Round 10, 1912
Collingwood vs Melbourne
Saturday 22 June
Venue: Victoria Park
Collingwood win by 8 points
Goalkickers: Harry Brereton 2, Alf George 2, Bobby Monk 1, Wally Sykes 1
Hedley Tomkins (also with Fitzroy)
In perfect conditions the home side avenged their Round 1 defeat against a Melbourne side which had won two games in a row. The Fuschias took a 16 point lead at half time but the gap had closed to a point at the last change and despite an inaccurate 1.4 Collingwood restricted their opponents to a point and won.
It was a scrappy contest, and while both teams had periods of good play the match was not of a high standard despite being played in perfect conditions. Collingwood kicked the first two goals but were then overrun by the visitors, who kicked six of the next seven. Melbourne could have had more but were wasteful in front of goal and reasonably well held by the Magpie defenders.
After half time Collingwood got their short passing game right and gradually overhauled their opposition. Monk and Pearce kept them at bay early in the third quarter, but a panicked Melbourne started shifting their team around in an attempt to keep the home side at bay.
Early in the last quarter Collingwood hit the lead through a player who had been stationed up front after being knocked out at the end of the third quarter. They retained the lead, though Brereton crucially fumbled when he could have easily kicked the ball to four unguarded Melbourne players late in the quarter.
While Brereton was well held, Tomkins was again brilliant in his 50th league game. Fitzpatrick was also prominent but blotted his copybook by giving away a number of free kicks. Hendrie played most of the game through an injured ankle.
Alf George was cited by Steward Myers for striking Cockram of Collingwood. When called upon to give evidence Cockram didn't mention the alleged strike and the case was promptly dismissed with the chairman of the investigation committee warning George to tone down the vigour in his play.
Crowd given as being "between 12,000 and 15,000 people"
Argus - 24/06/1912
Herald - 28/06/1912
Football Record - R11 1912