1922 VFL premiership season
Fitzroy Football Club, Premier team
Teams9
PremiersFitzroy
7th premiership
Minor premiersCollingwood
7th minor premiership
Leading Goalkicker MedallistHorrie Clover (Carlton)
Matches played76
Highest64,148
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The 1922 VFL season was the 26th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured nine clubs, ran from 6 May until 14 October, and comprised a 16-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 seventh time, after it defeated Collingwood by eleven points in the 1922 VFL Grand Final.

Background

In 1922, 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 1922 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".

Home-and-away season

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 7.13 (55) Melbourne 8.12 (60) Lake Oval 15,000 6 May 1922 St Kilda 8.8 (56) Fitzroy 10.9 (69) Junction Oval 12,000 6 May 1922 Richmond 10.13 (73) Collingwood 8.8 (56) Punt Road Oval 27,000 6 May 1922 Essendon 11.14 (80) Carlton 9.8 (62) Windy Hill 22,000 6 May 1922

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 13.10 (88) Richmond 12.13 (85) MCG 23,902 13 May 1922 Collingwood 9.12 (66) South Melbourne 10.12 (72) Victoria Park 20,000 13 May 1922 Carlton 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Princes Park 25,000 13 May 1922 Geelong 6.6 (42) Essendon 8.16 (64) Corio Oval 12,000 13 May 1922

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 14.13 (97) Geelong 10.12 (72) Brunswick Street Oval 12,000 20 May 1922 Essendon 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 8.13 (61) Windy Hill 20,000 20 May 1922 St Kilda 12.12 (84) Melbourne 11.8 (74) Junction Oval 10,000 20 May 1922 Collingwood 10.18 (78) Carlton 10.11 (71) Victoria Park 25,000 20 May 1922

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 11.9 (75) Richmond 11.7 (73) Corio Oval 12,000 27 May 1922 Carlton 14.12 (96) Melbourne 8.16 (64) Princes Park 15,000 27 May 1922 South Melbourne 8.13 (61) St Kilda 12.5 (77) Lake Oval 20,000 27 May 1922 Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Essendon 7.9 (51) Brunswick Street Oval 26,000 27 May 1922

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 15.14 (104) St Kilda 4.11 (35) Victoria Park 30,000 3 June 1922 South Melbourne 8.15 (63) Carlton 4.11 (35) Lake Oval 25,000 3 June 1922 Melbourne 9.12 (66) Geelong 9.6 (60) MCG 16,189 5 June 1922 Richmond 7.12 (54) Essendon 9.10 (64) Punt Road Oval 40,000 5 June 1922

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 9.18 (72) Richmond 7.9 (51) Brunswick Street Oval 30,000 10 June 1922 Essendon 12.21 (93) Melbourne 5.12 (42) Windy Hill 15,000 10 June 1922 Carlton 13.19 (97) St Kilda 12.14 (86) Princes Park 15,000 10 June 1922 Geelong 8.9 (57) Collingwood 19.6 (120) Corio Oval 12,000 10 June 1922

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 15.10 (100) Fitzroy 10.8 (68) Victoria Park 30,000 17 June 1922 Carlton 8.15 (63) Geelong 9.19 (73) Princes Park 12,000 17 June 1922 South Melbourne 10.14 (74) Richmond 12.7 (79) Lake Oval 20,000 17 June 1922 St Kilda 13.11 (89) Essendon 15.7 (97) Junction Oval 20,000 17 June 1922

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 7.12 (54) St Kilda 10.5 (65) Corio Oval 12,000 24 June 1922 Fitzroy 9.13 (67) South Melbourne 8.8 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 24 June 1922 Melbourne 9.13 (67) Collingwood 7.17 (59) MCG 17,496 24 June 1922 Richmond 10.6 (66) Carlton 12.11 (83) Punt Road Oval 30,000 24 June 1922

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 11.13 (79) St Kilda 7.12 (54) Punt Road Oval 25,000 1 July 1922 Geelong 16.18 (114) South Melbourne 4.6 (30) Corio Oval 8,000 1 July 1922 Fitzroy 5.19 (49) Melbourne 4.9 (33) Brunswick Street Oval 12,000 1 July 1922 Essendon 7.14 (56) Collingwood 10.5 (65) Windy Hill 30,000 1 July 1922

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 15.10 (100) South Melbourne 9.18 (72) MCG 9,850 15 July 1922 Fitzroy 13.11 (89) St Kilda 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 17,000 15 July 1922 Collingwood 6.14 (50) Richmond 3.13 (31) Victoria Park 25,000 15 July 1922 Carlton 11.19 (85) Essendon 7.10 (52) Princes Park 30,000 15 July 1922

