Round 14, 1990
Melbourne vs North Melbourne
Saturday 7 July
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 19,272

North Melbourne5.414.622.931.14.200
Match Statistics

North Melbourne win by 127 points

Goalkickers: Darren Bennett 2, Danny Hughes 2, Alan Johnson 1, Rod Keogh 1, Glenn Lovett 1, Andrew Obst 1, Todd Viney 1, Graeme Yeats 1.

Brownlow Votes:


Statistical categories led:
Biggest loss in Round 14

The Demons mid-season slump his its nadir with their fourth biggest loss in history, and fourth most points conceded in a match. John Longmire vaulted to the top of the Coleman Medal tally with 14 goals as the young Kangaroos murdered their more experienced opposition. He became only the ninth player in league history to kick 14 goals or more in a game. Conceding such a massive score to the 10th placed team was the latest upset in a run that had seen the Demons premiership favourites just six weeks earlier.

Longmire had already broken his club's goalkicking record once during the season when he kicked 12 goals in Round 2, but he extended the mark even further as he beat five different opponents. Stuart Cameron (twice), Danny Seow (twice), Danny Hughes, Earl Spalding and even Darren Bennett - but nobody could stop the teenage full-forward. Longmire's personal contribution of 14.2.86 gave him a 13 point win over the entire Melbourne side.

North got off to a hot start, with Longmire kicking his first three in 10 minutes. He wasn't their only dangerous forward, and from midway through the first quarter it became a violent procession. From 23 points up at quarter time, the margin was 63 at the half with worse to come. By contrast the Demon attackers struggled with their limited opportunities.

The result remains Melbourne's worst performance against North Melbourne, and was the equal biggest loss that the Demons had ever suffered at the MCG until Round 2, 2013. John Northey summed it up by saying: "it was just a pathetic, terrible day." He announced players would be training at 6am the next day, and giving putting on clinics at the club's family day later that afternoon so that they "get enough of the football." When asked if his players laid down and died, he said: "If they'd laid down they probably would have done better."

Best were T. Viney, Johnson and B. Lovett.


Melbourne 23.10.148 d. North Melbourne 14.14.98
Goals - Campbell 4, Heaver 4, Healy 3, Ahern 3, Wilson 2, Beveridge 2, Kavanagh 1, Jackson 1, Mahoney 1, Hogarth 1, Fanning 1
Best - Hogarth, Jackson, Wilson

Under 19s (match played Saturday 30 June)
Melbourne 24.18.162 d. Geelong 12.13.85
Goals - Stroud 6, Lamb 4, B. Stynes 3, Solyom 2, McCarthy 2, Sullivan 2, P. Goldberg 1, Burgmann 1, Siderellis 1, Robins 1, Fanning 1
Best - Robins, Foot, Lemon

Highest Scores Conceded
100 point losses

Sun-Herald - 07/07/1990
Age - 08/07/1990
Age - 09/07/1990
Canberra Times - 08/07/1990
Football Record R15 1990