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Round 16 1955

Round 16, 1955
Melbourne vs Essendon
Saturday 6 August
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 49,352

1st2nd3rdFinal
Melbourne3.97.1410.1916.23.119
Essendon0.43.73.107.12.54
Match Statistics


Melbourne win by 65 points

Goalkickers: Robert B Johnson 5, Laurie Mithen 3, Ron Barassi 2, Bob McKenzie 2, Ian Ridley 2, Clyde Laidlaw 1, Stuart Spencer 1

Milestones:
50 Games
Peter Marquis

Melbourne's position as one of the flag favourites was in serious doubt after a mid-season slump, and a loss to the red-hot Bombers who had won seven of their last eight, might have seen them a chance of missing out on a double chance. The Demons proceeded to make a statement against the league's form side, despite another week where they were woefully inaccurate in front of goal.

Inaccuracy aside, Melbourne were the far superior team in attack and across most of the ground. Denis Cordner thrashed Essendon's Gill in the ruck, and he was ably assisted at ground level by ruck/rover Ron Barassi. The Bomber defence soon cracked under the pressure.

Essendon had battled back into fourth place, but the loss again knocked them out of a finals place. Melbourne correctly identified ruckman John Gill and rover Bill Hutchinson as the players who had been at the heart of Essendon's revival over the previous fortnight and both were beaten comfortably.

Best were Denis Cordner, Robert B Johnson and Laurie Mithen. McLean (cramp/bruised shoulder) was replaced by Adams. Cordner received a bruised calf. Trevor Johnson was the other reserve.

Melbourne's highest score against Essendon for 14 years left them level on points with Collingwood and Geelong, but with the Cats significantly behind the top two on percentage.

Seconds
Essendon 8.19 d. Melbourne 6.7
Goals - Germaine 2, Bull 1, Hamilton 1, Kick 1, Webster 1
Best - Waldron, Clarke, Carroll

Thirds
Essendon 9.6 d. Melbourne 6.11

Media
Argus - 02/08/1955
Argus - 05/08/1955
Argus - 08/08/1955
Age - 08/08/1955
The Argus - 08/08/1955
Football Record R17 1955

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