1934 VFL Premiership season
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Premiership team Richmond
Teams12
PremiersRichmond
(4th premiership)
Minor premiersRichmond
(3rd minor premiership)
Matches played112
Highest attendance65,335
Leading Goalkicker MedallistBob Pratt (South Melbourne)
Brownlow MedallistDick Reynolds (Essendon)
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The 1934 VFL season was the 38th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 5 May until 13 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 Richmond Football Club for the fourth time, after it defeated South Melbourne by 39 points in the 1934 VFL Grand Final. South Melbourne full-forward Bob Pratt kicked 150 goals for the season, setting the all-time record which has since been matched only by Peter Hudson (Hawthorn) in 1971.

Premiership season

In 1934, 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 1934 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 Geelong 16.13 (109) St Kilda 11.7 (73) Corio Oval 15,000 5 May 1934 Fitzroy 11.16 (82) North Melbourne 10.11 (71) Brunswick Street Oval 21,000 5 May 1934 Essendon 19.11 (125) Footscray 16.18 (114) Windy Hill 21,000 5 May 1934 Richmond 18.14 (122) Melbourne 12.9 (81) Punt Road Oval 17,000 5 May 1934 South Melbourne 19.13 (127) Collingwood 13.14 (92) Lake Oval 38,000 5 May 1934 Hawthorn 12.8 (80) Carlton 17.26 (128) Glenferrie Oval 17,000 5 May 1934

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 17.12 (114) Essendon 13.8 (86) Victoria Park 17,500 12 May 1934 Carlton 17.20 (122) South Melbourne 17.17 (119) Princes Park 45,000 12 May 1934 St Kilda 12.11 (83) Richmond 13.9 (87) Junction Oval 24,000 12 May 1934 Melbourne 20.13 (133) Hawthorn 6.8 (44) MCG 9,842 12 May 1934 North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Geelong 10.17 (77) Arden Street Oval 14,000 12 May 1934 Footscray 14.12 (96) Fitzroy 9.18 (72) Western Oval 16,000 12 May 1934

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 12.14 (86) Melbourne 6.11 (47) Corio Oval 13,000 19 May 1934 Fitzroy 11.14 (80) St Kilda 13.15 (93) Brunswick Street Oval 19,000 19 May 1934 North Melbourne 8.14 (62) Footscray 10.17 (77) Arden Street Oval 17,000 19 May 1934 South Melbourne 23.10 (148) Essendon 15.16 (106) Lake Oval 20,000 19 May 1934 Hawthorn 9.8 (62) Collingwood 19.15 (129) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 19 May 1934 Richmond 14.20 (104) Carlton 9.13 (67) Punt Road Oval 37,000 19 May 1934

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 17.18 (120) Western Oval 21,000 26 May 1934 Essendon 15.13 (103) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Windy Hill 10,000 26 May 1934 Collingwood 13.13 (91) Richmond 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 26,000 26 May 1934 Carlton 15.14 (104) Geelong 14.10 (94) Princes Park 30,000 26 May 1934 St Kilda 14.18 (102) North Melbourne 10.20 (80) Junction Oval 18,000 26 May 1934 Melbourne 9.11 (65) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) MCG 15,864 26 May 1934

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 13.14 (92) South Melbourne 22.12 (144) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 2 June 1934 St Kilda 22.23 (155) Footscray 11.18 (84) Junction Oval 25,000 2 June 1934 Fitzroy 15.12 (102) Carlton 12.15 (87) Brunswick Street Oval 26,500 2 June 1934 North Melbourne 17.14 (116) Melbourne 15.28 (118) Arden Street Oval 17,000 4 June 1934 Richmond 15.12 (102) Essendon 12.8 (80) Punt Road Oval 24,500 4 June 1934 Geelong 16.13 (109) Collingwood 16.13 (109) Corio Oval 21,500 4 June 1934

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 14.17 (101) St Kilda 20.14 (134) MCG 18,102 9 June 1934 Essendon 14.11 (95) Geelong 11.16 (82) Windy Hill 15,000 9 June 1934 Collingwood 16.15 (111) Fitzroy 13.18 (96) Victoria Park 22,000 9 June 1934 Carlton 20.25 (145) North Melbourne 12.11 (83) Princes Park 15,000 9 June 1934 South Melbourne 9.10 (64) Richmond 16.12 (108) Lake Oval 32,000 9 June 1934 Hawthorn 11.11 (77) Footscray 10.11 (71) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 9 June 1934

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 15.16 (106) South Melbourne 11.11 (77) Corio Oval 14,200 23 June 1934 Footscray 6.8 (44) Melbourne 13.13 (91) Western Oval 11,000 23 June 1934 Richmond 16.14 (110) Hawthorn 11.15 (81) Punt Road Oval 10,000 23 June 1934 Fitzroy 15.12 (102) Essendon 14.13 (97) Brunswick Street Oval 19,000 23 June 1934 North Melbourne 12.14 (86) Collingwood 16.16 (112) Arden Street Oval 11,000 23 June 1934 St Kilda 16.12 (108) Carlton 24.22 (166) Junction Oval 33,000 23 June 1934

