Round 10, 1919
Melbourne vs St. Kilda
Saturday 12 July
St. Kilda win by 10 points
Goalkickers: Eric Tonkin 2, Jack Baquie 1, George Haines 1, Ivor Warne-Smith 1
First game and first goal
The Fuschias started the second half of the season going closer to a win than they had at any point so far during 1919, but in the end the result was the same.
Each side kicked a goal in the opening minutes, but courtesy of two from Tonkin and a strong performance from debutant Warne-Smith the home side led at the first change.
They remained in front after a fast and open second quarter, and after kicking two goals in a row to open the term it looked like they were going to run away with their first win of the year. A late goal for St Kilda kept them in the running, before they made a run during the third quarter. Their poor kicking stopped them from taking full advantage but they still opened a seven point lead going into the last change.
At three-quarter time a heavy storm fell on the ground, causing St Kilda's players to leave the ground. It took 10 minutes of whistling from the umpire to get them back on the field.
With such a slender margin St Kilda were vulnerable in the last considering the wind, but as conditions got worse Melbourne couldn't take advantage and kicked just three points, while the solitary St Kilda breakaway of the term saw the ball roll through the goal where a defender who had pushed up the ground should have been.
Gray, Armstrong and Haines were best.
In their report of the game the Football Record described the St Kilda players as having been so cold they couldn't untie their bootlaces or take off their uniforms after the match unaided. Melbourne full-back Gray is said to have jumped the fence and sheltered in front of the scoreboard during the last quarter.
Argus - 14/07/1919
Prahran Telegraph - 19/07/1919
Football Record 1919