1949 VFL season

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1949 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Essendon
(9th premiership)
Minor premiers North Melbourne
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played 118
Highest attendance 90,453
Leading Goalkicker Medallist John Coleman (Essendon)
Brownlow Medallist Ron Clegg (South Melbourne)
Col Austen (Hawthorn)
1948
1950

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1949.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1949, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus two substitute players, known as the 19th man and the 20th man. A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.

Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 19 rounds; matches 12 to 19 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 8.

Once the 19 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1949 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "Page-McIntyre system".

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 21.19 (145) Melbourne 12.11 (83) Kardinia Park 25,000 16 April 1949
Essendon 18.12 (120) Hawthorn 9.3 (57) Windy Hill 13,500 16 April 1949
Collingwood 19.13 (127) North Melbourne 10.17 (77) Victoria Park 21,500 16 April 1949
St Kilda 11.10 (76) Fitzroy 14.14 (98) Junction Oval 18,000 16 April 1949
Carlton 16.16 (112) South Melbourne 6.12 (48) Princes Park 29,000 18 April 1949
Richmond 19.13 (127) Footscray 8.10 (58) Punt Road Oval 30,000 18 April 1949

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 5.13 (43) Richmond 20.12 (132) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 23 April 1949
Footscray 12.7 (79) Geelong 9.14 (68) Western Oval 15,500 23 April 1949
South Melbourne 12.13 (85) St Kilda 12.10 (82) Lake Oval 9,000 23 April 1949
North Melbourne 7.14 (56) Essendon 10.15 (75) Arden Street Oval 20,000 23 April 1949
Melbourne 12.8 (80) Collingwood 11.16 (82) MCG 29,000 23 April 1949
Fitzroy 15.16 (106) Carlton 15.15 (105) Brunswick Street Oval 25,000 23 April 1949

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 14.8 (92) Richmond 9.5 (59) Arden Street Oval 15,000 30 April 1949
Geelong 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Kardinia Park 19,000 30 April 1949
Collingwood 7.14 (56) Fitzroy 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 30,000 30 April 1949
Carlton 21.27 (153) Hawthorn 7.6 (48) Princes Park 9,250 30 April 1949
Melbourne 14.16 (100) Footscray 7.6 (48) MCG 24,000 30 April 1949
St Kilda 5.15 (45) Essendon 13.16 (94) Junction Oval 13,000 30 April 1949

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 17.11 (113) St Kilda 11.14 (80) Punt Road Oval 12,000 7 May 1949
Footscray 4.15 (39) North Melbourne 12.3 (75) Western Oval 12,000 7 May 1949
Fitzroy 13.15 (93) Geelong 15.15 (105) Brunswick Street Oval 17,500 7 May 1949
South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Lake Oval 12,000 7 May 1949
Hawthorn 5.10 (40) Collingwood 9.11 (65) Glenferrie Oval 11,500 7 May 1949
Essendon 6.9 (45) Carlton 7.22 (64) Windy Hill 29,000 7 May 1949

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 5.16 (46) North Melbourne 6.12 (48) MCG 19,000 14 May 1949
Geelong 15.13 (103) St Kilda 10.11 (71) Kardinia Park 15,500 14 May 1949
Essendon 11.18 (84) Richmond 9.15 (69) Windy Hill 21,000 14 May 1949
Carlton 16.8 (104) Collingwood 10.14 (74) Princes Park 33,000 14 May 1949
South Melbourne 10.8 (68) Footscray 6.14 (50) Lake Oval 11,000 14 May 1949
Hawthorn 9.13 (67) Fitzroy 14.21 (105) Glenferrie Oval 7,500 14 May 1949

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 15.13 (103) South Melbourne 8.12 (60) Punt Road Oval 21,000 21 May 1949
Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Footscray 10.22 (82) Brunswick Street Oval 10,500 21 May 1949
Collingwood 11.16 (82) Essendon 12.9 (81) Victoria Park 23,000 21 May 1949
Carlton 18.13 (121) Geelong 12.10 (82) Princes Park 28,500 21 May 1949
St Kilda 4.13 (37) Melbourne 8.13 (61) Junction Oval 7,500 21 May 1949
North Melbourne 13.23 (101) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) Arden Street Oval 9,000 21 May 1949

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 6.12 (48) South Melbourne 12.15 (87) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 28 May 1949
Essendon 11.9 (75) Melbourne 13.12 (90) Windy Hill 15,000 28 May 1949
North Melbourne 8.13 (61) Geelong 8.7 (55) Arden Street Oval 17,000 28 May 1949
Richmond 21.21 (147) Fitzroy 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 28,000 28 May 1949
Footscray 8.10 (58) Collingwood 12.15 (87) Western Oval 17,000 28 May 1949
St Kilda 8.14 (62) Carlton 14.11 (95) Junction Oval 13,000 28 May 1949

