FITZROY BEAT MELBOURNE.
Fitzroy, last year's premiers, met Melbourne on the Fitzroy ground, before a fair attendance. Prior to the match the premiership pennant was unfurled by Mrs. D. J. Chandler (wife of the president), who was presented with bouquets by Misses Smith and Cooper, the daughters of Messrs. J. F. Smith (vice president) and J. Cooper (vice-captain) respectively. During the afternoon over 1,000 members' tickets were sold at the gates by Fitzroy. Every man in the Fitzroy team had played with them in previous seasons, but Melbourne had new men in Gordon and Collins (Hawthorn), Trahair (South Bendigo), Burge (Elsternwick), Colee, and Huntington (Coburg).
Fitzroy, kicking towards the Brunswick street goal, were the first within range, and in three shots only behinds were scored, all by Buist. There was a lot of fumbling, especially among Melbourne's forwards. Incigneri was defending admirably for the reds, and three times he was awarded free kicks in as many minutes. Fitzroy's first goal was the result of some clever passing from Heaney to Martin, but the latter, being on an angle, played out to Buist in front, who scored. Freake, from a snapshot, got the second. A noticeable feature thus early was Millen's play on the wing. Melbourne got two points only, McKenzie helping Fairbairn to the first and kicking the second himself. At the first change Fitzroy were 2-5 to 0-2.
Fitzroy were superior in the ruck, and were giving the forwards plenty of opportunities. Freake, from a free kick, scored third goal. A fine effort by Melbourne—Incigneri, McKenzie, Gordon to Collins—was admirably stopped by Johnson. Lilley, from the centre, was continually putting the ball within range, but was not backed up well. Colee had a long shot, which fell short, but Collins picked up in a crush and kicked Melbourne's first goal, and then helped Burge to get the second. The remainder of the term was Fitzroy's. Freake, after hitting the post, found the opening twice, and Millen added another six points. At half-time the home team had increased their lead to 27 points, the scores being—Fitzroy, 6-7; Melbourne, 2-4.
The pace increased after the interval, and the game became more strenuous, although there was nothing at all spiteful. This was the most even quarter of the game, each side adding two goals. One of the best things in the game was Melbourne's third goal, Incigneri, Lilley, Burge, and Fairbairn taking the ball the length of the ground, and the latter scoring. Buist and Martin, for the maroons, and Collins, for the red legs, also scored goals, and Fitzroy held the upper hand at the final change to the extent of 29 points, with the scores—Fitzroy, 8-10; Melbourne, 4-5.
The effort of the third quarter finished Melbourne. Fitzroy got a run on, and added 5 goals 4 behinds, while Melbourne could only manage a solitary point. Towards the close, when Fitzroy were easing off, Melbourne put another 7 points on to their tally, the final scores being—
Fitzroy, 13 goals 15 behinds (93 points).
Melbourne, 5 goals 7 behinds (37 points).
It was a case of an even side against one weak in several parts of the field, but strong in others. There was nothing better than the fine defence Incigneri, Lugton, and Evans put up against Fitzroy's strong forwards. In the centre Lilley, who is developing into a brilliant player, beat McLennan, but on the wings Holden and Millen were too strong for the opposition. There was hardly a weak man in Fitzroy's colours, but the more prominent were Martin, Toohey (two goals), Lethbridge, Norris, Buist, Freake (five goals), Cooper, and Johnson.
Melbourne had some fine players, notably the four previously mentioned, but they were weak up forward. Amongst the new men, Collins and Trahair (roving) and Burge (following) showed promise. The best of the others were Fairbairn (three goals), Hendrie, Walker, and Armstrong.
Title: Premiers in form. Fitzroy beats Melbourne.
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1956)
Date: Monday, 27 April 1914, p.6
Title: League Football. Fitzroy v. Melbourne. Played at Fitzroy Cricket Ground and won by Fitzroy.
Photographer: Allan Studios, Collingwood
Publisher: Punch (Melbourne, Vic: 1900 - 1918; 1925)
Date: Thursday 30 April 1914, p.24
Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping prepare this report.
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|5||Cooper, Jack||0||25y 63d||103||4|
|9||Freake, Jim||5||25y 88d||40||114|
|18||Harrison, Artie||0||21y 76d||12||2|
|7||Heaney, Tom||1||26y 23d||74||55|
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|12||Lethbridge, Chris||1||23y 336d||14||5|
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|29||Millen, Roy||1||20y 195d||2||2|
|22||Norris, Charlie||0||32y 276d||59||10|
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|10||Strownix, Tom||0||27y 358d||34||1|
|8||Toohey, Jim||2||27y 276d||18||24|
|29||Armstrong, Charlie||0||31y 46d||32||4|
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|4||Colee, Percy||0||21y 165d||1||0|
|24||Collins, Tim||2||24y 122d||1||2|
|7||Evans, Jack||0||23y 28d||28||0|
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|23||Gordon, Vic||0||23y 167d||4||0|
|15||Hendrie, Bill||0||30y 93d||67||26|
|3||Huntington, Jack||0||20y 337d||1||0|
|28||Incigneri, Len||0||30y 112d||70||4|
|1||Kenley, Carlyle||0||22y 58d||7||3|
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