1950 VFL Premiership season
Essendon fc 1950.jpg
Essendon Football Club team, premiers
Teams12
PremiersEssendon
(10th premiership)
Minor premiersEssendon
(10th minor premiership)
Matches played112
Highest attendance85,869
Leading Goalkicker MedallistJohn Coleman (Essendon)
Brownlow MedallistAllan Ruthven (Fitzroy)
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The 1950 VFL season was the 54th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 22 April until 23 September, 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 Essendon Football Club for the tenth time and second time consecutively, after it defeated North Melbourne by 38 points in the 1950 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1950, 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 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 1950 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 North Melbourne 11.8 (74) Richmond 9.10 (64) Arden Street Oval 20,000 22 April 1950 Footscray 9.20 (74) St Kilda 12.11 (83) Western Oval 13,500 22 April 1950 Hawthorn 4.15 (39) Geelong 18.11 (119) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 22 April 1950 Fitzroy 9.10 (64) Essendon 9.16 (70) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 22 April 1950 South Melbourne 14.12 (96) Collingwood 11.10 (76) Lake Oval 20,000 22 April 1950 Melbourne 13.13 (91) Carlton 10.11 (71) MCG 33,000 22 April 1950

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 29.7 (181) South Melbourne 10.16 (76) Windy Hill 22,000 29 April 1950 Collingwood 16.11 (107) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Victoria Park 22,300 29 April 1950 Carlton 18.18 (126) North Melbourne 16.14 (110) Princes Park 30,500 29 April 1950 Richmond 10.12 (72) Melbourne 10.13 (73) Punt Road Oval 25,000 29 April 1950 St Kilda 20.24 (144) Hawthorn 5.5 (35) Junction Oval 10,000 29 April 1950 Geelong 18.17 (125) Footscray 13.14 (92) Kardinia Park 20,200 29 April 1950

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 13.24 (102) Hawthorn 4.9 (33) Western Oval 10,000 6 May 1950 South Melbourne 11.15 (81) St Kilda 15.13 (103) Lake Oval 20,000 6 May 1950 North Melbourne 12.11 (83) Melbourne 7.17 (59) Arden Street Oval 18,000 6 May 1950 Richmond 9.15 (69) Fitzroy 8.11 (59) Punt Road Oval 17,000 6 May 1950 Geelong 8.16 (64) Essendon 18.11 (119) Kardinia Park 23,000 6 May 1950 Collingwood 8.22 (70) Carlton 12.9 (81) Victoria Park 30,000 6 May 1950

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 16.27 (123) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Brunswick Street Oval 12,500 13 May 1950 Essendon 21.9 (135) Footscray 9.10 (64) Windy Hill 18,000 13 May 1950 Carlton 17.15 (117) Richmond 16.10 (106) Princes Park 29,000 13 May 1950 St Kilda 12.8 (80) North Melbourne 10.18 (78) Junction Oval 30,000 13 May 1950 Melbourne 10.7 (67) Geelong 9.16 (70) MCG 23,000 13 May 1950 Hawthorn 6.12 (48) Collingwood 7.25 (67) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 13 May 1950

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 14.12 (96) South Melbourne 14.9 (93) Arden Street Oval 14,000 20 May 1950 Footscray 13.11 (89) Melbourne 16.9 (105) Western Oval 12,500 20 May 1950 Fitzroy 19.15 (129) Hawthorn 4.24 (48) Brunswick Street Oval 8,500 20 May 1950 Richmond 10.18 (78) Essendon 17.8 (110) Punt Road Oval 33,000 20 May 1950 Geelong 10.19 (79) Collingwood 12.8 (80) Kardinia Park 23,000 20 May 1950 St Kilda 10.14 (74) Carlton 8.7 (55) Junction Oval 47,000 20 May 1950

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 20.15 (135) St Kilda 5.11 (41) Kardinia Park 24,000 27 May 1950 Collingwood 14.14 (98) Richmond 16.11 (107) Victoria Park 24,000 27 May 1950 Carlton 16.13 (109) Footscray 16.10 (106) Princes Park 16,500 27 May 1950 South Melbourne 20.14 (134) Hawthorn 10.14 (74) Lake Oval 9,500 27 May 1950 Melbourne 13.17 (95) Fitzroy 6.8 (44) MCG 21,000 27 May 1950 North Melbourne 13.8 (86) Essendon 11.5 (71) Arden Street Oval 25,000 27 May 1950

