1905 VFL Premiership season
Fitzroy fc 1905.jpg
Fitzroy, Premier team
Teams8
PremiersFitzroy
(4th premiership)
Minor premiersCollingwood
(3rd minor premiership)
Matches played72
Highest attendance30,000
Leading Goalkicker MedallistCharlie Pannam (Collingwood)
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The 1905 VFL season was the ninth season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured eight clubs, ran from 6 May until 30 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 Fitzroy Football Club for the fourth time and second time consecutively, after it defeated Collingwood by 13 points in the 1905 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1905, 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 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1905 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 9.8 (62) St Kilda 6.10 (46) MCG 6 May 1905 Geelong 5.9 (39) South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Corio Oval 6 May 1905 Carlton 8.12 (60) Essendon 7.10 (52) Princes Park 6 May 1905 Fitzroy 4.10 (34) Collingwood 3.13 (31) Brunswick Street Oval 6 May 1905

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 12.10 (82) Geelong 7.6 (48) EMCG 13 May 1905 South Melbourne 11.7 (73) Melbourne 10.7 (67) Lake Oval 13 May 1905 St Kilda 4.9 (33) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Junction Oval 13 May 1905 Collingwood 10.10 (70) Carlton 4.14 (38) Victoria Park 13 May 1905

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 10.16 (76) Geelong 4.11 (35) Brunswick Street Oval 20 May 1905 Melbourne 8.14 (62) Essendon 5.9 (39) MCG 20 May 1905 St Kilda 10.10 (70) Collingwood 18.10 (118) Junction Oval 20 May 1905 South Melbourne 5.15 (45) Carlton 7.13 (55) Lake Oval 20 May 1905

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 5.13 (43) St Kilda 7.4 (46) Corio Oval 27 May 1905 Essendon 14.11 (95) South Melbourne 5.9 (39) EMCG 27 May 1905 Collingwood 5.16 (46) Melbourne 4.7 (31) Victoria Park 27 May 1905 Carlton 5.7 (37) Fitzroy 10.13 (73) Princes Park 27 May 1905

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 12.9 (81) South Melbourne 2.10 (22) Victoria Park 3 June 1905 Melbourne 3.12 (30) Fitzroy 5.8 (38) MCG 3 June 1905 Carlton 5.10 (40) Geelong 4.4 (28) Princes Park 5 June 1905 St Kilda 5.9 (39) Essendon 7.12 (54) Junction Oval 5 June 1905

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 6.11 (47) St Kilda 3.6 (24) Lake Oval 10 June 1905 Fitzroy 5.5 (35) Essendon 3.10 (28) Brunswick Street Oval 10 June 1905 Geelong 4.3 (27) Collingwood 6.10 (46) Corio Oval 10 June 1905 Melbourne 5.8 (38) Carlton 6.5 (41) MCG 10 June 1905

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 7.14 (56) Melbourne 7.12 (54) Corio Oval 17 June 1905 Fitzroy 9.14 (68) South Melbourne 6.6 (42) Brunswick Street Oval 17 June 1905 Essendon 6.7 (43) Collingwood 10.12 (72) EMCG 17 June 1905 St Kilda 3.7 (25) Carlton 8.15 (63) Junction Oval 17 June 1905

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 5.11 (41) Fitzroy 3.1 (19) Victoria Park 1 July 1905 St Kilda 8.6 (54) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Junction Oval 1 July 1905 South Melbourne 4.5 (29) Geelong 6.7 (43) Lake Oval 1 July 1905 Essendon 7.20 (62) Carlton 8.12 (60) EMCG 1 July 1905

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 3.8 (26) South Melbourne 8.10 (58) MCG 8 July 1905 Fitzroy 14.7 (91) St Kilda 6.4 (40) Brunswick Street Oval 8 July 1905 Carlton 6.8 (44) Collingwood 8.11 (59) Princes Park 8 July 1905 Geelong 9.8 (62) Essendon 6.12 (48) Corio Oval 8 July 1905

