The following are among the top Geelong players of the era: H. H. Austin, S. Bloomfield, J. Boyd, Charles Brownlow, H. Curdie, H. P. Douglass, L. A. Fairburn, H. Furnell, W. Hall, Dave Hickenbotham, J. Julien (who also played with Essendon during their golden era [see below]), G. Kearney, J. T. Kerley, H. McLean, Harry McShane, Jack McShane, Joe McShane, Phil McShane, Tom McShane, Tom Mullen, E. Pike, W. Reid, G. Steedman, R. Talbot, G. Watson and James Wilson. Many histories of the Collingwood Football Club suggest that Jock McHale was that club's first coach, appointed in 1914. These changes gave the VFA a product which could compete with the VFL for public interest, and it made the late 1930s and 1940s one of the most successful periods in the VFA's history. It was burnt down in 1884, forcing Melbourne Football Club to play at the Friendly Societies Ground. The VFA tried reducing the number of players further to 17 in 1908,[11] then to 16 in 1912,[12] before reverting to the national standard 18 in 1919. This allowed VFA matches to be played without competing the VFL for spectators, and within a few years, clubs found that Sunday matches were as much as three to four times more lucrative than Saturday games. [f] See below for more of South's top players. Nevertheless, under the wise presidency of Theodore Fink, the VFA continued to play a significant role. Medal, was awarded concurrently; the awards were both based on the votes of the umpires, but were based on different voting systems. [28], A list of 14 minor clubs then followed, proceeded by the names (but no details) of 51 clubs who "also play under the Victorian Rules of Football". On the surface it may seem like a contradiction to record that a club alternatively known as Albert Park and South Melbourne was formed in about 1868. This was not the first time that such a thing had happened; in 1887, Richmond also left the ground at three-quarter time alleging rough play by Port Melbourne. The Victorian Football Association (VFA) was founded on 17 May 1877 at the meeting of club secretaries immediately preceding the 1877 season. Brunswick A further eleven teams have won three premierships in a row, and a further thirteen teams have won back-to-back premierships. The match of the week and most finals continued to be televised live in Melbourne by the ABC until 2014,[50] and since 2015 by the Seven Network as a lead-in to its AFL coverage. [20][21][b], The following report of a South Melbourne v Melbourne game appeared in The Australasian of 14 July 1894: Someone told them (Melbourne) that McKnight, Windley and Waugh were the backbone of the Southern team and they immediately conceived the idea of telling men off to block these players. [37] Andersen attempted but failed to obtain a mandate from the clubs to impose this rationalisation, but the VFA under his guidance nevertheless contracted, as it showed no lenience in suspending clubs who failed to meet minimum requirements. Melbourne[22] At different times (1913–1918 and 1923–1925), the two competitions had permit reciprocity agreements in place to prevent one competition from poaching players from the other without a clearance, but these were sporadic and remained in place only when convenient to both competitions. An additional reserves affiliation option, under which AFL clubs were allowed to spread their reserves players across all of the league's VFL clubs rather than into a single aligned club, will be introduced from the 2021 season.[47]. The VFA reduced the number of on-field players from twenty to eighteen in 1897, a move followed by the VFL two years later. The ball, while still in play, must under no circumstances, be thrown. This was mainly an attempt to curb H.C.A. The fishing boat Process, owned by a member of the team, was used to transport the team for a football match in Mordialloc, located further north towards Melbourne on the eastern side of Victoria's Port Phillip bay. [12][page needed]. [c], By the time of the publishing of its first edition in 1875, there were already believed to be 143 football clubs in Victoria. In a separate post I mentioned that I knew of 53 teams to have played in the VFA/VFL. 9. “Teams are not going to be amalgamated or aligned anymore. Since 1995, the league has been administered by AFL Victoria (and its predecessors), and serves as one of the second-tier regional Australian semi-professional competitions which sits underneath the fully professional Australian Football League. “I just feel for that competition. The 1859 rules made provision for marking but they were usually taken on the chest or, sometimes, on the shoulder or with the hands outstretched but with the feet still firmly on the ground. The league evolved from the former Victorian Football Association (VFA), and has been known by its current name since 1996. The game shall be played within a space of not more than 200 yds [182.9 metres] wide, the same to be measured equally on either side of a line drawn through the centre of the two goals; and the two posts, to be called kick-off posts, shall be erected at a distance of twenty yards [18.3 metres] on each side of the goal posts at both ends, and in a straight line with them. However, in the first few seasons there appears to have been an agreement between the clubs not to allow any running with the ball. A replay was held at East Melbourne during the following weekend, with a final score of: Williamstown 9.14 d. Footscray 10.5. Television deals during the league's history are as follows: The VFA holds the distinction of having the first match to be broadcast