Round 11, 1927
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday 9 July
Collingwood win by 7 points
Goalkickers: Harry Moyes 3, Harry Davie 2, Jimmy Abernethy 1, Hugh Dunbar 1, Richard Taylor 1, Herbert White 1, Stan Wittman 1
Harry Moyes (also with St. Kilda)
Recent results had left the top four sides separated only by percentage, but Melbourne and Collingwood were first and second and the Grand Final rematch was one of the most keenly anticipated matches of the season.
The match lived up to its billing, with Melbourne spurning a number of chances with the wind when their 11 scoring shot first quarter only led to 3.8. Collingwood then took control until the last quarter when Melbourne mounted a a stirring comeback despite losing Hugh Dunbar to injury for the entire last quarter.
Collingwood started the second quarter with greater vigour, and quickly stamped their authority on the game. A late goal to Davie kept the Reds within six point at the long break.
The Pies quickly dashed away in the third quarter and while Melbourne managed two goals they had numerous attacks turned back by Collingwood's strong defence. Another late goal in their favour kept the margin to three goals.
Melbourne launched a stirring fightback with 17 men in the last quarter, two quick goals to Wittman and Moyes cut the gap to one goal, and with ten minutes to play the margin had been cut to a point. A mistake by one of Melbourne's forwards allowed Collingwood to quickly move the ball up their end of the field and seal victory with a goal.
The loss dropped Melbourne down to fourth, just percentage in front of fifth placed Carlton.
The result continued a run of outs for Melbourne against Collingwood. Their record against the Magpies was poor as it was, but from their post-war return to the VFL in 1919 onwards they had beaten them just four times. Two of those victories had been in the previous season's finals, and as impressive as they were Melbourne's record was still poor.
Collins, Corbett and Thomas were Melbourne's best. Dunbar went off with a chest injury in the last quarter.
Collingwood 19.16.130 d. Melbourne 4.5.29
Age - 11/07/1927
Sporting Globe - 13/07/1927
Football Record R12 1927