Round 1 1982

Round 1, 1982
South Melbourne vs Melbourne
Sunday 28 March
Venue: SCG
Attendance: 15,764

South Melbourne3.610.718.920.17.137
Match Statistics

Sydney win by 29 points

Goalkickers: Alan Johnson 3, Brian Wilson 3, David Cordner 2, Tony Elshaug 2, Michael O'Sullivan 2, Roger Ellingworth 1, Mark Jackson 1, Kelly O'Donnell 1, Steven Smith 1

First Game
Adrian Battiston
David Cordner
Alan Johnson
Michael O'Sullivan

First MFC Game
Stephen Icke
Alan Jarrott
Brian Wilson

Last MFC Game
Michael Byrne

First Goal
David Cordner
Roger Ellingworth
Alan Johnson
Michael O'Sullivan

The lure of a battle of the big cities to open the brave new era of a 'national' football competition can't have escaped the VFL's fixture gurus when they were deciding who to match up in round one.

Never mind that Victorians were more interested in feuding with South Australians - this was the birth of the Sydney Swans and there was never going to be anybody else they would play than the side with the name of the other 'big' city.

Nobody was sure what to call them though. Were they South Melbourne playing in another city, were they the Sydney Swans or was the football world to compromise and simply call them "The Swans" while somebody came up with an official position? Officially they renamed South Melbourne to Victorian audiences in the short-term.

Whoever they were Melbourne's opponents were playing the 1981 wooden spooner (perhaps another key factor in fixturing the Demons in the Sydney opener?) and though confidence was high in the Demon camp they simply didn't handle the smaller SCG as well as their opponents.

Down and out at three-quarter time they finally came to play and booted five goals without reply to draw within a couple, but when the Swans steadied to win the 15,000 strong crowd - and more than a few VFL and South officials - breathed a sigh of relief.

Best were Flower, Giles and Wilson.

Melbourne's 20th loss in a row established a club record streak, which was finally ended the next week.


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Melbourne 18.13.121 d. South Melbourne 13.14.92
Goals - P. Tossol 4, Fidge 3, O'Dwyer 3, Castles 2, Hutchison 2, Dickson 1, O'Brien 1, J. Tossol 1, Young 1
Best - Hutchison, O'Dwyer, P. Tossol

Under 19's
Melbourne 26.14.170 defeated South Melbourne 15.19.109

"Sydney swan song for Barassi plot" - The Age 29/03/1982

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