1943 VFL Premiership season
Richmond fc 1943.jpg
Richmond Football Club, premier team
Teams11
PremiersRichmond
(5th premiership)
Minor premiersRichmond
(4th minor premiership)
Matches played84
Highest attendance42,100
Leading Goalkicker MedallistFred Fanning (Melbourne)
Brownlow MedallistNot awarded
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The 1943 VFL season was the 47th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.

As in 1942, only eleven of the league's twelve clubs competed, with Geelong remaining in recess due to travel restrictions during World War II. The season ran from 8 May until 25 September, and comprised a 15-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 fifth time, after it defeated Essendon by five points in the 1943 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1942, the VFL competition consisted of eleven teams of 18 on-the-field players each (Geelong did not field a team due to wartime rail and road transport restrictions), 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. During the first 11 rounds each team played each other once and had one bye. At round 11, the eleventh team on the ladder dropped out of the competition. In the remaining rounds (12 to 16), the other ten teams played 5 matches each. This more even fixture was seen as an improvement on 1942's season, in which teams played an unequal number of matches (14 or 15).

During the 1943 season, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Lake Oval, and the Junction Oval were all appropriated for military use. Melbourne shared the Punt Road Oval with Richmond as their home ground, South Melbourne now shared Princes Park with Carlton as their home ground, and St. Kilda now played their home games at Toorak Park (this was possible because there was no VFA competition in 1943). Footscray, however, were able to return to the Western Oval as it was vacated by the defence authorities after a year.

Once the 16 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1943 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 Essendon 18.9 (117) South Melbourne 13.14 (92) Windy Hill 16,000 8 May 1943 Collingwood 6.22 (58) North Melbourne 7.12 (54) Victoria Park 8,000 8 May 1943 Carlton 17.13 (115) Richmond 8.23 (71) Princes Park 17,000 8 May 1943 St Kilda 14.9 (93) Hawthorn 13.17 (95) Toorak Park 6,000 8 May 1943 Melbourne 14.12 (96) Fitzroy 15.9 (99) Punt Road Oval 9,000 8 May 1943

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.14 (62) St Kilda 8.14 (62) Arden Street Oval 5,000 15 May 1943 South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Melbourne 15.19 (109) Princes Park 6,000 15 May 1943 Hawthorn 7.8 (50) Essendon 11.15 (81) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 15 May 1943 Richmond 13.7 (85) Collingwood 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 16,000 15 May 1943 Footscray 6.10 (46) Carlton 8.18 (66) Western Oval 11,000 15 May 1943

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 16.17 (113) South Melbourne 16.16 (112) Brunswick Street Oval 15,500 22 May 1943 Essendon 11.12 (78) North Melbourne 9.11 (65) Windy Hill 9,000 22 May 1943 Collingwood 11.14 (80) Footscray 12.16 (88) Victoria Park 10,000 22 May 1943 St Kilda 8.15 (63) Richmond 17.12 (114) Toorak Park 11,000 22 May 1943 Melbourne 10.12 (72) Hawthorn 17.15 (117) Punt Road Oval 5,000 22 May 1943

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 13.11 (89) St Kilda 6.12 (48) Western Oval 7,000 29 May 1943 Carlton 12.5 (77) Collingwood 15.14 (104) Princes Park 15,000 29 May 1943 North Melbourne 15.14 (104) Melbourne 10.11 (71) Arden Street Oval 5,000 29 May 1943 Hawthorn 13.8 (86) Fitzroy 9.21 (75) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 29 May 1943 Richmond 11.18 (84) Essendon 14.13 (97) Punt Road Oval 23,000 29 May 1943

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 17.11 (113) Richmond 21.15 (141) Punt Road Oval 13,000 5 June 1943 Fitzroy 23.12 (150) North Melbourne 10.13 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 12,000 5 June 1943 Essendon 16.10 (106) Footscray 16.18 (114) Windy Hill 18,000 5 June 1943 South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Hawthorn 12.13 (85) Princes Park 14,000 5 June 1943 St Kilda 13.14 (92) Carlton 12.8 (80) Toorak Park 9,000 5 June 1943

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 14.7 (91) South Melbourne 12.18 (90) Arden Street Oval 7,000 12 June 1943 Footscray 21.17 (143) Melbourne 8.15 (63) Western Oval 8,000 12 June 1943 Collingwood 11.21 (87) St Kilda 5.12 (42) Victoria Park 7,000 12 June 1943 Carlton 9.22 (76) Essendon 11.16 (82) Princes Park 17,000 12 June 1943 Richmond 12.17 (89) Fitzroy 14.11 (95) Punt Road Oval 19,000 12 June 1943

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 20.16 (136) North Melbourne 13.17 (95) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 19 June 1943 Fitzroy 16.11 (107) Footscray 11.7 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 18,000 19 June 1943 South Melbourne 12.12 (84) Richmond 17.12 (114) Princes Park 11,000 19 June 1943 Essendon 15.13 (103) Collingwood 8.14 (62) Windy Hill 11,000 19 June 1943 Melbourne 13.14 (92) Carlton 11.21 (87) Punt Road Oval 8,000 19 June 1943

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 10.11 (71) South Melbourne 6.14 (50) Western Oval 7,500 26 June 1943 Collingwood 10.21 (81) Melbourne 13.9 (87) Victoria Park 5,000 26 June 1943 Carlton 15.16 (106) Fitzroy 9.13 (67) Princes Park 12,000 26 June 1943 Richmond 15.16 (106) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Punt Road Oval 16,000 26 June 1943 St Kilda 15.8 (98) Essendon 20.19 (139) Toorak Park 6,000 26 June 1943

