1900 VFL season

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1900 VFL Premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers Melbourne
(1st premiership)
Minor premiers Fitzroy
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played 70
Highest attendance 20,181
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Albert Thurgood (Essendon)
Teddy Lockwood (Geelong)
1899
1901

The 1900 Victorian Football League season was the fourth season of the Australian rules football competition.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1900, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match.

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1900 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership System.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.6 (18) def. by Geelong 4.11 (35) Princes Park
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.7 (67) def. Fitzroy 6.10 (46) Victoria Park
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 12.10 (82) def. South Melbourne 4.2 (26) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 10.8 (68) def. Melbourne 9.13 (67) Junction Oval
  • The Saints won their first ever VFL/AFL match after losing 42 consecutive matches, however, this was their only win of the season.

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 4.10 (34) def. Carlton 1.4 (10) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.15 (57) def. Collingwood 5.5 (35) Corio Oval
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.4 (34) def. Essendon 2.6 (18) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.21 (57) def. St Kilda 3.7 (25) Lake Oval

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.6 (42) def. Melbourne 3.4 (22) Princes Park
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.15 (45) def. South Melbourne 3.7 (25) Victoria Park
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 4.9 (33) def. Fitzroy 3.9 (27) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.6 (18) def. by Geelong 7.16 (58) Junction Oval
  • Round 3 was to have been played on Saturday 19 May, but all matches cancelled due to heavy rain. The matches were rescheduled to the weekend after Round 14.[1]
  • For the purposes of numbering, the original round designations are retained in this article. Some sources re-designate the round numbering into the final order in which they were played.

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Wednesday, 23 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 13.7 (85) def. Collingwood 2.4 (16) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Thursday, 24 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.6 (18) def. by Carlton 3.9 (27) Junction Oval
Thursday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.19 (55) def. South Melbourne 3.4 (22) Brunswick Street Oval
Thursday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 11.15 (81) def. Melbourne 2.3 (15) Corio Oval

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.6 (18) def. by Essendon 3.5 (23) Princes Park
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 9.11 (65) def. St Kilda 2.7 (19) Victoria Park
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 3.9 (27) def. by Fitzroy 10.6 (66) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.7 (37) def. Geelong 3.5 (23) Lake Oval

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.1 (25) def. Collingwood 0.9 (9) Princes Park
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.6 (18) def. by Essendon 3.11 (29) Junction Oval
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.10 (46) def. Geelong 1.6 (12) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) def. Melbourne 6.5 (41) Lake Oval

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 4.6 (30) def. Carlton 2.6 (18) Lake Oval
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 8.18 (66) def. Collingwood 5.7 (37) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.5 (53) def. Essendon 4.7 (31) Corio Oval
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 16.20 (116) def. St Kilda 2.5 (17) Brunswick Street Oval

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 5.9 (39) def. Carlton 3.13 (31) Corio Oval
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.6 (42) def. Collingwood 2.8 (20) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 4.14 (38) def. Essendon 1.4 (10) Lake Oval
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 15.18 (108) def. St Kilda 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.3 (15) def. by Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Princes Park
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.6 (42) def. Geelong 3.5 (23) Victoria Park
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 2.6 (18) def. by Melbourne 6.8 (44) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 1.5 (11) def. by South Melbourne 5.22 (52) Junction Oval

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 9.14 (68) def. Carlton 5.3 (33) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.8 (26) def. Collingwood 2.12 (24) Lake Oval
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.12 (54) def. Essendon 5.10 (40) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 13.8 (86) def. St Kilda 4.4 (28) Corio Oval

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 7.7 (49) def. St Kilda 4.4 (28) Princes Park
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.14 (50) def. Essendon 4.5 (29) Victoria Park
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 4.9 (33) def. by Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Lake Oval
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.16 (40) def. Geelong 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 12.12 (84) def. Carlton 5.5 (35) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.5 (23) def. by Collingwood 6.12 (48) Junction Oval
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 8.9 (57) def. Melbourne 4.8 (32) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 10.10 (70) def. South Melbourne 3.6 (24) Corio Oval

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 14.12 (96) def. Carlton 4.4 (28) Victoria Park
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 17.15 (117) def. St Kilda 3.7 (25) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.9 (57) def. Fitzroy 1.6 (12) Corio Oval
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Melbourne 6.8 (44) def. by South Melbourne 7.6 (48) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.15 (45) def. South Melbourne 2.7 (19) Princes Park
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.13 (73) def. Melbourne 7.4 (46) Victoria Park
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.7 (67) def. Geelong 6.11 (47) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 7.7 (49) def. by Fitzroy 10.22 (82) Junction Oval

Round 3 (rescheduled)[edit]

The postponed games from Round 3 were played on 18 August 1900 - results are included under Round 3 (above).

