1947 VFA season

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1947 VFA premiership season
Teams12
PremiersPort Melbourne
(6th premiership)
Minor premiersPort Melbourne
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played136
Attendance570,750 (4,197 per match)
← 1946
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The 1947 Victorian Football Association season was the 66th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Port Melbourne Football Club, which defeated Sandringham by 31 points in the Grand Final on 4 October. It was the sixth premiership in the club's history.

Premiership[edit]

The home-and-home season was played over twenty-two matches, before the top four clubs contested a finals series under the Page–McIntyre system to determine the premiers for the season.

Ladder[edit]

1947 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Port Melbourne (P) 22 16 5 1 2512 2109 119.2 66
2 Williamstown 22 16 6 0 2326 2047 113.6 64
3 Sandringham 22 15 7 0 2279 2015 113.1 60
4 Prahran 22 14 7 1 2420 2181 111.0 58
5 Brighton 22 13 9 0 2693 2359 114.2 52
6 Brunswick 22 12 9 1 2693 2359 114.2 50
7 Camberwell 22 10 12 0 2220 2263 98.1 40
8 Oakleigh 22 8 13 1 2136 2341 91.2 34
9 Coburg 22 7 14 1 2052 2238 91.7 30
10 Preston 22 7 14 1 1962 2183 89.8 30
11 Yarraville 22 7 15 0 2237 2608 85.8 28
12 Northcote 22 4 18 0 1728 2263 76.4 16
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[1][2]

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals
Saturday, 13 September Sandringham 10.6 (66) def. Prahran 6.18 (54) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 24,000) [3]
Saturday, 20 September Port Melbourne 20.19 (139) def. Williamstown 15.20 (110) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 18,000) [4]
Preliminary Final
Saturday, 27 September Williamstown 16.18 (114) def. by Sandringham 16.21 (117) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 18,000) [5]


1947 VFA Grand Final
Saturday, 4 October Port Melbourne def. Sandringham St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 24,000) [6][7]
6.3 (39)
9.5 (59)
12.11 (83)
 15.13 (103)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.1 (7)
5.5 (35)
6.7 (43)
 11.8 (74)
Umpires: Barnes
Houston 5, Findlay 3, Thoms 3, Culph, Lewis, Murphy, Reynolds Goals Brokenshire 3, Collins 3, Parker 2, Guille, Laver, Sales
Findlay (cut eye), Ferguson (concussion) Injuries Irvine (cut eye), Parker (cut eye), O'Toole (ankle)
Butcher, for striking Bencraft in the first quarter
Butcher, for striking Brokenshire in the first quarter
Reynolds, for striking Brown in the final quarter
Thoms, for kicking Brown in the final quarter
Reports Cerini, for elbowing Thoms in the final quarter

Awards[edit]

  • The leading goalkicker for the season was Bill Findlay (Port Melbourne), who kicked 100 goals in the home-and-home season and 107 goals overall. Douglas (Brighton) finished level with Findlay on 100 goals after the home-and-home season, but did not participate in finals.[1][6]
  • The J. J. Liston Trophy was won by Stan Tomlins (Sandringham), who polled 48 votes. Cec Hiscox (Northcote) was second with 39 votes and J. Turner (Brighton) was third with 35 votes.[8]
  • Coburg won the seconds premiership. Coburg 11.13 (79) defeated Prahran 9.15 (69) in the Grand Final, played as a curtain raiser to the firsts Grand Final on 4 October.[6]

Notable events[edit]

  • Mr Henry Zwar, MLA resigned from his position as president of the Association, which he had held since May 1944.[9] At the annual general meeting in February 1947, former Oakleigh president Mr Squire Reid, MLA was elected as his replacement;[10] he served in the role until his death in July 1949.[11]
  • The Association introduced a free kick for "kicking in danger" – that is, kicking recklessly at the ball where there is a strong risk of kicking an opposing player in the process, even if no contact is made with the opposing player.[12][13] No such provision existed under ANFC rules until at least a decade later.[14]
  • On Monday 16 June (King's Birthday holiday), a combined Association team played against a combined Bendigo Football Association team – which was bolstered by some Association players to make for a more even contest – at Golden Square Oval in Bendigo. Bendigo 19.7 (131) defeated the Association 17.5 (107).[15]
  • For the second consecutive season, Sandringham overcame a large three-quarter time deficit to beat Williamstown in the preliminary final. Sandringham 9.13 (67) trailed Williamstown 14.14 (98) at three-quarter time, before kicking seven goals to two in the final quarter to win by three points, 16.21 (117) d. 16.18 (114).[5] In the corresponding game in 1946, Williamstown had led by 40 points at three-quarter time.[16]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Centre (8 September 1947). "Brighton misses four". The Age. Melbourne. p. 8.
  2. ^ Marc Fiddian (25 June 1976). "Crowds up at VFA". The Age. Melbourne. p. 23.
  3. ^ "Sandringham score goals; Prahran mostly points". The Argus. Melbourne. 15 September 1947. p. 38.
  4. ^ Centre (22 September 1947). "Port's impressive defeat of Williamstown". The Age. Melbourne. p. 8.
  5. ^ a b Centre (29 September 1947). "Deficit of 31 points overtaken". The Age. Melbourne. p. 8.
  6. ^ a b c Centre (6 October 1947). "Port wins V.F.A. premiership". The Age. Melbourne. p. 8.
  7. ^ Centre (6 October 1947). "Fierce clash in V.F.A. Grand Final". The Age. Melbourne. p. 14.
  8. ^ "Award goes to Tomlins". The Age. Melbourne. 11 September 1947. p. 8.
  9. ^ "New football leader". The Argus. Melbourne. 9 May 1944. p. 9.
  10. ^ "Mr Reid, MLA, elected VFA president". The Argus. Melbourne. 18 February 1947. p. 12.
  11. ^ "Town's brilliant win over Coburg". Williamstown Chronicle. Williamstown, VIC. 5 August 1949. p. 8.
  12. ^ "VFA to eliminate dangerous play". The Argus. Melbourne. 21 May 1946. p. 14.
  13. ^ "Delegate seeks VFA loyalty". The Argus. Melbourne. 16 July 1946. p. 14.
  14. ^ "'Kicking in danger' must stop". The Argus. Melbourne. 5 July 1955. p. 18.
  15. ^ Percy Beams (17 June 1947). "VFA code at Bendigo". The Age. Melbourne. p. 6.
  16. ^ "Sandringham win exciting VFA final by point". The Argus. Melbourne. 30 September 1946. p. 17.