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1941

Captain - Coach: Percy Beames
Finishing Position: 2nd (Premiers)
Best and Fairest: Allan La Fontaine
Leading Goalkicker: Norm Smith (89)
Best First Year Player: Ted Cordner
Members: 1313 (1276 senior, 37 junior)

Matches Ladder Playing List Tribunal Seconds
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Coming off successive premierships for the first time, Melbourne's squad continued to be weakened by players joining the World War II effort but despite missing top spot they were able to complete a hat-trick of flags.

In June, 1928 player Barney Wood became the first ex-Melbourne player to lose his life in the war. Barney Wood, lost his life. A month later premiership player Ron Barassi was the first serving player to be killed. Players formed a guard of honour and observed a minutes' silence for him before Round 16. The VFL gave Barassi's widow a premiership medal, along with both Harold Ball and Keith Truscott on the grounds that they would have played in the Grand Final if not at war. Ball lost his life before the start of the 1942 season, and Truscott in 1943.

Melbourne lost the final of the 'Patriotic Match Cup' Lightning Premiership to Collingwood 3.2.20 to 3.1.19. The carnival raised £1,526 for the war effort. Round 5 games were delayed to make room for the competition.

The club lost £1118 for the year on receipts of £3421 and expenditure or £4539. Players were paid 10/ for each training night and £2 for playing on Saturday.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Joe Blair and Bruce Hogg.

Premiership season

RoundOppositionResult
1 FitzroyLOSS90-114
2 South MelbourneWIN101-93
3 GeelongWIN108-97
4 St. KildaWIN93-89
5 CollingwoodWIN167-127
6 FootscrayLOSS104-132
7 CarltonLOSS97-124
8 HawthornWIN84-44
9 North MelbourneWIN129-116
10 EssendonWIN113-65
11 RichmondWIN108-61
12 FitzroyWIN126-104
13 South MelbourneWIN124-73
14 GeelongWIN128-72
15 St. KildaWIN101-85
16 CollingwoodWIN110-87
17 FootscrayWIN122-105
18 CarltonLOSS88-113
SF CarltonWIN109-82
GF EssendonWIN127-98

Ladder

WDL%P
Carlton1404120.356
Melbourne1404117.256
Richmond1404116.756
Essendon1305130.352
Collingwood1206110.948
Footscray1008110.540
Fitzroy801096.332
South Melbourne801090.032
North Melbourne601292.924
Geelong301583.012
St. Kilda301581.912
Hawthorn301568.212

Exhibition match

OppositionResultScore
Army WIN84-73

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Stan Heal 85
2 Roy Dowsing 1516
3 Bill Baxter 30
4 Norm Smith 1989
5 Ron White 20
8 Rowley Fischer 142
9 Richie Emselle 201
10 Maurie Gibb 2019
11 Warren Lewis 40
12 Jack Mueller 2045
13 George Lenne 73
13 Les Jones 10
14 George Archibald 20
15 Ron Baggott 2048
16 Hughie McPherson 20
17 Allan La Fontaine 205
18 Wally Lock 162
19 Frank Roberts 80
20 Frank Williams 10
21 Ron Kimberley 10
21 Don Cordner 20
22 Shane McGrath 180
23 Ray Wartman 2015
24 Percy Beames 1829
25 Col McLean 100
26 Mac Wilson 52
27 Gerry Daly 121
28 Ted Cordner 110
29 Jack O'Keefe 159
30 Alby Rodda 35
31 Les Gibbs 24
32 Dick Hingston 160
33 Bernie Neenan 58
34 Adrian Dullard 1812
35 Noel Ellis 20
36 Sid Anderson 201

Awards
Most Consistent - Sid Anderson
Most Improved - Gerry Daly
Best Clubman - Mac Wilson

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 10 Maurie Gibb Striking Not Guilty
Round 12 Maurie Gibb Time Wasting Not Guilty

Seconds

WDL%P
Essendon 150360
Fitzroy 130552
Richmond 120648
Collingwood 110744
North Melbourne101742
St Kilda91838
Melbourne82836
Carlton801032
Footscray701128
Geelong601224
South Melbourne401416
Hawthorn301512

Media
Age - 01/11/1941, 13/02/1942
Herald - 12/02/1942
Argus - 13/02/1942
Sun - 13/02/1942, 23/02/1942

Links
AFL Tables page
Wikipedia page

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