1900 VFL Premiership season
Melbourne fc 1900.jpg
Melbourne Football Club, premiers
Teams8
PremiersMelbourne
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersFitzroy
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played70
Highest attendance20,181
Leading Goalkicker MedallistAlbert Thurgood (Essendon)
Teddy Lockwood (Geelong)
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The 1900 VFL season was the fourth season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured eight clubs, ran from 5 May until 22 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 Melbourne Football Club for the first time, after it defeated Fitzroy by four points in the 1900 VFL Grand Final on 22 September.

Premiership season

In 1900, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 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 1900 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership System.

Round 1

Round 1
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.6 (18) def. by Geelong 4.11 (35) Princes Park
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.7 (67) def. Fitzroy 6.10 (46) Victoria Park
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 12.10 (82) def. South Melbourne 4.2 (26) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 05 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 10.8 (68) def. Melbourne 9.13 (67) Junction Oval
  • The Saints won their first ever VFL/AFL match after losing 48 consecutive matches, however, this was their only win of the season.

Round 2

Round 2
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 4.10 (34) def. Carlton 1.4 (10) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 7.15 (57) def. Collingwood 5.5 (35) Corio Oval
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 5.4 (34) def. Essendon 2.6 (18) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 12 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.21 (57) def. St Kilda 3.7 (25) Lake Oval

Round 3

Round 3
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.6 (42) def. Melbourne 3.4 (22) Princes Park
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 5.15 (45) def. South Melbourne 3.7 (25) Victoria Park
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 4.9 (33) def. Fitzroy 3.9 (27) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 18 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.6 (18) def. by Geelong 7.16 (58) Junction Oval
  • Round 3 was to have been played on Saturday 19 May, but all matches cancelled due to heavy rain. The matches were rescheduled to the weekend after Round 14.[1]
  • For the purposes of numbering, the original round designations are retained in this article. Some sources re-designate the round numbering into the final order in which they were played.

Round 4

Round 4
Wednesday, 23 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 13.7 (85) def. Collingwood 2.4 (16) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Thursday, 24 May (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.6 (18) def. by Carlton 3.9 (27) Junction Oval
Thursday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.19 (55) def. South Melbourne 3.4 (22) Brunswick Street Oval
Thursday, 24 May (3:00 pm) Geelong 11.15 (81) def. Melbourne 2.3 (15) Corio Oval

Round 5

Round 5
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.6 (18) def. by Essendon 3.5 (23) Princes Park
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) Collingwood 9.11 (65) def. St Kilda 2.7 (19) Victoria Park
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 3.9 (27) def. by Fitzroy 10.6 (66) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 26 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 5.7 (37) def. Geelong 3.5 (23) Lake Oval

Round 6

Round 6
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 4.1 (25) def. Collingwood 0.9 (9) Princes Park
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 2.6 (18) def. by Essendon 3.11 (29) Junction Oval
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.10 (46) def. Geelong 1.6 (12) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 2 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) def. Melbourne 6.5 (41) Lake Oval

Round 7

Round 7
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 4.6 (30) def. Carlton 2.6 (18) Lake Oval
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 8.18 (66) def. Collingwood 5.7 (37) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.5 (53) def. Essendon 4.7 (31) Corio Oval
Saturday, 9 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 16.20 (116) def. St Kilda 2.5 (17) Brunswick Street Oval

Round 8

Round 8
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) Geelong 5.9 (39) def. Carlton 3.13 (31) Corio Oval
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 6.6 (42) def. Collingwood 2.8 (20) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 4.14 (38) def. Essendon 1.4 (10) Lake Oval
Saturday, 23 June (3:00 pm) Melbourne 15.18 (108) def. St Kilda 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 9

Round 9
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) Carlton 2.3 (15) def. by Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Princes Park
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.6 (42) def. Geelong 3.5 (23) Victoria Park
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) Essendon 2.6 (18) def. by Melbourne 6.8 (44) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 30 June (3:00 pm) St Kilda 1.5 (11) def. by South Melbourne 5.22 (52) Junction Oval

