Victorian Football Association

Season 1879

 

Season Notes

 

Senior clubs

Senior active clubs providing delegates to the Association in 1879 were:

 

Games included

Only games not played at odds between the affiliated senior Metropolitan clubs (plus Geelong) are listed here.

These are the games that effectively decided the Premiership and are the ones used in calculations of the Final Ladder.

It should be noted the VFA did not officially endorse a system of ranking the clubs until the 1888 season.

 

Ballarat

Ballarat only played two games against Metropolitan clubs during 1879, both on 24 May. One was the Ballarat club team (against West Melbourne) and the other a Ballarat city representative team (against South Melbourne).

A Ballarat city representative team also played Geelong once on September 6. Due to the inactivity of the Ballarat club their single club match against West Melbourne (possibly a weakened team) is not included in the results compiled here.

 

Rules governing the game in 1879

Games were played in two halves. Four quarters were introduced commencing with the 1886 season.

Behinds were occasionally reported in match reports during 1879, so for games where there is no records of behinds, only goal totals are listed in results below.

Behinds did not count towards the final score or in determining the result of matches until 1897.

 

 

Results

 

 

Round 1

 

17 May 1879

Melbourne

0-4

2-6

Venue: MCG; Attendance: 2000

 

South Melbourne

0-2

0-2

Result: Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2

 

24 May 1879

Hotham

0

0

Venue: EMCG; Attendance: Few spectators

 

Geelong

0

2

Result: Geelong won by 2 goals

Argus: "The ground was in a very sloppy condition, and the players found it difficult even to keep their feet."

Hotham played Geelong on the EMCG or MCG as an annual fixture every Queen's Birthday (May 24) from 1879 to 1893.

 

 

Round 3

 

31 May 1879

Melbourne

0

1

Venue: MCG; Attendance: 6500

 

Hotham

1

1

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

31 May 1879

St Kilda

-

1

Venue: St Kilda

 

South Melbourne

-

3

Result: South Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

31 May 1879

Albert Park

0-1

0-

Venue: South Melbourne; Attendance: Large number

 

Carlton

1-

4-

Result: Carlton won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

31 May 1879

West Melbourne

0-

1-

Venue: Royal Park; Attendance: Large crowd

 

Essendon

0-0

0-

Result: West Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4

 

7 June 1879

Melbourne

0

0

Venue: MCG; Attendance: 10000

 

Carlton

2

4

Result: Carlton won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

7 June 1879

Hotham

0-

0-9

Venue: EMCG; Attendance: Limited

 

West Melbourne

1-

2-13

Result: West Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

7 June 1879

South Melbourne

2

3

Venue: Albert Park; Attendance: Good number

 

Essendon

0

0

Result: South Melbourne won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 5

 

14 June 1879

Carlton

0-6

1-12

Venue: EMCG; Attendance: 13000

 

Geelong

1-5

2-9

Result: Geelong won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

14 June 1879

Albert Park

-

6-9

Venue: South Melbourne; Attendance: Large

 

Melbourne

-

0-7

Result: Albert Park won by 6 goals

 

 

 

 

 

14 June 1879

South Melbourne

0

2

Venue: Albert Park

 

West Melbourne

0

0

Result: South Melbourne won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

14 June 1879

St Kilda

1

1

Venue: St Kilda

 

Essendon

1

1

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 6

 

21 June 1879

Albert Park

0

0

Venue: South Melbourne; Attendance: Large

 

Hotham

0

1

Result: Hotham won by 1 goal

The first half was greatly in favour of Albert Park.

 

 

 

21 June 1879

Melbourne

1

2

Venue: MCG

 

Essendon

1

2

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 7

 

28 June 1879

Geelong

2-15

2-18

Venue: Corio Oval

 

Melbourne

0-5

0-5

Result: Geelong won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

28 June 1879

South Melbourne

1

1

Venue: South Melbourne

 

Carlton

0

0

Result: South Melbourne won by 1 goal

Both teams weakened by the absence of leading players representing Victoria

 

 

Round 8

 

5 July 1879

Geelong

2-

3-20

Venue: Corio Oval; Attendance: 1200

 

Essendon

1-

2-4

Result: Geelong won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 9

 

12 July 1879

Carlton

0-4

1-6

Venue: EMCG; Attendance: 7000

 

Melbourne

1-5

1-17

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

12 July 1879

Essendon

-

0

Venue: Essendon

 

South Melbourne

-

1

Result: South Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

12 July 1879

St Kilda

-

1

Venue: St Kilda

 

West Melbourne

-

5

Result: West Melbourne won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 10

 

19 July 1879

Carlton

1

10

Venue: Prince's Oval; Attendance: 5000

 

Essendon

1

1

Result: Carlton won by 9 goals

An eleventh goal for Carlton was disallowed as time had been called. Carlton's total was the highest score to date between two senior clubs.

