1907 VFL season

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1907 VFL Premiership season
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Dave McNamara
Teams 8
Premiers Carlton
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Carlton
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played 71
Highest attendance 45,477
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Dick Lee (Collingwood)
1906
1908

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1907.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1907, 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 1907 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 14.15 (99) Geelong 9.2 (56) EMCG 27 April 1907
Collingwood 6.11 (47) Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Victoria Park 27 April 1907
Carlton 4.6 (30) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Princes Park 27 April 1907
South Melbourne 6.5 (41) Melbourne 9.6 (60) Lake Oval 27 April 1907

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 7.15 (57) South Melbourne 7.5 (47) Brunswick Street Oval 4 May 1907
Melbourne 5.11 (41) Essendon 6.12 (48) MCG 4 May 1907
St Kilda 8.14 (62) Collingwood 8.6 (54) Junction Oval 4 May 1907
Geelong 3.9 (27) Carlton 8.14 (62) Corio Oval 4 May 1907

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Geelong 12.5 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 11 May 1907
St Kilda 9.13 (67) Essendon 5.7 (37) Junction Oval 11 May 1907
South Melbourne 9.12 (66) Collingwood 5.8 (38) Lake Oval 11 May 1907
Melbourne 7.5 (47) Carlton 12.14 (86) MCG 11 May 1907

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 7.4 (46) St Kilda 11.16 (82) Corio Oval 18 May 1907
Essendon 6.8 (44) South Melbourne 6.11 (47) EMCG 18 May 1907
Collingwood 4.10 (34) Melbourne 6.10 (46) Victoria Park 18 May 1907
Carlton 10.17 (77) Fitzroy 3.7 (25) Princes Park 18 May 1907

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 9.5 (59) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Corio Oval 25 May 1907
Carlton 5.16 (46) South Melbourne 9.7 (61) Princes Park 25 May 1907
St Kilda 13.9 (87) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Junction Oval 25 May 1907
Essendon 5.8 (38) Collingwood 6.11 (47) EMCG 25 May 1907

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Melbourne 7.9 (51) St Kilda 15.18 (108) MCG 1 June 1907
Collingwood 4.6 (30) Carlton 4.17 (41) Victoria Park 1 June 1907
South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Geelong 4.9 (33) Lake Oval 3 June 1907
Fitzroy 10.7 (67) Essendon 4.12 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 3 June 1907

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
St Kilda 4.8 (32) South Melbourne 7.2 (44) Junction Oval 15 June 1907
Carlton 15.14 (104) Essendon 7.8 (50) Princes Park 15 June 1907
Melbourne 8.7 (55) Fitzroy 6.11 (47) MCG 15 June 1907
Geelong 3.14 (32) Collingwood 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 15 June 1907

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Melbourne 7.10 (52) South Melbourne 5.10 (40) MCG 22 June 1907
Geelong 7.11 (53) Essendon 3.10 (28) Corio Oval 22 June 1907
Fitzroy 11.3 (69) Collingwood 11.12 (78) Brunswick Street Oval 22 June 1907
St Kilda 3.15 (33) Carlton 8.14 (62) Junction Oval 22 June 1907

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 5.13 (43) Melbourne 3.10 (28) EMCG 29 June 1907
Collingwood 9.13 (67) St Kilda 7.10 (52) Victoria Park 29 June 1907
Carlton 5.9 (39) Geelong 7.4 (46) Princes Park 29 June 1907
South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Lake Oval 29 June 1907

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 5.7 (37) St Kilda 9.11 (65) EMCG 6 July 1907
Collingwood 8.9 (57) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Victoria Park 6 July 1907
Carlton 9.16 (70) Melbourne 8.6 (54) Princes Park 6 July 1907
Geelong 10.11 (71) Fitzroy 4.8 (32) Corio Oval 6 July 1907

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
St Kilda 6.18 (54) Geelong 9.5 (59) Junction Oval 13 July 1907
South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Essendon 6.11 (47) Lake Oval 13 July 1907
Melbourne 2.10 (22) Collingwood 15.11 (101) MCG 13 July 1907
Fitzroy 3.8 (26) Carlton 15.14 (104) Brunswick Street Oval 13 July 1907

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 3.7 (25) St Kilda 3.5 (23) Brunswick Street Oval 20 July 1907
Collingwood 10.10 (70) Essendon 3.5 (23) Victoria Park 20 July 1907
Melbourne 6.13 (49) Geelong 4.10 (34) MCG 20 July 1907
South Melbourne 3.9 (27) Carlton 4.12 (36) Lake Oval 20 July 1907

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 6.6 (42) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Corio Oval 3 August 1907
Essendon 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 3.13 (31) EMCG 3 August 1907
Carlton 5.15 (45) Collingwood 5.4 (34) Princes Park 3 August 1907
St Kilda 4.6 (30) Melbourne 7.5 (47) Junction Oval 3 August 1907

