1891 VFA season

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1891 premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Essendon
(1st premiership)
1890
1892

The 1891 Victorian Football Association season was the 15th season of the Australian rules football competition.

The premiership was won by the Essendon Football Club. It was the first premiership in the club's history, and it was its first premiership out of a sequence of four consecutive premierships won from 1891 to 1894.

Ladder[edit]

Scenes from an 1891 VFA Premiership Match between Essendon and Carlton

Teams did not play a uniform number of premiership matches during the season. As such, in the final standings, each team's premiership points were adjusted upwards proportionally to represent a 22-match season – e.g., Essendon played 20 matches, so its tally of premiership points was increased by a factor of 22/20. After this adjustment, there was no formal process for breaking a tie.

1891 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D GF GA PTS Adj PTS
1 Essendon (P) 20 17 1 2 125 66 72 79.2
2 Carlton 21 14 4 3 113 55 62 65.0
3 Fitzroy 19 12 5 2 110 70 52 60.2
4 South Melbourne 22 14 7 1 120 74 58 58.0
5 Geelong 19 12 7 0 90 74 48 55.6
6 Melbourne 19 8 6 5 88 84 46 48.6
7 St Kilda 20 8 11 1 92 97 38 37.4
8 North Melbourne 20 3 9 8 55 86 28 30.8
9 Williamstown 18 4 11 3 51 78 22 26.8
10 Footscray 18 4 13 1 58 95 18 22.0
11 Port Melbourne 19 3 13 3 61 108 18 20.1
12 Richmond 19 2 14 3 62 148 14 16.2
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points, Adj PTS = Premiership points adjusted for a 22-game season Source[1]

Notable events[edit]

  • On 11 July, extremely wet conditions saw most grounds partially submersed in water and conditions almost unplayable. One match – that between North Melbourne and Williamstown – was drawn by mutual agreement without taking the field. In another, only twelve Footscray players took the field against St Kilda; the match was abandoned at or around half time, and St Kilda won by the progress score of 10.5 d. 0.0.[2][3]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Close of the football season". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 28 September 1891. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Football". Bendigo Advertiser. Bendigo, VIC. 13 July 1891. p. 3. 
  3. ^ Follower (18 July 1891). "Football notes". Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW. p. 4.