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1944

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Captain - Coach: Percy Beames
Finishing Position: 8th
Best and Fairest: Norm Smith
Leading Goalkicker: Fred Fanning (87)
Best First Year Player: Esmond Downey

Matches Ladder Playing List Awards Seconds


Still ravaged by the war, the VFL welcomed back Geelong but it was to be another disappointing season for the Demons. Of the 36 players to represent them in their last premiership season 24 were in the services, with just four still playing.

Despite Norm Smith moving into the centre to devastating effect, and Fred Fanning leading the league goalkicking for the second time Melbourne were once again well off the top four pace. Once again they had lost a great chunk of the previous season's side, 22 were unavailable, and debuted 16 new players amongst 46 for the season - equal most of any Melbourne season.

It was initially planned for the new season to have the same system as 1943 where the bottom club would drop out after Round 11 - and in this case the second last club would be 'retired' too - but the system was dropped mid-way through the year, with Melbourne in danger of finishing in the second last spot.

Despite missing four games when suspended for striking, Fred Fanning lead the league's goalkicking with 87 for the season.

The club spent 1627p and had 818p of income.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Joe Blair and Bruce Hogg.

Practice match

OppositionResultScore
RAAF ? ?

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 RichmondLOSS
2 EssendonLOSS
3 CarltonLOSS
4 GeelongWIN
5 St. KildaLOSS
6 CollingwoodWIN
7 North MelbourneLOSS
8 FitzroyLOSS
9 FootscrayLOSS
10 South MelbourneWIN
11 HawthornWIN
12 RichmondLOSS
13 EssendonLOSS
14 CarltonWIN
15 GeelongWIN
16 St. KildaLOSS
17 CollingwoodLOSS
18 HawthornWIN

Exhibition Match

Opponent
Result
Ballarat League WIN

Ladder

WDL%P
Richmond1314131.254
Fitzroy1314131.154
Essendon1224134.052
Footscray1215106.950
Carlton1206131.548
North Melbourne1008100.340
South Melbourne90996.936
Melbourne7011102.728
St. Kilda621090.428
Collingwood701189.128
Hawthorn211566.210
Geelong101758.64

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Ron Kimberley 20
1 Jack Compton 32
2 Roy Dowsing 146
3 Ron Irwin 180
4 Norm Smith 183
5 Billy Deans 184
6 Fred Fanning 1487
7 Clem Conroy 20
9 Ivan Porter 23
10 Gordon Kramer 91
11 Norm Matthews 41
12 Jack Mueller 56
13 Frank Scanlan 30
14 George Archibald 162
15 Colin Bradley 30
16 Hughie McPherson 116
17 Tom Bush 10
18 Darcy Walsh 30
19 Lloyd Bennett 94
20 Harry New 10
20 Bob Herbert 1313
21 Don Cordner 182
22 Shane McGrath 20
22 Tony Bizzaca 21
23 Jack Doherty 20
24 Percy Beames 1817
25 Col McLean 180
26 Doug Heywood 168
27 Col Galbraith 40
28 Percy Taylor 717
29 Ken Levey 70
31 Les Gibbs 10
32 Jack Minnis 121
33 Frank McGrath 21
33 Warren Lewis 43
34 Neil Bencraft 23
35 Charlie Newman 70
36 Esmond Downey 167
37 Jack Maher 42
37 Bryan Crimmins 10
38 Bill Scanlan 1012
39 Jack Stock 90
39 Frank Kennedy 64
Ron Hall 30
Don Hewson 10
Jim Ryan 10

Best and Fairest

PlacePlayer
1st Norm Smith
2nd Don Cordner

Other Awards
Best Clubman - Roy Dowsing
Most Outstanding and Special Goalkicking - Fred Fanning
Most Improved - Ron Irwin
Most Determined - Percy Beames and Hughie McPherson
Best Utility - Billy Deans and George Archibald
Most Dependable - Col McLean
Most Promising Performances - Doug Heywood, Bill Scanlan and Frank Kennedy

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 11 Fred Fanning Striking 4 matches
Round 16 Roy Dowsing Striking Not Guilty

Seconds

1944 Seconds season

WDL%P
Footscray 1404125.056
Fitzroy 1314134.054
Collingwood 1305145.652
St Kilda 1206122.648
Carlton 1017108.042
South Melbourne 90986.436
North Melbourne801087.032
Geelong801086.132
Essendon601298.924
Richmond501381.720
Hawthorn411382.118
Melbourne411377.718

Notes
A charity practice match may have been played against Hawthorn on 29 April, but the league appears to have rejected the concept.

Media
Football Record R1 1944
The Australasian - 24/06/1944
"Melbourne Trophies" - The Argus 23/11/1944
"MFCs costs rise" - Barrier Daily Truth 06/02/1946

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