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Vfa lightning premiership 1972-1979

VFA Lightning premiership was conducted between 1972-1979

1st division winners

Grand finals

1972 coburg d port Melbourne 

1973 Geelong west d Preston

1974 Preston d prahran

1975 prahran d Northcote

1976 coburg d Brunswick 

1977 Caulfield d Dandenong 

1978 werribee d sandringham 

1979 sandringham d Yarraville

2nd division 

1972 box hill d Frankston

1973 Northcote d box hill 

1974 Northcote d Frankston

1975 Northcote d mordialloc 

1976 Camberwell d werribee

1977 Frankston d Northcote 

1978 werribee d box hill 

1979 Yarraville d Northcote 

Northcote 1975, werribee 1978 and Yarraville 1979 were 2nd division clubs that made it to the gf facing 1st division clubs with werribee beating the zebras in 1978.

I have a couple of those games on DVD. Wonder if anyone has some of the lightning premiership games on tape.

Northcote won on 73-74-75 with runners up in 77-79 as well as 75 in 1st division loss to prahran.

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There was an earlier lightning premiership held in 1946.

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1946 VFA LIGHTNING PREMIERSHIP

Held on June 29 at the Junction Oval and contested by all twelve VFA teams, with teams ranked 1, 2, 3 and 5 on the ladder at that stage of the season entering in the second round. The winning team received the J.J. Liston Shield, an award created specifically for the tournament (it had no connection to the J.J. Liston Trophy first awarded to the VFA's best and fairest player in 1945).
 

DATE / VENUE

ROUND

WINNING TEAM

SCORE

LOSING TEAM

SCORE

CROWD

29-6-1946

Junction Oval
(St Kilda)

RD.1

Brighton (4)

4.2 (26)

Brunswick (7)

2.1 (13)

7,000

Port Melbourne (6)

3.0 (18)

Yarraville (8)

1.1 (7)

Prahran (9)

2.4 (16)

Preston (12)

1.2 (8)

Oakleigh (10)

2.2 (14)

Northcote (11)

1.2 (8)

RD.2

Brighton (4)

7.4 (46)

Camberwell (1)

1.1 (7)

Oakleigh (10)

2.3 (15)

Sandringham (2)

1.2 (8)

Williamstown (3)

2.4 (16)

Port Melbourne (6)

2.2 (14)

Prahran (9)

3.1 (19)

Coburg (5)

1.1 (7)

SF

Williamstown (3)

3.8 (26)

Oakleigh (10)

1.1 (7)

Prahran (9)

4.2 (26)

Brighton (4)

3.1 (19)

GF

Williamstown (3)

4.3 (27)

Prahran (9)

1.3 (9)

 
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Held on the one day back in 1946. Williamstown beat Prahran in the final at the Junction Oval.

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1896 VFA CHARITY CUP

Held on June 6 at the MCG and contested by the top four teams at that stage of the season: Collingwood, Essendon, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne.

VFA premiership matches were suspended so the Charity Day could be held on the Saturday between Rounds 5 and 6 of the season. The football matches consisted of two halves of 20 minutes each and were preceded by a baseball match described by The Argus (8-6-1896) as "the finest game of baseball yet seen in Melbourne". As winners of the football tournament, Essendon received the inaugural VFA Charity Cup.

As with the previous year, the 1896 event was used to trial new rules:
- the use of boundary umpires to throw the ball back into play (relieving the field umpire of this duty, allowing him to focus on the play);
- the abolition of the "little mark", meaning the ball had to be kicked at least ten yards for a mark to be paid by the umpire.

Both of these rule trials were considered successful and were later adopted across all levels of the game.
 

DATE / VENUE

ROUND

WINNING TEAM

SCORE

LOSING TEAM

SCORE

CROWD

6-6-1896
East Melbourne CG

SF

Essendon (1)

3.3

Collingwood (2)

2.5

8,000

Port Melbourne (4)

2.1

South Melbourne (3)

1.4

FINAL

Essendon (1)

2.4

Port Melbourne (4)

1.1

 

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1895 VFA CHARITY DAY

Held on June 8 at the EMCG - this was not officially a lightning premiership but the matches were played under a similar format. Four of the VFA's most popular teams were selected to play shortened matches scheduled to last an hour.

VFA premiership matches were suspended so the Charity Day could be held on the Saturday between Rounds 6 and 7 of the season. The two football matches were played at 3pm and 4pm as the culmination of an event which also included a Champion Footballers sprint race (won by A. Drew of Port Melbourne) and a baseball match.

The event is also noteworthy for being the first trial of boundary umpires. The Argus (10-6-1896) notes: "From the first it was clear that the boundary umpires effected two desirable things, viz., giving the field umpire a better chance to watch the game, and preventing the followers crowding on to the ball at the boundary when it was thrown in". However, The Argus also notes that these gains were offset by the wingmen migrating to the centre of the field creating problems within that section of the field. 

Note that prior to 1897 behinds were recorded but did not count towards a team's score, so the Fitzroy-Collingwood match was drawn at 3 goals apiece.
 

