Captain - Coach: Ivor Warne-Smith
Finishing Position: 5th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: George Margitich (73)
Best First Year Player: n/a
Members: 1971

Matches Ladder Playing list Seconds

After a fifth place finish in 1929, Melbourne's recruiting drive landed them South Australian forward George Margitich, four ruckmen, two rovers, two other forwards and a centreman. Margitich kicked 73 goals but the club finished fifth again. Another end of season fadeout cost them, losing their last three games to miss out on percentage. Victory over 10th placed Hawthorn in the last round would have been enough but they fell short again.

Committee nominations were GG Coulter, RB Hogg, FW Ince, CH Lilley, FH Mendoza, H. Parkin, JO Smith, GH Watson, JA Henty Wilson. W. Berry, AC Bruce and G. Sleight nominated to represent club members. Ince, Parkin, Coulter, Henty-Wilson, Lilley, Mendoz and JO Smith were elected to general committee, with Sleight and Berry representing members.

The VFL introduced a '19th man' reserve who could be substituted into the game to replace an injured player. They also introduced player payment laws, capping wages at £3 a week and banning lump sum payments to new players. VFA clubs signed more than 90 ex-league players, but most were veterans or discards. An amendment to the holding the ball rule was dropped before Round 12, again allowing players to drop the ball when tackled without penalty. Baseball matches were played as curtain raisers to VFL games throughout the year.

In June, the club was criticised by the league for not providing better protection for visiting teams between the ground and dressing rooms. Melbourne's claims that it was architecturally impossible to construct tunnels between the dressing rooms and ground were rejected.

The Seconds played an exhibition match against the Peninsula Football League on 27 September as part of their end of season trip.

The club had 2813/6/6 receipts against 4167/14/6 expenditure.

Premiership season

1 South MelbourneWIN95-70
2 GeelongWIN100-63
3 FitzroyWIN104-99
4 North MelbourneWIN123-102
5 FootscrayWIN120-62
6 St. KildaLOSS67-76
7 CollingwoodLOSS79-97
8 CarltonWIN72-70
9 EssendonWIN114-88
10 RichmondLOSS52-104
11 HawthornWIN82-41
12 FootscrayWIN61-58
13 St. KildaWIN82-65
14 CollingwoodLOSS57-104
15 CarltonWIN83-77
16 EssendonLOSS79-89
17 RichmondLOSS62-86
18 HawthornLOSS77-90


South Melbourne909100.036
St. Kilda8010101.332
North Melbourne101751.84

Playing List

1 Stan Wittman 15 13
2 Wyn Murray 180
3 George Margitich 1773
4 Jimmy Abernethy 124
5 Hec Davidson 125
6 Ted Esposito 86
7 Norman Driver 20
10 Jack Collins 160
12 Jack Power 10
14 Ivor Warne-Smith 1723
15 Harry Crapper 77
16 Robert C Johnson 1627
17 Bill MacDonald 140
18 Bill Cutler 156
19 Edwin Pemberton 163
20 Harry Long 147
21 Bill Vanthoff 1212
22 Reg Conole 82
23 Francis Vine 93
24 Colin Jackson 20
26 Bill Tymms 130
28 Webber Jackson 90
29 Jimmy Davidson 186
30 Howard Steel 41
31 Col Deane 40
32 Gordon Ogden 130
33 Geoff Frood 12
34 Ray Usher 161
35 Richard Taylor 1811
37 George Cassidy 50
38 Jim Moodie 90
39 Lew Gough 10


Round 6 Wyn Murray Elbowing Not Guilty
Round 15 Bill Cutler Striking 8 matches
Round 15 Bill Cutler Attempted Striking 4 matches
Round 15 Bill Cutler Attempted Striking Not Guilty
Round 17 Jack Collins Time Wasting 1 match


1930 Seconds season

Essendon 120648
Richmond 120648
St Kilda91838
South Melbourne801032
North Melbourne10174

Francis Vine is shown wearing #22 in the R3 Football Record

Bill Tymms is shown wearing #27 in the R3 and R18 Football Record

Howard Steel is shown wearing #9 in the R18 Football Record

Argus - 18/12/1929, 30/01/1930
Sun - 16/01/1930. 30/01/1930, 28/06/1930, Sun - 13/02/1931
Sporting Globe - 02/04/1930

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