1908 VFL Premiership season
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Carlton Football Club, Premiers
Teams10
PremiersCarlton
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(3rd minor premiership)
Matches played93
Highest attendance50,261
Leading Goalkicker MedallistDick Lee (Collingwood)
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The 1908 VFL season was the twelfth season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.

The season featured ten clubs, with University (MJFA) and Richmond (VFA) newly admitted to increase the league's size for the first time since its inception. The season ran from 2 May until 26 September, and comprised an 18-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 third time and third time consecutively, after it defeated Essendon by nine points in the 1908 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1908, the VFL competition consisted of ten 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 18 rounds.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1908 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 Fitzroy 6.8 (44) South Melbourne 7.11 (53) Brunswick Street Oval 2 May 1908 Essendon 14.11 (95) University 3.11 (29) EMCG 2 May 1908 Carlton 6.12 (48) St Kilda 3.4 (22) Princes Park 2 May 1908 Richmond 8.14 (62) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Punt Road Oval 2 May 1908 Geelong 12.13 (85) Collingwood 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 2 May 1908

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 3.14 (32) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 9 May 1908 University 14.10 (94) Richmond 12.4 (76) EMCG 9 May 1908 South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Geelong 4.8 (32) Lake Oval 9 May 1908 St Kilda 7.6 (48) Essendon 12.14 (86) Junction Oval 9 May 1908 Melbourne 6.8 (44) Carlton 9.8 (62) MCG 9 May 1908

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 7.8 (50) Melbourne 10.12 (72) Corio Oval 16 May 1908 Carlton 5.13 (43) Essendon 4.8 (32) Princes Park 16 May 1908 South Melbourne 4.2 (26) St Kilda 7.13 (55) Lake Oval 16 May 1908 Richmond 7.13 (55) Fitzroy 11.14 (80) Punt Road Oval 16 May 1908 University 7.12 (54) Collingwood 8.14 (62) EMCG 16 May 1908

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 5.10 (40) University 8.6 (54) Junction Oval 23 May 1908 Melbourne 12.3 (75) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) MCG 23 May 1908 Fitzroy 7.18 (60) Geelong 6.8 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 23 May 1908 Essendon 11.16 (82) Richmond 6.9 (45) EMCG 23 May 1908 Collingwood 5.9 (39) Carlton 10.7 (67) Victoria Park 23 May 1908

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 12.4 (76) University 9.11 (65) Lake Oval 30 May 1908 Carlton 10.12 (72) Fitzroy 5.10 (40) Princes Park 30 May 1908 St Kilda 9.12 (66) Melbourne 2.13 (25) Junction Oval 30 May 1908 Richmond 8.17 (65) Geelong 8.11 (59) Punt Road Oval 30 May 1908 Essendon 10.9 (69) Collingwood 9.10 (64) EMCG 30 May 1908

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 5.9 (39) St Kilda 6.6 (42) Corio Oval 6 June 1908 Collingwood 12.7 (79) Richmond 9.10 (64) Victoria Park 6 June 1908 University 12.7 (79) Melbourne 1.13 (19) EMCG 6 June 1908 Fitzroy 5.8 (38) Essendon 5.12 (42) Brunswick Street Oval 6 June 1908 South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Carlton 8.5 (53) Lake Oval 6 June 1908

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 9.9 (63) South Melbourne 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 8 June 1908 Carlton 13.14 (92) Geelong 2.13 (25) Princes Park 8 June 1908 University 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 12.12 (84) EMCG 8 June 1908 Melbourne 10.6 (66) Essendon 10.12 (72) MCG 8 June 1908 St Kilda 12.11 (83) Collingwood 5.12 (42) Junction Oval 8 June 1908

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 4.11 (35) University 5.9 (39) Corio Oval 13 June 1908 Fitzroy 7.6 (48) St Kilda 12.9 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 13 June 1908 Essendon 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) EMCG 13 June 1908 Collingwood 8.8 (56) Melbourne 4.8 (32) Victoria Park 13 June 1908 Carlton 17.13 (115) Richmond 2.15 (27) Princes Park 13 June 1908

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 9.5 (59) Richmond 3.15 (33) Junction Oval 20 June 1908 Melbourne 4.4 (28) Fitzroy 3.7 (25) MCG 20 June 1908 Geelong 3.7 (25) Essendon 7.9 (51) Corio Oval 20 June 1908 South Melbourne 9.11 (65) Collingwood 6.8 (44) Lake Oval 20 June 1908 University 6.15 (51) Carlton 7.15 (57) EMCG 20 June 1908

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 11.16 (82) Richmond 1.6 (12) MCG 27 June 1908 Collingwood 9.12 (66) Geelong 7.4 (46) Victoria Park 27 June 1908 South Melbourne 2.19 (31) Fitzroy 2.6 (18) Lake Oval 27 June 1908 University 6.10 (46) Essendon 7.14 (56) EMCG 27 June 1908 St Kilda 6.5 (41) Carlton 10.12 (72) Junction Oval 27 June 1908

