1898 VFL season

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1898 VFL Premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers Fitzroy
(1st premiership)
Minor premiers Essendon
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played 70
Highest attendance 16,358
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Archie Smith (Collingwood)
1897
1899

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1898.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1898, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 20 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves" (although any of the 20 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match).

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1898 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership System.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.11 (47) def. South Melbourne 3.12 (30) Princes Park
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 7.6 (48) def. Geelong 3.9 (27) Victoria Park
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.10 (70) def. Fitzroy 2.5 (17) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.4 (16) def. by Melbourne 13.14 (92) Junction Oval


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 12.11 (83) def. Carlton 4.2 (26) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.6 (48) def. Collingwood 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.9 (27) def. by Essendon 5.8 (38) Lake Oval
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 11.19 (85) def. St Kilda 2.5 (17) Corio Oval


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.4 (16) def. by Essendon 4.4 (28) Princes Park
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 6.10 (46) def. Collingwood 5.6 (36) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.4 (16) def. by Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Junction Oval
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.18 (60) def. South Melbourne 1.2 (8) Corio Oval


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.5 (29) def. by Geelong 3.12 (30) Princes Park
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 7.11 (53) def. Collingwood 6.6 (42) Lake Oval
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 16.16 (112) def. St Kilda 5.7 (37) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 4.14 (38) def. Melbourne 2.7 (19) Brunswick Street Oval


Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.12 (48) def. Carlton 0.6 (6) Victoria Park
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.12 (48) def. Melbourne 3.5 (23) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 4.10 (34) def. by Fitzroy 6.3 (39) Corio Oval
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.3 (21) def. by South Melbourne 7.20 (62) Junction Oval


Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.7 (37) def. Carlton 4.9 (33) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 5.4 (34) def. by Collingwood 10.8 (68) Junction Oval
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 4.7 (31) def. Essendon 3.6 (24) Corio Oval
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 1.7 (13) def. by South Melbourne 2.3 (15) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.13 (43) def. St Kilda 5.3 (33) Princes Park
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.10 (40) def. Essendon 3.2 (20) Victoria Park
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 7.9 (51) def. Fitzroy 2.10 (22) Lake Oval
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 9.5 (59) def. Geelong 5.9 (39) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) def. Carlton 1.6 (12) Lake Oval
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 6.5 (41) def. Collingwood 2.10 (22) Corio Oval
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 2.4 (16) def. by Essendon 8.11 (59) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.15 (45) def. St Kilda 3.3 (21) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.4 (28) drew with Melbourne 3.10 (28) Princes Park
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 4.11 (35) def. Fitzroy 3.5 (23) Victoria Park
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 7.12 (54) def. South Melbourne 4.6 (30) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.7 (25) def. by Geelong 13.15 (93) Junction Oval


Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.17 (77) def. Carlton 1.3 (9) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 8.11 (59) def. Melbourne 1.5 (11) Victoria Park
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.13 (67) def. St Kilda 3.1 (19) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 1.3 (9) def. by Geelong 3.11 (29) Lake Oval


Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.10 (58) def. Carlton 5.2 (32) Corio Oval
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.13 (73) def. South Melbourne 1.7 (13) Victoria Park
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 1.9 (15) def. by Essendon 10.11 (71) Junction Oval
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.3 (33) def. by Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 1.4 (10) def. by Collingwood 3.11 (29) Princes Park
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 2.8 (20) def. by Essendon 11.9 (75) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.9 (39) def. Geelong 4.6 (30) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 12.15 (87) def. St Kilda 3.6 (24) Lake Oval


Round 13[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.4 (22) def. by Fitzroy 8.6 (54) Princes Park
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 8.17 (65) def. St Kilda 1.0 (6) Victoria Park
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 7.13 (55) def. Geelong 5.7 (37) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 13 August(3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.7 (51) def. Melbourne 5.8 (38) Lake Oval


Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 8.7 (55) def. by Carlton 10.9 (69) Junction Oval
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 2.13 (25) def. by Collingwood 7.14 (56) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) def. South Melbourne 1.4 (10) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.9 (51) def. Melbourne 2.7 (19) Corio Oval


