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​1922 Snippets


Hawthorn (VFA) kick record 30.31 (211) against Prahran.  Geelong Association enter VFA as Essendon Association drop out.  North Melbournereadmitted to VFA.  Grand final results - VFL: Fitzroy 11.13 (79) d. Collingwood 9.14 (68); SAFL: Norwood 9.7 (61) d. West Adelaide 2.16 (28); WAFL: East Perth 7.13 (55) d. West Perth 5.9 (39); VFA: Port Melbourne 9.6 (60) d. Footscray 8.10 (58); TFL: Cananore 9.12 (66) d. North Hobart 8.8 (56); NSWAFL: Paddington 8.6 (54) d. Newtown 6.14 (50); NTFL: Vesteys 5.6 (36) d. Wanderers 3.6 (24); QFL: Brisbane 4.10 (34) d. South Brisbane 4.8 (32); NWFU: Latrobe 5.12 (42) d. Burnie 4.12 (36); TSP: Cananore 28.22 (190) d. City 9.8 (62); WA State Premiership: East Perth 16.15 (111) d. Mines Rovers 5.4 (34).  Other premiers - NTFA: City (on points).

PORT MELBOURNE'S 1922 VFA premiership triumph was both exciting and controversial. The Borough came from behind late on to defeat their opponents in the decisive match of the year, Footscray, by 2 points. So much for the excitement. The controversy arose after the match when three Port players, Bill Walton, Gus Dobrigh and Bill Rudd claimed that they had been offered amounts ranging between £40 and £50 to "play dead". Moreover, another Port Melbourne player, George Ogilvie, claimed that during the match he was offered a £20 bribe by a Footscray player. An extended VFA investigation followed, as a result of which Footscray's Vern Banbury, was disqualified for life.

The TASMANIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE selected representative teams to face three different mainland club sides in 1922. Glenelg, which had yet to win a single match after one and a half seasons in the SAFL, was defeated by 14 points, 14.9 (93) to 10.19 (79). Fellow SAFL club South Adelaide provided somewhat sterner opposition, winning 12.9 (81) to 8.13 (61). The TFL's most impressive performance came against Richmond, which was the reigning VFL premier. Visiting VFL clubs typically won by massive margins against the TFL without really trying, but Richmond found themselves facing a real battle from which they only just managed to emerge victorious. Final scores were Richmond 10.9 (69) defeated TFL 9.12 (66).