1901 VFL season

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1901 VFL Premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers Essendon
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Geelong
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played 71
Highest attendance 30,000
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Fred Hiskins (Essendon)
1900
1902

The 1901 Victorian Football League season was the fifth season of the elite Australian rules football competition.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1901, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match.

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1901 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the original Argus system.

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 8.13 (61) def. Carlton 2.7 (19) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 1.15 (21) def. by Collingwood 9.10 (64) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 2.11 (23) def. Melbourne 3.3 (21) Corio Oval
Saturday, 4 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 6.5 (41) def. by South Melbourne 6.13 (49) Junction Oval

Round 2[edit]

Round 2
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 13.16 (94) def. Carlton 0.7 (7) Victoria Park
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.1 (19) def. by Essendon 9.14 (68) Junction Oval
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.8 (38) def. by Geelong 6.12 (48) Brunswick Street Oval
Thursday, 9 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.6 (36) def. by South Melbourne 5.10 (40) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 3[edit]

Round 3
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.8 (26) def. by Geelong 7.13 (55) Princes Park
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 9.4 (58) def. Collingwood 6.11 (47) Lake Oval
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.8 (44) def. by Fitzroy 7.5 (47) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 11 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.16 (58) def. St Kilda 3.3 (21) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 4[edit]

Round 4
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.3 (27) def. South Melbourne 3.7 (25) Princes Park
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.8 (44) def. Melbourne 3.4 (22) Victoria Park
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 4.10 (34) def. Essendon 4.6 (30) Corio Oval
Saturday, 18 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 15.16 (106) def. St Kilda 3.5 (23) Brunswick Street Oval

Round 5[edit]

Round 5
Saturday, 25 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 7.8 (50) def. Melbourne 3.6 (24) EMCG
Saturday, 25 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.10 (40) def. St Kilda 2.8 (20) Princes Park
Saturday, 25 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.7 (25) def. by Fitzroy 6.5 (41) Lake Oval
Saturday, 25 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 3.6 (24) def. by Collingwood 4.8 (32) Corio Oval

Round 6[edit]

Round 6
Saturday, 1 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 7.13 (55) def. Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Victoria Park
Saturday, 1 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.5 (17) def. by Geelong 11.12 (78) Junction Oval
Saturday, 1 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.5 (35) def. by Essendon 3.23 (41) Lake Oval
Saturday, 1 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.7 (49) def. Carlton 5.4 (34) MCG

Round 7[edit]

Round 7
Monday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 9.11 (65) def. South Melbourne 3.4 (22) Corio Oval
Monday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.6 (36) drew with Melbourne 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval
Monday, 3 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.1 (19) def. by Collingwood 7.11 (53) Junction Oval
Monday, 3 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 15.15 (105) def. Carlton 3.7 (25) EMCG

Round 8[edit]

Round 8
Saturday, 8 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 7.7 (49) def. Essendon 7.6 (48) Victoria Park
Saturday, 8 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.7 (37) def. by Fitzroy 6.8 (44) Princes Park
Saturday, 8 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 7.14 (56) def. St Kilda 1.1 (7) Lake Oval
Saturday, 8 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 7.4 (46) def. by Geelong 9.5 (59) MCG

Round 9[edit]

Round 9
Saturday, 22 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 19.22 (136) def. St Kilda 4.5 (29) EMCG
Saturday, 22 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.6 (42) def. by Collingwood 9.9 (63) Princes Park
Saturday, 22 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) def. by Melbourne 9.7 (61) Lake Oval
Saturday, 22 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 6.16 (52) def. Fitzroy 8.3 (51) Corio Oval

Round 10[edit]

Round 10
Saturday, 29 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.1 (31) def. by South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Victoria Park
Saturday, 29 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.4 (28) def. by Melbourne 4.14 (38) Junction Oval
Saturday, 29 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.8 (44) def. by Essendon 14.8 (92) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 29 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.15 (63) def. Carlton 4.7 (31) Corio Oval

Round 11[edit]

Round 11
Saturday, 6 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.13 (49) def. Geelong 2.12 (24) EMCG
Saturday, 6 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.10 (34) def. by Fitzroy 11.7 (73) Junction Oval
Saturday, 6 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.6 (36) def. Collingwood 4.11 (35) MCG
Saturday, 6 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 10.10 (70) def. Carlton 3.2 (20) Lake Oval

Round 12[edit]

Round 12
Saturday, 13 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) def. by South Melbourne 12.7 (79) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 13 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.5 (41) def. by Geelong 12.11 (83) Victoria Park
Saturday, 13 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 6.6 (42) def. Essendon 4.9 (33) MCG
Saturday, 13 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 7.8 (50) def. Carlton 4.8 (32) Junction Oval

Round 13[edit]

Round 13
Saturday, 20 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.7 (55) def. St Kilda 4.5 (29) Corio Oval
Saturday, 20 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.16 (52) def. South Melbourne 8.3 (51) EMCG
Saturday, 20 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.6 (36) def. by Melbourne 6.6 (42) Princes Park
Saturday, 20 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 2.7 (19) def. by Collingwood 3.6 (24) Brunswick Street Oval

