1950 VFA season

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1950 VFA premiership season
Teams12
PremiersOakleigh
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiersOakleigh
(3rd minor premiership)
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The 1950 Victorian Football Association season was the 69th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Oakleigh Football Club, which defeated Port Melbourne by 19 points in the Grand Final on 30 September. It was the third premiership won by the club.

Australian National Football Council affiliation[edit]

During the 1949 season, the Association had made the decision to re-affiliate with the Australian National Football Council. This meant that from 1950, the Association played under the national standard code of rules. Most notably, this meant that throwing the ball in general play was no longer legal.[1][2] Other rules, including the free kick for 'kicking in danger' which had been introduced under Association rules in 1947, also had to be dropped.[3]

Premiership[edit]

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

Ladder[edit]

1950 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Oakleigh (P) 19 15 4 0 1601 1304 122.8 60
2 Port Melbourne 19 14 5 0 1600 1285 124.5 56
3 Williamstown 19 13 6 0 1486 1411 105.3 52
4 Brighton 19 12 6 1 1853 1330 139.3 50
5 Coburg 19 12 7 0 1709 1461 117.0 48
6 Prahran 19 10 9 0 1621 1446 112.1 40
7 Sandringham 19 10 9 0 1644 1570 104.7 40
8 Brunswick 18 9 8 1 1353 1366 99.0 38
9 Camberwell 18 8 10 0 1326 1368 96.9 32
10 Northcote 19 4 15 0 1233 1865 66.1 16
11 Preston 19 3 16 0 1242 1723 72.1 12
12 Yarraville 19 2 17 0 1446 1985 72.8 8
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[4]

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals
Saturday, 9 September Williamstown 9.10 (64) def. by Brighton 15.12 (102) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 18,000) [5]
Saturday, 16 September Oakleigh 12.15 (87) def. Port Melbourne 11.10 (76) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 23,000) [6]
Preliminary Final
Saturday, 23 September Port Melbourne 11.6 (72) def. Brighton 8.12 (60) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 19,000) [7]


1950 VFA Grand Final
Saturday, 30 September Oakleigh def. Port Melbourne St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 38,000) [8]
5.5 (35)
6.8 (44)
13.9 (87)
 13.9 (87)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.0 (12)
6.8 (44)
7.11 (53)
 9.14 (68)
Edwards 3, Hill 3, Lambert 2, Cunningham, Deayton, Howell, C. Watson, J. Watson Goals Lewis 4, Woodbridge 2, Atkinson, Culph, Walsh

Awards[edit]

  • The leading goalkicker for the home-and-home season was Bruce Harper (Sandringham), who kicked 70 goals; the leading goalkicker overall was Johnny Walker (Williamstown), who kicked 66 goals in the home-and-home season and 71 goals overall.[9][10]
  • The J. J. Liston Trophy was won by Frank Stubbs (Camberwell), who polled 38 votes. Jack Spencer (Brunswick) was second with 28 votes, and Roy Harper (Sandringham) was third with 26½ votes.[11]
  • Coburg won the seconds premiership. Coburg 8.11 (59) defeated Williamstown 7.11 (53) in the Grand Final, played as a curtain raiser to the firsts Grand Final on 30 September.[8]

Notable events[edit]

Brisbane Carnival[edit]

As a consequence of joining the ANFC, the Association was permitted to send a representative team to the 1950 Brisbane Carnival. The team was coached by Bill Faul (Prahran) and captained by Jack Whelan (Brunswick).[12] The Association competed in the top division, and finished in last place with a record of 1–3; this meant that the Association was required to play off against the winner of the lower division, the Australian Amateurs, during 1951 to determine which team qualified for the top division at the next carnival.[13]

1950 Brisbane Carnival
Wednesday, 19 July Tasmania 14.7 (91) def. Victoria (VFA) 9.15 (69) Brisbane Exhibition Ground (crowd: 5,200) [14]
Monday, 24 July Victoria (VFA) 6.6 (42) def. South Australia 4.10 (34) Brisbane Exhibition Ground [15]
Wednesday, 26 July Victoria (VFL) 18.13 (121) def. Victoria (VFA) 6.5 (41) Brisbane Exhibition Ground [16]
Saturday, 29 July Western Australia 15.20 (110) def. Victoria (VFA) 6.6 (42) Brisbane Exhibition Ground [17]

Other notable events[edit]

  • The match between Brunswick and Camberwell on 19 August ended in controversy. The final bell was rung with Camberwell leading by a point, and Camberwell fans ran onto the ground to celebrate; but, umpire Irvine had not heard the bell and allowed play to continue; fifteen seconds later, Brunswick's Ivor McIvor scored a goal, and Brunswick 10.14 (74) defeated Camberwell 9.15 (69).[18] Camberwell protested the result, and the Association declared the match 'no result'. No replay was held, as it was late in the season and the match could not affect the final four; as such, both teams are credited with eighteen games instead of nineteen for the year.[19]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Association joins ANFC". The Argus. Melbourne. 9 August 1949. p. 20.
  2. ^ "Privileges but not voting power". The Argus. Melbourne. 28 June 1949. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Rules "outlaw" flick passes". The Argus. Melbourne. 18 May 1950. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Association statistics". The Argus. Melbourne. 4 September 1950. p. 10.
  5. ^ Jack Dunn (11 September 1950). "Brighton go away to 6-goal victory". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 12.
  6. ^ Jack Dunn (18 September 1950). "Oakleigh down Port in thrilling game". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 12.
  7. ^ Jack Dunn (25 September 1950). "Port hit top to win V.F.A. final". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 13.
  8. ^ a b Jack Dunn (2 October 1950). "Third-quarter burst made game safe". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 12.
  9. ^ Jack Oates (4 September 1950). "Association details". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 29.
  10. ^ Jack Oates (2 October 1950). "Steadiness, defence win title for Oakleigh". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 27.
  11. ^ "Frank Stubbs wins V.F.A. award". The Argus. Melbourne. 7 September 1950. p. 11.
  12. ^ "V.F.A. coach advises his carnival team". The Argus. Melbourne. 7 July 1950. p. 14.
  13. ^ "Australian Amateurs V.F.A. team to play at Manuka tomorrow". The Canberra Times. Canberra, ACT. 12 July 1951. p. 5.
  14. ^ Percy Taylor (20 July 1950). "V.F.A. team defeated in Brisbane". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 13.
  15. ^ Percy Taylor (26 July 1950). "First national carnival upset". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 15.
  16. ^ Percy Taylor (27 July 1950). "Hollow carnival victory". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 13.
  17. ^ "WA were far too good". The Argus. Melbourne. 31 July 1950. p. 12.
  18. ^ "Won after bell". The Argus. Melbourne. 21 August 1950. p. 12.
  19. ^ Jack Oates (30 August 1950). "Brunswick win "no game", V.F.A. declares". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 29.