1942 VFL Premiership season
Essendon fc 1942.jpg
Essendon Football Club, premier team
Teams11
PremiersEssendon
(7th premiership)
Minor premiersEssendon
(7th minor premiership)
Matches played84
Highest attendance49,000
Leading Goalkicker MedallistLindsay White (South Melbourne)
Brownlow MedallistNot awarded
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The 1942 VFL season was the 46th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.

Played during the peak of World War II, only eleven of the league's twelve clubs competed, with Geelong withdrawing due to travel restrictions. The season ran from 9 May until 19 September, and comprised a home-and-away season in which each club played either 14 or 15 games, followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the Essendon Football Club for the seventh time, after it defeated Richmond by 53 points in the 1942 VFL Grand Final.

Influence of World War II

World War II had many effects on the organisation of football in Australia:

Premiership season

In 1942, the VFL competition consisted of eleven 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 16 rounds.

The determination of the 1942 season's fixtures was complicated by the fact that when the VFL decided to proceed with senior football on 1 April,[5] it was not known which grounds would be available. All 1941 grounds except Windy Hill and the Brunswick Street Oval were candidates for long-term appropriation by the military, and the VFL announced that unless three grounds were available, it would not play the season.[6] Consequently, each round's fixture through the first eleven weeks was set only on the previous Wednesday week, rather than being pre-determined at the start of the season. Ultimately the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Lake Oval, the Western Oval, and the Junction Oval all became unavailable; but, several Victorian Football Association grounds became available when the VFA announced on 21 April that it was going into recess, resulting in St Kilda and Footscray moving to Toorak Park and Yarraville Oval respectively,[7] and the remaining ground losses were managed by Melbourne sharing the Punt Road Oval with Richmond and South Melbourne sharing Princes Park with Carlton.

During the first eleven rounds, each team played each other once and had one bye. The remaining five rounds (Rounds 12 to 16) featured the same matches as Rounds 1 to 5. This resulted in an uneven fixture in which six teams played 15 matches, and five teams played 14 matches. Teams were awarded four premiership points for each bye, so the teams with an extra bye were favoured by this draw.[3]

Once the 16 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1942 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 Hawthorn 13.15 (93) North Melbourne 18.19 (127) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 9 May 1942 Fitzroy 14.13 (97) St Kilda 10.12 (72) Brunswick Street Oval 8,000 9 May 1942 Essendon 25.14 (164) Melbourne 16.14 (110) Windy Hill 8,000 9 May 1942 Richmond 19.17 (131) Footscray 16.15 (111) Punt Road Oval 14,000 9 May 1942 South Melbourne 18.25 (133) Collingwood 14.11 (95) Princes Park 8,000 9 May 1942

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 18.9 (117) Richmond 30.16 (196) Punt Road Oval 20,000 16 May 1942 Carlton 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 13.21 (99) Princes Park 16,000 16 May 1942 St Kilda 16.13 (109) Hawthorn 9.17 (71) Toorak Park 5,500 16 May 1942 North Melbourne 14.10 (94) Fitzroy 17.13 (115) Arden Street Oval 5,500 16 May 1942 Footscray 12.16 (88) Essendon 14.8 (92) Yarraville Oval 10,000 16 May 1942

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 20.13 (133) Melbourne 11.11 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 23 May 1942 South Melbourne 22.24 (156) St Kilda 11.16 (82) Princes Park 6,500 23 May 1942 Hawthorn 5.11 (41) Footscray 17.15 (117) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 23 May 1942 Richmond 25.25 (175) Collingwood 5.7 (37) Punt Road Oval 11,500 23 May 1942 Essendon 11.9 (75) Carlton 11.4 (70) Windy Hill 13,000 23 May 1942

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 12.8 (80) South Melbourne 8.17 (65) Arden Street Oval 12,000 30 May 1942 Collingwood 13.9 (87) Essendon 20.16 (136) Victoria Park 6,500 30 May 1942 Carlton 13.13 (91) Fitzroy 9.14 (68) Princes Park 14,000 30 May 1942 St Kilda 11.17 (83) Richmond 25.13 (163) Toorak Park 9,000 30 May 1942 Melbourne 16.15 (111) Hawthorn 8.17 (65) Punt Road Oval 3,500 30 May 1942

