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Season and Lead-up
Williamstown topped the ladder at the end of the home and away season, equal on 16 wins with Brunswick. Brighton with 13 wind and Northcote with 12 wins made up the four.
Williamstown had topped the ladder with the best defence in the Association. During the home and away season, the team kicked 2133 points but conceeded only 1543. In contrast third placed Brighton had the strongest attack of the seaon kicking 2313 points but conceeded 2037 points....300 points more than any of the other finals teams.
In the Finals, Brighton had a close game with Northcote before kicking away with an 8 goal to one final quarter. Williamstown were never threatened in their semi final against Brunswick and easily moved directly to the Grand Final. Brighton then had another tight game with Brunswick, but were winners by 14 points.
This set up the 1948 Grand Final
|B:||Bob McAsey||A Rose||Col Williamson (c)|
|HB:||F Pickering||Ted Turner||F Pickering|
|C:||C Conroy||Tom New||C Conroy|
|HF:||S Comber||P Adamson||S Comber|
|F:||Ken Heims||Keith Warburton||K Burke|
|Foll:||J Douglas||Alan Stretton|
|Res:||W Perry||E Plunket|
|B:||Jack Danckert||Alf Sampson||McRae|
|HB:||Colin Wilcox||Gordon Cameron||Greenland|
|C:||Bill Sheahan||Ryan||Reg Featherby|
|HF:||Fred Matthews||Peacock||Ron Todd|
Links for Player PagesReference_ 1948 VFA Grand Final - Winning Team (Brighton)
Reference_ 1948 VFA Grand Final - Losing Team (Williamstown)
Sat 9-Oct-1948, Junction Oval (St Kilda)
Crowd, approx 12,000, Gate: £940
|Brighton||2.4 (16)||7.7 (49)||10.10 (70)||13.16 (94)|
|Williamstown||4.3 (27)||7.4 (46)||9.6 (60)||13.7 (85)|
Brighton: Douglas 4,Warburton 3, Heims 2,Burke 2,Adamson,McIndoe
Williamstown: Salvas 3, Redmond 3, MacPherson 3, Mathews 2, Todd, Peacock
Match ReviewsWilliamstown played the man, especially in the first quarter, giving the Brighton team an advantage in free kicks. Keith Warburton's injury late in the second quarter could have been decisive, but he returned shortly after the game had started in the third quarter.
The AftermathThis was Brighton's only victory as part of the VFA competition and long remembered.
Williamstown would be premiers in 1949.