1919 VFL Premiership season
Teams9
PremiersCollingwood
(5th premiership)
Minor premiersCollingwood
(6th minor premiership)
Matches played76
Highest attendance51,798
Leading Goalkicker MedallistDick Lee (Collingwood)
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The 1919 VFL season was the 23rd season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.

For the first time since the peak of World War I, all nine senior clubs competed. The season ran from 3 May until 11 October, and comprised a 16-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs. The league's seconds/reserves competition – known as the Victorian Junior Football League – played its inaugural season.

The premiership was won by the Collingwood Football Club for the fifth time, after it defeated Richmond by 25 points in the 1919 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1919, the VFL competition consisted of nine 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 (i.e., 16 matches and 2 byes).

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1919 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 14.14 (98) Fitzroy 8.7 (55) Princes Park 3 May 1919 St Kilda 12.14 (86) Melbourne 9.4 (58) Junction Oval 3 May 1919 Richmond 12.19 (91) Essendon 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 3 May 1919 South Melbourne 6.13 (49) Collingwood 9.8 (62) Lake Oval 3 May 1919

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 3.10 (28) South Melbourne 10.19 (79) MCG 10 May 1919 Geelong 7.9 (51) Richmond 10.6 (66) Corio Oval 10 May 1919 Collingwood 5.15 (45) St Kilda 5.18 (48) Victoria Park 10 May 1919 Essendon 9.11 (65) Carlton 7.11 (53) EMCG 10 May 1919

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 4.7 (31) South Melbourne 9.13 (67) Junction Oval 17 May 1919 Melbourne 7.7 (49) Richmond 11.14 (80) MCG 17 May 1919 Fitzroy 18.10 (118) Essendon 5.12 (42) Brunswick Street Oval 17 May 1919 Geelong 5.2 (32) Collingwood 5.19 (49) Corio Oval 17 May 1919

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 4.9 (33) St Kilda 7.6 (48) EMCG 24 May 1919 Carlton 13.21 (99) Geelong 3.4 (22) Princes Park 24 May 1919 South Melbourne 4.15 (39) Fitzroy 4.12 (36) Lake Oval 24 May 1919 Richmond 8.6 (54) Collingwood 11.8 (74) Punt Road Oval 24 May 1919

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 0.18 (18) St Kilda 6.10 (46) Corio Oval 31 May 1919 Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Richmond 7.6 (48) Brunswick Street Oval 31 May 1919 Essendon 7.8 (50) South Melbourne 9.16 (70) EMCG 31 May 1919 Carlton 18.15 (123) Melbourne 5.4 (34) Princes Park 31 May 1919

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 7.20 (62) South Melbourne 11.16 (82) Punt Road Oval 7 June 1919 Collingwood 16.20 (116) Melbourne 8.7 (55) Victoria Park 7 June 1919 Fitzroy 7.18 (60) Geelong 4.4 (28) Brunswick Street Oval 9 June 1919 St Kilda 7.11 (53) Carlton 11.9 (75) Junction Oval 9 June 1919

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 9.16 (70) Collingwood 8.11 (59) Princes Park 14 June 1919 St Kilda 5.12 (42) Richmond 7.9 (51) Junction Oval 14 June 1919 Melbourne 6.6 (42) Fitzroy 11.12 (78) MCG 14 June 1919 Geelong 6.8 (44) Essendon 8.8 (56) Corio Oval 14 June 1919

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 13.14 (92) St Kilda 7.5 (47) Brunswick Street Oval 21 June 1919 Melbourne 7.10 (52) Geelong 10.12 (72) MCG 21 June 1919 Essendon 6.8 (44) Collingwood 10.10 (70) EMCG 21 June 1919 South Melbourne 6.13 (49) Carlton 6.8 (44) Lake Oval 21 June 1919

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 16.17 (113) Melbourne 6.8 (44) EMCG 28 June 1919 Collingwood 9.14 (68) Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Victoria Park 28 June 1919 Carlton 9.15 (69) Richmond 14.11 (95) Princes Park 28 June 1919 South Melbourne 5.22 (52) Geelong 5.4 (34) Lake Oval 28 June 1919

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Melbourne 5.7 (37) St Kilda 6.11 (47) MCG 12 July 1919 Essendon 6.10 (46) Richmond 6.15 (51) EMCG 12 July 1919 Collingwood 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 3.18 (36) Victoria Park 12 July 1919 Fitzroy 5.11 (41) Carlton 5.9 (39) Brunswick Street Oval 12 July 1919

