Semi Final 1950

Semi Final, 1950
Geelong vs Melbourne
Saturday 2 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 54,817

Match Statistics

Geelong win by 44 points

Goalkickers: Denis Cordner 3, Jack Mueller 2, Stan Rule 1

Last Game
Ken Carlon
Don Cordner
Eddie Craddock
Billy Deans
Shane McGrath
Jack Mueller
Alby Rodda
Stan Rule
Max Spittle

For their match against a side who they'd won two more games than but lost to on both occasions that year the selectors pulled a surprise by selecting Max Spittle on the wing. He had been one of the best players in the 1948 Grand Final and selectors hoped that his experience would help the side despite ordinary form in the seconds.

All the experiments in the world couldn't help a side who the newspapers of the day described as having "acknowledged defeat before entering the arena".

On a wet day that kept the crowd below what a normal semi-final might draw, it was called one of the worst performances that the Demons had ever put on in a finals match. Nothing was going right for Melbourne against a side who hadn't played finals since 1940. During the first quarter Shane McGrath lined up Geelong's Bob Davis and instead collected Geoff Collins. Bob McKenzie broke his toe, then later collided with Billy Deansd, McGrath bruised his elbow and Collins suffered a broken jaw when Shane McGrath accidentally crashed into him. Mike Woods was playing with an injured hip, and Noel McMahen a heavy cold.

It took Melbourne 20 minutes to get the first goal of the game, but Geelong equalised shortly after. The Demons had a quarter time lead, and were within striking distance at half time but in greasy conditions with a choppy wind blowing Geelong went up a gear in the third term and Melbourne simply couldn't go with them. The Cordners were winning comfortably in the air, but their rovers and centremen were being outclassed at ground level. Bickford was the only midfielder to win his position on the day.

Jack Mueller was Melbourne's great hope in the forward line, but not only did he struggle for opportunities, he was beaten handily by full-back Morrison. Mueller was one of nine players to play his last match that day, a Demon club record that stands to this day. In the last game of a storied career, Mueller kicked 2.2 from seven shots on goal.

Kicking with the wind, Melbourne reduced the margin to 15 during the third quarter, before Geelong recovered to be 20 in front at the last change. Mueller had a chance after the quarter ended but kicked out on the full from a tight angle. Melbourne's last gasp came at the start of the final term, with Denis Cordner setting up a chance for Bob McKenzie, who missed.

Best were Bickford, Arnold and Denis Cordner. Jack Thomson replaced Mike Woods in the last quarter.

After the game, Melbourne asked the VFL to investigate the treatment provided to Collins at the Alfred Hospital. They alleged that he was made to wait three hours with his injured jaw then told to return the next day. He later received treatment at the Melbourne Hospital.


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