There is much confusion over the origin of the fourths, and various competitions which had the name.
The Melbourne Boys League was reformed in 1933, and funded by the VFL in the 1940s. It had various grades but the widest age range was the 15-17 group. Teams of league clubs such as Footscray, North Melbourne, South Melbourne, Collingwood - as well as the Hawthorn thirds - played in the 40's.
1977 appears to be the last year the competition was played. From the 70's onwards it was known as the Under 17's. Melbourne supported a Hawthorn motion that a league Under 17's competition be adopted but it was not passed.
An Under 17 team is shown as playing against a touring Irish side in 1983, though this is likely to have one of the Demons' scholarship sides rather than a team from an organised league.
Best and Fairest
|1962||M. Brodie and T. Date|
|1963||R. Sheers and W. Adams|
The Melbourne United and Melbourne Rovers clubs who played in the competition in the 1940's were not related to the MFC.
1957 Football Record shows Melbourne playing South Melbourne in the Grand Final on 24 August at Punt Road, but a later edition says the GF was Richmond vs South.
V. Johns is listed as 4th Eighteen Manager in 1962.