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Melbourne vs South Melbourne

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Round: 9   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 13-06-1914 3:00 pm   Crowd: 9,165  
Melbourne C:  Len Incigneri
South Melbourne C:  Vic Belcher
  STH by 2STH by 21STH by 39STH by 35  

Match Report



It was not expected by even the most ardent supporter that Melbourne would gain a victory against South Melbourne, and in consequence the enthusiastic followers who witnessed the game on the M.C.C. ground had a pleasant afternoon's entertainment. The play was very open. The ball was rarely in a crush, and then only when it became dangerous about goal. The exchanges on either side were excellent, the high-marking good, and the goal-kicking well over the average. South won the game chiefly in the ruck, and by solid dashes up the centre of the ground, generally taking the nearest way to the goal; while Melbourne as a rule used the wings, and consequently met with many obstacles, and had much further to go. South Melbourne took in Jones (South Melbourne District), O'Brien (Port Melbourne Catholic Young Men's), and Freeman, while Incigneri, Bruce, and Watt reappeared with Melbourne.

1st Quarter

South were first to attack, and after a short scrimmage rushed a behind. After this early burst the ball travelled rapidly up and down the ground, and there was some excellent marking, running, and kicking. The most conspicuous for about 10 minutes were Belcher for South, and L. Incigneri for Melbourne. More than half the quarter had gone before the first goal was scored, a nice pass by Belcher being turned to best account by Rusich. Incigneri, Trahair, and Connole with exchanges, brought the ball to Best, who gained a fine goal for Melbourne from the wing, and a moment after he calmly punted second, which was soon followed by the third by Allan from the ruck. Thus in almost five minutes Melbourne had scored three goals. South then made a move, and Freeman added their second goal. Just on time Freeman from a free kick got another. The quarter was evenly contested, and the scores were:—South Melbourne 3 goals 2 behinds; Melbourne, 3 goals.

2nd Quarter

The second quarter saw South Melbourne at their best. They took charge early, and it was the fine individual play of McKenzie, Lilley, Incigneri and Walker that saved Melbourne on many occasions. The combination play for South was always sound, and the dashes forward met with success. A very fine run by Prince on the wing gave Charge the chance to add fourth goal. Jones got another soon after, and then Tandy, with a long run from the centre, capped it with a running shot. McKenzie was the Melbourne star, and it was mainly owing to his efforts that Trahair was able to raise fourth goal for Melbourne. This rally for Melbourne was not sustained, however, and South forcing the play, got two more goals, Kelly and Freeman being the kickers. Just on half-time McKenzie again ran in, and Connole sent up fifth goal for Melbourne, the scores being—South Melbourne, 8 goals 6 behinds; Melbourne, 5 goals 3 behinds.

3rd Quarter

The third quarter was again in South's favour, Melbourne playing fine individual football, especially on the wings, while South, with a series of exchanges found the goal five times from seven shots. Melbourne had only four opportunities, and added two goals. The kicking was still a prominent feature of the game, and at the last change the board showed—South Melbourne, 13 goals 8 behinds; Melbourne, 7 goals 5 behinds.

4th Quarter

In the last quarter the play was more even, but some of the players seemed tired, and consequently it became much slower. Very few chances of scoring came to either side, most of the game being played about the centre. Freeman hit the post for South with a hurried shot, and Hendrie who was smartly helped by Connole, got the one and only goal during quarter, the final scores being—

South Melbourne, 13 goals 12 behinds (90 points).
Melbourne, 8 goals 7 behinds (55 points).

For the winners, Belcher played a fine game in the ruck and half-back. His marking was excellent. Saltau and Hair were always useful. Charge was in the best form on the ball, while Freeman, who kicked five goals and marked well; Tandy on the wing, Morgan rover, Rusich and Kelly were always prominent. Prince for once met his match in McKenzie.

For Melbourne, McKenzie on the wing, was the best man in the game. His play generally was of very high order, and his cleverness all through was too much for Prince, who, however, must be complimented for the very fine spirit in which he took his defeat. Incigneri, on the back line, was consistent and good, his marking and dash being splendid. Trahair roved well, and of the others, Evans, Lilley, Hendrie, Allan, Walker, and Connole must be mentioned for their efforts in defence for Melbourne.


Title: A pleasant game. Fine goal-kicking.
Author: Observer 
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957) 
Date: Monday, 15 June 1914, p.6

Thanks to Stephen Wade for helping to prepare this report.

Match stats

Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
19 Allen, Bill 1 24y 341d 71 26
9 Britter, Harry 2 22y 355d 5 5
25 Burge, Cliff 0 22y 47d 3 1
34 Connole, Jack 1 23y 319d 3 3
7 Evans, Jack 0 23y 77d 35 0
23 Gordon, Vic 0 23y 216d 12 2
22 Gray, Alec 0 23y 32d 8 0
15 Hendrie, Bill 3 30y 142d 75 35
28 Incigneri, Len 0 30y 161d 78 11
36 Incigneri, Matt 0 23y 132d 3 1
11 Lilley, Charlie 0 21y 345d 27 3
17 Lugton, Frank 0 20y 221d 27 1
1 MacDonald, Roy 0 22y 344d 3 0
27 McKenzie, Bill 0 25y 133d 76 5
8 Trahair, Bert 1 22y 287d 9 6
26 Walker, George 0 20y 30d 9 0
10 Watt, Jack 0 24y 223d 49 14
33 Williamson, Alf 0 20y 250d 14 5
  Rushed   7  
  Totals         8 7         23y 263d 507 118
South Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
1 Belcher, Vic 0 25y 293d 142 59
5 Charge, Les 1 22y 321d 51 41
8 Deas, Bob 0 27y 269d 77 70
9 Freeman, Jack 5 22y 210d 10 19
6 Hair, Ben 0 21y 257d 9 0
11 Hennington, Bill 0 5 0
15 Hiskins, Stan 0 24y 11d 23 28
13 Jones, Charlie 1 25y 223d 1 1
14 Kelly, Harvey 1 31y 81d 80 122
24 Morgan, Harry 1 25y 81d 9 11
17 Mullaly, Dick 0 21y 359d 35 6
28 O'Brien, Jack 2 21y 116d 1 2
26 O'Donoghue, Alan 0 23y 10d 14 8
19 Prince, Joe 0 28y 256d 78 6
20 Rademacher, Arthur 0 24y 198d 28 0
18 Rusich, Les 1 25y 35d 39 22
22 Saltau, Harry 0 22y 269d 33 0
27 Tandy, Mark 1 21y 283d 35 3
  Rushed   12  
  Totals         13 12         24y 170d 670 398


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