Round 22 1984

Round 22, 1984
Richmond vs Melbourne
Saturday 1 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 21,565

Match Statistics

Richmond win by 28 points

Goalkickers: John Fidge 5, David Cordner 3, Greg Healy 2, Brian Wilson 2, Paul Earley 1, Peter Moore 1, Russell Richards 1, Frank Rugolo 1, Xavier Tanner 1, David Williams 1

Brownlow Votes:

Only Game
Paul Earley

Last Game
Michael Howard

Last MFC Game
Roger Ellingworth

First Goal
Paul Earley

Having blown their chance at playing finals with a terrible ending to the year a final round clash in the 1st of September was as close as the Demons got to the finals. They had dispatched wooden spooners St Kilda the week before, and even though it meant nothing in the grand scheme of things were handed the chance to rack up another victory to end the year against a Richmond side that had lost 10 of their last 13

The two sides were locked together at half time, but a nine goal to three third term by the Tigers meant that they were the ones going into their summer break on a high.

Given the way the season ended it was no surprise that Ron Barassi said he was "disgusted" with his side's effort in a five goal loss. He risked charges of blasphemy by criticising Robert Flower for his recent performances and said that he hoped Flower had been down on his game in recent weeks because of a back injury.

The win put Richmond above Melbourne on the final ladder and saw the Demons only finish 9th in front of the Swans on percentage. Both sides had been four games clear of North Melbourne and St Kilda at the bottom of the table but it was another depressing year for Demon fans despite having promised so much in July.

Irish recruit Paul Earley debuted, starting on the wing then moving into defence but was beaten handily by future Demon Michael Pickering.

Peter Giles, John Fidge and Alan Jarrott were best for Melbourne.

Another future Demon, Phil Egan was reported for striking David Williams before the first bounce when the Melbourne player tried to shake his hand. Egan was suspended for four weeks.


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Melbourne 36.18.234 d. Richmond 18.8.116
Goals - Thorn 5, Battiston 4, Connolly 4, Hutchison 3, Hutchinson 3, Fidge 3, O'Donnell 3, Wright 3, Withers 3, Tossol 2, Bailey 1, Reynolds 1, O'Sullivan 1
Best - "Team effort"

Under 19's
Richmond 18.11.119 defeated Melbourne 16.11.107
Goals - Stoney 5, Paul McCarty 4, Lane 2, Chant 2, Marra 1, McLean 1, Callendar 1
Best - Rugolo, Burke, Louttit

Canberra Times - 02/09/1984
"Humiliation - now that does matter for Barassi" - The Age 03/09/1984
"Shaky start gets Egan four weeks" - The Age 04/09/1984
Football Record Finals 1984

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