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Reference_ 1928 VFL R06 - Fitzroy kick 2 goals 27 points

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Introduction

Fitzroy could not find the goal in this match at Corio Oval. Fitzroy kicked 29 scoring shots, more than Geelong's 27 and still went down by 83 points, an astounding result.

Season and Lead-up

Coming into the game Geelong were fifth on the ladder and Fitzroy 11th with no wins yet for the season. This was not reflective of the relative team strengths as Fitzroy would end the season in 8th on the ladder, one position above Geelong who were in 9th. Fitzroy came into the game with a fair expectation of winning the match.

Teams

Team Selection - Source:The Argus 25-May-1928 p6

Geelong

17 year old Jack Plunkett came into the geelong side due to the injury to Tom Fitzmaurice and kicked four goals at full forward. Geelong had an experienced side with only three players with 10 or less VFL games and with eleven players with 50+ VFL Games. Todd was the only one of the Geelong player with over 100 VFL games.

Arthur Coghlan- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Arthur Coghlan- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Arthur Coghlan
Edward Greeves- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Edward Greeves- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Edward Greeves
George Todd- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
George Todd- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

George Todd


B:Les SmithGeorge ToddDave Ferguson
HB:Jack WilliamsReg HickeyPeter Hardiman
C:Aubrey CombenEdward GreevesEdward Stevenson
HF:Arthur RaysonEric FlemingGeorge Jerram
F:Andy CarrollJack PlunkettJim Warren
Foll:Arthur CoghlanJack Chambers
Rov:Edward Baker
Coach:Tom Fitzmaurice


Note: Fitzmaurice was to play at Full Forward but was Injured on Friday and replaced by Plunkett

Fitzroy

Geelong's 18 players had a combined 951 VFL games between them. Fitzroy's players combined for 563 games. A significant difference in experience. Fitzroy had six players with 10 or less VFL games and a seventh with only 11. Frank Gibson who would go on to play 63 games for the club was playing his first game. Only five of Firzroy's players had played 50+ VFL games. Tom Corrigan was playing his 100th game and was the most experienced player on the team.

Jack Moriarty- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Jack Moriarty- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Jack Moriarty
Charles Chapman- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Charles Chapman- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Charlie Chapman
Doug Ringrose- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards
Doug Ringrose- 1929 Griffiths Black Crow Footballers- Source:Australian Rules Football Cards

Doug Ringrose


B:Eric ChatfieldGordon HellwigFrank Gibson
HB:Eric ReichmanWillis ReeveJack Vale
C:Cyril KempTom CorriganEddie Schenk
HF:Charlie ChapmanNed KickDoug Ringrose
F:Roy MilneJack MoriartyDavitt Coghlan
Foll:George GibbsNorm Cockram
Rov:Jack Millen
Coach:Gordon Rattray


Reference_ 1928 R06 - Fitzroy kick 2 goals 27 points - Geelong Team
Reference_ 1928 R06 - Fitzroy kick 2 goals 27 points - Fitzroy Team


The Game

Round 6
Corio Oval
Sat, 26-May-1928
Crowd: 11,000

Q1Q2Q3Final
4.3 (27)8.5 (53)15.7 (97)19.8 (122)
0.6 (6)1.13 (19)1.19 (25)2.27 (39)
GE by 21GE by 34GE by 72GE by 83

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1928/060919280526.html

Goals
Geelong: Fleming 4, Plunkett 4, Rayson 4, Baker 2, Jerram 2, Chambers, Hardiman, Warren
Fitzroy: Moriarty, Millen

According to the Argus report of the match, light rain had fallen in the morning making the ball and arena slippery. Fitzroy held its own in the centre of the field, but had difficulty at the extreme ends of the field. Moriarty, their leading goal scorer, had many opportunities but could not find the middle. It was a bad day for Moriarty who was just returning to the side after a few weeks injury. Moriarty kicked 68 goals for the season including 12 against North Melbourne in Round 11. On this day he kicked only one goal late in the game to a few ironic cheers.

To make matters worse for Fitzroy, many of their members were not allowed into the grandstand as they should have been under a resiprocal arrangement between the clubs (which had stood since 1922). Geelong officials argued that they did not have samples of the Fitzroy tickets and therefore could not allow Fitzroy ticket holders access,

Statistically Fitzroy's score was impressive. No other team has kicked more points for 2 or less goals. In fact the worst kicking records show just how inaccurate Fitzroy's kicking was as the record bad kicking for three goals is 3.23 (Essendon 1901), four goals is 4.26 (Collingwood 1902), five goals 5.24 (Essendon 1914 and Fitzroy 1970) and six goals is 6.23 (South Melbourne 1931). One must wait for the 1948 Grand final Tie when Essendon kicked 7.27 against Melbourne for a similar display of bad kicking.


Match Previews

No heading. (1928, May 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved July 31, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page463522


Match Reviews

No heading. (1928, May 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved July 31, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page463625

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The Aftermath

Fitzroy defeated Geelong in the return match later in the season (in Round 17), kicking 16.9 (105) to 12.9 (81).



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