1962 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
PremiersEssendon
(11th premiership)
Minor premiersEssendon
(11th minor premiership)
Consolation seriesRichmond
(1st Consolation series win)
Matches played113
Highest attendance99,203
Coleman MedallistDoug Wade (Geelong)
Brownlow MedallistAlistair Lord (Geelong)
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The 1962 VFL season was the 66th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 21 April until 29 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 eleventh time, after it defeated Carlton by 32 points in the 1962 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1962, 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 1962 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 Melbourne 11.13 (79) Richmond 6.15 (51) MCG 41,634 21 April 1962 Footscray 12.8 (80) Hawthorn 6.11 (47) Western Oval 30,752 21 April 1962 Carlton 13.10 (88) Geelong 19.13 (127) Princes Park 41,846 21 April 1962 Essendon 12.13 (85) Fitzroy 7.6 (48) Windy Hill 29,200 23 April 1962 Collingwood 5.8 (38) St Kilda 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 42,170 23 April 1962 South Melbourne 14.13 (97) North Melbourne 13.13 (91) Lake Oval 22,340 23 April 1962

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 10.13 (73) South Melbourne 13.7 (85) Junction Oval 23,200 28 April 1962 Geelong 7.7 (49) Melbourne 8.8 (56) Kardinia Park 20,344 28 April 1962 Fitzroy 6.7 (43) Footscray 16.15 (111) Brunswick Street Oval 18,754 28 April 1962 North Melbourne 7.9 (51) Essendon 10.8 (68) Arden Street Oval 15,496 28 April 1962 Hawthorn 13.9 (87) Collingwood 10.15 (75) Glenferrie Oval 23,500 28 April 1962 Richmond 9.11 (65) Carlton 11.9 (75) Punt Road Oval 17,784 28 April 1962

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 18.10 (118) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) Kardinia Park 25,819 5 May 1962 Fitzroy 9.11 (65) St Kilda 16.7 (103) Brunswick Street Oval 16,981 5 May 1962 Essendon 12.22 (94) Richmond 9.13 (67) Windy Hill 22,500 5 May 1962 Carlton 16.14 (110) North Melbourne 7.6 (48) Princes Park 19,933 5 May 1962 Melbourne 14.10 (94) Footscray 4.11 (35) MCG 55,012 5 May 1962 South Melbourne 7.14 (56) Collingwood 15.10 (100) Lake Oval 29,840 5 May 1962

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 17.17 (119) South Melbourne 10.11 (71) Western Oval 24,168 12 May 1962 Collingwood 6.15 (51) Melbourne 12.11 (83) Victoria Park 31,315 12 May 1962 Richmond 13.15 (93) Geelong 18.10 (118) Punt Road Oval 24,336 12 May 1962 North Melbourne 7.14 (56) Fitzroy 18.13 (121) Arden Street Oval 13,100 12 May 1962 St Kilda 10.15 (75) Essendon 11.13 (79) Junction Oval 37,300 12 May 1962 Hawthorn 12.6 (78) Carlton 12.19 (91) Glenferrie Oval 22,300 12 May 1962

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 16.8 (104) North Melbourne 13.5 (83) MCG 20,748 19 May 1962 Hawthorn 11.8 (74) Richmond 9.16 (70) Glenferrie Oval 18,000 19 May 1962 Footscray 13.12 (90) St Kilda 9.19 (73) Western Oval 30,661 19 May 1962 Carlton 11.7 (73) Essendon 17.16 (118) Princes Park 36,457 19 May 1962 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 13.16 (94) Lake Oval 17,760 19 May 1962 Geelong 11.9 (75) Collingwood 13.9 (87) Kardinia Park 27,788 19 May 1962

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 8.15 (63) South Melbourne 1.11 (17) MCG 25,737 26 May 1962 Fitzroy 11.13 (79) Hawthorn 8.8 (56) Brunswick Street Oval 14,781 26 May 1962 Essendon 14.9 (93) Footscray 13.9 (87) Windy Hill 37,000 26 May 1962 St Kilda 13.10 (88) Richmond 12.8 (80) Junction Oval 33,600 26 May 1962 North Melbourne 6.14 (50) Geelong 19.15 (129) Arden Street Oval 14,140 26 May 1962 Collingwood 12.8 (80) Carlton 10.4 (64) Victoria Park 34,528 26 May 1962

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 14.7 (91) North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Punt Road Oval 16,943 2 June 1962 South Melbourne 7.11 (53) Essendon 16.15 (111) Lake Oval 25,640 2 June 1962 Footscray 9.9 (63) Collingwood 4.4 (28) Western Oval 40,224 2 June 1962 Hawthorn 9.8 (62) St Kilda 12.22 (94) Glenferrie Oval 28,000 4 June 1962 Carlton 10.10 (70) Melbourne 7.12 (54) Princes Park 32,000 4 June 1962 Geelong 13.22 (100) Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Kardinia Park 29,230 4 June 1962

