1972 VFL Premiership season
Teams12
PremiersCarlton
(11th premiership)
Minor premiersCarlton
(12th minor premiership)
Matches played139
Attendance3,526,848 (25,373 per match)
Highest attendance112,393
Coleman MedallistPeter McKenna (Collingwood)
Brownlow MedallistLen Thompson (Collingwood)
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The 1972 VFL season was the 76th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 1 April until 7 October, and comprised a 22-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top five clubs – an increase from the four clubs which had contested the finals in previous years.

The premiership was won by the Carlton Football Club for the eleventh time, after it defeated Richmond by 27 points in the 1972 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1972, 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 22 rounds; matches 12 to 22 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 11.

Once the 22 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1972 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the McIntyre "Final Five" system.

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 15.14 (104) Melbourne 10.15 (75) Glenferrie Oval 26,000 1 April 1972 Carlton 11.15 (81) Fitzroy 10.10 (70) Princes Park 32,500 1 April 1972 St Kilda 20.14 (134) North Melbourne 11.10 (76) Moorabbin Oval 24,000 1 April 1972 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Geelong 9.7 (61) Lake Oval 18,654 3 April 1972 Footscray 9.13 (67) Essendon 18.20 (128) Western Oval 28,935 3 April 1972 Richmond 16.9 (105) Collingwood 14.17 (101) MCG 72,714 3 April 1972

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 10.3 (63) Richmond 22.17 (149) Kardinia Park 18,494 8 April 1972 Fitzroy 12.16 (88) St Kilda 12.8 (80) Junction Oval 20,000 8 April 1972 Essendon 16.11 (107) South Melbourne 7.18 (60) Windy Hill 22,611 8 April 1972 North Melbourne 11.10 (76) Hawthorn 19.24 (138) Arden Street Oval 10,200 8 April 1972 Melbourne 11.18 (84) Footscray 15.15 (105) MCG 21,452 8 April 1972 Collingwood 10.15 (75) Carlton 11.9 (75) Victoria Park 37,070 8 April 1972

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 17.11 (113) Melbourne 6.12 (48) Victoria Park 25,172 15 April 1972 St Kilda 22.7 (139) Footscray 12.9 (81) Moorabbin Oval 20,068 15 April 1972 North Melbourne 12.14 (86) Fitzroy 16.13 (109) Arden Street Oval 10,383 15 April 1972 Richmond 16.15 (111) Essendon 19.17 (131) MCG 55,823 15 April 1972 South Melbourne 14.10 (94) Carlton 18.18 (126) Lake Oval 20,499 15 April 1972 Geelong 9.11 (65) Hawthorn 15.17 (107) VFL Park 16,347 15 April 1972

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 18.19 (127) South Melbourne 8.8 (56) MCG 18,594 22 April 1972 Footscray 15.10 (100) North Melbourne 12.14 (86) Western Oval 12,827 22 April 1972 Fitzroy 11.17 (83) Hawthorn 9.10 (64) Junction Oval 16,937 22 April 1972 Essendon 17.27 (129) Geelong 12.14 (86) Windy Hill 15,000 22 April 1972 Carlton 15.14 (104) Richmond 15.19 (109) Princes Park 28,536 22 April 1972 Collingwood 9.13 (67) St Kilda 12.15 (87) VFL Park 40,201 22 April 1972

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.11 (89) Melbourne 12.12 (84) MCG 38,154 25 April 1972 Essendon 10.13 (73) Carlton 13.10 (88) VFL Park 50,502 25 April 1972 South Melbourne 5.17 (47) St Kilda 9.16 (70) Lake Oval 19,724 29 April 1972 Hawthorn 14.20 (104) Footscray 11.10 (76) Glenferrie Oval 15,355 29 April 1972 Geelong 11.9 (75) Fitzroy 19.13 (127) Kardinia Park 16,343 29 April 1972 North Melbourne 8.14 (62) Collingwood 22.8 (140) Arden Street Oval 17,414 29 April 1972

