1961 VFL season

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1961 VFL Premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Hawthorn
(1st premiership)
Minor premiers Hawthorn
(1st minor premiership)
Consolation series Geelong
(1st Consolation series win)
Matches played 112
Highest attendance 107,935
Coleman Medallist Tom Carroll (Carlton)
Brownlow Medallist John James (Carlton)
1960
1962

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1961.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1961, 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 18 rounds; matches 12 to 18 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 7.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1961 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
Hawthorn 7.14 (56) South Melbourne 11.15 (81) Glenferrie Oval 20,000 15 April 1961
Fitzroy 6.10 (46) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 31,787 15 April 1961
Richmond 11.8 (74) Footscray 15.12 (102) Punt Road Oval 20,000 15 April 1961
North Melbourne 8.10 (58) Essendon 6.13 (49) Arden Street Oval 24,000 15 April 1961
Geelong 13.18 (96) Collingwood 8.9 (57) Kardinia Park 23,973 15 April 1961
St Kilda 5.8 (38) Carlton 6.12 (48) Junction Oval 30,400 15 April 1961

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 13.19 (97) North Melbourne 8.4 (52) Western Oval 22,178 22 April 1961
Essendon 13.7 (85) St Kilda 9.15 (69) Windy Hill 23,000 22 April 1961
Collingwood 3.16 (34) Richmond 7.15 (57) Victoria Park 23,000 22 April 1961
Carlton 9.5 (59) Fitzroy 6.18 (54) Princes Park 29,384 22 April 1961
Melbourne 5.14 (44) Hawthorn 11.10 (76) MCG 34,640 22 April 1961
South Melbourne 12.8 (80) Geelong 12.12 (84) Lake Oval 24,258 22 April 1961

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 6.9 (45) South Melbourne 12.17 (89) Punt Road Oval 27,650 25 April 1961
Essendon 8.9 (57) Melbourne 11.16 (82) Windy Hill 32,000 25 April 1961
Collingwood 12.16 (88) North Melbourne 9.8 (62) Victoria Park 26,574 29 April 1961
Carlton 11.6 (72) Footscray 11.15 (81) Princes Park 34,254 29 April 1961
St Kilda 12.11 (83) Geelong 6.14 (50) Junction Oval 29,300 29 April 1961
Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Fitzroy 10.9 (69) Glenferrie Oval 21,500 29 April 1961

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 12.9 (81) St Kilda 12.12 (84) MCG 40,572 6 May 1961
Fitzroy 13.17 (95) Richmond 16.12 (108) Brunswick Street Oval 17,861 6 May 1961
North Melbourne 8.7 (55) Hawthorn 12.13 (85) Arden Street Oval 13,500 6 May 1961
Geelong 7.19 (61) Essendon 22.11 (143) Kardinia Park 21,437 6 May 1961
Footscray 10.13 (73) Collingwood 10.4 (64) Western Oval 34,029 6 May 1961
South Melbourne 7.14 (56) Carlton 11.6 (72) Lake Oval 25,624 6 May 1961

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Richmond 13.7 (85) St Kilda 11.20 (86) Punt Road Oval 22,000 13 May 1961
Geelong 7.13 (55) Melbourne 17.18 (120) Kardinia Park 18,673 13 May 1961
Collingwood 8.7 (55) Fitzroy 16.20 (116) Victoria Park 30,560 13 May 1961
South Melbourne 12.12 (84) Footscray 12.10 (82) Lake Oval 26,748 13 May 1961
Hawthorn 9.21 (75) Essendon 12.4 (76) Glenferrie Oval 31,000 13 May 1961
North Melbourne 11.17 (83) Carlton 17.7 (109) Arden Street Oval 21,500 13 May 1961

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Fitzroy 14.13 (97) North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 17,693 20 May 1961
Essendon 20.13 (133) South Melbourne 6.18 (54) Windy Hill 32,600 20 May 1961
Richmond 9.14 (68) Geelong 16.16 (112) Punt Road Oval 24,600 20 May 1961
Footscray 9.8 (62) Melbourne 13.9 (87) Western Oval 29,490 27 May 1961
Carlton 9.11 (65) Collingwood 7.12 (54) Princes Park 33,161 27 May 1961
St Kilda 14.16 (100) Hawthorn 12.9 (81) Junction Oval 32,900 27 May 1961

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
North Melbourne 9.14 (68) St Kilda 11.16 (82) Arden Street Oval 13,000 3 June 1961
Hawthorn 10.13 (73) Richmond 8.12 (60) Glenferrie Oval 15,000 3 June 1961
Collingwood 18.11 (119) Essendon 8.10 (58) Victoria Park 28,290 3 June 1961
Geelong 13.13 (91) Footscray 4.14 (38) Kardinia Park 18,683 3 June 1961
South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Fitzroy 17.15 (117) Lake Oval 14,500 3 June 1961
Melbourne 15.14 (104) Carlton 11.13 (79) MCG 49,678 3 June 1961