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 12.10 (82) Geelong 13.16 (94) Windy Hill 15,000 22 July 1922 Richmond 11.14 (80) Melbourne 10.17 (77) Punt Road Oval 18,000 22 July 1922 South Melbourne 7.14 (56) Collingwood 8.16 (64) Lake Oval 20,000 22 July 1922 Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Carlton 9.7 (61) Brunswick Street Oval 30,000 22 July 1922

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 13.10 (88) St Kilda 11.10 (76) MCG 14,929 29 July 1922 Carlton 12.16 (88) Collingwood 11.17 (83) Princes Park 34,000 29 July 1922 Geelong 5.9 (39) Fitzroy 5.19 (49) Corio Oval 15,000 29 July 1922 South Melbourne 14.15 (99) Essendon 11.8 (74) Lake Oval 20,000 29 July 1922

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 10.15 (75) South Melbourne 11.9 (75) Junction Oval 15,000 5 August 1922 Essendon 15.7 (97) Fitzroy 12.16 (88) Windy Hill 20,000 5 August 1922 Richmond 12.17 (89) Geelong 11.13 (79) Punt Road Oval 15,000 5 August 1922 Melbourne 10.4 (64) Carlton 8.13 (61) MCG 25,220 5 August 1922

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 11.6 (72) Melbourne 5.16 (46) Corio Oval 8,000 19 August 1922 Essendon 15.13 (103) Richmond 10.6 (66) Windy Hill 25,000 19 August 1922 Carlton 14.19 (103) South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Princes Park 17,000 19 August 1922 St Kilda 6.10 (46) Collingwood 8.9 (57) Junction Oval 18,000 19 August 1922

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 8.20 (68) Geelong 6.8 (44) Victoria Park 8,000 26 August 1922 Richmond 5.10 (40) Fitzroy 3.14 (32) Punt Road Oval 5,000 26 August 1922 Melbourne 3.10 (28) Essendon 6.8 (44) MCG 19,206 26 August 1922 St Kilda 4.16 (40) Carlton 5.19 (49) Junction Oval 10,000 26 August 1922

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.8 (86) South Melbourne 9.10 (64) Punt Road Oval 15,000 2 September 1922 Essendon 8.15 (63) St Kilda 8.7 (55) Windy Hill 15,000 2 September 1922 Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Collingwood 11.13 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 25,000 2 September 1922 Geelong 11.10 (76) Carlton 16.15 (111) Corio Oval 15,000 2 September 1922

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 11.16 (82) Melbourne 7.11 (53) Victoria Park 15,000 9 September 1922 Carlton 14.10 (94) Richmond 7.8 (50) Princes Park 25,000 9 September 1922 St Kilda 18.18 (126) Geelong 10.11 (71) Junction Oval 10,000 9 September 1922 South Melbourne 11.12 (78) Fitzroy 14.9 (93) Lake Oval 10,000 9 September 1922

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 6.11 (47) Essendon 6.7 (43) Victoria Park 32,000 16 September 1922 St Kilda 7.22 (64) Richmond 5.7 (37) Junction Oval 4,000 16 September 1922 South Melbourne 21.10 (136) Geelong 8.10 (58) Lake Oval 3,000 16 September 1922 Melbourne 7.13 (55) Fitzroy 8.15 (63) Princes Park 5,000 16 September 1922

Ladder

(P) Premiers
Qualified for finals
# Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Collingwood 16 12 4 0 1178 922 127.8 48
2 Essendon 16 10 5 1 1147 1028 111.6 42
3 Fitzroy (P) 16 10 5 1 1091 1003 108.8 42
4 Carlton 16 10 6 0 1232 1092 112.8 40
5 Richmond 16 7 9 0 1039 1129 92.0 28
6 Melbourne 16 7 9 0 1005 1131 88.9 28
7 St Kilda 16 5 10 1 1090 1164 93.6 22
8 Geelong 16 5 11 0 1080 1285 84.0 20
9 South Melbourne 16 4 11 1 1127 1235 91.3 18

Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Average score: 69.4
Source: AFL Tables

Finals series

All of the 1922 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 Crowd Date Essendon 5.9 (39) Carlton 4.10 (34) MCG 64,148 23 September Collingwood 5.12 (42) Fitzroy 6.10 (46) MCG 43,045 30 September

Preliminary final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Essendon 6.9 (45) MCG 50,021 7 October

Grand final

Main article: 1922 VFL Grand Final

Season notes

Awards

References

Sources