Round 3, 1942
Fitzroy vs Melbourne
Saturday 23 May
Venue: Brunswick Street
Fitzroy win by 56 points
Goalkickers: Percy Beames 3, Jack Mueller 2, Don Cordner 1, Roy Dowsing 1, Adrian Dullard 1, Fred Fanning 1, Jack O'Keefe 1, Danny Powell 1
Danny Powell (and Danny Powell)
Don Cordner (5th game)
Reacting to two thumping losses in their first two games the Demons blooded five more VFL debutants against the unbeaten Maroons, and once again while their forwards put up a reasonable score they were unable to stop the opposition booting a big score. At least for the first time in three weeks they'd kept the opposition to under 150 points, but that was no help when their attack failed. Their cause wasn't helped by losing Baggott and Archibald form the selected side with flu, and La Fontaine who was unable to get leave to play. Tjeu were replaced by Ferguson, Franklin and Bush.
Despite their greatly weakened team Melbourne stuck with their more fancied opponents for three quarters before once again falling away in the final term. They had less firepower in attack with the enforced absences of Norm Smith and Ron Baggott, while the absence of La Fontaine further hurt them. Given the circumstances it was creditable to get as close as they did. Conditions helped, with Fitzroy unable to use their pace advantage on a heavy ground.
Best were Ferguson, Emselle and Bush. Debutante Bryan Martin was 19th man. Jack O'Keefe was reported for elbowing but found not guilty. Norm Smith was cautioned.
Fitzroy 20.16 d. Melbourne 11.8
The Norm Smith caution does not show in any other records. It may have been a delayed hearing for his Round 1 charge, but records show him as being found not guilty.
Sporting Globe - 23/05/1942
Argus - 25/05/1942
Football Record R4 1942