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August 1869 Match vs Carlton

Saturday August 28 - Melbourne Ground

Melbourne 0
Carlton 0

Match drawn

Carlton's preparation was not ideal, with their match against South Yarra the previous Saturday called off after a few minutes when a park ranger threw the teams out of Fawkner Park.

In the press the match was seen as the unofficial championship of Victoria but the sides battled for three hours without either team managing to score a goal.

Henry Harrison decided to make a statement during the traditional 'three cheers', referring to Carlton as the 'second best' team. Carlton captain Jack Conway took to the newspapers to refute his claim and issue a challenge to meet anywhere at any time before the end of the season to settle the matter for good. Harrison responded in the papers that "the Melbourne tam will be happy to play another friendly match with them, if their engagements will permit of it" but no additional match was played.

Selected team
Barker, Bell, Bennie, Bruford, Byrne (vc), Carr, Colles, Duff, Finlay, C. Forrester, Freeman, Gaggin, Goldsmith, Harrison (c), Hepburn, Hope, Petrie, Riggall, Ryan, Stodart. Emergencies - Thomas and Forrester.

Media
The Age - 28/08/1869
The Argus - 28/08/1869
The Argus - 11/09/1869

Created by supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 10 October 2015 21:38:34 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 4)

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