1913 VFL Premiership season
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Fitzroy Football Club, Premiers
Teams10
PremiersFitzroy
(5th premiership)
Minor premiersFitzroy
(4th minor premiership)
Matches played94
Highest attendance59,479
Leading Goalkicker MedallistRoy Park (University)
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The 1913 VFL season was the 17th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured ten clubs, ran from 26 April until 27 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 Fitzroy Football Club for the fifth time, after it defeated St Kilda by 13 points in the 1913 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1913, 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 1913 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 7.13 (55) Richmond 5.7 (37) Corio Oval 26 April 1913 Fitzroy 10.19 (79) University 5.7 (37) Brunswick Street Oval 26 April 1913 South Melbourne 8.15 (63) St Kilda 8.6 (54) Lake Oval 26 April 1913 Melbourne 5.7 (37) Collingwood 8.12 (60) MCG 26 April 1913 Essendon 9.13 (67) Carlton 11.17 (83) EMCG 26 April 1913

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 10.17 (77) Geelong 11.2 (68) Victoria Park 3 May 1913 Carlton 8.13 (61) South Melbourne 9.7 (61) Princes Park 3 May 1913 University 10.12 (72) Melbourne 14.15 (99) MCG 3 May 1913 St Kilda 10.7 (67) Fitzroy 3.16 (34) Junction Oval 3 May 1913 Richmond 11.12 (78) Essendon 13.11 (89) Punt Road Oval 3 May 1913

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Geelong 6.7 (43) Brunswick Street Oval 10 May 1913 Carlton 11.13 (79) Melbourne 7.11 (53) Princes Park 10 May 1913 University 9.11 (65) St Kilda 10.13 (73) MCG 10 May 1913 South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Richmond 9.2 (56) Lake Oval 10 May 1913 Essendon 10.5 (65) Collingwood 10.10 (70) EMCG 10 May 1913

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 9.14 (68) St Kilda 7.12 (54) Punt Road Oval 17 May 1913 Geelong 14.14 (98) University 7.9 (51) Corio Oval 17 May 1913 Essendon 7.14 (56) South Melbourne 15.13 (103) EMCG 17 May 1913 Melbourne 4.7 (31) Fitzroy 7.11 (53) MCG 17 May 1913 Collingwood 6.8 (44) Carlton 5.8 (38) Victoria Park 17 May 1913

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 7.15 (57) South Melbourne 9.17 (71) Corio Oval 24 May 1913 Collingwood 9.16 (70) Richmond 6.12 (48) Victoria Park 24 May 1913 St Kilda 8.13 (61) Melbourne 7.14 (56) Junction Oval 24 May 1913 Fitzroy 7.9 (51) Essendon 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 24 May 1913 University 8.8 (56) Carlton 10.12 (72) MCG 24 May 1913

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 6.7 (43) Richmond 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 31 May 1913 Essendon 3.5 (23) Geelong 6.11 (47) EMCG 31 May 1913 Carlton 4.13 (37) St Kilda 3.6 (24) Princes Park 31 May 1913 South Melbourne 6.16 (52) Melbourne 4.4 (28) Lake Oval 31 May 1913 University 2.8 (20) Collingwood 7.12 (54) MCG 31 May 1913

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 14.22 (106) University 6.5 (41) EMCG 7 June 1913 Collingwood 13.11 (89) St Kilda 7.12 (54) Victoria Park 7 June 1913 Melbourne 7.10 (52) Geelong 12.12 (84) MCG 7 June 1913 South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Fitzroy 11.17 (83) Lake Oval 7 June 1913 Richmond 8.13 (61) Carlton 10.7 (67) Punt Road Oval 7 June 1913

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 5.7 (37) Fitzroy 6.11 (47) Victoria Park 9 June 1913 University 10.9 (69) South Melbourne 13.12 (90) MCG 9 June 1913 Richmond 7.10 (52) Melbourne 5.10 (40) Punt Road Oval 9 June 1913 St Kilda 9.11 (65) Essendon 7.13 (55) Junction Oval 9 June 1913 Geelong 7.12 (54) Carlton 9.15 (69) Corio Oval 9 June 1913

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 9.17 (71) Melbourne 3.12 (30) EMCG 14 June 1913 University 5.10 (40) Richmond 12.11 (83) MCG 14 June 1913 St Kilda 11.12 (78) Geelong 10.11 (71) Junction Oval 14 June 1913 South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Collingwood 7.9 (51) Lake Oval 14 June 1913 Fitzroy 14.15 (99) Carlton 9.10 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 14 June 1913

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 9.11 (65) South Melbourne 13.14 (92) Junction Oval 21 June 1913 Collingwood 14.11 (95) Melbourne 6.11 (47) Victoria Park 21 June 1913 Carlton 15.15 (105) Essendon 11.12 (78) Princes Park 21 June 1913 Richmond 12.9 (81) Geelong 8.15 (63) Punt Road Oval 21 June 1913 University 5.5 (35) Fitzroy 10.15 (75) MCG 21 June 1913

