1907 VFL Premiership season
Carlton premiers 1907.jpg
Carlton, Premier team
Teams8
PremiersCarlton
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played71
Highest attendance45,477
Leading Goalkicker MedallistDick Lee (Collingwood)
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The 1907 VFL season was the eleventh season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured eight clubs, ran from 27 April until 21 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 Carlton Football Club for the second time and second time consecutively, after it defeated South Melbourne by five points in the 1907 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1907, 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 1907 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 Essendon 14.15 (99) Geelong 9.2 (56) EMCG 27 April 1907 Collingwood 6.11 (47) Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Victoria Park 27 April 1907 Carlton 4.6 (30) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Princes Park 27 April 1907 South Melbourne 6.5 (41) Melbourne 9.6 (60) Lake Oval 27 April 1907

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 7.15 (57) South Melbourne 7.5 (47) Brunswick Street Oval 4 May 1907 Melbourne 5.11 (41) Essendon 6.12 (48) MCG 4 May 1907 St Kilda 8.14 (62) Collingwood 8.6 (54) Junction Oval 4 May 1907 Geelong 3.9 (27) Carlton 8.14 (62) Corio Oval 4 May 1907

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Geelong 12.5 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 11 May 1907 St Kilda 9.13 (67) Essendon 5.7 (37) Junction Oval 11 May 1907 South Melbourne 9.12 (66) Collingwood 5.8 (38) Lake Oval 11 May 1907 Melbourne 7.5 (47) Carlton 12.14 (86) MCG 11 May 1907

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 7.4 (46) St Kilda 11.16 (82) Corio Oval 18 May 1907 Essendon 6.8 (44) South Melbourne 6.11 (47) EMCG 18 May 1907 Collingwood 4.10 (34) Melbourne 6.10 (46) Victoria Park 18 May 1907 Carlton 10.17 (77) Fitzroy 3.7 (25) Princes Park 18 May 1907

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 9.5 (59) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Corio Oval 25 May 1907 Carlton 5.16 (46) South Melbourne 9.7 (61) Princes Park 25 May 1907 St Kilda 13.9 (87) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Junction Oval 25 May 1907 Essendon 5.8 (38) Collingwood 6.11 (47) EMCG 25 May 1907

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.9 (51) St Kilda 15.18 (108) MCG 1 June 1907 Collingwood 4.6 (30) Carlton 4.17 (41) Victoria Park 1 June 1907 South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Geelong 4.9 (33) Lake Oval 3 June 1907 Fitzroy 10.7 (67) Essendon 4.12 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 3 June 1907

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 4.8 (32) South Melbourne 7.2 (44) Junction Oval 15 June 1907 Carlton 15.14 (104) Essendon 7.8 (50) Princes Park 15 June 1907 Melbourne 8.7 (55) Fitzroy 6.11 (47) MCG 15 June 1907 Geelong 3.14 (32) Collingwood 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 15 June 1907

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.10 (52) South Melbourne 5.10 (40) MCG 22 June 1907 Geelong 7.11 (53) Essendon 3.10 (28) Corio Oval 22 June 1907 Fitzroy 11.3 (69) Collingwood 11.12 (78) Brunswick Street Oval 22 June 1907 St Kilda 3.15 (33) Carlton 8.14 (62) Junction Oval 22 June 1907

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 5.13 (43) Melbourne 3.10 (28) EMCG 29 June 1907 Collingwood 9.13 (67) St Kilda 7.10 (52) Victoria Park 29 June 1907 Carlton 5.9 (39) Geelong 7.4 (46) Princes Park 29 June 1907 South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Lake Oval 29 June 1907

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 5.7 (37) St Kilda 9.11 (65) EMCG 6 July 1907 Collingwood 8.9 (57) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Victoria Park 6 July 1907 Carlton 9.16 (70) Melbourne 8.6 (54) Princes Park 6 July 1907 Geelong 10.11 (71) Fitzroy 4.8 (32) Corio Oval 6 July 1907

