1914 VFL Premiership season
Carlton fc 1914.jpg
Carlton team that won its 4th Premiership
Teams10
PremiersCarlton
(4th premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(5th minor premiership)
Matches played94
Highest attendance30,495
Leading Goalkicker MedallistDick Lee (Collingwood)
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The 1914 VFL season was the 18th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured ten clubs, ran from 25 April 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 fourth time, after it defeated South Melbourne by six points in the 1914 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1914, 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 1914 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 13.15 (93) Melbourne 5.7 (37) Brunswick Street Oval 25 April 1914 University 6.8 (44) South Melbourne 14.14 (98) MCG 25 April 1914 St Kilda 8.16 (64) Richmond 5.12 (42) Junction Oval 25 April 1914 Geelong 8.13 (61) Essendon 8.13 (61) Corio Oval 25 April 1914 Collingwood 8.8 (56) Carlton 6.20 (56) Victoria Park 25 April 1914

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 12.14 (86) University 7.8 (50) EMCG 2 May 1914 Carlton 4.11 (35) St Kilda 6.12 (48) Princes Park 2 May 1914 South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Geelong 7.9 (51) Lake Oval 2 May 1914 Richmond 3.10 (28) Fitzroy 9.15 (69) Punt Road Oval 2 May 1914 Melbourne 6.7 (43) Collingwood 9.13 (67) MCG 2 May 1914

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 10.14 (74) Melbourne 9.4 (58) Corio Oval 9 May 1914 Fitzroy 9.12 (66) South Melbourne 11.8 (74) Brunswick Street Oval 9 May 1914 Collingwood 12.18 (90) Richmond 4.12 (36) Victoria Park 9 May 1914 St Kilda 7.10 (52) Essendon 9.15 (69) Junction Oval 9 May 1914 University 4.8 (32) Carlton 13.24 (102) MCG 9 May 1914

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 7.11 (53) Richmond 7.7 (49) EMCG 16 May 1914 St Kilda 17.13 (115) Melbourne 8.7 (55) Junction Oval 16 May 1914 University 11.5 (71) Geelong 13.9 (87) MCG 16 May 1914 Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Collingwood 7.10 (52) Brunswick Street Oval 16 May 1914 South Melbourne 8.4 (52) Carlton 7.10 (52) Lake Oval 16 May 1914

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 18.17 (125) University 7.11 (53) Victoria Park 23 May 1914 Carlton 4.4 (28) Fitzroy 6.10 (46) Princes Park 23 May 1914 South Melbourne 11.11 (77) St Kilda 9.12 (66) Lake Oval 23 May 1914 Richmond 10.17 (77) Geelong 6.17 (53) Punt Road Oval 23 May 1914 Melbourne 5.7 (37) Essendon 5.24 (54) MCG 23 May 1914

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 5.11 (41) South Melbourne 5.13 (43) EMCG 30 May 1914 Carlton 13.19 (97) Melbourne 5.9 (39) Princes Park 30 May 1914 University 5.6 (36) Richmond 16.14 (110) MCG 30 May 1914 Geelong 4.8 (32) Fitzroy 6.4 (40) Corio Oval 30 May 1914 St Kilda 12.10 (82) Collingwood 5.14 (44) Junction Oval 30 May 1914

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 4.12 (36) South Melbourne 7.12 (54) Punt Road Oval 6 June 1914 Melbourne 14.9 (93) University 5.16 (46) MCG 6 June 1914 Fitzroy 10.13 (73) St Kilda 7.6 (48) Brunswick Street Oval 6 June 1914 Collingwood 11.12 (78) Essendon 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 6 June 1914 Geelong 9.11 (65) Carlton 3.16 (34) Corio Oval 6 June 1914

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 14.11 (95) Melbourne 6.17 (53) Punt Road Oval 8 June 1914 St Kilda 12.10 (82) Geelong 8.10 (58) Junction Oval 8 June 1914 University 3.6 (24) Fitzroy 15.18 (108) MCG 8 June 1914 South Melbourne 5.13 (43) Collingwood 6.10 (46) Lake Oval 8 June 1914 Essendon 6.3 (39) Carlton 11.10 (76) EMCG 8 June 1914

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 15.11 (101) University 10.7 (67) Junction Oval 13 June 1914 Melbourne 8.7 (55) South Melbourne 13.12 (90) MCG 13 June 1914 Carlton 5.13 (43) Richmond 5.11 (41) Princes Park 13 June 1914 Fitzroy 10.6 (66) Essendon 7.8 (50) Brunswick Street Oval 13 June 1914 Geelong 9.17 (71) Collingwood 5.6 (36) Corio Oval 13 June 1914

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date South Melbourne 9.16 (70) University 8.7 (55) Lake Oval 20 June 1914 Richmond 9.14 (68) St Kilda 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 20 June 1914 Essendon 9.13 (67) Geelong 5.11 (41) EMCG 20 June 1914 Carlton 6.16 (52) Collingwood 5.15 (45) Princes Park 20 June 1914 Melbourne 8.15 (63) Fitzroy 12.11 (83) MCG 20 June 1914

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 9.20 (74) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Corio Oval 27 June 1914 Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Richmond 4.15 (39) Brunswick Street Oval 27 June 1914 Collingwood 11.16 (82) Melbourne 7.10 (52) Victoria Park 27 June 1914 University 3.8 (26) Essendon 14.21 (105) MCG 27 June 1914 St Kilda 7.8 (50) Carlton 7.11 (53) Junction Oval 27 June 1914