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 9.10 (64) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Kardinia Park 17,873 9 June 1962 Fitzroy 12.4 (76) Melbourne 9.20 (74) Brunswick Street Oval 15,499 9 June 1962 Richmond 9.10 (64) Footscray 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 26,656 9 June 1962 Hawthorn 9.15 (69) Essendon 7.10 (52) Glenferrie Oval 21,000 9 June 1962 North Melbourne 7.10 (52) Collingwood 15.19 (109) Arden Street Oval 18,503 9 June 1962 St Kilda 5.13 (43) Carlton 6.10 (46) Junction Oval 38,300 9 June 1962

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 11.18 (84) St Kilda 11.6 (72) MCG 48,952 23 June 1962 Essendon 15.17 (107) Geelong 10.7 (67) Windy Hill 35,000 23 June 1962 Collingwood 10.14 (74) Fitzroy 9.11 (65) Victoria Park 26,488 23 June 1962 Carlton 12.9 (81) Footscray 9.10 (64) Princes Park 32,400 23 June 1962 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Richmond 11.13 (79) Lake Oval 17,000 23 June 1962 North Melbourne 10.8 (68) Hawthorn 10.7 (67) Arden Street Oval 8,470 23 June 1962

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 7.10 (52) St Kilda 6.12 (48) Kardinia Park 23,295 30 June 1962 Footscray 12.10 (82) North Melbourne 8.17 (65) Western Oval 20,579 30 June 1962 Collingwood 14.16 (100) Richmond 13.10 (88) Victoria Park 25,479 30 June 1962 South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) Lake Oval 10,150 30 June 1962 Melbourne 7.13 (55) Essendon 10.13 (73) MCG 86,275 30 June 1962 Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Carlton 7.10 (52) Brunswick Street Oval 20,340 30 June 1962

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Melbourne 14.12 (96) Glenferrie Oval 18,000 7 July 1962 Footscray 8.10 (58) Geelong 20.9 (129) Western Oval 34,032 7 July 1962 Carlton 17.14 (116) South Melbourne 6.12 (48) Princes Park 20,200 7 July 1962 St Kilda 10.8 (68) North Melbourne 12.6 (78) Junction Oval 17,750 7 July 1962 Richmond 10.16 (76) Fitzroy 9.12 (66) Punt Road Oval 18,470 7 July 1962 Essendon 13.16 (94) Collingwood 11.11 (77) Windy Hill 37,000 7 July 1962

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 12.22 (94) South Melbourne 5.15 (45) Arden Street Oval 9,543 14 July 1962 Richmond 10.9 (69) Melbourne 12.12 (84) Punt Road Oval 21,174 14 July 1962 Hawthorn 13.6 (84) Footscray 16.6 (102) Glenferrie Oval 16,000 14 July 1962 Fitzroy 5.19 (49) Essendon 14.18 (102) Brunswick Street Oval 21,236 14 July 1962 St Kilda 16.12 (108) Collingwood 12.13 (85) Junction Oval 29,500 14 July 1962 Geelong 8.9 (57) Carlton 11.7 (73) Kardinia Park 30,591 14 July 1962

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 13.11 (89) North Melbourne 8.7 (55) Windy Hill 20,500 21 July 1962 Collingwood 15.9 (99) Hawthorn 9.6 (60) Victoria Park 16,848 21 July 1962 Carlton 9.13 (67) Richmond 6.15 (51) Princes Park 19,029 21 July 1962 South Melbourne 9.9 (63) St Kilda 11.14 (80) Lake Oval 14,380 21 July 1962 Melbourne 9.9 (63) Geelong 10.19 (79) MCG 51,470 21 July 1962 Footscray 10.5 (65) Fitzroy 5.16 (46) Western Oval 17,721 21 July 1962

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 6.11 (47) Melbourne 9.14 (68) Western Oval 28,801 28 July 1962 Collingwood 11.10 (76) South Melbourne 10.12 (72) Victoria Park 19,115 28 July 1962 Hawthorn 11.17 (83) Geelong 16.13 (109) Glenferrie Oval 18,000 28 July 1962 St Kilda 13.16 (94) Fitzroy 8.6 (54) Junction Oval 18,450 28 July 1962 Richmond 11.17 (83) Essendon 12.12 (84) Punt Road Oval 24,043 28 July 1962 North Melbourne 7.6 (48) Carlton 11.12 (78) Arden Street Oval 16,436 28 July 1962