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 29.16 (190) North Melbourne 15.13 (103) Windy Hill 12,000 30 June 1934 Collingwood 12.12 (84) St Kilda 10.15 (75) Victoria Park 15,000 30 June 1934 Carlton 19.20 (134) Melbourne 11.19 (85) Princes Park 20,000 30 June 1934 Hawthorn 11.12 (78) Geelong 17.17 (119) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 30 June 1934 Richmond 9.10 (64) Footscray 6.12 (48) Punt Road Oval 14,000 30 June 1934 South Melbourne 13.19 (97) Fitzroy 13.10 (88) Lake Oval 27,000 30 June 1934

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 7.4 (46) South Melbourne 20.18 (138) Arden Street Oval 11,000 7 July 1934 Geelong 7.13 (55) Richmond 4.9 (33) Corio Oval 16,500 7 July 1934 Fitzroy 13.21 (99) Hawthorn 11.13 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 9,000 7 July 1934 St Kilda 11.8 (74) Essendon 7.16 (58) Junction Oval 20,000 7 July 1934 Melbourne 8.15 (63) Collingwood 8.17 (65) MCG 13,807 7 July 1934 Footscray 12.11 (83) Carlton 15.17 (107) Western Oval 12,500 7 July 1934

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 6.17 (53) North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 14 July 1934 Essendon 6.15 (51) Melbourne 8.12 (60) Windy Hill 9,000 14 July 1934 South Melbourne 15.20 (110) St Kilda 7.4 (46) Lake Oval 24,000 14 July 1934 Geelong 13.15 (93) Footscray 9.10 (64) Corio Oval 11,000 14 July 1934 Richmond 10.16 (76) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Punt Road Oval 17,500 14 July 1934 Collingwood 13.17 (95) Carlton 10.5 (65) Victoria Park 25,000 14 July 1934

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 11.12 (78) Richmond 15.9 (99) Arden Street Oval 6,000 21 July 1934 Melbourne 14.15 (99) South Melbourne 22.23 (155) MCG 21,785 21 July 1934 Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Geelong 14.18 (102) Brunswick Street Oval 15,000 21 July 1934 Carlton 22.16 (148) Essendon 16.13 (109) Princes Park 23,000 21 July 1934 St Kilda 13.10 (88) Hawthorn 10.12 (72) Junction Oval 10,000 21 July 1934 Footscray 14.11 (95) Collingwood 16.9 (105) Western Oval 12,500 21 July 1934

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 13.23 (101) Richmond 14.11 (95) MCG 13,805 28 July 1934 Collingwood 13.19 (97) South Melbourne 21.19 (145) Victoria Park 28,000 28 July 1934 Carlton 22.13 (145) Hawthorn 10.6 (66) Princes Park 12,000 28 July 1934 St Kilda 13.6 (84) Geelong 16.18 (114) Junction Oval 17,000 28 July 1934 North Melbourne 15.8 (98) Fitzroy 21.16 (142) Arden Street Oval 10,000 28 July 1934 Footscray 15.9 (99) Essendon 8.9 (57) Western Oval 13,000 28 July 1934

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 7.25 (67) St Kilda 5.8 (38) Punt Road Oval 16,000 4 August 1934 Hawthorn 11.7 (73) Melbourne 10.16 (76) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 4 August 1934 Geelong 18.15 (123) North Melbourne 5.12 (42) Corio Oval 7,000 4 August 1934 Fitzroy 10.18 (78) Footscray 10.12 (72) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 4 August 1934 Essendon 15.12 (102) Collingwood 22.18 (150) Windy Hill 11,000 4 August 1934 South Melbourne 23.13 (151) Carlton 17.8 (110) Lake Oval 30,000 4 August 1934

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 10.18 (78) North Melbourne 6.14 (50) Western Oval 5,000 18 August 1934 Essendon 9.17 (71) South Melbourne 22.14 (146) Windy Hill 15,000 18 August 1934 Collingwood 23.22 (160) Hawthorn 10.13 (73) Victoria Park 5,000 18 August 1934 Carlton 14.12 (96) Richmond 16.13 (109) Princes Park 30,000 18 August 1934 Melbourne 13.10 (88) Geelong 21.15 (141) MCG 12,163 18 August 1934 St Kilda 13.11 (89) Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Junction Oval 10,000 18 August 1934

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 11.13 (79) St Kilda 12.12 (84) Arden Street Oval 5,000 25 August 1934 Fitzroy 20.19 (139) Melbourne 16.10 (106) Brunswick Street Oval 9,500 25 August 1934 South Melbourne 23.18 (156) Footscray 9.16 (70) Lake Oval 17,420 25 August 1934 Hawthorn 11.15 (81) Essendon 11.13 (79) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 25 August 1934 Richmond 12.14 (86) Collingwood 11.9 (75) Punt Road Oval 26,500 25 August 1934 Geelong 13.17 (95) Carlton 10.10 (70) Corio Oval 18,500 25 August 1934

