1901 VFL season

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1901 VFL Premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers Essendon
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Geelong
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played 71
Highest attendance 30,000
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Fred Hiskins (Essendon)
1900
1902

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1901.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1901, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 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 1901 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the original Argus system.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 8.13 (61) def. Carlton 2.7 (19) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 1.15 (21) def. by Collingwood 9.10 (64) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 2.11 (23) def. Melbourne 3.3 (21) Corio Oval
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 6.5 (41) def. by South Melbourne 6.13 (49) Junction Oval


Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 13.16 (94) def. Carlton 0.7 (7) Victoria Park
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.1 (19) def. by Essendon 9.14 (68) Junction Oval
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.8 (38) def. by Geelong 6.12 (48) Brunswick Street Oval
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.6 (36) def. by South Melbourne 5.10 (40) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.8 (26) def. by Geelong 7.13 (55) Princes Park
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 9.4 (58) def. Collingwood 6.11 (47) Lake Oval
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.8 (44) def. by Fitzroy 7.5 (47) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.16 (58) def. St Kilda 3.3 (21) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.3 (27) def. South Melbourne 3.7 (25) Princes Park
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.8 (44) def. Melbourne 3.4 (22) Victoria Park
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 4.10 (34) def. Essendon 4.6 (30) Corio Oval
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 15.16 (106) def. St Kilda 3.5 (23) Brunswick Street Oval


Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 7.8 (50) Melbourne 3.6 (24) EMCG 25 May 1901
Carlton 5.10 (40) St Kilda 2.8 (20) Princes Park 25 May 1901
South Melbourne 3.7 (25) Fitzroy 6.5 (41) Lake Oval 25 May 1901
Geelong 3.6 (24) Collingwood 4.8 (32) Corio Oval 25 May 1901

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 7.13 (55) Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Victoria Park 1 June 1901
St Kilda 2.5 (17) Geelong 11.12 (78) Junction Oval 1 June 1901
South Melbourne 5.5 (35) Essendon 3.23 (41) Lake Oval 1 June 1901
Melbourne 7.7 (49) Carlton 5.4 (34) MCG 1 June 1901

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 9.11 (65) South Melbourne 3.4 (22) Corio Oval 3 June 1901
Fitzroy 5.6 (36) Melbourne 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 3 June 1901
St Kilda 3.1 (19) Collingwood 7.11 (53) Junction Oval 3 June 1901
Essendon 15.15 (105) Carlton 3.7 (25) EMCG 3 June 1901

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 7.7 (49) Essendon 7.6 (48) Victoria Park 8 June 1901
Carlton 5.7 (37) Fitzroy 6.8 (44) Princes Park 8 June 1901
South Melbourne 7.14 (56) St Kilda 1.1 (7) Lake Oval 8 June 1901
Melbourne 7.4 (46) Geelong 9.5 (59) MCG 8 June 1901

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 19.22 (136) St Kilda 4.5 (29) EMCG 22 June 1901
Carlton 6.6 (42) Collingwood 9.9 (63) Princes Park 22 June 1901
South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Melbourne 9.7 (61) Lake Oval 22 June 1901
Geelong 6.16 (52) Fitzroy 8.3 (51) Corio Oval 22 June 1901

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 5.1 (31) South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Victoria Park 29 June 1901
St Kilda 4.4 (28) Melbourne 4.14 (38) Junction Oval 29 June 1901
Fitzroy 6.8 (44) Essendon 14.8 (92) Brunswick Street Oval 29 June 1901
Geelong 8.15 (63) Carlton 4.7 (31) Corio Oval 29 June 1901

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 6.13 (49) Geelong 2.12 (24) EMCG 6 July 1901
St Kilda 4.10 (34) Fitzroy 11.7 (73) Junction Oval 6 July 1901
Melbourne 5.6 (36) Collingwood 4.11 (35) MCG 6 July 1901
South Melbourne 10.10 (70) Carlton 3.2 (20) Lake Oval 6 July 1901

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 9.11 (65) South Melbourne 12.7 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 13 July 1901
Collingwood 6.5 (41) Geelong 12.11 (83) Victoria Park 13 July 1901
Melbourne 6.6 (42) Essendon 4.9 (33) MCG 13 July 1901
St Kilda 7.8 (50) Carlton 4.8 (32) Junction Oval 13 July 1901

