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1947

Coach: Frank Hughes
Captain: Norm Smith
Finishing Position: 6th
Best and Fairest: Wally Lock
Leading Goalkicker: Fred Fanning (97)
Best First Year Player: Eddie Jackson

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Seconds Thirds


The Demons returned to the MCG after spending almost five years playing at Punt Road while their home was in use by the military but on field they went backwards, failing to make the top four after reaching the Grand Final in 1946.

A pre-season practice match against North Melbourne was cancelled because the VFL would not approve the match.

A six game winning streak early in the season was balanced by a six game losing streak to follow, and by the time they regained their form in the last few games the Demons had lost their position in the four and couldn't get back in. They had paid the penalty for fielding a top-heavy side of tall forwards who couldn't cope when the wet and windy winter conditions settled in.

With nothing to play for in the last game of the season, Fred Fanning set the all-time league record for goals in a game by kicking 18. Fanning and Shane McGrath were Melbourne's contribution to the championship winning Victorian interstate carnival side.

The Thirds finished on top of the ladder in the second year of the competition and won their first premiership.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Bill Flintoft and Bruce Hogg.

Early in the season the club tried to organise a game in Broken Hill for Wednesday 30 July, but the locals rejected the offer as they deemed a mid-week game unsuitable.

Practice Match

Opposition
Result
Carlton ?

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 CarltonLOSS
2 GeelongWIN
3 FitzroyLOSS
4 RichmondWIN
5 CollingwoodWIN
6 HawthornWIN
7 FootscrayWIN
8 St. KildaWIN
9 North MelbourneWIN
10 South MelbourneLOSS
11 EssendonLOSS
12 CarltonLOSS
13 GeelongLOSS
14 FitzroyLOSS
15 RichmondLOSS
16 CollingwoodWIN
17 HawthornWIN
18 FootscrayWIN
19 St. KildaWIN

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Carlton1504134.060
Essendon1405122.856
Fitzroy1306126.752
Richmond1207109.148
Collingwood1117112.446
Melbourne1108117.144
Geelong1108103.344
South Melbourne811097.034
Footscray811096.134
North Melbourne401577.716
Hawthorn401576.416
St. Kilda111758.76

Exhibition Matches

OppositionResult
Sunraysia League WIN
Carlton WIN

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Ern Rowarth 21
2 Dave Newman 41
3 Ron Irwin 30
4 Norm Smith 915
5 Billy Deans 191
6 Fred Fanning 1697
7 Eddie Jackson 150
8 Roy Stabb 60
9 Eddie Craddock 11
10 Lance Arnold 1913
11 Gordon Bowman 122
12 Jack Mueller 1718
13 Max Spittle 60
14 Ron Hall 40
14 Jack Furniss 20
15 Frank O'Connor 1722
16 George Bickford 122
17 Frank Kennedy 50
18 Wally Lock 180
19 Bill Scanlan 131
20 Russ Robinson 10
21 Don Cordner 191
22 Shane McGrath 170
24 Frank Hanna 110
25 Col McLean 180
27 Ernie O'Rourke 31
28 Adrian Dullard 1921
30 Alby Rodda 1823
31 Stan Rule 40
32 Len Dockett 177
33 Des Bell 11
34 Frank Scanlan 148
35 Noel McMahen 196
37 Jim Mitchell 178
Dave Hardie 20

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Wally Lock

Other Awards
Best Clubman - Adrian Dullard
Most Improved - Noel McMahen
Outstanding Service - Alby Rodda

Thirds

1947 Thirds season
The teams played an uneven number of matches, with all clubs except North Melbourne, Richmond, Carlton, Essendon and St Kilda having two byes each.

W
D
L
%
P
Melbourne 1302172.260
North Melbourne1303160.956
Richmond1303143.656
Carlton1006161.744
Geelong906145.944
Essendon1006122.044
Fitzroy70893.936
Hawthorn60977.032
St Kilda201453.112
South Melbourne114249.512
North Essendon101429.212

Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF North Melbourne WIN
GF North Melbourne WIN


Media
The Age - 31/03/1947
Barrier Daily Truth - 07/05/1947

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