1924 VFL Premiership season
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Essendon Football Club, Premiers
Teams9
PremiersEssendon
(6th premiership)
Minor premiersEssendon
(4th minor premiership)
Matches played78
Highest attendance42,522
Leading Goalkicker MedallistJack Moriarty (Fitzroy)
Brownlow MedallistEdward Greeves (Geelong)
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The 1924 VFL season was the 28th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured nine clubs, ran from 26 April until 27 September, 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 Essendon Football Club for the sixth time and second time consecutively, after it won the round-robin finals series which was held in this season only. It is the last time a VFL/AFL premiership was not decided by a Grand Final.

The season saw the first presentation of the Brownlow Medal for fairest and best player in the league, won by Edward Greeves (Geelong).

Premiership season

In 1924, 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 1924 VFL premiership was determined by an experimental 1924 finals system, which the VFL used in this season only. The format was similar to the round-robin format used in 1897 Finals System, but included the minor premier's right to challenge, which existed under the amended Argus System.

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 10.7 (67) South Melbourne 13.16 (94) Punt Road Oval 20,000 26 April 1924 St Kilda 12.12 (84) Melbourne 11.16 (82) Junction Oval 15,000 26 April 1924 Essendon 8.15 (63) Collingwood 12.7 (79) Windy Hill 25,000 26 April 1924 Fitzroy 16.9 (105) Carlton 15.13 (103) Brunswick Street Oval 30,000 26 April 1924

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 10.15 (75) Richmond 7.11 (53) Corio Oval 13,000 3 May 1924 Collingwood 10.17 (77) St Kilda 7.15 (57) Victoria Park 19,000 3 May 1924 Carlton 7.14 (56) Essendon 7.14 (56) Princes Park 40,000 3 May 1924 South Melbourne 7.15 (57) Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Lake Oval 28,000 3 May 1924

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 14.13 (97) Geelong 10.14 (74) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 10 May 1924 Essendon 12.13 (85) South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Windy Hill 25,000 10 May 1924 Melbourne 8.13 (61) Collingwood 8.14 (62) MCG 18,211 10 May 1924 St Kilda 9.22 (76) Carlton 13.12 (90) Junction Oval 26,000 10 May 1924

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Carlton 11.10 (76) Melbourne 14.25 (109) Princes Park 23,000 17 May 1924 South Melbourne 12.9 (81) St Kilda 7.11 (53) Lake Oval 22,000 17 May 1924 Richmond 5.18 (48) Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Punt Road Oval 22,000 17 May 1924 Geelong 8.12 (60) Essendon 12.8 (80) Corio Oval 12,000 17 May 1924

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 10.16 (76) South Melbourne 10.9 (69) MCG 22,072 24 May 1924 Essendon 13.16 (94) Richmond 3.13 (31) Windy Hill 22,000 24 May 1924 St Kilda 13.24 (102) Geelong 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 16,000 24 May 1924 Collingwood 19.17 (131) Carlton 16.11 (107) Victoria Park 25,000 24 May 1924

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 9.19 (73) St Kilda 8.6 (54) Punt Road Oval 20,000 31 May 1924 Geelong 9.19 (73) Melbourne 9.9 (63) Corio Oval 12,000 31 May 1924 Fitzroy 10.8 (68) Essendon 8.13 (61) Brunswick Street Oval 35,000 31 May 1924 South Melbourne 9.15 (69) Collingwood 8.8 (56) Lake Oval 25,000 31 May 1924

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 10.16 (76) Geelong 11.16 (82) Victoria Park 14,000 7 June 1924 Carlton 10.12 (72) South Melbourne 11.12 (78) Princes Park 29,000 7 June 1924 Melbourne 11.17 (83) Richmond 13.9 (87) MCG 27,533 9 June 1924 St Kilda 12.13 (85) Fitzroy 14.9 (93) Junction Oval 30,000 9 June 1924

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 12.15 (87) Melbourne 5.11 (41) Brunswick Street Oval 15,000 14 June 1924 Essendon 16.17 (113) St Kilda 3.13 (31) Windy Hill 20,000 14 June 1924 Richmond 12.23 (95) Collingwood 10.10 (70) Punt Road Oval 21,000 14 June 1924 Geelong 9.12 (66) Carlton 6.15 (51) Corio Oval 12,000 14 June 1924

