Round 3 1983

Round 3, 1983
Footscray vs Melbourne
Saturday 9 April
Venue: Western Oval
Attendance: 20,485

Match Statistics

Footscray win by 32 points

Goalkickers: Tony Elshaug 5, Dale Dickson 2, Adrian Battiston 1, Gerard Healy 1, Alan Jarrott 1, Peter Moore 1


Coming off a fighting win against the Tigers in Round 2 confidence was high in the Demons camp, and tipsters gave Melbourne every chance against a Bulldogs side who had won the week before but hadn't notched up consecutive victories for six full seasons.

Russell Richards beat Jim Edmond, but the Bulldogs "cheap" imports Purser, Williams and Sewell - whose cumulative $170,000 price tag was almost as much as the Dees had paid the Bulldogs for Kelvin Templeton - dominated around the ground and made sure of a popular home victory.

Purser, in particular, beat Peter Moore convincingly in the first half. When Moore started to wrest back control in the third quarter the Dees surged to within eight points but sapped their energy in the charge and conceded six goals to three with the wind in the last term.

Barassi had a special mention for anyone who had been cocky in the wake of the Richmond victory. He said "The Melbourne Football Club team has got nothing to be confident about".

Best were Elshaug, Wilson and O'Donnell. Zantuck suffered a cut eye.


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Melbourne 14.19.103 d. Footscray 14.11.95
Goals - Cordner 4, Rugolo 3, Bergman 1, Boland 1, Fidge 1, Philby 1, Thomas 1, Withers 1, Wright 1
Best - Boland, Castles, Withers

Under 19's
Melbourne 24.16.160 d. Footscray 8.12.60
Goals - Fidge 9, McCarty 2, Rugolo 2, Louttit 2, Howard 2, Wight 2, McLean 2, Grinter 1, Healy 1, Bailey 1
Best - Louttit, Grinter, Allday

"Napoleonic fervour and bulldog spirit" - The Age - 11/04/1983
Football Record R4 1983

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