Coach: John Beckwith
Captain: Tassie Johnson
Finishing Position: 12th (last)
Best and Fairest: John Townsend
Leading Goalkicker: Ross Dillon (48)
Best First Year Player: Paul Rowlands

Matches Ladder Playing List Night Series Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19's

The first year of the "out on the full" rule saw players penalised for kicking the ball out of bounds, a rule designed to cut down on the rugby union style 'kicking for touch' which had long been a tactic.

With the prospect of Sunday football on the agenda, Melbourne were one of seven clubs who opposed the concept and voted against it. President Donald Duffy said the club were against it on the basis that players appreciated a rest day, some had religious reservations and that there was an ethical issue with playing on the traditional VFA match day.

Ron Barassi came out of playing retirement for the Round 7 match against the Demons in order to boost his total games with the Blues to 50 and qualify his son to play for Carlton under the father/son rule. A torn hamstring in the third quarter ended his comeback but Carlton still won comfortably.

It became apparent very early in the season that the Demons would not be returning to the finals, and it took them eight tries to register their first win for the season. Anothe seven game losing streak in the second half of the year was only snapped with a shock win over league leaders Carlton, but it was to be their last and a loss to fellow strugglers Fitzroy the next week condemned them to their first spoon in nearly twenty years.

Finals season proved successful for the reserves, who won their first premiership since 1956 and for the seniors Night Series campaign which took them into the final when they were eventually beaten by Hawthorn.

At the end of the season Ken Emselle, Barrie Vagg, Bryan Kenneally, Tassie Johnson and Tony Anderson retired.

The club lost $9253 for the year. Melbourne's VFL delegates were Arthur King and Tom Trumble. During the year permit regulations were altered to allow sons to go to their fathers' clubs after 40 games instead of 50.

Practice Matches

Port Adelaide WIN

Premiership Season

1 Geelong LOSS
2 North Melbourne LOSS
3 Collingwood LOSS
4 EssendonLOSS
5 HawthornLOSS
6 RichmondLOSS
7 CarltonLOSS
8 FitzroyWIN
9 South Melbourne LOSS
10 Footscray WIN
11 St. Kilda LOSS
12 Geelong LOSS
13 North Melbourne LOSS
14 Collingwood LOSS
15 Essendon LOSS
16 Hawthorn LOSS
17 Richmond LOSS
18 Carlton WIN
19 Fitzroy LOSS
20 South Melbourne LOSS


St. Kilda9011103.236
North Melbourne801287.532
South Melbourne701382.528

Exhibition Matches

Collingwood WIN

Playing List

1 Max Walker 19 3
2 Denis Clark 1814
3 Trevor Rollinson 170
4 Tony Sullivan 170
5 Chris Aitken 79
6 Frank Davis 160
7 Graham Osborne 42
8 Tassie Johnson 162
9 George Lakes 1513
10 Ken Emselle 20
11 Tony Anderson 30
12 Chris Fowler 30
14 Barry Bourke 1629
15 Stan Alves 2016
16 John Townsend 2016
17 Kelvin Clarke 52
18 Neville Stone 20
19 Ray Biffin 113
20 Paul Rowlands 190
21 David Hone 183
22 Bryan Kenneally 20
23 Peter Sinclair 43
24 Ross Dillon 1948
25 Peter Weekes 53
26 Greg Parke 1824
27 John Forster 20
28 Derek Feldmann 61
29 Steve Arnott 10
30 John Letcher 72
32 Barrie Vagg 67
33 Gary Hardeman 1915
34 Brent Jones 100
37 Darryl Schwarz 100
38 Phil Rhoden 20
39 Russell Colcott 711
41 Blair Campbell 1223
43 David Hayes 10
44 Mark Mitchell 62
45 Danny Jennings 31
46 Ray Sampson 10
48 Daryl Powell 20
50 Robert McKenzie 60
50 Greg Wells 310

Golden Fleece Night Series

1 St. Kilda WIN
SF Footscray WIN
F Hawthorn LOSS

Best and Fairest

1st John Townsend
2nd Greg Parke
3rd Denis Clark
4th George Lakes
5th Ross Dillon


Round 3 Under 19s P. Walker Striking Unknown
Round 16 Barry Bourke Striking 2 matches

Other Awards
Outstanding Service - Frank Davis


1969 Reserves Season

Captain - Ken Emselle
Vice-Captain - Barrie Vagg
Best and Fairest - Ken Emselle
Second Best and Fairest - Danny Jennings
Outstanding Service - Ray Biffin, Kelvin Clarke, Phil Rhoden



SF Richmond WIN
GF Carlton WIN

Under 19s

1969 Under 19s season
Best and Fairest - Bruce Brown
Second Best and Fairest - Paul Callery
Leading Goalkicker - Paul Callery
Best Clubman - Robert Mulavin
Outstanding Service - John Gowdie, Peter Martin



Best and Fairest - L. Blackburn
Second Best and Fairest - Warren Tassell
Outstanding Service - R. Taylor, Shane McSpeerin, B. Mitchell

Football Record R14 1969

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