live on television in Australia, when the second half of the match between Oakleigh and Preston on 25 May 1957 was televised on Channel 2. near the railway station). Even though behinds did not count towards a result, in 1893 the VFA awarded the Stars and Stripes Trophy to the team kicking the fewest behinds in ratio to the number of goals scored in premiership matches. In 1889, the Melbourne Football Club and the original University Football Club were also merged. [a] It is said that ladies in the crowd screamed for fear that Pearson may injure himself or others. The result was disputed in 1869 with both Carlton and Melbourne claiming the Cup. [10] The two new competitions competed in parallel from their respective 1897 seasons. In 1875 it was rated as a Junior club[23] and by 1877 it appears to have been one of the original VFA Junior clubs but seems to have folded a few years after that. South American, In 1868 the club was referred to as "South Melbourne or Albert Park". An unusual, semi-circular apartment block has been designed by an architect who appears to know the history of the area and has built the apartments to look like an ersatz football pavilion. However, other histories indicate that McHale was actually Collingwood's fifth coach; the actual situation is that McHale was the first person to be given the official title of Coach. See above for a full history of the reasons for North Melbourne becoming Hotham and then becoming North Melbourne again. [31][32], The decline of the VFA is often said to have commenced in 1982 when the VFL's struggling South Melbourne Swans moved to Sydney, as all Sydney Swans home games were played on Sunday and televised, ending the VFA's monopoly on Sunday football; Network Ten ended its weekly VFA coverage in the same year. On account of a sufficient number of players not having intimated their desire to take part in the intercolonial matches against South Australia in Adelaide on the 5th, 7 and 12 August next, the match committee of the VFA had to postpone the selection of the team until 4.45 p.m. on Tuesday next. He suggested that many of the rules would have to be changed and that boundary umpires should be introduced to help field umpires control on-field discipline. Reference to "the 'kick off' posts" in Rule 4 is important. Until 2015, McHale took his place in the record books as the VFL's longest serving coach, coaching 714 games (he retired in 1949) and he is also one of the most successful, helping Collingwood to eight Premierships. Peter Burns (who was Vice-Captain from 1888 to 1890) is considered to be one of the champions of any era. Setting of fixtures was the responsibility of club secretaries rather than the Association itself, and in a typical season, a club could play against other VFA teams, non-VFA clubs, at odds against junior teams (usually twenty players against twenty-three), and in some seasons against intercolonial teams; although as the number of senior clubs increased, the number of matches against non-VFA clubs declined. a score of 12.15 (87) against 12.9 (81) would have been a draw under the old system but a win to the first team under the current system]. W. Pearson's Race-Horse Commotion",,2918349&hl=en,,;place_id=14204, List of Australian rules football competitions in Victoria, Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League, List of former Australian rules football competitions in Victoria,–1900)&oldid=985973075, Australian rules football in Victoria (Australia), All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from November 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, out of VFA within a few years but rejoined at a later date, out of VFA within a few years and did not rejoin, played its last season as "Albert Park cum North Melbourne", land now occupied by the Ransford & McAlister ovals, where Newman College now stands in Swanston Street North, now the site of University Women's College, first games not played until Round 6 of the 1897 season, Britannia had used the ground prior to Collingwood, formerly the home of the Normanby Football club, 1885 was also Footscray's first VFA season, At least one game is recorded as being played at Corio Cricket Ground in 1859, 1860 was the first year in which Geelong is recorded as playing inter-club games, Football was not permitted on the MCG in the early days because it was felt that it would damage the Cricket Club's turf pitches. Attempting to defect was seen as treacherous within the VFA, and clubs which attempted to defect but failed were sometimes expelled from the VFA by the remaining clubs: North Melbourne was expelled from the VFA twice (in 1908 and 1921, before reforming and rejoining on both occasions), and West Melbourne was expelled permanently in 1908. [51], The 2020 VFL season was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was rarely used after the 1920s. [46] In this expansion, existing powerhouse country clubs North Ballarat and Traralgon joined the league in 1996, with new clubs established in Bendigo, Albury (the Murray Kangaroos, representing the Ovens & Murray region) and Tasmania between 1998 and 2001. The station gave a start to such broadcasters as Nigel Carmody, Darren Parkin and Tristan Foenander and has proven a terrific breeding ground for emerging sports broadcasters. Geelong were also among the top four teams for 11 consecutive years during a similar era to South Melbourne. Below are the rules for Australian Rules Football, alleged to have been used by the Geelong Football Club in 1859.

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