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 14.12 (96) Hawthorn 15.11 (101) Victoria Park 29,885 6 May 1972 Carlton 22.15 (147) Geelong 14.14 (98) Princes Park 19,073 6 May 1972 St Kilda 24.21 (165) Richmond 10.16 (76) Moorabbin Oval 34,055 6 May 1972 Footscray 16.16 (112) Fitzroy 13.12 (90) Western Oval 18,466 6 May 1972 Melbourne 16.13 (109) Essendon 12.13 (85) MCG 41,537 6 May 1972 South Melbourne 14.22 (106) North Melbourne 13.13 (91) VFL Park 9,099 6 May 1972

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 13.14 (92) South Melbourne 9.20 (74) Glenferrie Oval 13,742 13 May 1972 Essendon 18.15 (123) St Kilda 10.22 (82) Windy Hill 27,875 13 May 1972 Richmond 17.19 (121) North Melbourne 13.16 (94) MCG 17,331 13 May 1972 Geelong 15.18 (108) Footscray 16.15 (111) Kardinia Park 16,836 13 May 1972 Fitzroy 10.15 (75) Collingwood 15.10 (100) Junction Oval 26,766 13 May 1972 Carlton 10.15 (75) Melbourne 5.8 (38) VFL Park 30,249 13 May 1972

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 7.14 (56) Footscray 11.14 (80) Victoria Park 25,986 20 May 1972 Melbourne 20.14 (134) Geelong 14.17 (101) MCG 19,023 20 May 1972 South Melbourne 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 18.11 (119) Lake Oval 12,421 20 May 1972 North Melbourne 8.13 (61) Essendon 14.12 (96) Arden Street Oval 14,091 20 May 1972 St Kilda 10.12 (72) Carlton 14.15 (99) Moorabbin Oval 31,547 20 May 1972 Richmond 11.25 (91) Hawthorn 13.6 (84) VFL Park 25,845 20 May 1972

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 12.9 (81) South Melbourne 9.10 (64) Western Oval 15,891 27 May 1972 Fitzroy 12.25 (97) Richmond 16.9 (105) Junction Oval 21,753 27 May 1972 Essendon 15.17 (107) Hawthorn 14.21 (105) Windy Hill 28,187 27 May 1972 Collingwood 28.16 (184) Geelong 16.13 (109) Victoria Park 20,771 27 May 1972 Carlton 16.13 (109) North Melbourne 6.11 (47) Princes Park 15,664 27 May 1972 Melbourne 5.6 (36) St Kilda 9.19 (73) VFL Park 23,507 27 May 1972

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 9.11 (65) St Kilda 11.15 (81) Kardinia Park 15,835 3 June 1972 North Melbourne 6.11 (47) Melbourne 23.17 (155) Arden Street Oval 8,063 3 June 1972 Richmond 15.14 (104) Footscray 12.14 (86) MCG 36,985 3 June 1972 South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Collingwood 19.14 (128) Lake Oval 18,085 3 June 1972 Hawthorn 11.22 (88) Carlton 13.7 (85) Glenferrie Oval 26,665 3 June 1972 Essendon 14.17 (101) Fitzroy 15.9 (99) VFL Park 26,790 3 June 1972

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 14.11 (95) South Melbourne 2.19 (31) MCG 18,692 10 June 1972 St Kilda 17.8 (110) Hawthorn 7.14 (56) Moorabbin Oval 24,000 10 June 1972 Footscray 7.9 (51) Carlton 7.15 (57) Western Oval 23,948 10 June 1972 Fitzroy 12.17 (89) Melbourne 13.10 (88) Junction Oval 23,103 12 June 1972 Collingwood 23.10 (148) Essendon 13.15 (93) Victoria Park 42,206 12 June 1972 North Melbourne 14.11 (95) Geelong 14.20 (104) VFL Park 13,945 12 June 1972

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 7.8 (50) St Kilda 12.19 (91) Arden Street Oval 10,681 17 June 1972 Collingwood 11.24 (90) Richmond 12.13 (85) Victoria Park 28,188 17 June 1972 Melbourne 11.10 (76) Hawthorn 11.9 (75) MCG 31,314 17 June 1972 Geelong 15.14 (104) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Kardinia Park 14,426 24 June 1972 Essendon 14.15 (99) Footscray 19.19 (133) Windy Hill 23,903 24 June 1972 Fitzroy 8.7 (55) Carlton 13.13 (91) VFL Park 29,380 24 June 1972

