1930 VFL Premiership season
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Collingwood Football Club, premiers
Teams12
PremiersCollingwood
(9th premiership)
Minor premiersCollingwood
(12th minor premiership)
Matches played112
Highest attendance47,985
Leading Goalkicker MedallistGordon Coventry (Collingwood)
Brownlow MedallistStan Judkins (Richmond)

Harry Collier (Collingwood)

Allan Hopkins (Footscray)
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The 1930 VFL season was the 34th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 3 May until 11 October, 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 Collingwood Football Club for the ninth time and fourth time consecutively, after it defeated Geelong by 30 points in the 1930 VFL Grand Final. It is the only time in the league's history that a club has won four consecutive premierships.

Premiership season

In 1930, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus one substitute player, known as the 19th man. A player could be substituted for any reason, Once he had been substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.

Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 18 rounds; matches 12 to 18 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 5 to 11 (i.e., the last seven matches of the round).

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1930 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 Crowd Date Hawthorn 16.7 (103) St Kilda 14.8 (92) Glenferrie Oval 18,000 3 May 1930 Geelong 18.13 (121) North Melbourne 2.7 (19) Corio Oval 9,500 3 May 1930 Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Footscray 11.6 (72) Brunswick Street Oval 18,500 3 May 1930 South Melbourne 9.16 (70) Melbourne 13.17 (95) Lake Oval 16,000 3 May 1930 Richmond 7.18 (60) Collingwood 10.14 (74) Punt Road Oval 32,000 3 May 1930 Essendon 7.9 (51) Carlton 8.10 (58) Windy Hill 26,000 3 May 1930

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 16.10 (106) South Melbourne 11.12 (78) Junction Oval 21,500 10 May 1930 Collingwood 11.12 (78) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Victoria Park 19,000 10 May 1930 Carlton 17.14 (116) Richmond 7.5 (47) Princes Park 35,000 10 May 1930 Melbourne 14.16 (100) Geelong 8.15 (63) MCG 14,909 10 May 1930 North Melbourne 6.9 (45) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Arden Street Oval 9,000 10 May 1930 Footscray 10.14 (74) Essendon 9.4 (58) Western Oval 18,000 10 May 1930

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 10.10 (70) St Kilda 9.6 (60) Corio Oval 13,000 17 May 1930 Fitzroy 15.9 (99) Melbourne 15.14 (104) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 17 May 1930 North Melbourne 11.8 (74) Footscray 16.20 (116) Arden Street Oval 13,000 17 May 1930 Richmond 10.17 (77) Essendon 12.7 (79) Punt Road Oval 16,000 17 May 1930 South Melbourne 12.12 (84) Collingwood 16.19 (115) Lake Oval 18,000 17 May 1930 Hawthorn 10.12 (72) Carlton 13.9 (87) Glenferrie Oval 28,000 17 May 1930

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 18.15 (123) North Melbourne 15.12 (102) MCG 8,662 24 May 1930 Footscray 9.10 (64) Richmond 14.7 (91) Western Oval 20,000 24 May 1930 Essendon 14.12 (96) Hawthorn 8.13 (61) Windy Hill 15,000 24 May 1930 Collingwood 10.12 (72) Geelong 12.18 (90) Victoria Park 17,000 24 May 1930 Carlton 20.18 (138) South Melbourne 11.18 (84) Princes Park 21,000 24 May 1930 St Kilda 15.18 (108) Fitzroy 8.10 (58) Junction Oval 26,000 24 May 1930

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 14.15 (99) St Kilda 10.11 (71) Arden Street Oval 12,000 31 May 1930 Hawthorn 8.11 (59) Richmond 11.11 (77) Glenferrie Oval 18,000 31 May 1930 Melbourne 17.18 (120) Footscray 9.8 (62) MCG 16,975 31 May 1930 South Melbourne 6.15 (51) Essendon 15.14 (104) Lake Oval 18,000 31 May 1930 Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Collingwood 9.12 (66) Brunswick Street Oval 21,000 31 May 1930 Geelong 8.10 (58) Carlton 10.6 (66) Corio Oval 15,500 31 May 1930

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 8.8 (56) Western Oval 9,000 7 June 1930 Collingwood 15.24 (114) North Melbourne 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 10,000 7 June 1930 Carlton 17.16 (118) Fitzroy 6.12 (48) Princes Park 30,000 7 June 1930 Richmond 11.15 (81) South Melbourne 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 16,000 9 June 1930 Essendon 16.11 (107) Geelong 9.12 (66) Windy Hill 20,000 9 June 1930 St Kilda 11.10 (76) Melbourne 10.7 (67) Junction Oval 29,000 9 June 1930

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 9.15 (69) Richmond 10.10 (70) Corio Oval 9,500 14 June 1930 Footscray 7.14 (56) St Kilda 10.12 (72) Western Oval 15,000 14 June 1930 South Melbourne 17.11 (113) Hawthorn 9.10 (64) Lake Oval 11,000 14 June 1930 Fitzroy 13.13 (91) Essendon 16.10 (106) Brunswick Street Oval 15,000 14 June 1930 Melbourne 11.13 (79) Collingwood 14.13 (97) MCG 28,779 14 June 1930 North Melbourne 9.9 (63) Carlton 15.23 (113) Arden Street Oval 15,000 14 June 1930

