1982 VFL draft

The 1982 Victorian Football League (VFL) draft was the second annual national draft held by the VFL, the leading Australian rules football league.[1]

Held on 19 October 1982, all twelve VFL clubs participated in the draft, each having two picks, with the team finishing last in the 1982 VFL season having first choice, followed by the other eleven clubs in reverse finishing position order.[2] Wooden spooners Footscray Football Club named East Fremantle ruckman Andrew Purser as the first pick of the draft.[2]

The draft was limited to players aged sixteen and above in non-Victorian based competitions and tied players wishing to move to Victoria to the club that drafted them. Eleven South Australians were named, with eight Western Australians, three Tasmanians and two Queenslanders also drafted.

The draft, introduced as an equalisation strategy in response to the increasing transfer fees and player salaries at the time, was discontinued after the 1982 Draft, following requests from Melbourne and Geelong officials to consider a moratorium on interstate transfers, aimed at allowing South and Western Australian clubs hit by the draft to recover.[2] The draft did not reoccur until 1986 and has been held every year since.

RoundPickPlayerDrafted toRecruited fromLeagueGames with new team
11Andrew PurserFootscrayEast FremantleWAFL112
12Allan SidebottomSt KildaSwan DistrictsWAFL55
13Gary ShawCollingwoodClaremontWAFL32
14Baden HarperGeelongClaremontWAFL0
15Keith ThomasMelbourneNorwoodSANFL0
16Peter MotleySydneySturtSANFL0
17Bill LokanFitzroyNorth AdelaideSANFL87
18Brenton PhillipsEssendonNorth AdelaideSANFL10
19Richard CousinsNorth MelbourneCentral DistrictSANFL0
110Rod Lester-SmithHawthornEast FremantleWAFL70
111David PalmRichmondWest PerthWAFL104
112John SimpsonCarltonWoodvilleSANFL0
213Peter WalkerFootscrayCity SouthNTFA0
214David GrantSt KildaCity SouthNTFA191
215Carl HerbertCollingwoodMayneQAFL3
216Brad HardieGeelongSouth FremantleWAFL0
217Ray HoldenMelbourneWest PerthWAFL3
218Greg AndersonSydneyPort AdelaideSANFL0
219Grantley FielkeFitzroyWest AdelaideSANFL0
220Tony AntrobusEssendonNorth AdelaideSANFL22
221Garry McIntoshNorth MelbourneNorwoodSANFL0
222Greg HodsonHawthornWest TorrensSANFL0
223Marc HousleyRichmondKedronQAFL0
224Chris GrayCarltonSwanseaFDFA0


  1. "The forgotten drafts, 1981, 1982". Footy Stats.
  2. The Canberra Times, "Swans claim Motley in interstate draft", 20 October 1982, p. 48.
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