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 7.9 (51) Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Victoria Park 22,000 21 June 1924 Carlton 3.10 (28) Richmond 5.8 (38) Princes Park 21,000 21 June 1924 South Melbourne 7.6 (48) Geelong 7.3 (45) Lake Oval 20,000 21 June 1924 Melbourne 5.12 (42) Essendon 10.11 (71) MCG 18,769 21 June 1924

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 8.15 (63) St Kilda 6.15 (51) MCG 14,286 28 June 1924 Collingwood 4.10 (34) Essendon 8.12 (60) Victoria Park 20,000 28 June 1924 Carlton 15.14 (104) Fitzroy 8.8 (56) Princes Park 27,770 28 June 1924 South Melbourne 9.7 (61) Richmond 5.13 (43) Lake Oval 30,000 28 June 1924

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 4.17 (41) South Melbourne 9.10 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 5 July 1924 Richmond 10.20 (80) Geelong 9.8 (62) Punt Road Oval 18,000 5 July 1924 St Kilda 16.16 (112) Collingwood 6.16 (52) Junction Oval 13,000 5 July 1924 Essendon 10.19 (79) Carlton 8.14 (62) Windy Hill 28,000 5 July 1924

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 11.10 (76) Melbourne 7.11 (53) Victoria Park 8,000 12 July 1924 Carlton 14.15 (99) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Princes Park 17,000 12 July 1924 Geelong 9.14 (68) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Corio Oval 15,000 12 July 1924 South Melbourne 9.8 (62) Essendon 6.13 (49) Lake Oval 33,000 12 July 1924

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 13.14 (92) South Melbourne 12.16 (88) Junction Oval 25,000 19 July 1924 Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Richmond 8.16 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 26,000 19 July 1924 Essendon 10.14 (74) Geelong 8.14 (62) Windy Hill 20,000 19 July 1924 Melbourne 7.13 (55) Carlton 9.8 (62) MCG 17,931 19 July 1924

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 18.15 (123) St Kilda 7.6 (48) Corio Oval 12,000 26 July 1924 Carlton 10.12 (72) Collingwood 12.12 (84) Princes Park 30,000 26 July 1924 South Melbourne 12.13 (85) Melbourne 5.8 (38) Lake Oval 16,000 26 July 1924 Richmond 7.14 (56) Essendon 12.13 (85) Punt Road Oval 38,000 26 July 1924

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 9.19 (73) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Windy Hill 26,000 2 August 1924 Collingwood 9.16 (70) South Melbourne 6.15 (51) Victoria Park 18,000 2 August 1924 St Kilda 5.9 (39) Richmond 11.12 (78) Junction Oval 10,000 2 August 1924 Melbourne 5.9 (39) Geelong 8.8 (56) MCG 7,382 2 August 1924

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 16.13 (109) St Kilda 6.10 (46) Brunswick Street Oval 10,000 23 August 1924 Richmond 17.19 (121) Melbourne 9.21 (75) Punt Road Oval 14,000 23 August 1924 Geelong 9.19 (73) Collingwood 5.6 (36) Corio Oval 15,600 23 August 1924 South Melbourne 13.19 (97) Carlton 4.7 (31) Lake Oval 22,000 23 August 1924

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 6.13 (49) Richmond 8.13 (61) Victoria Park 21,000 30 August 1924 Carlton 9.7 (61) Geelong 6.18 (54) Princes Park 15,000 30 August 1924 Melbourne 9.13 (67) Fitzroy 16.14 (110) MCG 12,487 30 August 1924 St Kilda 9.5 (59) Essendon 11.17 (83) Junction Oval 20,000 30 August 1924

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 9.13 (67) South Melbourne 9.14 (68) Corio Oval 16,500 6 September 1924 Essendon 12.10 (82) Melbourne 14.12 (96) Windy Hill 10,000 6 September 1924 Fitzroy 6.14 (50) Collingwood 11.20 (86) Brunswick Street Oval 13,000 6 September 1924 Richmond 12.16 (88) Carlton 8.12 (60) Punt Road Oval 30,000 6 September 1924

Ladder

1924 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon (P) 16 11 4 1 1208 918 131.6 46 Finals
2 South Melbourne 16 11 5 0 1131 971 116.5 44
3 Fitzroy 16 10 6 0 1224 1092 112.1 40
4 Richmond 16 10 6 0 1083 1057 102.5 40
5 Geelong 16 8 8 0 1116 1041 107.2 32
6 Collingwood 16 8 8 0 1089 1134 96.0 32
7 Carlton 16 5 10 1 1134 1228 92.3 22
8 Melbourne 16 4 12 0 1043 1252 83.3 16
9 St Kilda 16 4 12 0 1045 1380 75.7 16
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers