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 11.11 (77) North Melbourne 8.8 (56) Windy Hill 13,000 21 June 1930 Collingwood 22.11 (143) St Kilda 14.8 (92) Victoria Park 15,000 21 June 1930 Carlton 9.16 (70) Melbourne 9.18 (72) Princes Park 30,000 21 June 1930 Hawthorn 9.18 (72) Geelong 6.11 (47) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 21 June 1930 South Melbourne 15.19 (109) Footscray 8.12 (60) Lake Oval 12,000 21 June 1930 Richmond 14.16 (100) Fitzroy 10.12 (72) Punt Road Oval 14,000 21 June 1930

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 5.13 (43) Richmond 14.20 (104) Arden Street Oval 11,000 28 June 1930 Geelong 14.12 (96) South Melbourne 11.6 (72) Corio Oval 9,000 28 June 1930 Fitzroy 18.11 (119) Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Brunswick Street Oval 11,000 28 June 1930 Melbourne 17.12 (114) Essendon 11.22 (88) MCG 28,344 28 June 1930 Footscray 5.14 (44) Collingwood 19.10 (124) Western Oval 14,000 28 June 1930 St Kilda 12.5 (77) Carlton 13.14 (92) Junction Oval 33,000 28 June 1930

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 11.15 (81) North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 5 July 1930 Essendon 13.20 (98) St Kilda 9.20 (74) Windy Hill 16,000 5 July 1930 Carlton 16.20 (116) Collingwood 16.16 (112) Princes Park 40,000 5 July 1930 Richmond 14.20 (104) Melbourne 7.10 (52) Punt Road Oval 18,000 5 July 1930 Geelong 15.8 (98) Footscray 7.16 (58) Corio Oval 8,000 5 July 1930 South Melbourne 13.16 (94) Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Lake Oval 12,000 5 July 1930

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 6.9 (45) South Melbourne 10.20 (80) Arden Street Oval 7,000 12 July 1930 Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Geelong 10.15 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 8,000 12 July 1930 Collingwood 14.14 (98) Essendon 9.14 (68) Victoria Park 16,000 12 July 1930 St Kilda 5.6 (36) Richmond 7.18 (60) Junction Oval 19,000 12 July 1930 Melbourne 12.10 (82) Hawthorn 6.5 (41) MCG 8,723 12 July 1930 Footscray 8.3 (51) Carlton 12.14 (86) Western Oval 12,000 12 July 1930

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 8.10 (58) Melbourne 7.19 (61) Western Oval 12,000 19 July 1930 Essendon 15.16 (106) South Melbourne 16.12 (108) Windy Hill 14,000 19 July 1930 Collingwood 25.17 (167) Fitzroy 13.16 (94) Victoria Park 14,000 19 July 1930 Carlton 15.16 (106) Geelong 13.13 (91) Princes Park 23,000 19 July 1930 St Kilda 18.15 (123) North Melbourne 7.6 (48) Junction Oval 10,000 19 July 1930 Richmond 15.19 (109) Hawthorn 7.7 (49) Punt Road Oval 10,000 19 July 1930

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 12.10 (82) St Kilda 9.11 (65) MCG 20,232 26 July 1930 South Melbourne 11.11 (77) Richmond 10.11 (71) Lake Oval 22,000 26 July 1930 Hawthorn 11.10 (76) Footscray 11.7 (73) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 26 July 1930 Geelong 13.14 (92) Essendon 9.9 (63) Corio Oval 10,000 26 July 1930 North Melbourne 4.15 (39) Collingwood 18.13 (121) Arden Street Oval 8,000 26 July 1930 Fitzroy 10.9 (69) Carlton 10.16 (76) Brunswick Street Oval 19,000 26 July 1930

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 11.7 (73) South Melbourne 14.10 (94) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 16 August 1930 Essendon 12.19 (91) Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Windy Hill 9,000 16 August 1930 Collingwood 15.14 (104) Melbourne 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 15,000 16 August 1930 Carlton 23.17 (155) North Melbourne 3.9 (27) Princes Park 11,000 16 August 1930 Richmond 9.11 (65) Geelong 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 15,000 16 August 1930 St Kilda 9.7 (61) Footscray 7.10 (52) Junction Oval 10,000 16 August 1930

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 18.17 (125) Hawthorn 6.7 (43) Corio Oval 9,000 23 August 1930 Footscray 8.18 (66) South Melbourne 11.18 (84) Western Oval 12,500 23 August 1930 Fitzroy 11.5 (71) Richmond 8.12 (60) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 23 August 1930 North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Essendon 14.11 (95) Arden Street Oval 8,000 23 August 1930 St Kilda 14.7 (91) Collingwood 17.13 (115) Junction Oval 16,000 23 August 1930 Melbourne 12.11 (83) Carlton 11.11 (77) MCG 31,481 23 August 1930

