PREMIERSHIPS – 1901 (2ND)

This year again saw a change in how the Finals operated in that two Semi Finals were played and the two winners played off for the Premiership. Geelong finished on top of the ladder by a fair margin, with Collingwood 2nd, Fitzroy 3rd and Essendon 4th. Essendon went into the Semi Final against Fitzroy as underdogs, however got up and won by one point, Essendon 6.10 (46) to Fitzroy 6.9 (45).

The win was very controversial as a late shot from Albert Thurgood (who kicked 5 of Essendon’s 6 goals) appeared to hit the post, however the goal umpire signaled a goal, although the Fitzroy full back was about to kick off. Nothing seems to have changed!

Surprisingly Collingwood defeated Geelong in the other Semi Final, so the Grand Final became a contest between Essendon and Collingwood. Before a crowd of 30,000 people at the South Melbourne ground, in a tough fought game, Essendon ran out easy winners, 6.7 (43) to Collingwood’s 2.4 (16).

 

Surprisingly Collingwood defeated Geelong in the other Semi Final, so the Grand Final became a contest between Essendon and Collingwood. Before a crowd of 30,000 people at the South Melbourne ground, in a tough fought game, Essendon ran out easy winners, 6.7 (43) to Collingwood’s 2.4 (16).

Albert Thurgood was again best player kicking 3 goals, one of his goals from a place kick was later measured at an incredible 93 yards (85 metres) against the wind. Following the season Albert Thurgood was awarded Champion of the Colony (the equivalent of the Brownlow Medal) for the third time (he finished with 4), so obviously was one of the best players of all time.

In an interesting twist, Albert Thurgood was reported in 1902 for striking two St Kilda players and suspended for three matches. Mysteriously a gentleman by the name “Goodthur” played two of these games in the back pocket during his suspension. It is not known who this “Goodthur” fellow was, but his presence was indicative of the casual approach to football at that time.

The Premiership Team was made up as follows:

B. E. Mann J. Anderson M. Collins
H.B. E. Barry H. Gavin T. Collins
C. G. Hastings H. Wright H. Vollugi
H.F. F. Hiskins A. Thurgood J. Larkin
F. G. Martin E. Kinnear G. Stuckey
R. Bill Robinson J. McKenzie Bill Griffith

 

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