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 11.5 (71) University 8.14 (62) Punt Road Oval 4 July 1908 Geelong 9.4 (58) South Melbourne 9.12 (66) Corio Oval 4 July 1908 Essendon 5.10 (40) St Kilda 8.9 (57) EMCG 4 July 1908 Carlton 8.15 (63) Melbourne 4.7 (31) Princes Park 4 July 1908 Fitzroy 6.6 (42) Collingwood 7.2 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 4 July 1908

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 5.4 (34) South Melbourne 4.5 (29) Junction Oval 11 July 1908 Fitzroy 4.9 (33) Richmond 5.4 (34) Brunswick Street Oval 11 July 1908 Collingwood 3.13 (31) University 2.2 (14) Victoria Park 11 July 1908 Melbourne 9.12 (66) Geelong 7.6 (48) MCG 11 July 1908 Essendon 6.6 (42) Carlton 4.5 (29) EMCG 11 July 1908

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 10.17 (77) Collingwood 5.7 (37) Princes Park 18 July 1908 University 7.14 (56) St Kilda 5.13 (43) EMCG 18 July 1908 South Melbourne 5.10 (40) Melbourne 11.8 (74) Lake Oval 18 July 1908 Geelong 7.14 (56) Fitzroy 11.8 (74) Corio Oval 18 July 1908 Richmond 7.3 (45) Essendon 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 18 July 1908

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 16.11 (107) St Kilda 8.3 (51) MCG 25 July 1908 Geelong 6.17 (53) Richmond 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 25 July 1908 Collingwood 8.12 (60) Essendon 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 25 July 1908 University 11.7 (73) South Melbourne 10.11 (71) EMCG 25 July 1908 Fitzroy 4.9 (33) Carlton 6.8 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 25 July 1908

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.12 (54) University 8.10 (58) MCG 1 August 1908 Essendon 8.13 (61) Fitzroy 7.8 (50) EMCG 1 August 1908 Carlton 8.19 (67) South Melbourne 6.5 (41) Princes Park 1 August 1908 St Kilda 17.5 (107) Geelong 5.8 (38) Junction Oval 1 August 1908 Richmond 11.8 (74) Collingwood 10.9 (69) Punt Road Oval 1 August 1908

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 13.16 (94) University 11.7 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 8 August 1908 Essendon 17.17 (119) Melbourne 8.11 (59) EMCG 8 August 1908 Collingwood 10.10 (70) St Kilda 7.9 (51) Victoria Park 8 August 1908 South Melbourne 18.12 (120) Richmond 4.4 (28) Lake Oval 8 August 1908 Geelong 5.9 (39) Carlton 6.13 (49) Corio Oval 8 August 1908

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date University 13.18 (96) Geelong 6.8 (44) EMCG 15 August 1908 St Kilda 4.7 (31) Fitzroy 3.4 (22) Junction Oval 15 August 1908 South Melbourne 5.8 (38) Essendon 3.14 (32) Lake Oval 15 August 1908 Melbourne 4.8 (32) Collingwood 6.9 (45) MCG 15 August 1908 Richmond 4.17 (41) Carlton 6.12 (48) Punt Road Oval 15 August 1908

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 16.11 (107) St Kilda 6.8 (44) Punt Road Oval 5 September 1908 Fitzroy 11.18 (84) Melbourne 1.4 (10) Brunswick Street Oval 5 September 1908 Essendon 13.20 (98) Geelong 3.9 (27) EMCG 5 September 1908 Collingwood 12.16 (88) South Melbourne 3.4 (22) Victoria Park 5 September 1908 Carlton 10.7 (67) University 4.4 (28) Princes Park 5 September 1908

Ladder

1908 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton (P) 18 17 1 0 1125 664 169.4 68 Semi finals
2 Essendon 18 14 4 0 1160 814 142.5 56
3 St Kilda 18 10 8 0 955 942 101.4 40
4 Collingwood 18 10 8 0 966 996 97.0 40
5 South Melbourne 18 9 9 0 975 962 101.4 36
6 University 18 8 10 0 1032 1075 96.0 32
7 Fitzroy 18 7 11 0 932 852 109.4 28
8 Melbourne 18 7 11 0 927 1065 87.0 28
9 Richmond 18 6 12 0 940 1275 73.7 24
10 Geelong 18 2 16 0 803 1170 68.6 8
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 Essendon 9.14 (68) Collingwood 5.3 (33) MCG 12 September 1908 Attendance: 24,700

Second Semi Final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 12.12 (84) St Kilda 3.8 (26) MCG 19 September 1908 Attendance: 26,100

Grand final

Main article: 1908 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated Essendon 5.5 (35) to 3.8 (26). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 2.3 5.4 5.5 5.5 (35)
Essendon 1.1 2.4 3.5 3.8 (26)

Awards

Notable events

See also

References