1909 VFL premiership season
1909 South Melbourne Football Club.jpg
Premiership team, South Melbourne
Teams10
PremiersSouth Melbourne
(1st premiership)
Minor premiersSouth Melbourne
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played94
Highest attendance37,759
Leading Goalkicker MedallistDick Lee (Collingwood)
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The 1909 VFL season was the 13th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured ten clubs, ran from 1 May until 2 October, 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 South Melbourne Football Club for the first time, after it defeated Carlton by two points in the 1909 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1909, 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 1909 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 Geelong 6.8 (44) South Melbourne 8.5 (53) Corio Oval 1 May 1909 Essendon 6.18 (54) St Kilda 6.8 (44) EMCG 1 May 1909 Collingwood 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 10.12 (72) Victoria Park 1 May 1909 Carlton 3.14 (32) University 6.11 (47) Princes Park 1 May 1909 Richmond 9.9 (63) Melbourne 11.8 (74) Punt Road Oval 1 May 1909

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 12.16 (88) Geelong 3.10 (28) Brunswick Street Oval 8 May 1909 University 5.7 (37) Richmond 6.6 (42) EMCG 8 May 1909 Melbourne 7.5 (47) Essendon 9.13 (67) MCG 8 May 1909 St Kilda 3.5 (23) Collingwood 3.11 (29) Junction Oval 8 May 1909 South Melbourne 7.3 (45) Carlton 4.4 (28) Lake Oval 8 May 1909

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 5.12 (42) University 2.9 (21) Junction Oval 15 May 1909 Essendon 8.18 (66) Geelong 9.5 (59) EMCG 15 May 1909 Carlton 7.8 (50) Collingwood 4.9 (33) Princes Park 15 May 1909 South Melbourne 12.16 (88) Melbourne 3.6 (24) Lake Oval 15 May 1909 Richmond 4.13 (37) Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 15 May 1909

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 6.15 (51) St Kilda 6.4 (40) MCG 22 May 1909 Fitzroy 5.7 (37) South Melbourne 11.10 (76) Brunswick Street Oval 22 May 1909 Essendon 8.11 (59) University 9.14 (68) EMCG 22 May 1909 Collingwood 12.13 (85) Richmond 7.7 (49) Victoria Park 22 May 1909 Geelong 12.13 (85) Carlton 8.13 (61) Corio Oval 22 May 1909

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 7.8 (50) Richmond 11.4 (70) Junction Oval 29 May 1909 University 9.9 (63) Geelong 3.10 (28) EMCG 29 May 1909 Fitzroy 5.7 (37) Essendon 8.13 (61) Brunswick Street Oval 29 May 1909 South Melbourne 6.10 (46) Collingwood 3.8 (26) Lake Oval 29 May 1909 Melbourne 8.9 (57) Carlton 12.8 (80) MCG 29 May 1909

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 10.11 (71) South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Punt Road Oval 5 June 1909 Geelong 6.12 (48)Note St Kilda 6.13 (49) Corio Oval 5 June 1909 Collingwood 10.13 (73) Essendon 4.7 (31) Victoria Park 5 June 1909 Carlton 6.12 (48) Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Princes Park 5 June 1909 University 6.10 (46) Melbourne 9.11 (65) EMCG 5 June 1909

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 9.8 (62) South Melbourne 9.9 (63) EMCG 7 June 1909 Collingwood 8.17 (65) University 4.5 (29) Victoria Park 7 June 1909 Carlton 10.12 (72) Richmond 6.7 (43) Princes Park 7 June 1909 Melbourne 18.9 (117) Geelong 5.8 (38) MCG 7 June 1909 St Kilda 4.11 (35) Fitzroy 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 7 June 1909

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 11.15 (81) University 2.6 (18) Lake Oval 12 June 1909 Fitzroy 5.12 (42) Melbourne 8.7 (55) Brunswick Street Oval 12 June 1909 Essendon 8.7 (55) Richmond 8.15 (63) EMCG 12 June 1909 Geelong 5.10 (40) Collingwood 10.8 (68) Corio Oval 12 June 1909 St Kilda 5.10 (40) Carlton 10.9 (69) Junction Oval 12 June 1909

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 6.14 (50) Essendon 4.9 (33) Princes Park 19 June 1909 South Melbourne 14.13 (97) St Kilda 2.8 (20) Lake Oval 19 June 1909 Richmond 4.15 (39) Geelong 5.7 (37) Punt Road Oval 19 June 1909 University 8.20 (68) Fitzroy 3.10 (28) EMCG 26 June 1909 Melbourne 10.5 (65) Collingwood 10.5 (65) MCG 26 June 1909

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 12.10 (82) Richmond 2.3 (15) MCG 3 July 1909 South Melbourne 17.9 (111) Geelong 4.7 (31) Lake Oval 3 July 1909 St Kilda 6.6 (42) Essendon 9.18 (72) Junction Oval 3 July 1909 Fitzroy 2.9 (21) Collingwood 6.16 (52) Brunswick Street Oval 3 July 1909 University 7.7 (49) Carlton 10.9 (69) EMCG 3 July 1909

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 7.8 (50) University 11.15 (81) Punt Road Oval 10 July 1909 Essendon 5.10 (40) Melbourne 3.12 (30) EMCG 10 July 1909 Collingwood 11.18 (84) St Kilda 6.8 (44) Victoria Park 10 July 1909 Carlton 9.14 (68) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Princes Park 10 July 1909 Geelong 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 13.9 (87) Corio Oval 10 July 1909

