1947 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
PremiersCarlton
(8th premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(11th minor premiership)
Matches played118
Highest attendance85,793
Leading Goalkicker MedallistFred Fanning (Melbourne)
Brownlow MedallistBert Deacon (Carlton)
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The 1947 VFL season was the 51st season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 19 April until 27 September, and comprised a 19-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the Carlton Football Club for the eighth time, after it defeated Essendon by one point in the 1947 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1947, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus two substitute players, known as the 19th man and the 20th 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 19 rounds; matches 12 to 19 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 8.

Once the 19 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1947 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 19.15 (129) Hawthorn 12.12 (84) Kardinia Park 13,000 19 April 1947 Essendon 16.23 (119) South Melbourne 10.8 (68) Windy Hill 19,000 19 April 1947 Collingwood 20.18 (138) Fitzroy 14.8 (92) Victoria Park 24,000 19 April 1947 Carlton 17.20 (122) Melbourne 16.13 (109) Princes Park 24,000 19 April 1947 Richmond 18.27 (135) North Melbourne 15.14 (104) Punt Road Oval 20,000 19 April 1947 St Kilda 12.16 (88) Footscray 22.17 (149) Junction Oval 14,000 19 April 1947

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.11 (59) St Kilda 8.13 (61) Arden Street Oval 8,000 26 April 1947 Fitzroy 13.22 (100) Richmond 11.11 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 22,000 26 April 1947 Melbourne 14.25 (109) Geelong 11.7 (73) MCG 12,000 26 April 1947 Footscray 15.13 (103) Essendon 13.11 (89) Western Oval 22,000 26 April 1947 Hawthorn 13.9 (87) Collingwood 19.20 (134) Glenferrie Oval 15,000 26 April 1947 South Melbourne 12.12 (84) Carlton 9.16 (70) Lake Oval 30,000 26 April 1947

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 12.20 (92) Melbourne 12.11 (83) Brunswick Street Oval 18,000 3 May 1947 Essendon 21.10 (136) St Kilda 19.11 (125) Windy Hill 13,000 3 May 1947 South Melbourne 10.18 (78) North Melbourne 12.10 (82) Lake Oval 18,000 3 May 1947 Hawthorn 12.10 (82) Footscray 20.14 (134) Glenferrie Oval 11,000 3 May 1947 Geelong 12.17 (89) Collingwood 14.24 (108) Kardinia Park 14,600 3 May 1947 Richmond 5.18 (48) Carlton 17.19 (121) Punt Road Oval 32,000 3 May 1947

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 19.24 (138) South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Victoria Park 25,000 10 May 1947 Carlton 16.16 (112) Footscray 7.16 (58) Princes Park 37,000 10 May 1947 Richmond 10.12 (72) Melbourne 18.12 (120) Punt Road Oval 16,000 10 May 1947 St Kilda 10.17 (77) Hawthorn 12.12 (84) Junction Oval 10,500 10 May 1947 North Melbourne 4.15 (39) Fitzroy 19.26 (140) Arden Street Oval 12,000 10 May 1947 Geelong 11.17 (83) Essendon 16.19 (115) Kardinia Park 14,500 10 May 1947

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 16.11 (107) Richmond 10.9 (69) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 17 May 1947 Footscray 17.18 (120) North Melbourne 11.13 (79) Western Oval 13,000 17 May 1947 Fitzroy 19.18 (132) St Kilda 7.14 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 10,000 17 May 1947 South Melbourne 13.9 (87) Geelong 15.16 (106) Lake Oval 12,000 17 May 1947 Melbourne 15.5 (95) Collingwood 9.16 (70) MCG 33,500 17 May 1947 Essendon 8.16 (64) Carlton 14.7 (91) Windy Hill 32,000 17 May 1947

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 9.12 (66) Melbourne 12.9 (81) Glenferrie Oval 16,000 24 May 1947 Fitzroy 8.15 (63) South Melbourne 15.11 (101) Brunswick Street Oval 16,000 24 May 1947 Richmond 18.18 (126) Geelong 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 14,500 24 May 1947 North Melbourne 15.12 (102) Essendon 14.10 (94) Arden Street Oval 12,000 24 May 1947 Footscray 13.12 (90) Collingwood 10.16 (76) Western Oval 26,000 24 May 1947 St Kilda 7.11 (53) Carlton 23.17 (155) Junction Oval 18,000 24 May 1947

