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Footscray vs Richmond

Scoreboard | Match report

Round: 13   Venue: Western Oval   Date: Sat, 17-07-1897 3:00 pm    
  FOOTS by 12FOOTS by 29FOOTS by 48FOOTS by 54  

Match Report


Richmond relapsed again on Saturday, and never had a chance against Footscray, who played a strong team and a strong game. For three quarters the yellow and black were beaten out of sight, and only in the last quarter did Richmond make the game interesting. This appeared to be mainly explained by the fact that ten of Richmond's men were playing and the other eight either looking on or getting in the way of their own side. For Footscray the best men out were Dick in the centre. McCarthy, Grundon, and Brockwell back, Williams on the wing, Dickens forward, Houghton and Drew on the ball, and Evans roving. For Richmond, Clarke, Wilson, Watson, Hayes, Bahen, Backhouse, Elder, and Ryan were the best performers, but the pick of the lot was, as usual, that great follower Parker, whose equal is hard to find anywhere.

The association have decided that an umpire has power to order offending players off the ground, and the umpire in this game ordered off two-but, though the Footscray man went, the Richmond man decided to stay where he was. The mere fact that the umpire declared afterwards that, though the offences were gross enough to justify him in ordering players off the field, they were not worth reporting to the association, shows that he insufficiently appreciated his powers and his duty.

UMPIRE: G Carris


Title: All one way.
Author: Observer
Publisher: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic: 1848 - 1957)
Date: Monday, 19 July, 1897, p.6
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+ Score at the end of extra time.