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1934

Coach: Checker Hughes
Captain: Colin Niven
Finishing Position: 6th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Jack Mueller (52)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List Awards Seconds

Image After the club cut 10 experienced players and lost another two to retirement at the conclusion of 1933, they were left with just 22 players to start building a new side from. The rebuilding process allowed 13 players to debut during the year. After winning just three games the previous season and finishing 10th, the side improved to nine wins and sixth despite their lack of experience. The Seconds also dropped 10 players from their list despite winning the last three premierships, to make room for new players.

The club played two exhibition matches in Sydney, one on a Saturday afternoon and one on a Sunday morning. Five players who were running late due to work commitments became the first VFL players to fly to a game by plane. On theior way back the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field in Wallan.

Melbourne made national headlines before the Round 10 match against Essendon when it was announced that prominent supporter and former committeeman Win Berry would award a prize to the best barracker.

The league re-introduced the 'flick' pass, rewriting the 'handball' rule to read Handball is where the ball is clearly held in one hand and knocked with the other hand. The rule had been previously abolished in 1925. For the first time an electric clock was permanently introduced at the MCG after a successful trial during the 1933 finals series.

The reserves won their fourth consecutive premiership.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were George Cathie and Harry Parkin. The club lost 1600 pounds for the season, income of 1866 pounds and expenditure of 3468 pounds, which was covered by the MCC.

Practice Matches

OppositionResult
Sandhurst DRAW

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResult
1 RichmondLOSS
2 HawthornWIN
3 GeelongLOSS
4 FitzroyWIN
5 North MelbourneWIN
6 St. KildaLOSS
7 FootscrayWIN
8 CarltonLOSS
9 CollingwoodLOSS
10 EssendonWIN
11 South MelbourneLOSS
12 RichmondWIN
13 HawthornWIN
14 GeelongLOSS
15 FitzroyLOSS
16 North MelbourneWIN
17 St. KildaLOSS
18 FootscrayWIN

Exhibition Match

OppositionResult
Echuca League WIN

Ladder

WDL%P
Richmond1503121.360
Geelong1413135.458
South Melbourne1404140.256
Collingwood1314121.954
Carlton1206116.348
Melbourne90997.236
St. Kilda90995.836
Fitzroy701195.728
Footscray601285.024
Essendon501383.520
Hawthorn301567.812
North Melbourne001866.40

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
Bill Sweeney 22
1 Colin Niven 184
2 Wyn Murray 10
2 Joe Kinnear 20
3 George Margitich 1016
4 Jack Sambell 93
5 Bill Deague 72
6 Archie Roberts 150
7 Bert Taylor 1311
8 Rowley Fischer 164
9 Charlie Longhurst 121
10 Jack Bennett 157
11 Sid Meehl 31
12 Jack Mueller 1452
13 Les Jones 104
14 Maurie Gibb 711
15 Edwin Pemberton 41
16 Eric Glass 1720
17 Allan La Fontaine 1832
18 Don Hooper 173
19 Ron Wilson 10
20 Harry Long 150
21 Bill Vanthoff 50
22 Billy Libbis 1410
23 Francis Vine 153
24 Percy Beames 1828
25 Frank Kelly 150
26 Lou Riley 33
27 Len Smith 130
28 Pat McNamara 40
29 Jack Young 60
31 Jack Power 62
32 Gordon Ogden 120
33 Ray Niven 22
34 Billy Walsh 32

Awards
Best utility player - Les Jones
Best back player - Archie Roberts
Best forward player - Jack Mueller
Special trophy - clubman - Maurie Gibb
Special trophy - Frank Kelly
Training trophy - Bert Taylor
Best all round player - Percy Beames
Most improved - Charlie Longhurst

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 4 Colin Niven Striking Not Guilty
Round 4 Colin Niven Elbowing Not Guilty
Round 5 Charlie Longhurst Attempted Striking 4 matches

Seconds

1932 Seconds season

WDL%P
Melbourne 150360
Geelong 140456
Footscray 121550
Fitzroy 120648
Richmond110744
South Melbourne101742
Collingwood100840
Carlton801032
St Kilda511222
Essendon511222
Hawthorn20168
North Melbourne20168

Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Geelong WIN
GF Geelong WIN

Media
Herald - 10/03/1934
News - 13/07/1934
Sporting Globe - 29/09/1934
Herald - 04/12/1934
Age - 13/12/1934
The Demon - July 2002

Links
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