1966 VFA premiership season
Division 1
Teams10
PremiersPort Melbourne
9th premiership
Minor premiersPort Melbourne
8th minor premiership
Division 2
Teams10
PremiersPrahran
1st D2 premiership
Minor premiersNorthcote
2nd D2 minor premiership
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The 1966 Victorian Football Association season was the 85th season of the top division of the Australian rules football competition, and the sixth season of its second division. The Division 1 premiership was won by the Port Melbourne Football Club, after it defeated Waverley in the Grand Final on 25 September by 43 points; it was Port Melbourne's ninth premiership. The Division 2 premiership was won by Prahran.

Association membership

In July 1965, the Frankston Football Club was admitted to Division 2 of the Association for the 1966 season. The Association had been in favour of admitting Frankston for 1965, but the club failed to get a clearance from the Mornington Peninsula Football League. It was not until its third appeal for a clearance that the MPFL allowed Frankston to transfer.[1]

Frankston's admission brought the Association to a then-record twenty clubs. It was the end of a ten-year expansion plan which the Association had first announced in 1956 to increase the size of the competition from fourteen clubs to twenty.[2] It was the last change to the Association membership until 1982.

Grounds

The following ground changes occurred in 1966:

Division 1

The Division 1 home-and-home season was played over 18 rounds; the top four then contested the finals under the Page–McIntyre system.

Ladder

1966 VFA Division 1 Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Port Melbourne (P) 18 15 3 0 1543 1139 135.5 60
2 Waverley 18 13 5 0 1660 1283 129.4 52
3 Yarraville 18 12 6 0 1605 1373 116.8 48
4 Preston 18 12 6 0 1500 1405 106.8 48
5 Sandringham 18 10 8 0 1632 1397 116.8 40
6 Williamstown 18 9 9 0 1265 1337 94.6 36
7 Brunswick 18 8 10 0 1400 1480 94.6 32
8 Dandenong 18 5 13 0 1331 1561 85.3 20
9 Coburg 18 4 14 0 1226 1542 79.5 16
10 Oakleigh 18 2 16 0 1227 1872 65.5 8
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[8]

Finals

Semi-finals
Saturday, 3 September Yarraville 12.15 (87) def. by Preston 13.11 (89) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 6,000) [9]
Saturday, 10 September Port Melbourne 7.13 (55) def. by Waverley 9.9 (63) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 7,000) [10]
Preliminary Final
Sunday, 18 September Port Melbourne 16.14 (110) def. Preston 11.6 (72) St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 13,000) [11]


1966 VFA Division 1 Grand Final
Sunday, 25 September Waverley def. by Port Melbourne St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 25,000) [12]
3.7 (25)
3.8 (26)
4.11 (35)
 6.11 (47)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.4 (16)
7.6 (48)
8.8 (56)
 13.12 (90)
Umpires: Alan O'Neill
Gallus 2, Lawson 2, MacNamee 2 Goals Allen 3, Kerr 3, Bedford 2, Bollard, Bowen, Howell, Schmidt, Taggart
MacNamee (thigh), Rivis (calf) Injuries Griffiths (shoulder)
Reports Bowen, for striking Rivis in the second quarter

Awards

Division 2

The Division 2 home-and-home season was played over eighteen rounds; the top four then contested the finals under the Page–McIntyre system. All finals were played on Sundays at Toorak Park.

Ladder

1966 VFA Division 2 Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA Pct PTS
1 Northcote 18 13 5 0 1736 1413 122.9 52
2 Geelong West 18 12 5 1 1877 1390 135.0 50
3 Prahran (P) 18 12 6 0 1494 1325 112.9 48
4 Sunshine 18 11 7 0 1486 1421 104.6 44
5 Box Hill 18 9 7 2 1701 1464 116.2 40
6 Mordialloc 18 9 8 1 1680 1436 117.0 38
7 Frankston 18 9 9 0 1471 1580 93.1 36
8 Caulfield 18 6 11 1 1324 1678 78.9 24
9 Camberwell 18 4 14 0 1441 1926 74.8 16
10 Werribee 18 2 15 1 1256 1883 68.5 10
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points Source[14]

Finals

Semi-finals
Sunday, 21 August Prahran 11.15 (81) def. Sunshine 2.7 (19) Toorak Park (crowd: 5,000) [15]
Sunday, 28 August Northcote 8.19 (67) def. by Geelong West 15.15 (105) Toorak Park (crowd: 7,000) [16]
Preliminary Final
Sunday, 4 September Northcote 13.12 (90) def. by Prahran 13.13 (91) Toorak Park (crowd: 6,000) [17]


