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Round 1 1942

Round 1, 1942
Essendon vs Melbourne
Saturday 9 May
Venue: Windy Hill
Attendance: 8000

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Essendon7.312.718.1125.14.164
Melbourne3.46.711.816.14.110
Match Statistics


Essendon win by 54 points

Goalkickers: Ron Baggott 4, Jack Mueller 3, Maurie Gibb 2, Allan La Fontaine 2, Norm Smith 2, Percy Beames 1, Roy Dowsing 1, Fred Fanning 1

Milestones:
First Game
Frank Deayton
Don Hewson
Ray Shearer
Darcy Walsh

First Game as Coach
Percy Beames

Last Game
Ray Wartman

With league clubs playing stocks thinned even further by World War II, the Grand Final rematch was played in the shadow of the Demons voting to suspend the season. They weren't successful and opted to continue along with the rest of the league (other than Geelong, who were hit by travel restrictions and pulled out) but were forced to field four first gamers as well as their new coach. Not only did they have new players but stars Allan La Fontaine (army service) and Jack Mueller both had to enter the game without training.

All four newcomers were defenders, and Essendon took full advantage by racking up a massive score. They kicked seven, five, six and seven goals across the day for the highest opening day score in league history to that point.

Three times in a row Melbourne had lost the first game and gone on to win the premiership, but the glaring deficiencies in their backline showed that they would have a tough time mounting another premiership defence.

Despite Melbourne's defensive woes Deayton, Hewson and Walsh were impressive - if inexperienced.

Best were Beames, Baggott and Gibb. First gamer Shearer replaced Wartman in the last quarter when he suffered an ankle injury. Norm Smith was reported for jostling but found not guilty.

Lists
Tribunal

Media
"Melbourne overwhelmed" - The Argus 11/05/1942
Football Record R2 1942

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Monday 09 March 2015 16:26:36 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 7)

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