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1865 August match vs Geelong

Saturday 12 August - Argyle Ground
Crowd: 200 to 300

Geelong 0
Melbourne 1

Match drawn

Goalkicker: Mathew O'Brien

Having lost the Challenge Cup a week earlier, the metropolitan team travelled to Geelong with nothing to play for but pride. They arrived on the midday train, and after a lunch at the Argyle Hotel the game commenced.

Melbourne captain Henry Harrison won the toss and in warm weather he kicked with the aid of the wind to start the game. Despite the strong breeze which equated to four extra players Geelong managed to keep Melbourne at bay for three and a half hours before O'Brien - switched from defending the goal after a high profile blunder in the previous game - finally goalled after about a dozen attempts throughout the afternoon.

Locke - not named in the original lineup - replaced him in goal and was strong in keeping Geelong at bay until injured.

Melbourne had opportunities to score the second goal and win but couldn't convert before time expired and the game was declared a draw.

Best were Harrison, Conway, R. Wardill and Murray Smith

Selected team
Treacy, Conway, Woolley, Freeman, Riggall, Wright, Davison, Davidson, Fleming, Aitken, Clarke, Waugh, Neil, Shoosmith, A. Campbell, Delahey, Harrison (c), Powell

Notes
Some sources suggested the O'Brien who scored the goal was Carlton player 'Lanty' O'Brien

Media
Geelong Advertiser - 12/08/1865
Geelong Advertiser - 14/08/1865
Australasian - 19/08/1865
Geelong Advertiser - 21/08/1865

Created by supermercado. Last Modification: Friday 08 February 2019 16:54:47 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 6)

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