1937 VFL Grand Final

The 1937 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Geelong Football Club and Collingwood Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 25 September 1937. It was the 41st annual grand final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1937 VFL season. The match, attended by a then record crowd of 88,540 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 32 points, marking that club's third premiership victory and first since winning the 1931 VFL Grand Final.

1937 VFL Grand Final

Geelong

Collingwood
18.14 (122) 12.18 (90)
1 2 3 4
GEE 3.3 (21) 8.5 (53) 12.8 (80) 18.14 (122)
COLL 6.3 (39) 8.10 (58) 11.14 (80) 12.18 (90)
Date25 September 1937
StadiumMelbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance88,540
 1936 VFL Grand Final 1938 

Geelong took out the minor premiership by finishing with 15 wins from 18 games. A 12-point win over Melbourne saw Geelong advance to the grand final against reigning premiers Collingwood. The Magpies raced to an early three-goal lead before Geelong cut the deficit to five points at the main break. Scores were level at three quarter time before a six-goal to one final term saw the Cats take the flag. It would not be for another 81 years, in 2018, that scores would be level again at three quarter time of a grand final.

Teams

Geelong
Collingwood
Geelong
B: Bernie Hore Reg Hickey (c) Allan Everett
HB: Jack Grant Joe Sellwood Tom Arklay
C: Laurie Slack Fred Hawking Angie Muller
HF: Jim Wills Gordon Abbott Clive Coles
F: Jack Metherell Les Hardiman Jack Evans
Foll: Peter Hardiman George Dougherty Tommy Quinn
Res: Geoff Mahon
Coach: Reg Hickey
Collingwood
B: Harold Rumney Jack Regan Bervyn Woods
HB: Jack Ross Marcus Boyall Fred Froude
C: Jack Carmody Marcus Whelan Ron Dowling
HF: Des Fothergill Ron Todd Vin Doherty
F: Phonse Kyne Gordon Coventry Alby Pannam
Foll: Albert Collier Percy Bowyer Harry Collier (c)
Res: Len Murphy
Coach: Jock McHale

Statistics

Score

Team1234Total
Geelong3.38.512.818.1418.14 (122)
Collingwood6.38.1011.1412.1812.18 (90)

Goal kickers

Geelong:

  • Evans 6
  • Coles 4
  • Metherell 4
  • Abbott 2
  • Sellwood 1
  • Wills 1

Collingwood:

  • Todd 4
  • Coventry 3
  • Pannam 2
  • Doherty 1
  • Fothergill 1
  • Kyne 1

See also

References

  • AFL Tables: 1937 Grand Final
  • 1937 (Archived 2009-09-24)
  • The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0
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