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May 1884 match vs Fitzroy

Saturday May 31 - Fitzroy Cricket Ground
Crowd - 2000-3000

Fitzroy 4.9
Melbourne 1.20 (half time 2.4-0.9)

Fitzroy win by 3 goals

Goalkicker: Brayshay 1

After twice using the Fitzroy ground for matches during 1883 when neither of the Melbourne grounds were available, the Reds travelled back there as the away side for the first time in their first ever match against the side newly elevated to the senior ranks.

Melbourne went in as the red hot favourites against the new side, but put in one of the most diabolical goalkicking performances in VFA history to suffer a shock defeat.

The visitors scored the first behind of many to open the match, and had three up before Fitzroy managed an attack. Melbourne were flat and kept missing shots, allowing Fitzroy to eventually score the first goal of the game.

Melbourne desperately tried to level the scores, but Fitzroy had their tails up and added a second goal four minutes later. They did manage another three behinds after the second Fitzroy goal, but were terrible at converting and left on nine behinds at the long break. Worse was to come.

Brayshay finally kicked Melbourne's first, and only, goal of the game early in the second half but they then proceeded to botch numerous chances. The home side kicked two more goals and had earned a famous victory.

Best were McIntyre, Jones and Plant.

Notes
Some sources have Melbourne's score as 1.22

Media
Argus - 02/06/1884
Sportsman - 04/06/1884
Australasian - 07/06/1884

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 17 March 2018 16:43:15 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 7)

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