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|Round: 13 Venue: Corio Oval Date: Sat, 11-07-1914 3:00 pm|
|Geelong||1.2.8||4.8.32||6.11.47||8.17.65||C: Billy Orchard|
|University||1.1.7||1.1.7||2.2.14||3.3.21||C: Gerald Brosnan|
|GEEL by 1||GEEL by 25||GEEL by 33||GEEL by 44|
A SCRAMBLING GAME.
Geelong took the field against University on Saturday anxious to pile up points to improve their poor average. They did not rise to the occasion, and, except for one flash in the third quarter, they put up a wretched game. The strong northwest wind was, no doubt a factor, and the ball was "cranky" but, allowing these disadvantages, their form was far short of final fours' standard. They sent out a strong side, Slater replacing Blencowe, whilst 'Varsity were without two stars in Park and Brake, in whose places Bryan and Stafford played.
The University began with the breeze, and immediately crowded the game by sending in extra man into the ruck. Fumbling and bad judging were apparent at once, and the only redeeming feature was the wonderful defence of Woods and Kelly, who had to check Geelong in two opening attacks. At the other end West gave McIntosh a chance, which he bungled, but, recovering quickly, he snapped the goal. Geelong's mistakes were monotonously consistent, and it was well towards time before Marsham with an angle shot got their first point. A miss-kick by Kelly was taken by Gray, who drop-kicked the home team's first goal. Kelly was cheered heartily for a magnificent run, which Heinz nullified. Martini marked as the bell rang, a shot at close range went wide of the goal. At the first change Geelong led by 1-2 to 1-1.
With the aid of the breeze Geelong monopolised the score, but still bungled good chances. James and Johns, from the wings, were driving the ball up repeatedly, but Kelly and Woods put up a superb defence. The Pivotonians second goal came from a smart pass by Orchard to Heinz and a very fine drop-kick. The second of the two strong dashes by Alex. Eason permitted Martini to raise third goal, and Eason, again coming through a crush, ran into goal and scored the fourth big point. In the few deliberate tries Geelong had for the rest of the term their kicking was uncertain, and it was seldom that the crowd thought the game worthy of applause. At the interval the board showed:—Geelong 4-8 to 1-1.
For the opening five minutes of the third quarter it looked as if Geelong would redeem their failures. A chain between McCarter, Scown, Baker, Johns, and Healey deserved the fifth goal, and the ball came back again to Martini, who marked above the pack. He place-kicked the sixth major point. Back to the tearing order the game went very quickly, and Murphy's erratic umpiring did not improve matters. Woods saved two goals with beautiful marks in front of the posts. Bryan and McIntosh engineered a wing move for the students, and from a running shot at a sharp angle Marks scored. The scores at the third stage were:—Geelong, 6-11 to 2-2.
In the final term half the teams were on the ball, and often then were only four men on the northern half of the oval. A lead off from the bounce by Johnson was converted by McIntosh with a running kick. A. Eason replied with one for Geelong from the ruck; West hit the post for the students, and Martini, after three long but inaccurate kicks, ran in and raised the flags as the sequel to bright play by Heinz and Bill Eason. The game ended:—
GEELONG, 8 goals 17 behinds, 68 points.
UNIVERSITY, 3 goals 3 behinds, 21 points.
Heinz and A. Eason once more stood out above the rest of the Geelong side. Slater, who was used in the ruck for one term, came back near his old form; and of the rest Fairbairn, James, Johns, Gray, Armstrong, McCarter, and occasionally Scown and Orchard were most useful. Woods and Kelly were easily 'Varsity's best. Cameron, Vines, Johnson, Marks, McIntosh, Willis, and Doubleday did fairly well. Murphy gave many remarkable decisions.
Title: Geelong's patchy form. A scrambling game.
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957)
Date: Monday, 13 July 1914, p.4
Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping to prepare this report.
|7||Armstrong, Les||0||27y 25d||106||0|
|25||Baker, Jack||0||22y 214d||21||6|
|9||Brownlees, Rupe||0||26y 76d||65||1|
|26||Eason, Alec||2||24y 245d||91||52|
|15||Eason, Bill||0||32y 208d||198||169|
|2||Fairbairn, Les||0||25y 77d||63||20|
|20||Gray, Jack||1||28y 328d||43||6|
|8||Grigg, Dick||0||29y 33d||186||62|
|18||Healy, Leo||1||23y 264d||57||22|
|1||Heinz, George||1||22y 276d||81||63|
|6||James, Les 'Jack'||0||24y 12d||50||12|
|21||Johns, Alwyn||0||20y 116d||19||4|
|3||Marsham, Harry||0||23y 357d||79||40|
|14||Martini, Percy||3||26y 37d||89||224|
|4||McCarter, Billy||0||25y 261d||31||2|
|11||Orchard, Billy||0||25y 336d||100||61|
|28||Scown, Percy||0||30y 363d||117||2|
|10||Slater, Joe||0||25y 224d||102||17|
|12||Bryan, Claude||0||21y 200d||4||0|
|24||Cameron, Frank||0||22y 85d||4||0|
|21||Don, Wally||0||22y 289d||11||0|
|4||Doubleday, Jack||0||24y 44d||31||11|
|9||Gibbs, Dick||0||21y 157d||33||3|
|10||Heron, Wilfrid||0||19y 356d||22||4|
|14||Hinman, Bill||0||22y 10d||32||3|
|3||Johnston, Gerald||0||23y 20d||7||0|
|17||Kelly, Lester||0||22y 147d||38||0|
|19||Marks, Les||1||21y 209d||11||11|
|23||McIntosh, Fred||2||20y 353d||23||4|
|18||Neale, Stan||0||20y 190d||27||0|
|16||Rodriguez, Percy||0||21y 187d||13||1|
|20||Stafford, Howard||0||21y 109d||2||0|
|27||Vines, Ashley||0||23y 176d||17||0|
|2||West, Jack||0||25y 144d||72||15|
|7||Willis, Carl||0||21y 110d||41||37|
|6||Woods, Eric||0||21y 211d||29||0|