1933 VFL Premiership season
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Bob Pratt kicked 109 goals (inc. finals)
Teams12
PremiersSouth Melbourne
(3rd premiership)
Minor premiersRichmond
(2nd minor premiership)
Matches played112
Highest attendance75,754
Leading Goalkicker MedallistGordon Coventry (Collingwood)
Brownlow MedallistWilfred Smallhorn (Fitzroy)
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The 1933 VFL season was the 37th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 29 April until 30 September, 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 South Melbourne Football Club for the third time, after it defeated Richmond by 42 points in the 1933 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1933, 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; however, once 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 1 to 7.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1933 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 9.10 (64) Richmond 14.12 (96) MCG 19,583 29 April 1933 Collingwood 14.15 (99) Geelong 12.17 (89) Victoria Park 15,500 29 April 1933 Carlton 12.15 (87) South Melbourne 11.17 (83) Princes Park 37,000 29 April 1933 St Kilda 10.17 (77) Hawthorn 11.13 (79) Junction Oval 14,000 29 April 1933 North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Arden Street Oval 12,000 29 April 1933 Footscray 11.11 (77) Essendon 10.11 (71) Western Oval 19,000 29 April 1933

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 13.12 (90) Melbourne 11.6 (72) Corio Oval 10,000 6 May 1933 Essendon 13.13 (91) St Kilda 12.6 (78) Windy Hill 17,000 6 May 1933 Richmond 24.16 (160) North Melbourne 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 19,000 6 May 1933 South Melbourne 18.17 (125) Footscray 14.15 (99) Lake Oval 29,000 6 May 1933 Fitzroy 16.10 (106) Collingwood 11.15 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 22,000 6 May 1933 Hawthorn 10.12 (72) Carlton 11.14 (80) Glenferrie Oval 16,000 6 May 1933

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 6.14 (50) Richmond 4.10 (34) Western Oval 12,500 13 May 1933 Collingwood 10.11 (71) South Melbourne 9.3 (57) Victoria Park 10,000 13 May 1933 Carlton 8.9 (57) Geelong 13.16 (94) Princes Park 14,000 13 May 1933 North Melbourne 10.15 (75) Hawthorn 10.7 (67) Arden Street Oval 5,000 13 May 1933 St Kilda 9.5 (59) Fitzroy 21.17 (143) Junction Oval 9,000 13 May 1933 Melbourne 15.9 (99) Essendon 10.10 (70) MCG 9,479 13 May 1933

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 17.20 (122) North Melbourne 11.12 (78) Corio Oval 9,000 20 May 1933 Fitzroy 11.16 (82) Melbourne 11.13 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 22,000 20 May 1933 South Melbourne 11.14 (80) St Kilda 10.16 (76) Lake Oval 20,000 20 May 1933 Hawthorn 7.15 (57) Footscray 14.10 (94) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 20 May 1933 Richmond 13.15 (93) Collingwood 11.8 (74) Punt Road Oval 28,000 20 May 1933 Essendon 11.10 (76) Carlton 13.18 (96) Windy Hill 20,000 20 May 1933

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 7.14 (56) Richmond 9.9 (63) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 27 May 1933 Essendon 12.11 (83) South Melbourne 17.15 (117) Windy Hill 18,000 27 May 1933 St Kilda 13.19 (97) North Melbourne 11.17 (83) Junction Oval 13,000 27 May 1933 Melbourne 10.17 (77) Footscray 14.13 (97) MCG 22,029 27 May 1933 Geelong 18.15 (123) Fitzroy 2.7 (19) Corio Oval 15,000 27 May 1933 Collingwood 14.20 (104) Carlton 14.16 (100) Victoria Park 25,000 27 May 1933

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Hawthorn 9.6 (60) Lake Oval 13,000 3 June 1933 Richmond 13.10 (88) Geelong 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 30,000 3 June 1933 Fitzroy 19.11 (125) Essendon 14.9 (93) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 3 June 1933 Footscray 12.11 (83) St Kilda 9.16 (70) Western Oval 20,000 5 June 1933 Carlton 13.13 (91) Melbourne 12.15 (87) Princes Park 32,000 5 June 1933 North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Collingwood 14.13 (97) Arden Street Oval 18,000 5 June 1933

