1898 VFL premiership season
Fitzroy 1898 VFL premiership team
Date14 May—24 September 1898
Teams8
PremiersFitzroy
1st premiership
Minor premiersEssendon
1st minor premiership
Leading goalkicker medallistArchie Smith (Collingwood)
31 goals
Matches played70
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The 1898 VFL season was the second season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest-level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured eight clubs and ran from 14 May to 24 September, comprising a 14-round home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring all eight clubs.

Fitzroy won the premiership after defeating Essendon by 15 points in the 1898 VFL grand final. Essendon won the minor premiership by finishing atop the home-and-away ladder with an 11–3 win–loss record. Collingwood's Archie Smith won the leading goalkicker medal as the league's leading goalkicker.

Background

In 1898, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 20 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves" (although any of the 20 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match).

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1898 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership System.

Home-and-away season

Round 1

Round 1
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.11 (47) def. South Melbourne 3.12 (30) Princes Park Report
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 7.6 (48) def. Geelong 3.9 (27) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.10 (70) def. Fitzroy 2.5 (17) EMCG Report
Saturday, 14 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.4 (16) def. by Melbourne 13.14 (92) Junction Oval Report

Round 2

Round 2
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 12.11 (83) def. Carlton 4.2 (26) MCG Report
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.6 (48) def. Collingwood 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.9 (27) def. by Essendon 5.8 (38) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 21 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 11.19 (85) def. St Kilda 2.5 (17) Corio Oval Report

Round 3

Round 3
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.4 (16) def. by Essendon 4.4 (28) Princes Park Report
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 6.10 (46) def. Collingwood 5.6 (36) MCG Report
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.4 (16) def. by Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Junction Oval Report
Tuesday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.18 (60) def. South Melbourne 1.2 (8) Corio Oval Report

Round 4

Round 4
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.5 (29) def. by Geelong 3.12 (30) Princes Park Report
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 7.11 (53) def. Collingwood 6.6 (42) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 16.16 (112) def. St Kilda 5.7 (37) EMCG Report
Saturday, 28 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 4.14 (38) def. Melbourne 2.7 (19) Brunswick Street Oval Report

Round 5

Round 5
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.12 (48) def. Carlton 0.6 (6) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 6.12 (48) def. Melbourne 3.5 (23) EMCG Report
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 4.10 (34) def. by Fitzroy 6.3 (39) Corio Oval Report
Saturday, 4 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.3 (21) def. by South Melbourne 7.20 (62) Junction Oval Report

Round 6

Round 6
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.7 (37) def. Carlton 4.9 (33) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 5.4 (34) def. by Collingwood 10.8 (68) Junction Oval Report
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 4.7 (31) def. Essendon 3.6 (24) Corio Oval Report
Saturday, 11 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 1.7 (13) def. by South Melbourne 2.3 (15) MCG Report

Round 7

Round 7
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.13 (43) def. St Kilda 5.3 (33) Princes Park Report
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.10 (40) def. Essendon 3.2 (20) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 7.9 (51) def. Fitzroy 2.10 (22) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 18 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 9.5 (59) def. Geelong 5.9 (39) MCG Report

Round 8

Round 8
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) def. Carlton 1.6 (12) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 6.5 (41) def. Collingwood 2.10 (22) Corio Oval Report
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 2.4 (16) def. by Essendon 8.11 (59) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 25 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.15 (45) def. St Kilda 3.3 (21) MCG Report

Round 9

Round 9
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.4 (28) drew with Melbourne 3.10 (28) Princes Park Report
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 4.11 (35) def. Fitzroy 3.5 (23) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 7.12 (54) def. South Melbourne 4.6 (30) EMCG Report
Saturday, 9 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.7 (25) def. by Geelong 13.15 (93) Junction Oval Report

Round 10

Round 10
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.17 (77) def. Carlton 1.3 (9) EMCG Report
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 8.11 (59) def. Melbourne 1.5 (11) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.13 (67) def. St Kilda 3.1 (19) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 16 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 1.3 (9) def. by Geelong 3.11 (29) Lake Oval Report