Ladder[edit]

1900 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Fitzroy 14 11 3 0 729 434 167.97 44
2 Geelong 14 9 5 0 670 444 150.90 36
3 Essendon 14 8 6 0 666 485 137.32 32
4 Collingwood 14 8 6 0 627 540 116.11 32
5 South Melbourne 14 8 6 0 481 532 90.41 32
6 Melbourne (P) 14 6 8 0 654 643 101.71 24
7 Carlton 14 5 9 0 394 558 70.61 20
8 St Kilda 14 1 13 0 376 961 39.13 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Finals[edit]

Sectional Round 1[edit]

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 9.13 (67) def. Carlton 5.8 (38) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) Collingwood 8.20 (68) def. St Kilda 0.9 (9) Victoria Park
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 3.1 (19) def. by Essendon 9.5 (59) Lake Oval
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) Melbourne 5.15 (45) def. Geelong 3.10 (28) East Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sectional Round 2[edit]

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) Carlton 4.7 (31) def. South Melbourne 4.6 (30) Princes Park
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 6.8 (44) def. Collingwood 4.7 (31) Corio Oval
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 6.3 (39) def. Fitzroy 5.6 (36) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 2.3 (15) def. by Melbourne 12.14 (86) Junction Oval

Sectional Round 3[edit]

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 12.23 (95) def. Carlton 1.4 (10) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 3.6 (24) def. by Collingwood 4.6 (30) Lake Oval
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 7.9 (51) def. South Melbourne 2.8 (20) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 5.9 (39) def. by Geelong 7.15 (57) Junction Oval

Section A ladder[edit]

Section A Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Essendon 3 3 0 0 193 65 296.92 12
2 Fitzroy 3 2 1 0 154 97 158.76 8
3 Carlton 3 1 2 0 79 192 41.15 4
4 South Melbourne 3 0 3 0 69 141 48.94 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Section B ladder[edit]

Section B Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Melbourne 3 2 1 0 155 73 212.33 8
2 Collingwood 3 2 1 0 129 77 167.53 8
3 Geelong 3 2 1 0 129 115 112.17 8
4 St Kilda 3 0 3 0 63 211 29.86 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Semi Final[edit]

Semi Final
Saturday, 15 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 7.3 (45) def. Essendon 5.13 (43) Lake Oval

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1900 VFL Grand Final

Melbourne defeated Fitzroy 4.10 (34) to 3.12 (30). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Grand Final
22 September (2:50 pm) Melbourne def. Fitzroy East Melbourne Cricket Ground (Crowd: 20,181)
2.3 (15)
2.5 (17)
4.8 (32)
4.10 (34)
Q1
Q2
Q3
Final
1.4 (10)
2.7 (19)
2.7 (19)
3.12 (30)
Geddes 1, Leith 1, Ryan 1, Wardill 1 Goals Grace 2, Barker 1
Nil Reports Nil

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The Round 1 match between St Kilda and Melbourne ended in a draw, but the result was changed to a St Kilda victory on protest after it was noted that the umpire did not signal the end of the third quarter in the correct fashion after hearing the bell. This was St Kilda's first ever VFL win (after 48 losses), their first win since the 1896 VFA season (after 51 losses), and was the first of only two occasions that the score of a game has been changed on protest (the second, the 2006 AFL siren controversy, also involved St Kilda).
  • St Kilda footballer Dave Strickland (the father of Shirley Strickland) won the 1900 Stawell Gift in 12 seconds, off a handicap of 10 yards.
  • Collingwood's highly talented "loose cannon" Dick Condon was given a lifetime suspension for sustained abuse of field umpire Henry "Ivo" Crapp.[2]
  • By the end of the finals round-robin matches, more than 1,000 points had been scored against St Kilda in a single season.[3]
  • Melbourne won the 1900 premiership despite having a 6-8 record after the home-and-away matches and finishing sixth of the eight teams on the ladder. This unsatisfactory situation led to the formation of the Argus Final Four system for 1901, which was modified in 1902 and 1907 and used until 1930 (except for 1924).

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Rodgers, Stephen, Every Game Ever Played, VFL/AFL Results 1897–1991, Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neal, pp. 17–18 
  2. ^ After three appeals, Condon's suspension was lifted in 1902, and Condon resumed playing for Collingwood.
  3. ^ At the end of the 1900 season, St Kilda had scored 439 points against their opponents' collective score of 1,172 points.

References[edit]

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