July 1867 match vs Geelong

Monday July 1 - Richmond Paddock

Melbourne 0
Geelong 2

Geelong win

Despite Melbourne not having yet scored a goal for the season they were favourites against Geelong, who had beaten them earlier in the year but missed out on practice when a scratch match meant to be held on the weekend didn't occur.

With a big turnout of potential players each team fielded 21 players - with Melbourne's side boosted by ring-ins from Carlton and South Yarra.

The home side won the toss and were able to kick with the wind, but 25 minutes after the start Geelong opened the scoring. The two sides then adjourned to the MCG pavilion for lunch. After the break Geelong had to kick against the wind again but after an hour's struggle they scored the second goal.

Former Melbourne player Tom Wills suffered a bruised nose and black eye when he was thrown onto one of the footpaths which crossed the paddock.

Captain Harrison was Melbourne's best, followed by Ferguson and Bennie.

Bennie, Bell, Bruford, Harrison (c), Horan, Fleming, Freeman, RW Wardill, F. Ireland, R. Ireland, Finlay, Ferguson, Hepburn, J. Stodart, Oswald, Lock, Moody, Byrne, De C Ireland, Green. Emergencies - McLaughlin, Moody, Waugh, Waugh, Kennedy, Stevens, Bold, Holland, Copeland, H. Harrison

Some sources say the game was played on the Melbourne Ground.

Argus - 29/06/1867
Leader - 29/06/1867
Geelong Advertiser - 02/07/1867

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