1966 VFA Division 2 Grand Final
Sunday, 11 September Geelong West def. by Prahran Toorak Park (crowd: 10,000) [18]
2.9 (21)
3.13 (31)
3.14 (32)
 5.15 (45)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.0 (6)
6.4 (40)
9.9 (63)
 17.12 (114)
Umpires: R. Armstrong
Brushfield, Gibbons, Salter, Stacey, Williams Goals Pearson 6, Bartlett 4, Butler 3, Richardson 3, Kerley

Awards

Notable events

Interstate matches

The Association contested the 1966 Hobart Carnival during June. The team was coached by Perc Bushby (Coburg)[20] and was captained by Keith Burns (Brunswick).[21] The Association had a poor tournament, finishing last and losing all four matches by large margins; and, no Association players were selected in the All-Australian team.[22]

1966 Hobart Carnival
Thursday, 9 June Western Australia 26.18 (174) def. Victoria (VFA) 5.11 (41) North Hobart Oval (crowd: 20,047CR) [20]
Saturday, 11 June Tasmania 19.27 (141) def. Victoria (VFA) 7.11 (53) North Hobart Oval (crowd: 23,764CR) [23]
Monday, 13 June Victoria (VFL) 14.17 (101) def. Victoria (VFA) 9.7 (61) North Hobart Oval (crowd: 13,969CR) [24]
Thursday, 16 June South Australia 21.20 (146) def. Victoria (VFA) 9.11 (65) North Hobart Oval (crowd: 10,199CR) [25]

Other notable events

References

  1. ^ "Frankston for VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 13 July 1965. p. 43.
  2. ^ Noel Carrick (2 July 1956). "Ballarat, Bendigo in V.F.A. plan to expand". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 29.
  3. ^ "Coburg has new ground". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 25 March 1965. p. 58.
  4. ^ "Sunshine likely to move in 1966". The Age. Melbourne. 7 July 1964. p. 10.
  5. ^ "Oval for Sunshine". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 28 September 1965.
  6. ^ Jim Blake (27 September 1966). "Coburg show hot form". The Sporting Globe. Melbourne. p. 6.
  7. ^ Chris de Kretser (1 May 1967). "VFA sides hard for battle". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 48.
  8. ^ a b Trevor Nash (29 August 1966). "Preston poses big challenge". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 40.
  9. ^ a b Trevor Nash (5 September 1966). "Preston has narrow victory". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 44.
  10. ^ a b Trevor Nash (12 September 1966). "Waverley lifts game, downs favourite". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 40.
  11. ^ a b c Trevor Nash (19 September 1966). "Port's strength told in the last quarter". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 48.
  12. ^ a b Trevor Nash (26 September 1966). "Revenge... and flag for Port". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 40.
  13. ^ Trevor Nash (1 September 1966). "Liston for Poore, twice in a row". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 64.
  14. ^ a b Trevor Nash (15 August 1966). "President has word to umpire". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 52.
  15. ^ Trevor Nash (22 August 1966). "Runaway win to Prahran". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 44.
  16. ^ a b Trevor Nash (29 August 1966). "Geelong W. wins easily". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 40.
  17. ^ a b Trevor Nash (5 September 1966). "Prahran in by a point". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 44.
  18. ^ a b c Trevor Nash (12 September 1966). "Prahran takes pennant". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 40.
  19. ^ "Geelong West player wins VFA award". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 18 August 1966. p. 54.
  20. ^ a b Kevin Hogan (10 June 1966). "WA romps to victory". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 47.
  21. ^ Trevor Nash (6 June 1966). "Burns to lead VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 45.
  22. ^ Kevin Hogan (20 June 1966). "Baldock gets top position". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 48.
  23. ^ Kevin Hogan (13 June 1966). "Battle for VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 31.
  24. ^ Kevin Hogan (14 June 1966). "Satisfaction for the VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 50.
  25. ^ Kevin Hogan (17 June 1966). "SA soundly beats VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 49.
  26. ^ "Benetti resigns from Oakleigh". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. 2 July 1966. p. 51.
  27. ^ Trevor Nash (18 July 1966). "Dandenong protest on winning goal". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 40.
  28. ^ Trevor Nash (5 August 1966). "A Sunday game for Box Hill". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne. p. 46.
  29. ^ Paul Bartrop (1986). "The VFA and the search for an identity" (PDF). Sporting Traditions. The Australian Society for Sports History. 2 (2): 74–87.