Round 11

Round 11
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.10 (58) def. Carlton 5.2 (32) Corio Oval Report
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.13 (73) def. South Melbourne 1.7 (13) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 1.9 (15) def. by Essendon 10.11 (71) Junction Oval Report
Saturday, 23 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.3 (33) def. by Fitzroy 7.8 (50) MCG Report

Round 12

Round 12
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 1.4 (10) def. by Collingwood 3.11 (29) Princes Park Report
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 2.8 (20) def. by Essendon 11.9 (75) MCG Report
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 5.9 (39) def. Geelong 4.6 (30) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 30 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 12.15 (87) def. St Kilda 3.6 (24) Lake Oval Report

Round 13

Round 13
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 3.4 (22) def. by Fitzroy 8.6 (54) Princes Park Report
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 8.17 (65) def. St Kilda 1.0 (6) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 13 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 7.13 (55) def. Geelong 5.7 (37) EMCG Report
Saturday, 13 August(3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.7 (51) def. Melbourne 5.8 (38) Lake Oval Report

Round 14

Round 14
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 8.7 (55) def. by Carlton 10.9 (69) Junction Oval Report
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 2.13 (25) def. by Collingwood 7.14 (56) EMCG Report
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) def. South Melbourne 1.4 (10) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 20 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.9 (51) def. Melbourne 2.7 (19) Corio Oval Report

Ladder

(P) Premiers
Section A
Section B
# Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Essendon 14 11 3 0 756 374 202.1 44
2 Collingwood 14 10 4 0 657 363 181.0 40
3 Fitzroy (P) 14 10 4 0 568 467 121.6 40
4 Geelong 14 9 5 0 645 425 151.8 36
5 South Melbourne 14 7 7 0 482 538 89.6 28
6 Melbourne 14 5 8 1 529 545 97.1 22
7 Carlton 14 3 10 1 382 634 60.3 14
8 St Kilda 14 0 14 0 339 1012 33.5 0

Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Average score: 38.9
Source: AFL Tables

Progression by round

Points by round
Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314
Essendon48121620202024283236404444
Collingwood44448121616202428323640
Fitzroy0481216202020202428323640
Geelong0481212161620242832323236
South Melbourne00048121620202020242828
Melbourne48121212121620222222222222
Carlton44444488101010101014
St Kilda00000000000000
Source: [citation needed]

Finals series

Main article: 1898 VFL finals series

Sectional rounds

Sectional round 1

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) Essendon 9.21 (75) def. Carlton 1.2 (8) EMCG Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) St Kilda 4.3 (27) def. by Collingwood 14.19 (103) Junction Oval Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 5.3 (33) def. by Fitzroy 6.11 (47) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 27 August (2:30 pm) Geelong 11.12 (78) def. Melbourne 2.4 (16) Corio Oval Report

Sectional round 2

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 12.18 (90) def. Carlton 1.1 (7) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 6.9 (45) def. Geelong 4.6 (30) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 3.6 (24) def. by Essendon 5.11 (41) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 3 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 2.5 (17) def. by Melbourne 5.8 (38) Junction Oval Report

Sectional round 3

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 6.11 (47) def. Carlton 3.4 (22) Lake Oval Report
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) Collingwood 7.13 (55) def. Melbourne 6.5 (41) Victoria Park Report
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 5.15 (45) def. Essendon 2.4 (16) Brunswick Street Oval Report
Saturday, 10 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 14.18 (102) def. St Kilda 4.3 (27) Corio Oval Report

Section A ladder

Qualified for finals
# Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Fitzroy 3 3 0 0 182 56 325.0 12
2 Essendon 3 2 1 0 132 77 171.4 8
3 South Melbourne 3 1 2 0 104 110 94.5 4
4 Carlton 3 0 3 0 37 212 17.5 0

Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Source: AFL Tables

Section B ladder

Qualified for finals
# Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Collingwood 3 3 0 0 203 98 207.1 12
2 Geelong 3 2 1 0 210 88 238.6 8
3 Melbourne 3 1 2 0 95 150 63.3 4
4 St Kilda 3 0 3 0 71 243 29.2 0

Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Source: AFL Tables

Finals

Semi-finalGrand final
24 September, Junction Oval
17 September, Brunswick Street OvalMPEssendon3.5 (23)
A1Fitzroy2.10 (22)Fitzroy5.8 (38)
B1Collingwood1.5 (11)

