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Round 9 1978

Round 9, 1978
Melbourne vs Essendon
Saturday, 27 May
Venue: Waverley
Attendance: 28,231

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Melbourne3.34.55.58.12.60
Essendon3.07.311.915.12.102
Match Statistics


Essendon win by 42 points

Goalkickers: Peter Johnston 4, Peter Thorne 2, Robert Flower 1, Steven Smith 1

Milestones:
Nil

The Demons looked deadly early on with Johnston kicking three in the first quarter into the breeze. It looked as if they were set to extend their league with the wind in the second term but they kicked just one goal and the Bombers were untouchable.

Johnston had just six more kicks for the rest of the game, and he saved his most comical effort for last when late in the final term when he managed to kick out of bounds on the full from 10 metres out.

Desperately trying to explain what had happened Dennis Jones said "It seemed they decided not to run - that's all".

Laurie Fowler, Robbie Flower and Henry Coles were the outstanding Demons but they received very little support from their teammates. Fowler had quit the club during the week then patched up his differences and returned.

Ex-Demon Allan Davis was one of Essendon's best, and the Bombers used the wide expanses of Waverley perfectly to simply run the Demons off their legs.

Reserves
Melbourne 17.8.110 d. Essendon 13.15.93
Goals - Walters 7, Hamilton 2, Rae 2, Seaton 2, Begg 1, Mills 1, Moir 1, Whitford 1
Best - Denny, Hamilton, Walters

Under 19's
Essendon 14.13.97 defeated Melbourne 11.9.75
Goals - Mobbs 3, Bickford 2, Elshaug 2, Juliff 1, Lockwood 1, Love 1, McGivern 1
Best - Methren, Cunningham, Elshaug

Media
"Heroes to hopeless in one quarter" - The Age 29/05/1978
Football Record R10 1978

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