1949 VFL Premiership season
Essendon fc 1949.jpg
Essendon Football Club, premiers
Teams12
PremiersEssendon
(9th premiership)
Minor premiersNorth Melbourne
(1st minor premiership)
Matches played118
Highest attendance88,718
Leading Goalkicker MedallistJohn Coleman (Essendon)
Brownlow MedallistRon Clegg (South Melbourne)
Col Austen (Hawthorn)
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The 1949 VFL season was the 53rd season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 16 April until 24 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 Essendon Football Club for the ninth time, after it defeated Carlton by 73 points in the 1949 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1949, 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 1949 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 21.19 (145) Melbourne 12.11 (83) Kardinia Park 25,000 16 April 1949 Essendon 18.12 (120) Hawthorn 9.3 (57) Windy Hill 13,500 16 April 1949 Collingwood 19.13 (127) North Melbourne 10.17 (77) Victoria Park 21,500 16 April 1949 St Kilda 11.10 (76) Fitzroy 14.14 (98) Junction Oval 18,000 16 April 1949 Carlton 16.16 (112) South Melbourne 6.12 (48) Princes Park 29,000 18 April 1949 Richmond 19.13 (127) Footscray 8.10 (58) Punt Road Oval 30,000 18 April 1949

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 5.13 (43) Richmond 20.12 (132) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 23 April 1949 Footscray 12.7 (79) Geelong 9.14 (68) Western Oval 15,500 23 April 1949 South Melbourne 12.13 (85) St Kilda 12.10 (82) Lake Oval 9,000 23 April 1949 North Melbourne 7.14 (56) Essendon 10.15 (75) Arden Street Oval 20,000 23 April 1949 Melbourne 12.8 (80) Collingwood 11.16 (82) MCG 29,000 23 April 1949 Fitzroy 15.16 (106) Carlton 15.15 (105) Brunswick Street Oval 25,000 23 April 1949

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 14.8 (92) Richmond 9.5 (59) Arden Street Oval 15,000 30 April 1949 Geelong 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Kardinia Park 19,000 30 April 1949 Collingwood 7.14 (56) Fitzroy 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 30,000 30 April 1949 Carlton 21.27 (153) Hawthorn 7.6 (48) Princes Park 9,250 30 April 1949 Melbourne 14.16 (100) Footscray 7.6 (48) MCG 24,000 30 April 1949 St Kilda 5.15 (45) Essendon 13.16 (94) Junction Oval 13,000 30 April 1949

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 17.11 (113) St Kilda 11.14 (80) Punt Road Oval 12,000 7 May 1949 Footscray 4.15 (39) North Melbourne 12.3 (75) Western Oval 12,000 7 May 1949 Fitzroy 13.15 (93) Geelong 15.15 (105) Brunswick Street Oval 17,500 7 May 1949 South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Melbourne 7.9 (51) Lake Oval 12,000 7 May 1949 Hawthorn 5.10 (40) Collingwood 9.11 (65) Glenferrie Oval 11,500 7 May 1949 Essendon 6.9 (45) Carlton 7.22 (64) Windy Hill 29,000 7 May 1949

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 5.16 (46) North Melbourne 6.12 (48) MCG 19,000 14 May 1949 Geelong 15.13 (103) St Kilda 10.11 (71) Kardinia Park 15,500 14 May 1949 Essendon 11.18 (84) Richmond 9.15 (69) Windy Hill 21,000 14 May 1949 Carlton 16.8 (104) Collingwood 10.14 (74) Princes Park 33,000 14 May 1949 South Melbourne 10.8 (68) Footscray 6.14 (50) Lake Oval 11,000 14 May 1949 Hawthorn 9.13 (67) Fitzroy 14.21 (105) Glenferrie Oval 7,500 14 May 1949

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 15.13 (103) South Melbourne 8.12 (60) Punt Road Oval 21,000 21 May 1949 Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Footscray 10.22 (82) Brunswick Street Oval 10,500 21 May 1949 Collingwood 11.16 (82) Essendon 12.9 (81) Victoria Park 23,000 21 May 1949 Carlton 18.13 (121) Geelong 12.10 (82) Princes Park 28,500 21 May 1949 St Kilda 4.13 (37) Melbourne 8.13 (61) Junction Oval 7,500 21 May 1949 North Melbourne 13.23 (101) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) Arden Street Oval 9,000 21 May 1949