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Footscray 12.11 (83) Brunswick Street Oval 9,000 6 June 1942 Essendon 15.19 (109) North Melbourne 9.15 (69) Windy Hill 10,000 6 June 1942 South Melbourne 23.10 (148) Melbourne 16.19 (115) Princes Park 5,500 6 June 1942 Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Collingwood 10.20 (80) Glenferrie Oval 4,000 6 June 1942 Richmond 15.14 (104) Carlton 10.17 (77) Punt Road Oval 20,000 6 June 1942

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 6.9 (45) St Kilda 13.11 (89) Punt Road Oval 4,000 13 June 1942 Essendon 10.17 (77) Richmond 11.10 (76) Windy Hill 18,000 13 June 1942 Collingwood 11.12 (78) Footscray 11.21 (87) Victoria Park 5,500 13 June 1942 Carlton 20.18 (138) North Melbourne 13.13 (91) Princes Park 7,000 13 June 1942 Fitzroy 11.17 (83) South Melbourne 9.15 (69) Toorak Park 10,000 13 June 1942

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 10.9 (69) South Melbourne 11.20 (86) Punt Road Oval 18,000 20 June 1942 Fitzroy 16.14 (110) Hawthorn 14.10 (94) Brunswick Street Oval 5,000 20 June 1942 North Melbourne 11.10 (76) Melbourne 12.11 (83) Arden Street Oval 4,000 20 June 1942 St Kilda 11.14 (80) Collingwood 9.14 (68) Toorak Park 5,000 20 June 1942 Footscray 12.19 (91) Carlton 10.12 (72) Yarraville Oval 8,500 20 June 1942

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 12.9 (81) Richmond 15.15 (105) Brunswick Street Oval 17,000 27 June 1942 Essendon 22.12 (144) Hawthorn 5.8 (38) Windy Hill 6,000 27 June 1942 Carlton 18.14 (122) St Kilda 10.11 (71) Princes Park 6,500 27 June 1942 North Melbourne 9.8 (62) Footscray 17.16 (118) Arden Street Oval 6,000 27 June 1942 Melbourne 11.14 (80) Collingwood 14.21 (105) Punt Road Oval 5,500 27 June 1942

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 7.3 (45) South Melbourne 11.9 (75) Yarraville Oval 9,500 4 July 1942 Collingwood 10.18 (78) Fitzroy 12.7 (79) Victoria Park 6,000 4 July 1942 Richmond 11.14 (80) North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 5,000 4 July 1942 St Kilda 6.9 (45) Essendon 4.15 (39) Toorak Park 4,500 4 July 1942 Hawthorn 8.10 (58) Carlton 12.14 (86) Glenferrie Oval 3,000 4 July 1942

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 19.17 (131) St Kilda 7.18 (60) Yarraville Oval 6,000 11 July 1942 Carlton 13.17 (95) Melbourne 10.7 (67) Princes Park 5,500 11 July 1942 Fitzroy 12.10 (82) Essendon 15.17 (107) Brunswick Street Oval 15,000 11 July 1942 North Melbourne 17.8 (110) Collingwood 11.16 (82) Arden Street Oval 3,500 11 July 1942 South Melbourne 12.19 (91) Hawthorn 13.10 (88) Punt Road Oval 6,000 11 July 1942

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Richmond 19.13 (127) Glenferrie Oval 6,000 18 July 1942 Essendon 10.15 (75) South Melbourne 8.7 (55) Windy Hill 16,000 18 July 1942 St Kilda 21.9 (135) North Melbourne 9.8 (62) Toorak Park 4,000 18 July 1942 Melbourne 14.11 (95) Footscray 19.12 (126) Punt Road Oval 6,000 18 July 1942 Collingwood 11.11 (77) Carlton 13.14 (92) Victoria Park 8,000 18 July 1942

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 19.15 (129) Richmond 17.20 (122) Yarraville Oval 15,000 25 July 1942 Collingwood 9.15 (69) South Melbourne 15.21 (111) Victoria Park 8,000 25 July 1942 North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Hawthorn 6.16 (52) Arden Street Oval 3,000 25 July 1942 St Kilda 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Toorak Park 8,000 25 July 1942 Melbourne 14.20 (104) Essendon 12.12 (84) Punt Road Oval 6,000 25 July 1942

