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Geelong vs University

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Round: 13   Venue: Corio Oval   Date: Sat, 11-07-1914 3:00 pm    
Geelong C:  Billy Orchard
University C:  Gerald Brosnan
  GEEL by 1GEEL by 25GEEL by 33GEEL by 44  

Match Report



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.

1st Quarter

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.

2nd Quarter

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.

3rd Quarter

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.

4th Quarter

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.
Author: Observer
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957)
Date: Monday, 13 July 1914, p.4

Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping to prepare this report.

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
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
  Rushed   17  
  Totals         8 17         25y 312d 1498 763
University Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
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
  Rushed   3  
  Totals         3 3         22y 23d 417 89


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.