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1962 Premiership

October 8, 2017 3:29 PM

After three Grand Final losses, Essendon bounced back to win the 1962 premiership.

After three Grand Final losses, Essendon bounced back to win the 1962 premiership.

This was the first premiership after three losing grand finals between 1951 and 1959.

Essendon finished top with 16 wins, two ahead of Geelong.

The Bombers then easily accounted for the Cats in the second semi final before leading Carlton at every change in the Grand Final to win by 32 points.

It was the first flag for new coach John Coleman, who had taken over from Dick Reynolds, and it added a third premiership to his two as a player.

It was the first time Essendon was presented with a premiership cup which had been introduced by the VFL in 1958.

Essendon 6.5  7.7  10.10  13.12 (90)

Carlton 1.1  5.6  7.8  8.10 (58)

Best: Clarke, Mitchell, Birt, Leek, Epis, Beissel

Goals: Birt 4, Clarke 2, Mitchell 2, C. Payne 2, Leek, Johnston, Timms

Team

B: D. Shaw, P. Doran, D. McKenzie

HB: A. Epis, I. Shelton, B. Davis

C: R. Blew, G. Beissel, B. Capuano

HF: G. Johnston, K. Fraser, J. Somerville

F: K. Timms, C. Payne, J. Birt

R: G. Leek, H. Mitchell, J. Clarke

I: B. Sampson, G. Gosper

Coach: John Coleman

Captain: Jack Clarke

Honours

Best and Fairest: Jack Clarke

Leading goalkicker: Charlie Payne (39)