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 7.8 (50) Essendon 9.11 (65) Princes Park 19 July 1919 South Melbourne 13.16 (94) Melbourne 2.15 (27) Lake Oval 19 July 1919 Richmond 16.15 (111) Geelong 7.14 (56) Punt Road Oval 19 July 1919 St Kilda 5.9 (39) Collingwood 13.13 (91) Junction Oval 19 July 1919

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Essendon 9.13 (67) Fitzroy 8.8 (56) EMCG 26 July 1919 Collingwood 12.11 (83) Geelong 4.7 (31) Victoria Park 26 July 1919 South Melbourne 29.15 (189) St Kilda 2.6 (18) Lake Oval 26 July 1919 Richmond 9.18 (72) Melbourne 7.6 (48) Punt Road Oval 26 July 1919

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Fitzroy 7.5 (47) South Melbourne 14.10 (94) Brunswick Street Oval 9 August 1919 Collingwood 11.12 (78) Richmond 9.11 (65) Victoria Park 9 August 1919 St Kilda 6.10 (46) Essendon 4.10 (34) Junction Oval 9 August 1919 Geelong 8.11 (59) Carlton 12.22 (94) Corio Oval 9 August 1919

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date St Kilda 12.18 (90) Geelong 10.17 (77) Junction Oval 16 August 1919 Richmond 6.21 (57) Fitzroy 3.13 (31) Punt Road Oval 16 August 1919 South Melbourne 12.15 (87) Essendon 8.7 (55) Lake Oval 16 August 1919 Melbourne 5.6 (36) Carlton 13.18 (96) MCG 16 August 1919

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Carlton 10.14 (74) St Kilda 9.4 (58) Princes Park 23 August 1919 South Melbourne 6.7 (43) Richmond 4.14 (38) Lake Oval 23 August 1919 Geelong 11.9 (75) Fitzroy 11.9 (75) Corio Oval 23 August 1919 Melbourne 5.6 (36) Collingwood 20.25 (145) MCG 23 August 1919

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Richmond 14.16 (100) St Kilda 5.11 (41) Punt Road Oval 30 August 1919 Fitzroy 21.16 (142) Melbourne 2.5 (17) Brunswick Street Oval 30 August 1919 Essendon 9.18 (72) Geelong 6.13 (49) EMCG 30 August 1919 Collingwood 17.11 (113) Carlton 5.16 (46) Victoria Park 30 August 1919

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 14.12 (96) Melbourne 6.15 (51) Corio Oval 6 September 1919 Collingwood 9.13 (67) Essendon 5.14 (44) Victoria Park 6 September 1919 Carlton 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 8.7 (55) Princes Park 6 September 1919 St Kilda 3.14 (32) Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Junction Oval 6 September 1919

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date Geelong 6.14 (50) South Melbourne 3.8 (26) Corio Oval 13 September 1919 Melbourne 4.9 (33) Essendon 10.7 (67) MCG 13 September 1919 Fitzroy 6.10 (46) Collingwood 9.10 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 13 September 1919 Richmond 5.12 (42) Carlton 7.19 (61) Punt Road Oval 13 September 1919

Ladder

1919 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Collingwood (P) 16 13 3 0 1243 766 162.3 52 Finals
2 South Melbourne 16 12 4 0 1111 700 158.7 48
3 Carlton 16 10 6 0 1150 901 127.6 40
4 Richmond 16 10 6 0 1083 916 118.2 40
5 Fitzroy 16 9 6 1 1074 857 125.3 38
6 Essendon 16 7 9 0 924 977 94.6 28
7 St Kilda 16 7 9 0 772 1093 70.6 28
8 Geelong 16 3 12 1 794 1082 73.4 14
9 Melbourne 16 0 16 0 647 1506 43.0 0
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

All of the 1919 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 Richmond 10.13 (73) South Melbourne 9.5 (59) MCG 20 September Collingwood 9.10 (64) Carlton 6.10 (46) MCG 27 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date Richmond 10.14 (74) Collingwood 6.9 (45) MCG 4 October

Grand final

Main article: 1919 VFL Grand Final

Collingwood defeated Richmond 11.12 (78) to 7.11 (53), in front of a crowd of 45,413 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 1.5 5.5 8.8 11.12 (78)
Richmond 1.2 4.7 5.10 7.11 (53)

Awards

Notable events

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Junior League Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 13 October 1919. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ross, John (1996). 100 Years of Australian Football. Ringwood, Australia: Viking Books. p. 382. ISBN 9781854714343.
  3. ^ "Streaks". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 January 2012.

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