1916 VFL Premiership season
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Fitzroy FC, Premiers
Teams4
PremiersFitzroy
(6th premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(6th minor premiership)
Matches played28
Highest attendance21,130
Leading Goalkicker MedallistDick Lee (Collingwood)
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The 1916 VFL season was the 20th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.

Played during the peak of World War I, the season was the smallest and shortest in the league's history, with only four of the nine senior clubs competing – Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond. The season ran from 6 May until 2 September, and comprised a 12-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring all four clubs. The season saw the introduction of district football, allocating players to clubs based on residential address, a system which formed the basis of metropolitan recruiting until 1991.

The premiership was won by the Fitzroy Football Club for the sixth time. Despite finishing in last place in the home-and-away rounds with a 2–9–1 record, Fitzroy won its three finals, finishing by defeating Carlton by 29 points in the 1916 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1916, the VFL competition consisted of four 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 of the four teams played each other four times in a 12 match home-and-away season (each team hosting each of the others twice).

Once the 12 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1916 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 Carlton 7.18 (60) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Princes Park 6 May 1916 Richmond 10.9 (69) Collingwood 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 6 May 1916

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 9.12 (66) Richmond 5.7 (37) Brunswick Street Oval 13 May 1916 Collingwood 7.3 (45) Carlton 10.11 (71) Victoria Park 13 May 1916

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Collingwood 6.14 (50) Brunswick Street Oval 20 May 1916 Richmond 7.19 (61) Carlton 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 20 May 1916

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 10.18 (78) Richmond 7.11 (53) Victoria Park 27 May 1916 Fitzroy 7.9 (51) Carlton 13.6 (84) Brunswick Street Oval 27 May 1916

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 10.15 (75) Collingwood 11.10 (76) Princes Park 3 June 1916 Richmond 19.13 (127) Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 3 June 1916

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 11.13 (79) Fitzroy 8.17 (65) Victoria Park 10 June 1916 Carlton 14.8 (92) Richmond 3.13 (31) Princes Park 10 June 1916

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 10.14 (74) Richmond 11.9 (75) Victoria Park 17 June 1916 Fitzroy 7.8 (50) Carlton 10.19 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 17 June 1916

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 9.11 (65) Collingwood 7.11 (53) Princes Park 24 June 1916 Richmond 9.11 (65) Fitzroy 7.13 (55) Punt Road Oval 24 June 1916

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Collingwood 8.11 (59) Fitzroy 8.10 (58) Victoria Park 8 July 1916 Carlton 12.19 (91) Richmond 6.5 (41) Princes Park 8 July 1916

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 11.15 (81) Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Princes Park 15 July 1916 Richmond 14.9 (93) Collingwood 9.13 (67) Punt Road Oval 15 July 1916

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Richmond 10.15 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 22 July 1916 Collingwood 10.10 (70) Carlton 9.18 (72) Victoria Park 22 July 1916

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 8.9 (57) Collingwood 11.9 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 29 July 1916 Richmond 9.11 (65) Carlton 12.10 (82) Punt Road Oval 29 July 1916

Ladder

1916 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton 12 10 2 0 918 669 137.2 40 Finals
2 Collingwood 12 6 5 1 803 803 100.0 26
3 Richmond 12 5 7 0 792 881 89.9 20
4 Fitzroy (P) 12 2 9 1 711 871 81.6 10
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Semi finals

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Collingwood 8.9 (57) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) MCG 12 August 1916 9,690 Carlton 10.15 (75) Richmond 10.12 (72) MCG 19 August 1916 11,728

Preliminary final

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Carlton 5.12 (42) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) MCG 26 August 1916 15,567

Grand final

Main article: 1916 VFL Grand Final

Fitzroy defeated Carlton 12.13 (85) to 8.8 (56), in front of a crowd of 21,130 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Attendance Carlton 8.8 (56) Fitzroy 12.13 (85) MCG 2 September 1916 21,130

Awards

Notable events

Impact of the war

The situation of the VFL in 1916 was rather complex.

District football

Although the 1916 season itself was disrupted by the war, it was the first season to come under the VFL's new district football scheme. Under the new scheme:[1]

The scheme had been developed by a league sub-committee over the previous two years (and had originally allowed for players to qualify for University based on past or present enrollment at the University of Melbourne and affiliated academic bodies),[1] and the final approval for the scheme came in October 1915.[2] District/zone recruiting remained in place from 1916 until 1991.[3]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b "League football – District scheme drafted". The Argus. Melbourne. 8 January 1914. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Football finance – charity votes and club dividends". The Age. Melbourne. 2 October 1915. p. 12.
  3. ^ Geoff Poulter (12 March 1991). "AFL rings in the changes". Herald-Sun. Melbourne. p. 76.

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