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Geelong vs Melbourne

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Round: 3   Venue: Corio Oval   Date: Sat, 09-05-1914 3:00 pm    
Geelong C:  Billy Orchard
Melbourne C:  Len Incigneri
  MELB by 3GEEL by 5GEEL by 27GEEL by 16  

Match Report



Geelong have not yet justified the firm belief their supporters held at the beginning of the season that the honours this year are coming their way. They beat Melbourne fairly comfortably, but were listless, as a rule, and have not developed the speed nor skill of the later stages of last season. More vigour at practice might make the difference. They tried Allen, of Inverleigh, and again included Freeman, Wilton, and Baker, in place of Gray, Johns, James, and Rankin. Melbourne put in a fairly strong side. Watt, McGuire, and Quinn had a run, and Britten, Armstrong, and Biddington were spelled.

1st Quarter

All the excitement was in the first half, when there was never a clear goal between the teams. Fairbairn, who was prominent at the start for the Reds, but never afterwards, led the way to the first goal, screwed by Incigneri. They had a hot siege for 10 minutes, and Geelong kicked wretchedly. Lugton was the thorn, and time after time subdued Martini. Bill Eason snapped Geelong's first goal, and Martini redeemed his early failures by getting a lovely goal, after good passing by Grigg. In many rushes, in which McGuire, as usual, took many unnecessary risks, Allen scored with a long drop-kick, and Fairbairn raised the flags with a snap from a crush. They crossed over Melbourne 3 goals 2 behinds; Geelong, 2 goals 5 behinds.

2nd Quarter

Geelong faults on the forward lines remained pronounced. Some clever exchanging by Grigg, Alec Eason, Baker, and Tom Brownlees won the goal, and then Martini missed thrice before getting the fourth with a magnificent kick. He was also responsible for the fifth, the result of another great kick, and was still getting too far under the ball when trying for marks. McGuire, waiting opportunities on the fringe of the goal line scrimmages, scored two goals for Melbourne, and at the interval Geelong led, 5-8 to 5-3.

3rd Quarter

Melbourne's undoing came in the third quarter, when Geelong rattled them by zig-zagging passes, some of them admirable. Orchard, through Baker's good handballing, punted sixth goal for the home team, for whom Bill Eason, fitter than he has been for years, was atoning for the indifferent play of the other forwards. He was a link in a chain of marks up to Tom Brownlees, and, running on, he got it again, and the goal. Armstrong turned back a Melbourne sortie, and Bill Eason, dodging the crowd, ran in, and dropkicked another goal. The sequence of goals should have been greater, because the team was now playing with system, but the forwards were all astray.

4th Quarter

With 27 points in hand, Geelong were in a comfortable position, and early in the last quarter they went further ahead, Baker, with a dropkick, and A. Eason, with a snap, raising the flags. In a tame finish Geelong were careless, end from four approaches to goal Melbourne got the maximum of points. None were deliberate shots. Trahair scored on the run when the goal was deserted; Fairbairn potted the sixth while the Geelong men were resenting a decision for holding the ball; Trahair went close again, and Gordon tipped it through; and Incigneri got the ninth just on time. The game was played in the best spirit, and ended—

GEELONG, 10 goals 14 behinds (74 points).
MELBOURNE, 9 goals 4 behinds (58 points).

Geelong indulged in too much finessing near goal, and Melbourne overdid their handball.

Heinz roved at his best for Geelong, and had no equal on the ground. Bill Eason and Grigg were a pair of great workers, and Marsham showed that he to getting into his stride. Allen's debut stamped him as a future champion. He has a great turn of speed, and a dash to the ball that is of great value. It is a sufficient recommendation for him that he crossed over with Dalton to keep McKenzie in check, and did it well. Armstrong, Alec Eason, McCarter, Orchard, Baker, and Dalton were the best of the others.

Lugton was the star of the losing side, where three was too much individual effort, with McGuire a notable offender. Monk, Quinn, and Evans defended splendidly; Lilley and McKenzie were safe in the centre, and occasionally Cole, Incigneri, Allen, Hendrie, Gordon, and Trahair came into prominence. McSherry's umpiring was patchy.


Title: Geelong's first win. Melbourne coming on.
Author: Observer 
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957) 
Date: Monday, 11 May 1914, p.13

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
22 Allen, Harry 0 23y 353d 1 0
7 Armstrong, Les 0 26y 327d 96 0
25 Baker, Jack 1 22y 151d 11 5
9 Brownlees, Rupe 0 26y 13d 57 1
17 Brownlees, Tom 1 22y 201d 21 44
12 Dalton, Bert 0 22y 260d 44 0
26 Eason, Alec 1 24y 182d 81 47
15 Eason, Bill 3 32y 145d 188 159
2 Fairbairn, Les 0 25y 14d 53 19
5 Freeman, Neil 0 24y 18d 45 1
8 Grigg, Dick 0 28y 335d 177 62
18 Healy, Leo 0 23y 201d 47 17
1 Heinz, George 0 22y 213d 71 52
3 Marsham, Harry 0 23y 294d 69 38
14 Martini, Percy 3 25y 339d 80 205
4 McCarter, Billy 0 25y 198d 21 1
11 Orchard, Billy 1 25y 273d 92 54
23 Wilton, Billy 0 25y 53d 18 8
  Rushed   14  
  Totals         10 14         25y 35d 1172 713
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
19 Allen, Bill 1 24y 306d 65 24
4 Colee, Percy 0 21y 179d 3 1
7 Evans, Jack 0 23y 42d 30 0
13 Fairbairn, Stan 2 27y 299d 30 41
23 Gordon, Vic 1 23y 181d 6 1
22 Gray, Alec 0 22y 362d 2 0
15 Hendrie, Bill 0 30y 107d 69 26
28 Incigneri, Len 2 30y 126d 72 8
11 Lilley, Charlie 0 21y 310d 21 3
17 Lugton, Frank 0 20y 186d 21 1
14 Maguire, Mick 2 19y 337d 57 85
27 McKenzie, Bill 0 25y 98d 70 5
16 Monk, Bobby 0 28y 199d 115 14
20 Parsons, Eric 0 23y 103d 2 0
2 Quinn, Billy 0 23y 286d 1 0
8 Trahair, Bert 1 22y 252d 3 1
26 Walker, George 0 19y 360d 3 0
10 Watt, Jack 0 24y 188d 47 14
  Rushed   4  
  Totals         9 4         24y 54d 617 224


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