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 11.24 (90) North Melbourne 7.15 (57) MCG 5,011 1 September 1934 Footscray 13.20 (98) St Kilda 10.17 (77) Western Oval 5,500 1 September 1934 Essendon 13.12 (90) Richmond 15.23 (113) Windy Hill 10,000 1 September 1934 Collingwood 16.16 (112) Geelong 16.21 (117) Victoria Park 18,000 1 September 1934 Carlton 18.12 (120) Fitzroy 9.15 (69) Princes Park 15,500 1 September 1934 South Melbourne 15.11 (101) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Lake Oval 13,000 1 September 1934

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 13.14 (92) Punt Road Oval 40,000 8 September 1934 Footscray 14.18 (102) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) Western Oval 5,000 8 September 1934 St Kilda 13.12 (90) Melbourne 12.16 (88) Junction Oval 8,000 8 September 1934 Geelong 21.31 (157) Essendon 6.5 (41) Corio Oval 9,500 8 September 1934 Fitzroy 14.17 (101) Collingwood 16.10 (106) Brunswick Street Oval 15,000 8 September 1934 North Melbourne 8.8 (56) Carlton 7.16 (58) Arden Street Oval 8,000 8 September 1934

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 7.9 (51) Richmond 11.16 (82) Glenferrie Oval 4,000 15 September 1934 Essendon 14.11 (95) Fitzroy 12.4 (76) Windy Hill 5,000 15 September 1934 Collingwood 15.18 (108) North Melbourne 2.8 (20) Victoria Park 4,000 15 September 1934 Carlton 16.18 (114) St Kilda 15.9 (99) Princes Park 10,000 15 September 1934 South Melbourne 13.19 (97) Geelong 8.7 (55) Lake Oval 17,000 15 September 1934 Melbourne 19.17 (131) Footscray 9.11 (65) MCG 4,232 15 September 1934

Ladder

1934 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Richmond (P) 18 15 3 0 1618 1334 121.3 60 Finals
2 Geelong 18 14 3 1 1834 1355 135.4 58
3 South Melbourne 18 14 4 0 2187 1560 140.2 56
4 Collingwood 18 13 4 1 1915 1571 121.9 54
5 Carlton 18 12 6 0 1986 1707 116.3 48
6 Melbourne 18 9 9 0 1623 1670 97.2 36
7 St Kilda 18 9 9 0 1592 1661 95.8 36
8 Fitzroy 18 7 11 0 1589 1660 95.7 28
9 Footscray 18 6 12 0 1444 1699 85.0 24
10 Essendon 18 5 13 0 1635 1958 83.5 20
11 Hawthorn 18 3 15 0 1300 1917 67.8 12
12 North Melbourne 18 0 18 0 1245 1876 66.4 0
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 South Melbourne 12.12 (78) Collingwood 9.21 (75) MCG 52,022 22 September Richmond 19.20 (134) Geelong 7.8 (50) MCG 35,934 29 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 7.6 (48) South Melbourne 15.18 (108) MCG 30,400 6 October

Grand final

Main article: 1934 VFL Grand Final

Richmond defeated South Melbourne 19.14 (128) to 12.17 (89), in front of a crowd of 65,335 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Thrilling Football". Argus. 5 June 1934.
  2. ^ "Seconds' premiership". The Argus. Melbourne. 15 October 1934. p. 12.
  3. ^ The Teams, The Age, (Friday, 13 July 1934), p.7.
  4. ^ S. Coventry, The Age, (Friday, 13 July 1934), p.7.
  5. ^ Police intervene in brawl at Collingwood, The Argus, (Monday, 16 July 1934), p. 13.
  6. ^ Brawl at Victoria Park, The Age, (Monday, 16 July 1934), p. 6.
  7. ^ For example, 'Clean Sport', "Why No Collingwood Reports? (Letter to the Editor)", The Age, (Monday, 16 July 1934), p. 6.; "Balfe, R.G., "Vic. League Must Act: Carlton-Collingwood Brawl: Growing List of Casualties, The Referee, (Thursday, 19 July 1934), p. 1, p. 19, etc.
  8. ^ During the tribunal's hearing of the charge against Mackie, evidence was presented that, on two separate occasions earlier in the match, Syd Coventry had struck Mackie in the face without any penalty being given by the umpires: see, for example, Football: Rough Play, The Age, (Wednesday, 25 July 1934), p. 7.
  9. ^ Rough Football, The Age, (Wednesday, 18 July 1934), p. 10.
  10. ^ Carlton Football Trouble, The Argus, (Wednesday, 25 July 1934), p. 16.
  11. ^ Sequel to Football Brawl, The Argus, (Wednesday, 18 July 1934), p. 9.
  12. ^ Three Umpires Suspended: Football Brawl Development, The Argus, (Thursday, 26 July 1934), p. 13.

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