1925 VFL Grand Final

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Team 1 2 3 Final
Geelong 3.2 7.8 10.13 10.19 (79)
Collingwood 2.5 4.9 6.12 9.15 (69)

The 1925 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Geelong Football Club and Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 10 October 1925. It was the 29th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1925 VFL season. The match, attended by 64,288 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 10 points, marking that club's first VFL premiership victory.

Geelong, competing in their first ever VFL Grand Final, had been the best side all season, having lost only two games on their way to the minor premiership and at one stage put together a sequence of 12 successive wins. Collingwood on the other hand had only made the finals on percentage, a spot only cemented when they defeated South Melbourne by 65 points in the final round.

Geelong outscored Collingwood in each of the first three quarters to open up a 25-point lead going into the final term. Collingwood finished strongly but Geelong held on to claim its first VFL premiership. Captain-coach Cliff Rankin starred with five goals.

Tom Fitzmaurice had extra reason to celebrate, as it was his 100th VFL match and his third successive premiership, having won flags in the previous two seasons at Essendon.


Cliff Rankin
B: Les Smith Keith Johns Dave Ferguson
HB: Bill Hudd Tom Fitzmaurice Ken Leahy
C: Edward Stevenson Edward Greeves Jack Williams
HF: Arthur Rayson George Todd Jack Chambers
F: Cliff Rankin (c) Lloyd Hagger Syd Hall
Foll: Eric Fleming Denis Heagney Jim Warren
Coach: Cliff Rankin
B: George Beasley Charlie Dibbs Jim Shanahan
HB: Charlie Tyson (c) Bob Makeham Ernie Wilson
C: Charlie Milburn Harry Chesswas Leo Wescott
HF: John Harris Frank Murphy Jim Lawn
F: Les Stainsby Gordon Coventry Reg Baker
Foll: Syd Coventry Laurie Murphy Reynolds Webb
Coach: Jock McHale




  • Rankin 5
  • Chambers 1
  • Hagger 1
  • Hall 1
  • Heagney 1
  • Stevenson 1


  • F. Murphy 2
  • Stainsby 2
  • Webb 2
  • Baker 1
  • Chesswas 1
  • Tyson 1


In what was Geelong's first VFL premiership and their first premiership since 1886 in the VFA, The Age reported:

The scene in the Geelong dressing-room was remarkable. The players who had succeeded, where teams for 29 years had failed, seemed to be the coolest men there. They had just come out of a strenuous contest, and were besieged by enthusiastic supporters, but they accepted the plaudits with becoming modesty. Not one of them had been in a premiership team, save Tom Fitzmaurice, who played with Essendon in their last two premierships, and not one of them was alive when Geelong last gained the honours.


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