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 10.15 (75) Richmond 11.13 (79) Kardinia Park 22,500 4 June 1949
Collingwood 21.22 (148) St Kilda 4.12 (36) Victoria Park 12,000 4 June 1949
Carlton 14.13 (97) North Melbourne 10.7 (67) Princes Park 29,500 4 June 1949
Melbourne 10.17 (77) Hawthorn 10.6 (66) MCG 11,000 4 June 1949
South Melbourne 12.7 (79) Fitzroy 14.14 (98) Lake Oval 12,500 4 June 1949
Footscray 7.17 (59) Essendon 10.12 (72) Western Oval 12,500 4 June 1949

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 17.14 (116) Geelong 12.7 (79) Victoria Park 27,500 11 June 1949
Hawthorn 10.13 (73) Footscray 8.15 (63) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 11 June 1949
South Melbourne 15.16 (106) Essendon 12.9 (81) Lake Oval 19,500 11 June 1949
North Melbourne 11.12 (78) St Kilda 7.7 (49) Arden Street Oval 10,000 13 June 1949
Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Melbourne 10.14 (74) Brunswick Street Oval 16,000 13 June 1949
Richmond 12.12 (84) Carlton 14.15 (99) Punt Road Oval 46,000 13 June 1949

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 18.25 (133) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Arden Street Oval 16,000 18 June 1949
Geelong 20.12 (132) Hawthorn 6.10 (46) Kardinia Park 12,000 18 June 1949
Essendon 8.19 (67) Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Windy Hill 15,000 18 June 1949
Carlton 11.12 (78) Melbourne 12.14 (86) Princes Park 26,500 18 June 1949
St Kilda 7.14 (56) Footscray 11.11 (77) Junction Oval 8,500 18 June 1949
Richmond 16.5 (101) Collingwood 16.8 (104) Punt Road Oval 29,000 18 June 1949

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 14.17 (101) Richmond 9.9 (63) MCG 24,000 2 July 1949
Fitzroy 10.12 (72) North Melbourne 12.9 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 2 July 1949
Collingwood 15.16 (106) South Melbourne 6.16 (52) Victoria Park 12,000 2 July 1949
St Kilda 13.11 (89) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Junction Oval 7,000 2 July 1949
Geelong 25.17 (167) Essendon 11.6 (72) Kardinia Park 18,000 2 July 1949
Footscray 9.9 (63) Carlton 7.16 (58) Western Oval 13,000 2 July 1949

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 12.11 (83) Richmond 7.18 (60) Western Oval 14,000 9 July 1949
Fitzroy 14.10 (94) St Kilda 6.13 (49) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 9 July 1949
Melbourne 14.17 (101) Geelong 14.14 (98) MCG 20,000 9 July 1949
Hawthorn 7.0 (42) Essendon 16.16 (112) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 9 July 1949
North Melbourne 8.6 (54) Collingwood 4.13 (37) Arden Street Oval 21,000 9 July 1949
South Melbourne 6.12 (48) Carlton 11.15 (81) Lake Oval 15,000 9 July 1949

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 16.15 (111) South Melbourne 13.13 (91) Junction Oval 6,000 16 July 1949
Essendon 8.22 (70) North Melbourne 6.13 (49) Windy Hill 16,000 16 July 1949
Collingwood 7.16 (58) Melbourne 10.13 (73) Victoria Park 22,000 16 July 1949
Carlton 9.13 (67) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Princes Park 17,500 16 July 1949
Richmond 16.21 (117) Hawthorn 9.13 (67) Punt Road Oval 7,000 16 July 1949
Geelong 13.15 (93) Footscray 4.10 (34) Kardinia Park 15,000 16 July 1949

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 11.8 (74) Melbourne 10.12 (72) Western Oval 13,000 23 July 1949
Essendon 13.17 (95) St Kilda 9.10 (64) Windy Hill 9,500 23 July 1949
Richmond 8.24 (72) North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Punt Road Oval 19,000 23 July 1949
South Melbourne 11.15 (81) Geelong 14.13 (97) Lake Oval 7,500 23 July 1949
Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Collingwood 11.15 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 21,000 23 July 1949
Hawthorn 8.5 (53) Carlton 9.17 (71) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 23 July 1949

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 12.7 (79) South Melbourne 9.11 (65) MCG 14,500 30 July 1949
Collingwood 16.23 (119) Hawthorn 5.6 (36) Victoria Park 9,500 30 July 1949
Carlton 11.16 (82) Essendon 17.11 (113) Princes Park 26,500 30 July 1949
St Kilda 13.11 (89) Richmond 9.14 (68) Junction Oval 10,000 30 July 1949
North Melbourne 8.14 (62) Footscray 8.11 (59) Arden Street Oval 14,000 30 July 1949
Geelong 13.9 (87) Fitzroy 6.7 (43) Kardinia Park 17,500 30 July 1949