DATE / VENUE

MATCH

WINNING TEAM

SCORE

LOSING TEAM

SCORE

CROWD

8-6-1895
East Melbourne CG

1

Fitzroy

3.10

Collingwood

3.5

7,000

2

Melbourne

5.9

Essendon

1.0

 

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SUMMARY OF RESULTS

 

Date

Teams

1/4

1/2

3/4

Final

Margin

Venue

Day / Time

Crowd

ROUND 1 (QUALIFYING)

Mar-20

Claremont

2.0 (12)

4.3 (27)

10.6 (66)

13.7 (85)

32

Claremont Oval,

Sun

5,195

South Adelaide

0.0 (0)

2.3 (15)

4.3 (27)

8.5 (53)

Perth

(D)

Mar-27

Dandenong

4.2 (26)

7.5 (47)

10.6 (66)

14.8 (92)

9

Lake Oval,

Sun

2,500

Central District

3.7 (25)

5.9 (39)

8.13 (61)

11.17 (83)

South Melbourne

(D)

Apr-05

West Perth

4.4 (28)

8.8 (56)

11.11 (77)

16.20 (116)

51

Leederville Oval,

Tue

-

North Adelaide

3.1 (19)

5.4 (34)

7.10 (52)

9.11 (65)

Perth

(D)

Apr-05

Preston

4.2 (26)

5.8 (38)

11.9 (75)

15.10 (100)

27

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

New South Wales

0.2 (2)

2.4 (16)

8.5 (53)

11.7 (73)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Apr-12

West Adelaide

3.2 (20)

4.5 (29)

8.6 (54)

9.9 (63)

30

Norwood Oval,

Tue

1,500

East Fremantle

2.3 (15)

5.3 (33)

7.4 (46)

14.9 (93)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Apr-19

Caulfield

3.4 (22)

6.6 (42)

8.9 (57)

11.10 (76)

19

Norwood Oval,

Tue

250

A.C.T.

2.0 (12)

6.2 (38)

9.6 (60)

14.11 (95)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

ROUND 2

Apr-26

Tasmania

5.3 (33)

9.5 (59)

10.10 (70)

13.11 (89)

3

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

South Fremantle

2.1 (13)

6.4 (40)

10.9 (69)

13.14 (92)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-03

Sturt

5.5 (35)

11.8 (74)

13.18 (96)

18.23 (131)

86

Norwood Oval,

Tue

3,073

Claremont

3.2 (20)

3.2 (20)

4.2 (26)

7.3 (45)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-10

Norwood

4.1 (25)

7.6 (48)

13.10 (88)

18.17 (125)

66

Norwood Oval,

Tue

2,000

A.C.T.

1.3 (9)

4.5 (29)

6.9 (45)

8.11 (59)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-17

Port Melbourne

4.3 (27)

7.5 (47)

11.8 (74)

17.9 (111)

31

Norwood Oval,

Tue

500

Queensland

2.2 (14)

4.2 (26)

8.4 (52)

12.8 (80)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-24

Preston

1.6 (12)

1.7 (13)

5.11 (41)

7.14 (56)

69

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

East Fremantle

2.4 (16)

6.5 (41)

12.9 (81)

18.17 (125)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-31

Perth

5.2 (32)

9.4 (58)

17.9 (111)

21.14 (140)

53

Lathlain Park,

Tue

5,000

Glenelg

4.2 (26)

8.6 (54)

9.6 (60)

13.9 (87)

Perth

(D)

May-31

Port Adelaide

4.6 (30)

10.7 (67)

16.12 (108)

25.18 (168)

141

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

West Perth

3.0 (18)

4.1 (25)

4.2 (26)

4.3 (27)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jun-07

East Perth

2.2 (14)

5.5 (35)

6.9 (45)

7.12 (54)

11

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

Dandenong

3.2 (20)

4.4 (28)

6.6 (42)

6.7 (43)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

QUARTER FINALS

Jun-14

South Fremantle

0.4 (4)

2.6 (18)

5.10 (40)

9.14 (68)

57

Norwood Oval,

Tue

3,000

Sturt

4.4 (28)

9.6 (60)

15.10 (100)

19.11 (125)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jun-21

Norwood

4.5 (29)

13.6 (84)

18.8 (116)

23.14 (152)

70

Norwood Oval,

Tue

2,500

Port Melbourne

3.3 (21)

6.6 (42)

9.7 (61)

12.10 (82)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jun-28

East Fremantle

3.2 (20)

6.5 (41)

7.7 (49)

14.14 (98)

25

Leederville Oval,

Tue

3,500

Perth

1.2 (8)

4.3 (27)

10.6 (66)

11.7 (73)

Perth

(D)

Jul-05

Port Adelaide

1.3 (9)

4.4 (28)

9.6 (60)

13.6 (84)

2

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

East Perth

3.3 (21)

6.3 (39)

9.6 (60)

13.8 (86)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

SEMI FINALS

Jul-12

Sturt

0.1 (1)

0.4 (4)

2.7 (19)

8.9 (57)

56

Norwood Oval,

Tue

8,000

Norwood

3.3 (21)

7.7 (49)

13.8 (86)

17.11 (113)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jul-19

East Fremantle

1.4 (10)

2.5 (17)

2.8 (20)

3.11 (29)

56

Leederville Oval,

Tue

-

East Perth

2.2 (14)

6.6 (42)

10.8 (68)

12.13 (85)

Perth

(D)

GRAND FINAL

Jul-26

Norwood

3.0 (18)

6.2 (38)

8.3 (51)

10.9 (69)

8

Norwood Oval,

Tue

12,000

East Perth

2.1 (13)

4.4 (28)

8.7 (55)

9.7 (61)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

 

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1977 Ardath Cup. I went to the Dandenong v Central Districts game at Lakeside Oval.