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 13.11 (89) Melbourne 12.7 (79) Windy Hill 15,000 30 August 1930 Collingwood 16.20 (116) Footscray 10.17 (77) Victoria Park 10,000 30 August 1930 Carlton 16.12 (108) St Kilda 15.7 (97) Princes Park 20,000 30 August 1930 Richmond 20.15 (135) North Melbourne 5.10 (40) Punt Road Oval 7,000 30 August 1930 South Melbourne 12.16 (88) Geelong 15.14 (104) Lake Oval 28,000 30 August 1930 Hawthorn 3.16 (34) Fitzroy 15.14 (104) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 30 August 1930

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 8.14 (62) Richmond 12.14 (86) MCG 25,353 6 September 1930 Footscray 15.8 (98) Geelong 11.15 (81) Western Oval 8,500 6 September 1930 Fitzroy 15.19 (109) South Melbourne 14.8 (92) Brunswick Street Oval 8,000 6 September 1930 North Melbourne 7.9 (51) Hawthorn 9.12 (66) Arden Street Oval 4,000 6 September 1930 St Kilda 12.18 (90) Essendon 7.11 (53) Junction Oval 13,000 6 September 1930 Collingwood 16.10 (106) Carlton 12.11 (83) Victoria Park 30,000 6 September 1930

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 7.11 (53) St Kilda 8.15 (63) Punt Road Oval 17,000 13 September 1930 Hawthorn 12.18 (90) Melbourne 10.17 (77) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 13 September 1930 Carlton 10.22 (82) Footscray 3.8 (26) Princes Park 15,000 13 September 1930 South Melbourne 15.19 (109) North Melbourne 5.6 (36) Lake Oval 5,000 13 September 1930 Geelong 10.18 (78) Fitzroy 4.14 (38) Corio Oval 5,000 13 September 1930 Essendon 10.6 (66) Collingwood 17.7 (109) Windy Hill 14,000 13 September 1930

Ladder

1930 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Collingwood (P) 18 15 3 0 1931 1338 144.3 60 Qualification to the Finals series
2 Carlton 18 15 3 0 1747 1234 141.6 60
3 Richmond 18 11 7 0 1450 1163 124.7 44
4 Geelong 18 11 7 0 1495 1259 118.7 44
5 Melbourne 18 11 7 0 1509 1441 104.7 44
6 Essendon 18 10 8 0 1495 1417 105.5 40
7 South Melbourne 18 9 9 0 1553 1553 100.0 36
8 St Kilda 18 8 10 0 1454 1435 101.3 32
9 Fitzroy 18 7 11 0 1411 1581 89.2 28
10 Hawthorn 18 6 12 0 1205 1558 77.3 24
11 Footscray 18 4 14 0 1164 1535 75.8 16
12 North Melbourne 18 1 17 0 969 1869 51.8 4
Source: VFL Ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

All of the 1930 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 Carlton 8.21 (69) Geelong 13.11 (89) MCG 47,985 20 September Collingwood 14.10 (94) Richmond 14.7 (91) MCG 40,218 27 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 9.11 (65) Geelong 12.19 (91) MCG 41,495 4 October

Grand final

Main article: 1930 VFL Grand Final

Collingwood defeated Geelong 14.16 (100) to 9.16 (70), in front of a crowd of 45,022 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Brownlow Medal

When the VFL's Umpires Panel counted the Brownlow Medal votes that had been awarded during the 1930 season, it found that three players had been considered best on the ground on four occasions: Harry Collier of Collingwood, Allan Hopkins of Footscray, and Stan Judkins of Richmond. Upon reviewing the rules, there were two inconsistent provisions in the rules concerning Brownlow ties: one in which the umpires would meet to determine the winner, and another in which the player who earned his votes from the fewest game would break the tie;[2][3] there were also three informal votes which could not be counted, one of which is understood to have ambiguously been for 'Collier', not distinguishing between Harry and brother Albert.[4] The panel recommended that no Brownlow Medal be awarded for 1930; but the full league board of management instead decided used the 'fewest games' tiebreaker to award the medal Judkins, who had played 12 games compared with Hopkins' 15 and Collier's 18.[5]

In 1981, the league changed Brownlow Medal rules to allow more than one player to receive the medal if tied on votes; and, in 1989, it retrospectively awarded medals to Harry Collier and Allan Hopkins for 1930. All three are now considered joint winners.

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "League Second Eighteens". The Argus. Melbourne. 6 October 1930. p. 3.
  2. ^ "Brownlow Medal - Conditions of Award Conflict". The Herald. Melbourne, VIC. 18 September 1930. p. 15.
  3. ^ "Brownlow Medal". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. 24 April 1924. p. 9.
  4. ^ Glenn McFarlane. "The Brownlow Medallists: Harry Collier". Collingwood Forever. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Brownlow Football Medal awarded to Judkins". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 27 September 1930. p. 21.
  6. ^ "The Coulter Law". The Argus. Melbourne. 9 July 1934. p. 13.