Round 14[edit]

Round 14
Saturday, 27 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.20 (80) def. St Kilda 1.7 (13) Victoria Park
Saturday, 27 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.2 (20) def. by Essendon 11.13 (79) Princes Park
Saturday, 27 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) def. by Geelong 6.13 (49) Lake Oval
Saturday, 27 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.5 (29) def. Fitzroy 2.11 (23) MCG

Sectional Rounds[edit]

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)[edit]

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 3 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.8 (44) def. Melbourne 3.10 (28) Victoria Park
Saturday, 3 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.5 (25) def. by Geelong 6.18 (54) Princes Park
Saturday, 3 August (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 1.3 (9) def. by Essendon 10.9 (69) Lake Oval
Saturday, 3 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 4.3 (27) def. by Fitzroy 14.15 (99) Junction Oval

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)[edit]

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 10 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.12 (54) def. South Melbourne 4.6 (30) Corio Oval
Saturday, 10 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 14.18 (102) def. Carlton 5.3 (33) EMCG
Saturday, 10 August (3:00 pm) Melbourne 19.10 (124) def. St Kilda 3.4 (22) Lake Oval
Saturday, 10 August (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.6 (48) def. Collingwood 2.6 (18) Brunswick Street Oval

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)[edit]

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 17 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 20.23 (143) def. St Kilda 2.3 (15) Victoria Park
Saturday, 17 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.6 (24) def. by South Melbourne 4.13 (37) Princes Park
Saturday, 17 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 5.3 (33) def. by Essendon 9.12 (66) Corio Oval
Saturday, 17 August (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 4.13 (37) def. Melbourne 3.6 (24) Brunswick Street Oval

Ladder[edit]

1901 VFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Geelong 17 14 3 0 853 597 142.88 56
2 Essendon (P) 17 12 5 0 1085 582 186.43 48
3 Collingwood 17 12 5 0 917 579 158.38 48
4 Fitzroy 17 9 7 1 877 666 131.68 38
5 Melbourne 17 9 7 1 716 610 117.38 38
6 South Melbourne 17 8 9 0 727 730 99.59 32
7 Carlton 17 2 15 0 476 1013 46.99 8
8 St Kilda 17 1 16 0 414 1288 32.14 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Semi finals[edit]

1st Semi Final[edit]

1st Semi Final
Saturday, 31 August 1901 Collingwood def. Geelong EMCG (crowd: 10,000) Report
2.3 (15)
3.5 (23)
5.8 (38)
 6.9 (45)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
0.2 (2)
1.3 (9)
3.4 (22)
 3.6 (24)
Umpires: Gibson
Smith 2, Bryce, Morgan, Rowell, Tulloch Goals Bennion, Rankin, Woods

2nd Semi Final[edit]

2nd Semi Final
Saturday, 31 August 1901 Essendon def. Fitzroy Victoria Park (crowd: 15,000) Report
0.1 (1)
3.2 (20)
5.7 (37)
 6.10 (46)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.4 (16)
2.6 (18)
3.8 (26)
 6.9 (45)
Umpires: Crapp
Thurgood 5, Larkin Goals Brosnan 2, Sharp 2, Sharpe 2

Grand final[edit]

Grand Final
Saturday, 7 September 1901 Essendon def. Collingwood Lake Oval (crowd: 30,031) Report
3.0 (18)
5.2 (32)
5.4 (34)
 6.7 (43)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
0.1 (1)
0.3 (3)
2.3 (15)
 2.4 (16)
Umpires: Crapp
Thurgood 3, Kinnear, Martin, McKenzie Goals Bryce 2

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • Fitzroy lodged an official protest against the result of the Second Semi-Final, which it lost against Essendon by one point, alleging that the goal umpire had erred in awarding Essendon's first goal because the ball had hit the post. Later in the week, Fitzroy withdrew its protest against the result, and the scheduling of the Final was not affected;[1] an inquiry later in September found that the goal umpire had made a mistake, but no change was made to the score after the finding.[2]
  • Against South Melbourne in Round 6, Essendon kicked 17 behinds between its first and second goals. Only Geelong against St. Kilda in 1919 and St. Kilda against Fitzroy in 1921 have beaten this unwanted record. Fred Hiskins kicked ten behinds.
  • In the last home-and-away match between South Melbourne and Geelong, field umpire Henry "Ivo" Crapp experiments with clearly calling out his decisions.
  • In Essendon's "Grand Final" victory against Collingwood, Albert Thurgood kicks three of Essendon's six goals. One of his goals was scored with an 86-yard (79 m.) drop-kick, and another (measured immediately after the match) was scored with a 93-yard (85 m.) place-kick into a strong head wind.
  • VFL instituted the original Argus system to determine the season's premiers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football – The Goal Umpiring Question". The Argus. 12 September 1901. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "The Essendon-Fitzroy Football Match". The Argus. 24 September 1901. p. 6. 
  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872–1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897–1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897–1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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