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 6.18 (54) Geelong 9.5 (59) Junction Oval 13 July 1907 South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Essendon 6.11 (47) Lake Oval 13 July 1907 Melbourne 2.10 (22) Collingwood 15.11 (101) MCG 13 July 1907 Fitzroy 3.8 (26) Carlton 15.14 (104) Brunswick Street Oval 13 July 1907

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 3.7 (25) St Kilda 3.5 (23) Brunswick Street Oval 20 July 1907 Collingwood 10.10 (70) Essendon 3.5 (23) Victoria Park 20 July 1907 Melbourne 6.13 (49) Geelong 4.10 (34) MCG 20 July 1907 South Melbourne 3.9 (27) Carlton 4.12 (36) Lake Oval 20 July 1907

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 6.6 (42) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Corio Oval 3 August 1907 Essendon 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 3.13 (31) EMCG 3 August 1907 Carlton 5.15 (45) Collingwood 5.4 (34) Princes Park 3 August 1907 St Kilda 4.6 (30) Melbourne 7.5 (47) Junction Oval 3 August 1907

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Melbourne 6.19 (55) Brunswick Street Oval 10 August 1907 Collingwood 15.6 (96) Geelong 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 10 August 1907 South Melbourne 8.16 (64) St Kilda 5.14 (44) Lake Oval 10 August 1907 Essendon 3.7 (25) Carlton 10.18 (78) EMCG 10 August 1907

Sectional Rounds

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)

Sectional Round 1 (Round 15)
Saturday, 17 August South Melbourne 8.9 (57) def. Carlton 4.16 (40) Lake Oval
Saturday, 17 August St Kilda 8.19 (67) def. Collingwood 3.8 (26) Junction Oval
Saturday, 17 August Essendon 10.11 (71) def. Melbourne 8.8 (56) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 17 August Fitzroy 12.16 (88) def. Geelong 5.8 (38) Brunswick Street Oval

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)

Sectional Round 2 (Round 16)
Saturday, 24 August Carlton 11.12 (78) def. Essendon 7.5 (47) Princes Park
Saturday, 24 August Collingwood 11.16 (82) def. by Fitzroy 15.4 (94) Victoria Park
Saturday, 24 August Geelong 5.8 (38) def. by St Kilda 4.17 (41) Corio Oval
Saturday, 24 August Melbourne 7.8 (50) def. by South Melbourne 10.14 (74) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)

Sectional Round 3 (Round 17)
Saturday, 31 August Carlton 9.8 (62) def. Melbourne 4.12 (36) Princes Park
Saturday, 31 August Collingwood 9.17 (71) def. by Geelong 12.4 (76) Victoria Park
Saturday, 31 August Essendon 6.7 (43) def. by South Melbourne 15.9 (99) East Melbourne Cricket Ground
Saturday, 31 August St Kilda 3.14 (32) def. by Fitzroy 6.9 (45) Junction Oval

Ladder

1907 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton (P) 17 13 4 0 1060 681 155.7 52 Semi finals
2 South Melbourne 17 11 6 0 915 773 118.4 44
3 St Kilda 17 9 8 0 935 796 117.5 36
4 Collingwood 17 9 8 0 970 879 110.4 36
5 Fitzroy 17 7 10 0 864 1011 85.5 28
6 Geelong 17 7 10 0 844 989 85.3 28
7 Melbourne 17 7 10 0 800 987 81.1 28
8 Essendon 17 5 12 0 774 1046 74.0 20
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 South Melbourne 12.10 (82) Collingwood 6.12 (48) MCG 07 September 1907 Attendance: 28,856

Second Semi Final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 13.13 (91) St Kilda 4.11 (35) MCG 14 September 1907 Attendance: 25,531

Grand final

Main article: 1907 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated South Melbourne 6.14 (50) to 6.9 (45). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 1.4 4.6 6.10 6.14 (50)
South Melbourne 1.3 3.5 4.7 6.9 (45)

Awards

Notable events

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Victorian Football League – a Football Squabble". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. 16 April 1907. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Sporting News". The Ballarat Star. Melbourne, VIC. 10 June 1907. p. 4.
  3. ^ Follower (29 July 1907). "Victorian League v Ballarat". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 10.

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