July 1880 match vs Norwood

Thursday 1 July - MCG
Crowd - 600

Melbourne 0.10
Norwood 2.10 (half time 0.3-2.5)

Norwood win by 2 goals

The visitors from South Australia had already played one match against Carlton during their tour of Victoria, and were stronger for the inclusion of a player who had been unable to turn out for them the previous Saturday.

A crowd of 12,000 had been expected, but due to bad weather the final attendance was down to a few hundred. They saw the visitors win despite the soft and slippery ground playing havoc with the quality of the match. Steady rain had fallen from 11am to 3pm and the surface was unfit to be played on. Many of Melbourne's players didn't turn up because they though the game would be cancelled in the difficult conditions. Ironically, considering the muddy surface, umpire Coulthard of Carlton became the first umpire ever to wear all-white while officiating a match.

The visitors attacked first and scored their first goal after 15 minutes. Melbourne attacked immediately from the restart but only managed a point and Norwood scored their second shortly after. The makeshift local lineup made the mistake of trying to pick the ball up while the South Australians dribbled it along the ground instead.

There was no more major scoring after that. Melbourne attacked first at the start of the second quarter, and kept the ball in front of Norwood's goal for 10 minutes without reward. Downes of Melbourne could have got one back for his side but missed a goal from five yards out in front.

It was the first ever loss by a Victorian side to an interstate team.

Best were Darlot, Adams and Swyer.

Selected team
J. Bennie (c), F. Baker (vc), J. Adams, D. Aitken, W. Boys, R. Booth, C. Cock, E. Darlott, HJ Downes, EW Longden, W. Longden, J Macdonald, J McKenzie, W Manifold, T. Nash, F. Power, WHL Roberts, E. Sylvester, CH Swyer, JF Watson.

The above team was named in the Thursday paper but J. Booth played.

Some sources show the scores as 2.8 to 0.5

The Argus - 01/07/1880
The Argus - 02/07/1880
Express and Telegraph - 02/07/1880
Evening Journal - 02/07/1880
South Australian Register - 02/07/1880
The Australasian - 03/07/1880

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