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Reference_ 1929 VFL Grand Final

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The Age 30-Sep-1929 p6 Headline
The Age 30-Sep-1929 p6 Headline


Introduction


Season and Lead-up

Collingwood won every game in their Home and Away season and ended the home and away season ladder leaders win 18 wins, clear by three games to Carlton in second position. The final four was rounded out by Richmond and St Kilda, each with 12 wins.

Gordon Coventry kicked 124 goals for the season, the first VFL player ever to do so. Carlton's Harry Vallence was second in the season's goal kicking table with 64.

Albert Collier won the 1929 Brownlow medal with 6 votes, two votes clear of his nearest rival.

The season was all Collingwood, but the semi final was a shock result. Richmond overwhelmed Collingwood by 62 points to earn a place in the final against Carlton. Richmond again provided an upset, defeating Carlton in the final in a tight game, winning by just 6 points.

Collingwood needed to exercise their right as minor premiers to challenge Richmond for the 1929 Premiership. For the third year in a row, the two teams would face off against each other.

Teams


Collingwood

All but four of Collingwood's 18 had played in the 1927 Grand Final. And of the remaining four, Leo Wescott had already played 122 League games. A combined total of 1413 games (including the Grand Final) game an average of 78.5 League games per player. With six players with 100+ games (Wescott, Chesswas, both Coventry's, and Makeham) and another seven players with 50+ games, Collingwood had a formidable lineup.

Collingwood Team - Australasian 1929 - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection
Collingwood Team - Australasian 1929 - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection

Back Row: H.Lauder, Gordon Coventry, R.Makeham, P.Bowyer, George Claydon, Len Murphy, Frank Murphy, Albert Collier
Middle Row: Harold Rumney, J.Beveridge, Syd Coventry (c), H.Chesswas, C.Ahern, H.Edmonds
Front Row Harry Collier, J.Libbis, L.Westcott, Charlie Dibbs.

Note- The Age Newspaper published a different photo of this session from a slightly different angle. The names for this photo have been taken from the version appearing in the Age - Ref The Age 30-Sep1929 p6

B:Leo WescottCharlie DibbsGeorge Clayden
HB:Albert LauderAlbert CollierHarold Rumney
C:Harry ChesswasJack BeveridgePercy Bowyer
HF:Frank MurphyLen MurphyBob Makeham
F:Horrie EdmondsGordon CoventryHarry Collier
Foll:Syd CoventryCharlie AhernBill Libbis
Reserve(s):N/A
Coach:Jock McHale



Richmond

Richmond for the third year running were the more inexperienced team, they were also the team with the higher changeover of players.

Richmond had no players with over 100 League games, (as opposed to Collingwood's 6) and Richmond's players combined total of League games was 765 compared to Collingwood's 1413.

The most experienced players in the Richmond side were Tom O'Halloran (81 games), Allan Geddes (79 games) and captain Cyril 'Dooley' Lilburne (74 games).

Eight of Richmond's 18 had not played in the 1927 Grand Final, but these included Percy Bentley and Allan Geddes, two experienced players.

Richmond Team - Australasian 1929 - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection
Richmond Team - Australasian 1929 - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection


B:Fred HeifnerBill BentonDon Harris
HB:Tom DunneJoe MurdochMaurie Sheahan
C:Allan GeddesCyril LilburneCarl Watson
HF:Ralph EmpeyTom O'HalloranHarry Weidner
F:Jack FincherJack BaggottJack Titus
Foll:Percy BentleyStan RyanMaurie Hunter
Reserve(s):N/A
Coach:Checker Hughes


Reference_ 1929 VFL Grand Final - Winning Team (Collingwood)
Reference_ 1929 VFL Grand Final - Defeated Team (Richmond)

The Game

Collingwood entered the game with a plan. With the attention focused on Gordon Coventry, and Coventry calling for the ball, young Horrie Edmonds was freed up on the forward line and was the actual Collingwood target, Edmonds kicked five goals.

M.C.G.
Sat, 28-Sep-1929
Crowd:63,336

TeamQ1Q2Q3Final
Collingwood6.3 (39)7.6 (48)9.6 (60)11.13 (79)
Richmond2.0 (12)3.3 (21)5.5 (35)7.8 (50)
CW by 27CW by 27CW by 25CW by 29


Goals:
Collingwood: Edmonds (5), G Coventry (2), H Collier, Libbis, F Murphy, L Murphy
Richmond: Baggott (2), Weidner (2), Geddes, O’Halloran, Lilburne

Match Reviews

The Age 30-Sep1929 p6
The Argus 30-Sep-1929 p15

Photos

Syd Coventry - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection
Syd Coventry - Source: State Library of Victoria Newspaper Collection
The Age 27-Sep-1929 p6 JTitus
The Age 27-Sep-1929 p6 JTitus
The Age 30-Sep-1929 p6 Crowd
The Age 30-Sep-1929 p6 Crowd


1929 Syd Coventry Grand Final 43_39 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Syd Coventry Grand Final 43_39 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Syd Coventry
1929 Syd Coventry Grand Final Harry Chesswas 43_44 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Syd Coventry Grand Final Harry Chesswas 43_44 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Syd Coventry
Harry Chesswas
1929 George Claydon and Albert Lauder Grand Final 43_49 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 George Claydon and Albert Lauder Grand Final 43_49 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

George Clayden
Albert Lauder
1929 Jack Beveridge_Front - Len Murphy Back Grand Final 43_57 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Jack Beveridge_Front - Len Murphy Back Grand Final 43_57 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Jack Beveridge
Len Murphy
1929 Albert Collier and Harold Rumney Grand Final 44_15 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Albert Collier and Harold Rumney Grand Final 44_15 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Albert Collier
Harold Rumney
1929 Gordon Coventry and Harry Collier Grand Final 44_21 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Gordon Coventry and Harry Collier Grand Final 44_21 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Gordon Coventry
Harry Collier
1929 Cyril Lilburne Richmond Grand Final 44_31 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Cyril Lilburne Richmond Grand Final 44_31 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Cyril Lilburne
1929 Percy Bentley Grand Final 44_32 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Percy Bentley Grand Final 44_32 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Percy Bentley
1929 Jack Titus Grand Final 44_33 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Jack Titus Grand Final 44_33 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Jack Titus
1929 Grand Final 45_04 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final 45_04 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final 45_05 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final 45_05 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final Jack Titus 45_27 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final Jack Titus 45_27 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Jack Titus
1929 Grand Final Jack Baggott 45_45 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final Jack Baggott 45_45 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Jack Baggott
1929 Grand Final Jack Baggott and Syd Coventry 45_45 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1
1929 Grand Final Jack Baggott and Syd Coventry 45_45 - VFL On Film 1909-1945 - Marking Time V1

Jack Baggott
Syd Coventry


The Aftermath

After losing three VFL Grand Finals in a row, Richmond were finalists again in 1930, they would suffer the frustration of another Grand Final loss in 1931 before finally breaking through in 1932.

Collingwood would go on to win their record making fourth consecutive Grand Final in 1930.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_VFL_Grand_Final
http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1929/041419290928.html

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