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 6.12 (48) South Melbourne 12.15 (87) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 28 May 1949 Essendon 11.9 (75) Melbourne 13.12 (90) Windy Hill 15,000 28 May 1949 North Melbourne 8.13 (61) Geelong 8.7 (55) Arden Street Oval 17,000 28 May 1949 Richmond 21.21 (147) Fitzroy 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 28,000 28 May 1949 Footscray 8.10 (58) Collingwood 12.15 (87) Western Oval 17,000 28 May 1949 St Kilda 8.14 (62) Carlton 14.11 (95) Junction Oval 13,000 28 May 1949

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 10.15 (75) Richmond 11.13 (79) Kardinia Park 22,500 4 June 1949 Collingwood 21.22 (148) St Kilda 4.12 (36) Victoria Park 12,000 4 June 1949 Carlton 14.13 (97) North Melbourne 10.7 (67) Princes Park 29,500 4 June 1949 Melbourne 10.17 (77) Hawthorn 10.6 (66) MCG 11,000 4 June 1949 South Melbourne 12.7 (79) Fitzroy 14.14 (98) Lake Oval 12,500 4 June 1949 Footscray 7.17 (59) Essendon 10.12 (72) Western Oval 12,500 4 June 1949

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 17.14 (116) Geelong 12.7 (79) Victoria Park 27,500 11 June 1949 Hawthorn 10.13 (73) Footscray 8.15 (63) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 11 June 1949 South Melbourne 15.16 (106) Essendon 12.9 (81) Lake Oval 19,500 11 June 1949 North Melbourne 11.12 (78) St Kilda 7.7 (49) Arden Street Oval 10,000 13 June 1949 Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Melbourne 10.14 (74) Brunswick Street Oval 16,000 13 June 1949 Richmond 12.12 (84) Carlton 14.15 (99) Punt Road Oval 46,000 13 June 1949

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 18.25 (133) South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Arden Street Oval 16,000 18 June 1949 Geelong 20.12 (132) Hawthorn 6.10 (46) Kardinia Park 12,000 18 June 1949 Essendon 8.19 (67) Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Windy Hill 15,000 18 June 1949 Carlton 11.12 (78) Melbourne 12.14 (86) Princes Park 26,500 18 June 1949 St Kilda 7.14 (56) Footscray 11.11 (77) Junction Oval 8,500 18 June 1949 Richmond 16.5 (101) Collingwood 16.8 (104) Punt Road Oval 29,000 18 June 1949

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 14.17 (101) Richmond 9.9 (63) MCG 24,000 2 July 1949 Fitzroy 10.12 (72) North Melbourne 12.9 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 2 July 1949 Collingwood 15.16 (106) South Melbourne 6.16 (52) Victoria Park 12,000 2 July 1949 St Kilda 13.11 (89) Hawthorn 14.13 (97) Junction Oval 7,000 2 July 1949 Geelong 25.17 (167) Essendon 11.6 (72) Kardinia Park 18,000 2 July 1949 Footscray 9.9 (63) Carlton 7.16 (58) Western Oval 13,000 2 July 1949

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 12.11 (83) Richmond 7.18 (60) Western Oval 14,000 9 July 1949 Fitzroy 14.10 (94) St Kilda 6.13 (49) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 9 July 1949 Melbourne 14.17 (101) Geelong 14.14 (98) MCG 20,000 9 July 1949 Hawthorn 7.0 (42) Essendon 16.16 (112) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 9 July 1949 North Melbourne 8.6 (54) Collingwood 4.13 (37) Arden Street Oval 21,000 9 July 1949 South Melbourne 6.12 (48) Carlton 11.15 (81) Lake Oval 15,000 9 July 1949

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 16.15 (111) South Melbourne 13.13 (91) Junction Oval 6,000 16 July 1949 Essendon 8.22 (70) North Melbourne 6.13 (49) Windy Hill 16,000 16 July 1949 Collingwood 7.16 (58) Melbourne 10.13 (73) Victoria Park 22,000 16 July 1949 Carlton 9.13 (67) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Princes Park 17,500 16 July 1949 Richmond 16.21 (117) Hawthorn 9.13 (67) Punt Road Oval 7,000 16 July 1949 Geelong 13.15 (93) Footscray 4.10 (34) Kardinia Park 15,000 16 July 1949

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 11.8 (74) Melbourne 10.12 (72) Western Oval 13,000 23 July 1949 Essendon 13.17 (95) St Kilda 9.10 (64) Windy Hill 9,500 23 July 1949 Richmond 8.24 (72) North Melbourne 17.11 (113) Punt Road Oval 19,000 23 July 1949 South Melbourne 11.15 (81) Geelong 14.13 (97) Lake Oval 7,500 23 July 1949 Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Collingwood 11.15 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 21,000 23 July 1949 Hawthorn 8.5 (53) Carlton 9.17 (71) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 23 July 1949

