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July 1895 Match vs Williamstown

Saturday 6 July - Williamstown Cricket Ground

Williamstown 2.0, 2.0, 2.1, 2.1
Melbourne 0.0, 1.5, 1.5, 3.9

Melbourne win by 1 goal

Goalkickers: McGinis 1, McCarthy 1, Christie 1

Having beaten everyone they'd come up against so far in 1895, Melbourne got their biggest scare yet at Williamstown.

Rain, wind and a fiercly partisan crowd didn't help Melbourne's cause, but they were harassed from start to end both on and off-field. Spectators kept the ball out of play and on occasion even ran away with it if it suited the home side. One went to extreme measures, stabbing the ball with a penknife. At one point Melbourne fans tried to retrieve the ball from over a barbed wire fence, with one left hanging from it by his trousers.

The strong, gusty breeze also contributed to the poor standard of the game. Players were unable to kick for goal with any great accuracy, and Melbourne's passing was affected badly.

Williamstown, on the other hand, had few real chances thanks to good play by Melbourne's defenders but scored two goals from them.

Best were Fry, O'Dwyer and Sutton.

Melbourne remained second on the ladder, behind the also unbeaten Geelong.

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The Australasian - 13/07/1895

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Sunday 17 September 2017 09:25:50 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 4)

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