1898 VFL Premiership season
Fitzroy 1898 premiers.jpg
The Fitzroy team
Teams8
PremiersFitzroy
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersEssendon
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played70
Highest attendance16,358
Leading Goalkicker MedallistArchie Smith (Collingwood)
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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, ran from 14 May until 24 September, and comprised a 14-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring all eight clubs.

The premiership was won by the Fitzroy Football Club for the first time, after it defeated Essendon by 15 points in the inaugural 1898 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

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.

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

Win/Loss table

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SR1 SR2 SR3 SF GF Ladder
Carlton SM
+17
Mel
-57
Ess
-12
Geel
-1
Coll
-42
Fit
-4
StK
+10
SM
-32
Melb
0
Ess
-68
Geel
-26
Coll
-19
Fit
-32
StK
+14
Ess
-67
Fit
-83
SM
-25
X
X
7
Collingwood Geel
+21
Fit
-12
Melb
-10
SM
-11
Carl
+42
StK
+34
Ess
+20
Geel
-19
Fit
+12
Melb
+48
SM
+60
Carl
+19
StK
+59
Ess
+31
StK
+76
Geel
+15
Melb
+14
Fit
-11
X
3
Essendon Fit
+53
SM
+11
Carl
+12
StK
+75
Melb
+25
Geel
-7
Coll
-20
Fit
+43
SM
+24
Carl
+68
StK
+56
Melb
+55
Geel
+18
Coll
-31
Carl
+67
SM
+17
Fit
-29
X
Fit
-15
2
Fitzroy Ess
-53
Coll
+12
StK
+37
Melb
+19
Geel
+5
Carl
+4
SM
-29
Ess
-43
Coll
-12
StK
+48
Melb
+17
Geel
+9
Carl
+32
SM
+55
SM
+14
Carl
+83
Ess
+29
Coll
+11
Ess
+15
1
Geelong Coll
-21
StK
+68
SM
+52
Carl
+1
Fit
-5
Ess
+7
Melb
-20
Coll
+19
StK
+68
SM
+20
Carl
+26
Fit
-9
Ess
-18
Melb
+32
Melb
+62
Coll
-15
StK
+75
X
X
4
Melbourne StK
+76
Carl
+57
Coll
+10
Fit
-19
Ess
-25
SM
-2
Geel
+20
StK
+24
Carl
0
Coll
-48
Fit
-17
Ess
-55
SM
-5
Geel
-32
Geel
-62
StK
+21
Coll
-14
X
X
6
South Melbourne Carl
-17
Ess
-11
Geel
-52
Coll
+11
StK
+41
Melb
+2
Fit
+29
Carl
+32
Ess
-24
Geel
-20
Coll
-60
StK
+63
Melb
+5
Fit
-55
Fit
-14
Ess
-17
Carl
+25
X
X
5
St Kilda Melb
-76
Geel
-68
Fit
-37
Ess
-75
SM
-41
Coll
-34
Carl
-10
Melb
-24
Geel
-68
Fit
-48
Ess
-56
SM
-63
Coll
-59
Carl
-14
Coll
-76
Melb
-21
Gee
-75
X
X
8
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SR1 SR2 SR3 SF GF Ladder
Colour Symbol Result
Green + Win
Red - Loss
Blue N/A Draw

Bold – Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder

1898 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP 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
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Ladder progression

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

Finals

Main article: 1898 VFL finals series

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

Section A Ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP 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
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Section B Ladder

Section B Ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP 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
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Bracket

  Semi-final Grand Final
               
  SF: 17 Sep, Brunswick Street Oval   GF: 24 Sep, Junction Oval
  A1  Fitzroy  2.10 (22)    Fitzroy  5.8 (38)
  B1  Collingwood  1.5 (11)    Essendon  3.5 (23)


Semi-final

Semi-final
17 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 2.10 (22) def. Collingwood 1.5 (11) Brunswick Street Oval (crowd: 13,120) Report
  • Having won the Semi Final, Fitzroy were given the right to 'challenge' Minor Premiers Essendon in the Grand Final.

Grand Final

Main article: 1898 VFL Grand Final

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

Awards

Notable events

See also

References