1931 VFL season

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1931 VFL Premiership season
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George 'Jocka' Todd
Teams12
Premiers Geelong
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers Geelong
(4th minor premiership)
Matches played112
Highest attendance60,712
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Harry Vallence (Carlton)
Brownlow Medallist Haydn Bunton, Sr. (Fitzroy)
  1930
1932  

The 1931 Victorian Football League season was the 35th season of the elite Australian rules football competition.

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Premiership season

In 1931, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus one substitute player, known as the 19th 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 18 rounds; matches 12 to 18 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 7.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1931 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system. This was the first season to feature the new finals format, with the league predominantly using variations of the Argus System over the previous thirty seasons. [1]

Round 1

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 11.17 (83) South Melbourne 19.21 (135) Arden Street Oval 10,0002 May 1931
Footscray 8.13 (61) Hawthorn 9.6 (60) Western Oval 12,0002 May 1931
Collingwood 13.14 (92) Geelong 12.15 (87) Victoria Park 16,0002 May 1931
Carlton 15.8 (98) Richmond 14.23 (107) Princes Park 26,5002 May 1931
Melbourne 15.16 (106) Fitzroy 14.10 (94) MCG 19,3302 May 1931
St Kilda 13.14 (92) Essendon 11.14 (80) Junction Oval 19,0002 May 1931

Round 2

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Geelong 20.6 (126) St Kilda 7.12 (54) Corio Oval 9,5009 May 1931
Essendon 12.5 (77) Melbourne 10.13 (73) Windy Hill 15,0009 May 1931
Richmond 30.19.199 North Melbourne 4.7 (31) Punt Road Oval 11,0009 May 1931
South Melbourne 13.13 (91) Footscray 16.15 (111) Lake Oval 20,0009 May 1931
Hawthorn 8.17 (65) Collingwood 11.18 (84) Glenferrie Oval 15,0009 May 1931
Fitzroy 13.15 (93) Carlton 19.19 (133) Brunswick Street Oval 35,0009 May 1931

Round 3

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Footscray 7.10 (52) Richmond 13.16 (94) Western Oval 30,00016 May 1931
Collingwood 13.16 (94) South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Victoria Park 15,00016 May 1931
Carlton 18.18 (126) Essendon 5.14 (44) Princes Park 20,00016 May 1931
St Kilda 10.12 (72) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) Junction Oval 14,00016 May 1931
Melbourne 12.15 (87) Geelong 11.17 (83) MCG 19,76716 May 1931
North Melbourne 6.12 (48) Fitzroy 12.16 (88) Arden Street Oval 7,00016 May 1931

Round 4

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Hawthorn 13.16 (94) Melbourne 16.13 (109) Glenferrie Oval 10,00023 May 1931
Fitzroy 10.15 (75) Footscray 12.12 (84) Brunswick Street Oval 14,00023 May 1931
Essendon 12.13 (85) North Melbourne 9.9 (63) Windy Hill 10,00023 May 1931
South Melbourne 18.19 (127) St Kilda 16.10 (106) Lake Oval 18,00023 May 1931
Richmond 10.12 (72) Collingwood 9.14 (68) Punt Road Oval 40,00023 May 1931
Geelong 11.14 (80) Carlton 11.8 (74) Corio Oval 12,50023 May 1931

Round 5

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Hawthorn 11.10 (76) South Melbourne 11.13 (79) Glenferrie Oval 11,00030 May 1931
Essendon 10.12 (72) Richmond 11.20 (86) Windy Hill 15,00030 May 1931
Carlton 16.11 (107) Collingwood 13.13 (91) Princes Park 35,00030 May 1931
St Kilda 13.19 (97) North Melbourne 7.10 (52) Junction Oval 10,00030 May 1931
Melbourne 13.9 (87) Footscray 10.11 (71) MCG 20,24430 May 1931
Geelong 20.22 (142) Fitzroy 12.9 (81) Corio Oval 9,00030 May 1931

Round 6

Round 6 was a split round, but the two-halves of the round were unusually played almost three weeks apart. Three matches played on King's Birthday Monday (8 June), and the other three matches played Saturday 27 June – the Saturday between Rounds 8 and 9. This means that six teams played their Round 7 and 8 matches before their Round 6 match. [2]

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Collingwood 15.10 (100) St Kilda 10.17 (77) Victoria Park 16,0008 June 1931
North Melbourne 7.17 (59) Melbourne 15.8 (98) Arden Street Oval 7,0008 June 1931
South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Geelong 13.15 (93) Lake Oval 30,0008 June 1931
Richmond 9.15 (69) Hawthorn 8.10 (58) Punt Road Oval 19,00027 June 1931
Fitzroy 7.14 (56) Essendon 10.10 (70) Brunswick Street Oval 12,00027 June 1931
Footscray 8.8 (56) Carlton 8.11 (59) Western Oval 24,00027 June 1931

