1912 VFL Premiership season
Essendon fc 1912.jpg
Essendon, Premier team
Teams10
PremiersEssendon
(4th premiership)
Minor premiersSouth Melbourne
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played94
Highest attendance54,436
Leading Goalkicker MedallistHarry Brereton (Melbourne)
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The 1912 VFL season was the 16th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured ten clubs, ran from 27 April until 28 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 Essendon Football Club for the fourth time and second time consecutively, after it defeated South Melbourne by 14 points in the 1912 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1912, 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 1912 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 17.14 (116) University 6.6 (42) EMCG 27 April 1912 Carlton 9.16 (70) Geelong 4.7 (31) Princes Park 27 April 1912 St Kilda 6.10 (46) Richmond 7.11 (53) Junction Oval 27 April 1912 South Melbourne 7.5 (47) Fitzroy 4.10 (34) Lake Oval 27 April 1912 Melbourne 9.14 (68) Collingwood 5.9 (39) MCG 27 April 1912

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 5.8 (38) South Melbourne 2.23 (35) Punt Road Oval 4 May 1912 Geelong 13.15 (93) St Kilda 6.11 (47) Corio Oval 4 May 1912 Collingwood 6.17 (53) Essendon 10.10 (70) Victoria Park 4 May 1912 University 8.12 (60) Melbourne 10.8 (68) MCG 4 May 1912 Fitzroy 5.11 (41) Carlton 9.10 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 4 May 1912

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 7.14 (56) Geelong 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 11 May 1912 University 9.9 (63) Richmond 6.12 (48) MCG 11 May 1912 South Melbourne 6.18 (54) Melbourne 3.4 (22) Lake Oval 11 May 1912 St Kilda 12.21 (93) Collingwood 4.12 (36) Junction Oval 11 May 1912 Essendon 8.11 (59) Carlton 6.14 (50) EMCG 11 May 1912

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 11.12 (78) Melbourne 5.5 (35) Corio Oval 18 May 1912 Carlton 6.9 (45) Collingwood 6.10 (46) Princes Park 18 May 1912 University 3.13 (31) St Kilda 7.14 (56) MCG 18 May 1912 Richmond 9.6 (60) Fitzroy 13.8 (86) Punt Road Oval 18 May 1912 South Melbourne 8.8 (56) Essendon 9.8 (62) Lake Oval 18 May 1912

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 5.5 (35) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Junction Oval 25 May 1912 Fitzroy 8.11 (59) University 4.8 (32) Brunswick Street Oval 25 May 1912 Essendon 7.7 (49) Geelong 7.10 (52) EMCG 25 May 1912 Collingwood 10.12 (72) Richmond 6.4 (40) Victoria Park 25 May 1912 Melbourne 8.2 (50) Carlton 5.14 (44) MCG 25 May 1912

Round 6

Prior to this round, it was noted by the Football Record that Melbourne had been generally strong while competing at their home ground, but had faltered while away.[1]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 11.12 (78) Melbourne 10.6 (66) Brunswick Street Oval 1 June 1912 Carlton 12.15 (87) St Kilda 6.11 (47) Princes Park 1 June 1912 University 5.8 (38) South Melbourne 9.16 (70) MCG 1 June 1912 Richmond 10.10 (70) Essendon 13.14 (92) Punt Road Oval 1 June 1912 Geelong 13.13 (91) Collingwood 2.15 (27) Corio Oval 1 June 1912

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 10.13 (73) University 4.12 (36) Victoria Park 3 June 1912 South Melbourne 13.15 (93) Geelong 8.13 (61) Lake Oval 3 June 1912 St Kilda 6.10 (46) Fitzroy 8.7 (55) Junction Oval 3 June 1912 Melbourne 8.6 (54) Essendon 16.12 (108) MCG 3 June 1912 Richmond 7.8 (50) Carlton 17.17 (119) Punt Road Oval 3 June 1912

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 14.14 (98) Richmond 4.9 (33) MCG 8 June 1912 Geelong 8.15 (63) University 3.8 (26) Corio Oval 8 June 1912 Essendon 6.19 (55) St Kilda 10.6 (66) EMCG 8 June 1912 Collingwood 13.10 (88) Fitzroy 11.7 (73) Victoria Park 8 June 1912 Carlton 8.16 (64) South Melbourne 6.10 (46) Princes Park 8 June 1912

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 2.12 (24) Melbourne 7.13 (55) Junction Oval 15 June 1912 Richmond 4.16 (40) Geelong 7.12 (54) Punt Road Oval 15 June 1912 Fitzroy 3.7 (25) Essendon 8.8 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 15 June 1912 South Melbourne 4.16 (40) Collingwood 4.8 (32) Lake Oval 15 June 1912 University 8.10 (58) Carlton 10.17 (77) MCG 15 June 1912

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 6.6 (42) St Kilda 12.14 (86) Punt Road Oval 22 June 1912 Fitzroy 3.10 (28) South Melbourne 9.12 (66) Brunswick Street Oval 22 June 1912 Collingwood 6.17 (53) Melbourne 6.9 (45) Victoria Park 22 June 1912 University 7.10 (52) Essendon 16.24 (120) MCG 22 June 1912 Geelong 12.7 (79) Carlton 8.12 (60) Corio Oval 22 June 1912

