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1949

Coach: Allan La Fontaine
Captain: Denis Cordner
Finishing Position: 5th
Best and Fairest: Len Dockett
Leading Goalkicker: Bob McKenzie (41)
Best First Year Player: n/a

Matches Ladder Playing List Seconds Thirds Tribunal


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After the retirement of Checker Hughes the Melbourne board selected Allan La Fontaine as coach over Norm Smith by a single vote. Under La Fontaine the Demons got off to a terrible start, losing four of their first five games.

They went 11-2 for the rest of the year but the damage had already been done, and the Demons finished a game and percentage outside the top four. They had been unlucky to lose five matches by eight points or less - including three by two points - but nevertheless it was a disappointing return from the reigning premiers.

The VFL approved a rise in player payments from £3 to £4 per match from Round 4 onwards.

A proposed trip to Sydney and Narrandera during the season was cancelled due to "difficulty arranging transport".

The reserves won their first premiership since 1939.

Home and Away

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

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
North Melbourne1405119.156
Carlton1306126.452
Collingwood1306123.552
Essendon1306120.752
Melbourne1207113.048
Richmond1009116.740
Fitzroy100997.840
Geelong9010111.836
Footscray701283.928
South Melbourne601380.524
St. Kilda401573.516
Hawthorn301661.112

Exhibition Match

Opposition
Result
Ballarat League WIN

Playing List

PlayerGamesGoals
1 Denis Cordner 188
2 Bob McKenzie 1840
3 Geoff Collins 170
4 Bob Chadwick 20
5 Billy Deans 191
6 Eddie Craddock 1118
7 Eddie Jackson 150
8 Doug Heywood 64
9 Ray Harvey 23
9 Colin Cox 10
10 Lance Arnold 1729
11 Gordon Bowman 40
12 Jack Mueller 49
13 Max Spittle 100
14 Eric Roscoe 50
15 Len Toyne 1218
16 George Bickford 172
17 John Dorgan 30
18 Wally Lock 41
19 Colin Love 48
20 Alan McGowan 82
21 Don Cordner 191
22 Shane McGrath 150
23 Ken Carlon 164
24 Frank Hanna 50
25 Col McLean 190
27 Ken Rollason 60
28 Adrian Dullard 1835
29 Ray Jones 10
30 Alby Rodda 1915
31 Stan Rule 165
32 Len Dockett 182
33 Jack Thomson 22
34 Jim Shaw 32
35 Noel McMahen 73
36 Bob Stone 30
37 Mike Woods 160

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Len Dockett
2nd Denis Cordner

Other Awards

Most Consistent - Col McLean

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 6 Jack Mueller Striking 4 matches
Round 13 Len Toyne Striking Not Guilty
Round 18 Billy Deans Striking Not Guilty

Seconds

1949 Seconds season

WDL%P
Melbourne 1504133.360
Essendon 1315143.254
Collingwood 1306121.452
Richmond 1207118.048
Footscray1117114.546
Geelong919111.638
Fitzroy91997.937
Carlton901098.636
South Melbourne701289.928
St Kilda611274.126
North Melbourne411479.418
Hawthorn301659.912

Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Essendon LOSS
PF Richmond WIN
GF Essendon WIN

Thirds

1949 Thirds season

WDL%P
Geelong 1403165.656
South Melbourne 1403132.856
Carlton1304176.552
Melbourne 1204120.848
Richmond 1106111.144
Essendon908120.236
Footscray709108.928
Fitzroy70974.228
St Kilda401265.616
North Melbourne401257.816
Hawthorn401236.616

Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Carlton LOSS

Notes
Thirds teams played a different amount of games. Some matches seem to have been cancelled. Carlton, Melbourne, Essendon, Fitzroy, North Melbourne and Hawthorn all had two byes. Geelong, South Melbourne, Richmond, Footscray and St Kilda had one.

May have been a game during the October trip to Sale.

Media
Age - 22/10/1948
Narrandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser - 27/05/1949

Links
Image courtesy Boyles Football Photos.

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