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1899 Premiership

Fitzroy defied a heavy injury toll to finish top of the ladder with an 11-3 record.

They beat Carlton by a point in their first final, held Melbourne goalless in their second final and then Collingwood to win ‘section A’.

For the second year in a row there was a dispute over where the grand final against South Melbourne would be played before the VFL confirmed Junction Oval at St Kilda.

South wanted the game postponed due to heavy rain but Fitzroy refused and eventually it was played in front of about 5000 people.

The Swans led 2.3 to 0.1 at quarter-time and 3.7 to 2.6 at three-quarter time before Fitzroy snuck home by one point.

Fitzroy’s Pat Hickey was judged best afield.


FITZROY 0.1 2.4 2.6 3.9 (27)
SOUTH MELBOURNE 2.3 2.3 3.7 3.8 (26)

M Grace, McSpeerin, Fontaine.
BEST - Hickey, Clarke, Deas, Jenkin, McEwen, Drohan, Robinson, Sloan.
CROWD - 4,823 at the Junction Oval



B Hugh McEwen Geoff Moriarty Ern Jenkins
HB Jack Deas Pat Hickey Alex Sloan (c)
C Eddie Drohan Harry Clarke Kelly Robinson
HF Pat Descrimes Fred Fontaine Bill Dalton
F Alf McDougall Jim Grace Bill Cleary
FOLL Mick Grace Bill Porter Billy McSpeerin