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SUMMARY OF RESULTS

 

Date

Teams

1/4

1/2

3/4

Final

Margin

Venue

Day / Time

Crowd

ROUND 1

Apr-25

Perth

2.1 (13)

3.4 (22)

8.9 (57)

14.10 (94)

18

Subiaco Oval,

Tue

4,678

West Adelaide

4.4 (28)

5.7 (37)

8.9 (57)

11.10 (76)

Perth

(D)

May-02

Norwood

1.4 (10)

7.6 (48)

15.9 (99)

21.12 (138)

51

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

East Fremantle

2.6 (18)

5.8 (38)

8.9 (57)

13.9 (87)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-07

Queensland

6.2 (38)

9.3 (57)

10.9 (69)

16.9 (105)

22

The Gabba,

Sun

10,000

Tasmania

2.3 (15)

7.6 (48)

10.7 (67)

12.11 (83)

Brisbane

(D)

May-09

Port Melbourne

1.7 (13)

7.8 (50)

11.15 (81)

12.20 (92)

46

Lake Oval,

Tue

3,682

New South Wales

0.1 (1)

2.2 (14)

4.3 (27)

7.4 (46)

South Melbourne

(7:30pm)

May-16

South Adelaide

2.4 (16)

5.5 (35)

10.10 (70)

12.15 (87)

31

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

Port Adelaide

2.5 (17)

5.8 (38)

6.10 (46)

7.14 (56)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

May-23

Sandringham

2.2 (14)

5.5 (35)

8.7 (55)

12.10 (82)

4

Lake Oval,

Tue

2,680

A.C.T.

4.3 (27)

6.4 (40)

9.5 (59)

12.6 (78)

South Melbourne

(7:30pm)

May-30

Glenelg

4.2 (26)

6.6 (42)

7.8 (50)

10.11 (71)

2

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

West Perth

3.2 (20)

6.3 (39)

9.7 (61)

10.9 (69)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jun-06

Coburg

3.3 (21)

6.4 (40)

9.8 (62)

10.11 (71)

22

Lake Oval,

Tue

1,280

East Perth

2.2 (14)

3.4 (22)

6.6 (42)

7.7 (49)

South Melbourne

(7:30pm)

QUARTER FINALS

Jun-13

Perth

5.1 (31)

8.3 (51)

12.9 (81)

16.10 (106)

13

Subiaco Oval,

Tue

2,209

Norwood

5.1 (31)

9.4 (58)

12.6 (78)

14.9 (93)

Perth

(D)

Jun-20

Port Melbourne

1.6 (12)

3.12 (30)

11.14 (80)

13.18 (96)

36

Lake Oval,

Tue

3,000

Queensland

2.3 (15)

4.3 (27)

6.5 (41)

9.6 (60)

South Melbourne

(7:30pm)

Jun-27

Glenelg

5.0 (30)

7.2 (44)

10.8 (68)

15.11 (101)

17

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

Coburg

2.1 (13)

6.4 (40)

8.4 (52)

13.6 (84)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jul-04

South Adelaide

4.2 (26)

6.6 (42)

10.9 (69)

14.10 (94)

59

Lake Oval,

Tue

1,000

Sandringham

1.2 (8)

2.3 (15)

3.4 (22)

5.5 (35)

South Melbourne

(7:30pm)

SEMI FINALS

Jul-11

Perth

4.1 (25)

6.3 (39)

9.5 (59)

10.10 (70)

22

Norwood Oval,

Tue

-

Glenelg

1.4 (10)

5.7 (37)

10.12 (72)

13.14 (92)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

Jul-18

Port Melbourne

3.3 (21)

6.4 (40)

8.6 (54)

9.9 (63)

5

Lake Oval,

Tue

2,000

South Adelaide

1.3 (9)

3.6 (24)

7.9 (51)

9.14 (68)

South Melbourne

(7:30pm)

GRAND FINAL

Jul-25

Glenelg

1.3 (9)

2.6 (18)

2.7 (19)

3.8 (26)

37

Norwood Oval,

Tue

9,000

South Adelaide

3.0 (18)

4.2 (26)

5.3 (33)

9.9 (63)

Adelaide

(7:00pm)

 

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I watched Coburg knock off the Barry Cable led East Perth at Lakeside oval in the 1978 Escort Cup game under lights. 

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Port Melbourne should have beaten South Adelaide in the semi and would have easily accounted for Port Adelaide in the final. So close yet so far.

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