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 6.18 (54) St Kilda 8.6 (54) EMCG 4 July 1914 Carlton 11.21 (87) University 8.8 (56) Princes Park 4 July 1914 Melbourne 3.4 (22) Geelong 9.14 (68) MCG 4 July 1914 South Melbourne 10.4 (64) Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Lake Oval 4 July 1914 Richmond 9.11 (65) Collingwood 6.13 (49) Punt Road Oval 4 July 1914

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 7.6 (48) St Kilda 14.16 (100) MCG 11 July 1914 Geelong 8.17 (65) University 3.3 (21) Corio Oval 11 July 1914 Collingwood 5.7 (37) Fitzroy 3.16 (34) Victoria Park 11 July 1914 Carlton 11.14 (80) South Melbourne 9.6 (60) Princes Park 11 July 1914 Richmond 8.21 (69) Essendon 5.7 (37) Punt Road Oval 11 July 1914

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 12.7 (79) South Melbourne 7.15 (57) Junction Oval 18 July 1914 Geelong 13.12 (90) Richmond 3.12 (30) Corio Oval 18 July 1914 Essendon 14.15 (99) Melbourne 6.5 (41) EMCG 18 July 1914 University 3.5 (23) Collingwood 15.13 (103) MCG 18 July 1914 Fitzroy 4.13 (37) Carlton 7.4 (46) Brunswick Street Oval 18 July 1914

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 14.10 (94) University 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 25 July 1914 Fitzroy 8.5 (53) Geelong 11.13 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 25 July 1914 Collingwood 12.14 (86) St Kilda 7.5 (47) Victoria Park 25 July 1914 South Melbourne 4.8 (32) Essendon 15.14 (104) Lake Oval 25 July 1914 Melbourne 8.10 (58) Carlton 16.15 (111) MCG 25 July 1914

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 4.12 (36) Geelong 5.4 (34) Princes Park 1 August 1914 South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Richmond 5.13 (43) Lake Oval 1 August 1914 University 6.12 (48) Melbourne 11.9 (75) MCG 1 August 1914 St Kilda 6.15 (51) Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Junction Oval 1 August 1914 Essendon 5.9 (39) Collingwood 6.12 (48) EMCG 1 August 1914

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 8.10 (58) Richmond 15.15 (105) MCG 22 August 1914 Geelong 9.7 (61) St Kilda 5.15 (45) Corio Oval 22 August 1914 Fitzroy 18.19 (127) University 6.2 (38) Brunswick Street Oval 22 August 1914 Collingwood 4.12 (36) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 22 August 1914 Carlton 10.11 (71) Essendon 7.8 (50) Princes Park 22 August 1914

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 9.14 (68) Fitzroy 7.8 (50) EMCG 29 August 1914 Collingwood 4.10 (34) Geelong 8.10 (58) Victoria Park 29 August 1914 University 7.10 (52) St Kilda 13.15 (93) MCG 29 August 1914 South Melbourne 10.18 (78) Melbourne 5.5 (35) Lake Oval 29 August 1914 Richmond 8.9 (57) Carlton 9.9 (63) Punt Road Oval 29 August 1914

Finals

All of the 1914 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 South Melbourne 5.14 (44) Geelong 5.7 (37)Note 1 MCG 5 September Carlton 9.8 (62) Fitzroy 5.12 (42) MCG 12 September

Preliminary final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date South Melbourne 5.13 (43) Carlton 3.6 (24) MCG 19 September

Grand final

Main article: 1914 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated South Melbourne 6.9 (45) to 4.15 (39), in front of a crowd of 30427 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football.)

Ladder

1914 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton (P) 18 13 3 2 1122 865 129.7 56 Finals
2 South Melbourne 18 12 5 1 1113 1017 109.4 50
3 Fitzroy 18 12 6 0 1177 858 137.2 48
4 Geelong 18 11 6 1 1122 874 128.4 46
5 Collingwood 18 10 7 1 1114 928 120.0 42
6 Essendon 18 9 7 2 1139 944 120.7 40
7 St Kilda 18 9 8 1 1243 1052 118.2 38
8 Richmond 18 8 10 0 1084 1077 100.6 32
9 Melbourne 18 2 16 0 922 1505 61.3 8
10 University 18 0 18 0 813 1729 47.0 0
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Awards

Notable events

See also

Notes

:1.^ Geelong's score in the first semi-final is given in different sources as either 5.7 (37)[4][5] or 5.8 (38).[6][7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Ross, John (1996). 100 Years of Australian Football. Ringwood, Australia: Viking Books. p. 382. ISBN 9781854714343.
  2. ^ "Streaks – All Teams". AFL Tables. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. ^ Rodgers, Stephen (1998). Every Game Ever Played VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997. Ringwood: Penguin Books Australia Pty Ltd. p. 850. ISBN 0670908096..
  4. ^ "1914 Season Scores". AFL Tables. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  5. ^ VFL Football Record, 12 September 1914, p. 29
  6. ^ Observer (7 September 1914). "FOOTBALL". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 13. Retrieved 14 October 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Rodgers, Stephen (1992), Every Game Ever Played – VFL/AFL Results 1897–1991, Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neil, p. 109