Explore the History of australian football

Top four clubs in VFL play off for premiership (compared to three in 1900).  Sturt admitted to the SAFA.  North Fremantle and Subiaco join WAFA.  Grand final results - VFL: Essendon 6.7 (43) d. Collingwood 2.4 (16); SAFA: Norwood 4.9 (33) d. Port Adelaide 4.5 (29); STFA: Lefroy 11.12 (78) d. Wellington 3.8 (26). Other premiers - WAFA: West Perth (on points); VFA: Port Melbourne (on points); NTFA: North Launceston (on points).


North's 1901 Magarey Medallist, Phil Sandland

When PHIL SANDLAND made his SAFA debut for North Adelaide in 1901 as a nineteen year old it was his first ever match in senior company. Seemingly untroubled by this, however, he was voted best afield, an achievement he would repeat with sufficient regularity over the course of the season to win the Maguey Medal as the Fairest and Most Brilliant player in the competition. Allegedly, when told of his win, he was unsure of exactly how to react in that he "had never heard of the Magarey Medal".

Sandland's memorable inaugural season comprised 14 Association games for North, plus both of South Australia's interstate matches for the year against the VFL.  In 1902 he returned to the family farm in country South Australia but made a brief returnbrief return visit to Adelaide later in the year when he was rushed into North Adelaide's team for its premiership-deciding match against South Adelaide.  Sandland promptly proved that he still had what it took with a fine display in North's crushing 9.14 (68) to 4.7 (31) win. After spending a few more years on the family farm he relocated to Western Australia. [1]

Thereafter, apart from an appearance in "Dinny" Reedman's testimonial match the following year, Phil Sandland never played senior football again.  After the Reedman testimonial he returned to Western Australia where he lived until his death in 1970.


1. Information about Sandland's movements after his Magarey Medal season is courtesy of Nick Haines.

1901 Snippets