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1901 Premiership

October 15, 2017 4:07 PM

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Albert 'The Great' Thurgood led the way as Essendon won the 1901 premiership.

The year started poorly with three losses in the first four rounds but the team steadied losing only two more games in the next twelve rounds, then winning both finals games to claim a sixth premiership, Essendon’s second in the VFL.

The grand final was played at Lake Oval. Fred Hiskins, in just his second season, led the VFL’s goal kicking, with 34 goals.

Thurgood played only 10 games for the year but saved his best until last with 19 goals in his last five games, eight of which came in Essendon’s two finals.

Essendon 3.0  5.2  5.4  6.7 (43)

Collingwood 0.1  0.3  2.3  2.4 (16)

Best: Gavin, Griffith, Kinnear, McKenzie, Thurgood, Wright

Goals: Thurgood 3, Kinnear, G. Martin, McKenzie

Team

B: F. Mann, J. Anderson, M. Collins

HB: S. Barry, H. Gavin, T. Collins

C: G. Hastings, H. Wright, H. Vollugi

HF: F. Hiskins, A. Thurgood, J. Larkin

F: G. Martin, T. Kinnear, G. Stuckey

R: B. Robinson, J. McKenzie, B. Griffith

Average age: 24

Average games: 52

Honours

Best and Fairest: Albert Thurgood

Leading goakicker: Fred Hiskins (34)