All starting times are local time. Source: AFL Tables

Semi-final

Semi-final
Saturday, 17 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 2.10 (22) def. Collingwood 1.5 (11) Brunswick Street Oval (crowd: 13,120) Report

Grand final

Main article: 1898 VFL grand final

Grand final
Saturday, 24 September (2:50 pm) Essendon 3.5 (23) def. by Fitzroy 5.8 (38) Junction Oval (crowd: 16,538) Report

Win–loss table

The following table can be sorted from biggest winning margin to biggest losing margin for each round. If two or more matches in a round are decided by the same margin, these margins are sorted by percentage (i.e. the lowest-scoring winning team is ranked highest and the lowest-scoring losing team is ranked lowest). Opponents are listed above the margins and home matches are in bold.

By winning the minor premiership and accruing at least eight premiership points from its three sectional matches, Essendon won the right to challenge the semi-final winner for the premiership.[1]

+ Win Qualified for finals
- Loss X Bye
Draw Eliminated
Team Home-and-away season Home-
and-away
ladder
Finals series
Sectional rounds Sectional
ladders
Finals
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 S1 S2 S3 SF GF
Carlton SM
+17
MEL
-57
ESS
-12
GEE
-1
COL
-42
FIT
-4
STK
+10
SM
-32
MEL
0
ESS
-68
GEE
-26
COL
-19
FIT
-32
STK
+14
7
(3–10–1)
ESS
-67
FIT
-83
SM
-25
A4
(0–3–0)
Collingwood GEE
+21
FIT
-12
MEL
-10
SM
-11
CAR
+42
STK
+34
ESS
+20
GEE
-19
FIT
+12
MEL
+48
SM
+60
CAR
+19
STK
+59
ESS
+31
2
(10–4–0)
STK
+76
GEE
+15
MEL
+14
B1
(3–0–0)
FIT
-11
Essendon FIT
+53
SM
+11
CAR
+12
STK
+75
MEL
+25
GEE
-7
COL
-20
FIT
+43
SM
+24
CAR
+68
STK
+56
MEL
+55
GEE
+18
COL
-31
1
(11–3–0)
CAR
+67
SM
+17
FIT
-29
A2
(2–1–0)
X FIT
-15
Fitzroy ESS
-53
COL
+12
STK
+37
MEL
+19
GEE
+5
CAR
+4
SM
-29
ESS
-43
COL
-12
STK
+48
MEL
+17
GEE
+9
CAR
+32
SM
+55
3
(10–4–0)
SM
+14
CAR
+83
ESS
+29
A1
(3–0–0)
COL
+11
ESS
+15
Geelong COL
-21
STK
+68
SM
+52
CAR
+1
FIT
-5
ESS
+7
MEL
-20
COL
+19
STK
+68
SM
+20
CAR
+26
FIT
-9
ESS
-18
MEL
+32
4
(9–5–0)
MEL
+62
COL
-15
STK
+75
B2
(2–1–0)
Melbourne STK
+76
CAR
+57
COL
+10
FIT
-19
ESS
-25
SM
-2
GEE
+20
STK
+24
CAR
0
COL
-48
FIT
-17
ESS
-55
SM
-5
GEE
-32
6
(5–8–1)
GEE
-62
STK
+21
COL
-14
B3
(1–2–0)
South Melbourne CAR
-17
ESS
-11
GEE
-52
COL
+11
STK
+41
MEL
+2
FIT
+29
CAR
+32
ESS
-24
GEE
-20
COL
-60
STK
+63
MEL
+5
FIT
-55
5
(7–7–0)
FIT
-14
ESS
-17
CAR
+25
A3
(1–2–0)
St Kilda MEL
-76
GEE
-68
FIT
-37
ESS
-75
SM
-41
COL
-34
CAR
-10
MEL
-24
GEE
-68
FIT
-48
ESS
-56
SM
-63
COL
-59
CAR
-14
8
(0–14–0)
COL
-76
MEL
-21
GEE
-75
B4
(0–3–0)

Source: AFL Tables

Season notes

Awards

Notes

  1. ^ "Victorian Football League – the premiership scheme amended". The Age. Melbourne. 30 April 1898. p. 10.

References