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 8.7 (55) St Kilda 4.5 (29) Corio Oval 20 July 1901
Essendon 6.16 (52) South Melbourne 8.3 (51) EMCG 20 July 1901
Carlton 5.6 (36) Melbourne 6.6 (42) Princes Park 20 July 1901
Fitzroy 2.7 (19) Collingwood 3.6 (24) Brunswick Street Oval 20 July 1901

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 10.20 (80) St Kilda 1.7 (13) Victoria Park 27 July 1901
Carlton 3.2 (20) Essendon 11.13 (79) Princes Park 27 July 1901
South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Geelong 6.13 (49) Lake Oval 27 July 1901
Melbourne 4.5 (29) Fitzroy 2.11 (23) MCG 27 July 1901

Sectional Rounds[edit]

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 6.8 (44) Melbourne 3.10 (28) Victoria Park 3 August 1901
Carlton 3.5 (25) Geelong 6.18 (54) Princes Park 3 August 1901
South Melbourne 1.3 (9) Essendon 10.9 (69) Lake Oval 3 August 1901
St Kilda 4.3 (27) Fitzroy 14.15 (99) Junction Oval 3 August 1901

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 7.12 (54) South Melbourne 4.6 (30) Corio Oval 10 August 1901
Essendon 14.18 (102) Carlton 5.3 (33) EMCG 10 August 1901
Melbourne 19.10 (124) St Kilda 3.4 (22) Lake Oval 10 August 1901
Fitzroy 7.6 (48) Collingwood 2.6 (18) Brunswick Street Oval 10 August 1901

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 20.23 (143) St Kilda 2.3 (15) Victoria Park 17 August 1901
Carlton 3.6 (24) South Melbourne 4.13 (37) Princes Park 17 August 1901
Geelong 5.3 (33) Essendon 9.12 (66) Corio Oval 17 August 1901
Fitzroy 4.13 (37) Melbourne 3.6 (24) Brunswick Street Oval 17 August 1901

Ladder[edit]

1901 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Geelong 17 14 3 0 853 597 142.88 56
2 Essendon (P) 17 12 5 0 1085 582 186.43 48
3 Collingwood 17 12 5 0 917 579 158.38 48
4 Fitzroy 17 9 7 1 877 666 131.68 38
5 Melbourne 17 9 7 1 716 610 117.38 38
6 South Melbourne 17 8 9 0 727 730 99.59 32
7 Carlton 17 2 15 0 476 1013 46.99 8
8 St Kilda 17 1 16 0 414 1288 32.14 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Semi finals[edit]

1st Semi Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 2.3 3.5 5.8 6.9 (45)
Geelong 0.2 1.3 3.4 3.6 (24)

Crowd: 10,000 at EMCG, 31 August 1901

2nd Semi Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 0.1 3.2 5.7 6.10 (46)
Fitzroy 2.4 2.6 3.8 6.9 (45)

Crowd: 15,000 at Victoria Park, 31 August 1901

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1901 VFL Grand Final

Essendon defeated Collingwood 6.7 (43) to 2.4 (16). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 3.0 5.2 5.4 6.7 (43)
Collingwood 0.1 0.3 2.3 2.4 (16)

Crowd: 30,000 at Lake Oval, 7 September 1901

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • Fitzroy lodged an official protest against the result of the Second Semi-Final, which it lost against Essendon by one point, alleging that the goal umpire had erred in awarding Essendon's first goal because the ball had hit the post. Later in the week, Fitzroy withdrew its protest against the result, and the scheduling of the Final was not affected;[1] an inquiry later in September found that the goal umpire had made a mistake, but no change was made to the score after the finding.[2]
  • Against South Melbourne in Round 6, Essendon kicked 17 behinds between its first and second goals. Only Geelong against St. Kilda in 1919 and St. Kilda against Fitzroy in 1921 have beaten this unwanted record. Fred Hiskins kicked ten behinds.
  • In the last home-and-away match between South Melbourne and Geelong, field umpire Henry "Ivo" Crapp experiments with clearly calling out his decisions.
  • In Essendon's "Grand Final" victory against Collingwood, Albert Thurgood kicks three of Essendon's six goals. One of his goals was scored with an 86-yard (79 m.) drop-kick, and another (measured immediately after the match) was scored with a 93-yard (85 m.) place-kick into a strong head wind.
  • VFL institutes the original Argus system to determine the season's premiers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football - The Goal Umpiring Question". The Argus. 12 September 1901. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "The Essendon-Fitzroy Football Match". The Argus. 24 September 1901. p. 6. 
  • 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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