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1908 VFL season

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1908.

Both Richmond Football Club and University Football Club were admitted to the VFL competition (University left the competition in 1915).

Premiership season

In 1908, the VFL competition was comprised of ten teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match.

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 18 rounds.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1908 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
6.8 (44) 7.11 (53) Brunswick Street Oval 2 May 1908
14.11 (95) 3.11 (29) EMCG 2 May 1908
6.12 (48) 3.4 (22) Princes Park 2 May 1908
8.14 (62) 7.9 (51) Punt Road Oval 2 May 1908
12.13 (85) 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 2 May 1908

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
3.14 (32) 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 9 May 1908
14.10 (94) 12.4 (76) EMCG 9 May 1908
7.9 (51) 4.8 (32) Lake Oval 9 May 1908
7.6 (48) 12.14 (86) Junction Oval 9 May 1908
6.8 (44) 9.8 (62) MCG 9 May 1908

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
7.8 (50) 10.12 (72) Corio Oval 16 May 1908
5.13 (43) 4.8 (32) Princes Park 16 May 1908
4.2 (26) 7.13 (55) Lake Oval 16 May 1908
7.13 (55) 11.14 (80) Punt Road Oval 16 May 1908
7.12 (54) 8.14 (62) EMCG 16 May 1908

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
5.10 (40) 8.6 (54) Junction Oval 23 May 1908
12.3 (75) 10.13 (73) MCG 23 May 1908
7.18 (60) 6.8 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 23 May 1908
11.16 (82) 6.9 (45) EMCG 23 May 1908
5.9 (39) 10.7 (67) Victoria Park 23 May 1908

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
12.4 (76) 9.11 (65) Lake Oval 30 May 1908
10.12 (72) 5.10 (40) Princes Park 30 May 1908
9.12 (66) 2.13 (25) Junction Oval 30 May 1908
8.17 (65) 8.11 (59) Punt Road Oval 30 May 1908
10.9 (69) 9.10 (64) EMCG 30 May 1908

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
5.9 (39) 6.6 (42) Corio Oval 6 June 1908
12.7 (79) 9.10 (64) Victoria Park 6 June 1908
12.7 (79) 1.13 (19) EMCG 6 June 1908
5.8 (38) 5.12 (42) Brunswick Street Oval 6 June 1908
7.9 (51) 8.5 (53) Lake Oval 6 June 1908

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
9.9 (63) 11.11 (77) Punt Road Oval 8 June 1908
13.14 (92) 2.13 (25) Princes Park 8 June 1908
9.7 (61) 12.12 (84) EMCG 8 June 1908
10.6 (66) 10.12 (72) MCG 8 June 1908
12.11 (83) 5.12 (42) Junction Oval 8 June 1908

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
4.11 (35) 5.9 (39) Corio Oval 13 June 1908
7.6 (48) 12.9 (81) Brunswick Street Oval 13 June 1908
8.11 (59) 6.9 (45) EMCG 13 June 1908
8.8 (56) 4.8 (32) Victoria Park 13 June 1908
17.13 (115) 2.15 (27) Princes Park 13 June 1908

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
9.5 (59) 3.15 (33) Junction Oval 20 June 1908
4.4 (28) 3.7 (25) MCG 20 June 1908
3.7 (25) 7.9 (51) Corio Oval 20 June 1908
9.11 (65) 6.8 (44) Lake Oval 20 June 1908
6.15 (51) 7.15 (57) EMCG 20 June 1908

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
11.16 (82) 1.6 (12) MCG 27 June 1908
9.12 (66) 7.4 (46) Victoria Park 27 June 1908
2.19 (31) 2.6 (18) Lake Oval 27 June 1908
6.10 (46) 7.14 (56) EMCG 27 June 1908
6.5 (41) 10.12 (72) Junction Oval 27 June 1908

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
11.5 (71) 8.14 (62) Punt Road Oval 4 July 1908
9.4 (58) 9.12 (66) Corio Oval 4 July 1908
5.10 (40) 8.9 (57) EMCG 4 July 1908
8.15 (63) 4.7 (31) Princes Park 4 July 1908
6.6 (42) 7.2 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 4 July 1908

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
5.4 (34) 4.5 (29) Junction Oval 11 July 1908
4.9 (33) 5.4 (34) Brunswick Street Oval 11 July 1908
3.13 (31) 2.2 (14) Victoria Park 11 July 1908
9.12 (66) 7.6 (48) MCG 11 July 1908
6.6 (42) 4.5 (29) EMCG 11 July 1908

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
10.17 (77) 5.7 (37) Princes Park 18 July 1908
7.14 (56) 5.13 (43) EMCG 18 July 1908
5.10 (40) 11.8 (74) Lake Oval 18 July 1908
7.14 (56) 11.8 (74) Corio Oval 18 July 1908
7.3 (45) 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 18 July 1908

