- 1931 VFL season
Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1931
imagesize = 120px
caption = George 'Jocka' Todd
teams = 12
premiers = AFL Gee
count = 1st
minor premiers = AFL Gee
mpcount = 2nd
top goal scorer =
Harry Vallence(AFL Car)
brownlow medalist =
Haydn Bunton, Sr.(AFL Fit)
Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1931.
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".
List of Australian Football League premiersfor a complete list."
* The 1931 VFL Premiership team was Geelong.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was Harry "Soapy" Vallence of Carlton with 86 goals.
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year", George "Jocka" Todd of Geelong, was declared 1931 Champion of the Season.
* In his first VFL season, and only 20 years old, the winner of the 1931
Brownlow Medalwas Haydn Bunton, Srof Fitzroy with 26 votes.
* North Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1931.
* The VFL changed its
Brownlow Medalvoting procedure. The field umpire now voted for the three "fairest and best" on the ground in each match, casting 3, 2, and 1 votes. If there was a tie, the player with the most "3" votes would be declared the winner.
* The VFL altered the manner in which it determined its premiership team. Abandoning the "amended "Argus" system" that had operated from 1902 to 1930 (except in 1924), the VFL instituted the Page-McIntyre "Final Four" system which, amongst other innovations, guaranteed that there would be a "Grand Final" at the end of every season (this system continued to operate until 1972).
* In round 2, Richmond set the record for highest score in a game, scoring 30.19.199 against North Melbourne. This beat South Melbourne's 1919 record by ten points, and remained unbeaten until 1969.
* In round 12, Carlton rover
Tommy Downsis reported for kicking Richmond captain Maurie Hunter; despite the efforts of one R. G. Menzies, K.C., Downs was suspended for the remainder of the 1931 season and the whole of the 1932 season.
* In the first Semi-Final, Carlton thrashes Collingwood 20.10 (130) to 5.12 (42). Harry "Soapy" Vallence, at full-forward for Carlton kicks a (Finals) record 11 goals, including six in the last quarter. Vallance would have had 12 goals if his last shot (the last kick in the match) had not hit the goal-post, and only counted as a "behind".
* Page-McIntyre "Final Four" system
* 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
* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1931.html 1931 Season - AFL Tables]
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