1902 VFL Premiership season
Collingwood 1902 premiers.jpg
Collingwood, Premiers
Teams8
PremiersCollingwood
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersCollingwood
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played72
Highest attendance35,202
Leading Goalkicker MedallistCharlie Baker (St Kilda)
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The 1902 VFL season was the sixth season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured eight clubs, ran from 3 May until 20 September, and comprised a 17-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the Collingwood Football Club for the first time, after it defeated Essendon by 33 points in the 1902 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1902, 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. Then, based on ladder positions after those 14 rounds, three further 'sectional rounds' were played, with the teams ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th playing in one section and the teams ranked 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th playing in the other.

Once the 17 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1902 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended Argus system.

Round 1

Round 1
Saturday, 3 May (3:00 pm) Carlton 6.4 (40) def. by Geelong 11.12 (78) Princes Park
Saturday, 3 May (3:00 pm) South Melbourne 3.7 (25) def. by Collingwood 5.13 (43) Lake Oval
Saturday, 3 May (3:00 pm) Essendon 5.9 (39) def. by Fitzroy 7.10 (52) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 3 May (3:00 pm) Melbourne 15.15 (105) def. St Kilda 7.9 (51) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 5.6 (36) Fitzroy 14.20 (104) Junction Oval 10 May 1902 Geelong 3.6 (24) Essendon 10.17 (77) Corio Oval 10 May 1902 Melbourne 4.10 (34) Collingwood 8.3 (51) MCG 10 May 1902 South Melbourne 8.13 (61) Carlton 0.8 (8) Lake Oval 10 May 1902

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 8.10 (58) South Melbourne 8.4 (52) Brunswick Street Oval 17 May 1902 Essendon 7.6 (48) Melbourne 3.7 (25) EMCG 17 May 1902 Collingwood 11.15 (81) Geelong 3.2 (20) Victoria Park 17 May 1902 St Kilda 2.13 (25) Carlton 4.9 (33) Junction Oval 17 May 1902

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 11.11 (77) St Kilda 5.3 (33) Corio Oval 24 May 1902 Essendon 5.8 (38) South Melbourne 4.11 (35) EMCG 24 May 1902 Collingwood 3.4 (22) Fitzroy 7.13 (55) Victoria Park 24 May 1902 Carlton 6.13 (49) Melbourne 8.12 (60) Princes Park 24 May 1902

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 5.14 (44) South Melbourne 3.9 (27) Corio Oval 31 May 1902 Fitzroy 7.17 (59) Melbourne 6.10 (46) Brunswick Street Oval 31 May 1902 St Kilda 5.5 (35) Collingwood 5.12 (42) Junction Oval 31 May 1902 Essendon 7.16 (58) Carlton 5.8 (38) EMCG 31 May 1902

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 6.15 (51) Essendon 11.10 (76) Victoria Park 7 June 1902 Carlton 4.6 (30) Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Princes Park 7 June 1902 South Melbourne 5.13 (43) St Kilda 1.3 (9) Lake Oval 7 June 1902 Melbourne 2.13 (25) Geelong 3.8 (26) MCG 7 June 1902

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.5 (47) South Melbourne 6.10 (46) MCG 9 June 1902 Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Geelong 3.8 (26) Brunswick Street Oval 9 June 1902 St Kilda 6.4 (40) Essendon 10.4 (64) Junction Oval 9 June 1902 Collingwood 8.11 (59) Carlton 3.3 (21) Victoria Park 9 June 1902

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 4.26 (50) South Melbourne 1.8 (14) Victoria Park 14 June 1902 St Kilda 3.6 (24) Melbourne 8.7 (55) Junction Oval 14 June 1902 Fitzroy 5.12 (42) Essendon 7.6 (48) Brunswick Street Oval 14 June 1902 Geelong 6.7 (43) Carlton 7.5 (47) Corio Oval 14 June 1902

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 12.8 (80) St Kilda 2.7 (19) Brunswick Street Oval 21 June 1902 Essendon 2.3 (15) Geelong 4.10 (34) EMCG 21 June 1902 Collingwood 7.19 (61) Melbourne 4.7 (31) Victoria Park 21 June 1902 Carlton 4.7 (31) South Melbourne 2.6 (18) Princes Park 21 June 1902

