Coach: Checker Hughes
Captain: Colin Niven
Finishing Position: 6th
Best and Fairest: n/a
Leading Goalkicker: Jack Mueller (52)
Best First Year Player: n/a
After the club cut 10 experienced players and lost another two to retirement at the conclusion of 1933, they were left with just 22 players to start building a new side from. The rebuilding process allowed 13 players to debut during the year. After winning just three games the previous season and finishing 10th, the side improved to nine wins and sixth despite their lack of experience. The Seconds also dropped 10 players from their list despite winning the last three premierships, to make room for new players.
The club played two exhibition matches in Sydney, one on a Saturday afternoon and one on a Sunday morning. Five players who were running late due to work commitments became the first VFL players to fly to a game by plane. On theior way back the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field in Wallan.
Melbourne made national headlines before the Round 10 match against Essendon when it was announced that prominent supporter and former committeeman Win Berry would award a prize to the best barracker.
The league re-introduced the 'flick' pass, rewriting the 'handball' rule to read Handball is where the ball is clearly held in one hand and knocked with the other hand. The rule had been previously abolished in 1925. For the first time an electric clock was permanently introduced at the MCG after a successful trial during the 1933 finals series.
The reserves won their fourth consecutive premiership.
Melbourne's VFL delegates were George Cathie and Harry Parkin. The club lost 1600 pounds for the season, income of 1866 pounds and expenditure of 3468 pounds, which was covered by the MCC.
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Best utility player - Les Jones
Best back player - Archie Roberts
Best forward player - Jack Mueller
Special trophy - clubman - Maurie Gibb
Special trophy - Frank Kelly
Training trophy - Bert Taylor
Best all round player - Percy Beames
Most improved - Charlie Longhurst
|Round 4||Colin Niven||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 4||Colin Niven||Elbowing||Not Guilty|
|Round 5||Charlie Longhurst||Attempted Striking||4 matches|
Herald - 10/03/1934
News - 13/07/1934
Sporting Globe - 29/09/1934
Herald - 04/12/1934
Age - 13/12/1934
Demon - July 2002
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