Coach: Checker Hughes
Captain: Francis Vine
Finishing Position: 10th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Robert C Johnson (62)
Best First Year Player: Les Jones

Matches Ladder Playing list Tribunal Seconds

After the resignation of coach Ivor Warne-Smith, Melbourne narrowed their choice for his replacement down to former South Melbourne captain/coach Paddy Scanlan, ex-Melbourne player and Seconds coach Col Deane and Richmond's Checker Hughes. Percy Page crossed from Richmond to become secretary, ensuring Hughes would get the job. Joe Blair and Harry Parkin were the club's delegates to the VFL.

Win Berry and George Haines were reelected unopposed for 1933 as football club representatives on the committee. 14 candidates vied for the other seven spots - sitting members CL Forrester, Fred Ince, JL McArthur, CH Parkin, George Slight, ECH Taylor and JA Henty Wilson, against challengers A. Branston, Bert Chadwick, RB Hogg, RH Keon-Cohen, HM Moyes and A McL Paterson. Henty-Wilson was replaced by Bert Chadwick, and George Sleight joined the main committee after previously representing club members. Percy Page was elected Secretary unopposed.

'Checker' took the risk of leaving a side he'd coached to six consecutive finals appearances, and a flag in 1932, for a side that had struggled for several years. He set about making his mark on the club, sacking 13 players and inadvertently giving the side their best-known nickname by imporing them to "lift your heads and play like demons!" during a fiery three quarter time address.

Page set about rebuilding the club's off-field fortunes. Recognising that the lack of a partisan local fanbase was a major disadvantage, the club tried to boost their support in the Prahran council area by opening a number of membership ticket outlets.

Melbourne's recruiting zone consisted of the Lonsdale, Latrobe, Gipps and Albert Wards of the City of Melbourne, as well as the City of Prahran excepting the portion bounded by Punt Road, High Street, Kooyong Road, Dandenong Road and Wellington Street. Before the season the club held a meeting with the junior clubs in their area to encourage junior football.

The off-field changes didn't lead to instant success. With captain Francis Vine injured for much of the year, Melbourne only won three games and were lucky to find two sides worse than them on the ladder. A lack of tall and heavy players was blamed, and the committee resolved to target larger players before 1934. At the end of the season, the club cut veterans and experienced players Barnett, Conole, Ryan, Usher, Avery, Tyson, Robinson and Streeter.

The Seconds were again a shining light in an otherwise disappointing year, winning their third consecutive premiership until Bill Adams. The club was presented the Hartley Shield for their achievement.

Melbourne lost £1998 for the season, with £2197 pounds income against £4195 pounds expenditure.

At the end of season elections, Bert Chadwick and C Forrester Lane did not renominate. New candidates Abernety, Patterson and Henty-Wilson challenged sitting members Fred Ince, A McPatterson, JL McArthur, CH Parkin, GS Sleight and ECH Taylor.

Premiership season

1 RichmondLOSS64-96
2 GeelongLOSS72-90
3 EssendonWIN99-70
4 FitzroyLOSS79-82
5 FootscrayLOSS77-97
6 CarltonLOSS87-91
7 CollingwoodLOSS97-126
8 North MelbourneLOSS69-93
9 St. KildaLOSS33-90
10 South MelbourneLOSS81-88
11 HawthornWIN136-98
12 RichmondLOSS85-135
13 GeelongLOSS88-123
14 EssendonWIN106-91
15 FitzroyLOSS69-86
16 FootscrayLOSS94-124
17 CarltonLOSS71-135
18 CollingwoodLOSS104-127


South Melbourne1305127.552
North Melbourne711085.230
St. Kilda601280.924

Exhibition match

Riverina League WIN109-68
Leeton WIN94-80

Playing list

1 Noel Barnett 112
2 Wyn Murray 122
3 George Margitich 1452
4 Jack Sambell 153
5 Bill Deague 125
6 Archie Roberts 20
7 Bert Avery 61
8 Rowley Fischer 1512
9 Charlie Longhurst 110
10 Colin Niven 187
11 Robert C Johnson 1562
12 Alan Ryan 40
13 Les Jones 144
14 Ray Usher 100
15 Joe Kinnear 130
16 Eric Glass 138
17 Geoff McInnes 10
18 Don Hooper 1513
19 Edwin Pemberton 20
20 Harry Long 180
21 Bill Vanthoff 175
22 Billy Libbis 147
23 Francis Vine 92
24 Percy Beames 1214
25 Percy Streeter 20
26 Lou Riley 99
27 Bill Tymms 50
28 Bill Robinson 31
29 Reg Conole 120
30 Cliff Tyson 21
31 Jack Power 153
32 Gordon Ogden 140
34 Jack Bennett 60
? Jack Harrison 10


Round 9 Les Jones Striking Not Guilty
Seconds Grand Final Jack Mueller Elbowing Unknown

Most Serviceable - Harry Long
Most Consistent - Francis Vine
Special Trophy - Clubman - Bert Avery
Training Trophy - Billy Libbis, George Margitich, Colin Niven


1933 Seconds Season
Captain - Bill Adams
Best and Fairest - Trevor Jones
Finals trophies - Bill Adams, Pat McNamara

Geelong 140456
Collingwood 140456
St Kilda 120648
South Melbourne611126
North Melbourne301512


SF Geelong WIN80-63
GF St Kilda WIN75-74

Sun - 20/12/1932
Argus - 20/12/1932
Table Talk - 27/04/1933
Football Record R4 1933
Sun - 14/02/1933, 01/12/1933
Age - 06/12/1933
Argus - 14/12/1933
Football Record R1 1934
Herald - 04/12/1934

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