1963 VFL premiership season
Teams12
PremiersGeelong
6th premiership
Minor premiersHawthorn
2nd minor premiership
Consolation seriesFootscray
1st Consolation series win
Brownlow MedallistBob Skilton (South Melbourne)
Coleman MedallistJohn Peck (Hawthorn)
Matches played112
Highest101,209
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The 1963 VFL season was the 67th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 20 April until 5 October, 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 Geelong Football Club for the sixth time, after it defeated Hawthorn by 49 points in the 1963 VFL Grand Final.

Background

In 1963, 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 1963 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.

Persistent rain throughout the week and further heavy downpours on the Friday (12 July) caused the postponement of all Round 11 matches until the following Saturday (20 July). All remaining home-and-away and finals matches were played a week later than had been scheduled.

Home-and-away season

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 16.26 (122) South Melbourne 9.9 (63) Kardinia Park 33,953 20 April 1963 St Kilda 13.5 (83) Melbourne 9.11 (65) Junction Oval 31,300 20 April 1963 North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Footscray 5.10 (40) Arden Street Oval 21,960 20 April 1963 Hawthorn 8.12 (60) Essendon 13.7 (85) Glenferrie Oval 30,000 20 April 1963 Richmond 11.14 (80) Collingwood 18.16 (124) Punt Road Oval 32,200 20 April 1963 Fitzroy 10.12 (72) Carlton 14.11 (95) Brunswick Street Oval 25,167 20 April 1963

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Richmond 17.7 (109) Lake Oval 25,700 25 April 1963 Melbourne 14.16 (100) Hawthorn 13.18 (96) MCG 55,293 25 April 1963 Essendon 16.13 (109) Geelong 6.14 (50) Windy Hill 40,000 27 April 1963 Collingwood 8.14 (62) North Melbourne 12.9 (81) Victoria Park 32,210 27 April 1963 Carlton 7.11 (53) St Kilda 6.15 (51) Princes Park 39,490 27 April 1963 Footscray 15.11 (101) Fitzroy 7.13 (55) Western Oval 21,791 27 April 1963

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 9.13 (67) St Kilda 11.11 (77) Brunswick Street Oval 18,544 4 May 1963 Essendon 9.14 (68) Melbourne 9.9 (63) Windy Hill 27,283 4 May 1963 Collingwood 8.16 (64) Hawthorn 13.22 (100) Victoria Park 27,419 4 May 1963 Richmond 6.12 (48) North Melbourne 10.9 (69) Punt Road Oval 23,200 4 May 1963 Geelong 10.25 (85) Footscray 10.4 (64) Kardinia Park 26,523 4 May 1963 South Melbourne 10.14 (74) Carlton 16.15 (111) Lake Oval 22,850 4 May 1963

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 21.25 (151) South Melbourne 11.14 (80) Glenferrie Oval 15,000 11 May 1963 Footscray 14.12 (96) Richmond 11.11 (77) Western Oval 21,695 11 May 1963 Carlton 9.13 (67) Essendon 8.13 (61) Princes Park 42,919 11 May 1963 North Melbourne 3.7 (25) Geelong 7.19 (61) Arden Street Oval 21,700 11 May 1963 Melbourne 14.10 (94) Fitzroy 8.7 (55) MCG 25,462 11 May 1963 St Kilda 14.13 (97) Collingwood 11.7 (73) Junction Oval 37,700 11 May 1963

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 10.12 (72) St Kilda 3.11 (29) Kardinia Park 33,084 18 May 1963 Footscray 8.9 (57) Hawthorn 11.10 (76) Western Oval 22,251 18 May 1963 Collingwood 15.10 (100) Melbourne 7.10 (52) Victoria Park 30,121 18 May 1963 South Melbourne 17.11 (113) North Melbourne 11.9 (75) Lake Oval 14,900 18 May 1963 Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Essendon 16.16 (112) Brunswick Street Oval 15,504 18 May 1963 Richmond 11.9 (75) Carlton 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 25,400 18 May 1963

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 13.16 (94) South Melbourne 8.5 (53) Junction Oval 26,400 25 May 1963 Melbourne 20.15 (135) Richmond 7.14 (56) MCG 33,914 25 May 1963 Hawthorn 11.17 (83) North Melbourne 9.7 (61) Glenferrie Oval 14,387 25 May 1963 Essendon 13.16 (94) Footscray 6.18 (54) Windy Hill 27,455 25 May 1963 Carlton 7.16 (58) Geelong 7.22 (64) Princes Park 47,514 25 May 1963 Fitzroy 9.5 (59) Collingwood 12.14 (86) Brunswick Street Oval 23,930 25 May 1963

