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Round 7 1897

Round 7, 1897
Essendon vs Melbourne
Tuesday 22 June
Venue: East Melbourne
Attendance: 10,000

1st2nd3rdFinal
Essendon3.34.65.108.15.63
Melbourne0.21.22.53.9.27
Match Statistics


Essendon win by 36 points

Goalkickers: Jack Leith 2, George Moysey 1

Milestones:
Nil

Having been run as close as they had in any of their six wins which opened the season three days before, Melbourne finally crashed to their first ever defeat in the VFL.

A big crowd showed up to see the match on a public holiday, with the attendance said to be the largest at a football match in years. They saw Essendon win the toss and kick with the wind first which helped them set up a match winning lead by the first brea.

When the Reds got their chance with the wind in the second quarter they only managed to kick one goal. The wind died off in the second half and Essendon were too far in front, pulling away throughout the afternoon despite their three best players being three of their worst on the day.

Defeat cost Melbourne top spot on the ladder, with Essendon replacing them.

Best were Robinson, Wardill and Moodie, who injured his back.

Media
Argus - 23/06/1897
Herald - 25/06/1897
Australasian - 26/06/1897
Sportsman - 29/06/1897

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Friday 22 February 2019 14:26:26 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 8)

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