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 6.12 (48) Melbourne 14.12 (96) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 3 June 1950 Fitzroy 7.7 (49) North Melbourne 13.15 (93) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 3 June 1950 Essendon 19.13 (127) St Kilda 9.9 (63) Windy Hill 27,000 3 June 1950 Richmond 12.7 (79) Geelong 9.20 (74) Punt Road Oval 26,000 3 June 1950 Footscray 10.7 (67) Collingwood 19.25 (139) Western Oval 19,000 3 June 1950 South Melbourne 9.14 (68) Carlton 11.8 (74) Lake Oval 22,000 3 June 1950

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Richmond 14.9 (93) Glenferrie Oval 14,000 10 June 1950 Footscray 19.11 (125) South Melbourne 9.8 (62) Western Oval 13,000 10 June 1950 Carlton 11.5 (71) Essendon 10.16 (76) Princes Park 46,500 10 June 1950 North Melbourne 10.17 (77) Geelong 8.12 (60) Arden Street Oval 30,000 12 June 1950 St Kilda 14.17 (101) Fitzroy 14.12 (96) Junction Oval 22,000 12 June 1950 Melbourne 16.9 (105) Collingwood 8.11 (59) MCG 55,000 12 June 1950

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 14.13 (97) St Kilda 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 28,000 17 June 1950 Fitzroy 11.18 (84) Footscray 6.15 (51) Brunswick Street Oval 13,000 17 June 1950 Essendon 22.15 (147) Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Windy Hill 14,000 17 June 1950 Collingwood 9.12 (66) North Melbourne 14.14 (98) Victoria Park 24,500 17 June 1950 South Melbourne 8.12 (60) Melbourne 13.16 (94) Lake Oval 16,000 17 June 1950 Geelong 13.20 (98) Carlton 15.9 (99) Kardinia Park 23,500 17 June 1950

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 13.12 (90) North Melbourne 12.22 (94) Western Oval 17,300 24 June 1950 Fitzroy 7.11 (53) Geelong 9.19 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 12,000 24 June 1950 Collingwood 15.12 (102) St Kilda 9.14 (68) Victoria Park 17,500 24 June 1950 South Melbourne 14.17 (101) Richmond 13.8 (86) Lake Oval 15,500 24 June 1950 Melbourne 8.15 (63) Essendon 10.12 (72) MCG 55,700 24 June 1950 Hawthorn 16.15 (111) Carlton 16.20 (116) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 24 June 1950

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 19.21 (135) South Melbourne 8.7 (55) Kardinia Park 16,500 1 July 1950 Carlton 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 15.8 (98) Princes Park 19,000 1 July 1950 St Kilda 6.17 (53) Melbourne 9.13 (67) Junction Oval 23,000 1 July 1950 North Melbourne 14.16 (100) Hawthorn 2.13 (25) Arden Street Oval 10,000 1 July 1950 Richmond 15.18 (108) Footscray 8.14 (62) Punt Road Oval 17,000 1 July 1950 Essendon 12.18 (90) Collingwood 6.12 (48) Windy Hill 22,000 1 July 1950

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 16.15 (111) Hawthorn 4.12 (36) Kardinia Park 13,000 8 July 1950 Essendon 12.17 (89) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Windy Hill 19,000 8 July 1950 Collingwood 16.21 (117) South Melbourne 9.20 (74) Victoria Park 14,500 8 July 1950 Carlton 8.15 (63) Melbourne 10.14 (74) Princes Park 21,500 8 July 1950 Richmond 10.10 (70) North Melbourne 8.9 (57) Punt Road Oval 23,000 8 July 1950 St Kilda 8.11 (59) Footscray 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 14,000 8 July 1950

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 13.16 (94) Richmond 9.10 (64) MCG 38,000 15 July 1950 Hawthorn 10.11 (71) St Kilda 12.12 (84) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 15 July 1950 Footscray 11.10 (76) Geelong 10.19 (79) Western Oval 16,000 15 July 1950 South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Essendon 22.17 (149) Lake Oval 16,000 15 July 1950 Fitzroy 16.12 (108) Collingwood 12.13 (85) Brunswick Street Oval 17,000 15 July 1950 North Melbourne 12.18 (90) Carlton 11.14 (80) Arden Street Oval 25,000 15 July 1950

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 10.18 (78) South Melbourne 13.10 (88) Junction Oval 18,000 22 July 1950 Melbourne 4.8 (32) North Melbourne 7.13 (55) MCG 34,000 22 July 1950 Fitzroy 6.10 (46) Richmond 5.6 (36) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 22 July 1950 Essendon 8.14 (62) Geelong 6.9 (45) Windy Hill 18,000 22 July 1950 Carlton 12.7 (79) Collingwood 17.14 (116) Princes Park 30,500 29 July 1950 Hawthorn 11.12 (78) Footscray 11.14 (80) Glenferrie Oval 9,000 29 July 1950

