1937 VFA season

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1937 VFA premiership season
Teams 12
Premiers Prahran
(1st premiership)
Minor premiers Brunswick
(3rd minor premiership)
1936
1938

The 1937 Victorian Football Association season was the 59th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Prahran Football Club, after it came from fourth on the ladder to defeat Brunswick by two points in the Grand Final on 4 September. It was the club's first VFA premiership since it joined the Association in 1899.

Premiership[edit]

The home-and-home season was played over sixteen matches, a reduction from the eighteen games staged in 1936, before the top four clubs contested a finals series under the Page–McIntyre system to determine the premiers for the season.

Ladder[edit]

1937 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Brunswick 16 12 4 0 1486 1182 125.7 48
2 Brighton 16 12 4 0 1456 1334 109.1 48
3 Yarraville 16 11 5 0 1375 1071 128.4 44
4 Prahran (P) 16 11 5 0 1557 1320 118.0 44
5 Northcote 16 10 6 0 1353 1173 115.3 40
6 Coburg 16 9 7 0 1454 1419 102.5 36
7 Sandringham 16 7 9 0 1338 1335 100.2 28
8 Camberwell 16 7 9 0 1390 1477 94.1 28
9 Port Melbourne 16 5 11 0 1161 1464 79.3 20
10 Williamstown 16 4 12 0 1177 1370 85.9 16
11 Preston 16 4 12 0 1227 1461 84.0 16
12 Oakleigh 16 4 12 0 1296 1664 77.9 16
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[1]

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals
Saturday, 7 August Yarraville 12.12 (84) drew with Prahran 11.18 (84) Toorak Park (crowd: 8,000) [2]
Saturday, 14 August Brunswick 13.17 (95) def. Brighton 6.9 (45) Toorak Park (crowd: 8,000) [3]
Saturday, 21 August Yarraville 14.8 (92) def. by Prahran 18.12 (120) Toorak Park (crowd: 6,000) [4]
Preliminary Final
Saturday, 28 August Brighton 9.9 (63) def. by Prahran 14.12 (96) Toorak Park (crowd: 7,000) [5]


1937 VFA Grand Final
Saturday, 4 September Brunswick def. by Prahran Toorak Park (crowd: 9,000) [6]
3.3 (21)
6.6 (42)
10.13 (73)
 11.17 (83)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.3 (9)
3.6 (24)
9.9 (63)
 12.13 (85)
Crawford 3, McInnes 3, Gardner 2, Bailey, Dowling, McKay Goals Hawkins 6, Anderson 2, Thompson 2, Fleming, White
Turner, for striking Wiltshire in the second quarter
Gardner, for striking Wiltshire in the third quarter
Kanngieser, for striking Gravell in the third quarter
Reports Wiltshire, for striking Turner in the second quarter
Wiltshire, for striking Gardner in the third quarter
Gravell, for kicking Kanngeiser in the third quarter

Awards[edit]

  • Geoff McInnes (Brunswick) was the leading goalkicker for the season; he kicked 78 goals in the home-and-home season and 86 goals overall.[1][6]
  • In the parallel Association best and fairest awards:
  • Coburg won the seconds premiership. Coburg 9.11 (65) defeated Brunswick 4.13 (37) in the Grand Final on Saturday 28 August at Preston.[5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics of the games". The Argus. Melbourne. 2 August 1937. p. 14. 
  2. ^ a b Rover (9 August 1937). "8000 see thrilling match drawn". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 14. 
  3. ^ Rover (16 August 1937). "Brunswick wins second semi-final". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 14. 
  4. ^ Rover (23 August 1937). "Prahran easily wins replay". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 14. 
  5. ^ a b "Prahran in form". The Argus. Melbourne. 30 August 1937. p. 15. 
  6. ^ a b Rover (6 September 1937). "Won premiership after 38 years". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 6. 
  7. ^ "Huggins, Lowry tie for medal". The Argus. Melbourne. 20 August 1937. p. 19.