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1936

Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Allan La Fontaine
Finishing Position: 4th
Best and Fairest: Allan La Fontaine
Leading Goalkicker: Eric Glass (56)
Best First Year Player: n/a
Members: 1775

Matches Ladder Playing List Tribunal Seconds

Image Melbourne's rebuild under Checker Hughes and Percy Page finally began to pay off, with a return to the finals for the first time since 1928. To further the club's nickname of 'Demons', Hughes installed a large 'demonical' head in the training rooms, complete with a red feather protruding from its cap.

Allan La Fontaine became captain, with Percy Beames as vice-captain and Les Jones deputy vice-captain.

Round 10 games were pushed back a week due to torrential rain on Saturday 4 July. On Tuesday 21 July a combined Melbourne-St Kilda team played against the visiting East Perth. Melbourne players involved were Ball, Lock, Kelly, Feltscheer, Barassi, Baggott, Furniss, Roberts, Foster and Reiffel.

Image With a last round game against premiership fancies Collingwood, and their nearest challenger Geelong playing the lowly Hawthorn, the Demons made sure of a top four berth with a narrow win at Footscray. They won another thriller in the Semi Final, a first finals win since the 1926 premiership, but were well beaten by South Melbourne in the Preliminary Final.

The Seconds made their fifth consecutive Grand Final, but were defeated. The Seconds played a pre-season game against the Prahran City club of the League Sub-District competition, who Melbourne was sponsoring. There were only five junior clubs in the district due to a lack of suitable grounds, leaving Melbourne as the driving force in an attempt to abolish the district recruiting scheme.

The club had another financial loss, but continued to improve their position. They lost £1300 on receipts of £2727 against expenses of £4026.

Practice match

OppositionResultScore
Prahran WIN109-66
Brunswick WIN?

Premiership season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 South MelbourneLOSS87-108
2 FitzroyWIN107-59
3 GeelongLOSS32-102
4 HawthornWIN116-77
5 North MelbourneWIN122-75
6 FootscrayWIN96-80
7 CollingwoodLOSS67-89
8 St. KildaWIN131-101
9 CarltonWIN83-68
10 EssendonWIN111-67
11 RichmondWIN112-103
12 South MelbourneWIN148-96
13 FitzroyLOSS85-91
14 GeelongLOSS100-105
15 HawthornWIN112-62
16 North MelbourneWIN107-45
17 FootscrayWIN72-65
18 CollingwoodLOSS67-84
SF CarltonWIN97-88
PF South MelbourneLOSS63-89

Exhibition match

OppositionResultScore
Gippsland XVIII WIN108-100

Ladder

WDL%P
South Melbourne1602118.564
Collingwood1503135.660
Carlton1206124.848
Melbourne1206118.848
Geelong1107125.844
Richmond1008107.940
St. Kilda90996.136
Essendon601285.124
Hawthorn601280.924
Footscray501386.520
North Melbourne401475.916
Fitzroy201668.98

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Gordon Jones 21
2 Lou Reiffel 1631
3 John Lewis 1711
4 Norm Smith 1128
5 Bill Deague 182
6 Joe Kinnear 60
6 Jack Harrison 22
7 Bert Taylor 137
8 Rowley Fischer 151
9 Charlie Longhurst 30
10 Jack Bennett 1010
11 Sid Meehl 50
11 Harden Dean 10
12 Jack Mueller 185
13 Les Jones 2023
14 Maurie Gibb 1918
15 Ron Baggott 1426
16 Eric Glass 1956
17 Allan La Fontaine 1911
18 Wally Lock 101
19 Frank Roberts 181
20 Harry Long 90
21 Bill Ralston 52
22 Ken Feltscheer 20
23 Ray Wartman 207
24 Percy Beames 1417
25 Frank Kelly 31
26 Jack Furniss 161
27 Archie Roberts 40
28 Pat McNamara 170
29 Jock Ball 20
30 Jack Foster 128
31 Ron Barassi 40
32 Gordon Ogden 160

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Allan La Fontaine

Awards
Best Utility Player - Les Jones
Special Effort - Jack Mueller
Most Reliable Player - Gordon Ogden
Most determined - Rowley Fischer
Special Training award - Norm Smith, Pat McNamara
Special Clubman award - Ron Barassi
Most improved senior - Maurie Gibb
Most improved junior - Jack Furniss, Wally Lock
Best Finals Player - Ray Wartman

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 4 Sid Meehl Refusing to return to mark Not Guilty
Round 4 Harry Long Elbowing Not Guilty
Round 4 Harry Long Refusing to return to mark Not Guilty
Round 4 Harry Long Striking 4 matches
Round 6 Ron Baggott Threatening Behaviour Not Guilty
Round 6 Ron Baggott Retaliating 4 matches
Round 6 Eric Glass Striking Withdrawn
Round 10 Charlie Longhurst Kicking 8 matches
Round 10 John Lewis Striking Not Guilty
Round 10 Joe Kinnear Elbowing Not Guilty
Round 12 John Lewis Throwing ball at player Guilty
Round 13 Eric Glass Violently shaking Not Guilty
PF Frank Roberts Charging 2 matches

Seconds

1936 Seconds season

WDLP
Melbourne 160264
Collingwood160264
Geelong140456
Footscray130552
Carlton130552
South Melbourne90936
Essendon90936
Richmond701128
St Kilda501320
Hawthorn301512
Fitzroy20168
North Melbourne10174

Finals

RoundOppositionResultScore
SF Collingwood WIN106-80
GF Footscray LOSS50-101

Awards
Most improved - Harden Dean
Most serviceable - Frank Roberts

Media
Sporting Globe - 07/03/1936
Sporting Globe - 24/06/1936
Herald - 02/07/1936
Herald - 14/07/1936
Football Record R11 1936
Herald - 16/02/1937

Links
AFL Tables page
Wikipedia page
Membership image and 1936 team courtesy of grandoldflag.net

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 05 February 2024 14:44:33 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 55)

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