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 17.14 (116) South Melbourne 13.15 (93) Corio Oval 14,000 10 June 1933 Fitzroy 8.17 (65) Richmond 10.13 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 29,500 10 June 1933 Essendon 15.6 (96) Hawthorn 16.9 (105) Windy Hill 9,000 10 June 1933 North Melbourne 11.12 (78) Footscray 8.14 (62) Arden Street Oval 20,000 10 June 1933 Melbourne 13.19 (97) Collingwood 18.18 (126) MCG 18,020 10 June 1933 St Kilda 10.5 (65) Carlton 20.10 (130) Junction Oval 21,000 10 June 1933

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 9.15 (69) North Melbourne 14.9 (93) MCG 11,647 17 June 1933 Essendon 8.11 (59) Geelong 17.15 (117) Windy Hill 10,000 17 June 1933 Collingwood 14.23 (107) St Kilda 8.15 (63) Victoria Park 11,000 17 June 1933 Carlton 21.13 (139) Footscray 17.14 (116) Princes Park 26,000 17 June 1933 South Melbourne 15.13 (103) Richmond 16.12 (108) Lake Oval 30,000 17 June 1933 Hawthorn 9.14 (68) Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 17 June 1933

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 18.25 (133) Hawthorn 3.6 (24) Corio Oval 6,000 24 June 1933 Fitzroy 15.7 (97) South Melbourne 11.12 (78) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 24 June 1933 St Kilda 13.12 (90) Melbourne 3.15 (33) Junction Oval 9,000 24 June 1933 Richmond 16.14 (110) Essendon 8.11 (59) Punt Road Oval 12,000 24 June 1933 Footscray 9.11 (65) Collingwood 7.18 (60) Western Oval 18,000 24 June 1933 North Melbourne 6.17 (53) Carlton 11.14 (80) Arden Street Oval 26,000 24 June 1933

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 16.14 (110) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Punt Road Oval 13,000 1 July 1933 Essendon 9.21 (75) North Melbourne 15.18 (108) Windy Hill 11,000 1 July 1933 South Melbourne 13.10 (88) Melbourne 12.9 (81) Lake Oval 10,000 1 July 1933 Geelong 11.16 (82) Footscray 7.15 (57) Corio Oval 15,000 1 July 1933 Hawthorn 5.14 (44) Collingwood 15.6 (96) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 1 July 1933 Fitzroy 5.19 (49) Carlton 13.14 (92) Brunswick Street Oval 33,000 1 July 1933

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 13.12 (90) South Melbourne 15.13 (103) Arden Street Oval 15,000 8 July 1933 Collingwood 20.19 (139) Essendon 14.14 (98) Victoria Park 8,500 8 July 1933 Carlton 10.10 (70) Richmond 9.13 (67) Princes Park 43,000 8 July 1933 Melbourne 21.10 (136) Hawthorn 15.8 (98) MCG 6,877 8 July 1933 St Kilda 11.14 (80) Geelong 7.13 (55) Junction Oval 10,000 8 July 1933 Footscray 15.6 (96) Fitzroy 8.14 (62) Western Oval 18,000 8 July 1933

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 7.9 (51) St Kilda 8.15 (63) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 15 July 1933 Fitzroy 17.16 (118) North Melbourne 11.9 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 15 July 1933 Essendon 14.7 (91) Footscray 15.13 (103) Windy Hill 16,000 15 July 1933 Richmond 20.15 (135) Melbourne 12.13 (85) Punt Road Oval 11,000 15 July 1933 Geelong 13.18 (96) Collingwood 9.7 (61) Corio Oval 12,250 15 July 1933 South Melbourne 15.13 (103) Carlton 9.6 (60) Lake Oval 32,000 15 July 1933

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.8 (56) Richmond 20.11 (131) Arden Street Oval 12,000 22 July 1933 Footscray 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 19.15 (129) Western Oval 27,000 22 July 1933 Collingwood 7.21 (63) Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Victoria Park 21,000 22 July 1933 Carlton 13.20 (98) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) Princes Park 12,000 22 July 1933 Melbourne 12.16 (88) Geelong 18.15 (123) MCG 10,249 22 July 1933 St Kilda 12.20 (92) Essendon 13.9 (87) Junction Oval 11,000 22 July 1933

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 9.8 (62) North Melbourne 10.14 (74) Glenferrie Oval 4,000 29 July 1933 Fitzroy 19.10 (124) St Kilda 6.9 (45) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 29 July 1933 Essendon 14.7 (91) Melbourne 15.16 (106) Windy Hill 6,000 29 July 1933 Richmond 18.16 (124) Footscray 9.11 (65) Punt Road Oval 18,000 29 July 1933 South Melbourne 13.11 (89) Collingwood 12.11 (83) Lake Oval 24,000 29 July 1933 Geelong 17.15 (117) Carlton 5.14 (44) Corio Oval 14,500 29 July 1933

