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The 1908 Melbourne Carnival was the inaugural Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football interstate competition. It was known at the time as the Jubilee Australasian Football Carnival as it commemorated 50 years of Australian rules football.



The Victorian team was known as the VFL as only players from that league were eligible. They were part of 'Section A' alongside South Australia and Western Australia. 'Section B' consisted of the weaker states in New South Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania. They were joined for the only time in carnival history, by a team representing New Zealand.


Victorian Football League players to take part in the carnival included Barclay Bailes, George Bruce, Bill Busbridge, Harvey Kelly, Rod McGregor, Dave McNamara, Robert Nash and Joe Pearce. Western Australia had future Hall of Famers Phillip Matson and Nipper Truscott as well as North Fremantle's Sam Gravenall. Key players for South Australia were Jack Tredrea and Magarey Medal winners Jack Mack and James Tierney.


Nipper Truscott
Bill Busbridge
Dave McNamara

Game One

Team Score
New Zealand 9.9 (63)
New South Wales 8.14 (62)

Game Three

Team Score
VFL 25.21 (171)
New Zealand 5.10 (40)

Game Five

Team Score
Western Australia 8.11 (59)
South Australia 8.5 (53)

Game Seven

Team Score
Western Australia 17.12 (114)
New South Wales 12.3 (75)

Game Nine

Team Score
New South Wales 13.15 (93)
Queensland 8.11 (59)

Game Eleven

Team Score
VFL 13.22 (100)
Western Australia 6.8 (44)

Game Two

Team Score
Tasmania 22.22 (154)
Queensland 2.2 (14)

Game Four

Team Score
Tasmania 8.14 (62)
New South Wales 4.11 (35)

Game Six

Team Score
New Zealand 6.12 (48)
Queensland 4.11 (35)

Game Eight

Team Score
VFL 10.15 (75)
South Australia 2.14 (26)

Game Ten

Team Score
South Australia 16.20 (116)
Tasmania 7.7 (49)

Game Twelve

Team Score
Tasmania 11.18 (84)
New Zealand 1.12 (18)
  • Section A winner - VFL
  • Section B winner - Tasmania




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