Round 7 1981

Round 7, 1981
Melbourne vs Carlton
Saturday 9 May
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 22,020

Match Statistics

Carlton win by 40 points

Goalkickers: Vin Catoggio 2, Mark Jackson 2, Andrew Moir 2, Stephen Bickford 1, Phil Pinnell 1


Back in Melbourne after their Round 6 jaunt to the SCG, the Demons didn't have things any better back at home. On a wet and windy day at the MCG Melbourne crashed to 1-6 against an Blues side that had been hammered by Collingwood the week before. Before the game coach David Parkin referred to it as the worst selected side of the year.

Despite the fact that his side had scored two points in the second term and none in the last Barassi refused to lash them, content to say that his players were trying and most of them had a "fantastic attitude".

With the wind in the first quarter Melbourne kicked the first three goals of the game within the opening 10 minutes. Carlton hit back with two goals, before a double from Vin Catoggio restored a 15 point margin at quarter time. Unable to convert any majors in the second the Demons fell behind. Another revival with the breeze in the third helped before they completely went to pieces in the last term and conceded 4.9 to nothing.

Best were Gaunt, Smith and Fowler. Peter Maynard was replaced in the selected side by Michael Young due to the flu.

It was later revealed that the match had been played using plastic coated yellow footballs which had been banned by the league two years before. It affected handling of the ball, but as the home side responsible for providing the right balls, Melbourne had no grounds for appeal. As the home side it was no grounds for appeal by the Demons.

Carlton 14.17.101 d. Melbourne 9.11.65
Goals - Barham 3, O'Donnell 3, Elshaug 1, Hanilton 1, Walters 1
Best - Barham, Dickson, Byrne

Under 19s
Melbourne 20.27.147 d. Carlton 10.7.67
Goals - Battiston 4, Bergman 3, Cordner 3, McCarthy 3, Dawson 2, Withers 2, Bell 1, Fisher 1, Hedger 1

Scoreless fourth quarters

Blueseum match report

Canberra Times - 10/05/1981
Age - 11/05/1981
Age - 12/05/1981
Football Record R8 1981

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