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Reference_ 1945 VFA Grand Final





Introduction

The Age 8-Oct-1945 p6 Headline
The Age 8-Oct-1945 p6 Headline


Season and Lead-up

Port won last two VFA Premierships in 1940 and 1941, but Williamstown was chosen to win by Roy Shaw (Argus 5-Oct-1945 p15). Ron Todd had been a goal-kicking machine for Williamstown through the year having already kicked 182 games and needed only a one more to equal Bob Pratts Season Record of 183.

Return of Australian Prisoners of War

Although World War Two had ended, news of the Grand Final was over-shadowed by the return of Australian Prisoners of War back to Melbourne. Crowds flocked to Spencer Street Station.
The Argus 6-Oct-1945 p17 Soldiers
The Argus 6-Oct-1945 p17 Soldiers
The Argus 6-Oct-1945 p1 Soldiers
The Argus 6-Oct-1945 p1 Soldiers


Teams

Williamstown

Source: Argus 5-Oct-1945 p15 Teams (Team from Newspaper)

B :Reg HarleyReg RyanBruce Chapman
HB:Arthur CuttingColin WilcoxCliff Johnson
C:Norm ChisholmReg FeatherbyBen LeSeuer
HF:Geoff SpringMaurie Hearn (c/c)Fred Matthews
F:Eric GlassRon ToddDick Harris
Foll:George ArchibaldJack Cockburn
Rov:Doug Dowling
Res:Athol Teasdale


Note:Cutting, Johnson, Glass, Wilcox and Chisholm played in the 1937 Premiership Grand Final

Port Melbourne

Source: Argus 5-Oct-1945 p15 Teams (Team from Newspaper)

B:Jim McBethSid SearlRoy Long
HB:Lance DobsonDes BakerBob Kelsey
C:Ray JulierGordon GoldsmithFrank Kelly
HF:Alby LewisBill HoustonTed Freyer
F:Tommy Lahiff(Charlie/George?) CulphRon Kimberley
Foll:Stan LivingstoneAlan Storey
Rov:Percy Taylor
Emerg: Ray Trembath, Alby Crawshaw, George Tanner


Note - R. Kimberley has also been listed as Ray Kimberley rather than Ron Kimberley, but it is likely that this was the ex-Melbourne player, Ron Kimberley.

Reference_ 1945 VFA Grand Final - Winning Team (Williamstown)
Reference_ 1945 VFA Grand Final - Defeated Team (Port Melbourne)


The Game

http://www.thegapchessclub.org.au/vfa/1945.htm
Grand Final
Venue: St Kilda CG
Attendance: 39000
6/10/1945
Gate: £3470

Williamstown6.4 (40)10.10 (66)10.13 (69)16.21 (117)
Port Melbourne3.8 (24)5.14 (44)8.18 (66)10.20 (80)


Result: Williamstown

Goals:
Williamstown Todd 6, Spring 3, Harris 3, Hearn, Matthews, Glass, Cockburn
Port Melbourne Culph 4, Freyer 2, Houston, Livingstone, Kelly, Taylor

Best: (The Age)
Williamstown: Spring (Best on Ground), Ryan, Cutting, Hearn, Featherby, Chisholm, Todd
Port: Goldsmith, Culph, Kimberley, Storey, Searle, Houston

Field Umpire: Merrington

Match Previews

V F A FINAL. TOMORROW Williamstown Are Chosen. (1945, October 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 15. Retrieved November 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12145342

Match Reviews

POOR DISPLAY IN VF A FINAL Williamstown Premiers. (1945, October 8). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 14. Retrieved November 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12145855

The Age 8 Oct 1945 p6
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uL1VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NZcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5731%2C2244953

Photos

The Age 8-Oct-1945 p6 VFA Grand Final
The Age 8-Oct-1945 p6 VFA Grand Final
The Argus 8-Oct-1945 p11 VFA Grand Final
The Argus 8-Oct-1945 p11 VFA Grand Final


The Aftermath




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