Round 12, 1924
Collingwood vs Melbourne
Saturday 12 July
Venue: Victoria Park
Collingwood win by 23 points
Goalkickers: Richard Taylor 3, Percy Tulloh 3, Tom Elliott 1
Coming off a win before the bye the Redlegs welcomed back Percy Wilson who had resigned as coach of St Kilda and returned to Melbourne a week before, but despite leading at the last change Melbourne's third scoreless last quarter of the season condemned them to another loss.
Collingwood had been routed by St Kilda, who Melbourne had just beaten, the previous Saturday but sky high confidence only took the Reds as far as three quarter time when they fell in a hole and handed the Pies their first win in seven games. The lack of a quality forward target once again condemned the Reds to a loss.
Two uncharacteristic errors by Chadwick in the opening minutes gifted Collingwood two goals, and another defensive calamity involving Percy Wilson and Charlie Streeter gifted the Pies a third goal. Melbourne's poor start was costly, but they improved their play in the second quarter to the point where it looked as if they were going to run away with the game.
The Reds missed two chances early in the second quarter, but it took Collingwood repaying the favour with their own defensive mistake to finally allow them their third goal. From then Melbourne dominated the second quarter, opening up a lead of 17 points at the long break.
Collingwood came out for the third quarter playing determined football and attacking desperately but not managing to break through and score for some time. Eventually Melbourne's defence crumbled under the pressure.
More missed shots late in the quarter meant Melbourne failed to extend their lead and went into the last quarter just six points in front. The home side quickly took the lead, and from there they won easily. Poor forward play meant Melbourne failed to score in the last term for the third time in 1924.
Despite the relatively poor form of the two teams it was a high quality game full of "beautiful marking, long kicking, running with the ball and clever passing with hand and foot".
Chadwick, Corbett and Haines were best.
Sporting Globe estimated the crowd at 12,000
Scoreless fourth quarters
Herald - 11/07/1924
Sporting Globe - 12/07/1924
Argus - 14/07/1924
Football Record R13 1924