Round 7

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Geelong 12.15 (87) Richmond 8.12 (60) Corio Oval 18,25013 June 1931
Footscray 13.8 (86) North Melbourne 5.13 (43) Western Oval 11,00013 June 1931
Fitzroy 14.14 (98) South Melbourne 16.15 (111) Brunswick Street Oval 12,00013 June 1931
Essendon 8.12 (60) Hawthorn 12.8 (80) Windy Hill 10,00013 June 1931
Melbourne 7.12 (54) Collingwood 10.11 (71) MCG 26,43613 June 1931
St Kilda 8.11 (59) Carlton 12.18 (90) Junction Oval 24,00013 June 1931

Round 8

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Richmond 12.12 (84) South Melbourne 7.15 (57) Punt Road Oval 18,00020 June 1931
Essendon 7.13 (55) Geelong 13.11 (89) Windy Hill 10,00020 June 1931
Collingwood 22.22 (154) North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Victoria Park 6,00020 June 1931
Carlton 18.14 (122) Melbourne 9.4 (58) Princes Park 25,00020 June 1931
St Kilda 7.10 (52) Footscray 11.11 (77) Junction Oval 17,00020 June 1931
Hawthorn 12.8 (80) Fitzroy 7.14 (56) Glenferrie Oval 8,00020 June 1931

Round 9

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Melbourne 4.12 (36) St Kilda 9.9 (63) MCG 15,8264 July 1931
Geelong 13.9 (87) Hawthorn 9.7 (61) Corio Oval 9,5004 July 1931
Fitzroy 8.13 (61) Richmond 14.17 (101) Brunswick Street Oval 15,0004 July 1931
South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Essendon 9.9 (63) Lake Oval 11,0004 July 1931
Footscray 4.16 (40) Collingwood 6.8 (44) Western Oval 21,5004 July 1931
North Melbourne 7.8 (50) Carlton 20.10 (130) Arden Street Oval 10,0004 July 1931

Round 10

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Hawthorn 14.12 (96) North Melbourne 3.6 (24) Glenferrie Oval 4,00011 July 1931
Fitzroy 8.10 (58) St Kilda 12.18 (90) Brunswick Street Oval 11,00011 July 1931
Richmond 8.18 (66) Melbourne 7.11 (53) Punt Road Oval 11,00011 July 1931
Geelong 7.10 (52) Footscray 3.5 (23) Corio Oval 9,00011 July 1931
Essendon 12.9 (81) Collingwood 8.9 (57) Windy Hill 10,00011 July 1931
South Melbourne 10.12 (72) Carlton 11.11 (77) Lake Oval 16,00011 July 1931

Round 11

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Melbourne 4.7 (31) South Melbourne 12.10 (82) MCG 15,25818 July 1931
Collingwood 14.20 (104) Fitzroy 8.10 (58) Victoria Park 12,00018 July 1931
Carlton 16.15 (111) Hawthorn 5.8 (38) Princes Park 17,00018 July 1931
St Kilda 6.12 (48) Richmond 11.19 (85) Junction Oval 24,00018 July 1931
North Melbourne 9.10 (64) Geelong 19.17 (131) Arden Street Oval 4,00018 July 1931
Footscray 8.10 (58) Essendon 12.13 (85) Western Oval 19,00018 July 1931

Round 12

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Fitzroy 11.11 (77) Melbourne 9.12 (66) Brunswick Street Oval 8,00025 July 1931
Essendon 15.14 (104) St Kilda 9.5 (59) Windy Hill 15,00025 July 1931
South Melbourne 13.16 (94) North Melbourne 9.12 (66) Lake Oval 7,50025 July 1931
Hawthorn 8.5 (53) Footscray 6.19 (55) Glenferrie Oval 8,00025 July 1931
Geelong 4.19 (43) Collingwood 4.6 (30) Corio Oval 15,00025 July 1931
Richmond 8.17 (65) Carlton 6.12 (48) Punt Road Oval 36,00025 July 1931

Round 13

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 9.15 (69) Richmond 16.12 (108) Arden Street Oval 8,0001 August 1931
Footscray 9.14 (68) South Melbourne 5.11 (41) Western Oval 18,5001 August 1931
Collingwood 15.13 (103) Hawthorn 7.16 (58) Victoria Park 9,0001 August 1931
Carlton 18.13 (121) Fitzroy 13.11 (89) Princes Park 18,5001 August 1931
St Kilda 7.10 (52) Geelong 15.10 (100) Junction Oval 16,0001 August 1931
Melbourne 11.6 (72) Essendon 10.11 (71) MCG 13,8281 August 1931

Round 14

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Hawthorn 11.9 (75) St Kilda 11.11 (77) Glenferrie Oval 8,0008 August 1931
Geelong 11.11 (77) Melbourne 6.9 (45) Corio Oval 9,2508 August 1931
Fitzroy 21.12 (138) North Melbourne 8.12 (60) Brunswick Street Oval 8,0008 August 1931
Richmond 7.12 (54) Footscray 10.18 (78) Punt Road Oval 25,0008 August 1931
South Melbourne 6.23 (59) Collingwood 8.13 (61) Lake Oval 14,0008 August 1931
Essendon 18.14 (122) Carlton 11.22 (88) Windy Hill 20,0008 August 1931

