Round 14, 1921
Melbourne vs St. Kilda
Saturday 20 August
Melbourne win by 7 points
Goalkickers: Percy Tulloh 2, Harry Bruce 1, Bert Chadwick 1, Harry Harker 1, Jack House 1
Harry Bruce (4th game)
For their first game in three weeks after the interstate carnival Melbourne were given a gift by the Seasiders who kicked themselves out of what should have been a winning quarter time score. It didn't help that their first two shots on goal both landed right on top of the same goal post.
Melbourne went into the game without several regulars and had to field two league debutantes, and they were outplayed for three quarters before running over the top of the visitors in the final term.
Despite St Kilda having the better of the play neither club managed a goal in the first quarter, but when the home side had the use of the scoring end in the second they didn't make the same mistakes - kicking the first goal within 20 seconds of the restart - and when they went into the last quarter kicking with the wind it looked like they'd run away with the match. In the end they won narrowly.
It wasn't just St Kilda who kicked poorly, Melbourne were afflicted with the same issues in the last quarter and kicked just two goals from nine shots. Eventually Tulloh put them in front and eventually it was enough to hold onto victory. St Kilda lost a player early in the last quarter after a head clash, and played a man short for the rest of the game.
Streeter, fresh off a quality performance in the interstate games, was Melbourne's best and Haines - also named as one of the best Victorians - roved well all day. Chadwick, Corbett, Lilley, Coy, Tulloh, Percy Wilson and Bruce were also named in the best.
St Kilda 10.21.81 d. Melbourne 9.5.59
"Won in the last quarter" - The Argus 22/08/1921
Football Record 1921