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Reference_ 1926 VFL Grand Final

Matches

The Age 11Oct1926 p13
The Age 11Oct1926 p13



Introduction


Season and Lead-up

Collingwood topped the ladder after the home and away season with little separating them from Geelong in second place. Melbourne ended the season in third place.

In the Semi Final, Melboune defeated Collingwood by 11 points, putting Melbourne into the Final against Essendon who defeated the more fancied Geelong.

Under the Amended Argus Finals System, Collingwood's first place on the ladder meant that they played off against the winner of the Final for the Premiership.

Bob Corbett misses the Grand Final

Bob Corbett- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Bob Corbett- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Bob Corbett
Bob Corbett had played all games for the season and would have been a certainty for the Grand Final, but he was king hit in the Preliminary Final while walking off the field at half time by Essendon's Charlie May which broke his jaw. With rules at the time meaning there were no replacements, Melbourne played the second half with 17 men. But with the game in the balance in the final minutes, Corbett returned to the field with his broken jaw in bandages, helping his team to victory.


Teams

The teams were evenly matched in experience.

Melbourne

Ivor Warne-Smith was the 1926 Brownlow Medalist, Bob Johnson came third in the 1926 Brownlow count.
Francis 'Pop' Vine played his first game of VFL football, debuting in the Grand Final (replacing the injured Corbett)
A number of experienced players in the team included Harry Moyes (92 games), Harry Coy (93 games), Bert Chadwick (107 games) and Charlie Streeter (109 games).
Robert C Johnson - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards
Robert C Johnson - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards

Bob C Johnson
Ivor Warne-Smith - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards
Ivor Warne-Smith - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards

Ivor Warne-Smith
Stan Wittman - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards
Stan Wittman - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards

Stan Wittman


B:Charlie StreeterHarry CoyJim Abernethy
HB:Bill TymmsHugh DunbarTed Thomas
C:Richard TaylorIvor Warne-SmithJack Collins
HF:Stan WittmanBob C JohnsonJimmy Davidson
F:Francis VineDave DuffHarry Moyes
Foll:Bert Chadwick (c)Col DeaneHerbert White
Reserves:N/A
Coach:Bert Chadwick



Collingwood

Reg Baker received Collingwood's highest nomber of votes in the 1926 Brownlow Medal with four votes and placing 5th overall.
Gordon Coventry kicked 83 goals for the seaon and was the Leading Goalkicker. Lloyd Hagger (Geelong) was second with 56 goals.
Albert Collier was the youngest player on field, still only 17 years old. his older brother Harry Collier was next youngest at age 19 and 8 days,
The most experienced players in the team were Gordon Coventry (99 Games), Ernie Wilson (101 Games) and Captain Charlie Tyson with 106 games.
Harry Collier - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards
Harry Collier - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards

Harry Collier
Syd Coventry - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards
Syd Coventry - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards

Syd Coventry
John Harris - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards
John Harris - Source:1926 Craig and Hales Footballers and Racehorses - Australian Rules Football Cards

John Harris


B:Leo WescottGeorge BeasleyJoe Poulter
HB:Ernie WilsonAlbert CollierJim Shanahan
C:John HarrisJack BeveridgeCharlie Milburn
HF:Reg BakerFrank MurphyHarry Chesswas
F:Charlie Tyson (c)Gordon CoventryHarry Collier
Foll:Syd CoventryBob MakehamBilly Libbis
Reserves:N/A
Coach:Jock McHale




Reference_ 1926 VFL Grand Final - Winning Team (Melbourne)
Reference_ 1926 VFL Grand Final - Defeated Team (Collingwood)


The Game

Sat 9-Oct-1926
Crowd:59,632
M.C.G.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Melbourne4.5 (29)7.7 (49)14.9 (93)17.17 (119)
Collingwood1.1 (7)6.4 (40)7.6(48)9.8 (62)
ME by 22ME by 9ME by 45ME by 57


Goal Kickers
Melbourne: B Johnson 6,H Moyes 3,S Wittman 3,D Duff 2,C Deane 1,R Taylor 1,F Vine 1
Collingwood: H Collier 3, G Coventry 2, R Baker 1, A Collier 1, B Libbis 1, B Makeham 1

Bob Johnson was the match winner at full forward, with none of the Collingwood defenders able to hold him.

Match Reviews

The Age 11-Oct-1926 p13
Argus 11-Oct-1926 p8

Photos


Argus 11Oct1926 p15
Argus 11Oct1926 p15


The Aftermath

Collingwood would win the next four consecutive Grand Finals. But without Captain Tyson who would be controversially removed before the start of the next season. Collingwood was unsatisfied with Tyson's performance as captain in the 1926 Grand Final.


http://demonwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=Grand+Final+1926 (Good article)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1926_VFL_Grand_Final
http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1926/041119261009.html





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