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
16.11 (107) 8.3 (51) MCG 25 July 1908
6.17 (53) 5.8 (38) Corio Oval 25 July 1908
8.12 (60) 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 25 July 1908
11.7 (73) 10.11 (71) EMCG 25 July 1908
4.9 (33) 6.8 (44) Brunswick Street Oval 25 July 1908

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
7.12 (54) 8.10 (58) MCG 1 August 1908
8.13 (61) 7.8 (50) EMCG 1 August 1908
8.19 (67) 6.5 (41) Princes Park 1 August 1908
17.5 (107) 5.8 (38) Junction Oval 1 August 1908
11.8 (74) 10.9 (69) Punt Road Oval 1 August 1908

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
13.16 (94) 11.7 (73) Brunswick Street Oval 8 August 1908
17.17 (119) 8.11 (59) EMCG 8 August 1908
10.10 (70) 7.9 (51) Victoria Park 8 August 1908
18.12 (120) 4.4 (28) Lake Oval 8 August 1908
5.9 (39) 6.13 (49) Corio Oval 8 August 1908

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
13.18 (96) 6.8 (44) EMCG 15 August 1908
4.7 (31) 3.4 (22) Junction Oval 15 August 1908
5.8 (38) 3.14 (32) Lake Oval 15 August 1908
4.8 (32) 6.9 (45) MCG 15 August 1908
4.17 (41) 6.12 (48) Punt Road Oval 15 August 1908

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
16.11 (107) 6.8 (44) Punt Road Oval 5 September 1908
11.18 (84) 1.4 (10) Brunswick Street Oval 5 September 1908
13.20 (98) 3.9 (27) EMCG 5 September 1908
12.16 (88) 3.4 (22) Victoria Park 5 September 1908
10.7 (67) 4.4 (28) Princes Park 5 September 1908

Grand Final

See List of Australian Football League premiers for a complete list.

Carlton defeated Essendon 5.5 (35) to 3.8 (26). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Team 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr Final
Carlton 2.3 5.4 5.5 5.5 (35)
Essendon 1.1 2.4 3.5 3.8 (26)

Grand Final Teams

Carlton
Backs Norm Clark Les Beck Arthur Ford
H/Backs Billy Payne Jim Flynn Fred Jinks
Centre Line Ted Kennedy Rod McGregor George Bruce
H/Forwards Alex Lang Jim Marchbank Martin Gotz
Forwards Harvey Kelly Vin Gardiner George Topping
Rucks/Rover "Mallee" Johnson Charlie Hammond Fred Elliott (c)
Reserves
Carlton Coach: Jack Worrall

Essendon
Backs Len Bowe Billy Griffith (c) Bert Daykin
H/Backs Mark Shea Bill Busbridge Bill Johnson
Centre Line Bill Davies Bill Sewart Les Minto
H/Forwards Paddy Shea Dave Smith Harry Prout
Forwards Bill Heaphy Harry Farnsworth Arthur Legge
Rucks/Rover Alan Belcher Jim Martin Ernie Cameron
Reserves
Essendon Coach: Dave Smith

Ladder

All teams played 18 games during the home and away season, for a total of 90. An additional 3 games were played during the finals series.

Team Won Lost Draw Points
1 Carlton 17 1 0 68
2 Essendon 14 4 0 56
3 St Kilda 10 8 0 40
4 Collingwood 10 8 0 40
5 South Melbourne 9 9 0 36
6 University 8 10 0 32
7 Fitzroy 7 11 0 28
8 Melbourne 7 11 0 28
9 Richmond 6 12 0 24
10 Geelong 2 16 0 8

Awards

Notable Events

  • Richmond Football Club and University Football Club admitted to the VFL competition.
  • With fiery former Collingwood coach Dick Condon as both player and coach, and former Collingwood champion Charlie Pannam as captain, Richmond win their first VFl match with a first round victory against Melbourne, 8.14 (62) to 7.9 (51).
  • University Football Club have their first VFL victory in the second round of the season, beating Richmond 14.10 (94) to 12.4 (76).
  • In the first round match between Fitzroy and South Melbourne at the Brunswick Street Oval an umpire was hit by a stone thrown by a spectator.
  • The sixth round match between Fitzroy and Essendon, also at the Brunswick Street Oval, was a fiery affair that resulted in a number of suspensions. A horde of Fitzroy supporters invaded the ground immediately the final bell had rung, kicking, punching and otherwise assaulting Essendon players as they tried to leave the playing field. Essendon fans also jumped the fence, in order to protect their players. A riot ensued.
  • A ten-day Carnival, the "Jubilee of Australasian Football (1858-1908)" was held in Melbourne in August 1908, involving teams from New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, .
  • At an official Carnival function, when proposing a toast to "The Australasian Game" the Prime Minister of Australia, the Ballarat-born Alfred Deakin (1856-1919) spoke of his youthful experiences of playing a rudimentary form of Australian football.

References

  • Hogan, P., The Tigers Of Old, The Richmond Football Club, (Richmond), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-959-17402-8
  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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