Reference_ 1928 VFL Grand Final



The Age 1-Oct-1928 p6 Headline
The Age 1-Oct-1928 p6 Headline

Structure of the Finals

Collingwood ended the Home and Away season on top of the ladder, with Richmond in second position. Both teams separated by one game. This was the same as 1927.

Due to the ammended Argus System for the finals, Collingwood again had a double chance, so that if they were not the winner of the finals, they had the right to play off against the winner in a grand final for the season's premiership.

As with 1927, Collingwood did not need the second chance and was the winner of the finals.

Contrasting Semi Finals.

In week one of the finals, Richmond easily defeated fourth placed Carlton by 53 points in front of 66,000 fans at the MCG with Jack Titus kicking six goals.

Collingwood played Melbourne in the second week of the finals and led by 30 points at three quarter time (virtually double Melbourne's score. But Collingwood were unable to score even a point in the final quarter and Melbourne surged forward and drew the game 9.8 (62) each.

The Semi Final had to be replayed the next week and again it was tight, with Collingwood's 13 point lead at three quarter time shrinking to 4 points at the final bell in a high scoring final quarter.

So the teams entered the grand final, with Collingwood on the back of two hard games, and Richmond with three weeks without match practice.


1928 Grand Final - The Australasian Pictorial supplement for Oct.6 1928 Source: Charles Leski Auctions - Auction 243 lot 251 photographer Unknown
1928 Grand Final - The Australasian Pictorial supplement for Oct.6 1928 Source: Charles Leski Auctions - Auction 243 lot 251 photographer Unknown


Collingwood's team included 13 players from the 1927 Grand Final. Experienced Percy Rowe had missed the 1927 Grand Final but would play in 1928. 19 year old Len Murphy (who would play 198 games for the club) was in his first season and in his first final.

Collingwood's 18 players had a combined 1191 games between them, with Harry Chesswas, Gordon Coventry and Syd Coventry with over 100 games. Gordon Coventry again led the League goal kicking with 89 for the season.

B:Harold RumneyCharlie DibbsAlbert Lauder
HB:Albert CollierGeorge ClaydenBob Makeham
C:Norm MacLeodJack BeveridgeBruce Andrew
HF:John HarrisFrank MurphyHarry Chesswas
F:Percy RoweGordon CoventryHarry Collier
Foll:Syd Coventry (c)Len MurphyBill Libbis
Coach:Jock McHale


Richmond were a different team from their 1927 Grand Final combination. Only 7 of 18 players from the 1927 team played in the 1928 line up. The team was younger and less experienced that the Collingwood team, with a combined 782 games to Collingwood players combined 1191. (not a large a disparity as the previous year.)

Experienced Captain Donald Don had missed the 1927 final, but had played for Richmond since 1917. The Grand Final would be his last League game. The young Tigers included Bert Foster (22), Jack Bissett (19) and Jack Baggott (22) and Joe Murdoch (19).

Only Donald Don (158 games) had played over 100 League games, with George Rudolph the next highest with 80.

B:Don HarrisDonald Don (c)Jack Bisset
HB:Joe MurdochBert FosterBasil McCormack
C:Stan JudkinsLes GallagherCarl Watson
HF:Harry WeidnerGeorge RudolphJack Baggott
F:Ralph EmpeyJack TitusFred Goding
Foll:Thomas O'HalloranCyril LilburneJack Fincher
Coach:Checker Hughes

Reference_ 1928 VFL Grand Final - Winning Team (Collingwood)
Reference_ 1928 VFL Grand Final - Defeated Team (Richmond)

The Game

Sat, 29-Sep-1928

Collingwood2.4 (16)7.8 (50)9.11 (65)13.18 (96)
Richmond0.3 (3)4.5 (29)7.7 (49)9.9 (63)
CW by 13CW by 21CW by 16CW by 33

Collingwood:Gordon Coventry (9), Len Murphy (2), John Harris, Bob Makeham
Richmond: Harry Weidner (2), Jack Titus (2), Tom O’Halloran (2), Ralph Emprey, (2), Fred Goding

Match Reviews

Argus Mon 1-Oct-1928 p12
The Age 1-Oct-1928 p6


Argus 1-Oct-1928 p12
Argus 1-Oct-1928 p12

Argus 1-Oct-1928 p5
Argus 1-Oct-1928 p5

Argus 28Sep1928 p17
Argus 28Sep1928 p17
The Age 1-Oct-1928 p6
The Age 1-Oct-1928 p6

The Aftermath

Collingwood had now been in four consecutive Grand Finals with L,L,W,W. They would win the next two grand finals for a recond four consecutive victories.

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