1933 VFL Grand Final

South Melbourne

9.17 (71) 4.5 (29)
1 2 3 4
SM 3.5 (23) 6.7 (43) 8.12 (60) 9.17 (71)
RIC 0.2 (2) 2.3 (15) 3.3 (21) 4.5 (29)
Date30 September 1933
StadiumMelbourne Cricket Ground
UmpiresBob Scott
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The 1933 VFL grand final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Richmond Football Club and South Melbourne Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 30 September 1933. It was the 35th annual grand final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1933 VFL season. The match, attended by 75,754 spectators, was won by South Melbourne by a margin of 42 points, marking that club's third premiership victory.[1]

As of 2023, Richmond's total of 4.5 (29) remains the lowest score conceded by South Melbourne since 1919.[2]

Bob Pratt kicked three goals for South Melbourne which saw him overtake Gordon Coventry as the 1933 season's leading goalkicker.

South Melbourne's premiership side was often referred to as the "foreign legion" due to the high number of players in the team who had been recruited from interstate.[3] The majority of their recruits around that time came from Western Australia which earned South Melbourne the nickname "Swans".[4]

This was the first of two successive years in which these teams met in the premiership decider. In the 1934 VFL Grand Final it was Richmond which emerged victorious. South Melbourne did not win another premiership for 72 years, eventually winning the 2005 AFL Grand Final — as the "Sydney Swans" — having relocating to Sydney in 1982.


S. Melbourne
South Melbourne
B: Jock McKenzie Hec McKay Jack Austin
HB: Bill Faul Laurie Nash Hugh McLaughlin
C: Harry Clarke Len Thomas John Bowe
HF: Joe O'Meara Brighton Diggins Peter Reville
F: Herbie Matthews Bob Pratt Ossie Bertram
Foll: Jack Bisset (c) Dinny Kelleher Terry Brain
Res: Bert Beard
Coach: Jack Bisset
B: Martin Bolger Maurie Sheahan Kevin O'Neill
HB: Jack Stenhouse Joe Murdoch Basil McCormack
C: Stan Judkins Eric Zschech Alan Geddes
HF: Horrie Farmer Thomas O'Halloran Jack Baggott
F: Jack Dyer Jack Titus Bert Foster
Foll: Percy Bentley (c) Gordon Strang Ray Martin
Res: Jack Anderson
Coach: Billy Schmidt


South Melbourne captain and coach, Jack Bisset


Team 1 2 3 4 Total
South Melbourne 3.5 6.7 8.12 9.17 9.17 (71)
Richmond 0.2 2.3 3.3 4.5 4.5 (29)

Goal kickers

South Melbourne:


See also


  1. ^ "SOUTH MELBOURNE WINS RICHMOND EASILY DEFEATED". The Argus. Melbourne. 2 October 1933. p. 13. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Australian Football; Sydney: Lowest Scores Conceded since 1919
  3. ^ "Lets look at Football with Hugh Buggy". The Argus. Melbourne. 9 May 1952. p. 10. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Stuart Joynt's Sportlight". The Daily News (HOME ed.). Perth. 4 January 1940. p. 12. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.