1961 Hawthorn Football Club season

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Hawthorn Football Club
1961 season
PresidentDr. A.S. Ferguson
CoachJohn Kennedy Sr.
Captain(s)Graham Arthur
Home groundGlenferrie Oval
VFL season14–4 (1st)
Finals seriesPremiers
(Defeated Footscray 94–51)
Best and fairestIan Law
Leading goalkickerJohn Peck (49)
Highest home attendance107,935 (Grand Final vs. Footscray)
Lowest home attendance14,000 (Round 15 vs. North Melbourne)
Average home attendance37,471

The 1961 season was the Hawthorn Football Club's 37th season in the Victorian Football League and 60th overall. The season was a historic one for Hawthorn finishing top of the ladder and claiming the McClelland Trophy for the first time in their history, reaching the Grand Final for the first time in their history, and winning the Premiership for the first time in their history.

Fixture[edit]

Premiership Season[edit]

Rd Date and local time Opponent Scores (Hawthorn's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance Record
Home Away Result
1 Saturday, 15 April (2:20 pm) South Melbourne 7.14 (56) 11.15 (81) Lost by 25 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 20,000 0–1
2 Saturday, 22 April (2:20 pm) Melbourne 5.14 (44) 11.10 (76) Won by 32 points Melbourne Cricket Ground (A) 34,640 1–1
3 Saturday, 29 April (2:20 pm) Fitzroy 13.17 (95) 10.9 (69) Won by 26 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 21,500 2–1
4 Saturday, 6 May (2:20 pm) North Melbourne 8.7 (55) 12.13 (85) Won by 30 points Arden Street Oval (A) 13,500 3–1
5 Saturday, 13 May (2:20 pm) Essendon 9.21 (75) 12.4 (76) Lost by 1 point Glenferrie Oval (H) 31,000 3–2
6 Saturday, 21 May (2:20 pm) St Kilda 14.16 (100) 12.9 (81) Lost by 19 points Junction Oval (A) 32,900 3–3
7 Saturday, 3 June (2:20 pm) Richmond 10.13 (73) 8.12 (60) Won by 13 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 15,000 4–3
8 Monday, 12 June (2:20 pm) Footscray 14.19 (103) 13.13 (91) Lost by 12 points Western Oval (A) 24,132 4–4
9 Saturday, 17 June (2:20 pm) Geelong 9.7 (61) 10.10 (70) Won by 9 points Kardinia Park (A) 14,197 5–4
10 Saturday, 24 June (2:20 pm) Carlton 12.6 (78) 6.10 (46) Won by 32 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 21,500 6–4
11 Saturday, 1 July (2:20 pm) Collingwood 13.12 (90) 4.12 (36) Won by 54 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 31,500 7–4
12 Saturday, 8 July (2:20 pm) South Melbourne 7.7 (49) 9.11 (65) Won by 16 points Lake Oval (A) 13,860 8–4
13 Saturday, 15 July (2:20 pm) Melbourne 8.10 (58) 5.10 (40) Won by 18 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 27,500 9–4
14 Saturday, 29 July (2:20 pm) Fitzroy 12.15 (87) 13.16 (94) Won by 7 points Brunswick Street Oval (A) 23,012 10–4
15 Saturday, 5 August (2:20 pm) North Melbourne 15.10 (100) 6.11 (47) Won by 53 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 14,000 11–4
16 Saturday, 12 August (2:45 pm) Essendon 10.12 (72) 11.13 (79) Won by 7 points Windy Hill (A) 27,200 12–4
17 Saturday, 19 August (2:20 pm) St Kilda 19.6 (120) 14.7 (91) Won by 29 points Glenferrie Oval (H) 34,500 13–4
18 Saturday, 26 August (2:20 pm) Richmond 8.8 (56) 11.15 (81) Won by 25 points Punt Road Oval (A) 15,177 14–4
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Finals Series[edit]

Rd Date and local time Opponent Scores (Hawthorn's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance
Home Away Result
Second Semi-Final Saturday, 9 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 12.8 (80) 11.7 (73) Won by 7 points Melbourne Cricket Ground (H) 87,744
Grand Final Saturday, 23 September (2:50 pm) Footscray 13.16 (94) 7.9 (51) Won by 43 points Melbourne Cricket Ground (H) 107,935
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Ladder[edit]

1961 VFL ladder
Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Hawthorn (P) 18 14 4 0 1467 1173 125.06 56
2 Melbourne 18 12 5 1 1510 1151 131.19 50
3 St Kilda 18 11 7 0 1373 1173 117.05 44
4 Footscray 18 11 7 0 1334 1216 109.70 44
5 Fitzroy 18 10 7 1 1469 1258 116.77 42
6 Geelong 18 10 7 1 1367 1362 100.37 42
7 Essendon 18 9 8 1 1462 1335 109.51 38
8 Carlton 18 9 9 0 1279 1325 96.53 36
9 Collingwood 18 5 12 1 1166 1375 84.80 22
10 Richmond 18 5 13 0 1126 1428 78.85 20
11 South Melbourne 18 5 13 0 1187 1644 72.20 20
12 North Melbourne 18 4 13 1 1133 1433 79.06 18
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFL Tables - 1961 Season Scores". afltables.com. Retrieved 13 September 2016.