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 8.9 (57) St Kilda 10.15 (75) Glenferrie Oval 3,500 1 August 1942 Fitzroy 20.14 (134) North Melbourne 10.8 (68) Brunswick Street Oval 5,500 1 August 1942 Essendon 15.12 (102) Footscray 10.8 (68) Windy Hill 14,000 1 August 1942 Richmond 15.21 (111) Melbourne 12.14 (86) Punt Road Oval 9,000 1 August 1942 South Melbourne 10.24 (84) Carlton 12.17 (89) Princes Park 15,000 1 August 1942

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 6.10 (46) South Melbourne 13.11 (89) Toorak Park 3,500 8 August 1942 Footscray 20.17 (137) Hawthorn 9.4 (58) Yarraville Oval 2,500 8 August 1942 Collingwood 12.11 (83) Richmond 16.21 (117) Victoria Park 3,500 8 August 1942 Carlton 18.20 (128) Essendon 11.9 (75) Princes Park 7,500 8 August 1942 Melbourne 12.13 (85) Fitzroy 10.8 (68) Punt Road Oval 3,000 8 August 1942

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 18.20 (128) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Punt Road Oval 7,000 15 August 1942 Hawthorn 7.15 (57) Melbourne 16.22 (118) Glenferrie Oval 2,500 15 August 1942 South Melbourne 22.13 (145) North Melbourne 12.15 (87) Princes Park 5,000 15 August 1942 Essendon 11.17 (83) Collingwood 9.10 (64) Windy Hill 8,000 15 August 1942 Fitzroy 13.20 (98) Carlton 17.13 (115) Brunswick Street Oval 13,000 15 August 1942

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 14.7 (91) South Melbourne 14.23 (107) Punt Road Oval 10,000 22 August 1942 Collingwood 16.21 (117) Hawthorn 15.13 (103) Victoria Park 2,000 22 August 1942 Carlton 18.19 (127) Richmond 10.14 (74) Princes Park 26,000 22 August 1942 Footscray 19.15 (129) Fitzroy 14.8 (92) Yarraville Oval 8,000 22 August 1942 North Melbourne 5.8 (38) Essendon 8.16 (64) Arden Street Oval 4,000 22 August 1942

Ladder

1942 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D B PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon (P) 15 12 3 0 1 1426 1122 127.1 52 Finals
2 Richmond 15 11 4 0 1 1778 1322 134.5 48
3 South Melbourne 15 11 4 0 1 1513 1173 129.0 48
4 Footscray 14 10 4 0 2 1460 1159 126.0 48
5 Carlton 14 10 4 0 2 1361 1132 120.2 48
6 Fitzroy 15 8 7 0 1 1405 1340 104.9 36
7 St Kilda 14 6 8 0 2 1076 1314 81.9 32
8 Melbourne 15 5 10 0 1 1384 1624 85.2 24
9 North Melbourne 14 4 10 0 2 1105 1413 78.2 24
10 Collingwood 14 2 12 0 2 1120 1474 76.0 16
11 Hawthorn 15 1 14 0 1 1058 1613 65.6 8
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
Note: Each team was awarded 4 pts for every bye they received during the year
(P) Premiers

Finals

Semi finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 13.13 (91) Footscray 7.22 (64) Princes Park 25,000 29 August Essendon 8.8 (56) Richmond 11.12 (78) Princes Park 32,000 5 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 19.10 (124) South Melbourne 14.12 (96) Princes Park 26,000 12 September

Grand final

Main article: 1942 VFL Grand Final

Essendon defeated Richmond 19.18 (132) to 11.13 (79), in front of a crowd of 49,000 (approx.) people at Princes Park. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

References

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  2. ^ "Moves of VFA players". The Argus. Melbourne. 7 April 1945. p. 8.
  3. ^ a b Rodgers, Stephen (1992), Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results, 1897–1991 (3rd ed.), Ringwood, VIC: Viking O‘Neil
  4. ^ 'Cancelling of Holidays: Mr. Curtin Defines Extent of Ban'; Sydney Morning Herald; 27 May 1942, p. 6
  5. ^ 'League to Play Football'; The Argus, 2 April 1942, p. 8
  6. ^ 'League Football Doubtful'; The Argus, 4 April 1942, p. 1
  7. ^ 'Association Against Football – Scratch games May Be Played'; The Argus, 21 April 1942, p. 6
  8. ^ "St Kilda's success". The Argus. Melbourne. 14 September 1942. p. 6.
  9. ^ "League seconds". The Argus. Melbourne. 12 September 1942. p. 10.
  10. ^ Percy Taylor (28 September 1942). "Thrilling football – Essendon d. Services". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 6.