1907 premiership season
Williamstown fc 1907.jpg
Williamstown FC, premiers
Teams10
PremiersWilliamstown
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersWilliamstown
(1st minor premiership)
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The 1907 Victorian Football Association season was the 31st season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the Williamstown Football Club, after it defeated West Melbourne in the final by eighteen points. It was the first premiership won by Williamstown, in its 24th season of senior competition.

Premiership

The home-and-away season was played over eighteen rounds, with each club playing the others twice; then, the top four clubs contested a finals series under the amended Argus system to determine the premiers for the season.

Ladder

1907 VFA Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA PTS
1 Williamstown (P) 18 15 3 0 1046 653 60
2 Richmond 18 14 4 0 1387 773 56
3 Footscray 18 12 6 0 1006 708 48
4 West Melbourne 18 12 6 0 1048 813 48
5 Essendon 18 11 7 0 900 760 44
6 Brunswick 18 9 9 0 1077 1007 36
7 Port Melbourne 18 9 9 0 814 1007 36
8 Prahran 18 5 13 0 806 1202 20
9 North Melbourne 18 2 16 0 618 1179 8
10 Preston 18 1 17 0 586 1329 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[1]

Finals

Semi Finals

Semi Finals
Saturday, 14 September Williamstown 5.11 (41) def. Footscray 3.9 (27) East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 12,000) [2]
Saturday, 21 September Richmond 5.7 (37) def. by West Melbourne 8.13 (61) East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 7,500) [3]

1907 Final

1907 VFA Final
Saturday, 28 September Williamstown def. West Melbourne East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 25,000[4]) [5]
4.4 (28)
4.5 (29)
5.9 (39)
 7.10 (52)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
0.2 (2)
2.6 (18)
2.9 (21)
 3.16 (34)
Umpires: Hurley[6]
Briggs 3, Addison 2, Gibbs 2 Goals P. Johnson 2, Armstrong
  • Had West Melbourne won, minor premiers Williamstown would have been entitled to a rematch the following Saturday to decide the premiership.

Notable events

Interleague matches

The Association played two interstate games against the South Australia (represented by the SAFL) during the year. In the first, the Association team fought back from a late three goal deficit to score 3.5 (23) in a row and take a five point lead; but, in the final passage of play, a South Australian rebound led to a mark by Alby Bahr, who kicked a goal after the final bell to win the game for South Australia. The Association won the return game by eleven points.

1907 Interleague Matches
Saturday, 8 June V.F.A. 13.14 (92) def. by S.A.F.L. 14.9 (93) East Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 11,000) [7]
Saturday, 27 July S.A.F.L. 6.11 (47) def. by V.F.A. 9.4 (58) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 9,000) [8]

Other notable events

References

  1. ^ a b c Old Boy (9 September 1907). "Football – Association Matches". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 5.
  2. ^ Old Boy (16 September 1907). "Football – Association semi-final". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 7.
  3. ^ Old Boy (23 September 1907). "Football – Association Semi-Final". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Final – Williamstown v. West Melbourne". North Melbourne Courier and West Melbourne Chronicle. Melbourne. 4 October 1907. p. 3.
  5. ^ Old Boy (30 September 1907). "Football – the Association clubs". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 7.
  6. ^ "With the footballers – first premiership for 'Town". Williamstown Chronicle. Williamstown, VIC. 5 October 1907. p. 3.
  7. ^ Follower (15 June 1907). "Football Gossip". The Leader. Melbourne, VIC. p. 18.
  8. ^ "Football – Victoria v. South Australia". The Register. Adelaide, SA. 29 July 1907. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Football – Victorian League – Question of Grounds". The Argus. Melbourne. 28 March 1907. p. 4.
  10. ^ Centre (1 June 1939). "The National Code – how the Association has led the way". The Age. Melbourne. p. 4.
  11. ^ Fiddian, Marc (2004); The VFA; A History of the Victorian Football Association 1877–1995; p. 25
  12. ^ Follower (24 June 1907). "The football season – matches for premiership". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 9.
  13. ^ Fiddian, Marc (2004), The VFA: a history of the Victorian Football Association, 1877–1995, p. 25
  14. ^ "The Association – Prahran v. North Melbourne". The Prahran Telegraph. Prahran, VIC. 31 August 1907. p. 2.