1933 VFL Grand Final

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The 1933 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Richmond Football Club and South Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 30 September 1933. It was the 37th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1933 VFL season. The match, attended by 75,754 spectators, was won by South Melbourne by a margin of 42 points, marking that club's third premiership victory.[1]

Bob Pratt kicked three goals for South Melbourne which saw him overtake Gordon Coventry as the 1933 season's leading goalkicker.

South Melbourne's premiership side was often referred to as the 'foreign legion' due to the high number of players in the team who had been recruited from interstate.[2] The majority of their recruits around that time came from Western Australia which earned South Melbourne the nickname 'Swans'.[3]

This was the first of two successive years in which these teams met in the premiership decider. In the 1934 VFL Grand Final it was Richmond which emerged victorious. South Melbourne did not taste premiership success again for another 72 years, eventually winning the 2005 AFL Grand Final (then known as the Sydney Swans).


South Melbourne Captain-coach Jack Bisset
South Melbourne
B: Jock McKenzie Hec McKay Jack Austin
HB: Bill Faul Laurie Nash Hugh McLaughlin
C: Harry Clarke Len Thomas John Bowe
HF: Jim O'Meara Brighton Diggins Peter Reville
F: Herbie Matthews Bob Pratt Ossie Bertram
Foll: Jack Bisset (c) Dinny Kelleher Terry Brain
Reserve(s): Bert Beard
Coach: Jack Bisset
B: Martin Bolger Maurie Sheahan Kevin O'Neill
HB: Jack Stenhouse Joe Murdoch Basil McCormack
C: Stan Judkins Eric Zschech Alan Geddes
HF: Horrie Farmer Thomas O'Halloran Jack Baggott
F: Jack Dyer Jack Titus Bert Foster
Foll: Percy Bentley (c) Gordon Strang Ray Martin
Reserve(s): Jack Anderson
Coach: Billy Schmidt



Team 1 2 3 4 Total
South Melbourne 3.5 6.7 8.12 9.17 9.17 (71)
Richmond 0.2 2.3 3.3 4.5 4.5 (29)

Goal kickers[edit]

South Melbourne:

  • Pratt 3
  • Brain 2
  • Diggins 2
  • Reville 1
  • Thomas 1


  • Farmer 2
  • Martin 1
  • Strang 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SOUTH MELBOURNE WINS RICHMOND EASILY DEFEATED.". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 2 October 1933. p. 13. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lets look at Football with Hugh Buggy". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 9 May 1952. p. 10. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stuart Joynt's Sportlight.". The Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 4 January 1940. p. 12 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 

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