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1949 Premiership

October 10, 2017 12:24 PM


Back: Jack Jones, Harry Equid, Doug Bigelow, Bob McClure, Bob Newton, Wally Buttsworth, Bill Brittingham Middle: Ted Leehane, George Hassell, Norm McDonald, Dick Reynolds (captain-coach) Cec Ruddell Keith Rawle, Bob Bradley, Vic Fisher, Front: Bill Hutchison, Chris Lambert, Harold Lambert

John Coleman burst onto football’s stage with a 12-goal debut in Round one and 100 goals for the season, his milestone coming in the grand final when he kicked six.

Essendon had finished fourth on percentage equal on points with second and third.

The Bombers led all day beating Carlton by 73 points.

The win came as a relief to Bombers fans after the club finished runner-up in 1947, by one point, and runner-up again in 1948, after drawing the first grand final and losing the replay.

Essendon 3.3  7.7  12.15  18.17 (125)

Carlton 2.4  2.10  3.12  6.16 (52)

Best: McClure, May, Hutchison, Coleman, Brittingham, McDonald

Goals: Coleman 6, Rawle 3, Hutchison 2, Syme 2, Jones 2, McEwin, Leehane, D. Reynolds


B: A. Thaw, B. Brittingham, W. May

HB: L. Gardiner, R. McConnell, N. McDonald

C: V. Fisher, H. Lambert, B. Bradley

HF: J. Jones, T. Leehane, R. McEwin

F: D. Reynolds, J. Coleman, K. Rawle

R: B. McClure, B. Syme, B. Hutchison

Reserves: G. Lane, G. Hassell

Captain/Coach: D. Reynolds


Best and Fairest: John Coleman

Leading Goalkicker: John Coleman (100)