1914 Sydney Carnival

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The 1914 Sydney Carnival was the third edition of the Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football interstate competition. It was held between Wednesday 5 August and Saturday 15 August 1914. Victoria was the winning state, going undefeated through the competition.

The carnival, which was the first to take place in New South Wales, was contested by teams from each of the six states: Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. Interest in the event was overshadowed by the declarations of war by Britain on Germany on 4 August, and the opening manoeuvres of World War I which followed.[1] Altogether, the event made a loss, drawing at the gate enough to cover approximately half of its operating expenses.[2]


George Heinz was voted as the best player for Victoria in the carnival

New South Wales: W. Abotomay, D. Baird, A. Vincent, E. Tyson, A. Ratcliffe, W. Webb, W. Davis, T. Harris, A. Jackson, Les. Clarke, V. McCann, E. Stevens, B. Ellis, F. McCargill, F. McDonald, Fisher, R. Blackburn, R. Robertson, A. Erickson, G. Parr, R. Stephenson, E. Stewart, J. Cannon, E. McFadden, R. McInerney. Manager, W. Strickland.[3]

Queensland: D. Arnall, G. Beech, E. Bliss, E. Crouch, W. H. Cooke, A. J. Cowley, D. Duffy, W. East, A. Grieves, J. H. Hawke, P. W. Jones, C. Law- rence, S. McKinley, A. McPherson, A. C. McCaul, J. Minus, W. Maroney, D. Ogilvy, A. C. Roberts, A. E. S. Kuce, P. R. Willshire, G. Wilson, L. Wilson.[3]

South Australia: W. Mayman, F. H. Golding, D. V. McDougall (Sturt), W. H. Oliver; J. C. Watson, F. G. Magor, J. W. Robertson, A. McFarlane, J. Ashley, A. Congear (Port Adelaide). F. H. Keen, J. J. Tredrea, F. M. Barry (South Adelaide), S. Patten, D. Low (West Torrens). A. Klose, E. Johns, T. Leahy, L. Thomas (North Adelaide), W. H. Dowling, J. R. Hanley, H. R. Head (West Adelaide), Manager, Mr. J. Hodge.[3]

Tasmania: Absolom, Aulsebrook, R. Bailey, Bennison, Burton, Jack, Bastick J. Barnett, R. Coogan. R. Cooper, C. Dunn (vice-captain), J. Dunn, Flanagan, Goddard, Hanigan, J. Pennicott, Randall, L. Russell, Bailey (captain), Barnett, Margetts, Morrison, Pugh.[3]

Victoria: Baud, Dick, Haughton (Carlton), Green, Jackson, W. H. Lee (Collingwood), Gove, Ogden (Essendon), Holden, Cooper, Johnson (Fitzroy), Grigg, Heinz, Marsham (Geelong), McNamara, Eicke, Schmidt (St Kilda), Lilley (Melbourne), Charge, Sloss (South Melbourne), Brake, Woods (University), James (Richmond).[3]

West Australia: Smith, Hebbard, Robinson, Scullion, Hurley, Daly, Sullivan, Slattery, Eddy (Goldfields),[4] Burns, Limb, Sellars, Doig, Tapping, Youlden, Truscott, Thomas, McIntosh, Cain, Tomkins, Fisher, Oakley, Matson, Mose (Coastal League).[3][5]

Umpires: Jack Elder from Victoria, Henry "Ivo" Crapp from West Australia, S. F. Carter from South Australia and L. J. Pitcher (New South Wales).[3]


1914 Sydney Carnival
Wednesday, 5 August (12:45pm) New South Wales 13.15 (93) def. Queensland 2.4 (16) Sydney Cricket Ground [6]
Wednesday, 5 August (3:00pm) South Australia 12.16 (88) def. Western Australia 12.11 (83) Sydney Cricket Ground [6]
Thursday, 6 August (3:00pm) Victoria 28.20 (188) def. Tasmania 8.9 (57) Sydney Cricket Ground [7]
Friday, 7 August (3:00pm) South Australia 32.18 (210) def. Queensland 2.9 (21) Sydney Cricket Ground [8]
Saturday, 8 August (1:30pm) New South Wales 15.14 (104) def. Tasmania 5.13 (43) Sydney Cricket Ground (crowd: 8,000 C-R)) [9]
Saturday, 8 August (3:00pm) Victoria 13.16 (94) def. Western Australia 11.14 (80) Sydney Cricket Ground (crowd: 8,000) [9]
Monday, 10 August (1:30pm) Tasmania 15.17 (107) def. Queensland 4.5 (29) Sydney Cricket Ground [10]
Monday, 10 August (3:30pm) South Australia 16.20 (106) def. New South Wales 10.3 (63) Sydney Cricket Ground [10]
Tuesday, 11 August (1:30pm) Western Australia 33.31 (229) def. Queensland 6.5 (41) Sydney Cricket Ground [11]
Tuesday, 11 August (3:00pm) Victoria 24.20 (164) def. New South Wales 4.7 (31) Sydney Cricket Ground [11]
Wednesday, 12 August (3:00pm) South Australia 18.23 (131) def. Tasmania 5.7 (37) Sydney Cricket Ground [1]
Thursday, 13 August (1:30pm) Western Australia 29.14 (188) def. Tasmania 12.8 (80) Sydney Cricket Ground [12]
Thursday, 13 August (3:00pm) Victoria 28.22 (190) def. Queensland 4.3 (27) Sydney Cricket Ground [12]
Saturday, 15 August (12:40pm) Western Australia 23.24 (162) def. New South Wales 8.10 (58) Sydney Cricket Ground (crowd: 12,000 C-R)) [13]
Saturday, 15 August (3:00pm) Victoria 11.11 (77) def. South Australia 5.10 (44) Sydney Cricket Ground (crowd: 12,000) [13]


1914 Sydney Carnival ladder
1 Victoria 5 5 0 0 20
2 South Australia 5 4 1 0 16
3 Western Australia 5 3 2 0 12
4 New South Wales 5 2 3 0 8
5 Tasmania 5 1 4 0 4
6 Queensland 5 0 5 0 0
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PTS = Premiership points. Source[2]

Other awards and events[edit]

At the completion of the tournament, the best player from each state was awarded a gold medal, also known as Referee Medals, named after the Sydney newspaper.[14] The winners were:

Additional events held as part of the carnival included a series of junior and schoolboys' representative matches, played in timeslots not occupied by senior matches,[1][7][8] as well as a goalkicking competition and a long-distance kicking competition, in both of which the best Australian rules football players in each discipline faced off against rugby league star Dally Messenger.[17]

  • In the goalkicking competition, Herbert Limb (Western Australia) won the preliminary round amongst the Australian rules footballers. Messenger then defeated Limb in the final.[13]
  • In the distance kicking competition, Dave McNamara (Victoria) won with a distance of 67yds 8in from a place kick (before later kicking 76 yards in an out-of-competition kick); Alex Robinson (Western Australia) was second with a distance of 65 yards.[13]


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