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Round 14 1977

Round 14, 1977
Melbourne vs Essendon
Saturday, 2 July
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 21,743

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Melbourne4.35.86.119.16.70
Essendon1.26.37.68.11.59
Match Statistics


Melbourne win by 11 points

Goalkickers: Henry Coles 3, Ray Biffin 2, Gary Hardeman 1, Barry Norsworthy 1, Steven Smith 1, Greg Wells 1

Milestones:
Last Game
Brian Cook

First Goal
Barry Norsworthy (2nd game)

On an uncharacteristically ugly MCG mudheap the Demons shocked an Essendon side even less experienced than themselves.

The absence of Simon Madden left Stephen Smith to run riot in the ruck, and he saw off the Bombers starting ruckman quickly. Essendon played well in the second quarter but they were beaten across the other three with Essendon kicking just two goals in the entire second half.

The Demons could have won by more but even allowing for the slushy conditions they were wasteful with their kicking for goal.

Best were Wells, Norsworthy and Smith. The win lifted the Demons a game and percentage above Fitzroy on the bottom of the ladder.

Reserves
Melbourne 9.18.72 d. Essendon 10.4.64
Goals - Alves 2, Woodman 2, Baker 1, Byrne 1, T. Flower 1, Tippett 1, Walters 1
Best - Denny, Wingate, Keays

Under 19's
The Under 19's were cancelled as all reserve grade games were transferred to the away teams grounds due to the VFL Adverse Weather policy.

Media
"Demons give Essendon hell at MCG mud patch" - The Age 04/07/1977
Football Record R15 1977

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