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 7.12 (54) St Kilda 6.13 (49) Kardinia Park 13,500 31 May 1947 Essendon 11.17 (83) Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Windy Hill 17,500 31 May 1947 Collingwood 10.13 (73) Richmond 10.14 (74) Victoria Park 27,500 31 May 1947 Carlton 13.21 (99) North Melbourne 11.14 (80) Princes Park 25,000 31 May 1947 South Melbourne 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 12.20 (92) Lake Oval 15,000 31 May 1947 Melbourne 17.3 (105) Footscray 15.8 (98) MCG 34,500 31 May 1947

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 15.15 (105) St Kilda 5.13 (43) MCG 11,000 7 June 1947 Hawthorn 10.15 (75) North Melbourne 10.11 (71) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 7 June 1947 Carlton 16.21 (117) Geelong 7.10 (52) Princes Park 16,000 7 June 1947 South Melbourne 15.9 (99) Richmond 15.13 (103) Lake Oval 24,000 7 June 1947 Footscray 12.11 (83) Fitzroy 7.7 (49) Western Oval 20,000 7 June 1947 Essendon 9.14 (68) Collingwood 11.16 (82) Windy Hill 22,000 7 June 1947

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 16.15 (111) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 13,000 14 June 1947 North Melbourne 9.6 (60) Melbourne 11.15 (81) Arden Street Oval 14,000 14 June 1947 Geelong 16.7 (103) Footscray 11.20 (86) Kardinia Park 14,500 14 June 1947 Richmond 7.14 (56) Essendon 18.17 (125) Punt Road Oval 34,000 14 June 1947 St Kilda 11.9 (75) South Melbourne 18.13 (121) Junction Oval 12,000 16 June 1947 Collingwood 16.16 (112) Carlton 13.8 (86) Victoria Park 43,500 16 June 1947

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 8.11 (59) South Melbourne 9.15 (69) MCG 28,000 21 June 1947 Footscray 4.17 (41) Richmond 10.12 (72) Western Oval 20,000 21 June 1947 North Melbourne 13.8 (86) Geelong 18.11 (119) Arden Street Oval 8,000 21 June 1947 Hawthorn 6.9 (45) Essendon 18.20 (128) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 21 June 1947 St Kilda 9.13 (67) Collingwood 15.20 (110) Junction Oval 11,000 21 June 1947 Fitzroy 8.7 (55) Carlton 10.8 (68) Brunswick Street Oval 29,000 21 June 1947

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 23.15 (153) St Kilda 7.10 (52) Punt Road Oval 13,000 28 June 1947 Essendon 12.13 (85) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Windy Hill 21,000 28 June 1947 Collingwood 14.19 (103) North Melbourne 9.15 (69) Victoria Park 15,000 28 June 1947 Carlton 18.17 (125) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Princes Park 14,000 28 June 1947 South Melbourne 15.9 (99) Footscray 12.10 (82) Lake Oval 25,000 28 June 1947 Geelong 10.10 (70) Fitzroy 11.15 (81) Kardinia Park 16,000 28 June 1947

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 4.10 (34) Richmond 12.11 (83) Arden Street Oval 7,500 5 July 1947 Footscray 5.14 (44) St Kilda 6.8 (44) Western Oval 10,000 5 July 1947 Hawthorn 12.11 (83) Geelong 16.21 (117) Glenferrie Oval 5,500 5 July 1947 South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Essendon 11.17 (83) Lake Oval 18,000 5 July 1947 Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Collingwood 7.6 (48) Brunswick Street Oval 18,000 5 July 1947 Melbourne 9.10 (64) Carlton 10.9 (69) MCG 38,000 5 July 1947

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 16.11 (107) Melbourne 5.16 (46) Kardinia Park 15,000 12 July 1947 Essendon 10.18 (78) Footscray 8.11 (59) Windy Hill 20,000 12 July 1947 Collingwood 8.17 (65) Hawthorn 6.9 (45) Victoria Park 12,000 12 July 1947 Carlton 10.14 (74) South Melbourne 9.16 (70) Princes Park 28,000 12 July 1947 St Kilda 8.15 (63) North Melbourne 13.25 (103) Junction Oval 6,000 12 July 1947 Richmond 12.12 (84) Fitzroy 11.12 (78) Punt Road Oval 28,000 12 July 1947

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.14 (62) South Melbourne 8.18 (66) Arden Street Oval 8,000 19 July 1947 Footscray 13.18 (96) Hawthorn 10.7 (67) Western Oval 10,000 19 July 1947 Collingwood 12.11 (83) Geelong 11.11 (77) Victoria Park 15,000 19 July 1947 Carlton 10.10 (70) Richmond 9.9 (63) Princes Park 26,000 19 July 1947 Melbourne 7.10 (52) Fitzroy 11.8 (74) MCG 23,000 19 July 1947 St Kilda 7.13 (55) Essendon 14.18 (102) Junction Oval 7,000 19 July 1947

