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Fitzroy vs Melbourne

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Round: 1   Venue: Brunswick Street   Date: Sat, 25-04-1914 3:00 pm    
Fitzroy C:  Percy Parratt
Melbourne C:  Len Incigneri
  FITZ by 15FITZ by 27FITZ by 29FITZ by 56  

Match Report




Flag 1914



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).

1st Quarter

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.


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2nd Quarter

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.

3rd Quarter

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.

4th Quarter

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).


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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.


Match report by Observer


Title: Premiers in form. Fitzroy beats Melbourne. 
Author: Observer
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.

Match stats

Fitzroy Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Bamford, Fred 0 27y 15d 51 1
1 Buist, Teddy 2 28y 356d 45 3
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
6 Heron, Percy 0 21y 121d 35 15
30 Holden, George 0 25y 10d 89 24
14 Johnson, Wally 0 26y 236d 125 82
11 Lenne, Bert 0 24y 266d 67 6
12 Lethbridge, Chris 1 23y 336d 14 5
4 Martin, Jim 1 29y 248d 111 81
19 McLennan, Harold 0 25y 273d 95 16
29 Millen, Roy 1 20y 195d 2 2
22 Norris, Charlie 0 32y 276d 59 10
20 Parratt, Percy 0 27y 57d 82 65
10 Strownix, Tom 0 27y 358d 34 1
8 Toohey, Jim 2 27y 276d 18 24
  Rushed   15  
  Totals         13 15         25y 343d 1056 510
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Armstrong, Charlie 0 31y 46d 32 4
25 Burge, Cliff 1 21y 363d 1 1
4 Colee, Percy 0 21y 165d 1 0
24 Collins, Tim 2 24y 122d 1 2
7 Evans, Jack 0 23y 28d 28 0
13 Fairbairn, Stan 2 27y 285d 28 38
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
11 Lilley, Charlie 0 21y 296d 19 3
17 Lugton, Frank 0 20y 172d 19 1
27 McKenzie, Bill 0 25y 84d 68 5
16 Monk, Bobby 0 28y 185d 113 14
21 Roberts, Herbert 0 23y 142d 1 0
8 Trahair, Bert 0 22y 238d 1 0
26 Walker, George 0 19y 346d 1 0
  Rushed   7  
  Totals         5 7         24y 138d 462 101


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