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.10 (58) St Kilda 9.12 (66) Arden Street Oval 17,125 1 June 1963 Geelong 9.12 (66) Hawthorn 9.12 (66) Kardinia Park 29,374 1 June 1963 Collingwood 10.11 (71) Essendon 13.9 (87) Victoria Park 44,501 1 June 1963 South Melbourne 11.8 (74) Melbourne 8.22 (70) Lake Oval 17,160 1 June 1963 Richmond 17.13 (115) Fitzroy 13.8 (86) Punt Road Oval 16,500 1 June 1963 Footscray 7.7 (49) Carlton 8.9 (57) Western Oval 26,107 1 June 1963

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 13.11 (89) Richmond 7.5 (47) Windy Hill 21,200 8 June 1963 Carlton 6.8 (44) Collingwood 6.10 (46) Princes Park 38,698 8 June 1963 St Kilda 8.13 (61) Hawthorn 9.11 (65) Junction Oval 34,900 8 June 1963 Footscray 6.16 (52) South Melbourne 5.9 (39) Western Oval 22,950 10 June 1963 Fitzroy 2.11 (23) North Melbourne 6.15 (51) Brunswick Street Oval 13,400 10 June 1963 Melbourne 11.16 (82) Geelong 4.11 (35) MCG 81,550 10 June 1963

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 18.6 (114) North Melbourne 9.10 (64) MCG 23,971 22 June 1963 Geelong 16.13 (109) Richmond 10.11 (71) Kardinia Park 20,681 22 June 1963 Essendon 4.16 (40) St Kilda 8.8 (56) Windy Hill 24,725 22 June 1963 Collingwood 11.6 (72) Footscray 6.4 (40) Victoria Park 26,173 22 June 1963 South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 5.9 (39) Lake Oval 12,850 22 June 1963 Hawthorn 9.6 (60) Carlton 7.12 (54) Glenferrie Oval 25,300 22 June 1963

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 19.11 (125) South Melbourne 11.8 (74) Victoria Park 24,820 29 June 1963 Carlton 8.8 (56) Melbourne 12.12 (84) Princes Park 32,600 29 June 1963 St Kilda 14.13 (97) Footscray 15.11 (101) Junction Oval 27,700 29 June 1963 Fitzroy 9.13 (67) Geelong 3.13 (31) Brunswick Street Oval 16,221 6 July 1963 Richmond 4.10 (34) Hawthorn 11.14 (80) Punt Road Oval 20,300 6 July 1963 North Melbourne 5.5 (35) Essendon 9.9 (63) Arden Street Oval 17,560 6 July 1963

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 9.4 (58) St Kilda 14.16 (100) Punt Road Oval 15,000 20 July 1963 Footscray 3.6 (24) Melbourne 10.9 (69) Western Oval 18,231 20 July 1963 Hawthorn 9.17 (71) Fitzroy 6.2 (38) Glenferrie Oval 10,500 20 July 1963 South Melbourne 6.10 (46) Essendon 12.20 (92) Lake Oval 16,000 20 July 1963 Geelong 7.13 (55) Collingwood 5.13 (43) Kardinia Park 31,578 20 July 1963 North Melbourne 8.14 (62) Carlton 5.9 (39) Arden Street Oval 13,870 20 July 1963

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 14.14 (98) St Kilda 5.9 (39) MCG 55,060 27 July 1963 Footscray 10.11 (71) North Melbourne 7.10 (52) Western Oval 15,715 27 July 1963 Essendon 11.17 (83) Hawthorn 7.10 (52) Windy Hill 25,500 27 July 1963 Collingwood 12.12 (84) Richmond 13.7 (85) Victoria Park 23,286 27 July 1963 Carlton 16.19 (115) Fitzroy 11.8 (74) Princes Park 16,909 27 July 1963 South Melbourne 8.12 (60) Geelong 14.11 (95) Lake Oval 14,500 27 July 1963

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 9.10 (64) South Melbourne 20.10 (130) Punt Road Oval 15,000 3 August 1963 Hawthorn 13.6 (84) Melbourne 8.14 (62) Glenferrie Oval 34,000 3 August 1963 Fitzroy 7.7 (49) Footscray 10.20 (80) Brunswick Street Oval 13,892 3 August 1963 Geelong 14.15 (99) Essendon 9.8 (62) Kardinia Park 40,885 3 August 1963 North Melbourne 9.17 (71) Collingwood 8.10 (58) Arden Street Oval 16,083 3 August 1963 St Kilda 14.12 (96) Carlton 7.13 (55) Junction Oval 30,100 3 August 1963

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 11.8 (74) Richmond 10.4 (64) Arden Street Oval 9,807 10 August 1963 Footscray 5.8 (38) Geelong 8.10 (58) Western Oval 25,645 10 August 1963 Carlton 17.13 (115) South Melbourne 8.9 (57) Princes Park 17,510 10 August 1963 St Kilda 16.21 (117) Fitzroy 2.3 (15) Junction Oval 15,700 10 August 1963 Melbourne 19.8 (122) Essendon 10.11 (71) MCG 71,086 10 August 1963 Hawthorn 15.9 (99) Collingwood 8.9 (57) Glenferrie Oval 19,458 10 August 1963