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 21.14 (140) North Melbourne 10.16 (76) Glenferrie Oval 8,201 1 July 1972 Carlton 10.10 (70) Collingwood 9.8 (62) Princes Park 36,133 1 July 1972 Richmond 14.8 (92) Geelong 25.18 (168) MCG 22,595 1 July 1972 St Kilda 13.10 (88) Fitzroy 6.17 (53) Moorabbin Oval 18,355 1 July 1972 South Melbourne 12.12 (84) Essendon 13.9 (87) Lake Oval 12,984 1 July 1972 Footscray 11.8 (74) Melbourne 16.15 (111) VFL Park 14,180 1 July 1972

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date South Melbourne 10.9 (69) Melbourne 14.9 (93) Lake Oval 10,405 8 July 1972 North Melbourne 8.15 (63) Footscray 14.15 (99) Arden Street Oval 9,302 8 July 1972 Geelong 10.10 (70) Essendon 9.6 (60) Kardinia Park 23,873 8 July 1972 St Kilda 4.13 (37) Collingwood 9.13 (67) Moorabbin Oval 30,451 8 July 1972 Richmond 17.17 (119) Carlton 13.10 (88) MCG 46,471 8 July 1972 Hawthorn 19.19 (133) Fitzroy 12.8 (80) VFL Park 12,425 8 July 1972

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 14.7 (91) St Kilda 9.11 (65) Western Oval 18,655 15 July 1972 Fitzroy 16.14 (110) North Melbourne 9.12 (66) Junction Oval 7,007 15 July 1972 Essendon 13.12 (90) Richmond 17.9 (111) Windy Hill 22,251 15 July 1972 Carlton 20.8 (128) South Melbourne 8.15 (63) Princes Park 14,465 15 July 1972 Hawthorn 19.14 (128) Geelong 15.8 (98) Glenferrie Oval 12,425 15 July 1972 Melbourne 8.10 (58) Collingwood 10.13 (73) VFL Park 30,883 15 July 1972

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 11.18 (84) Richmond 19.9 (123) MCG 32,416 22 July 1972 Footscray 13.11 (89) Hawthorn 19.16 (130) Western Oval 18,400 22 July 1972 Fitzroy 10.9 (69) Geelong 12.13 (85) Junction Oval 11,046 22 July 1972 Collingwood 17.6 (108) North Melbourne 11.14 (80) Victoria Park 18,049 22 July 1972 Carlton 20.13 (133) Essendon 17.15 (117) Princes Park 26,206 22 July 1972 St Kilda 14.11 (95) South Melbourne 9.5 (59) VFL Park 13,184 22 July 1972

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 23.15 (153) St Kilda 11.15 (81) MCG 44,348 29 July 1972 North Melbourne 12.15 (87) South Melbourne 11.12 (78) Arden Street Oval 6,191 29 July 1972 Essendon 21.14 (140) Melbourne 14.11 (95) Windy Hill 16,318 29 July 1972 Hawthorn 11.16 (82) Collingwood 19.13 (127) Glenferrie Oval 24,135 29 July 1972 Geelong 9.13 (67) Carlton 17.17 (119) Kardinia Park 24,797 29 July 1972 Fitzroy 15.12 (102) Footscray 11.15 (81) VFL Park 9,750 29 July 1972

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 9.19 (73) Geelong 10.9 (69) Western Oval 14,699 5 August 1972 Collingwood 19.15 (129) Fitzroy 12.13 (85) Victoria Park 25,007 5 August 1972 South Melbourne 13.11 (89) Hawthorn 23.10 (148) Lake Oval 9,207 5 August 1972 St Kilda 12.9 (81) Essendon 12.16 (88) Moorabbin Oval 29,062 5 August 1972 Melbourne 8.18 (66) Carlton 11.11 (77) MCG 33,364 5 August 1972 North Melbourne 6.14 (50) Richmond 13.20 (98) VFL Park 11,393 5 August 1972