Win/Loss table[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Ladder
Carlton SM
17
Mel
57
Ess
12
Geel
1
Coll
42
Fit
4
StK
10
SM
32
Melb
0
Ess
68
Geel
26
Coll
19
Fit
32
StK
14
7
Collingwood Geel
21
Fit
12
Melb
10
SM
11
Carl
42
StK
34
Ess
20
Geel
19
Fit
12
Melb
48
SM
60
Carl
19
StK
59
Ess
31
2
Essendon Fit
53
SM
11
Carl
12
StK
75
Melb
25
Geel
7
Coll
20
Fit
43
SM
24
Carl
68
StK
56
Melb
55
Geel
18
Coll
31
1
Fitzroy Ess
53
Coll
12
StK
37
Melb
19
Geel
5
Carl
4
SM
29
Ess
43
Coll
12
StK
48
Melb
17
Geel
9
Carl
32
SM
55
3
Geelong Coll
21
StK
68
SM
52
Carl
1
Fit
5
Ess
7
Melb
20
Coll
19
StK
68
SM
20
Carl
26
Fit
9
Ess
18
Melb
32
4
Melbourne StK
76
Carl
57
CollFit
10
Fit
19
Ess
25
SM
2
Geel
20
StK
24
Carl
0
Coll
48
Fit
17
Ess
55
SM
5
Geel
32
6
South Melbourne Carl
17
Ess
11
Geel
52
Coll
11
StK
41
Melb
2
Fit
29
Carl
32
Ess
24
Geel
20
Coll
60
StK
63
Melb
5
Fit
55
5
St Kilda Melb
76
Geel
68
Fit
37
Ess
75
SM
41
Coll
34
Carl
10
Melb
24
Geel
68
Fit
48
Ess
56
SM
63
Coll
59
Carl
14
8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Ladder
Colour Result
Green Win
Red Loss
Blue Draw

Bold – Home game
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder[edit]

1898 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Essendon 14 11 3 0 756 374 202.14 44
2 Collingwood 14 10 4 0 657 363 180.99 40
3 Fitzroy (P) 14 10 4 0 568 467 121.63 40
4 Geelong 14 9 5 0 645 425 151.76 36
5 South Melbourne 14 7 7 0 482 538 89.59 28
6 Melbourne 14 5 8 1 529 545 97.06 22
7 Carlton 14 3 10 1 382 634 60.25 14
8 St Kilda 14 0 14 0 339 1012 33.50 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Ladder progression[edit]

Finals[edit]

Sectional Round 1[edit]

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) Essendon 9.21 (75) def. Carlton 1.2 (8) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) St Kilda 4.3 (27) def. by Collingwood 14.19 (103) Junction Oval
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 5.3 (33) def. by Fitzroy 6.11 (47) Lake Oval
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) Geelong 11.12 (78) def. Melbourne 2.4 (16) Corio Oval


Sectional Round 2[edit]

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 12.18 (90) def. Carlton 1.1 (7) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 6.9 (45) def. Geelong 4.6 (30) Victoria Park
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 3.6 (24) def. by Essendon 5.11 (41) Lake Oval
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 2.5 (17) def. by Melbourne 5.8 (38) Junction Oval


Sectional Round 3[edit]

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 6.11 (47) def. Carlton 3.4 (22) Lake Oval
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 7.13 (55) def. Melbourne 6.5 (41) Victoria Park
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 5.15 (45) def. Essendon 2.4 (16) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 14.18 (102) def. St Kilda 4.3 (27) Corio Oval


Section A Ladder[edit]

Section A Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Fitzroy 3 3 0 0 182 56 189.58 12
2 Essendon 3 2 1 0 132 77 171.43 8
3 South Melbourne 3 1 2 0 104 110 94.55 4
4 Carlton 3 0 3 0 37 212 17.45 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Section B Ladder[edit]

Section B Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Collingwood 3 3 0 0 203 98 207.14 12
2 Geelong 3 2 1 0 210 88 238.64 8
3 Melbourne 3 1 2 0 95 150 63.33 4
4 St Kilda 3 0 3 0 71 243 29.22 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Semi Final[edit]

Semi Final
Saturday, 17 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy def. Collingwood Brunswick Street Oval (Crowd: 13,120)
0.3 (3)
1.5 (11)
1.8 (18)
2.10 (22)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.2 (8)
1.4 (10)
1.4 (10)
1.5 (11)
Fontaine 1, Potter 1 Goals Gillard 1

 * Having won the Semi-Final, Fitzroy were given the right to 'challenge' Minor Premiers Essendon in the Grand Final


Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1898 VFL Grand Final

Fitzroy defeated Essendon 5.8 (38) to 3.5 (23). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Grand Final
Saturday, 24 September (2:50 pm) Fitzroy def. Essendon Junction Oval (Crowd: 16,538)
2.5 (17)
4.5 (29)
5.6 (36)
5.8 (38)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.0 (6)
3.1 (19)
3.2 (20)
3.5 (23)
Grace 2, McDougall 1, Grace 1, McSpeerin 1 Goals Collins 2, Moore 1


Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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