1881 VFA season

The 1881 Victorian Football Association season was the fifth season of the Australian rules football competition. The premiership was won by the South Melbourne Football Club. It was the club's first VFA premiership.

Association membership

Between the 1880 and 1881 seasons, the West Melbourne Football Club dropped out of the senior ranks of the Association, leaving seven clubs.

1881 VFA premiership

The 1881 premiership was won by the South Melbourne Football Club, with Geelong placing second. The two clubs had almost equal records in senior matches played, with South Melbourne winning seven and drawing three of eleven matches, and Geelong winning seven and drawing two of ten matches. Carlton finished third.

Club senior records

The below table details the playing records of the seven clubs in all matches during the 1881 season, where the information is available. Two sets of results are given:

  • Senior results: based only upon games played against other VFA senior clubs
  • Total results: including senior games, and games against intercolonial, up-country and junior clubs.

The clubs are listed in the order in which they were ranked in the Australasian newspaper. However, other than announcing the top three place-getters, the VFA had no formal process by which the clubs were ranked, so the below order should be considered indicative only, particularly since the fixturing of matches was not standardised.

It is noted that although East Melbourne was a senior club in 1881, it was very uncompetitive; so, in its review of the season the Australasian did not consider matches against East Melbourne amongst its senior results. As such, in the below table, the 'Senior Results' does not count matches against East Melbourne; but, East Melbourne's results against the other senior clubs is given.

Some data is missing from the below table based on the availability of information.

1881 VFA Results
Senior Results Total Results
TEAM P W L D P W L D GF GA
1 South Melbourne (P) 11 7 1 3
2 Geelong 10 7 1 2 18 15 1 2 94 20
3 Carlton 11 5 3 3 24 18 3 3 107 33
Melbourne 14 4 6 4 24 14 6 4 79 44
Essendon 10 2 6 2 18 5 8 5 26 42
Hotham 12 1 9 2 19 5 10 4 35 41
East Melbourne 12 0 9 3 20 6 10 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, (P) = Premiers Source:[1]

Notable events

  • The leading goalkicker for the season was Brooks (Carlton), who kicked 20 goals.[1]

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