Round 13, 1936
Fitzroy vs Melbourne
Saturday 1 August
Venue: Brunswick Street
Fitzroy win by 6 points
Goalkickers: Eric Glass 3, Norm Smith 2, Percy Beames 1, Jack Bennett 1, Jack Foster 1, Maurie Gibb 1, Bill Ralston 1, Lou Reiffel 1, Ray Wartman 1
Fitzroy had improved the previous week and their side took the field full of confidence. Melbourne had also had a confidence boosting win, 52 points over South Melbourne - their fifth in a row.
Lewis, Fischer, Ogden, Frank Roberts and Mueller were out injured, and Percy Beames was playing with an injury and not at 100% fitness. Despite this Melbourne managed to bounce back from a narrow quarter time deficit to hold a nine point lead at the long break.
Fitzroy held Melbourne goalless in the third quarter, and it was only the performance of Jones, Kinnear and McNamara in the backline which stopped them from scoring more than 4.2. The quarter was filled with skirmishes, and the Lions home crowd roared with approval when Eric Glass missed an open goal.
The last quarter saw Melbourne score with their first thrust forward, and with memories of their 10.5 to 0.1 last term annihilation of the Swans the week before, Melbourne fans started to grow confident that they were going to see another big win.
With players 'floundering' in the mudheap centre, the sides traded goals. Melbourne hit the front after Ray Wartman took advantage of a defensive mistake, before Jones and Reiffel added points to give the Red Demons a six point lead. Fitzroy came again, though, and levelled the score with barely any time left. The ball went out of the centre where Gibb put Melbourne back in front with a point, but Fitzroy cleared the ball quickly where Williams goalled to give his side a five point lead.
He marked again on the siren and missed to give the Roys a six point victory which was "heartily applauded" by the Brunswick Street faithful.
The loss hurt Melbourne's previously dominant position within the top four, leaving them a game in front of fifth placed Carlton but with an inferior percentage. Fitzroy remained last on the ladder with just two wins.
Eric Glass was found not guilty of 'violently shaking'. La Fontaine was Melbourne's best. Bennett was 19th man.
Melbourne 13.16 d. Fitzroy 5.7
Herald - 31/07/1936
Herald - 31/07/1936
Age - 03/08/1936
Herald - 03/08/1936
Labor Call - 06/08/1936
Football Record R14 1936