Round 10

Round 10
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 9.14 (68) def. Carlton 5.3 (33) Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.8 (26) def. Collingwood 2.12 (24) Lake Oval
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 7.12 (54) def. Essendon 5.10 (40) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 7 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 13.8 (86) def. St Kilda 4.4 (28) Corio Oval

Round 11

Round 11
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) Carlton 7.7 (49) def. St Kilda 4.4 (28) Princes Park
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) Collingwood 6.14 (50) def. Essendon 4.5 (29) Victoria Park
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 4.9 (33) def. by Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Lake Oval
Saturday, 14 July (3:00 pm) Melbourne 4.16 (40) def. Geelong 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 12

Round 12
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) Essendon 12.12 (84) def. Carlton 5.5 (35) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) St Kilda 3.5 (23) def. by Collingwood 6.12 (48) Junction Oval
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) Fitzroy 8.9 (57) def. Melbourne 4.8 (32) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 28 July (3:00 pm) Geelong 10.10 (70) def. South Melbourne 3.6 (24) Corio Oval

Round 13

Round 13
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 14.12 (96) def. Carlton 4.4 (28) Victoria Park
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 17.15 (117) def. St Kilda 3.7 (25) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Geelong 8.9 (57) def. Fitzroy 1.6 (12) Corio Oval
Saturday, 4 August (3:00 pm) Melbourne 6.8 (44) def. by South Melbourne 7.6 (48) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 14

Round 14
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) Carlton 5.15 (45) def. South Melbourne 2.7 (19) Princes Park
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) Collingwood 10.13 (73) def. Melbourne 7.4 (46) Victoria Park
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) Essendon 10.7 (67) def. Geelong 6.11 (47) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 11 August (3:00 pm) St Kilda 7.7 (49) def. by Fitzroy 10.22 (82) Junction Oval

Round 3 (rescheduled)

The postponed games from Round 3 were played on 18 August 1900 – results are included under Round 3 (above).

Win/Loss Table

Team 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 3 SR1 SR2 SR3 SF GF Ladder
Carlton Geel
-17
Fit
-24
StK
+9
Ess
-5
Coll
+16
SM
-12
Geel
-8
Fit
-38
Melb
-35
StK
+21
Ess
-49
Coll
-68
SM
+26
Melb
+20
Fit
-29
SM
+1
Ess
-85
X
X
7
Collingwood Fit
+21
Geel
-22
Ess
-69
StK
+46
Carl
-16
Melb
-29
Fit
-22
Geel
+19
SM
-2
Ess
+21
StK
+25
Carl
+68
Melb
+27
SM
+20
StK
+59
Geel
-13
Melb
+6
X
X
4
Essendon SM
+56
Melb
-16
Coll
+69
Carl
+5
StK
+11
Geel
-22
SM
-28
Melb
-26
Fit
-14
Coll
-21
Carl
+49
StK
+92
Geel
+20
Fit
+6
SM
+40
Fit
+3
Carl
+85
Melb
-2
X
3
Fitzroy Coll
-21
Carl
+24
SM
+33
Melb
+39
Geel
+34
StK
+99
Coll
+22
Carl
+38
Ess
+14
SM
+6
Melb
+25
Geel
-45
StK
+33
Ess
-6
Carl
+29
Ess
-3
SM
+31
X
Melb
-4
2
Geelong Carl
+17
Coll
+22
Melb
+66
SM
-14
Fit
-34
Ess
+22
Carl
+8
Coll
-19
StK
+58
Melb
-11
SM
+46
Fit
+45
Ess
-20
StK
+40
Melb
-17
Coll
+13
StK
+18
X
X
5
Melbourne StK
-1
Ess
+16
Geel
-66
Fit
-39
SM
-3
Coll
+29
StK
+79
Ess
+26
Carl
+35
Geel
+11
Fit
-25
SM
-4
Coll
-27
Carl
-20
Geel
+17
StK
+71
Coll
-6
Ess
+2
Fit
+4
1
South Melbourne Ess
-56
StK
+32
Fit
-33
Geel
+14
Melb
+3
Carl
+12
Ess
+28
StK
+41
Coll
+2
Fit
-6
Geel
-46
Melb
+4
Carl
-26
Coll
-20
Ess
-40
Carl
-1
Fit
-31
X
X
6
St Kilda Melb
+1
SM
-32
Carl
-9
Coll
-46
Ess
-11
Fit
-99
Melb
-79
SM
-41
Geel
-58
Carl
-21
Coll
-25
Ess
-92
Fit
-33
Geel
-40
Coll
-59
Melb
-71
Geel
-18
X
X
8
Team 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 3 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

