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Richmond vs Melbourne

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Round: 8   Venue: Punt Road   Date: Mon, 08-06-1914 3:00 pm    
Richmond C:  Charlie Ricketts
Melbourne C:  Len Incigneri
  MELB by 7RICH by 24RICH by 47RICH by 42  

Match Report



Richmond were at home to Melbourne yesterday, and as each team showed evidence of soreness at the beginning it was some time before they settled down into their places. Melbourne were in better form in the first half, but after that Richmond played over them, and reaped a harvest of goals. Melbourne have a lot to learn of the forward lines, for it was nothing but selfishness that caused them to get so few goals, the tally of 17 behinds telling its own tale.

Richmond found room for Dave Smith, of Essendon fame, and Rodgers, in the places of Martyn and Morgan, while Melbourne's only change was Lugton in the place of Watt. Quinn, who was injured in the first quarter, was of little use to Melbourne afterwards. He took the field despite advice to the contrary. He scored a beautiful goal, but it was painful to see him limping about. Elder umpired the game well.

1st Quarter

Thorpe, back for Richmond, was hard put to it in the first quarter to defend his goal from Melbourne's strong rushes, but after a lot of finessing Trahair, Melbourne's clever rover, punted first goal. Britter hit the post with a snap. Plenty of vigour was being put into it by either team, but nothing objectionable was seen. Incigneri, Allen, Gordon, and McKenzie made a fine chain for Melbourne, and a clever goal by Best was the outcome. Richmond were being overrun in every department, but towards the close Farrell brought the ball down and passed to Maybury, who scored from a point fully 60 yards out. At quarter-time Melbourne led by 2 goals 4 behinds to 1 goal 3 behinds.

2nd Quarter

Richmond rattled away in the next quarter, and Keggin and Maybury scored goals. Quinn scored a fine goal for Melbourne, but Richmond broke away, and Keggin scored with a 30 yards' shot. Farrell and Keggin figured in a series of exchanges, and Hall scored. Herbert, with a long shot, passed to James, and both flags were waved again. Maybury, Thomas, and Hall were conspicuous in a fine burst, but Smith's long shot hit the post. At half-time Richmond were 7 goals 7 behinds to 3 goals 7 behinds.

3rd Quarter

Richmond in the next half outclassed Melbourne in every department. In the third quarter they scored five goals—Smith (2), Mahony, Keggin, and Hughes—and despite several rallies by Melbourne, the play became one sided and consequently uninteresting. At the final change Melbourne were down 47 points.

4th Quarter

They began strongly, and passes by Incigneri and McKenzie allowed Trahair to score. Mahoney, from a free kick, got a goal for Richmond, and then Trahair gave an interesting display for Melbourne, beating his opponents everywhere. Lugton (back) and Lilley (centre) were a solid pair for the reds in turning Richmond's heavy rushes, and McKenzie, on the wing, gave a demonstration of how to get free kicks. During the game he must have received 20. Dave Smith got his third goal from a free-kick. He should be a great acquisition to Richmond when he works himself into form. Melbourne were having most of the play in the last few minutes, and only selfishness among their forwards prevented goals. They stuck to their «mu chase gallantly, but at the finish were run to a standstill. The scores were:

RICHMOND, 14 goals 11 behinds (95 points).
MELBOURNE, 6 goals 17 behinds (53 points).

Richmond played an even game, but the best were Reeves, Farrell, Mahony (when he played the ball instead of the man), James, Thorpe, Hall, Thomas, Smith, and Hughes. In Melbourne's ranks Trahair stood supreme, but others to do well were Connole, McKenzie, Hendrie, Gray, Incigneri, Quinn (until hurt), McDonald, and Evans.


Title: Richmond's heavy score. Melbourne weak forward.
Author: Observer 
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957) 
Date: Tuesday, 9 June 1914, p.4

Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping to prepare this report.

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
16 Bettles, Artie 0 23y 75d 7 0
24 Danks, Arthur 0 22y 276d 26 2
9 Farrell, Ted 0 24y 232d 48 4
22 Hall, Clarrie 2 24y 141d 32 38
1 Herbert, Barney 0 25y 108d 73 19
8 Hughes, Frank 'Checker' 1 20y 102d 6 4
15 James, Hughie 1 24y 35d 88 29
18 Keggin, Ted 3 22y 315d 42 61
10 Mahoney, Bill 2 29y 158d 127 60
3 Maybury, Percy 2 22y 257d 67 41
25 McKendry, Bob 0 24y 294d 5 1
7 Nolan, Bill 0 25y 277d 8 0
11 Reeves, Syd 0 22y 283d 53 3
20 Richardson, Ned 0 28y 13d 21 4
27 Rogers, Wal 0 25y 29d 1 0
Smith, Dave 3 29y 267d 143 117
28 Thomas, Bill 'Sonna' 0 27y 210d 142 2
5 Thorp, Vic 0 23y 226d 79 6
  Rushed   11  
  Totals         14 11         24y 304d 968 391
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
19 Allen, Bill 0 24y 336d 70 25
30 Best, Arthur 1 25y 233d 18 30
9 Britter, Harry 0 22y 350d 4 3
24 Collins, Tim 1 24y 166d 4 3
34 Connole, Jack 0 23y 314d 2 2
7 Evans, Jack 0 23y 72d 34 0
23 Gordon, Vic 0 23y 211d 11 2
22 Gray, Alec 0 23y 27d 7 0
15 Hendrie, Bill 0 30y 137d 74 32
28 Incigneri, Len 1 30y 156d 77 11
11 Lilley, Charlie 0 21y 340d 26 3
17 Lugton, Frank 0 20y 216d 26 1
1 MacDonald, Roy 0 22y 339d 2 0
27 McKenzie, Bill 0 25y 128d 75 5
2 Quinn, Billy 1 23y 316d 5 1
8 Trahair, Bert 2 22y 282d 8 5
26 Walker, George 0 20y 25d 8 0
33 Williamson, Alf 0 20y 245d 13 5
  Rushed   17  
  Totals         6 17         23y 337d 464 128


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