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 10.12 (72) Richmond 11.15 (81) MCG 32,000 26 July 1947 Hawthorn 16.18 (114) St Kilda 10.9 (69) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 26 July 1947 Fitzroy 16.7 (103) North Melbourne 7.14 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 11,000 26 July 1947 Essendon 16.21 (117) Geelong 12.5 (77) Windy Hill 16,000 26 July 1947 South Melbourne 9.15 (69) Collingwood 9.15 (69) Lake Oval 25,000 26 July 1947 Footscray 13.11 (89) Carlton 14.9 (93) Western Oval 25,000 26 July 1947

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Carlton 7.12 (54) Essendon 13.16 (94) Princes Park 38,000 2 August 1947 Richmond 13.18 (96) Hawthorn 8.7 (55) Punt Road Oval 12,000 2 August 1947 St Kilda 9.9 (63) Fitzroy 10.17 (77) Junction Oval 8,000 2 August 1947 Geelong 13.19 (97) South Melbourne 7.19 (61) Kardinia Park 15,500 9 August 1947 Collingwood 7.14 (56) Melbourne 7.19 (61) Victoria Park 25,000 9 August 1947 North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Footscray 11.10 (76) Arden Street Oval 12,000 9 August 1947

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 16.19 (115) Richmond 13.9 (87) Kardinia Park 18,500 16 August 1947 Essendon 19.12 (126) North Melbourne 12.14 (86) Windy Hill 13,000 16 August 1947 Collingwood 17.10 (112) Footscray 12.12 (84) Victoria Park 25,000 16 August 1947 Carlton 14.19 (103) St Kilda 3.12 (30) Princes Park 11,000 16 August 1947 Melbourne 13.21 (99) Hawthorn 14.9 (93) MCG 11,500 16 August 1947 South Melbourne 10.11 (71) Fitzroy 12.10 (82) Lake Oval 20,000 16 August 1947

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 12.11 (83) South Melbourne 19.14 (128) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 23 August 1947 Footscray 11.14 (80) Melbourne 24.11 (155) Western Oval 11,000 23 August 1947 St Kilda 10.13 (73) Geelong 15.17 (107) Junction Oval 7,000 23 August 1947 Fitzroy 18.22 (130) Essendon 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 18,000 23 August 1947 Richmond 20.14 (134) Collingwood 8.12 (60) Punt Road Oval 31,000 23 August 1947 North Melbourne 10.12 (72) Carlton 14.13 (97) Arden Street Oval 12,000 23 August 1947

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 16.17 (113) South Melbourne 11.13 (79) Punt Road Oval 22,000 30 August 1947 Fitzroy 20.18 (138) Footscray 10.14 (74) Brunswick Street Oval 13,000 30 August 1947 Collingwood 14.17 (101) Essendon 16.12 (108) Victoria Park 33,000 30 August 1947 St Kilda 10.18 (78) Melbourne 27.9 (171) Junction Oval 6,000 30 August 1947 North Melbourne 10.14 (74) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) Arden Street Oval 4,000 30 August 1947 Geelong 17.7 (109) Carlton 16.11 (107) Kardinia Park 21,500 30 August 1947

Ladder

1947 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton (P) 19 15 4 0 1833 1368 134.0 60 Finals
2 Essendon 19 14 5 0 1876 1528 122.8 56
3 Fitzroy 19 13 6 0 1736 1370 126.7 52
4 Richmond 19 12 7 0 1726 1582 109.1 48
5 Collingwood 19 11 7 1 1738 1546 112.4 46
6 Melbourne 19 11 8 0 1742 1488 117.1 44
7 Geelong 19 11 8 0 1761 1705 103.3 44
8 South Melbourne 19 8 10 1 1602 1652 97.0 34
9 Footscray 19 8 10 1 1646 1713 96.1 34
10 North Melbourne 19 4 15 0 1390 1789 77.7 16
11 Hawthorn 19 4 15 0 1456 1907 76.4 16
12 St Kilda 19 1 17 1 1221 2079 58.7 6
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 16.7 (103) Richmond 11.9 (75) MCG 6 September Carlton 14.15 (99) Essendon 11.17 (83) MCG 75,475 13 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 16.13 (109) Fitzroy 14.12 (96) MCG 55,648 20 September

Grand final

Main article: 1947 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated Essendon 13.8 (86) to 11.19 (85) in front of a crowd of 85,793 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

See also

References

  1. ^ "North Seconds win first pennant". The Argus. Melbourne. 29 September 1947. p. 18.
  2. ^ "Melbourne 3rds title". The Sporting Globe. Melbourne. 6 September 1947. p. 3.
  3. ^ Les Foote#Sixth round 1947