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.20 (62) University 7.11 (53) MCG 28 June 1913 Fitzroy 7.11 (53) St Kilda 5.9 (39) Brunswick Street Oval 28 June 1913 Essendon 8.9 (57) Richmond 10.7 (67) EMCG 28 June 1913 Geelong 8.12 (60) Collingwood 11.5 (71) Corio Oval 28 June 1913 South Melbourne 12.16 (88) Carlton 5.11 (41) Lake Oval 28 June 1913

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 18.20 (128) University 7.14 (56) Junction Oval 5 July 1913 Richmond 3.17 (35) South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Punt Road Oval 5 July 1913 Collingwood 10.12 (72) Essendon 7.12 (54) Victoria Park 5 July 1913 Geelong 11.12 (78) Fitzroy 8.13 (61) Corio Oval 5 July 1913 Melbourne 10.7 (67) Carlton 7.12 (54) MCG 5 July 1913

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Melbourne 3.10 (28) Brunswick Street Oval 19 July 1913 Carlton 6.18 (54) Collingwood 11.11 (77) Princes Park 19 July 1913 St Kilda 9.8 (62) Richmond 5.6 (36) Junction Oval 19 July 1913 University 5.6 (36) Geelong 17.18 (120) MCG 19 July 1913 South Melbourne 5.12 (42) Essendon 7.20 (62) Lake Oval 19 July 1913

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 5.5 (35) St Kilda 9.17 (71) MCG 26 July 1913 Essendon 4.12 (36) Fitzroy 7.12 (54) EMCG 26 July 1913 Carlton 9.22 (76) University 3.8 (26) Princes Park 26 July 1913 South Melbourne 12.10 (82) Geelong 9.12 (66) Lake Oval 26 July 1913 Richmond 5.15 (45) Collingwood 10.9 (69) Punt Road Oval 26 July 1913

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 2.7 (19) South Melbourne 5.18 (48) MCG 2 August 1913 Collingwood 12.15 (87) University 10.10 (70) Victoria Park 2 August 1913 Richmond 6.10 (46) Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Punt Road Oval 2 August 1913 Geelong 11.10 (76) Essendon 8.5 (53) Corio Oval 2 August 1913 St Kilda 10.10 (70) Carlton 11.3 (69) Junction Oval 2 August 1913

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 4.23 (47) Melbourne 4.2 (26) Corio Oval 9 August 1913 Fitzroy 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 7.14 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 9 August 1913 Carlton 9.9 (63) Richmond 7.9 (51) Princes Park 9 August 1913 University 8.12 (60) Essendon 9.8 (62) MCG 9 August 1913 St Kilda 12.10 (82) Collingwood 6.8 (44) Junction Oval 9 August 1913

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 17.9 (111) University 8.13 (61) Lake Oval 23 August 1913 Essendon 7.8 (50) St Kilda 9.8 (62) EMCG 23 August 1913 Carlton 6.10 (46) Geelong 9.15 (69) Princes Park 23 August 1913 Richmond 8.5 (53) Melbourne 9.10 (64) Punt Road Oval 23 August 1913 Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Collingwood 4.13 (37) Brunswick Street Oval 23 August 1913

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 15.11 (101) University 8.11 (59) Punt Road Oval 30 August 1913 Geelong 15.18 (108) St Kilda 5.10 (40) Corio Oval 30 August 1913 Collingwood 7.12 (54) South Melbourne 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 30 August 1913 Carlton 4.8 (32) Fitzroy 7.13 (55) Princes Park 30 August 1913 Melbourne 6.6 (42) Essendon 6.16 (52) MCG 30 August 1913

Ladder

1913 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Fitzroy (P) 18 16 2 0 1137 788 144.3 64 Finals
2 South Melbourne 18 14 3 1 1256 977 128.6 58
3 Collingwood 18 13 5 0 1158 984 117.7 52
4 St Kilda 18 11 7 0 1149 1081 106.3 44
5 Geelong 18 10 8 0 1264 1016 124.4 40
6 Carlton 18 9 8 1 1110 1100 100.9 38
7 Richmond 18 6 12 0 1034 1090 94.9 24
8 Essendon 18 6 12 0 1072 1148 93.4 24
9 Melbourne 18 4 14 0 816 1143 71.4 16
10 University 18 0 18 0 907 1576 57.6 0
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

All of the 1913 finals were played at the MCG, so the home team in the semi-finals and preliminary final was 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 St Kilda 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 6.15 (51) MCG 6 September Fitzroy 11.14 (80) Collingwood 6.7 (43) MCG 13 September

Preliminary final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date St Kilda 10.10 (70) Fitzroy 6.9 (45) MCG 20 September

Grand final

Main article: 1913 VFL Grand Final

Fitzroy defeated St Kilda 7.14 (56) to 5.13 (43), in front of a crowd of 59,479 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ a b Ross, John (1996). 100 Years of Australian Football. Ringwood, Australia: Viking Books. p. 382. ISBN 9781854714343.

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