October 20, 1963 - Honolulu Stadium
Crowd - 1454
Melbourne win by 12 points
Goalkickers: Barry Bourke 5, Frank Adams 2, Barrie Vagg 2, Bob Carroll 2, Tony Thiessen 2, Hassa Mann 1, Unknown 3
Hula dancers, musicians, TV cameras and radio reporters all flocked for a look at the mysterious foreign footballers.
Played on a square-stadium with 15 players a side, the Demons went into the match against the premiers with a side missing many stars. With the umpires not given the power to report players the match was a bloodbath. Ron Barassi flattened Polly Farmer.
The crowd were helped with their understanding of the rules by a live broadcast over the stadium's public address system from caller Tony Charlton. Scores were level until deep into the last quarter before Barry Bourke and Bob Carroll kicked the goals that won the game.
The Demons were presented with a wooden Hawaiian style trophy.
Norm Smith said "There appeared to be more spite on the part of both teams. We had a bit of an advantage in that we were able to adjust to weather conditions in Hawaii by being here two weeks longer than Geelong."
The 1963 Annual Report carries a report saying that the match was 11 a side. Quarter by quarter scores Melbourne 35, 23, 24, 41 and Geelong 13, 24, 47, 27.
Age - 09/10/1963
Honolulu Advertiser - 20/10/1963
Canberra Times - 23/10/1963
Program image courtesy of grandoldflag.net