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Reference_ 1949 VFL Grand Final

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Introduction

Essendon had won the 1946 premiership and had lost both the 1947 and 1948 Grand Finals. They were an experienced side, lead by three time Brownlow medal winner Dick Reynolds, The 1949 Grand final team would include six players with over 100 games (Bill Brittingham, Les Gardiner, Bill Hitchison, Gordon Lane, Keith Rawle and Dick Reynolds). Another five players in the Grand Final Team would go on to reach 100 games ( Jack Jones, Roy McConnell, Norm McDonald and Bob Syme). Regardless of this proven experience and talent, the 1949 Grand Final is most remembered for a player who never played 100 League games (he played 98) , and was making a sensation in his first year in the VFL, Essendon's new Full Forward....John Coleman.

The Lead Up

Essendon's star recruit, John Coleman had starred in his first year in the League. He kicked 12 goals in his first ever League game (against Hawthorn) and had kicked 85 at the end of the Home and Away season, winning Essendon's Best and Fairest for the Season. 85 goals for the season was already a club record, easily higher than Tom Reynolds previous record of 71 in 1939 and significantly higher than the 52 kicked by 1948 leading goal kicker Bill Hutchison,

Essendon only just reached the finals The bombers were out of the top four from rounds 7 to 16, but he team finished the home and away season well, winning their last eight games. Essendon trounced Collingwood by 82 points in the semi-final with Coleman kicking another six goals. A 17 point win over minor premiers North Melbourne in the Preliminary final put Essendon into the Grand Final, with Coleman on 94 goals for the season and with underdog status.

Carlton had been Premiers in 1945 and 1947. 1949 was a successful year with the club ending the home and away season in second place on the ladder, and only out of the top four for one week all season.

Experienced players included Jim Baird, Ken Baxter, Jim Clark, Jim Mooring and Doug Williams. Ken Baxter was the clubs leading goal kicker and he would kick 46 for the season. Bert Deacon had won the 1947 Brownlow Medal and captain Ern Henfry would win the teams 1949 best and fairest.

Carlton defeated minor premiers North Melbourne in their semi-final and earned themselves a week's rest before the Grand Final.


Carlton defeated Essendon in Round 4 at Windy Hill by 19 points, but Essendon had been victorious in round 15 at Princes Park by 31 points. Melbourne's leading broadsheets the Argus and the Age newspapers, both expected a victory for Carlton.

Argus 24Sep1949 p1 Percy Taylor
Argus 24Sep1949 p1 Percy Taylor
The Age 24Sep1949 p16 Carlton Favored
The Age 24Sep1949 p16 Carlton Favored
The Age 23Sep1949 p16 Spearheads
The Age 23Sep1949 p16 Spearheads



Teams

The 1949 Grand Final was Dick Reynolds 299th League game. The only players to play more games at the time were Gordon Coventry (306) and Richmond's with Jack Dyer (312). In 1950 Reynolds would go on to play 320 games.

B:Alan ThawBill BrittinghamWally May
HB:Norm McDonaldRoy McConnellLes Gardiner
C:Vic FisherHarold LambertBob Bradley
HF:Jack JonesTed LeehaneRon McEwin
F:Dick ReynoldsJohn ColemanKeith Rawle
Foll:Bob SymeBob McClureBill Hutchison
Reserve(s):Gordon LaneGeorge Hassell
Coach:Dick Reynolds



Essendon Team Argus 26Sep1949 P32
Essendon Team Argus 26Sep1949 P32


B:Richie GreenOllie GrieveFred Davies
HB:Jim BairdBert DeaconJim Clark
C:Arthur HodgsonErn HenfryDoug Williams
HF:Jack ConleyJack HowellRay Garby
F:Geoff BrokenshireKen BaxterHerb Turner
Foll:Ken HandsFrank BatemanJim Mooring
Reserve(s):Bernie BaxterFred Stafford
Coach:Percy Bentley



Reference_ 1949 VFL Grand Final - Winning Team (Essendon)
Reference_ 1949 VFL Grand Final - Defeated Team (Carlton)

Carlton Team Argus 26Sep1949 P33
Carlton Team Argus 26Sep1949 P33


Argus 26Sep1949 p6s The Umpires
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s The Umpires


The Game

On Saturday 24th September 1949 in front of 90,453 (official) fans at the MCG, Essendon won the premiership.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Essendon3.3 (21)7.7 (49)12.15 (87)18.17 (125)
Carlton2.4 (16)2.10 (22)3.12 (30)6.16 (52)
ES by 5ES by 27ES by 57ES by 73


Goals:
Essendon: Coleman 6: Rawle 3, Jones 2, Syme 2, Hutchison 2, Leehane , Reynolds , McEwin ,
Carlton: B Baxter : K Baxter , Garby , Hands , Howell , Turner


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After a close first quarter, Essendon ran away with the game, extending their lead each quarter for an emphatic 73 point victory.

Carlton captain Ern Henfry received a heavy knock early in the game, as did Essendon's Bob McClure. But most commentators mention that Essendon dominated the ruck and Rawle and Hutchison were effective rovers and it was this that won the premiership.

By the final quarter Grieve had held Coleman to only two goals and had played well, but with the game won, Essendon made a conscious effort in the final quarter to try and get Coleman to his hundred. This was known to the Carlton players, but they were unable to stop Coleman getting to his hundred in the final minutes of the game.

Grand Final 1949 - Flying Higher- History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1994 - Michael Maplestone 1994 - Photographer Unknown
Grand Final 1949 - Flying Higher- History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1994 - Michael Maplestone 1994 - Photographer Unknown


Match Reviews


The Argus
(1949, September 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 26. Retrieved February 6, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page1724076

The Age
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wsJVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vb0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6879%2C8102500

Photos

Argus 26Sep1949 p3s First Bounce
Argus 26Sep1949 p3s First Bounce


Argus 26Sep1949 P29 Colemans Sixth
Argus 26Sep1949 P29 Colemans Sixth


Argus 26Sep1949 p3s Second Bounce
Argus 26Sep1949 p3s Second Bounce
Argus 26Sep1949 p3s Just Another Duel
Argus 26Sep1949 p3s Just Another Duel
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s Howell Down
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s Howell Down
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s Leehane evades Deacon
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s Leehane evades Deacon
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s McClure Taking a low one
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s McClure Taking a low one
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s Mooring was determined
Argus 26Sep1949 p6s Mooring was determined


Crowds

Argus 26Sep1949 p1
Argus 26Sep1949 p1
Argus 26Sep1949 p3 Crowd
Argus 26Sep1949 p3 Crowd
The Age 26Sep1949 p3 Crowd
The Age 26Sep1949 p3 Crowd
Argus 26Sep1949 p2s Crowd
Argus 26Sep1949 p2s Crowd
Argus 26Sep1949 P30
Argus 26Sep1949 P30
Argus 26Sep1949 p7s Hey Umpire
Argus 26Sep1949 p7s Hey Umpire


Aftermath


Argus 26Sep1949 p7s John Coleman
Argus 26Sep1949 p7s John Coleman


Argus 26Sep1949 p25 Table
Argus 26Sep1949 p25 Table
Argus 26Sep1949 p2
Argus 26Sep1949 p2


1949 also saw the introduction of a new technology for the VFL Tribunal.
Argus 28Sep1949 p26 Tribunal
Argus 28Sep1949 p26 Tribunal



External References

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1949/030519490924.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1949_VFL_Grand_Final
http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Grand+Final%2C+1949



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