides made the quarter finals.

With the national competition in full swing in 1987 the SANFL and WAFL sides were cast adrift never to return. Just as the death of the original night series had heralded a Melbourne win, the launch of the new VFL-only format provided another Demons win - their first trophy of any sort since that 1971 triumph.

From 2000-2002 the series was a round robin where each team played three games.

In 2003 the AFL introduced experimental rules, the one which endured the longest being 9pts for goals kicked from outside 50m. At various times the rules also included play-on from shots that hit the post and bounced back into play, 3pts for deliberately rushed behinds and play-on for kicks that travelled backwards.

The 2011 NAB Cup competition first round was played as a three way round-robin due to there being 18 teams involved. The competition reverted to straight knockout from the quarter finals onwards.

For individual match statistics refer to the specific season page.


YearsNaming Rights Sponsor
1957-1964 None
1965-1969 Golden Fleece
1970 Radiant Stainless Steel
1971 Heinz
1977 HSV-7/AMCO
1978 AMCO-Herald Cup
1979-1982 Escort
1983-1984 Sterling
1985-1986 Fosters
1987-1989 National Panasonic
1990-1994 Fosters
1995-2001 Ansett Australia
2002-2005 Wizard Home Loans
2006- National Australia Bank


Adelaide 23
Brisbane Bears 01
Brisbane Lions22
Carlton 1 6
Claremont 01
Collingwood 20
Essendon 32
Fitzroy 2 1
Footscray/Western Bulldogs 6 2
Fremantle 20
Geelong 3 4
Gold Coast 01
Hawthorn 37
North Adelaide 01
North Melbourne16
Port Adelaide 20
Richmond 43
St Kilda 24
Sturt 10
Swan Districts 10
Sydney 20
West Coast 2 2

Biggest win - 60pts - 1971 Night Series Round 1 vs Geelong
Biggest loss - 107 points - 2002 Wizard Cup Match 3 vs Adelaide
Highest score - 22.16.148 - 1980 Escort Cup Round 1 vs Swan Districts
Lowest score (full length match) - 5.9.39 - 1993 Fosters Cup Quarter Final vs West Coast
Highest score against - - 2008 NAB Cup Round 1 vs Geelong

International Matches

20/10/1963 Geelong Honolulu1,500
26/10/1963 Geelong San Francisco 3,500
9/10/1987 Sydney Vancouver 32,789
18/10/1987 North Melbourne Vancouver 7,980
12/10/1989 Geelong Toronto 24,639
22/10/1989 EssendonLondon12,000
12/10/1990 West CoastPortland14,787
1/3/1998 SydneyWellington7,820
7/10/2000 AdelaideLondon4,500
18/10/2010 BrisbaneShanghai5,000

Lightning Premierships

2018 AFLX Tournament

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