1924 finals series

In 1924, the VFL dispensed with the amended Argus system and adopted a new finals system initially proposed by Carlton delegate Reg Hunt. The new scheme saw the top four clubs play a round-robin semi-finals series over three weeks, with two matches played each Saturday. Then, if the minor premiers did not finish on top of the round-robin ladder, a Grand Final would be played between the minor premiers and round-robin winner. Essendon ultimately finished on top of the finals ladder on the basis of its greater percentage than Richmond; and, as minor premier, Essendon won the premiership without a Grand Final.[1]

The scheme was developed primarily as a result of demand for entry to finals matches in the early 1920s exceeding the capacity of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was noted that while an average of 80,000 spectators attended a four-game home-and-away round, the capacity of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was limited to about 55,000; and, as such, under the Argus system, in which only one final was played each day, many spectators were turned away. However, playing two semi-finals on each day would allow more spectators to attend.[2]

The original intent of the system was partially realised, with 65,000 spectators attending the first week of semi-finals, and 60,000 attending the second week; although, only 42,000 attended the third week, when the dead rubber between South Melbourne and Fitzroy was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the premiership-deciding RichmondEssendon match was played on the smaller South Melbourne Cricket Ground. However, even the weeks with higher spectator numbers did not translate to better financial performance: extra competing teams meant more clubs whose members were entitled free admission and fewer neutral spectators paying at the gate.[3] As a result, the new scheme was abandoned at the end of the year and the amended Argus system resumed from 1925.

Semi-finals

Week 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 2.6 (18) MCG 42,522 13 September 1924 Richmond 13.7 (85) South Melbourne 9.3 (57) Windy Hill 22,300 13 September 1924

Week 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 11.10 (76) Richmond 8.8 (56) Princes Park 26,000 20 September 1924 Essendon 10.12 (72) South Melbourne 4.15 (39) MCG 35,407 20 September 1924

Week 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 9.13 (67) Essendon 6.11 (47) Lake Oval 25,000 27 September 1924 South Melbourne 13.8 (86) Fitzroy 10.13 (73) MCG 17,503 27 September 1924

Finals ladder

1924 Round-robin competition ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon[a] 3 2 1 0 177 124 142.7 8
2 Richmond 3 2 1 0 208 180 115.6 8
3 Fitzroy 3 1 2 0 167 200 83.5 4
4 South Melbourne 3 1 2 0 182 230 79.1 4
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
Notes:
  1. ^ Because Essendon had won the minor premiership and the round-robin competition, it was awarded the premiership without the need for a grand final.

Finals team squads

As there was no designated grand final, this also meant that there were no grand final teams in 1924;[4] instead there was an "Essendon finals squad", a "Fitzroy finals squad", a "Richmond finals squad", and a "South Melbourne finals squad". Listed in alphabetical order the four squads were:

Awards

Notable events

Notes

  1. ^ Rodgers, Stephen, Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL results, 1897–1991, Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neil, p. 158
  2. ^ Kickero (9 January 1924). "Football Finals – New Scheme Suggested". The Herald. Melbourne, VIC. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Money and the semi-finals". The Sporting Globe. Melbourne, VIC. 17 September 1924. p. 12.
  4. ^ Since the final round-robin match between Richmond and Essendon was played between the premiers and runners-up, it is sometimes mistakenly (and anachronistically) spoken of as being a "grand final".
  5. ^ Weights compared: Essendon, The Sporting Globe, (Saturday, 13 September 1924), p.1.
  6. ^ Weights compared: Fitzroy, The Sporting Globe, (Saturday, 13 September 1924), p.1.
  7. ^ Weights compared: Richmond, The Sporting Globe, (Saturday, 20 September 1924), p.1.
  8. ^ Weights compared: South Melbourne, The Sporting Globe, (Saturday, 20 September 1924), p.1.
  9. ^ a b "League Seconds Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 4 October 1924. p. 32.
  10. ^ a b "Football – second eighteens". The Argus. Melbourne. 15 October 1924. p. 14.
  11. ^ Stephen Rodgers (1992), Every Game Ever Played (3rd ed.), Lloyd O'Neil Pty Ltd, p. 158

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