80 Years Ago...

 

Today we have 17 clubs in our Victorian club competition but eighty years ago there was double that number.  In the 1931 season a total of thirty clubs competed in the VLA fielding 64 teams across six grades with 1053 registered players.

The game was played with 12 players on the field, no boundary lines, no offside, no substitutes, limited protective equipment and a small centre circle for the face-offs.

In this era, interstate competitions were fiercely contested with annual games between Victoria and South Australia and tri-annual Australian carnivals in which all States except Tasmania competed.

The Victorian "Senior" grade competition was headed by the mighty Malvern club which in this year repeated its 1930 win over MCC to advance in the first of its two ten consecutive senior premiership streaks.

What a boost to our sport if we still had the Army, Navy, Adult Deaf, teams from Grammar Schools, Technical Colleges,  Teacher's Colleges and YMCA plus clubs at Bentleigh, Box Hill, Brighton, Brunswick, Coburg, Hawthorn, Hartwell, Ivanhoe and North Fitzroy!

Senior Section

A Grade

B Grade

C Grade

D Grade

E Grade

Camberwell

Adult Deaf

24th Batallion

Camberwell

Bentleigh

Caulfield

Caulfield

Artillery

Brighton

Caulfield

Brighton

Coburg

Coburg

Box Hill

Coburg

Caulfield Grammarians

Brunswick

Essendon

Hawthorn

Camberwell

Essendon

Glen Iris

Caulfield

MHSOB

Malvern

Caulfield

Hawthorn

Ivanhoe

Coburg

Sth.Melb Tech 1

MCC

 

Malvern

Legacy

Hawthorn

Trinity Grammar

MHSOB

Essendon

MHSOB

MHSOB

Hartwell

Williamstown

University

Ivanhoe

Teachers College

North Fitzroy

Malvern

Workingmen's College 1

Williamstown

 

Malvern

University

S.M.P.M

MHSOB

Workingmen's College 2

 

North Fitzroy

Williamstown

University

Royal Aust Navy Reserve

 

 

YMCA

 

Williamstown

Sth.Melb. Tech

 

 

 

 

YMCA

Williamstown

 

 

 

 

 

YMCA

 

 

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