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 10.14 (74) South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Western Oval 10,000 6 August 1949
Fitzroy 10.19 (79) Hawthorn 8.17 (65) Brunswick Street Oval 4,000 6 August 1949
North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Melbourne 8.10 (58) Arden Street Oval 20,000 6 August 1949
St Kilda 10.9 (69) Geelong 8.12 (60) Junction Oval 12,000 6 August 1949
Richmond 7.14 (56) Essendon 11.12 (78) Punt Road Oval 16,000 6 August 1949
Collingwood 7.16 (58) Carlton 7.13 (55) Victoria Park 28,000 6 August 1949

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 15.16 (106) St Kilda 7.10 (52) MCG 18,000 13 August 1949
Hawthorn 13.10 (88) North Melbourne 9.16 (70) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 13 August 1949
South Melbourne 9.13 (67) Richmond 10.17 (77) Lake Oval 10,000 13 August 1949
Footscray 13.16 (94) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Western Oval 12,000 13 August 1949
Essendon 16.21 (117) Collingwood 10.11 (71) Windy Hill 29,000 13 August 1949
Geelong 6.11 (47) Carlton 12.18 (90) Kardinia Park 24,500 13 August 1949

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 7.14 (56) North Melbourne 11.16 (82) Kardinia Park 14,500 20 August 1949
Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Richmond 9.8 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 6,000 20 August 1949
Collingwood 9.19 (73) Footscray 7.14 (56) Victoria Park 13,500 20 August 1949
Carlton 13.17 (95) St Kilda 10.14 (74) Princes Park 10,000 20 August 1949
South Melbourne 14.8 (92) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Lake Oval 4,000 20 August 1949
Melbourne 11.10 (76) Essendon 15.11 (101) MCG 58,500 20 August 1949

Round 19[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 10.16 (76) Melbourne 15.12 (102) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 27 August 1949
Fitzroy 19.12 (126) South Melbourne 10.17 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 27 August 1949
Essendon 14.13 (97) Footscray 8.13 (61) Windy Hill 20,000 27 August 1949
Richmond 22.12 (144) Geelong 10.15 (75) Punt Road Oval 11,000 27 August 1949
St Kilda 11.15 (81) Collingwood 10.12 (72) Junction Oval 17,000 27 August 1949
North Melbourne 15.18 (108) Carlton 7.10 (52) Arden Street Oval 35,000 27 August 1949

Ladder[edit]

1949 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 North Melbourne 19 14 5 0 1471 1235 119.11 56
2 Carlton 19 13 6 0 1679 1328 126.43 52
3 Collingwood 19 13 6 0 1616 1308 123.55 52
4 Essendon (P) 19 13 6 0 1649 1366 120.72 52
5 Melbourne 19 12 7 0 1516 1341 113.05 48
6 Richmond 19 10 9 0 1733 1485 116.70 40
7 Fitzroy 19 10 9 0 1488 1521 97.83 40
8 Geelong 19 9 10 0 1722 1540 111.82 36
9 Footscray 19 7 12 0 1211 1444 83.86 28
10 South Melbourne 19 6 13 0 1343 1669 80.47 24
11 St Kilda 19 4 15 0 1272 1730 73.53 16
12 Hawthorn 19 3 16 0 1153 1886 61.13 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Finals[edit]

First Semi-Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 2.0 4.1 6.4 8.6 (52)
Essendon 4.1 11.3 15.9 20.16 (136)
Attendance: 87,702

Second Semi-Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
North Melbourne 2.3 7.3 11.4 14.7 (91)
Carlton 3.5 5.9 9.10 15.13 (103)
Attendance: 70,856

Preliminary Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
North Melbourne 2.1 4.1 7.4 9.7 (61)
Essendon 3.2 6.8 8.10 11.12 (78)
Attendance: 69,281

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1949 VFL Grand Final
Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 2.4 2.10 3.12 6.16 (52)
Essendon 3.3 7.7 12.15 18.17 (125)
Attendance: 90,453

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • In Round 1, John Coleman of Essendon kicked 12 goals in his first VFL game; he was best on the ground. He kicked a goal with his first kick in VFL football, having taken a mark in the first seconds of the match; and he kicked a goal with his last kick of the 1949 season, in last minutes of the Grand Final, to bring his season's total to 100 goals.
  • In Round 12, Hawthorn scored seven goals and no behinds in its match against Essendon. This is the first time since Round 9, 1899 that a team did not score a single behind in a VFL match.
  • In Round 19, Richmond's captain-coach Jack Dyer played his last VFL game, having played 16 games for Victoria, 312 senior games for Richmond, and 12 games in Richmond Seconds over 19 VFL seasons.

References[edit]

  • Hogan, P., The Tigers Of Old, The Richmond Football Club, (Richmond), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
  • 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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