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June 1892 Match vs Geelong

Saturday 11 June - MCG
Crowd: Approximately 10,000

Melbourne 1.0, 1.4, 2.5, 3.8
Geelong 1.6, 1.8, 4.10, 6.13

Goalkickers: David Christie 2, Harry Graham 1

Sixth placed Melbourne welcomed Geelong, a side who had lost only one game in six, and the match went very much to plan with the visitors running away in the second half for a comfortable win.

Geelong convinced ex-player, and 1891 Melbourne player, Hugh McLean to turn out with them, and to their delight he played like his old self. The main issue for the visitors in the first half was kicking for goal. It was so bad that The Argus said it was only charitable to assume that the ball was not true in shape.

In conditions perfect for football the two sides spent most of the first quarter scrimmaging. Geelong's kicking for goal was especially galling considering they had the breeze in their favour. The visitors would eventually dominate the 'scoring' shots, but it was Melbourne who attacked first and goalled through Christie who was forced to shoot from a tight angle because Harry Graham was being tightly marked.

Geelong then took over, with seven straight scoring chances including the equalising goal. Melbourne had the first good chance on goal but neither side could manage a major - the visitors holding on the face of the breeze. The best of a number of chances fell to Lew Massey who beat a number of defenders but spurned his teammates and try to score himself, missing the opportunity.

The wind died down for the second half, but despite losing their advantage Geelong nearly scored first. The ball was practically behind the goal when a group of Melbourne defenders saved it. From there they were dominant, and added another three for the quarter. David Christie equalised at two goals apiece but it was as good as it got for the home side.

The previous Saturday Melbourne had stormed home in the last quarter to force a draw with Essendon, but were unable to achieve the feat again. Geelong eased away with two goals to one. Melbourne had been outplayed across the field and were deserved losers.

The umpire's view of what constituted a 'little mark' was much tighter as a result of a recent instruction regarding the interpretation issued by the umpires' committee.

Best were Healing, Wiseman and McKenzie

Team
Aitken, Connelly, David Christie, Dobson, Eddie Fox, Herbert Fry, Harry Graham, J. Graham, Hallett, Alf Healing, Howes, Kelly, Austin Lewis, Jack Lorraine, Lynar, Lew Massey, McKenzie, McRaile, Moore, Patrick O'Dea, Sheahan, Slattery, Sharp, Wiseman, Wilson

Media
The Argus - 11/06/1892
The Argus - 13/06/1892

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