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 13.14 (92) University 5.7 (37) MCG 29 June 1912 Carlton 6.8 (44) Fitzroy 4.15 (39) Princes Park 29 June 1912 South Melbourne 19.12 (126) Richmond 5.7 (37) Lake Oval 29 June 1912 St Kilda 12.11 (83) Geelong 9.14 (68) Junction Oval 29 June 1912 Essendon 6.18 (54) Collingwood 6.10 (46) EMCG 29 June 1912

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 11.19 (85) University 4.4 (28) Punt Road Oval 13 July 1912 Melbourne 0.8 (8) South Melbourne 13.8 (86) MCG 13 July 1912 Collingwood 8.15 (63) St Kilda 6.4 (40) Victoria Park 13 July 1912 Carlton 10.16 (76) Essendon 4.9 (33) Princes Park 13 July 1912 Geelong 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 5.10 (40) Corio Oval 13 July 1912

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 15.12 (102) University 6.14 (50) Junction Oval 20 July 1912 Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Richmond 3.11 (29) Brunswick Street Oval 20 July 1912 Essendon 7.10 (52) South Melbourne 9.11 (65) EMCG 20 July 1912 Melbourne 7.12 (54) Geelong 5.13 (43) MCG 20 July 1912 Collingwood 3.14 (32) Carlton 8.7 (55) Victoria Park 20 July 1912

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 4.18 (42) Melbourne 5.7 (37) Princes Park 27 July 1912 South Melbourne 14.7 (91) St Kilda 7.18 (60) Lake Oval 27 July 1912 University 7.8 (50) Fitzroy 12.14 (86) MCG 27 July 1912 Geelong 13.14 (92) Essendon 5.10 (40) Corio Oval 27 July 1912 Richmond 6.4 (40) Collingwood 10.15 (75) Punt Road Oval 27 July 1912

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 12.13 (85) University 7.5 (47) Lake Oval 3 August 1912 Essendon 10.12 (72) Richmond 5.13 (43) EMCG 3 August 1912 Collingwood 7.15 (57) Geelong 6.8 (44) Victoria Park 3 August 1912 Melbourne 6.6 (42) Fitzroy 6.7 (43) MCG 3 August 1912 St Kilda 6.15 (51) Carlton 7.12 (54) Junction Oval 3 August 1912

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 4.8 (32) South Melbourne 6.15 (51) Corio Oval 17 August 1912 Fitzroy 12.17 (89) St Kilda 8.7 (55) Brunswick Street Oval 17 August 1912 Essendon 9.8 (62) Melbourne 7.8 (50) EMCG 17 August 1912 Carlton 8.20 (68) Richmond 8.11 (59) Princes Park 17 August 1912 University 6.7 (43) Collingwood 6.20 (56) MCG 17 August 1912

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 9.9 (63) Melbourne 11.7 (73) Punt Road Oval 24 August 1912 University 7.8 (50) Geelong 12.22 (94) MCG 24 August 1912 St Kilda 15.18 (108) Essendon 7.8 (50) Junction Oval 24 August 1912 Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Collingwood 4.3 (27) Brunswick Street Oval 24 August 1912 South Melbourne 6.10 (46) Carlton 7.10 (52) Lake Oval 24 August 1912

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 9.14 (68) St Kilda 7.7 (49) MCG 31 August 1912 Geelong 9.16 (70) Richmond 4.9 (33) Corio Oval 31 August 1912 Essendon 7.13 (55) Fitzroy 6.13 (49) EMCG 31 August 1912 Collingwood 5.7 (37) South Melbourne 7.11 (53) Victoria Park 31 August 1912 Carlton 10.14 (74) University 10.9 (69) Princes Park 31 August 1912

Ladder

1912 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 South Melbourne 18 14 4 0 1160 739 157.0 56 Finals
2 Carlton 18 14 4 0 1145 873 131.2 56
3 Essendon (P) 18 12 6 0 1205 1049 114.9 48
4 Geelong 18 11 7 0 1154 911 126.7 44
5 Fitzroy 18 10 8 0 1016 936 108.5 40
6 Melbourne 18 9 9 0 985 996 98.9 36
7 Collingwood 18 9 9 0 912 995 91.7 36
8 St Kilda 18 7 11 0 1094 1090 100.4 28
9 Richmond 18 3 15 0 863 1333 64.7 12
10 University 18 1 17 0 812 1424 57.0 4
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

All of the 1912 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 10.11 (71) Geelong 4.19 (43) MCG 7 September Essendon 7.12 (54) South Melbourne 6.6 (42) MCG 14 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Essendon 7.10 (52) Carlton 6.12 (48) MCG 21 September

Grand final

Main article: 1912 VFL Grand Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Essendon 5.17 (47) South Melbourne 4.9 (33) MCG 28 September

Essendon defeated South Melbourne 5.17 (47) to 4.9 (33), in front of a crowd of 54,436 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Items of Interest". Football Record: 4. May 1912. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Ross, John (1996). 100 Years of Australian Football. Ringwood, Australia: Viking Books. p. 382. ISBN 9781854714343.

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