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1937 VFL season

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Highest attendance  88,540
Start date  1937
Teams  12
Leading Goalkicker Medallist  Dick Harris (Carlton)
Premier  Geelong Football Club
Matches played  112
1937 VFL season

Premiers  Geelong (3rd premiership)
Minor premiers  Geelong (5th minor premiership)
Brownlow Medallist  Dick Reynolds (Essendon)
Similar  1936 VFL season, 1934 VFL season, 1931 VFL season, 1943 VFL season, 1946 VFL season

The 1937 Victorian Football League season was the 41st season of the elite Australian rules football competition.


Premiership season

In 1937, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus one substitute player, known as the 19th man. A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.

Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 18 rounds; matches 12 to 18 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 7.

Once the 18 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1937 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page-McIntyre System.

Grand final

Geelong defeated Collingwood 18.14 (122) to 12.18 (90), in front of a crowd of 88,540 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).


  • The 1937 VFL Premiership team was Geelong.
  • The VFL's leading goalkicker was Dick Harris of Richmond with 64 goals.
  • The winner of The Argus' "Player of the Year" was Dick Reynolds of Essendon.
  • The winner of the 1937 Brownlow Medal was Dick Reynolds of Essendon with 27 votes.
  • North Melbourne took the "wooden spoon" in 1937.
  • The seconds premiership was won by Geelong. Geelong 12.12 (84) defeated Collingwood 9.11 (65) in the Grand Final, played as a stand-alone game on Thursday 30 September (Show Day holiday) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Notable events

  • Still struggling to recover from the injury that kept him out of the 1936 Grand Final, Bob Pratt only played six matches (kicking 12 goals) for South Melbourne in the 1937 season.
  • Having kicked Collingwood's only goal in the last quarter of the Grand Final, Gordon Coventry retired having played 306 senior VFL games and having scored 1299 goals.
  • In Round 15, Coventry became the first player to play 300 VFL games
  • In Round 16, Collingwood and Melbourne set numerous records for high scoring:
  • a record match aggregate of 295 points, beating by two the record of Essendon and North Melbourne in 1934
  • highest losing score, beating Collingwood's own record against St. Kilda in 1931 and still a club record for Collingwood
  • References

    1937 VFL season Wikipedia