1937 VFL Grand Final

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The 1937 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Geelong Football Club and Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 25 September 1937. It was the 41st annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1937 VFL season. The match, attended by a then record crowd of 88,540 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 32 points, marking that club's third premiership victory and first since winning the 1931 VFL Grand Final.

Geelong took out the minor premiership by finishing with 15 wins from 18 games. A 12 point win over Melbourne saw Geelong advance to the Grand Final against reigning premiers Collingwood. The Magpies raced to an early three goal lead before Geelong cut the deficit to five points at the main break. Scores were level at three quarter time before a six goal to one final term saw the Cats take the flag.

Teams[edit]

Geelong
B: Bernie Hore Reg Hickey (c) Allan Everett
HB: Jack Grant Joe Sellwood Tom Arklay
C: Laurie Slack Fred Hawking Angie Muller
HF: Jim Wills Gordon Abbott Clive Coles
F: Jack Metherell Les Hardiman Jack Evans
Foll: Peter Hardiman George Dougherty Tom Quinn
Reserve(s): Geoff Mahon
Coach: Reg Hickey
Collingwood
B: Harold Rumney Jack Regan Bervyn Woods
HB: Jack Ross Marcus Boyall Fred Froude
C: Jack Carmody Marcus Whelan Ron Dowling
HF: Des Fothergill Ron Todd Vin Doherty
F: Phonse Kyne Gordon Coventry Alby Pannam
Foll: Albert Collier Percy Bowyer Harry Collier (c)
Reserve(s): Len Murphy
Coach: Jock McHale

Statistics[edit]

Score[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Geelong 3.3 8.5 12.8 18.14 18.14 (122)
Collingwood 6.3 8.10 11.14 12.18 12.18 (90)

Goal kickers[edit]

Geelong:

  • Evans 6
  • Coles 4
  • Metherell 4
  • Abbott 2
  • Sellwood 1
  • Wills 1

Collingwood:

  • Todd 4
  • Coventry 3
  • Pannam 2
  • Doherty 1
  • Fothergill 1
  • Kyne 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • AFL Tables: 1937 Grand Final (Archived 2009-09-24)
  • 1937 (Archived 2009-09-24)
  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004
  • 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