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1911

Coach: n/a
Captain: Vin Coutie
Finishing Position: 7th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Harry Brereton (46)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List


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The first year when clubs were openly allowed to pay players. They had been doing so for years under the guise of "expenses", but from May 1911 onwards it was legal. After an earlier attempt at introducing payments had failed to achieve the necessary 75% margin a later vote saw an overwhelming majority of league delegates agreeing that all players should be open professionals. The VFL relented under pressure from the MCC and allowed any players who wished to play as amateurs to do so.

Only Melbourne and University voted against dismissing amateurism, with the Reds officially paying each player 5/ a week to cover his tram fare and no more unless he could show that he lost money through employment to train or play. Some players who wished to remain purely amateur refused to even take tram fare.

Elections for the committee saw Bernie Nolan (213 votes), WM Cattlin (212), CE Couchman (198), Amos Norcott (191) and J. Nevill (151) elected. J Urquhart (116) and HD Westley (69) were unsuccessful.

Melbourne's delegates to the league were Bill McClelland and Bernie Nolan.

The Round 2 match against Geelong ended in a protest which was dismissed. The claim was that Geelong shouldn't have received a point which came when the ball was punched through after hte bell.

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 FitzroyWIN
2 GeelongDRAW
3 EssendonLOSS
4 South MelbourneLOSS
5 St. KildaWIN
6 CollingwoodLOSS
7 RichmondLOSS
8 UniversityWIN
9 CarltonLOSS
10 FitzroyLOSS
11 GeelongWIN
12 EssendonLOSS
13 South MelbourneLOSS
14 St. KildaWIN
15 CollingwoodLOSS
16 RichmondWIN
17 UniversityWIN
18 CarltonLOSS

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Essendon1512178.362
South Melbourne1314140.454
Carlton1224142.052
Collingwood1206124.448
Fitzroy1008113.640
Geelong81999.934
Melbourne711098.630
Richmond701191.228
St. Kilda201648.18
University101752.14

Exhibition Matches

Opposition
Result
Wagga League WIN
Combined Sydney B WIN

Playing List

PlayerGamesGoals
Bill Allen 166
Harry Brereton 1746
Harry Cope 81
Vin Coutie 916
Harold Curran 20
Ken Edgar 20
Stan Fairbairn 1112
Jim Fitzpatrick 83
Bill Flintoft 92
Jack Geggie 10
Alf George 123
Frank Harris 151
Bill Henderson 70
Bill Hendrie 186
Bill Hickey 141
Joe Hodgkins 21
Billy Irwin 21
Mal Kennedy 114
Jack Leith 33
Bill McKenzie 182
Bill McKeone 10
Bobby Monk 130
Jim Moore 10
Wally Naismith 180
Jimmy Nolan 10
Hughie Odgers 181
Joe Pearce 160
Ted Politz 85
Jack Robertson 165
Leo Rush 64
Ben Sheppard 41
Jack Smith 101
George St John 10
Wally Sykes 54
Hedley Tomkins 177
Fred Whelpton 40


Media
Independent - 25/03/1911
"Professionalism sanctioned by the Victorian league" - Referee 17/05/1911
The Argus - 16/06/1911

Links
AFL Tables 1911 page

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