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 15.8 (98) North Melbourne 5.13 (43) Kardinia Park 21,396 17 August 1963 Fitzroy 8.9 (57) Melbourne 22.21 (153) Brunswick Street Oval 11,989 17 August 1963 Collingwood 6.6 (42) St Kilda 14.20 (104) Victoria Park 27,298 17 August 1963 South Melbourne 6.9 (45) Hawthorn 15.15 (105) Lake Oval 14,100 17 August 1963 Richmond 7.10 (52) Footscray 16.21 (117) Punt Road Oval 15,200 17 August 1963 Essendon 10.10 (70) Carlton 11.10 (76) Windy Hill 29,000 17 August 1963

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 5.9 (39) Arden Street Oval 9,506 24 August 1963 Essendon 16.21 (117) Fitzroy 5.6 (36) Windy Hill 14,175 24 August 1963 Carlton 10.18 (78) Richmond 12.13 (85) Princes Park 15,170 24 August 1963 St Kilda 12.18 (90) Geelong 8.21 (69) Junction Oval 44,900 24 August 1963 Hawthorn 13.21 (99) Footscray 8.7 (55) Glenferrie Oval 17,000 24 August 1963 Melbourne 19.15 (129) Collingwood 10.8 (68) MCG 43,057 24 August 1963

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 20.14 (134) Fitzroy 12.15 (87) Victoria Park 16,892 31 August 1963 South Melbourne 8.7 (55) St Kilda 19.14 (128) Lake Oval 22,920 31 August 1963 Richmond 7.8 (50) Melbourne 14.13 (97) Punt Road Oval 17,780 31 August 1963 North Melbourne 6.9 (45) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) Arden Street Oval 12,963 31 August 1963 Footscray 4.4 (28) Essendon 12.12 (84) Western Oval 27,231 31 August 1963 Geelong 13.17 (95) Carlton 5.4 (34) Kardinia Park 29,732 31 August 1963

Round 18

Going into the final home-and-away round, Hawthorn was the only team with a guaranteed finals berth. It was down to Geelong, Melbourne, St Kilda and Essendon to fight it out for the remaining three play-off positions.

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 12.19 (91) South Melbourne 8.8 (56) MCG 24,871 7 September 1963 Fitzroy 8.8 (56) Richmond 16.13 (109) Brunswick Street Oval 9,951 7 September 1963 Carlton 13.13 (91) Footscray 8.11 (59) Princes Park 15,319 7 September 1963 St Kilda 17.14 (116) North Melbourne 4.8 (32) Junction Oval 22,800 7 September 1963 Hawthorn 6.16 (52) Geelong 13.12 (90) Glenferrie Oval 35,000 7 September 1963 Essendon 12.11 (83) Collingwood 8.8 (56) Windy Hill 29,700 7 September 1963

Ladder

(P) Premiers
Qualified for finals
# Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Hawthorn 18 13 4 1 1485 1137 130.6 54
2 Geelong (P) 18 13 4 1 1354 1056 128.2 54
3 Melbourne 18 13 5 0 1680 1136 147.9 52
4 St Kilda 18 13 5 0 1501 1071 140.1 52
5 Essendon 18 13 5 0 1470 1069 137.5 52
6 Carlton 18 10 8 0 1275 1234 103.3 40
7 North Melbourne 18 8 10 0 1059 1244 85.1 32
8 Collingwood 18 7 11 0 1365 1427 95.7 28
9 Footscray 18 7 11 0 1126 1283 87.8 28
10 Richmond 18 5 13 0 1279 1687 75.8 20
11 South Melbourne 18 4 14 0 1202 1722 69.8 16
12 Fitzroy 18 1 17 0 986 1716 57.5 4

Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Average score: 73.1
Source: AFL Tables

Finals series

Semi-finals

First Semi-final
Saturday, 14 September (2:30 pm) Melbourne 9.17 (71) def. St Kilda 8.16 (64) MCG (crowd: 88,914) Report
  • This match set new records for crowd attendance at a VFL First Semi-final and gate takings (£29,420)[1]
Second Semi-final
Saturday, 21 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 11.16 (82) def. by Geelong 14.17 (101) MCG (crowd: 91,471) Report

Preliminary final

Preliminary final
Saturday, 28 September (2:30 pm) Hawthorn 11.11 (77) def. Melbourne 10.8 (68) MCG (crowd: 86,586) Report

Grand final

Main article: 1963 VFL Grand Final

Grand final
Saturday, 5 October (2:50 pm) Hawthorn 8.12 (60) def. by Geelong 15.19 (109) MCG (crowd: 101,209) Report

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: Footscray 10.9 (69) defeated Richmond 9.9 (63)

Season notes

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ Atkinson & Atkinson (2009), p.261
  2. ^ Rex Pullen (7 October 1963). "Cats too fast in Reserves". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 28.

Sources