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 10.12 (72) St Kilda 7.7 (49) Princes Park 5 July 1902 South Melbourne 6.10 (46) Fitzroy 4.10 (34) Lake Oval 5 July 1902 Melbourne 3.9 (27) Essendon 6.12 (48) MCG 5 July 1902 Geelong 6.8 (44) Collingwood 12.12 (84) Corio Oval 5 July 1902

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 4.9 (33) Geelong 7.7 (49) Junction Oval 12 July 1902 South Melbourne 5.6 (36) Essendon 6.7 (43) Lake Oval 12 July 1902 Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Collingwood 9.14 (68) Brunswick Street Oval 12 July 1902 Melbourne 4.12 (36) Carlton 4.9 (33) MCG 12 July 1902

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 19.13 (127) St Kilda 1.4 (10) Victoria Park 19 July 1902 Carlton 4.9 (33) Essendon 1.10 (16) Princes Park 19 July 1902 South Melbourne 7.13 (55) Geelong 6.9 (45) Lake Oval 19 July 1902 Melbourne 5.7 (37) Fitzroy 4.9 (33) MCG 19 July 1902

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 2.10 (22) South Melbourne 5.7 (37) Junction Oval 26 July 1902 Geelong 8.6 (54) Melbourne 3.9 (27) Corio Oval 26 July 1902 Essendon 5.6 (36) Collingwood 7.5 (47) EMCG 26 July 1902 Fitzroy 4.6 (30) Carlton 6.8 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 26 July 1902

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 12.12 (84) St Kilda 3.4 (22) EMCG 2 August 1902 Carlton 2.3 (15) Collingwood 7.10 (52) Princes Park 2 August 1902 South Melbourne 3.9 (27) Melbourne 9.9 (63) Lake Oval 2 August 1902 Geelong 5.10 (40) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Corio Oval 2 August 1902

Sectional Rounds

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.5 (47) Carlton 1.7 (13) MCG 16 August 1902 Collingwood 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 5.14 (44) Victoria Park 16 August 1902 St Kilda 3.5 (23) Essendon 10.12 (72) Junction Oval 16 August 1902 Geelong 5.6 (36) Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Corio Oval 16 August 1902

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 6.11 (47) St Kilda 3.6 (24) Princes Park 23 August 1902 Fitzroy 5.4 (34) Collingwood 13.9 (87) Brunswick Street Oval 23 August 1902 Essendon 11.11 (77) Melbourne 8.8 (56) MCG 23 August 1902 South Melbourne 12.12 (84) Geelong 5.9 (39) Lake Oval 23 August 1902

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 5.10 (40) Essendon 7.4 (46) Princes Park 30 August 1902 Collingwood 16.16 (112) Geelong 2.11 (23) Victoria Park 30 August 1902 Fitzroy 6.10 (46) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Brunswick Street Oval 30 August 1902 Melbourne 10.9 (69) St Kilda 5.5 (35) MCG 30 August 1902

Ladder

1902 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Collingwood (P) 17 15 2 0 1121 562 199.5 60 Semi finals
2 Essendon 17 13 4 0 885 625 141.6 52
3 Fitzroy 17 10 7 0 914 726 125.9 40
4 Melbourne 17 9 8 0 800 735 108.8 36
5 South Melbourne 17 7 10 0 700 704 99.4 28
6 Carlton 17 7 10 0 594 770 77.1 28
7 Geelong 17 7 10 0 702 914 76.8 28
8 St Kilda 17 0 17 0 490 1170 41.9 0
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Semi finals

First Semi Final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Essendon 9.7 (61) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Princes Park 6 September 1902 8,000

Second Semi Final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Collingwood 6.12 (48) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) MCG 6 September 1902 13,000

Preliminary final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Fitzroy 4.10 (34) Essendon 6.9 (45) MCG 13 September 1902 26,000

Grand final

Main article: 1902 VFL Grand Final

Collingwood defeated Essendon 9.6 (60) to 3.9 (27). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 1.2 3.2 5.5 9.6 (60)
Essendon 1.3 2.7 3.7 3.9 (27)

Awards

Notable events

Footnotes

  1. ^ (Maplestone (1996) p.61).

References