May 1867 match vs Carlton

Saturday May 25 and Saturday June 1 - Melbourne Ground

Melbourne 0
Carlton 0

Match drawn

The game was played over two weekends with 25 players on each side. The first game was a day after the Queen's Birthday game against Geelong. Neither team could score and the match was declared a draw. The game was delayed for 15 minutes when the ball was lodged in a gum tree. Stones and other missiles were hurled at the ball but nobody could dislodge it and another ball had to be sourced.

On the second Saturday Melbourne's had a two man advantage due to one of the Carlton players fainting at the start of the game and having to withdraw and another suffering from an epileptic fit. Carlton had a replacement player ready to go but Melbourne refused them permission to make the change.

With their one man advantage Melbourne had a slight advantage in play, but towards the end of the game Carlton took the ball right up to their goal with a chance to score. They were turned back thanks to fine play by T. Ireland, and the captain Freeman who saved what seemed like a certain Carlton goal.

The match ended without score, reportedly the longest major game ever to be played without a goal. Best in the first game were Ireland and Harrison, and in the second game Tom Ireland, William Freeman and Horan.

Selected team
Bennie, Bell, Bruford, D. Campbell, Dana, Fleming, Freeman (c), Finlay, Ferguson, Davison, HC Hepburn, Horan, Ireland, T. Ireland, R. Ireland, Moody, Waugh, Stodart

Australasian - 25/05/1867
Bell's Life - 01/06/1867
Australasian - 08/06/1867
Bell's Life - 08/06/1867

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 15 October 2022 03:15:23 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 8)

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