1900 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Fitzroy 14 11 3 0 729 434 168.0 44
2 Geelong 14 9 5 0 670 444 150.9 36
3 Essendon 14 8 6 0 666 485 137.3 32
4 Collingwood 14 8 6 0 627 540 116.1 32
5 South Melbourne 14 8 6 0 481 532 90.4 32
6 Melbourne (P) 14 6 8 0 654 643 101.7 24
7 Carlton 14 5 9 0 394 558 70.6 20
8 St Kilda 14 1 13 0 376 961 39.1 4
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Ladder Progression

Points by round
Team ╲ Round1245678910111213143
Fitzroy0481216202428323640404444
Geelong48121212162020242428323236
Essendon4481216161616161620242832
Collingwood444888812121620242832
South Melbourne044812162024282828323232
Melbourne0444481216202424242424
Carlton0044888881212121620
St Kilda44444444444444
Source:[citation needed]

Finals

Sectional Round 1

Sectional Round 1
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 9.13 (67) def. Carlton 5.8 (38) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) Collingwood 8.20 (68) def. St Kilda 0.9 (9) Victoria Park
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) South Melbourne 3.1 (19) def. by Essendon 9.5 (59) Lake Oval
Saturday, 25 August (2:30 pm) Melbourne 5.15 (45) def. Geelong 3.10 (28) East Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sectional Round 2

Sectional Round 2
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) Carlton 4.7 (31) def. South Melbourne 4.6 (30) Princes Park
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) Geelong 6.8 (44) def. Collingwood 4.7 (31) Corio Oval
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 6.3 (39) def. Fitzroy 5.6 (36) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 1 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 2.3 (15) def. by Melbourne 12.14 (86) Junction Oval

Sectional Round 3

Sectional Round 3
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) Essendon 12.23 (95) def. Carlton 1.4 (10) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 3.6 (24) def. by Collingwood 4.6 (30) Lake Oval
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) Fitzroy 7.9 (51) def. South Melbourne 2.8 (20) Brunswick Street Oval
Saturday, 8 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 5.9 (39) def. by Geelong 7.15 (57) Junction Oval

Section A ladder

Section A Ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon 3 3 0 0 193 65 296.9 12
2 Fitzroy 3 2 1 0 154 97 158.8 8
3 Carlton 3 1 2 0 79 192 41.1 4
4 South Melbourne 3 0 3 0 69 141 48.9 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 Melbourne 3 2 1 0 155 73 212.3 8
2 Collingwood 3 2 1 0 129 77 167.5 8
3 Geelong 3 2 1 0 129 115 112.2 8
4 St Kilda 3 0 3 0 63 211 29.9 0
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Semi final

Semi Final
Saturday, 15 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 7.3 (45) def. Essendon 5.13 (43) Lake Oval

Grand final

Main article: 1900 VFL Grand Final

Melbourne defeated Fitzroy 4.10 (34) to 3.12 (30). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Grand Final
22 September (2:50 pm) Melbourne def. Fitzroy East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 20,181)
2.3 (15)
2.5 (17)
4.8 (32)
 4.10 (34)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.4 (10)
2.7 (19)
2.7 (19)
 3.12 (30)
Geddes 1, Leith 1, Ryan 1, Wardill 1 Goals Grace 2, Barker 1
Nil Reports Nil

Awards

Notable events

Footnotes

  1. ^ Rodgers, Stephen, Every Game Ever Played, VFL/AFL Results 1897–1991, Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neal, pp. 17–18
  2. ^ After three appeals, Condon's suspension was lifted in 1902, and Condon resumed playing for Collingwood.
  3. ^ At the end of the 1900 season, St Kilda had scored 439 points against their opponents' collective score of 1,172 points.

References