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1959

Image Coach: Norm Smith
Captain: John Beckwith
Finishing Position: 1st (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: Laurie Mithen
Leading Goalkicker: Ron Barassi / Athol Webb (44)
Best First Year Player: Hassa Mann

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Seconds Thirds

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In response to their Grand Final loss to Collingwood the year before, the players set out to increase their fitness. Frank Adams, an Australian sprint champion, schooled the players in running and strength training was carried out under the auspices of Austrian athletic coach Franz Stampfl - the man who had helped Roger Bannister beat the four minute mile.

They used 27 players for the year, equalling 1956 as the least of any Melbourne season.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Bert Chadwick and Richard Taylor. The start time for matches was moved back 15 minutes to 2.30pm to accomodate Seconds games being played as curtain raisers.

At the end of the season the Demons played an exhibition match against Port Adelaide, premiers of the South Australian league. They then had an end of season trip to the Gold Coast.

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 RichmondWIN
2 CollingwoodWIN
3 FitzroyLOSS
4 FootscrayWIN
5 CarltonLOSS
6 GeelongWIN
7 South MelbourneWIN
8 EssendonWIN
9 HawthornWIN
10 St. KildaWIN
11 North MelbourneWIN
12 RichmondWIN
13 CollingwoodLOSS
14 FitzroyDRAW
15 FootscrayLOSS
16 CarltonWIN
17 GeelongWIN
18 South MelbourneWIN
SF Carlton WIN
GF EssendonWIN

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Melbourne1314142.754
Carlton1305109.352
Collingwood1206121.648
Essendon1107112.444
Fitzroy1017113.542
North Melbourne100889.340
Hawthorn909112.736
St. Kilda90994.336
South Melbourne8010103.432
Geelong501378.520
Richmond401473.916
Footscray301573.312

Exhibition match

Opposition
Result
Port Adelaide WIN

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Dick Fenton-Smith 133
2 Alan Rowarth 1742
4 John Lord 80
5 Ian McLean 204
6 Frank Adams 1725
7 Geoff Case 200
8 Tassie Johnson 200
9 Brian Dixon 202
11 Laurie Mithen 197
12 Neil Crompton 1111
14 Trevor Johnson 151
15 Athol Webb 54
16 Bob Johnson 1938
20 Graham Pinfold 13
22 Bryan Kenneally 20
23 Geoff Tunbridge 2023
24 Ian Ridley 1825
25 Don Williams 172
26 Ian Thorogood 170
27 Dennis Jones 203
28 Terry Gleeson 83
29 Hassa Mann 1721
30 John Beckwith 190
31 Ron Barassi 1846
33 Colin Wilson 90
35 Clyde Laidlaw 198
38 Peter Brenchley 115

Best and Fairest

Player Votes
1st Laurie Mithen
2nd Ron Barassi
3rd Robert B Johnson


Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 12 Hughie McPherson Misconduct Reprimand

Seconds

1959 Seconds season

Best and Fairest - George Milner
Second Best and Fairest - Graham Pinfold
Best First Year Player - Len Mann
Outstanding Service - Bernie Massey, Bob Turner, Terry Gleeson, John Lord

WDL%P
Hawthorn 1602151.464
Fitzroy 1314112.754
Collingwood 1215116.650
St Kilda 918110.138
Richmond 89191.834
Melbourne801099.232
Carlton801097.532
Geelong801088.732
North Melbourne701194.828
Footscray611186.626
South Melbourne511282.422
Essendon501386.020

Thirds

1959 Thirds season

Best and Fairest - Robert Miller
Second Best and Fairest - Ron Rolfe
Third Best and Fairest - John Eastgate
Leading Goalkicker - John Leahy
Best Clubman - Alec Ingwersen
Outstanding service - Robert Clarke, Fred Olssen, John Leahy, Tony Bourke, Peter Baker, Brian Weidlich

WDL%P
Essendon 1204165.548
Melbourne 1204142.148
Geelong 1204120.348
Collingwood 1114137.046
Hawthorn907100.936
St Kilda808102.432
South Melbourne80884.932
North Melbourne501191.320
Fitzroy501184.120
Richmond501170.320
Carlton411177.218
Footscray401275.116

Finals

RoundOppositionResult
SF Essendon LOSS
PF Collingwood LOSS

Fourths

Best and Fairest - Frank Leahy
Second Best and Fairest - Alan Riddle
Outstanding service - Ray Groom, John Taylor, Kevin Glass, George Hill

Media
"Later start for league matches" - The Age 13/12/1958
VFL sides name final lists" - The Age 13/04/1959
"Demons' season still not over" - The Age 29/09/1959
"Demons felt weight at lifting course" - The Age 8/11/1960

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