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 9.2 (56) Richmond 13.7 (85) Arden Street Oval 10,000 3 July 1943 Melbourne 16.14 (110) St Kilda 12.10 (82) Punt Road Oval 8,000 3 July 1943 Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Footscray 11.13 (79) Glenferrie Oval 16,000 3 July 1943 Fitzroy 15.18 (108) Collingwood 9.11 (65) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 3 July 1943 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Carlton 15.13 (103) Princes Park 13,000 3 July 1943

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 9.23 (77) North Melbourne 12.14 (86) Western Oval 8,000 10 July 1943 Essendon 9.16 (70) Melbourne 13.7 (85) Windy Hill 8,000 10 July 1943 Collingwood 9.6 (60) South Melbourne 16.14 (110) Victoria Park 8,000 10 July 1943 Carlton 16.9 (105) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Princes Park 12,000 10 July 1943 St Kilda 10.11 (71) Fitzroy 14.14 (98) Toorak Park 6,000 10 July 1943

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 16.19 (115) St Kilda 11.14 (80) Princes Park 6,000 17 July 1943 Richmond 10.19 (79) Footscray 8.9 (57) Punt Road Oval 13,000 17 July 1943 Fitzroy 7.14 (56) Essendon 9.24 (78) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 17 July 1943 Hawthorn 16.14 (110) Collingwood 12.13 (85) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 17 July 1943 North Melbourne 12.10 (82) Carlton 11.12 (78) Arden Street Oval 7,000 17 July 1943

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Richmond 7.17 (59) Brunswick Street Oval 12,000 31 July 1943 South Melbourne 14.11 (95) North Melbourne 6.6 (42) Princes Park 8,000 31 July 1943 Melbourne 23.16 (154) Footscray 11.8 (74) Punt Road Oval 8,000 31 July 1943 Hawthorn 7.13 (55) Essendon 9.12 (66) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 31 July 1943 Collingwood 11.8 (74) Carlton 28.10 (178) Victoria Park 8,500 31 July 1943

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 9.6 (60) South Melbourne 21.13 (139) Punt Road Oval 14,000 7 August 1943 Footscray 7.17 (59) Richmond 19.19 (133) Western Oval 9,000 7 August 1943 Essendon 11.24 (90) Fitzroy 8.8 (56) Windy Hill 14,000 7 August 1943 Collingwood 14.24 (108) North Melbourne 7.8 (50) Victoria Park 5,250 7 August 1943 Carlton 13.19 (97) Hawthorn 10.15 (75) Princes Park 15,000 7 August 1943

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 15.14 (104) Melbourne 7.12 (54) Brunswick Street Oval 8,000 14 August 1943 Richmond 9.14 (68) Hawthorn 11.7 (73) Punt Road Oval 15,000 14 August 1943 North Melbourne 7.11 (53) Footscray 9.10 (64) Arden Street Oval 4,000 14 August 1943 South Melbourne 12.18 (90) Collingwood 11.7 (73) Princes Park 6,000 14 August 1943 Essendon 9.13 (67) Carlton 10.10 (70) Windy Hill 19,000 14 August 1943

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 13.10 (88) South Melbourne 7.14 (56) Glenferrie Oval 15,000 21 August 1943 Collingwood 16.17 (113) Fitzroy 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 6,500 21 August 1943 Carlton 15.23 (113) North Melbourne 7.5 (47) Princes Park 8,000 21 August 1943 Richmond 15.19 (109) Melbourne 12.13 (85) Punt Road Oval 9,000 21 August 1943 Footscray 9.10 (64) Essendon 6.15 (51) Western Oval 6,000 21 August 1943

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 10.11 (71) Richmond 14.14 (98) Windy Hill 16,000 28 August 1943 North Melbourne 8.11 (59) Hawthorn 7.16 (58) Arden Street Oval 4,500 28 August 1943 South Melbourne 10.19 (79) Footscray 10.6 (66) Princes Park 4,000 28 August 1943 Melbourne 16.17 (113) Collingwood 14.17 (101) Punt Road Oval 5,000 28 August 1943 Fitzroy 12.12 (84) Carlton 10.9 (69) Brunswick Street Oval 18,000 28 August 1943

Ladder

1943 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Richmond (P) 15 10 5 0 1435 1166 123.1 44 Finals
2 Essendon 15 10 5 0 1296 1125 115.2 44
3 Fitzroy 15 10 5 0 1345 1234 109.0 44
4 Carlton 15 9 6 0 1420 1136 125.0 40
5 Hawthorn 15 9 6 0 1259 1212 103.9 40
6 Footscray 15 7 8 0 1164 1244 93.6 32
7 Melbourne 15 7 8 0 1364 1537 88.7 32
8 South Melbourne 15 6 9 0 1346 1272 105.8 28
9 North Melbourne 15 5 9 1 1019 1323 77.0 26
10 Collingwood 15 5 10 0 1217 1358 89.6 24
11 St Kilda 10 1 8 1 731 989 73.9 10
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 Fitzroy 13.16 (94) Carlton 5.13 (43) Princes Park 39,874 4 September Richmond 9.17 (71) Essendon 13.16 (94) Princes Park 24,100 11 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 12.14 (86) Fitzroy 8.13 (61) Princes Park 27,335 18 September

Grand final

Main article: 1943 VFL Grand Final

Richmond defeated Essendon 12.14 (86) to 11.15 (81), in front of a crowd of 42,100 (approx.) people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Two pennants to St Kilda". The Argus. Melbourne. 20 September 1943. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Seconds Grand Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 17 September 1943. p. 9.
  3. ^ Rodgers, Stephen (1992), Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results, 1897–1991 (3rd ed.), Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neil, p. 304