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VFA Lightning Premiership

In response to a query on this site, the VFA ran a lightning premiership in seasons 1972 to 1979, featuring the teams that didnt make the finals.
It was straight knock out, and started with the 2nd division. The winner of the 2nd division then joined the 3 remaining 1st division sides in the semi finals.
In 1975 Northcote became the first 2nd div side to make the grand final, and in 1978 Werribee went one better by actually winning the grand final.

Premiers were as follows:

First Division:
1972 Coburg 6.2.38 d Port Melbourne 3.8.26
1973 Geelong West 8.3.51 d Preston 2.9.21
1974 Prahran 6.2.38 d Preston 3.8.26 (interestingly same score as 1972 final)
1975 Prahran 7.2.44 d Northcote 3.5.23
1976 Coburg 5.7.37 d Brunswick 1.7.13
1977 Caulfield 4.7.31 d Dandenong 4.3.27
1978 Werribee 5.2.32 d Sandringham 3.10.28
1979 Sandringham 3.5.23 d Yarraville 2.5.17 (The Eagles made the final from div 2)

Second Division:
1972 Box Hill 3.6.24 d Frankston 2.3.15
1973 Northcote 9.5.59 d Box Hill 3.5.23
1974 Northcote 7.3.45 d Frankston 4.3.27
1975 Northcote 6.8.44 d Mordialloc 2.4.16
1976 Camberwell 4.3.27 d Werribee 1.3.9
1977 Frankston ?? d Northcote ??
1978 Werribee 5.4.34 d Box Hill 4.3.27
1979 Yarraville 6.8.44 d Northcote 1.5.11

Some interesting facts:
The less lightning premieships games you played the better, as that meant you were actually in the real finals. Dandenongand Port Melbourne only played 3 games and Camberwell 4 games given they were always in finals.
Box Hill made the Div 2 final twice from bottom position, with 1973 impressive as they'd lost all 18 games in the regular season. In the first round they knocked out 7th placed Werribee by 7 points, then knocked out 5th placed Frankston by 7 points before losing to Northcote.
Northcote dominated div 2, but were unfortunate to finish just out of the proper finals all but one season.

jamesh

awesome work

i bet this comp would have beeng forgotten

West Torrens formed 1895 (merged woodville 1991)
Port Melbourne formed 1874

billythekid

[quote=jb]

In response to a query on this site, the VFA ran a lightning premiership in seasons 1972 to 1979, featuring the teams that didnt make the finals.
It was straight knock out, and started with the 2nd division. The winner of the 2nd division then joined the 3 remaining 1st division sides in the semi finals.
In 1975 Northcote became the first 2nd div side to make the grand final, and in 1978 Werribee went one better by actually winning the grand final.

Premiers were as follows:

First Division:
1972 Coburg 6.2.38 d Port Melbourne 3.8.26
1973 Geelong West 8.3.51 d Preston 2.9.21
1974 Prahran 6.2.38 d Preston 3.8.26 (interestingly same score as 1972 final)
1975 Prahran 7.2.44 d Northcote 3.5.23
1976 Coburg 5.7.37 d Brunswick 1.7.13
1977 Caulfield 4.7.31 d Dandenong 4.3.27
1978 Werribee 5.2.32 d Sandringham 3.10.28
1979 Sandringham 3.5.23 d Yarraville 2.5.17 (The Eagles made the final from div 2)

Second Division:
1972 Box Hill 3.6.24 d Frankston 2.3.15
1973 Northcote 9.5.59 d Box Hill 3.5.23
1974 Northcote 7.3.45 d Frankston 4.3.27
1975 Northcote 6.8.44 d Mordialloc 2.4.16
1976 Camberwell 4.3.27 d Werribee 1.3.9
1977 Frankston ?? d Northcote ??
1978 Werribee 5.4.34 d Box Hill 4.3.27
1979 Yarraville 6.8.44 d Northcote 1.5.11

Some interesting facts:
The less lightning premieships games you played the better, as that meant you were actually in the real finals. Dandenongand Port Melbourne only played 3 games and Camberwell 4 games given they were always in finals.
Box Hill made the Div 2 final twice from bottom position, with 1973 impressive as they'd lost all 18 games in the regular season. In the first round they knocked out 7th placed Werribee by 7 points, then knocked out 5th placed Frankston by 7 points before losing to Northcote.
Northcote dominated div 2, but were unfortunate to finish just out of the proper finals all but one season.

