Essendon’s 1911 captain Dave Smith missed the whole season when he was selected to play Test cricket for Australia in England.
Alan Belcher replaced him as the Bombers won their second successive flag, beating South Melbourne.
Jack Kirby’s 43 goals were the most by an Essendon player since Albert Thurgood in 1894.
The MCG attracted 54,436 spectators on Grand Final day, as Essendon claimed its second successive flag.
Essendon 1.4 3.9 4.14 5.17 (47)
South Melbourne 1.3 2.4 2.6 4.9 (33)
Best: Armstrong, Baring, Bowe, Caine, Ogden, Sewart
Goals: Baring, Caine, Kirby, Ogden, Walker
B: J. O'Brien, B. Griffiths, G. McLeod
HB: L. White, D. Hanley, L. Bowe
C: W. Chalmers, B. Sewart, F. Kirkwood
HF: J. Kirby, F. Caine, P. Shea
F: J. Martin, L. Armstrong, B. Walker
R: A. Belcher, F. Braing, P. Ogden
Coach: J. Worrall
Average age: 26
Average games: 73
Best and Fairest: Ernest Cameron
Leading goalkicker: Jack Kirby (43)