Round 1 1942

Round 1, 1942
Essendon vs Melbourne
Saturday 9 May
Venue: Windy Hill
Attendance: 8000

Match Statistics

Essendon win by 54 points

Goalkickers: Ron Baggott 4, Jack Mueller 3, Maurie Gibb 2, Allan La Fontaine 2, Norm Smith 2, Percy Beames 1, Roy Dowsing 1, Fred Fanning 1

First Game
Frank Deayton
Don Hewson
Ray Shearer
Darcy Walsh

First Game as Coach
Percy Beames

Last Game
Ray Wartman

With league clubs playing stocks thinned even further by World War II, the Grand Final rematch was played in the shadow of the Demons voting to suspend the season. When the motion was unsuccessful they opted to keep playing, but were forced to field four first gamers in Round 1. They also had to contend with a lack of match practise, with stars Allan La Fontaine (army service) and Jack Mueller both entering the game without training.

All four newcomers were defenders, and Essendon took full advantage by racking up a massive score. Melbourne relied on their talls up front to kick the opening two goals, while the home side wasted opportunities with misdirected short passing. Once Essendon found their feet they quickly took control, booting five goals in five minutes and seven straight before a belated Mueller reply before quarter time.

A five goal to four second quarter extended the lead, and Essendon then added 13 in the second half to set the highest opening day score in league history to that point. Tactical changes at the start of the third quarter delivered the opening goal, but it was not only quickly cancelled out but another three followed in close succession. The Demons played the game out, but by the last quarter Essendon were barely challenged in extending the margin by a further two goals.

Three times in a row Melbourne had lost the first game and gone on to win the premiership, but the glaring deficiencies in their backline showed that they would have a tough time mounting another premiership defence.

Best were Beames, Baggott and Gibb. Despite Melbourne's defensive woes Deayton, Hewson and Walsh impressed. First gamer Shearer replaced Wartman in the last quarter when he suffered an ankle injury. Norm Smith was reported for jostling but found not guilty.

South Melbourne 17.16.118 d. Melbourne 9.4.58


Sporting Globe - 09/05/1942
The Argus - 11/05/1942
Football Record R2 1942

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