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Reference_ 1948 VFA Grand Final





Introduction

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

Teams


Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p1
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p1


Brighton

Card 035 - Russ McIndoe - 1948 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Card 035 - Russ McIndoe - 1948 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Russ McIndoe
Card 061 - Keith Warburton - 1948 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Card 061 - Keith Warburton - 1948 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Keith Warburton


B:Bob McAseyA RoseCol Williamson (c)
HB:F PickeringTed TurnerF Pickering
C:C ConroyTom NewC Conroy
HF:S ComberP AdamsonS Comber
F:Ken HeimsKeith WarburtonK Burke
Foll:J DouglasAlan Stretton
RovRuss McIndoe
Res:W PerryE Plunket
Emerg:RiddellGoldsmithRippon




Williamstown

Card 022 - Reg Harley - 1948 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Card 022 - Reg Harley - 1948 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Reg Harley
Card 053 - Lou Salvas - 1949 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Card 053 - Lou Salvas - 1949 Kornies Card Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Lou Salvas


B:Jack DanckertAlf SampsonMcRae
HB:Colin WilcoxGordon CameronGreenland
C:Bill SheahanRyanReg Featherby
HF:Fred MatthewsPeacockRon Todd
F:Lou SalvasRedmondCollins
Foll:Alan WilliamsChapman
RovMal McPherson
Res:Johnny WalkerKnott
Emerg:G. Williams
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Reference_ 1948 VFA Grand Final - Winning Team (Brighton)
Reference_ 1948 VFA Grand Final - Losing Team (Williamstown)

The Game


Rainy Day
Sat 9-Oct-1948, Junction Oval (St Kilda)
Crowd, approx 12,000, Gate: £940

TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Brighton2.4 (16)7.7 (49)10.10 (70)13.16 (94)
Williamstown4.3 (27)7.4 (46)9.6 (60)13.7 (85)
WI+11 BR+3BR+10BR+9


Goal Kickers
Brighton: Douglas 4,Warburton 3, Heims 2,Burke 2,Adamson,McIndoe
Williamstown: Salvas 3, Redmond 3, MacPherson 3, Mathews 2, Todd, Peacock


Match Reviews

Williamstown 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.

Argus 11-Oct-1948 p.15
Argus 11-Oct-1948 p.15
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p1 Captain Plans Win
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p1 Captain Plans Win

Photos

The Age 11Oct1948 p4 Chapman Williamstown
The Age 11Oct1948 p4 Chapman Williamstown
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p6 ARose ETurner - Source: State Library of Victoria
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p6 ARose ETurner - Source: State Library of Victoria
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p6 Pindar - Source: State Library of Victoria
Brighton News 15-Oct-1948 p6 Pindar - Source: State Library of Victoria


The Aftermath

This was Brighton's only victory as part of the VFA competition and long remembered.

Williamstown would be premiers in 1949.


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