1911 VFL season

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1911 VFL Premiership season
Bill Busbridge.JPG
Essendon premiership star Bill Busbridge
Teams 10
Premiers Essendon
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiers Essendon
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played 93
Highest attendance 43,905
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Harry Brereton (Melbourne)
1910
1912

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1911.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1911, the VFL competition consisted of ten 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 18 rounds.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1911 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
South Melbourne 14.18 (102) University 5.10 (40) Lake Oval 29 April 1911
Collingwood 14.10 (94) Richmond 9.11 (65) Victoria Park 29 April 1911
St Kilda 10.6 (66) Geelong 7.15 (57) Junction Oval 29 April 1911
Melbourne 10.12 (72) Fitzroy 11.4 (70) MCG 29 April 1911
Essendon 5.15 (45) Carlton 6.9 (45) EMCG 29 April 1911

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 7.12 (54) Melbourne 7.12 (54) Corio Oval 6 May 1911
Carlton 10.6 (66) South Melbourne 10.6 (66) Princes Park 6 May 1911
University 10.9 (69) St Kilda 6.7 (43) MCG 6 May 1911
Richmond 3.11 (29) Essendon 10.16 (76) Punt Road Oval 6 May 1911
Fitzroy 4.10 (34) Collingwood 7.7 (49) Brunswick Street Oval 6 May 1911

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
St Kilda 2.5 (17) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Junction Oval 13 May 1911
Richmond 6.17 (53) University 6.5 (41) Punt Road Oval 13 May 1911
Collingwood 8.17 (65) Geelong 10.8 (68) Victoria Park 13 May 1911
Carlton 6.7 (43) Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Princes Park 13 May 1911
Melbourne 0.9 (9) Essendon 6.11 (47) MCG 13 May 1911

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 8.12 (60) Richmond 6.11 (47) Corio Oval 20 May 1911
Fitzroy 10.24 (84) St Kilda 4.6 (30) Brunswick Street Oval 20 May 1911
South Melbourne 12.13 (85) Melbourne 8.11 (59) Lake Oval 20 May 1911
Essendon 21.12 (138) Collingwood 7.11 (53) EMCG 20 May 1911
University 6.8 (44) Carlton 9.11 (65) MCG 20 May 1911

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Melbourne 9.15 (69) St Kilda 4.7 (31) MCG 27 May 1911
Fitzroy 8.17 (65) Geelong 4.8 (32) Brunswick Street Oval 27 May 1911
Essendon 12.14 (86) University 6.6 (42) EMCG 27 May 1911
Carlton 13.11 (89) Richmond 4.15 (39) Princes Park 27 May 1911
South Melbourne 4.10 (34) Collingwood 5.10 (40) Lake Oval 27 May 1911

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Richmond 8.14 (62) South Melbourne 7.12 (54) Punt Road Oval 3 June 1911
Collingwood 6.13 (49) Melbourne 5.13 (43) Victoria Park 3 June 1911
University 5.12 (42) Fitzroy 10.16 (76) MCG 3 June 1911
Geelong 6.6 (42) Essendon 8.11 (59) Corio Oval 3 June 1911
St Kilda 5.12 (42) Carlton 6.16 (52) Junction Oval 3 June 1911

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Melbourne 6.12 (48) Richmond 9.15 (69) MCG 5 June 1911
Fitzroy 3.5 (23) South Melbourne 10.11 (71) Brunswick Street Oval 5 June 1911
Essendon 9.10 (64) St Kilda 3.6 (24) EMCG 5 June 1911
Collingwood 10.17 (77) University 7.9 (51) Victoria Park 5 June 1911
Geelong 7.7 (49) Carlton 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 5 June 1911

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 8.7 (55) Fitzroy 3.2 (20) EMCG 10 June 1911
Carlton 7.13 (55) Collingwood 2.10 (22) Princes Park 10 June 1911
St Kilda 3.8 (26) Richmond 6.6 (42) Junction Oval 10 June 1911
University 5.9 (39) Melbourne 9.13 (67) MCG 10 June 1911
South Melbourne 7.10 (52) Geelong 5.9 (39) Lake Oval 10 June 1911