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 8.17 (65) Melbourne 5.11 (41) EMCG 15 July 1905 Collingwood 13.19 (97) St Kilda 3.9 (27) Victoria Park 15 July 1905 Carlton 7.16 (58) South Melbourne 8.13 (61) Princes Park 15 July 1905 Geelong 9.8 (62) Fitzroy 2.15 (27) Corio Oval 15 July 1905

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 3.5 (23) Geelong 6.12 (48) Junction Oval 22 July 1905 South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Essendon 6.13 (49) Lake Oval 22 July 1905 Melbourne 6.5 (41) Collingwood 9.20 (74) MCG 22 July 1905 Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Carlton 6.5 (41) Brunswick Street Oval 22 July 1905

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 5.7 (37) Melbourne 2.6 (18) Brunswick Street Oval 29 July 1905 Essendon 9.16 (70) St Kilda 3.9 (27) EMCG 29 July 1905 South Melbourne 3.3 (21) Collingwood 4.5 (29) Lake Oval 29 July 1905 Geelong 6.5 (41) Carlton 6.11 (47) Corio Oval 29 July 1905

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 5.11 (41) South Melbourne 5.9 (39) Junction Oval 5 August 1905 Essendon 3.11 (29) Fitzroy 5.12 (42) EMCG 5 August 1905 Collingwood 7.8 (50) Geelong 4.12 (36) Victoria Park 5 August 1905 Carlton 12.10 (82) Melbourne 2.8 (20) Princes Park 5 August 1905

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 7.11 (53) Essendon 10.6 (66) Victoria Park 19 August 1905 Carlton 9.19 (73) St Kilda 3.5 (23) Princes Park 19 August 1905 Melbourne 13.12 (90) Geelong 7.13 (55) MCG 19 August 1905 South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Lake Oval 19 August 1905

Sectional Rounds

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 9.12 (66) Carlton 6.13 (49) Victoria Park 26 August 1905 Essendon 10.13 (73) Geelong 3.11 (29) EMCG 26 August 1905 Fitzroy 6.9 (45) St Kilda 4.7 (31) Brunswick Street Oval 26 August 1905 South Melbourne 13.11 (89) Melbourne 5.10 (40) Lake Oval 26 August 1905

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 12.20 (92) South Melbourne 7.7 (49) Princes Park 2 September 1905 Melbourne 3.9 (27) Collingwood 7.18 (60) MCG 2 September 1905 St Kilda 8.6 (54) Essendon 12.12 (84) Junction Oval 2 September 1905 Geelong 10.8 (68) Fitzroy 9.12 (66) Corio Oval 2 September 1905

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 5.8 (38) Carlton 18.17 (125) MCG 9 September 1905 Collingwood 17.16 (118) South Melbourne 5.10 (40) Victoria Park 9 September 1905 Essendon 4.13 (37) Fitzroy 11.14 (80) EMCG 9 September 1905 St Kilda 12.15 (87) Geelong 3.9 (27) Junction Oval 9 September 1905

Ladder

1905 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Collingwood 17 15 2 0 1111 635 175.0 60 Semi finals
2 Fitzroy (P) 17 12 4 1 884 653 135.4 50
3 Carlton 17 11 6 0 1005 789 127.4 44
4 Essendon 17 9 8 0 976 853 114.4 36
5 South Melbourne 17 7 9 1 816 975 83.7 30
6 Geelong 17 6 11 0 747 946 79.0 24
7 St Kilda 17 4 13 0 690 1076 64.1 16
8 Melbourne 17 3 14 0 736 1038 70.9 12
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 Fitzroy 12.7 (79) Essendon 4.12 (36) Princes Park 16 September 1905 14,000

Second Semi Final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Collingwood 4.6 (30) Carlton 11.10 (76) MCG 16 September 1905 14,000

Preliminary final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Fitzroy 11.6 (72) Carlton 6.9 (45) MCG 23 September 1905 30,000

Grand final

Main article: 1905 VFL Grand Final

Fitzroy defeated Collingwood 4.6 (30) to 2.5 (17). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 0.1 1.3 2.4 2.5 (17)
Fitzroy 0.3 1.3 4.6 4.6 (30)

Awards

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