An ample illustration was afforded, in the meeting of Fitzroy and University, of the truism that a more disciplined and systematic side must always triumph over one not so well equipped in these regards, no matter how good its component parts may be. The struggle after half-time developed into something very like a fiasco, interest centering on the question as to which of the Fitzroy sharpshooters—Toohey and Freake—would score the greater number of goals. The winners were content to rely on the team that served them so well on Saturday, with the single exception that Wilson replaced Heron. University's changes, on the other hand, were numerous.
Fitzroy early asserted their superiority. After Brake had warded off an attack, good combination between Cooper, Shaw, and Toohey enabled the last named to open Fitzroy's goal account. University were not long in responding, Willis, from a mark forwarding, and Brake snapping a goal from an angle. But their spurt was transient. Fitzroy again took charge, and thence to the end of time they had matters all their own way. Brake and Kelly strove valiantly to stem the tide, and a couple of passages, in which respectively Rodriquez, Brake, Willis, and Atkins, and then Willis, Brake, and Schraeder were prominent, formed noteworthy features. Fitzroy, nevertheless, managed to increase their score to 5 goals 5 behinds before the quarter ended, the University having scored only 1 goal 1 behind.
On resuming Fitzroy showed every inclination to maintain their commanding lead. They immediately attacked, and Freake, from the ruck, obtained a point. As a result of the temporary transfer of play to the other end, Park gave Willis an opportunity, which he failed to profit by, as, from a fairly easy angle, he kicked into the man at his mark. University were fumbling badly at this stage, and Fitzroy, picking out their men with deadly accuracy were able to score almost as they pleased. Although Vines and Hinman defended well, Freake and Toohey obtained another goal each before University's second appeared, Gibb being responsible. Conspicuous in the Fitzroy ruck were McLennan, Parratt, Holden, and Martyn, though the brilliant ruck-work of the last-named was marred to some extent by his inability to mark the ball with his customary sureness. Eighth and ninth goals resulted from fine, long place kicks by Toohey, and, with the game half over, the board showed Fitzroy, 9 goals 8 behinds; University 3 goals 1 behind.
The resumption of play saw University attacking, with Hinman doing well, however Park being given the chance to score by West and Willis, he kicked execrably, the ball going out of bounds. Fitzroy, with far less urgent need of goals, continued to get them with monotonous regularity. Toohey, marking from McLennan, kicked their tenth, while at the other end a nice sequence—Vines to Atkins to Willis to Park—was rendered of no avail by the failure of University's usually reliable forward. From several onslaughts the students could get nothing but minor points. Before the term ended Toohey secured his seventh goal, the last five in succession.
There was very little interest in the last quarter. Shortly after the commencement Park scored the students' third goal with a running shot. It was a last dying effort, Fitzroy's supremacy was now more and more evident. Freake added three more goals, making the tally 14, of which he and Toohey had totals of seven each. That Fitzroy was not taking matter too seriously was manifested by the manner in which their thirteenth goal came. Freake, bent on making sure, was running up to goal when an opponent appeared in his way. Promptly he kicked to McLellan, whom he saw in easier scoring position. McLellan, however, having no records to establish, was generous enough to return the ball to Freake, now within much easier range, and another scalp was added to that smart forward's belt. The last goal of the day was got by Martin. Freake had another try just on the bell, but the fates were apparently bent on keeping the balance equal between him and Toohey, and only one flag was waved. The scores at the finish were:—
FITZROY, 15 goals 16 behinds (106 points).
UNIVERSITY, 3 goals 6 behinds (24 points).
For the winners every man on the side did well, those most prominent being, perhaps, Toohey, Freake, Bamford, Martin, Johnson, McLennan, Parrott, Shaw, Holden, and Wilson. For University, Brake, as usual, shone out. Others worthy of mention were West, Martin, Willis, Atkins, Hinman, Rodriquez, Kelly, Schraeder, and Vines. The umpiring of Lane could not be cavilled at.
Title: Extremes meet. Goal-getting competition.
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957)
Date: Tuesday, 9 June 1914, p.4
Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping to prepare this report.
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|21||Don, Wally||0||22y 256d||6||0|
|9||Gibbs, Dick||1||21y 124d||29||3|
|10||Heron, Wilfrid||0||19y 323d||19||2|
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|18||Neale, Stan||0||20y 157d||22||0|
|11||Park, Roy||1||21y 313d||38||94|
|25||Patton, Reuben||0||30y 297d||6||0|
|16||Rodriguez, Percy||0||21y 154d||8||1|
|22||Schrader, Heinrich||0||20y 185d||6||1|
|20||Stafford, Howard||0||21y 76d||1||0|
|27||Vines, Ashley||0||23y 143d||13||0|
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|7||Willis, Carl||0||21y 77d||36||35|
|31||Abbott, Paddy||0||25y 126d||9||0|
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|5||Cooper, Jack||0||25y 107d||108||6|
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|7||Heaney, Tom||0||26y 67d||81||61|
|30||Holden, George||0||25y 54d||96||25|
|14||Johnson, Wally||0||26y 280d||132||82|
|15||Lambert, George||0||26y 272d||73||4|
|11||Lenne, Bert||0||24y 310d||74||6|
|12||Lethbridge, Chris||0||24y 15d||21||6|
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|19||McLennan, Harold||0||25y 317d||102||16|
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