Round 16 1919

Round 16, 1919
Fitzroy vs Melbourne
Saturday 30 August
Venue: Brunswick Street
Attendance: Unknown

Match Statistics

Fitzroy win by 125 points

Goalkickers: Eric Chisholm 1, George Haines 1

First Game
Dave Elliman
Harry Selover

Last Game
Archie Grigg

Statistical categories led:
Biggest loss at Brunswick Street
Biggest loss in Round 16

The undermanned Melbourne side, cobbled together after the war from the players who were left from 1915 and anybody else they could get their hands on, had been brave all season but as the rest of the year wore on the makeshift team started to struggle terribly, beginning to resemble the old University teams for being uncompetitive. They lost Huntington, Salvana, Kenney, Love and McLean from the side that had lost to Collingwood by 109 points.

It seemed the season had hit rock bottom against the Pies, but at Brunswick Street it became even uglier. Fitzroy was trying to boost their percentage in the battle for the top four and delivered Melbourne's biggest ever loss at the ground. Bob Merrick booted 12 goals from 18 shots for the winners, but the attempts of teammates to feed him were counter-productive as they missed several good chances on goal. To that point Merrick's haul was the second biggest in league history. He had his 12 on the board at three quarter time before George Haines moved Ivor Warne-Smith onto him for the last term.

Unlike the Collingwood game when they had at least been competitive until quarter time Melbourne were destroyed from the word go, conceding the first two goals quickly. They got one back, but it was their last for the quarter. A five goal quarter time deficit became 13 after a scoreless second quarter.

It was Fitzroy's biggest ever league score at the time and Melbourne's lowest since 0.8 against South Melbourne in 1912.

Best were Tonkin, McKenzie and Boddington.

100 point losses
10 goals against

Herald - 30/08/1919
Argus - 1/09/1919
Age - 01/09/1919
Australasian - 06/09/1919
Football Record 1919
Table Talk - 05/05/1927

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