1889 VFA season

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1889 premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers South Melbourne
(4th premiership)
1888
1890

The 1889 Victorian Football Association season was the 13th season of the Australian rules football competition.

The premiership was won by the South Melbourne Football Club. It was the fourth premiership in the club's history, and the second out of a sequence of three consecutive premierships won from 1888 to 1890.

Association membership[edit]

The number of teams contesting the Association premiership reduced from 16 senior teams to 12 in 1889. The three Ballarat-based clubs – Ballarat, South Ballarat and Ballarat Imperial – remained senior clubs, continued to be represented on the Association Board of Management, and continued to contest the Ballarat premiership, but matches played against them by metropolitan clubs (which often occurred during bye weeks) no longer qualified for the premiership.[1] University, after a winless 1888 season, dropped out of the Association.

1889 VFA Ladder[edit]

Teams did not play a uniform number of premiership matches during the season. As such, in the final standings, each team's premiership points were adjusted upwards proportionally to represent a 21-match season – e.g., South Melbourne played 19 matches, so its tally of premiership points was increased by a factor of 21/19. After this adjustment, there was no formal process for breaking a tie.

1889 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D GF GA PTS Adj PTS
1 South Melbourne (P) 19 14 2 3 122 49 62 68.53
2 Carlton 20 15 5 0 100 64 60 63.00
3 Port Melbourne 20 13 4 3 93 55 58 60.90
4 Essendon 21 13 8 0 112 55 52 52.00
5 Geelong 20 10 6 4 88 73 48 50.40
6 North Melbourne 20 11 8 1 94 75 46 48.30
7 Fitzroy 20 10 8 2 86 66 44 46.20
8 Richmond 19 7 11 1 62 102 30 33.16
9 St Kilda 18 6 12 1 61 114 26 30.33
10 Williamstown 20 5 13 2 55 73 24 25.20
11 Melbourne 21 4 16 1 46 142 18 18.00
12 Footscray 16 1 15 0 37 88 4 5.25
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points, Adj PTS = Premiership points adjusted for a 21-game season Source:[2]

Notable events[edit]

  • Footscray defeated Melbourne 5–2 in its sixth premiership fixture for the season, but the win was awarded to Melbourne on protest because Footscray fielded a player without the proper clearance.[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Victorian Football Association". The Australasian. XLVI (1203). 20 April 1889. p. 837. 
  2. ^ a b "Close of the football season". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. 30 September 1889. p. 6.