1937 Exhibition Match vs New South Wales

Saturday 7 August - Sydney Showgrounds
Crowd - 10,543

Melbourne 4.6, 6.14, 13.20, 17.32.134
New South Wales 2.3, 4.5, 4.7, 8.8.56

Melbourne win by 78 points

Goalkickers: Glass 2, Unknown 15

Melbourne travelled to Sydney by sea and returned by train. Captain Allan La Fontaine missed the game after being injured in a car accident. Four players were in the car, but La Fontaine was the worst hurt - cutting his arm on a jagged window. Jack Foster, Bert Chandler and Frank Roberts escaped with bruises. John Lewis took La Fontaine's place as captain and Truscott his spot in the team.

The visitors were ragged early on, and New South Wales managed to stay with them. A late goal gave the Demons a 15 point lead. They improved their performance significantly in the second, but so did the locals. Each side kicked two goals for the quarter but Melbourne also had eight behinds as they were wasteful with their chances. New South Wales' players were on a larger ground than they were used to, and struggled with a lack of cohesive play due to limited training opportunities.

Despite their easy win, Melbourne were so impressed by local Henry Crane that they sought permission to interview him directly after the game. He signed for the club but never played a senior game.

The trip cost Melbourne £651.

Selected team
B: Roberts, Chandler, Foster
HB: Kinnear, Murnane, G. Jones
C: McNamara, Truscott, Emselle
HF: Lock, Baggott, L. Jones
F: Glass, N. Smith, Ball
Foll: Lewis, Furniss, Barassi
19th: McDonagh

The Sydney Morning Herald suggested La Fontaine would play with an arm guard but he did not make it.

Courier Mail - 05/08/1937
Sydney Morning Herald - 06/08/1937
Sporting Globe - 07/08/1937, 11/08/1937
Truth - 08/08/1937
Sun - 08/08/1937

NSW Australian Football History Society page

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