1911 VFL season

1911 VFL season

Infobox Victorian Football League season
year = 1911

imagesize = 120px
caption = Essendon premiership star Bill Busbridge
clubs = 10
home-and-away season = 18 rounds
premiership team = Essendon
count = 3rd
minor premiers = Essendon
champion of the season = Bruce Sloss
top goal kicker = Harry Brereton (46)

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1911.

Premiership season

In 1911, the VFL competition consisted 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 1911 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus" system".

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

Round 15

Round 16

Round 17

Round 18

Grand Final

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

Essendon defeated Collingwood 5.11 (41) to 4.11 (35), in front of a crowd of 43,905 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).



* The 1911 VFL Premiership team was Essendon.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Vin Gardiner of Carlton with 47 goals.
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year", Bruce Sloss of South Melbourne, was declared 1911 Champion of the Season.
* University took the "wooden spoon" in 1911.

Notable Events

* The VFL changes its laws so that direct payments (i.e., other than "reimbursement of expenses") can be made to players.
* On 20 August, the SAFL Interstate team defeats Victoria 11.11 (77) to 5.4 (34) in their Australiasian Football Carnival Match in Adelaide.
* In round 9, Fitzroy back-man Bill Marchbank, a constable with the Victorian Police Force, was refused leave to play for Fitzroy against Richmond. He was, instead, assigned to the South Melbourne and Essendon match to patrol as a mounted policeman. Near the end of an exciting match, the home crowd roared as South Melbourne suddenly took the lead, causing his horse to rear and throw him against the iron fence. Marchbanks fractured his knee.
* In the 1911 final series, players wear numbers on their back for the first time in any VFL match played in Melbourne.


* 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

External links

* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1911.html 1911 Season - AFL Tables]

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