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1925

Captain - Coach: Bert Chadwick
Finishing Position: 3rd
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Harry Davie (56)
Best First Year Player: n/a
Members: 1171

Matches Ladder Playing List Seconds

Image The VFL expanded for the first time since 1908, with Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne joining from the VFA. With recruiting zones affected by the new teams, Melbourne was given a temporary new zone of the Lonsdale, Latrobe, Gipps and Albert Wards of the City of Melbourne, as well as the City of Prahran.

The Australasian Football Council forced a rule change on the league, abolishing the boundary throw-in and paying a free kick against the last player to touch the ball before it went out of play. Another rule change mandated that only one man could stand on the mark at any time.

Before the season, fans proposed an alteration to MCC rules that would give the club its own president, vice-President and committee, instead of them being elected at the MCC's annual meeting. The proposal did not achieve the necessary 75% support of MCC members and was lost. Commitee elections saw GG Coulter (264 votes), SER Church (248), HD Westley (231), WFV Sykes (228), WJ Findley (226), H. Parkin (214) and FW Ince (202) elected.

On Saturday 18 April, an intra-club game was played between the senior side and Juniors. Under new playing coach Bert Chadwick it kicked off a year that saw Melbourne return to the finals for the first time in a decade. They nearly blew their chance with a shock loss to North Melbourne in the second last game, but recovered to defeat Richmond in the final round and qualify. Struggling with injuries, they were comfortably beaten by a Collingwood side that finished half a game behind them on the ladder. In gratitude for their breakthrough season, the MCC committee paid each player a five pound bonus.

After Melbourne's Round 12 victory over St Kilda the Seasiders put in a protest that they should have been awarded the points as Gerry Donnelly wasn't eligible to play for the Redlegs as he was residentially tied to North Melbourne. The VFL dismissed the protest but made Donnelly join North.

Melbourne won their first final, but were crippled by the loss of a number of players to injury and were defeated in the Preliminary Final.

Secretary Andrew Manzie was chosen as the VFL's delegate to the AFC. Bill McClelland and Manzie were Melbourne's delegates to the VFL.

Premiership season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 St. KildaWIN73-26
2 CollingwoodLOSS54-71
3 CarltonWIN84-38
4 FootscrayWIN70-42
5 North MelbourneWIN85-65
6 RichmondDRAW70-70
7 FitzroyWIN83-45
8 South MelbourneWIN100-54
9 GeelongLOSS75-99
10 EssendonWIN55-38
11 HawthornWIN102-46
12 St. KildaWIN70-51
13 CollingwoodLOSS52-65
14 CarltonWIN122-45
15 FootscrayWIN69-67
16 North MelbourneLOSS46-73
17 RichmondWIN63-24
SF GeelongWIN101-86
PF CollingwoodLOSS26-63

Ladder

WDL%P
Geelong1502152.760
Essendon1304119.352
Melbourne1214138.550
Collingwood1205127.148
Fitzroy1205125.748
St. Kilda80999.632
Richmond611086.726
South Melbourne601185.724
Carlton501279.020
North Melbourne501275.220
Footscray401382.716
Hawthorn301466.112

Playing list

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Stan Wittman 1922
2 Clarrie Wyatt 10
3 Ted Thomas 150
5 Gerry Donnelly 124
6 Ted Parker 10
7 Frank Jorgensen 101
8 Charlie Lilley 60
9 Charlie Streeter 170
10 Jack Collins 190
11 Carlyle Jones 12
12 Bob Corbett 192
14 Ivor Warne-Smith 187
15 George Haines 195
16 Derek Mollison 199
17 Bert Chadwick 181
18 Percy Tulloh 712
19 Harry Coy 190
20 Alf Wilson 30
20 Bill Shelton 41
21 Bobby Ewer 10
22 Harry Moyes 1226
23 Frank Richardson 20
24 Harry Davie 1956
25 Jimmy Sullivan 60
26 Max Wright 10
26 Bill Tymms 21
28 Hugh Dunbar 194
29 Jimmy Davidson 137
31 Col Deane 1621
33 Jack Cannan 58
35 Richard Taylor 195

Awards
Most Consistent - Bob Corbett

Seconds

1925 Seconds season

P
Collingwood 64
South Melbourne 52
Fitzroy 52
Carlton 52
Richmond40
Geelong34
Essendon32
St Kilda28
Footscray20
North Melbourne16
Melbourne8
Hawthorn8

Media
Argus - 20/01/1925
Richmond Guardian - 24/01/1925
Argus - 29/01/1925
Sun - 13/02/1925
Herald - 17/04/1925
Herald - 24/04/1925
Argus - 27/04/1925
Sun - 22/09/1925
Argus - 04/03/1926


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