1900 VFL season

1900 VFL season

Infobox Victorian Football League season
year = 1900

imagesize = 100px
caption = Melbourne premiership player Jack Leith
clubs = 8
home-and-away season = 14 rounds
premiership team = Melbourne
count = 1st
minor premiers = Fitzroy
mpcount = 2nd
champion of the season = Fred Leach
cclub = Collingwood
top goal kicker = Albert Thurgood (25)
Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1900.

Premiership season

In 1900, the VFL competition was comprised of eight 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 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1900 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the 1898 VFL Premiership 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

Grand Final

Melbourne defeated Fitzroy 4.10 (34) to 3.12 (30). (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

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* The 1900 VFL Premiership team was Melbourne.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Albert Thurgood of Essendon with 25 goals.
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year", Collingwood's Fred Leach, was declared 1900 Champion of the Colony.
* St Kilda took the "wooden spoon" in 1900.

Notable Events

* St Kilda footballer Dave Strickland, father of Shirley Strickland, wins the 1900, 130-yard Stawell Gift in 12 seconds, off a handicap of 10 yards.
* Collingwood's highly talented "loose cannon" Dick Condon is given life for abusing a field umpire. [After three appeals, Condon's suspension for life was lifted in 1902, and Condon resumed playing for Collingwood.]
* The first round match between St Kilda and Melbourne ends in a draw. The VFL changed the score after a protest by St Kilda, giving St Kilda its first VFL win after 48 losses.
* By the end of the finals round-robin matches, more than 1,000 points had been scored against St Kilda in a single season. [At the end of the 1900 season, St Kilda had scored 439 points against their opponents' collective score of 1,029 points.]
* Melbourne wins the 1900 premiership, despite only having won 6 of 14 home-and-away series matches.



* Hogan, P., "The Tigers Of Old", The Richmond Football Club, (Richmond), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
* 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/1900.html 1900 Season - AFL Tables]

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