Round 15

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
St Kilda 6.18 (54) South Melbourne 8.14 (62) Junction Oval 6,00022 August 1931
Collingwood 6.10 (46) Richmond 10.10 (70) Victoria Park 15,00022 August 1931
Carlton 5.9 (39) Geelong 3.10 (28) Princes Park 18,00022 August 1931
Melbourne 13.15 (93) Hawthorn 2.6 (18) MCG 3,61422 August 1931
Footscray 10.12 (72) Fitzroy 6.6 (42) Western Oval 8,00022 August 1931
North Melbourne 9.7 (61) Essendon 11.17 (83) Arden Street Oval 4,00022 August 1931

Round 16

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
North Melbourne 7.8 (50) St Kilda 11.15 (81) Arden Street Oval 4,00029 August 1931
Footscray 10.12 (72) Melbourne 5.8 (38) Western Oval 12,00029 August 1931
Fitzroy 9.8 (62) Geelong 9.22 (76) Brunswick Street Oval 8,00029 August 1931
South Melbourne 12.18 (90) Hawthorn 9.5 (59) Lake Oval 4,50029 August 1931
Richmond 23.14 (152) Essendon 15.11 (101) Punt Road Oval 16,00029 August 1931
Collingwood 20.15 (135) Carlton 10.14 (74) Victoria Park 20,00029 August 1931

Round 17

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Melbourne 18.15 (123) North Melbourne 11.13 (79) MCG 3,9445 September 1931
Hawthorn 5.13 (43) Richmond 13.21 (99) Glenferrie Oval 11,0005 September 1931
Geelong 16.12 (108) South Melbourne 8.11 (59) Corio Oval 10,5005 September 1931
Essendon 15.7 (97) Fitzroy 12.8 (80) Windy Hill 10,0005 September 1931
Carlton 6.14 (50) Footscray 7.12 (54) Princes Park 39,0005 September 1931
St Kilda 21.16 (142) Collingwood 20.8 (128) Junction Oval 17,0005 September 1931

Round 18

Home teamHome team scoreAway teamAway team scoreVenueCrowdDate
Collingwood 18.19 (127) Melbourne 8.9 (57) Victoria Park 14,00012 September 1931
Carlton 10.6 (66) St Kilda 6.12 (48) Princes Park 25,00012 September 1931
Richmond 8.8 (56) Geelong 11.17 (83) Punt Road Oval 15,00012 September 1931
North Melbourne 3.16 (34) Footscray 5.13 (43) Arden Street Oval 9,00012 September 1931
South Melbourne 5.14 (44) Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Lake Oval 4,50012 September 1931
Hawthorn 8.15 (63) Essendon 9.12 (66) Glenferrie Oval 5,00012 September 1931

Ladder

1931 VFL ladder
PosTeamPldWLDPFPAPPPts
1 Geelong (P)18153015721038151.460 Finals
2 Richmond 18153016271153141.160
3 Carlton 18126016131289125.148
4 Collingwood 18126015891281124.048
5 Footscray 18126011611054110.248
6 Essendon 1810801416142899.240
7 South Melbourne 189901393140699.136
8 Melbourne 1881001286140391.732
9 St Kilda 1881001323148489.232
10 Fitzroy 1841401380160586.016
11 Hawthorn 1831501145139582.112
12 North Melbourne 1801801000196950.80
Source: VFL Ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

All of the 1931 finals were played at the MCG so the home team in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final is purely the higher ranked team from the ladder but in the Grand Final the home team was the team that won the Preliminary Final.

Semi finals

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueCrowdDate
Carlton 20.10 (130) Collingwood 5.12 (42) MCG 51,14019 September
Geelong 10.6 (66) Richmond 15.9 (99) MCG 48,35326 September

Preliminary Final

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueCrowdDate
Geelong 11.17 (83) Carlton 11.11 (77) MCG 36,6533 October

Grand final

Grand Final

Home teamScoreAway teamScoreVenueCrowdDate
Richmond 7.6 (48) Geelong 9.14 (68) MCG 60,71210 October

Awards

Notable events

Footnotes

  1. Rodgers, Stephen (1992), Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results, 1897–1991 (3rd ed.), Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neil
  2. Rodgers, Stephen, Every Game Ever Played, VFL/AFL Results 1897–1991, Ringwood, VIC: Viking O'Neal, p. 212
  3. "Second Eighteens". The Argus. Melbourne. 12 October 1931. p. 9.
  4. H. A. deLacy (31 January 1031). "Football on Motordrome – V.F.L. has option on three other grounds". The Sporting Globe. p. 4.
  5. Southerner (25 March 1931). "Victorian grounds trouble settled". Referee. Sydney, NSW. p. 11.
  6. W. S. Sharland (14 March 1931). "League arranges fixtures". The Sporting Globe. Melbourne. p. 4.

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