Grand Final 1941

Grand Final, 1941
Melbourne vs Essendon
Saturday 27 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 79,687

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 29 points

Goalkickers: Percy Beames 6, Jack Mueller 3, Norm Smith 3, Ray Wartman 2, Syd Anderson 1, Gerry Daly 1, Adrian Dullard 1, Maurie Gibb 1, Jack O'Keefe 1

Last Game
Sid Anderson

In a season where the league was ravaged by players being called up for military service, the Demons missed a number of first choice players on Grand Final day. They also had their issues with injuries and were without 12 players. The Bombers, on the other hand, were nearly at full strength which was why it was such a shock that the Demons blew them away so easily in the first term. Much of Essendon's troubles stemmed from poor kicking by their defenders in the first half.

On an unnaturally warm day the Bombers opened with the first goal in 15 seconds but from then they were beaten solidly. Melbourne dominated the ruck and Essendon's skills let them down. Melbourne were out to 35 points in front. With the use of the wind Essendon expected to recapture some of the deficit but the second quarter was an even more lopsided affair. After conceding the first the Demons booted 10 straight before Essendon got a consolation just before half time.

By half-time it was 57 points, and despite a short rally by the Bombers in the third term (and a 52 to 20 free kick count) the Demons went on to win the game handily. The margin was back to 47 points at the last break and Melbourne weren't going to let that go.

Inspired by captain-coach Dick Reynolds the Bombers fought it out with seven goals in the last term to reduce the margin to a more respectable 29 points. It was the Demons fifth premiership triumph from five Grand Finals. Even a 52-23 free kick count couldn't stop the Demons from earning their third consecutive premiership.

Best were Beames, Lock and Heal. Stan Heal returned to Western Australia the next week to play in a WAFL premiership for West Perth.

B: Richie Emselle, Shane McGrath, Don Cordner
HB: Col McLean, Ted Cordner, Wally Lock
C: Sid Anderson, Allan La Fontaine (c), Stan Heal
HF: Maurie Gibb, Jack Baggott, Ray Wartman
F: O'Keefe, Norm Smith, Gerry Daly
R: Jack Mueller, Adrian Dullard, Percy Beames
S: Warren Lewis
COACH: Frank "Checker" Hughes

Sporting Globe gives the crowd as 77,746.

"The 1941 Premiership" demons.com.au - 2003

Sporting Globe - 24/09/1941
Football Record - 1941 Grand Final
The Age - 29/09/1941
"How Melbourne won 1941 title" - Sporting Globe 01/10/1941

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