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 12.7 (79) South Melbourne 9.11 (65) MCG 14,500 30 July 1949 Collingwood 16.23 (119) Hawthorn 5.6 (36) Victoria Park 9,500 30 July 1949 Carlton 11.16 (82) Essendon 17.11 (113) Princes Park 26,500 30 July 1949 St Kilda 13.11 (89) Richmond 9.14 (68) Junction Oval 10,000 30 July 1949 North Melbourne 8.14 (62) Footscray 8.11 (59) Arden Street Oval 14,000 30 July 1949 Geelong 13.9 (87) Fitzroy 6.7 (43) Kardinia Park 17,500 30 July 1949

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 10.14 (74) South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Western Oval 10,000 6 August 1949 Fitzroy 10.19 (79) Hawthorn 8.17 (65) Brunswick Street Oval 4,000 6 August 1949 North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Melbourne 8.10 (58) Arden Street Oval 20,000 6 August 1949 St Kilda 10.9 (69) Geelong 8.12 (60) Junction Oval 12,000 6 August 1949 Richmond 7.14 (56) Essendon 11.12 (78) Punt Road Oval 16,000 6 August 1949 Collingwood 7.16 (58) Carlton 7.13 (55) Victoria Park 28,000 6 August 1949

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 15.16 (106) St Kilda 7.10 (52) MCG 18,000 13 August 1949 Hawthorn 13.10 (88) North Melbourne 9.16 (70) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 13 August 1949 South Melbourne 9.13 (67) Richmond 10.17 (77) Lake Oval 10,000 13 August 1949 Footscray 13.16 (94) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Western Oval 12,000 13 August 1949 Essendon 16.21 (117) Collingwood 10.11 (71) Windy Hill 29,000 13 August 1949 Geelong 6.11 (47) Carlton 12.18 (90) Kardinia Park 24,500 13 August 1949

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 7.14 (56) North Melbourne 11.16 (82) Kardinia Park 14,500 20 August 1949 Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Richmond 9.8 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 6,000 20 August 1949 Collingwood 9.19 (73) Footscray 7.14 (56) Victoria Park 13,500 20 August 1949 Carlton 13.17 (95) St Kilda 10.14 (74) Princes Park 10,000 20 August 1949 South Melbourne 14.8 (92) Hawthorn 8.14 (62) Lake Oval 4,000 20 August 1949 Melbourne 11.10 (76) Essendon 15.11 (101) MCG 58,500 20 August 1949

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 10.16 (76) Melbourne 15.12 (102) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 27 August 1949 Fitzroy 19.12 (126) South Melbourne 10.17 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 27 August 1949 Essendon 14.13 (97) Footscray 8.13 (61) Windy Hill 20,000 27 August 1949 Richmond 22.12 (144) Geelong 10.15 (75) Punt Road Oval 11,000 27 August 1949 St Kilda 11.15 (81) Collingwood 10.12 (72) Junction Oval 17,000 27 August 1949 North Melbourne 15.18 (108) Carlton 7.10 (52) Arden Street Oval 35,116 27 August 1949

Ladder

1949 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 North Melbourne 19 14 5 0 1471 1235 119.1 56 Finals
2 Carlton 19 13 6 0 1679 1328 126.4 52
3 Collingwood 19 13 6 0 1616 1308 123.5 52
4 Essendon (P) 19 13 6 0 1649 1366 120.7 52
5 Melbourne 19 12 7 0 1516 1341 113.0 48
6 Richmond 19 10 9 0 1733 1485 116.7 40
7 Fitzroy 19 10 9 0 1488 1521 97.8 40
8 Geelong 19 9 10 0 1722 1540 111.8 36
9 Footscray 19 7 12 0 1211 1444 83.9 28
10 South Melbourne 19 6 13 0 1343 1669 80.5 24
11 St Kilda 19 4 15 0 1272 1730 73.5 16
12 Hawthorn 19 3 16 0 1153 1886 61.1 12
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

First Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Collingwood 2.0 4.1 6.4 8.6 (54)
Essendon 4.1 11.3 15.9 20.16 (136)
Attendance: 87,702

Second Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
North Melbourne 2.3 7.3 11.4 14.7 (91)
Carlton 3.5 5.9 9.10 15.13 (103)
Attendance: 70,856

Preliminary Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
North Melbourne 2.1 4.1 7.4 9.7 (61)
Essendon 3.2 6.8 8.10 11.12 (78)
Attendance: 69,281

Grand final

Main article: 1949 VFL Grand Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 2.4 2.10 3.12 6.16 (52)
Essendon 3.3 7.7 12.15 18.17 (125)
Attendance: 88,718

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Melb. easily in Second 18s". The Sporting Globe. Melbourne. 24 September 1949. p. 10.