- 1934 VFL season
Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1934
imagesize = 120px
caption = Premiership player
teams = 12
premiers = AFL Ric
count = 4th
minor premiers = AFL Ric
mpcount = 3rd
top goal scorer =
Bob Pratt(South Melbourne)
brownlow medalist =
Dick Reynolds(AFL Ess)
Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1934.
In 1934, 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 1934 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 1934 VFL Premiership team was Richmond.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was
Bob Prattof South Melbourne with 138 goals (150 after finals)
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year",
Laurie Nashof South Melbourne, was declared 1934 Champion of the Season.
* The winner of the 1934
Brownlow Medalwas 19 years old Dick Reynoldsof Essendon with 19 votes in his second VFL season.
* North Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1934.
Bob Prattsmashes Gordon Coventry's record, kicking with 150 goals in the 1934 season. He only took 13 matches to reach 100 goals.
* On 11 August, the regular South Melbourne centre half-back
Laurie Nashplays at full-forward for Victoria for three quarters (the selected full-forward Bill Mohrhad broken his finger in the first quarter) and kicks 18 goals in a single match against the SANFL at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Nash had kicked two goals from centre half-forward in the first quarter prior to Mohr's injury, then kicked two more in the second quarter, before dominating the match after half-time with another 14 goals.
* In round 8, Fitzroy's ruckman
Colin Benhamscored his famous "in-off the small boy" goal.
* In the third quarter of the round 10 match between Carlton and Collingwood, played at Victoria Park in a heavy cross-wind, a vicious brawl breaks out involving 20 players, required police assistance to stop.
Syd Coventryleft the field with concussion. Only three players were reported, and only one (Carlton's Harry Maskell) was suspended. One of the match's goal umpires and both boundary umpires are suspended for the remainder of the season for "dereliction of duty" in relation to the brawl.
* North Melbourne does not win a single game in the entire season.
* It is a matter of record that
Dick Reynoldswon the 1934 Brownlow Medalfrom Haydn Bunton, Srby a single vote. Legend has it that Bunton, who had dominated in the last match of the season, tried to "suck up to" field umpire Jack McMurray as he walked off the playing field, and that Murray, sensing a blatant and improper attempt to influence his Brownlow voting, cast his votes for three other players.
* Colin Benham's famous "in-off the small boy" goal
* Maplestone, M., "Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996", Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-959-17402-8
* 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/1934.html 1934 Season - AFL Tables]
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