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 10.12 (72) University 9.6 (60) Corio Oval 17 June 1911
Collingwood 12.13 (85) St Kilda 4.8 (32) Victoria Park 17 June 1911
Richmond 4.12 (36) Fitzroy 5.8 (38) Punt Road Oval 17 June 1911
South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Essendon 5.11 (41) Lake Oval 17 June 1911
Melbourne 9.2 (56) Carlton 13.11 (89) MCG 17 June 1911

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 8.15 (63) Melbourne 5.5 (35) Brunswick Street Oval 22 June 1911
Richmond 4.6 (30) Collingwood 7.8 (50) Punt Road Oval 22 June 1911
Geelong 8.7 (55) St Kilda 6.4 (40) Corio Oval 24 June 1911
Carlton 6.16 (52) Essendon 5.10 (40) Princes Park 24 June 1911
University 4.5 (29) South Melbourne 9.13 (67) MCG 24 June 1911

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
St Kilda 15.11 (101) University 6.5 (41) Junction Oval 1 July 1911
Essendon 7.15 (57) Richmond 7.5 (47) EMCG 1 July 1911
Collingwood 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 10.12 (72) Victoria Park 1 July 1911
Melbourne 10.7 (67) Geelong 8.7 (55) MCG 1 July 1911
South Melbourne 12.8 (80) Carlton 9.11 (65) Lake Oval 1 July 1911

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 7.15 (57) Melbourne 6.13 (49) EMCG 8 July 1911
South Melbourne 12.14 (86) St Kilda 6.13 (49) Lake Oval 8 July 1911
University 3.8 (26) Richmond 6.10 (46) MCG 8 July 1911
Geelong 6.7 (43) Collingwood 8.5 (53) Corio Oval 8 July 1911
Fitzroy 5.13 (43) Carlton 6.10 (46) Brunswick Street Oval 8 July 1911

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Melbourne 7.7 (49) South Melbourne 9.8 (62) MCG 15 July 1911
Collingwood 2.11 (23) Essendon 3.11 (29) Victoria Park 15 July 1911
Carlton 9.12 (66) University 2.10 (22) Princes Park 15 July 1911
Richmond 11.14 (80) Geelong 8.12 (60) Punt Road Oval 15 July 1911
St Kilda 3.8 (26) Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Junction Oval 15 July 1911

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 5.6 (36) South Melbourne 5.7 (37) Victoria Park 22 July 1911
St Kilda 5.9 (39) Melbourne 11.11 (77) Junction Oval 22 July 1911
Geelong 10.14 (74) Fitzroy 6.3 (39) Corio Oval 22 July 1911
University 6.6 (42) Essendon 12.8 (80) MCG 22 July 1911
Richmond 6.5 (41) Carlton 11.10 (76) Punt Road Oval 22 July 1911

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 12.14 (86) University 7.7 (49) Brunswick Street Oval 29 July 1911
Essendon 9.7 (61) Geelong 4.11 (35) EMCG 29 July 1911
Carlton 18.21 (129) St Kilda 2.3 (15) Princes Park 29 July 1911
South Melbourne 8.25 (73) Richmond 5.7 (37) Lake Oval 29 July 1911
Melbourne 4.6 (30) Collingwood 6.16 (52) MCG 29 July 1911

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Carlton 11.5 (71) Geelong 7.9 (51) Princes Park 19 August 1911
Richmond 7.9 (51) Melbourne 9.6 (60) Punt Road Oval 19 August 1911
South Melbourne 5.6 (36) Fitzroy 4.3 (27) Lake Oval 19 August 1911
St Kilda 5.8 (38) Essendon 24.19 (163) Junction Oval 19 August 1911
University 0.9 (9) Collingwood 14.14 (98) MCG 19 August 1911

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Richmond 17.21 (123) St Kilda 5.6 (36) Punt Road Oval 26 August 1911
Melbourne 13.13 (91) University 4.5 (29) MCG 26 August 1911
Geelong 10.12 (72) South Melbourne 10.3 (63) Corio Oval 26 August 1911
Fitzroy 3.7 (25) Essendon 6.10 (46) Brunswick Street Oval 26 August 1911
Collingwood 8.8 (56) Carlton 4.17 (41) Victoria Park 26 August 1911

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 8.9 (57) Richmond 4.10 (34) Brunswick Street Oval 2 September 1911
Essendon 9.9 (63) South Melbourne 8.10 (58) EMCG 2 September 1911
Carlton 9.8 (62) Melbourne 8.6 (54) Princes Park 2 September 1911
University 7.4 (46) Geelong 15.17 (107) MCG 2 September 1911
St Kilda 6.8 (44) Collingwood 15.11 (101) Junction Oval 2 September 1911

