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Round 1 1983

Round 1, 1983
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday, 26 March
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 72,274

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Melbourne6.212.317.719.11.125
Collingwood5.79.1015.1220.15.135
Match Statistics (external link)

Collingwood win by 10 points

Goalkickers: Tony Elshaug 4, Robert Flower 3, Les Bamblett 2, Adrian Battiston 1, Roger Ellingworth 1, Steven Icke 1, Alan Jarrott 1, Glenn McLean 1, Peter Moore 1, Kelvin Templeton 1, Brian Wilson 1

Milestones:
First Game
Les Bamblett
Russell Richards
David Williams

First MFC Game
Peter Moore
Kelvin Templeton
Rodney Wright

First Goal
Les Bamblett

Collingwood had undergone a transformation off-season, with a new president, new coach and a new board under the New Magpies banner. Confidence was high at Victoria Park and their first task was to negotiate the Demons in front of a huge crowd at the MCG.

The Demons were without Alan Johnson, recovering from a broken hand, Kelly O'Donnell, hamstring injury, and Vice-Captain Stephen Smith who failed a fitness test for an injured groin.

Playing in his first match against his old club Peter Moore was surprised to see a banner reading "MOORE FILTH!" draped from the Southern Stand. The maker of the banner was turfed out of the ground and Moore made noises about suing for defamation but nothing came of it.

The lead changed 14 times during the day before the Magpies finally triumphed in a quality match. Robert Flower had beaten three opponents during the day, but when the Magpies struck in the final term their teammates were unable to find Flower and Gerard Healy who had been so strong throughout the day. Steven Icke had beaten David Cloke all day but when the heat came he got little support from his colleagues.

Best were Icke, Flower and Wilson

Reserves
Collingwood 29.18.192 d. Melbourne 12.18.90
Goals - Philby 3, Thomas 3, Barnes 1, Bergman 1, Connolly 1, Fidge 1, Hamilton 1, Reynolds 1
Best - Thomas, Zantuck, Philby

Under 19's
Melbourne 17.12.114 d. Collingwood 12.14.86
Goals - McCarty 4, Fidge 3, Grinter 2, Howard 2, Lovitt 2, Ward 2, Healy 1, Wight 1
Best - Howard, Allday, Healy

Media
"Collingwood awakens to a waiting nation" - The Age 28/03/1983
"Moore threat on banner" (external link) - The Age 28/03/1983
Football Record (external link) - R2 1983


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