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 15.8 (98) Richmond 7.12 (54) Kardinia Park 23,555 4 August 1962 Fitzroy 7.8 (50) North Melbourne 8.12 (60) Brunswick Street Oval 9,399 4 August 1962 Essendon 15.7 (97) St Kilda 5.17 (47) Windy Hill 26,000 4 August 1962 Carlton 8.11 (59) Hawthorn 7.11 (53) Princes Park 18,250 4 August 1962 South Melbourne 9.9 (63) Footscray 10.20 (80) Lake Oval 17,200 4 August 1962 Melbourne 14.8 (92) Collingwood 11.11 (77) MCG 54,312 4 August 1962

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 17.16 (118) South Melbourne 22.11 (143) Brunswick Street Oval 10,169 11 August 1962 Collingwood 7.11 (53) Geelong 12.23 (95) Victoria Park 30,000 11 August 1962 North Melbourne 10.11 (71) Melbourne 11.17 (83) Arden Street Oval 10,339 11 August 1962 Richmond 11.11 (77) Hawthorn 15.4 (94) Punt Road Oval 15,992 11 August 1962 St Kilda 12.14 (86) Footscray 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 36,300 11 August 1962 Essendon 10.11 (71) Carlton 9.8 (62) Windy Hill 39,000 11 August 1962

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 10.8 (68) St Kilda 8.16 (64) Punt Road Oval 20,752 18 August 1962 Geelong 14.18 (102) North Melbourne 10.11 (71) Kardinia Park 26,707 18 August 1962 Carlton 17.14 (116) Collingwood 11.8 (74) Princes Park 32,550 18 August 1962 South Melbourne 7.10 (52) Melbourne 9.13 (67) Lake Oval 18,300 18 August 1962 Hawthorn 12.11 (83) Fitzroy 13.13 (91) Glenferrie Oval 9,600 18 August 1962 Footscray 15.11 (101) Essendon 9.10 (64) Western Oval 31,185 18 August 1962

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 9.9 (63) Richmond 12.10 (82) Arden Street Oval 10,602 25 August 1962 Fitzroy 5.14 (44) Geelong 18.14 (122) Brunswick Street Oval 18,447 25 August 1962 Essendon 13.15 (93) South Melbourne 13.10 (88) Windy Hill 20,900 25 August 1962 Collingwood 12.10 (82) Footscray 7.11 (53) Victoria Park 23,936 25 August 1962 St Kilda 14.16 (100) Hawthorn 9.11 (65) Junction Oval 17,450 25 August 1962 Melbourne 11.9 (75) Carlton 5.10 (40) MCG 54,264 25 August 1962

Ladder

1962 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Essendon (P) 18 16 2 0 1574 1207 130.4 64 Finals
2 Geelong 18 14 4 0 1690 1213 139.3 56
3 Melbourne 18 14 4 0 1374 1092 125.8 56
4 Carlton 18 13 5 0 1361 1205 112.9 52
5 Footscray 18 11 7 0 1390 1281 108.5 44
6 St Kilda 18 9 9 0 1379 1267 108.8 36
7 Collingwood 18 9 9 0 1365 1386 98.5 36
8 Richmond 18 5 13 0 1308 1446 90.5 20
9 Hawthorn 18 5 13 0 1307 1510 86.6 20
10 Fitzroy 18 5 13 0 1222 1529 79.9 20
11 North Melbourne 18 4 14 0 1152 1575 73.1 16
12 South Melbourne 18 3 15 0 1193 1604 74.4 12
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Consolation Night Series Competition

The night series were held under the floodlights at Lake Oval, South Melbourne, for the teams (5th to 12th on ladder) out of the finals at the end of the season.

Final: Richmond 8.16 (64) defeated Hawthorn 9.6 (60)

Premiership Finals

First Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Melbourne 2.4 6.4 11.9 11.10 (76)
Carlton 2.3 6.5 9.7 11.12 (78)
Attendance: 82,773

Second Semi-Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 3.3 7.6 10.13 14.21 (105)
Geelong 2.8 6.13 7.15 7.17 (59)
Attendance: 95,393

Preliminary Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Geelong 4.2 7.4 9.5 13.7 (85)
Carlton 3.3 4.4 8.9 12.13 (85)
Attendance: 87,824

Preliminary Final Replay

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Geelong 3.2 5.9 7.12 10.13 (73)
Carlton 1.4 5.8 9.9 10.18 (78)
Attendance: 99,203

Grand final

Main article: 1962 VFL Grand Final

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Essendon 6.5 7.7 10.10 13.12 (90)
Carlton 1.1 5.6 7.8 8.10 (58)
Attendance: 98,385

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Bulldogs subdue St Kilda's dash". The Age. Melbourne. 24 September 1962. p. 18.
  2. ^ Kevin Hogan (26 April 1962). "Another dent for side's pride". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 46.
  3. ^ Rex Pullen (2 July 1962). "That "late" win – no protest". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 34.
  4. ^ "Lions fail to get sirens". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 7 July 1962. p. 43.