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
St Kilda 16.14 (110) South Melbourne 5.16 (46) Junction Oval 28,800 10 June 1961
North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Geelong 11.13 (79) Arden Street Oval 16,000 10 June 1961
Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Essendon 6.18 (54) Brunswick Street Oval 28,083 10 June 1961
Footscray 14.19 (103) Hawthorn 13.13 (91) Western Oval 24,132 12 June 1961
Carlton 7.7 (49) Richmond 13.11 (89) Princes Park 24,660 12 June 1961
Melbourne 17.19 (121) Collingwood 7.10 (52) MCG 78,465 12 June 1961

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 9.7 (61) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Kardinia Park 14,197 17 June 1961
Collingwood 14.10 (94) St Kilda 12.12 (84) Victoria Park 27,280 17 June 1961
Richmond 12.10 (82) North Melbourne 10.16 (76) Punt Road Oval 10,000 17 June 1961
South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Melbourne 14.14 (98) Lake Oval 10,200 17 June 1961
Footscray 9.5 (59) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Western Oval 21,197 17 June 1961
Essendon 12.17 (89) Carlton 7.12 (54) Windy Hill 23,000 17 June 1961

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Collingwood 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Victoria Park 24,637 24 June 1961
North Melbourne 5.14 (44) Melbourne 14.9 (93) Arden Street Oval 11,500 24 June 1961
St Kilda 8.11 (59) Footscray 4.13 (37) Junction Oval 28,100 24 June 1961
Geelong 9.10 (64) Fitzroy 8.9 (57) Kardinia Park 16,881 24 June 1961
Richmond 12.20 (92) Essendon 10.14 (74) Punt Road Oval 23,000 24 June 1961
Hawthorn 12.6 (78) Carlton 6.10 (46) Glenferrie Oval 21,500 24 June 1961

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Melbourne 17.18 (120) Richmond 7.12 (54) MCG 38,000 1 July 1961
Fitzroy 9.9 (63) St Kilda 9.8 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 19,291 1 July 1961
Essendon 12.11 (83) Footscray 13.14 (92) Windy Hill 22,440 1 July 1961
Carlton 10.18 (78) Geelong 17.16 (118) Princes Park 17,936 1 July 1961
South Melbourne 9.14 (68) North Melbourne 7.8 (50) Lake Oval 8,750 1 July 1961
Hawthorn 13.12 (90) Collingwood 4.12 (36) Glenferrie Oval 31,500 1 July 1961

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 6.6 (42) Richmond 4.9 (33) Western Oval 16,648 8 July 1961
Essendon 9.9 (63) North Melbourne 3.10 (28) Windy Hill 12,800 8 July 1961
Collingwood 5.11 (41) Geelong 8.10 (58) Victoria Park 20,700 8 July 1961
Carlton 9.8 (62) St Kilda 3.12 (30) Princes Park 14,636 8 July 1961
South Melbourne 7.7 (49) Hawthorn 9.11 (65) Lake Oval 13,860 8 July 1961
Melbourne 6.8 (44) Fitzroy 6.8 (44) MCG 29,947 8 July 1961

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 8.10 (58) Melbourne 5.10 (40) Glenferrie Oval 27,500 15 July 1961
North Melbourne 10.15 (75) Footscray 11.6 (72) Arden Street Oval 15,000 15 July 1961
Richmond 5.8 (38) Collingwood 6.18 (54) Punt Road Oval 22,799 15 July 1961
Geelong 11.16 (82) South Melbourne 9.13 (67) Kardinia Park 18,489 22 July 1961
St Kilda 13.20 (98) Essendon 7.8 (50) Junction Oval 34,600 22 July 1961
Fitzroy 12.13 (85) Carlton 9.22 (76) Brunswick Street Oval 34,561 22 July 1961

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Geelong 11.7 (73) St Kilda 10.8 (68) Kardinia Park 25,723 29 July 1961
Fitzroy 12.15 (87) Hawthorn 13.16 (94) Brunswick Street Oval 23,012 29 July 1961
South Melbourne 16.9 (105) Richmond 9.14 (68) Lake Oval 14,350 29 July 1961
Melbourne 10.18 (78) Essendon 13.9 (87) MCG 31,455 29 July 1961
North Melbourne 9.13 (67) Collingwood 9.10 (64) Arden Street Oval 15,000 29 July 1961
Footscray 12.11 (83) Carlton 7.9 (51) Western Oval 21,639 29 July 1961

Round 15[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 15.10 (100) North Melbourne 6.11 (47) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 5 August 1961
Essendon 13.16 (94) Geelong 7.14 (56) Windy Hill 27,500 5 August 1961
Collingwood 5.10 (40) Footscray 11.12 (78) Victoria Park 22,324 5 August 1961
Carlton 17.9 (111) South Melbourne 7.10 (52) Princes Park 16,889 5 August 1961
St Kilda 9.12 (66) Melbourne 7.13 (55) Junction Oval 33,100 5 August 1961
Richmond 9.9 (63) Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 15,547 5 August 1961

