1946 VFL Grand Final

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1946 VFL Grand Final
VFL Grand Final in 1945 at the MCG.jpg
The 1946 VFL Grand Final in progress.
AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg
22.18 (150) 13.9 (87)
1 2 3 4
ESS 7.2 (44) 9.7 (61) 20.15 (135) 22.18 (150)
MEL 8.3 (51) 10.4 (64) 11.5 (71) 13.9 (87)
Date 5 October 1946
Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance 73,743
Umpires Thomas Bride
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The 1946 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Essendon Football Club and Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 5 October 1946. It was the 48th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1946 VFL season. The match, attended by 73,743 spectators, was won by Essendon by a margin of 63 points, marking that club's 8th premiership flag and 6th involving a grand final.

Essendon won comfortably despite trailing at half time. A tally of 11 goals and 8 behinds in the third quarter by Essendon took the game away from Melbourne. This remains the best third quarter score by any team in a VFL/AFL Grand Final.

Wally Lock, Melbourne's half back, was playing his 100th VFL game.

This was the first of six successive Grand Final appearances by Essendon.


Essendon captain-coach Dick Reynolds
B: Les Gardiner Cec Ruddell Perc Bushby
HB: Herbie Tonkes Wally Buttsworth Harold Lambert
C: George Hassell Bill Pearson Albert Harper
HF: Harry Equid Gordon Lane Dick Reynolds (c)
F: Bob McClure Bill Brittingham Keith Rawle
Foll: Gordon Abbott Jack Cassin Bill Hutchison
Reserve(s): Jack Jones Chris Lambert
Coach: Dick Reynolds
B: Billy Deans Shane McGrath Don Cordner
HB: Col McLean Ted Cordner Wally Lock
C: George Bickford Len Dockett Roy Stabb
HF: Gordon Bowman Fred Fanning Jim Mitchell
F: Adrian Dullard Norm Smith (c) Ernie O'Rourke
Foll: Jack Mueller Stan Rule Alby Rodda
Reserve(s): Frank Kennedy Arnold Byfield
Coach: 'Checker' Hughes




  • Lane 7
  • Brittingham 4
  • Hutchison 3
  • Reynolds 3
  • McClure 2
  • Cassin 1
  • Equid 1
  • Rawle 1


  • Mueller 6
  • Dullard 3
  • Bowman 1
  • Fanning 1
  • O'Rourke 1
  • Rodda 1


  • MCG crowd - 73,743


  • 1946 Grand Final stats page on AFL Table
  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004
  • 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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