It was Essendon's fourth successive grand final appearance, having won the 1946 VFL Grand Final but finishing runners-up the previous two years. Star Bombers full-forward John Coleman, in his first season of VFL Football, kicked six goals for the game, the last of which brought up his 100th goal for the year.
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