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 3.6 (24) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) MCG 17 July 1909 Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Richmond 3.7 (25) Brunswick Street Oval 17 July 1909 University 11.14 (80) St Kilda 4.2 (26) EMCG 17 July 1909 Geelong 6.9 (45) Essendon 12.8 (80) Corio Oval 17 July 1909 Collingwood 5.7 (37) Carlton 5.6 (36) Victoria Park 17 July 1909

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 19.16 (130) Geelong 10.10 (70) Princes Park 24 July 1909 St Kilda 5.11 (41) Melbourne 12.7 (79) Junction Oval 24 July 1909 South Melbourne 4.6 (30) Fitzroy 5.14 (44) Lake Oval 24 July 1909 University 4.19 (43) Essendon 11.9 (75) EMCG 24 July 1909 Richmond 5.7 (37) Collingwood 8.24 (72) Punt Road Oval 24 July 1909

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 9.11 (65) St Kilda 6.13 (49) Punt Road Oval 31 July 1909 Geelong 6.11 (47) University 12.15 (87) Corio Oval 31 July 1909 Essendon 10.9 (69) Fitzroy 7.7 (49) EMCG 31 July 1909 Collingwood 8.6 (54) South Melbourne 6.7 (43) Victoria Park 31 July 1909 Carlton 10.21 (81) Melbourne 4.6 (30) Princes Park 31 July 1909

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 3.8 (26) Geelong 2.10 (22) Junction Oval 7 August 1909 Essendon 14.14 (98) Collingwood 6.6 (42) EMCG 7 August 1909 Melbourne 4.4 (28) University 2.15 (27) MCG 14 August 1909 South Melbourne 18.11 (119) Richmond 3.8 (26) Lake Oval 14 August 1909 Fitzroy 2.9 (21) Carlton 11.6 (72) Brunswick Street Oval 14 August 1909

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 6.9 (45) Melbourne 9.14 (68) Corio Oval 21 August 1909 Fitzroy 11.11 (77) St Kilda 5.1 (31) Brunswick Street Oval 21 August 1909 South Melbourne 6.5 (41) Essendon 5.7 (37) Lake Oval 21 August 1909 University 5.9 (39) Collingwood 5.9 (39) EMCG 21 August 1909 Richmond 9.6 (60) Carlton 14.16 (100) Punt Road Oval 21 August 1909

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 11.11 (77) Geelong 4.8 (32) Victoria Park 28 August 1909 Carlton 11.13 (79) St Kilda 5.3 (33) Princes Park 28 August 1909 University 5.9 (39) South Melbourne 9.11 (65) EMCG 28 August 1909 Melbourne 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 4.7 (31) MCG 28 August 1909 Richmond 5.9 (39) Essendon 12.11 (83) Punt Road Oval 28 August 1909

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Ground Date St Kilda 5.5 (35) South Melbourne 7.15 (57) Junction Oval 4 September 1909 Geelong 13.14 (92) Richmond 4.7 (31) Corio Oval 4 September 1909 Fitzroy 9.6 (60) University 8.12 (60) Brunswick Street Oval 4 September 1909 Collingwood 15.18 (108) Melbourne 9.12 (66) Victoria Park 4 September 1909 Essendon 4.10 (34) Carlton 6.13 (49) EMCG 4 September 1909

Ladder

1909 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 South Melbourne (P) 18 14 4 0 1162 688 168.9 56 Finals
2 Carlton 18 14 4 0 1174 800 146.8 56
3 Collingwood 18 12 4 2 1070 821 130.3 52
4 Essendon 18 11 7 0 1076 884 121.7 44
5 Melbourne 18 10 7 1 1023 962 106.3 42
6 Fitzroy 18 8 9 1 945 930 101.6 34
7 University 18 7 9 2 902 901 100.1 32
8 Richmond 18 6 12 0 825 1282 64.4 24
9 Geelong 18 3 15 0 852 1301 65.5 12
10 St Kilda 18 2 16 0 670 1130 59.3 8
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

All of the 1909 finals were played at the MCG so the home team in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final is purely the higher ranked team from the ladder but in the Grand Final the home team was the team that won the Preliminary Final.

Semi finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Carlton 14.8 (92) Essendon 9.2 (56) MCG 11 September South Melbourne 10.8 (68) Collingwood 6.11 (47) MCG 18 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date South Melbourne 7.5 (47) Carlton 10.9 (69) MCG 25 September

Grand final

Main article: 1909 VFL Grand Final

This was South Melbourne's first VFL premiership after finishing runner-up in 1899 and 1907.

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Carlton 4.12 (36) South Melbourne 4.14 (38) MCG 2 October

Awards

Notable events

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Migratory Footballers: A Peculiar case, The Argus, (Thursday, 20 May 1909), p.5.
  2. ^ Victorian League: Permit Business, The Age, (Thursday, 20 May 1909), p.8.
  3. ^ "Football Protest – Match awarded to Geelong". The Argus. Melbourne. 12 June 1909. p. 17.
  4. ^ Fiddian, Marc (1994). Boilovers, Thrillers and Grand Eras in League and Association Football. Pakenham, Victoria: Pakenham Gazette. p. 31. ISBN 1875475087.

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