1914 VFA season

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1914 premiership season
Teams 10
Premiers North Melbourne
(4th premiership)
Minor premiers North Melbourne
(3rd minor premiership)
1913
1915

The 1914 Victorian Football Association season was the 38th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the North Melbourne Football Club, after it defeated Footscray by 35 points in the final on 22 August, it was the club's fourth VFA premiership, and marked the beginning of a period of unprecedented dominance for North Melbourne, which included three consecutive premierships, and a 58-match winning streak which lasted from 1914–1919.[1]

Association membership[edit]

In October 1913, the Hawthorn Football Club from the Metropolitan Amateur Association submitted an application to join the Association;[2] the application was accepted in December, after the Melbourne City Football Club, having endured two winless seasons since joining the Association in 1912, disbanded.[3] As such, the size of the Association remained constant at ten clubs.

Premiership[edit]

The home-and-home season was played over eighteen rounds, with each club playing the others twice; then, the top four clubs contested a finals series under the amended Argus system to determine the premiers for the season.

Starting from 1914, percentage in the Association was calculated as the number of points conceded for every 100 points scored. Where level on premiership points, clubs were ranked in ascending order by percentage. Previously (and again later) percentage was calculated as the number of points scored for every 100 points conceded.[4]

Ladder[edit]

1914 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 North Melbourne (P) 18 14 4 0 1389 873 62.8 56
2 Footscray 18 14 4 0 1222 864 70.7 56
3 Essendon 18 12 6 0 1331 1053 79.1 48
4 Williamstown 18 11 7 0 1084 1045 96.4 44
5 Brunswick 18 9 8 1 1246 1106 88.7 38
6 Prahran 18 8 2 8 1120 1117 99.7 36
7 Brighton 18 9 9 0 1024 1027 101.1 36
8 Port Melbourne 18 7 11 0 1165 1311 112.5 28
9 Hawthorn 18 3 14 1 1145 1629 142.2 14
10 Northcote 18 1 17 0 757 1581 208.2 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, Pennsylvania = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[4]

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals
Saturday, 8 August North Melbourne 13.11 (89) def. Essendon 8.10 (58) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 15,000) [5]
Saturday, 8 August Footscray 13.12 (90) def. Williamstown 5.6 (36) East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 7,000) [5]


1914 VFA Final
Saturday, 22 August North Melbourne def. Footscray East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 10,000) [6]
1.3 (9)
6.10 (46)
9.13 (67)
 12.14 (86)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.2 (14)
4.2 (26)
5.5 (35)
 7.9 (51)
Umpires: McMurray
Moran 5, Hardy 3, Miles 2, Carpenter, Hawkins Goals Banbury 2, Baxter 2, Cotton 2, Crouch
  • Had Footscray won, minor premiers North Melbourne would have been entitled to a rematch the following Saturday to decide the premiership.

Notable events[edit]

  • T. Clarke (Essendon) was the leading goalkicker for the season, with 46 (including finals).[6]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Old Boy (15 September 1919). "Association Semi-Final – North Melbourne's Waterloo". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "Football – Association meeting". The Argus. Melbourne. 29 October 1913. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Football – new Association club". The Argus. Melbourne. 4 December 1913. p. 12. 
  4. ^ a b Old Boy (3 August 1914). "The Association – first round completed". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 6. 
  5. ^ a b Old Boy (10 August 1914). "Association Finals – two easy victories". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 4. 
  6. ^ a b Old Boy (24 August 1914). "Association Premiership – North Melbourne win". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 5.