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Do you have the stats for the FA Cup style competition that the VFA had as part of the 1977 Centenary celebrations?

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I know Northcote had their score wiped off as David Thorpe asked for a player count. The dragons ended up with 3.2 after losing their score. In the next round Yarraville hosted Prahran who was led by captian coach Dick Clay. The two blues won by a coupleof goals.
Also remember going to a Tuesday night game that might have been a quarter final between Prahran and Frankston. The two blues won by over 20 goals.
Port Melbourne beat Caulfield in the final at Toorak Park.
Might have to try to dig up some old footy records from 1977 and check for results.

jamesh

I beleive there was a statewide premiers cup in the 1990s also where all the various local league champions played in a cup inclusing two VFA teams

West Torrens formed 1895 (merged woodville 1991)
Port Melbourne formed 1874

jamesh

I believe there was a statewide premiers cup in the 1990s also where all the various local league champions played in a cup inclusing two VFA teams

West Torrens formed 1895 (merged woodville 1991)
Port Melbourne formed 1874

jb

Billy, i've set up the 1977 results in a separate post and let me know if you attended any of the games.

I note that the prize money for the 1977 lightning premiership was $10,000, which was pretty good back in the day, and probably worth more then than the Foxtel Cup prize.

cobrascorer
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1977 Lightning Premierships;
Div2, Toorak park;
Sun 21 Aug Werribee 6-8-44 d Box Hill4-4-28
Waverley 5-1-31 d Sunshine 3-3-21

Sun 28 Aug Werribee 6-2-38 v Frankston 7-4-46 ( Fkn's score subject to ratification -- it may have been 8 goals).
Northcote 7-8-50 v Waverley 5-4-34

Sun 18 Sept Junction Oval, St Kilda; Dandenong 5-3-33 v Frankston 1-6-12,
Geelong West 4-4-28 v Caulfield 5-6-36

Sun 25 Sept Junction Oval, St Kilda; Caulfield 4-7-31 v Dandenong 4-3-27.

billythekid

[quote=jb]

Billy, i've set up the 1977 results in a separate post and let me know if you attended any of the games.

I note that the prize money for the 1977 lightning premiership was $10,000, which was pretty good back in the day, and probably worth more then than the Foxtel Cup prize.

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I saw a few, the one that stands out is when Sandringham beat Yarraville.

As there was no time on so the Sandy players continually wasted time when the Eagles had the advantage of the wind deliberately kicking out of bounds or pushing the ball out of bounds and holding the play up.
I felt very much a hollow victory.

digs

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I believe there was a statewide premiers cup in the 1990s also where all the various local league champions played in a cup inclusing two VFA teams

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Jamesh,
This competition was called the Premiers cup after Labour premier Joan Kirner put up the cash (About 30K from memory) for a statewide competition for all the premiership clubs in major leagues within statewide Victoria from 1991. It was played across the state as a pre season competition & North Ballarat defeated Seddon, South Warrnambool & Vermont before reaching the grand final against Werribee on the MCG. Werribee had defeated the reigning VFA premier Dandenong in reaching the grand final. Unfortunately Werribee were far too strong & ran out easy winners which was only to be expected as Werribee were very strong & won the VFA premiership the next year. However it did prove that North Ballarat we by far the stand out club in country Victoria. Vermont were also pretty handy at that time & were coached by former Ballarat Football League player Brendon Mason.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

jamesh

Digs just read about it in the North Ballarat book. Didnt really make sense to involve VFA clubs, it would be like the SANFL premiers playing the AFL premiers.

I also remember Springvale playing the Tasmanian premiers premiers one season

West Torrens formed 1895 (merged woodville 1991)
Port Melbourne formed 1874

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