Geelong, competing in their first ever VFL Grand Final, had been the best side all season, having lost only two games on their way to the minor premiership and at one stage put together a sequence of 12 successive wins. Collingwood on the other hand had only made the finals on percentage, a spot only cemented when they defeated South Melbourne by 65 points in the final round.
Geelong outscored Collingwood in each of the first three quarters to open up a 25 point lead going into the final term. Collingwood finished strongly but Geelong held on to claim to first VFL premiership. Captain-coach Cliff Rankin starred with five goals.
Tom Fitzmaurice had extra reason to celebrate ,as it was his 100th VFL match and his third successive premiership, having won flags in the previous two seasons at Essendon.
In what was Geelong's first VFL premiership and first premiership since the VFA title in 1886, The Age reported:
The scene in the Geelong dressing-room was remarkable. The players who had succeeded, where teams for 29 years had failed, seemed to be the coolest men there. They had just come out of a strenuous contest, and were besieged by enthusiastic supporters, but they accepted the plaudits with becoming modesty. Not one of them had been in a premiership team, save Tom Fitzmaurice, who played with Essendon in their last two premierships, and not one of them was alive when Geelong last gained the honours.
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