- 1941 VFL season
Infobox VFL Premiership Season
year = 1941
teams = 12
premiers = AFL Mel
count = 5th
minor premiers = AFL Car
mpcount = 10th
top goal scorer =
Sel Murray(AFL Nor)
brownlow medalist =
Norman Ware(AFL Foo)
Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1941.
In 1941, 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 1941 VFL "Premiers" were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "Page-McIntyre system".
List of Australian Football League premiersfor a complete list."
* The 1941 VFL Premiership team was Melbourne.
* The VFL's leading goalkicker was
Sel Murrayof North Melbourne with 88 goals.
* "The Argus" newspaper's "Player of the Year",
Ted Cordnerof Melbourne, was declared 1941 Champion of the Season.
* The winner of the 1941
Brownlow Medalwas Norman Wareof Footscray with 23 votes.
* Hawthorn took the "wooden spoon" in 1941.
* As it was in 1916, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1916_VFL_season#Notable_Events] the VFL community is once again polarized over the question of whether or not the VFL competition should be suspended for the duration of the war.
**The VFL continues its competition uninterrupted, with the only concession being the suspension of the
Brownlow Medal(1942-1945) — Geelong did not play in 1942 and 1943, due to wartime rail and road transport restrictions.
Victorian Amateur Football Association(VFA) abandoned its competition in 1942, 1943, and 1944. The Victorian Amateur Football Association(VAFA) abandoned its competition after the first round of the 1940 season, and does not resume until 1946. The South Australian National Football League(SANFL) played a limited competition with four merged teams in 1942, 1943, and 1944. The Western Australian National Football League (WANFL) abandoned its senior competition in in 1942, 1943, and 1944, playing an "under age" competition instead. The Tasmanian Australian National Football League (TANFL) abandoned its competition in 1942, 1943, and 1944.
* In the round 2 match between Carlton and Richmond 11 players are injured. Highly talented Carlton rover
Jack Halebroke his leg so badly in an accidental entanglement with Richmond centreman Bernie Waldronthat he never played again.
* The VFL suspends its round 5 matches and conducts its second one-day "lightning" carnival at the
Melbourne Cricket Groundon Saturday 24 May 1941. Collingwood won the 1941 Victorian Football League Patriotic Match Cup, defeating Melbourne 3.2 (2) to 3.1 (19). The carnival raised £1,526 for the war effort.
* On 31 July 1941, Melbourne rover
Ron Barassi, Sr.was killed in action at the Siege of Tobruk. He was the first VFL player to be killed in the Second World War. On 16 August 1941, a brief, moving memorial tribute to Barassi is conducted (including a bugler playing "The Last Post") at the Melbourne Cricket Clubby spectators, players, trainers, and officials of Melbourne and Collingwood. Melbourne went on to beat Collingwood 17.8 (110) to 11.21 (87).
* The Grand Final was played on a hot, overcast day, with a strong, hot north wind.
** In the last minutes of the last quarter of the Second Eighteens Grand Final, which Essendon won, beating Fitzroy 12.16 (88) to 9.17 (71), a Fitzroy player felled an Essendon player and fights broke out all over the ground. As the final bell was sounding a vicious brawl broke out in which almost every player was involved, and players being felled right and left. Both teams were reported for "unseemly conduct".
** In a lop-sided senior Grand Final, Melbourne, missing at least 12 of its 1941 senior players through either injury or military service, is 47 points ahead at three quarter time, and goes on to beat Essendon by 29 points: 19.13 (127) to 13.20 (98). Essendon received 52 free kicks during the match, to Melbourne's 20.
The VFL during the World Wars
* 1916 VFL season
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* [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1941.html 1941 Season - AFL Tables]
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