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1963

Coach: Norm Smith
Captain: Ron Barassi
Finishing Position: 3rd
Best and Fairest: Hassa Mann
Leading Goalkicker: Barry Bourke (48)
Best First Year Player: Barry Bourke

Matches Ladder Playing List Tribunal Reserves Under 19s

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After two early eliminations from the finals, Melbourne lost another crop of former premiership players. Laurie Mithen, Clyde Laidlaw, Ian Thorogood, Geoff Tunbridge, Terry Gleeson, Geoff Case, Trevor Johnson and Denis Jones all retired or moved on, leaving Norm Smith fielding a number of new players. It left the powerhouse club as third premiership favourite, and they finished the season out of the double chance places again.

Midway through the year, it looked like the Demons would miss finals entirely. In Round 5, Collingwood became the first team to score 100 against them since the 1954 Grand Final. They snuck into the top four on percentage with 10 wins from their last 11 games, then won a Semi Final, before losing to Hawthorn in a close Preliminary Final.

The Round 11 match against Footscray was postponed for a week when all VFL matches were called off due to adverse weather. The season ended in October due to the afternoon of cancellations.

End-of-season exhibition games were played against Geelong in Honolulu and San Francisco.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Arthur King and Tom Trumble. Lord Mayor Leo Curtis was club patron.

Practice match

OppositionResultScore
Hamilton Imperials WIN168-61

Premiership season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 St. KildaLOSS65-83
2 HawthornWIN100-96
3 EssendonLOSS63-68
4 FitzroyWIN94-55
5 CollingwoodLOSS52-100
6 RichmondWIN135-56
7 South MelbourneLOSS70-74
8 GeelongWIN82-35
9 North MelbourneWIN114-64
10 CarltonWIN84-56
11 FootscrayWIN69-24
12 St KildaWIN98-39
13 HawthornLOSS62-84
14 EssendonWIN122-71
15 FitzroyWIN153-57
16 CollingwoodWIN129-68
17 RichmondWIN97-50
18 South MelbourneWIN91-56
SF St. KildaWIN71-64
PF Hawthorn LOSS68-77

Ladder

WDL%P
Hawthorn1314130.654
Geelong1314128.254
Melbourne1305147.952
St. Kilda1305140.152
Essendon1305137.552
Carlton1008103.340
North Melbourne801085.132
Collingwood701195.728
Footscray701187.828
Richmond501375.820
South Melbourne401469.816
Fitzroy101757.54

Exhibition matches

OpponentResultScore
Goulburn Valley League WIN180-29
Geelong (Honolulu) WIN123-111
Geelong (San Francisco) WIN71-66

Playing list

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Garry Byers 10
2 Alan Rowarth 84
4 John Lord 2019
5 Neil Crompton 190
6 Frank Adams 1818
7 Owen Zinko 10
8 Tassie Johnson 195
9 Brian Dixon 183
10 Ken Emselle 2025
11 Tony Anderson 140
14 Barry Bourke 1948
15 Ray Groom 1917
16 John Townsend 1922
17 Ray Dawson 60
18 Brian Roet 200
19 Bob Carroll 55
21 Brian Leahy 181
22 Bryan Kenneally 2017
23 Graham Wise 30
24 Jim Jenkinson 11
25 Kerry Rattray 63
26 Tony Thiessen 72
28 David Robbie 60
29 Hassa Mann 206
31 Ron Barassi 1732
32 Barrie Vagg 1821
33 Robert Miller 173
34 Len Mann 80
37 Bernie Massey 200
38 Ray Nilsson 63
39 Herbie Matthews 74

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Hassa Mann
2nd Ron Barassi
3rd Brian Dixon
4th Bryan Kenneally
5th John Lord

Awards
Special Trophy - Bryan Kenneally, John Lord, Barry Bourke

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 17 Ron Barassi Striking 4 matches

Reserves

1963 Reserves season

Best and Fairest - Herbie Matthews
Second Best and Fairest - Ray Nilsson
Outstanding Service - George Hill, Len Mann, Terry Johnston

WDL%P
Geelong 1602158.564
St Kilda 1305107.852
North Melbourne 1206134.548
Collingwood 1008108.740
Hawthorn1008101.240
Essendon100893.140
Fitzroy801095.832
Melbourne701194.128
Richmond701188.828
Carlton701179.728
Footscray601290.824
South Melbourne201674.88

Under 19s

1963 Under 19s season

Best and Fairest - Frank Davis
Second Best and Fairest - C. Doyle
Leading Goalkicker - A. Schultz (33)
Best Clubman - F. Smith
Outstanding Service - M. Brodie
Best First Year Player - Robert Stewart

WDL%P
Carlton1215120.050
Essendon1206118.948
Geelong1206105.948
Richmond1116113.246
Melbourne1107159.444
Footscray918105.438
Hawthorn909111.836
South Melbourne90992.636
Fitzroy601269.924
St Kilda511271.222
North Melbourne501389.720
Collingwood501379.920

Fourths

1963 Fourths season
Best and Fairest - R. Sheers and W. Adams
Second Best and Fairest - Terry Leahy
Outstanding Service - G. Griffiths, I. Milne

Played a semi final against Hawthorn at Punt Road on Saturday 24 August.

Notes
A practice match may also have been played against the Western District League.

Media
Football Record R11 1963
Age - 21/08/1963

Links
AFL Tables page
Wikipedia page

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 14 October 2023 19:47:02 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 47)

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