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Reference_ 1927 VFL Grand Final - Torrential Rain

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Introduction


The Age 3-Oct-1927 p6
The Age 3-Oct-1927 p6




Collingwood change Captains - Coventry in, Tyson Out

1926 Collingwood Captain Charlie Tyson was controversially not reappointed in 1927 after leading the club too the previous two Grand Finals. With Tyson gone, Collingwood would win the next four Grand Finals under new captain Syd Coventry.
Daily News - Perth 6-May-1927 p9
Daily News - Perth 6-May-1927 p9


Season and Lead-up

After losing the 1925 and 1926 Grand Finals, Collingwood ended the 1927 season on top of the VFL ladder, one win above second placed Geelong and third placed Geelong.

In the semi final's Richmond just defeated fourth placed Carlton, winning by one just one kick in front of 63,620 people, the largest crowd iduring the 1927 finals. Collingwood walloped Geelong. Collingwood led by 56 points by half time, and by 66 at the end of the game.

Due to the ammended Argus finals system, Collingwood entered the final against Richmond with a double chance. As minor premiers, if Collingwood lost the final, they would have a second chance with a replay the following week. If Collingwood won, there was no replay, Collingwood were premiers.

Teams

Though both teams entered the game with similarly aged players, Collingwood's players were vastly more experienced in the VFL. Collingwoods 18 players have 1229 games between them to Richmond Player's total of 613 games.

Football Record 1927 Finals W3 p14
Football Record 1927 Finals W3 p14


Collingwood

Syd Coventry, in his first year as Captain was the 1927 Brownlow medalist with 7 votes.
Gordon Coventry with 97 goals was the Leagues leading goal kicker.

At just over 18 years old, Albert Collier was the youngest player in the Grand Final, but had already played 42 games (4 other Collingwood and 12 other Richmond players had played less games than Collier)

Gordon Coventry (119), Syd Coventry (103), Leo Wescott (106) and Ernie Wilson (112) were the 100+ gamers in the Collingwood team

Harold Chesswas - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Harold Chesswas - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Harold Rumney - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Harold Rumney - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Ernie Wilson - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Ernie Wilson - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Henry Wescott - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Henry Wescott - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards


B:Leo WescottCharlie DibbsJoe Poulter
HB:Ernie WilsonGeorge ClaydenAlbert Collier
C:Harry ChesswasJack BeveridgeCharlie Milburn
HF:Frank MurphyBob MakehamJohn Harris
F:Harold RumneyGordon CoventryHarry Collier
Foll:Syd Coventry (c)Percy RoweBill Libbis
Reserves:N/A
Coach:Jock McHale


Richmond

Allan Geedes was 5th in the 1927 Brownlow Medal and placed highest for Richmond.

No Richmond player in the match had played 100+ league games. Doug Hayes (78 games) and George Rudolph (63 games) were Richmond's most experienced players.

Three Richmond players had played less than 10 League games , Sam Jamison (3), Jack McCormack (6) and Cyril Powell (6).

Alan Geddes - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Alan Geddes - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Basil McCormack - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Basil McCormack - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Tom O'Halloran - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Tom O'Halloran - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Doug Hayes - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards
Doug Hayes - 1926-28 VFL Suburban Premium - Source: Australian Rules Football Cards


B:Don HarrisCyril PowellAngus MacIsaac
HB:Cyril LilburnePercy BentleyBasil McCormack
C:Frank O'BrienLes GallagherAlan Geddes (c)
HF:Harry WeidnerGeorge RudolphSam Jamison
F:George RobinsonJack McCormackJack Fincher
Foll:Thomas O'HalloranBob O'NeillDoug Hayes
Reserves:N/A
Coach:Checker Hughes



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


The Game


TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Collingwood0.1 (1)2.6 (18)2.9 (21)2.13 (25)
Richmond0.4 (4)0.4 (4)0.7 (7)1.7 (13)
RI by 3CW by 14CW by 14CW by 12


Goals:
Collingwood: G Coventry 2
Richmond: Fincher

Match Reviews

The ball was so slippery Jock McHale instructed Collingwood players to soccer the ball

This was the lowest scoring VFL match in the 20th Century

The Age 3-Oct-1927 p6
The Argus 3-Oct-1927 p6

Photos

Argus 3-Oct-1927 p15
Argus 3-Oct-1927 p15


The Aftermath



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1927_VFL_Grand_Final
http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1927/041419271001.html


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