Round 10, 1951
Melbourne vs Geelong
Saturday 7 July
Geelong win by 35 points
Goalkickers: Ken Christie 3, John Beckwith 1, Noel Clarke 1, Alan Daly 1, Len Dockett 1
Ken Christie (4th game)
Secretary Jim Cardwell had been forced to hose down reports of a rift between players and coach Allan La Fontaine after the humiliating 103 point loss to Footscray the previous Saturday. His side responded with an improved performance against the best team in the competition in the second week of the split round but still remained on one win for the season.
Mike Woods dominated in the ruck and was one of the key reasons the side did so well. In deplorable conditions the Demons were four goals down in the first quarter but shortly after the second began the margin was back to a point.
Melbourne kept Geelong close into the third quarter, and at one point the margin was just three points, but even though the muddy conditions should have affected their style of play more, Geelong shot away thanks to their smaller players and lead by 15 points at the last change before running away with a 35 point victory.
Best were Woods, McMahen and Clarke. Ferguson replaced Smeaton at half time, and Hutchins replaced Johnson (injured leg) in the last quarter.
Melbourne 6.7 d. Geelong 5.8
Goals - Unknown
Best - Webb, J. Cordner, Carlon
Melbourne 9.12 d. Geelong 6.15
Sporting Globe has the attendance at 22,451
Football Record R11 1951
Sporting Globe - 07/07/1951
Age - 07/07/1951
Argus - 09/07/1951
Age - 11/07/1951