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Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Hawthorns First VFL Game | Boyles Football Photos
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Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Hawthorns First VFL Game

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Introduction

Hawthorn were one of three teams inducted into the League in 1925 (Footscray and North Melbourne were the others). Of the three newcomers, it was only Hawthorn who started their season with a home game.

Season and Lead-up



Teams

Richmond

Four Richmond players played their first VFL game. Alan Geddes (182 games), Basil McCormack (199 games), Tom O'Halloran 142 games) and George Robinson (38 games)

Alan Geddes - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Alan Geddes - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Alan Geddes
Basil McCormack - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Basil McCormack - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Basil McCormack


B:Frank HarleyVic ThorpJoe Harrison
HB:Basil McCormackTed Bourke b1904Jimmy Smith b1899
C:Bob McCaskillGeorge RobinsonAlan Geddes
HF:Dan MinogueTom O'HalloranDonald Don
F:Ralph EmpeyMel MorrisJack Barnett
Foll:George RudolphDon Fraser
Rover:Doug Hayes


Hawthorn

Jack Gill - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Jack Gill - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Jack Gill
Jim McCashney - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Jim McCashney - 1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Jim McCashney


B:Ern UttingJim JacksonCyril Nott
HB:Stan McKenzie b1896Arthur PearsonJack Pickford
C:Jim McCashneyFred FinchJack Gill
HF:Gil HendrieClem SplattBert Officer
F:Les WoodfordReg WhiteheadDave Elliman
Foll:Paddy BurkeBob Sellers
Rover:Hec Yeomans


Hawthorn Senior Team R01 1925 - Source: Hawthorn Football Club - Hawks Museum - Used with Permission - Photographer Unknown
Hawthorn Senior Team R01 1925 - Source: Hawthorn Football Club - Hawks Museum - Used with Permission - Photographer Unknown



Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Hawthorns First VFL Game - Richmond Team
Reference_ 1925 VFL R01 - Hawthorns First VFL Game - Hawthorn Team

The Game


With a ground to be opened to League football and a baseball pennant to unfurl, it was indeed a gala day at the Glenferrie Oval, and the mayor (Councillor Rigby) and councillors were kept busy. A crowd of about 18,000 was anxious to see how Hawthorn would fare against their neighbours, Richmond, and the ground, although in an unfinished condition, proved ample to accommodate them. Extensive alterations are being made along the railway embankment where 10 tiers, each 2ft. wide, are to be built, while a grand stand is contemplated in the south-west corner. These improvements should provide ample room for the largest crowds, but there are details that require immediate attention. It is essential that the score board should be properly controlled. On Saturday, owing to the number of small boys that perched precariously from every part of it, it was at times impossible to read the scores, which all day were posted incorrectly. (Argus 4-May-1925 p9)

Glenferrie Oval, Hawthorn
Sat, 2-May-1925
Crowd: 20,000

TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Hawthorn2.2 (14)4.3 (27)4.6 (30)5.8 (38)
Richmond4.3 (27)8.7 (55)11.7 (73)11.11 (77)
DifferenceRI by 13RI by 28RI by 43RI by 39

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1925/101419250502.html

Goal Kickers:
Richmond-Don (4), Morris (3), Hayes (2), Fraser and Barnett.
Hawthorn—Yeoman (2) Woodford (2), Elliman.

Although Hawthorn's initial essay in League company was not successful, they showed much to inspire confidence to greater things in the near future. They have much to learn in the finer points of the game, while they were often penalised for faulty passing. A lack of cohesion, particularly among the forwards was often noticeable, and they gave the impression of playing with no definite object in view. Richmond, on the other hand, were vigorous and forceful, and their direct methods quickly brought results. (Argus 4-May-1925 p9)


Match Previews

No heading. (1925, May 1). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 10. Retrieved May 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page436890(external link)

The Age 1-May-1925 p8
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VwQRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4tADAAAAIBAJ&pg=7023%2C2834881

Match Reviews

HAWTHORN'S INITIAL EFFORT. (1925, May 4). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 9. Retrieved May 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2113653

The Age 4-May-1925 p5
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WQQRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4tADAAAAIBAJ&pg=979%2C3104042

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The Aftermath

Hawthorn won only 3 of 17 games in their first year in the VFL and major success would be a long time coming, Richmond finished 7th on the ladder in 1925.

But Hawthorn's VFL story had started.



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