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1945

Coach: Checker Hughes
Captain: Norm Smith
Finishing Position: 9th
Best and Fairest: Fred Fanning
Leading Goalkicker: Fred Fanning (67)
Best First Year Player: Roy Stabb

Matches Ladder Playing List Awards Seconds

After two disappointing wartime seasons Percy Beames resigned as coach in February and Frank "Checker" Hughes was asked to come out of retirement and take over as coach after two years out of the game.

With Melbourne still exiled at Punt Road due to the MCG being used in war service, they looked to rebuild from 80 players who turned up for pre-season training but saw no marked improvement in 1944. They started brightly, winning three of their first five games before military transfers started to take their toll and they were forced to blood more new players.

Selection committee consisted of Percy Beames, Fred Ince, Richard Taylor, Checker Hughes and Norm Smith.

The league considered and rejected a proposal to take premiership points off clubs with poor on-field disciplinary records. Joe Blair and JC Hogg were the Demons delegates to the VFL.

With the war coming to an end attendance increased, and while expenses rose significantly due to a rise in payments to players there were also increases in receipts and significant gains in membership. Senior members increased by 45% and junior members by 150%, but while receipts rose from 881p to 2781p and expenses from 1627p to 4323p.

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

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResult
1 Carlton WIN
2 St. Kilda WIN
3 Collingwood LOSS
4 Richmond LOSS
5 Geelong WIN
6 Footscray LOSS
7 North Melbourne LOSS
8 South Melbourne LOSS
9 Fitzroy LOSS
10 Hawthorn WIN
11 Essendon WIN
12 Carlton LOSS
13 St. Kilda WIN
14 CollingwoodLOSS
15 Richmond LOSS
16 GeelongWIN
17 FootscrayWIN
18 North Melbourne LOSS
19 South Melbourne LOSS
20 Fitzroy LOSS

Exhibition Match

OppositionResult
St Kilda LOSS

Ladder

WDL%P
South Melbourne1604131.864
Collingwood1505128.860
North Melbourne1307111.152
Carlton1307106.952
Footscray1208108.948
Fitzroy1118119.146
Richmond1109103.444
Essendon101999.132
Melbourne801299.132
Hawthorn601485.624
Geelong201864.98
St. Kilda201862.28

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
2 Roy Dowsing 190
3 Ron Irwin 160
4 Norm Smith 1733
5 Billy Deans 200
6 Fred Fanning 1967
7 Clem Conroy 91
8 Ralph Latham 1611
9 Ivan Porter 1926
10 Gordon Kramer 121
11 Gordon Bowman 63
12 Jack Mueller 55
14 Ron Hall 20
14 George Archibald 60
15 Ron Baggott 1625
16 George Bickford 50
17 Allan La Fontaine 145
18 Adrian Dullard 91
19 Bill Scanlan 144
20 Harry New 10
20 George Lenne 40
21 Don Cordner 208
22 Ernie O'Rourke 1212
22 Roy Stabb 142
23 Norm Leverton 20
24 Dick Kennedy 95
25 Col McLean 201
26 Esmond Downey 60
27 Keith Molloy 80
28 Percy Taylor 23
30 Norm Wilson 74
31 Frank Hughes 80
31 Jack Mitchell 69
32 Jim Oppy 30
33 Bruce Edge 30
33 Ern Rowarth 111
35 Charlie Newman 40
37 Frank Kennedy 106
38 Jack Stock 50
Harry Rowe 10

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Fred Fanning
2nd Roy Dowsing

Other Awards
Most Determined - Col McLean
Most unselfish - Norm Smith
Most consistent - Donald Cordner
Best clubman - Ivan Porter
Best utility - Ralph Latham
Most improved - Bill Scanlan
Most dependable - Ron Irwin
Training trophy - Billy Deans
Most promising under 20 - Clem Conroy, Ern Rowarth, Gordon Bowman

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 1 Ron Irwin Striking 4 matches

Seconds

WDL%P
Fitzroy 180272
Footscray 160464
Essendon 141558
Collingwood 140656
South Melbourne 140656
Carlton120848
North Melbourne901136
Melbourne601424
Geelong521324
Richmond511422
St Kilda411518
Hawthorn01192

Media
Argus - 21/03/1945
Football Record R8 1945
Argus - 23/10/1945
Barrier Daily Truth - 06/02/1946
Argus - 07/02/1946

Notes
Ernie O'Rourke and Roy Stabb are both shown as wearing number 22 in official club records. Football Record shows Stabb in #22 for his Round 3 debut.

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