19 July 1879

Hotham

0-5

1-

Venue: Royal Park; Attendance: 1000

 

West Melbourne

0-2

0-

Result: Hotham won by 1 goal

Age: “The umpire gave a goal, but West Melbourne objected to the decision, as they alleged when the umpire was first appealed to he declared no goal.”

“Just before time was called the spectators began encroaching very much on the playing space...”

 

 

Round 11

 

26 July 1879

Albert Park

0

0

Venue: EMCG; Attendance: 2000

 

West Melbourne

0

0

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 12

 

2 August 1879

Melbourne

3-8

5-

Venue: MCG; Attendance: 4500

 

Hotham

1-1

2-

Result: Melbourne won by 3 goals

 

 

 

 

 

2 August 1879

St Kilda

0

0

Venue: St Kilda

 

Carlton

0

2

Result: Carlton won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

2 August 1879

Geelong

1-14

2-26

Venue: Corio Oval

 

South Melbourne

-

0-3

Result: Geelong won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

2 August 1879

Essendon

0-5

1-8

Venue: Essendon

 

West Melbourne

1-1

1-3

Result: DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 13

 

9 August 1879

Melbourne

0-5

1-7

Venue: MCG; Attendance: 12000

 

Geelong

5-7

8-16

Result: Geelong won by 7 goals

 

 

 

 

 

9 August 1879

Carlton

-

6

Venue: Prince's Oval; Attendance: Large number

 

West Melbourne

-

1

Result: Carlton won by 5 goals

 

 

 

 

 

9 August 1879

Essendon

2

2

Venue: Essendon

 

Hotham

0

0

Result: Essendon won by 2 goals

 

 

 

 

 

9 August 1879

South Melbourne

-

-

Venue: Albert Park

 

St Kilda

-

-

Result: Cancelled

The game fell through as St Kilda failed to muster a team.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 13a

 

13 August 1879

Melbourne

0

0

Venue: MCG; Attendance: Very large

 

Carlton

2

3

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

Played under electric light, play commenced at nearly 8:30pm. This match not counted for the premiership.

 

 

Round 14

 

16 August 1879

Geelong

1-12

1-

Venue: Corio Oval

 

West Melbourne

0-

0-

Result: DRAW won by 1 goal

Rain stopped play at half-time. Argus: “Five minutes before half-time West Melbourne left the ground, as they considered it too wet to play. It was arranged that the match should be considered a drawn one.”

16 August 1879

Essendon

0-0

0-2

Venue: Essendon; Attendance: Good number

 

Carlton

3-

3-

Result: Carlton won by 3 goals

Heavy rain set in at 3pm

 

 

Round 15

 

23 August 1879

Melbourne

0-3

2-4

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 10000

 

Carlton

0-6

1-10

Result: Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

23 August 1879

Geelong

2-

7-17

Venue: Corio Oval

 

Hotham

0-

0-4

Result: Geelong won by 7 goals

Argus: “Much ill-feeling was exhibited by the Hotham players because Geelong objected to a player named Shaw, belonging to the Melbourne club, taking part.” Geelong one goal disallowed.

23 August 1879

Essendon

-

-

Venue: Essendon

 

St Kilda

-

-

Result: Cancelled

Cancelled when St Kilda failed to field a team.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 16

 

30 August 1879

Essendon

-

2

Venue: Essendon

 

Melbourne

-

1

Result: Essendon won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

30 August 1879

West Melbourne

0-5

1-8

Venue: Royal Park; Attendance: Large crowd

 

South Melbourne

0-1

0-2

Result: West Melbourne won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

30 August 1879

Hotham

0

0

Venue: Royal Park; Attendance: 1500

 

Albert Park

0

0

Result: DRAW

Hotham had a goal disallowed by goal umpire.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 17

 

6 September 1879

Melbourne

3

5

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground; Attendance: 2500

 

West Melbourne

-

1

Result: Melbourne won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

6 September 1879

Carlton

1-4

1-12

Venue: Prince's Oval; Attendance: 5000

 

Albert Park

0-5

0-6

Result: Carlton won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

6 September 1879

South Melbourne

1-3

1-6

Venue: Albert Park; Attendance: 1000

 

Hotham

0-3

0-9

Result: South Melbourne won by 1 goal

Hotham claimed a disputed goal which the goal umpire refused to allow.

