The Melbourne Rules : An Esoteric History compiled by Brian Membrey
1939 : Rules Chaos
Added : May, 2019 : Schoolboy Curtain-
There was something of a dispute early in 1939 over the throw-
All sports in State schools was controlled by the Victorian State Schools' Amateur Athletic Association, and questions were raised (apparently not for the first time) over League rules being used before Association matches.
The Sporting Globe's Hec. de Lacy made extensive enquiries into the matter, and was told by an official of the V.S.S.A.A.A. that curtain-
In rostered matches which were played under their auspices, a teacher was always in charge (and usually umpired), and although they had no problem with the throw-
As this V.S.S.A.A.A. official put the position—
"We are not concerned whether they play curtain-
He concluded by denying that neither the V.F.L. or A.N.F.C. subsidized the V.S.S.A.A.A., claiming the school's sporting organization raised its revenue from gate receipts from sports meetings, with up to £850 collected in some seasons, enough for the Association to have donated £450 towards improvements at the Amateur Sports Ground -
He did, however, admit that the League had helped it with a straight-
The Technical Schools adopted the throw pass and the anti-
Despite this, one observer in 1945 noted Collingwood Technical School playing its competitive matches on Wednesdays under Association rules and curtain-
"Ridiculous, don't you think"? was the succinct conclusion to the article, and we couldn’t agree more!
Delegates from the Public Schools watched with interest, and prior to the 1940 season recommended the adoption of the new rules to their respective headmasters, subsequently accepted 5-
Most of the schools were fielding "old boys" teams in the Victorian Amateur Football Association which had already adopted the new rules.
The A.N F.C. was regarded by most critics as a somewhat moribund body consisting of the major leagues from each state – the Amateurs had been denied representation and at a meeting of their own National Council in July, 1938, it would suggested that they would sever all connections to the A.N.F.C.
They declared that they were still undecided on the throw-
The Amateurs continued to press for representation with commentators expressing concerns that if the League did not make some concession, there may an irreconcilable split in the game with the Public Schools, Associated Grammar Schools, and Secondary Schools all indicating that they wanted to follow the Association and adopt the throw pass next season.
The throw pass also had a unfortunate side-
This was probably confusing enough for followers of the two senior codes, but unfortunately the varied school competitions found no uniformity in adopting the rule, some allowing the ball to be dropped, others penalizing the same.
|1938 : Early Declaration of War|
|1938 : A Rules Revolution|
|1938 : The Throw-pass|
|1939 : Vote NO Today!|
|1939 : 48,000 at the V.F.A.|
|1939 : Rules Chaos|
|1940 : Marching In Step|
|1941 : Minimum Impact|
|1942 : The War Bites|
|1942 : The War Services Cup|
|1942 : V.F.A. Into Recess|
|1943 : The League Hiatus|
|1943 : Welcome to AUSTUS!|
|1944 : A Revival (of sorts)|
|1944 : The Player's "Club"|
|1944 : VFL - VFA : A Non-Merger|
|1945 : A Touch of Normality|
|1942-45 : In South Australia|
|1942-45 : In Western Australia|
|1942-45 : ... and in Tassie|