Round 16[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 14.17 (101) South Melbourne 5.16 (46) Western Oval 19,242 12 August 1961
Essendon 10.12 (72) Hawthorn 11.13 (79) Windy Hill 27,200 12 August 1961
Carlton 9.16 (70) North Melbourne 10.8 (68) Princes Park 15,439 12 August 1961
St Kilda 12.19 (91) Richmond 0.8 (8) Junction Oval 20,600 12 August 1961
Melbourne 12.17 (89) Geelong 12.15 (87) MCG 48,245 12 August 1961
Fitzroy 12.20 (92) Collingwood 10.10 (70) Brunswick Street Oval 23,768 12 August 1961

Round 17[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Hawthorn 19.6 (120) St Kilda 14.7 (91) Glenferrie Oval 34,500 19 August 1961
Geelong 11.11 (77) Richmond 6.10 (46) Kardinia Park 17,976 19 August 1961
Melbourne 11.22 (88) Footscray 7.6 (48) MCG 52,195 19 August 1961
North Melbourne 10.15 (75) Fitzroy 8.15 (63) Arden Street Oval 15,000 19 August 1961
South Melbourne 11.12 (78) Essendon 16.11 (107) Lake Oval 14,125 19 August 1961
Collingwood 10.12 (72) Carlton 13.10 (88) Victoria Park 31,849 19 August 1961

Round 18[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date
Footscray 12.12 (84) Geelong 8.15 (63) Western Oval 42,015 26 August 1961
Fitzroy 25.29 (179) South Melbourne 11.10 (76) Brunswick Street Oval 12,815 26 August 1961
Carlton 13.12 (90) Melbourne 13.13 (91) Princes Park 21,863 26 August 1961
St Kilda 10.12 (72) North Melbourne 9.13 (67) Junction Oval 24,250 26 August 1961
Richmond 8.8 (56) Hawthorn 11.15 (81) Punt Road Oval 15,177 26 August 1961
Essendon 12.16 (88) Collingwood 13.10 (88) Windy Hill 18,500 26 August 1961

Ladder[edit]

1961 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Hawthorn (P) 18 14 4 0 1467 1173 125.06 56
2 Melbourne 18 12 5 1 1510 1151 131.19 50
3 St Kilda 18 11 7 0 1373 1173 117.05 44
4 Footscray 18 11 7 0 1334 1216 109.70 44
5 Fitzroy 18 10 7 1 1469 1258 116.77 42
6 Geelong 18 10 7 1 1367 1362 100.37 42
7 Essendon 18 9 8 1 1462 1335 109.51 38
8 Carlton 18 9 9 0 1279 1325 96.53 36
9 Collingwood 18 5 12 1 1166 1375 84.80 22
10 Richmond 18 5 13 0 1126 1428 78.85 20
11 South Melbourne 18 5 13 0 1187 1644 72.20 20
12 North Melbourne 18 4 13 1 1133 1433 79.06 18
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Consolation Night Series Competition[edit]

The night series were held under the floodlights at Lake Oval, South Melbourne, for the teams (5th to 12th on ladder) out of the finals at the end of the season.

Final: Geelong 9.20 (74) defeated North Melbourne 9.8 (62)

Premiership Finals[edit]

First Semi-Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
St Kilda 1.4 3.7 6.9 8.12 (60)
Footscray 3.3 7.7 9.11 9.15 (69)
Attendance: 86,411

Second Semi-Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Hawthorn 2.1 6.4 9.8 12.8 (80)
Melbourne 5.2 7.4 9.5 11.7 (73)
Attendance: 87,744

Preliminary Final[edit]

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Melbourne 0.2 2.5 4.6 8.10 (58)
Footscray 4.3 5.4 11.6 13.7 (85)
Attendance: 86,116

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1961 VFL Grand Final
Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Hawthorn 2.4 3.9 9.15 13.16 (94)
Footscray 4.2 5.5 6.6 7.9 (51)
Attendance: 107,935

Leading Goalkicker[edit]

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • Following a VFL investigation of a complaint that game officials had not reported the incident, rugged South Melbourne ruckman Ken Boyd was suspended for 12 matches, for striking Carlton ruckman John Nicholls.
  • In Round 16, Richmond was held goalless by St Kilda. This was the first time a team had been held goalless in a match since Round 11, 1921; and (as of 2013) is the last time it has occurred.
  • Having decided to abandon its (1957–1960) experiment of allowing live telecasts of the last quarter of three VFL matches each Saturday afternoon on ABV-2, HSV-7, and GTV-9, the VFL rejected offers from the three television stations to broadcast replays on Saturday evenings. A separate arrangement was made to allow a replay of the entire Grand Final match.
  • In November, Collingwood announced that it has delisted sixteen players from its 1961 playing list, including Ian Brewer and Barry "Hooker" Harrison.
  • As of 2013, the 1961 Grand Final is still Footscray's most recent appearance in a grand final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rex Pullen (2 October 1961). "Saints run hot to take flag". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). p. 39. 
  • 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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