Ladder[edit]

1911 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Essendon (P) 18 15 2 1 1207 677 178.29 62
2 South Melbourne 18 13 4 1 1143 814 140.42 54
3 Carlton 18 12 4 2 1150 810 141.98 52
4 Collingwood 18 12 6 0 1064 855 124.44 48
5 Fitzroy 18 10 8 0 951 837 113.62 40
6 Geelong 18 8 9 1 1025 1026 99.90 34
7 Melbourne 18 7 10 1 989 1003 98.60 30
8 Richmond 18 7 11 0 931 1021 91.19 28
9 St Kilda 18 2 16 0 699 1454 48.07 8
10 University 18 1 17 0 721 1383 52.13 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Finals[edit]

All of the 1911 finals were played at the MCG so the home team in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final is purely the higher ranked team from the ladder but in the Grand Final the home team was the team that won the Preliminary Final.

Semi finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date
Collingwood 11.11 (77) South Melbourne 6.11 (47) MCG 9 September
Essendon 9.15 (69) Carlton 6.12 (48) MCG 16 September

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1911 VFL Grand Final

Essendon defeated Collingwood 5.11 (41) to 4.11 (35), in front of a crowd of 43,905 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 2.4 3.9 3.11 5.11 (41)
Collingwood 1.1 1.5 3.8 4.11 (35)

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The VFL changed its laws so that payments other than "reimbursement of expenses" can be made to players, effectively making the competition professional (excluding Melbourne and University, whose laws at the time stated that any player found to be professional would be immediately expelled from the club).[1]
  • In Round 4, Essendon became the first team to score 100 points against Collingwood. The Magpies were the last team to concede 100 points for the first time, but in the process Essendon kicked:
  1. only the third score of 20 goals
  2. the first score of 20 goals since 1901
  3. the first score of 20 goals against any team except St. Kilda
  4. 12 goals without a behind, a record unbroken until 1929
  • On 20 August, the SAFL Interstate team defeated Victoria 11.11 (77) to 5.4 (34) in the 1911 Adelaide Carnival.[1]
  • In round 9, Fitzroy back-man Bill Marchbanks, a constable with the Victorian Police Force, was refused leave to play for Fitzroy against Richmond and was instead, assigned to the South Melbourne and Essendon match to patrol as a mounted policeman. Near the end of an exciting match, the home crowd roared as South Melbourne suddenly took the lead, causing his horse to rear and throw him against the iron fence. Marchbanks fractured his knee.[1]
  • Essendon player Jim Martin received a 12-match suspension for allegedly striking Fitzroy player George Holden, despite there being no witnesses who saw Martin throw a punch; it appeared that Holden had thrown himself at Martin, who was stationary and braced himself for the collision. Martin was charged with assault, and was found not guilty when the case went to court, but the suspension cost him a place in Essendon's premiership team.[2]
  • From Round 15, St. Kilda players went on strike to protest the club committee's barring of former player Joe Hogan and the father of star player Wels Eicke from the club, and the Saints had to use 62 players for the season, the most by any team in the history of the VFL/AFL; due to a series of long-running disputes with the committee, they used 55 players in 1909 and 60 players in 1910.[3] These record numbers will most likely never be broken, as VFL/AFL teams have been limited to a 42 player roster since 1987.
  • In Round 15, Vin Gardiner of Carlton became only the second player to kick ten goals in a match. His 21 scoring shots (10 goals 11) has been beaten only by Norm Smith, Kelvin Templeton and Jason Dunstall.
  • In Round 16, Essendon broke the VFL record score of 23.24 (162) set by Geelong in 1899 (N.B.: For a time it was thought their score was 23.20 (158), which would only have been the second-highest score).
  • In the 1911 finals series, players wear numbers on their back for the first time in any VFL match played in Melbourne.

References[edit]

  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  1. ^ a b c Ross, John (1996). 100 Years of Australian Football. Ringwood, Australia: Viking Books. p. 382. ISBN 9781854714343. 
  2. ^ Atkinson, Graeme (1989). 3AW Book of Footy Records. South Melbourne,: Magistra Publishing Company Pty Ltd. p. 278. ISBN 1863210091. 
  3. ^ Atkinson, p. 46.

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