Essendon finished top for the second successive season and again met Hawthorn in the Grand Final for the third successive time.

In a high-scoring affair, the Bombers again left it to the last quarter to storm home with 11 goals to win by 78 points.

Paul Salmon, back after a year out with injury, kicked six goals, while Roger Merrett booted five and Mark Harvey four.

Simon Madden won the Norm Smith Medal.

Essendon   6.4  11.9  15.11  26.14 (170)
Hawthorn   5.1  9.3  11.5  14.8 (92)

Best: Madden, Merrett, Salmon, Watson, Baker, Thompson

Goals: Salmon 6, Merrett 5, Harvey 4, Watson 3, Baker 2, Ezard 2, Williams 2, Thompson, Duckworth

Norm Smith Medal: Simon Madden

Simon Madden in action during the 1985 VFL Grand Final.


B: Mark Thompson, Paul Weston, Billy Duckworth

HB: Garry Foulds, Kevin Walsh, Glenn Hawker

C: Bryan Wood, Tim Watson, Neil Clarke

HF: Terry Daniher, Roger Merrett, Mark Harvey

F: Leon Baker, Paul Salmon, Paul Vander Haar

R: Simon Madden, Darren Williams, Tony Elshaug

I: Stephen Carey, Alan Ezard

Coach: Kevin Sheedy

Captain: Terry Daniher

Average age: 25

Average games: 113


Best and fairest: Tim Watson

Leading goalkicker: Mark Harvey (48)