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 15.14 (104) St Kilda 7.5 (47) Arden Street Oval 9,000 5 August 1950 Geelong 13.14 (92) Melbourne 9.12 (66) Kardinia Park 15,500 5 August 1950 Collingwood 16.21 (117) Hawthorn 2.8 (20) Victoria Park 9,000 5 August 1950 South Melbourne 11.8 (74) Fitzroy 11.11 (77) Lake Oval 9,000 5 August 1950 Footscray 10.9 (69) Essendon 10.11 (71) Western Oval 13,000 5 August 1950 Richmond 14.20 (104) Carlton 9.16 (70) Punt Road Oval 18,000 5 August 1950

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 20.15 (135) Richmond 11.12 (78) Windy Hill 24,000 12 August 1950 Collingwood 10.15 (75) Geelong 11.15 (81) Victoria Park 26,000 12 August 1950 Carlton 12.11 (83) St Kilda 11.17 (83) Princes Park 10,500 12 August 1950 South Melbourne 13.11 (89) North Melbourne 21.14 (140) Lake Oval 11,000 12 August 1950 Melbourne 15.11 (101) Footscray 14.14 (98) MCG 17,500 12 August 1950 Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Fitzroy 23.16 (154) Glenferrie Oval 7,000 12 August 1950

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 14.10 (94) South Melbourne 16.7 (103) Glenferrie Oval 6,500 19 August 1950 Fitzroy 7.10 (52) Melbourne 6.11 (47) Brunswick Street Oval 12,500 19 August 1950 Essendon 15.12 (102) North Melbourne 13.16 (94) Windy Hill 33,500 19 August 1950 St Kilda 8.6 (54) Geelong 6.12 (48) Junction Oval 12,000 19 August 1950 Richmond 15.19 (109) Collingwood 15.10 (100) Punt Road Oval 16,000 19 August 1950 Footscray 13.14 (92) Carlton 12.7 (79) Western Oval 10,000 19 August 1950

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 10.14 (74) Richmond 12.14 (86) Kardinia Park 22,500 26 August 1950 Collingwood 9.10 (64) Footscray 8.14 (62) Victoria Park 12,000 26 August 1950 Carlton 13.4 (82) South Melbourne 10.10 (70) Princes Park 10,000 26 August 1950 Melbourne 23.18 (156) Hawthorn 9.6 (60) MCG 10,500 26 August 1950 North Melbourne 9.12 (66) Fitzroy 13.12 (90) Arden Street Oval 16,000 26 August 1950 St Kilda 8.7 (55) Essendon 21.10 (136) Junction Oval 27,000 26 August 1950

Ladder

1950 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon (P) 18 17 1 0 1942 1197 162.2 68 Finals
2 North Melbourne 18 13 5 0 1595 1293 123.4 52
3 Melbourne 18 12 6 0 1485 1205 123.2 48
4 Geelong 18 10 8 0 1562 1256 124.4 40
5 Fitzroy 18 10 8 0 1452 1314 110.5 40
6 Richmond 18 10 8 0 1506 1476 102.0 40
7 Collingwood 18 9 9 0 1586 1437 110.4 36
8 Carlton 18 8 9 1 1528 1637 93.3 34
9 St Kilda 18 8 9 1 1341 1553 86.3 34
10 Footscray 18 5 13 0 1475 1608 91.7 20
11 South Melbourne 18 5 13 0 1438 1904 75.5 20
12 Hawthorn 18 0 18 0 1022 2052 49.8 0
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
Melbourne 2.2 3.2 5.4 6.8 (44)
Geelong 1.1 4.5 8.6 13.10 (88)
Attendance: 54,817

Second Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 5.5 6.8 9.11 11.14 (80)
North Melbourne 0.3 5.7 8.9 11.11 (77)
Attendance: 75,433

Preliminary Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
North Melbourne 1.0 4.8 10.11 14.16 (100)
Geelong 7.3 8.4 11.7 12.11 (83)
Attendance: 73,530

Grand final

Main article: 1950 VFL Grand Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 7.3 7.6 10.11 13.14 (92)
North Melbourne 4.0 5.5 7.9 7.12 (54)
Attendance: 85,869

Awards

Notable events

References

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  2. ^ "Another Collingwood sensation BERVYN WOODS RESIGNS AS NON-PLAYING COACH". The Argus. Melbourne. 17 April 1950. p. 20. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Secretary hears news at 10 p.m. Phonse Kyne Says "Yes" To Coaching Offer". The Argus. Melbourne. 20 April 1950. p. 24. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "MAGPIE ELECTION Retiring will seek office". The Argus. Melbourne. 15 June 1950. p. 24. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Player now leader". The Argus. Melbourne. 29 June 1950. p. 13. Retrieved 1 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.