 

 

Round 18

 

13 September 1879

Geelong

2-4

5-12

Venue: Corio Oval; Attendance: 4000

 

Carlton

0-4

1-11

Result: Geelong won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

13 September 1879

Melbourne

2

2

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground

 

Albert Park

0

3

Result: Albert Park won by 1 goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 19

 

20 September 1879

Melbourne

5

7

Venue: Melbourne Football Ground

 

Hotham

2

3

Result: Melbourne won by 4 goals

 

 

 

 

 

20 September 1879

Carlton

2-6

7-12

Venue: Prince's Oval; Attendance: 5000

 

South Melbourne

0-0

0-0

Result: Carlton won by 7 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 20

 

27 September 1879

Carlton

-

-

Venue: Prince's Oval; Attendance: 8000

 

Melbourne

-

-

Result: Cancelled

Disputes from both clubs over player eligibility resulted in Melbourne refusing to play.

27 September 1879

West Melbourne

-

-

Venue: Royal Park

 

Albert Park

-

-

Result: Cancelled

Fell through on account of a number of players of Albert Park not appearing.

 

 

Round 21

 

4 October 1879

Carlton

-

8

Venue: Prince's Oval; Attendance: 2000

 

West Melbourne

-

1

Result: Carlton won by 7 goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladder

 

 

Team

P

W

L

D

F

A

Points

Proportional Points

%

1

Geelong

9

8

0

1

32

5

34

56.67

640.00

2

Carlton

15

10

4

1

52

14

42

42.00

371.43

3

South Melbourne

10

6

4

0

11

13

24

36.00

84.62

4

Melbourne

15

5

7

3

29

39

26

26.00

74.36

5

Albert Park

7

2

3

2

9

8

12

25.71

112.50

6

West Melbourne

12

4

5

3

13

25

22

27.50

52.00

7

Essendon

11

2

6

3

11

26

14

19.09

42.31

8

Hotham

11

2

7

2

8

27

12

16.36

29.63

9

St Kilda

4

0

3

1

3

11

2

7.50

27.27

 

Total

94

39

39

16

168

168

188

 

 

 

Notes:

Proportional Points system (officially used only from the 1888 VFA season onwards) has been used to rank teams.

Where two teams are close on Proportional Points (less than 4.00 points separate) then rankings are decided by head-to-head results between teams:

- Clubs are ranked: 4. Melbourne, 5. Albert Park, 6. West Melbourne based on:

      - Games played amongst the teams not decisive:

            - Melbourne played West Melbourne once and won 5 goals to 1.

            - Albert Park played Melbourne twice and won (6-0 and 3-2).

            - West Melbourne had one draw and a walkover against Albert Park

      - As a further tie-break, matches against Carlton went as follows:

            - Melbourne played Carlton 4 times (W1 D1 L1, one match cancelled) - the midweek night match Carlton vs Melbourne played 13 August 1879 is not included

            - Albert Park played Carlton twice and lost 4-0 and 1-0

            - West Melbourne played Carlton twice and lost 6-1 and 8-1

      - It should also be noted that Melbourne played South Melbourne once and won 2 goals to 0, while Albert Park did not play South Melbourne, and West Melbourne played South Melbourne twice for one win apiece.

- Clubs are ranked: 7. Essendon, 8. Hotham based on:

      - Essendon played Hotham once and won 2 goals to 0.

- St Kilda played too few games to attain a ranking.

- The following games were cancelled and not factored into the calculation of the ladder:

      - 9 August 1879 - South Melbourne vs St Kilda

      - 16 August 1879 - Essendon vs St Kilda

      - 27 September 1879 - Carlton vs Melbourne

      - 27 September 1879 - West Melbourne vs Albert Park

- The following experimental night game was not an official game and is not factored into the calculation of the ladder:

      - 13 August 1879 - Melbourne vs Carlton

- Rule requiring a minimum of 18 games to qualify for the Premiership not in force until 1888

- Behinds were only occasionally recorded during this season. Behinds did not count towards the final score or in determining the result of matches.

- The percentage column of goals for divided by goals against is included as an indication only.

 

 

1879 premiers: Geelong

 

 

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