MELBOURNE'S UNDOUBTED SUPERIORITY
The meeting of the whippers-in, Melbourne and University, evoked little interest. It might have been supposed from their position on the premiership list that the game, although hardly a clash of giants, would have been tolerably even, especially as each side had the advantage of playing on its home ground. Such, however, was far from being the case, for Melbourne took charge right from the jump, and ran out easy winners. Changes were freely made in the personnel of each side. In Melbourne's colours McDonald and Williamson (both from Carlton) amply justified their inclusion, while Connole, who hails from Coburg and was playing his first game for Melbourne, made a promising debut. Other alterations were the inclusion of Evans and Britter. Those to make room for the newcomers were Monk and Marker (injured), Watt, Lowell, and Smith. On the University side the places of Woods and Doubleday, who are away in Adelaide, had to filled, and others who did not take part in Saturday's game were Marks, Steele, and Houghton. The gaps in the fighting-line were filled by Willis, Kelly, Don, Brake, and Hinman.
Without loss of time Melbourne proceeded to the serious business of goal-getting. Hendrie placed it with Connole right in front and the recruit turned an easy chance to account. From the half-back line the ball was brought forward again, via Walker, McDonald, Connole, and Collins, but only a behind resulted. Shortly afterwards Hendrie, after losing a chance, battled for the ball again, got it, and passing to Connole second goal appeared. The students then took a hand, the first point coming as the result of good play between West and Don, and Atkins, after a struggle, kicked their first and only goal for the quarter. Melbourne, playing all over their opponents, practically monopolised the scoring for the rest of the term, despite the fine efforts of Brake, who was one of the most consistently brilliant men of the afternoon. From a scramble Britter snapped Melbourne's third goal. After an interval Lugton, Trahair, McKenzie, and Allen gave Williamson an opportunity for a nice mark, and a shot which found the opening. Melbourne's next goal came from a remarkable chain—Trahair to Hendrie to Allen to Britter, and then Williamson in front. Although McKenzie, Trahair, Hendrie, and Britter kept on the attack. Heron, Don, Kelly, and Rodriguez were able to hold their citadel till the bell, the scores then being:—Melbourne, 5 goals 4 behinds; University, 1 goal 3 behinds.
The second quarter served to show in an even more marked degree Melbourne's superiority, they scoring 5 goals 3 behinds, while pinning their opponents down to 3 behinds. Best was much in evidence for Melbourne in the term, scoring three goals, one of them from a clever kick over his head out of a scrimmage in front of the posts. Hartkopf, for the other side, had several shots, which added no material advantage to the students' score. At the half-time interval, with the scores 10-7 to 1-6. Melbourne had a lien on the game which effectually dispelled any anxiety their supporters might have felt.
After Melbourne, on resuming, had opened with a goal, thus bearing out the dictum that habits once formed are hard to get rid of. Brake, working himself into position with a fine corkscrew run, won deserved applause in getting University's second. The students evened thing up a bit in this term, getting two more goals, though their opponents were by no means idle, as the three-quarter the scores—13 goals 8 behinds to 4 goals 9 behinds—show.
It may be that Melbourne took advantage of their substantial lead to ease off a little after half-time, in view of their engagement with Richmond on Monday; but the fact remains that University did their best in a stern chase, this being more particularly evidenced in the concluding term. Hartkopf, marking from Brake at an angle, placed, but a long kick yielded only a point. Exchanges between Connole, Allen, Hendrie, and Britter ended in Melbourne's fourteenth goal from the last-named's place-kick. At the other end a similar effort by Park, who was given the chance by Willis, raised only the single flag. Schraeder and Kelly were several times prominent, but Hartkopf failed badly. After several sallies into Melbourne's camp with but partial success, Rodriguez placed it with Hartkopf, who from an angle not very far out, kicked what proved to be the last goal of the day. With another of those fine bits of converted play which distinguished Melbourne's game throughout, the ball was brought forward, Trahair, Lugton, Lilley, Collins, and Britter being the participants, but the last link in the chain kicked poorly, and only a behind came of it. The concluding scores were:—
MELBOURNE, 14 goals 9 behinds (93 points).
UNIVERSITY, 5 goals 16 behinds (16 points).
For the winners, Trahair was always prominent, being well supported by Hendrie, Lugton, McDonald, Quinn, McKenzie, Best, Connole, and Williamson. Incigneri at time showed glimpses of his own sterling form. Those to do best for University were Brake (who stood head and shoulders above his fellows), Willis, Kelly, Park, Rodriguez, and McIntosh. Murphy allowed the players other a free rein, which, however, was not abused, the game being singularly free from objectionable incident.
Title: A handsome recovery. Fitzroy outplay St Kilda.
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957)
Date: Monday, 8 June 1914, p.8
Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping to prepare this report.
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