1935 VFA season
|1935 VFA premiership season|
(5th minor premiership)
The 1935 Victorian Football Association season was the 57th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Yarraville Football Club, after it defeated Camberwell by nine points in the Grand Final on 7 September. It was the club's first VFA premiership, won in its eighth season of competition.
After having played finals at the central Olympic Park for the previous two seasons, the Association returned to the practice of playing finals at suburban Association grounds. Toorak Park, which had never previously hosted a final, was used for both a semi-final and the Grand Final.
The home-and-home season was played over eighteen matches, before the top four clubs contested a finals series under the Page–McIntyre system to determine the premiers for the season.
|Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points||Source|
|Saturday, 17 August||Camberwell 20.13 (133)||def.||Coburg 11.10 (76)||Toorak Park (crowd: 8,000)|||
|Saturday, 24 August||Northcote 13.9 (87)||def. by||Yarraville 15.14 (104)||Coburg Cricket Ground (crowd: 5,000)|||
|Saturday, 31 August||Northcote 10.10 (70)||def. by||Camberwell 9.18 (72)||Brunswick Cricket Ground (crowd: 6,500)|||
|1935 VFA Grand Final|
|Saturday, 7 September||Yarraville||def.||Camberwell||Toorak Park (crowd: 14,600)|||
|Buckley 3, McGrath 3, Cashman 2, Cave, Kenny||Goals||Luff 2, Mason 2, Williams 2, Meehan, Tatham|
|R. Smith, for elbowing Mason||Reports||Tatham, for striking Storey|
Meehan, for charging Kenny
- Bill Luff (Camberwell) was the leading goalkicker for the season; he kicked 64 goals in the home-and-home season and 75 goals overall.
- In the two parallel Association best-and-fairest awards:
- Les White (Prahran) won the Recorder Cup, polling six votes from only thirteen games, having missed five games due to injury. Allan Hopkins (Yarraville), L. Wedgwood (Yarraville), Len Pye (Northcote) and M. McFarlane (Coburg) finished equal-second with four votes apiece.
- Jim Dowling (Brunswick) and F. Brooks (Williamstown) were joint winners of the Association Medal, each polling 32 votes; it was Dowling's second consecutive Association Medal. Len Pye (Northcote) was third with 31 votes.
- Coburg won the seconds premiership. Coburg 6.11 (47) defeated Port Melbourne 3.9 (27) in the Grand Final on Saturday 7 September at the Brunswick Cricket Ground.
- Northcote, which lost both of its finals, was the first minor premier to fail to win the major premiership since Footscray in 1922.
- A Grand Final rematch was played as a night exhibition match at Olympic Park on Thursday 26 September (Show Day holiday). Yarraville 8.18 (66) defeated Camberwell 5.17 (47). The attendance of 3,000 was considered a disappointment. The floodlights were considered too dim to be entirely effective for the players or spectators.
- "Association finals – play on own grounds". The Argus. Melbourne. 30 April 1935. p. 11.
- "Association four decided". The Argus. Melbourne. 12 August 1935. p. 13.
- "Association captains reported". The Argus. Melbourne. 19 August 1935. p. 13.
- "Yarraville enters Grand Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 16 August 1935. p. 13.
- "Northcote two points down". The Argus. Melbourne. 2 September 1935. p. 13.
- "Yarraville Association premiers". The Argus. Melbourne. 9 September 1935. p. 13.
- "Football Medal: Brooks (Williamstown) and Dowling (Brunswick)". The Argus. Melbourne. 20 August 1935. p. 12.
- "Night match – Innovation unpopular". The Argus. Melbourne. 27 September 1935. p. 12.