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 8.19 (67) South Melbourne 13.15 (93) Junction Oval 20,000 5 August 1933 Footscray 16.14 (110) Hawthorn 9.18 (72) Western Oval 8,000 5 August 1933 Collingwood 15.16 (106) Richmond 10.8 (68) Victoria Park 15,000 5 August 1933 Carlton 14.22 (106) Essendon 9.9 (63) Princes Park 15,000 5 August 1933 North Melbourne 9.7 (61) Geelong 15.10 (100) Arden Street Oval 8,000 5 August 1933 Melbourne 9.15 (69) Fitzroy 13.8 (86) MCG 14,962 5 August 1933

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 15.17 (107) St Kilda 10.12 (72) Arden Street Oval 9,000 19 August 1933 Footscray 19.10 (124) Melbourne 14.10 (94) Western Oval 8,000 19 August 1933 Fitzroy 15.8 (98) Geelong 11.20 (86) Brunswick Street Oval 21,000 19 August 1933 Carlton 14.8 (92) Collingwood 15.11 (101) Princes Park 19,000 19 August 1933 Richmond 11.17 (83) Hawthorn 9.6 (60) Punt Road Oval 9,000 19 August 1933 South Melbourne 11.16 (82) Essendon 6.4 (40) Lake Oval 13,000 19 August 1933

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 8.12 (60) South Melbourne 17.11 (113) Glenferrie Oval 12,500 26 August 1933 Geelong 10.10 (70) Richmond 14.10 (94) Corio Oval 22,250 26 August 1933 Essendon 12.13 (85) Fitzroy 10.17 (77) Windy Hill 13,000 26 August 1933 Collingwood 25.15 (165) North Melbourne 17.19 (121) Victoria Park 8,000 26 August 1933 St Kilda 21.11 (137) Footscray 14.21 (105) Junction Oval 9,500 26 August 1933 Melbourne 10.11 (71) Carlton 19.21 (135) MCG 17,327 26 August 1933

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 7.16 (58) North Melbourne 6.17 (53) Western Oval 7,000 2 September 1933 Collingwood 19.13 (127) Melbourne 15.14 (104) Victoria Park 7,000 2 September 1933 Carlton 20.25 (145) St Kilda 14.9 (93) Princes Park 18,000 2 September 1933 South Melbourne 23.17 (155) Geelong 6.10 (46) Lake Oval 30,000 2 September 1933 Richmond 16.13 (109) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Punt Road Oval 21,000 2 September 1933 Hawthorn 10.9 (69) Essendon 8.16 (64) Glenferrie Oval 4,000 2 September 1933

Ladder

1933 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Richmond 18 15 3 0 1746 1237 141.1 60 Finals
2 South Melbourne (P) 18 13 5 0 1764 1383 127.5 52
3 Carlton 18 13 5 0 1702 1488 114.4 52
4 Geelong 18 12 6 0 1730 1327 130.4 48
5 Fitzroy 18 11 6 1 1534 1453 105.6 46
6 Collingwood 18 11 7 0 1760 1559 112.9 44
7 Footscray 18 11 7 0 1520 1555 97.7 44
8 North Melbourne 18 7 10 1 1463 1717 85.2 30
9 St Kilda 18 6 12 0 1380 1706 80.9 24
10 Melbourne 18 3 15 0 1511 1842 82.0 12
11 Hawthorn 18 3 15 0 1178 1607 73.3 12
12 Essendon 18 2 16 0 1392 1806 77.1 8
Source: VFL Ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Semi finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Carlton 10.11 (71) Geelong 12.12 (84) MCG 40,225 9 September Richmond 11.11 (77) South Melbourne 14.11 (95) MCG 49,303 16 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.5 (83) Geelong 10.14 (74) MCG 48,125 23 September

Grand final

Main article: 1933 VFL Grand Final

South Melbourne defeated Richmond 9.17 (71) to 4.5 (29), in front of a crowd of 75,754 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Onlooker (29 September 1933). "League seconds". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 13.
  2. ^ "McMurray was right in penalty". The Sporting Globe. 21 June 1933. p. 9.
  3. ^ "Field umpire displayed rare courage". The Record. South Melbourne. 7 August 1954. p. 3.

References