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Melbourne 6.19 (55) Brunswick Street Oval 10 August 1907
Collingwood 15.6 (96) Geelong 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 10 August 1907
South Melbourne 8.16 (64) St Kilda 5.14 (44) Lake Oval 10 August 1907
Essendon 3.7 (25) Carlton 10.18 (78) EMCG 10 August 1907

Sectional Rounds[edit]

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)[edit]

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)
Saturday, 17 August South Melbourne 8.9 (57) def. Carlton 4.16 (40) Lake Oval
Saturday, 17 August St Kilda 8.19 (67) def. Collingwood 3.8 (26) Junction Oval
Saturday, 17 August Essendon 10.11 (71) def. Melbourne 8.8 (56) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 17 August Fitzroy 12.16 (88) def. Geelong 5.8 (38) Brunswick Street Oval


Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)[edit]

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)
Saturday, 24 August Carlton 11.12 (78) def. Essendon 7.5 (47) Princes Park
Saturday, 24 August Collingwood 11.16 (82) def. by Fitzroy 15.4 (94) Victoria Park
Saturday, 24 August Geelong 5.8 (38) def. by St Kilda 4.17 (41) Corio Oval
Saturday, 24 August Melbourne 7.8 (50) def. by South Melbourne 10.14 (74) Melbourne Cricket Ground


Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)[edit]

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)
Saturday, 31 August Carlton 9.8 (62) def. Melbourne 4.12 (36) Princes Park
Saturday, 31 August Collingwood 9.17 (71) def. by Geelong 12.4 (76) Victoria Park
Saturday, 31 August Essendon 6.7 (43) def. by South Melbourne 15.9 (99) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 31 August St Kilda 3.14 (32) def. by Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Junction Oval


Ladder[edit]

1907 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Carlton (P) 17 13 4 0 1060 681 155.65 52
2 South Melbourne 17 11 6 0 915 773 118.37 44
3 St Kilda 17 9 8 0 935 796 117.46 36
4 Collingwood 17 9 8 0 970 879 110.35 36
5 Fitzroy 17 7 10 0 864 1011 85.46 28
6 Geelong 17 7 10 0 844 989 85.34 28
7 Melbourne 17 7 10 0 800 987 81.05 28
8 Essendon 17 5 12 0 774 1046 74.00 20
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Semi finals[edit]

First Semi Final[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
South Melbourne 12.10 (82) Collingwood 6.12 (48) MCG 12 September 1907 Attendance: 28,856

Second Semi Final[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Carlton 13.13 (91) St Kilda 4.11 (35) MCG 19 September 1907 Attendance: 25,531

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1907 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated South Melbourne 6.14 (50) to 6.9 (45). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 1.4 4.6 6.10 6.14 (50)
South Melbourne 1.3 3.5 4.7 6.9 (45)

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The VFL played two inter-provincial matches against Ballarat and Bendigo, winning both matches. It was the first such match against Bendigo.
  • Due to the "Special" football train arriving late, the start of the third match between Fitzroy and Geelong at Brunswick Street Oval was delayed by twenty minutes.
  • In round 6, St. Kilda defeated Melbourne 15.18 (108) to 7.9 (51); It was the first time in the club's 173 VFL matches to that point that St. Kilda scored 100 points.
  • In Round 8, Fitzroy kicked eleven goals without a behind against Collingwood, before three misses in the last quarter. They actually did not score in the second and third quarters after kicking 7.0 (42) in the first quarter.
  • In Round 11, Geelong defeated St. Kilda despite having ten fewer scoring shots; before this, no VFL team had won with a deficit in scoring shots greater than eight. They repeated the feat of winning with ten fewer shots against Collingwood in the last round.
  • During that last match, Collingwood actually succumbed to Geelong despite being 38 points ahead at three quarter time; this record was not beaten until 1936.
  • The playing surface in each of the season's Semi-Finals that had been played on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (South Melbourne v. Collingwood, and Carlton v. St. Kilda) had been so rock hard and dusty that the two match winners demanded that the MCG be watered before the next Saturday, unless there was substantial rain. The VFL acquiesced to this request, and the ground was watered; the ensuing Premiership final, which Carlton won by 5 points, was on significantly softer ground.
  • In the 1907 pre-season, then VFA team Richmond played a practice match against VFL team Geelong at Corio Oval, in direct defiance of a VFA edict. On 22 October 1907, Richmond, who had become quite dissatisfied with the VFA, applied to join the VFL; their application was unanimously accepted at a meeting nine days later, and Richmond competed for the first time in the 1908 VFL season.
  • St Kilda and South Melbourne both qualify for their first VFL Finals appearances.

References[edit]

  • 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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