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 15.12 (102) Richmond 17.11 (113) Glenferrie Oval 18,103 12 August 1972 Geelong 11.19 (85) Melbourne 21.16 (142) Kardinia Park 12,716 12 August 1972 Fitzroy 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 6.17 (53) Junction Oval 7,451 12 August 1972 Essendon 21.14 (140) North Melbourne 14.11 (95) Windy Hill 14,454 12 August 1972 Carlton 13.16 (94) St Kilda 10.11 (71) Princes Park 22,109 12 August 1972 Footscray 7.13 (55) Collingwood 15.12 (102) VFL Park 21,540 12 August 1972

Round 20

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 13.12 (90) Melbourne 13.11 (89) Moorabbin Oval 18,836 19 August 1972 South Melbourne 9.12 (66) Footscray 11.13 (79) Lake Oval 9,154 19 August 1972 Richmond 20.17 (137) Fitzroy 13.22 (100) MCG 27,651 19 August 1972 Geelong 17.10 (112) Collingwood 17.9 (111) Kardinia Park 23,108 19 August 1972 North Melbourne 8.12 (60) Carlton 23.11 (149) Arden Street Oval 11,271 19 August 1972 Hawthorn 15.16 (106) Essendon 12.15 (87) VFL Park 36,749 19 August 1972

Round 21

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 17.22 (124) North Melbourne 14.7 (91) MCG 11,241 26 August 1972 Footscray 17.21 (123) Richmond 18.17 (125) Western Oval 18,117 26 August 1972 Collingwood 22.17 (149) South Melbourne 11.6 (72) Victoria Park 19,934 26 August 1972 Carlton 24.12 (156) Hawthorn 11.22 (88) Princes Park 32,048 26 August 1972 Fitzroy 14.20 (104) Essendon 18.11 (119) Junction Oval 17,252 26 August 1972 St Kilda 11.10 (76) Geelong 8.13 (61) VFL Park 25,663 26 August 1972

Round 22

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 15.12 (102) St Kilda 18.13 (121) Glenferrie Oval 22,855 2 September 1972 Geelong 20.20 (140) North Melbourne 13.11 (89) Kardinia Park 12,267 2 September 1972 Carlton 13.8 (86) Footscray 11.17 (83) Princes Park 24,619 2 September 1972 Melbourne 18.19 (127) Fitzroy 14.11 (95) MCG 21,653 2 September 1972 Essendon 17.15 (117) Collingwood 17.10 (112) Windy Hill 35,030 2 September 1972 South Melbourne 12.10 (82) Richmond 23.20 (158) VFL Park 16,541 2 September 1972

Ladder

1972 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 Carlton (P) 22 18 3 1 2237 1666 134.3 74 Finals
2 Richmond 22 18 4 0 2469 2098 117.7 72
3 Collingwood 22 14 7 1 2338 1747 133.8 58
4 St Kilda 22 14 8 0 1989 1721 115.6 56
5 Essendon 22 14 8 0 2317 2140 108.3 56
6 Hawthorn 22 13 9 0 2277 2050 111.1 52
7 Footscray 22 11 11 0 1930 2038 94.7 44
8 Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2043 1929 105.9 40
9 Fitzroy 22 9 13 0 1997 2062 96.8 36
10 Geelong 22 7 15 0 1994 2369 84.2 28
11 South Melbourne 22 2 20 0 1513 2323 65.1 8
12 North Melbourne 22 1 21 0 1628 2589 62.9 4
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

Elimination Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 18.16 (124) Essendon 10.11 (71) VFL Park 52,499 9 September

Qualifying Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 25.14 (164) Collingwood 18.12 (120) MCG 91,900 9 September

Semi Finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 8.17 (65) St Kilda 11.17 (83) MCG 91,857 16 September Carlton 8.13 (61) Richmond 8.13 (61) VFL Park 54,338 16 September Carlton 9.15 (69) Richmond 15.20 (110) MCG 92,670 23 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Carlton 16.13 (109) St Kilda 13.15 (93) MCG 96,272 30 September

Grand final

Main article: 1972 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated Richmond 28.9 (177) to 22.18 (150), in front of a crowd of 112393 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Jim Robb (9 October 1972). "Flag No. 2 to Hawks". The Age. Melbourne. p. 27.

References