1951 VFA season

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1951 VFA premiership season
Teams 14
Premiers Prahran
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiers Port Melbourne
(3rd minor premiership)
1950
1952

The 1951 Victorian Football Association season was the 70th season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Prahran Football Club, after it defeated Port Melbourne by nine points in the Grand Final on 6 October. It was Prahran's second VFA premiership.

Association membership[edit]

For the first time since 1929, the membership of the Association changed, expanding from twelve clubs to fourteen. The Association saw itself in a strong enough position to provide the opportunity for top level senior football in the booming outer suburbs which were experiencing strong post-war growth. In August 1950, the Association delegates unanimously voted to admit two new clubs for 1951:[1]

Premiership[edit]

The home-and-home season was played over twenty matches, before the top four clubs contested a finals series under the Page–McIntyre system to determine the premiers for the season.

Ladder[edit]

1951 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Port Melbourne 20 16 3 1 2028 1322 153.4 66
2 Prahran (P) 20 16 4 0 1899 1560 121.7 64
3 Sandringham 20 15 5 0 2017 1568 128.6 60
4 Oakleigh 20 13 6 1 2015 1537 131.1 54
5 Brighton 20 12 8 0 1874 1685 111.2 48
6 Northcote 20 11 9 0 1418 1384 102.5 44
7 Williamstown 20 10 9 1 1788 1528 117.0 42
8 Brunswick 20 10 9 1 1443 1436 100.5 42
9 Coburg 20 10 10 0 1770 1688 104.9 40
10 Preston 20 8 10 2 1627 1683 96.7 36
11 Yarraville 20 9 11 0 1554 1724 90.1 36
12 Camberwell 20 3 16 1 1409 1949 72.1 14
13 Moorabbin 20 3 17 0 1571 2133 73.7 12
14 Box Hill 20 0 19 1 1121 2334 48.0 2
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[6]

Finals[edit]

Semi Finals
Saturday, 15 September Sandringham 11.16 (82) def. by Oakleigh 15.11 (101) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 20,000) [7]
Saturday, 22 September Port Melbourne 12.13 (85) def. by Prahran 19.19 (133) St Kilda Cricket Ground [8]
Preliminary Final
Saturday, 29 September Port Melbourne 9.10 (64) def. Oakleigh 8.9 (57) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 20,000) [9]


1951 VFA Grand Final
Saturday, 6 October Prahran def. Port Melbourne St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 32,500) [10]
1.6 (12)
4.8 (32)
8.9 (57)
 11.13 (79)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.1 (13)
4.2 (26)
8.6 (54)
 10.10 (70)
Umpires: Merrington
Burgess 3, McCullock 2, Shillabeer 2, Grambeau, Harvey, Walsh, Worrall Goals Miller 5, Walsh 2, Laffey, Lowrie, Murray
Shillabeer (shoulder) Injuries Walsh (leg/ankle), Tucker (cramp)

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • After increasing factional in-fighting within the Board of Management, former Brighton president Lewis Page took over the presidency of the Association, after he challenged and defeated incumbent Dr Frank Hartnett, who had served as president since August 1949,[13] at the annual general meeting in February 1951. After the original vote was tied 16–16, Hartnett stepped aside by giving his casting vote to Page.[14] Page served as president from 1951 until 1954.[15]
  • Because the Association had finished last in the top division of the 1950 Brisbane Carnival, it was required to play off against the winners of the lower division, the Australian Amateurs, to determine which team qualified for the top division at the next carnival, held in Adelaide in 1953. The play-off match was held at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on Saturday 14 July.[16] The Association 20.17 (137) defeated the Amateurs 12.12 (84), to retain their place in the 1953 Carnival. The crowd was 2,500, and Prime Minister Robert Menzies executed the opening bounce of the match.[17]
  • Association representative teams played two other interstate matches during the season:[18]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bill Moorhead (25 July 1950). "V.F.A. to admit two new clubs". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 15. 
  2. ^ Peter Banfield (28 July 1950). "They have faith in Box Hill". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 11. 
  3. ^ "New VFA badges are "excellent"". The Argus. Melbourne. 11 April 1951. p. 11. 
  4. ^ "Camberwell will be no "push-over"". Williamstown Chronicle. Williamstown, VIC. 4 August 1950. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Moorabbin Football Club – Info". Australian Football.com. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Peter Banfield (10 September 1951). "Sandringham win easily in semi-final test". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 10. 
  7. ^ Jack Oates (17 September 1951). "Oakleigh's title chance after great semi-final win". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 20. 
  8. ^ Peter Banfield (24 September 1951). "Prahran walkover shocks rivals". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 13. 
  9. ^ Jack Oates (1 October 1951). "Port's chance for title after fine win over Oakleigh". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 19. 
  10. ^ a b c Jack Oates (8 October 1951). "Lucky title win to Prahran". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 23. 
  11. ^ Jack Oates (10 September 1951). "Display by Oakleigh may prove costly". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 23. 
  12. ^ "Hiscox best in V.F.A.". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 11 September 1951. p. 20. 
  13. ^ "Dr F. Hartnett is new VFA president". The Argus. Melbourne. 30 August 1949. p. 20. 
  14. ^ Jack Dunn (20 February 1951). "Dr. Hartnett votes his V.F.A. office away". The Argus. Melbourne. 
  15. ^ "V.F.A. president defeated". The Argus. Melbourne. 23 February 1954. p. 17. 
  16. ^ "Australian Amateurs V.F.A. team to play at Manuka tomorrow". The Canberra Times. Canberra, ACT. 12 July 1951. p. 5. 
  17. ^ "Victorian Football teams stage fast match for Canberra followers". The Canberra Times. Canberra, ACT. 16 July 1951. p. 2. 
  18. ^ Jack Dunn (15 February 1951). "V.F.A. to start April 21". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 12. 
  19. ^ Harry Kneebone (10 May 1951). "Overwhelming football win". The Advertiser. Adelaide, SA. p. 13. 
  20. ^ "Tasmania no match for V.F.A.". The Advocate. Burnie, Tas. 2 July 1951. p. 5.