1981 VFL draft

The 1981 Victorian Football League (VFL) draft was the first annual national draft held by the VFL, the leading Australian rules football league.[1]

Held on 8 October 1981, all twelve VFL clubs participated in the draft, each having two picks, with the team finishing last in the 1981 VFL season having first choice, followed by the other eleven clubs in reverse finishing position order. Wooden spooners Melbourne named Perth wingman Alan Johnson as the first pick of the draft.

RoundPickPlayerDrafted toRecruited fromLeagueGames with new team
11Alan JohnsonMelbournePerthWAFL135
12Neil CraigFootscraySturtSANFL0
13Grant CampbellSt KildaEast PerthWAFL0
14Mark NaleySouth MelbourneSouth AdelaideSANFL0
15Craig HoldenNorth MelbourneSwan DistrictsWAFL29
16Peter HofnerRichmondPort AdelaideSANFL0
17Ken JudgeHawthornEast FremantleWAFL72
18Wayne OtwayEssendonEast PerthWAFL36
19Dean TurnerFitzroyEast PerthWAFL54
110Tony McGuinnessGeelongGlenelgSANFL0
111Chris CarpenterCollingwoodLauncestonNTFA0
112Ross DitchburnCarltonClaremontWAFL28
213Danny HughesMelbournePort AdelaideSANFL124
214Trevor Clisby[2]FootscrayNorth AdelaideSANFL0
215Geoff LinkeSt KildaSouth AdelaideSANFL2
216Phil BrooksbySouth MelbourneSouth AdelaideSANFL0
217Tom WarhurstNorth MelbourneNorwoodSANFL0
218David TillerRichmondNorth AdelaideSANFL0
219John PlattenHawthornCentral DistrictSANFL258
220Stephen CoppingEssendonGlenelgSANFL42
221Chris McDermottFitzroyGlenelgSANFL0
222Greg McAdamGeelongNorth AdelaideSANFL0
223Scott KnightCollingwoodLauncestonNTFA5
224Chris VeldeCarltonGlenelgSANFL0


  1. "The forgotten drafts, 1981, 1982". Footy Stats.
  2. "TREVOR CLISBY". Australian Football. Retrieved 12 September 2017.

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