Round 1 1966

Round 1, 1966
Melbourne vs St. Kilda
Monday 25 April
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 64,930

St. Kilda4.45.512.617.7.109
Match Statistics

St. Kilda win by 76 points

Goalkickers: Barry Bourke 1, Ed Burston 1, Jeff Chapman 1, Ray Groom 1

First game
Ed Burston (and first goal)
Jeff Chapman (and first goal)
Ross Dillon
Terry Leahy
Bob Russell
Robert Stewart
Neville Stone

Last game
Graham Wise

Coming off a disappointing end to 1965, missing finals for the first time in over a decade, Melbourne's slide to the bottom of the ladder began with a thumping loss to the beaten grand finalists. The changing fortunes of the sides were shown at selection, while the emerging Saints didn't need to debut a new player Melbourne had seven.

St Kilda attacked from the first bounce but only registered a behind. Ray Groom kicked the first goal of the season in response, but his side lacked scoring power and further opportunities were cut off by the Saints defenders. Melbourne stayed with the visitors for most of the first quarter, until conceding three goals in time-on. The siren was blown two minutes early, with both Norm Smith and Saints' coach Allan Jones entering the field before realising the game was still being played and returning to their seats.

Smith made a number of position changes in the second quarter but his side reached half time 35 points down. The Saints won in the packs and the air, and booted 12 goals to two after half-time to win easily.

Best were Groom, Bourke, and Burston. Wise was replaced by Stone at three quarter time, and Bourke (bruised thigh) by Stewart in the last quarter.

Melbourne 10.10.70 d. St Kilda 9.12.66
Goals - Jungwirth 4, Vagg 2, Dowsing 2, Behan 1, Jones 1
Best - Crompton, Behan, Jones

Under 19s
St Kilda 14.12 d. Melbourne 9.12
Goals - Callery 4, Saddington 3, Hardeman 1, Johnson 1
Best - Callery, P. Johnson, Saddington

Football Record - R1 1966
Age - 26/04/1966
Moorabbin Standard - 27/04/1966

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 25 December 2023 19:07:33 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 14)

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