Games you may have missed

Revisit some of the best AFL moments with State Library of Victoria's online collection and check out games gone by.


When season 2020 was shut down in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, State Library Victoria decided it was a good time to explore great games from the past that had never been seen.

Up until 1930, the premiership was decided under the Argus finals system. There were some variations but generally this handsomely rewarded the side that finished atop the ladder.

If the top side won the preliminary final, they were crowned premiers. If the top side lost the preliminary final or their semi-final they could challenge the preliminary final victor to decide the premiership.

In 1924 a very odd variation saw the four finalists play a round-robin with six games played over three Saturday afternoons. 

Essendon was declared premier having won two of their three finals with a superior points difference to Richmond on the same number of wins.

Explore history like this, and much more in the State Library's archives!

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