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1937

Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Ivor Warne-Smith
Finishing Position: 2nd
Best and Fairest: Jack Mueller
Leading Goalkicker: Ron Baggott (51)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List Seconds Tribunal

For the first time players from the country didn't need full clearances to join VFL sides, and could instead play up to six VFL matches with the blessing of their original club before needing to officially change clubs. Also for the first time players were allowed to have representation from their club when they faced the Tribunal.

On Saturday April 10 three Melbourne sides played practice matches. Against Prahran, Williamstown and Prahran Districts

After a club record start to the season where they won their first eight games, two losses in the middle of the year put in a dent in Melbourne's double chance hopes. They won the last four of the season to make absolutely sure of having two chances, but missing Ray Wartman, Maurie Gibb, Lou Reiffel, Frank Roberts and Bert Chandler they were knocked out in straight sets.

Jack Mueller and Allan La Fontaine were selected in a VFL representive team that played the VFA.

Melbourne travelled to Sydney by sea for a match on August 7th and returned by train.

The improved performance on-field helped the club earn £1000 more in takings than for 1936. It was the first profit the club had made in 25 years.

Practice matches

OppositionResultScore
Oakleigh ? ?
Coburg WIN110-40
Preston ? ?
Prahran WIN105-78
Williamstown ??

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 RichmondWIN92-66
2 EssendonWIN170-85
3 CarltonWIN107-71
4 St. KildaWIN95-90
5 CollingwoodWIN101-76
6 FootscrayWIN78-56
7 North MelbourneWIN166-44
8 HawthornWIN105-82
9 GeelongLOSS71-104
10 FitzroyWIN89-50
11 South MelbourneWIN88-82
12 RichmondLOSS88-102
13 EssendonWIN79-63
14 CarltonLOSS104-120
15 St. KildaWIN124-84
16 CollingwoodWIN153-142
17 FootscrayWIN105-74
18 North MelbourneWIN130-91
SF GeelongLOSS113-125
PF CollingwoodLOSS52-107

Ladder

WDL%P
Geelong1503135.360
Melbourne1503131.260
Collingwood1305129.052
Richmond1116108.046
Carlton1107110.944
St. Kilda1008101.340
Fitzroy701193.128
Hawthorn701184.428
South Melbourne611189.926
Essendon501390.620
Footscray401481.816
North Melbourne301564.212

Exhibition Match

OppositionResultScore
New South Wales WIN134-56

Playing List

PlayerGamesGoals
1 Gordon Jones 150
2 Lou Reiffel 822
3 John Lewis 174
4 Norm Smith 2045
5 Keith Truscott 127
6 Joe Kinnear 100
7 Hugh Murnane 1714
8 Rowley Fischer 174
9 Richie Emselle 30
10 Fred Backway 10
11 Beres Reilly 31
12 Jack Mueller 1916
13 Les Jones 2014
14 Maurie Gibb 1015
15 Ron Baggott 1851
16 Eric Glass 817
17 Allan La Fontaine 173
18 Wally Lock 138
19 Frank Roberts 154
20 Harry Long 80
20 Jack Coolahan 31
23 Ray Wartman 94
24 Percy Beames 2044
25 Bert Chandler 110
26 Jack Furniss 60
27 Stan Penberthy 110
28 Pat McNamara 170
29 Jock Ball 10
30 Jack Foster 41
31 Ron Barassi 1424
32 Gordon Ogden 170
33 Ted Buckley 161

Other Awards

Best Clubman - Rowley Fischer
Most Consistent - Percy Beames
Most Improved - Wally Lock (senior) and Keith Truscott (junior)
Best Utility Player - Frank Roberts
Best Forward - Norm Smith
Best Back Man - Frank Roberts
Most Unselfish Player - Norm Smith
Special training awards - Percy Beames and Gordon Jones
Special clubman trophy - Jack Foster
Special award by the social committee - Jock Ball
Special effort award - John Lewis

Seconds

1937 Seconds season

WDL%P
Geelong 161166
Carlton140456
Melbourne130552
Collingwood120648
Fitzroy110744
Footscray100840
Essendon711030
South Melbourne701128
Richmond601224
Hawthorn501320
St Kilda401416
North Melbourne20168


Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Collingwood LOSS

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 13 Harry Long Elbowing Not Guilty
PF John Lewis Striking Not Guilty


Notes
Practice match also played against Williamstown

Media
Sporting Globe - 24/03/1937
Argus - 01/04/1937
Argus - 04/05/1937
Sydney Morning Herald - 16/06/1937
Argus - 10/02/1938
The Age - 18/02/1938

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