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Round 11 – Collingwood Vs Fitzroy

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Written by Millsie

July 4, 2011 at 12:47 am

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Round 10 – Essendon Vs Collingwood

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The headline at the Argus summed up the result of this clash very nicely: “Don ‘Tornado’ Hits Collingwood”, as Essendon defeated the Magpies by 28 points, thanks to a 6 goal haul by John Coleman.

Round 9 – Melbourne Vs Collingwood

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June 20, 2011 at 12:37 am

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Round 7 – Footscray Vs Collingwood

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June 6, 1953

Wells looks at the game at the Western Oval

Collingwood tired badly in the last quarter after dominating their match early against Footscray at the Western Oval, but held on to win by a single point.

Early on the Magpies pace and system, and their dominance on the wings and in the air, gave them many chances, but their shocking forward play was costly. Despite only kicking four points after half-time the Magpies held on as the Bulldog’s inaccuracy at the finish cost them chances.

It was a scrambling game with the defences on top and early on Collingwood were faster and much more systematic. Luckily for Footscray the Magpies kicked badly. Collingwood outmarked and outpaced the Bulldogs, while Thorold Merrett’s roving was upsetting the Footscray defence. Footscray had no counter for Collingwood’s dominance to half-time, of the wings or in the air.

Footscray were always a step behind with the Magpies pace leaving them at times flat-footed, whilst the Bulldogs gave away several free kicks with unnecessary scragging. The Magpie Machine displayed the art of handball and shepherding to perfection. Merrett and Mann provided much of the drive, with the hornet-like Merrett daintily pirouetting around the packs and scampering off with glorious stab-passes proving to be a menace to the Dogs’ defence.

Footscray’s tactics were very poor and they kept kicking the ball high even though they were constantly being outmarked. Herb Henderson at full-back was one of the main offenders, with Neil Mann goaling in the first quarter after marking an errant Henderson kick-in.

Harvey Stevens in his first game against his old club rucked tirelessly and battled gamely for Footscray. He sent the Dogs forward several times but the Footscray forwards were never in front of their men. Stevens was playing so well that Alf Brown of the Herald wondered if the Collingwood selectors had been too hasty when they dropped him from their list earlier in the season.

Collingwood’s forward line broke down after half time, with their inaccuracy being inexcusable. In the third quarter alone they had at least ten direct shots at goal but could only manage four behinds. It was not Footscray’s much heralded backline holding Collingwood but the Magpies lack of forwards. In fact the Footscray backs at time were too man-conscious and tried to overmind their men.

In the hectic final quarter the Dogs finally started to show some dash and spirit, whilst Collingwood had tired badly. The Magpies never looked like scoring while Footscray were continually in attack and had whittled the Magpies lead to 8 points with just three minutes to go. Charlie Sutton inspired his men with clever roving and robust bustling whilst Stevens started to outmark Mann. When Jack Hickey goaled in time-on, there was just a single point the difference between the two teams. Collingwood had run themselves into the ground while Footscray did everything in their power to get the two extra points needed for a win. When the siren sounded the ball was in the Bulldog’s half-forward line, robbing them of what would likely have been a great fighting victory.

Collingwood vice-captain Neil Mann played a dominating game. He kicked an excellent goal from 65 yards out and his great marking saved the Magpies day.

Scores

Teams 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter Final Score
Footscray 0.0.1 4.1.25 4.3.27 7.9.51
Collingwood 5.4.34 7.6.48 7.10.52 7.10.52

Goalkickers

Collingwood – M Twomey (3), Hickey, Clarke, Mann, R Richards

Footscray – Duffy (3), Kerr (2), Collins (2)

Best

Collingwood – Mann, Healey, Lucas, Merrett, Finck, Hickey, M Twomey, Parker

Footscray – Stevens, Sutton, Ross, Donald, Collins, Henderson, Martin, Warren, Henderson, Box, Gallagher, Whitten

In Other Magpie News

Jack Hamilton was sensationally dropped from the Collingwood team for this game. It was the first time he had been out of the side, except because of injury, since the start of the 1949 season. Jack Finck replaced Hamilton at full-back.

19-year-old Terry Waites played his first senior game, as did Footscray’s John Kerr. Kerr would go on to be best on field for the Bulldogs in the 1954 premiership match.

Before the match Mrs Twomey, husband of former Collingwood captain Bill Twomey Sr and proud mother of Magpie stars Pat, Mick and Bill Jr, was presented by the Club with a framed photograph of her boys in their football uniform.

The Sporting Globe called for umpires to try to curb Collingwood’s exasperating habit of refusing to give the ball to their opponent after a free kick has been called. The Magpies are notorious at holding and fooling with the ball until every opponent is covered and only then giving up the ball. While the Sporting Globe called for offending players to be reported, the Australian National Football Council has made a recommendation for a rule change that will give a 15 yard penalty against any offending side.

In Other Footscray News

Only 28 goals have been kicked against Footscray’s frugal defence in the last 5 games, an average of just 51/2 goals per match.  Two weeks ago they kept Fitzroy to just one goal for the whole match, while today Collingwood kicked just four behinds after half time.

In Other Games

South Melbourne thrashed the hapless Saints by 71 points and Geelong defeated Melbourne by 24 points. North Melbourne came crashing out of the four after being thumped by Carlton by 52 points. Other winners included Essendon and Fitzroy. John Coleman kicked 6 goals to take his tally to 46 for the season. Comparisons have been made between Coleman and South Melbourne’s past goalkicking legend Bob Pratt, who kicked a record 150 goals in the 1934 season. In that stellar season by round 7 Pratt had kicked 56 goals, leaving Coleman just 10 goals off this margin.

VFL Ladder After Round 7

Team

Win

Draw

Lose

Premiership Points

Geelong

7

0

0

28

Footscray

5

0

2

20

Collingwood

5

0

2

20

Fitzroy

5

0

2

20

Essendon

4

0

3

16

Carlton

4

0

3

16

North Melbourne

4

0

3

16

South Melbourne

3

0

4

12

St Kilda

2

0

5

8

Melbourne

1

0

6

4

Richmond

1

0

6

4

Hawthorn

1

0

6

4

 

Leading Goalkickers

Player

Team

Goals In Round

Goals For Season

J Coleman

Essendon

6

46

G Goninon

Geelong

3

33

J Hickey

Footscray

0

22

J Collins

Footscray

2

21

G Marchesi

North Melbourne

0

19

P Bennett

St Kilda

0

19

N Trezise

Geelong

0

17

R McKenzie

Melbourne

2

17

A Aylett

North Melbourne

3

17

A Walsh

Carlton

4

17

J Spencer

North Melbourne

2

16

B Rose

Collingwood

0

15

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Acknowledgements

  • Brown A – The Herald – June 6 1953 – page 22
  • Baggot J – The Sun – June 8 1953 – page 24
  • Buggy H – The Argus – June 8 1953 – page 10
  • The Age – June 8 1953 – page 7
  • Reynolds D  – The Argus – June 8 1953 – page 9
  • The Argus – June 8 1953 – page 9
  • The Sporting Globe – June 10 1953 – page 4

Written by Millsie

January 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

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Round 6 – Collingwood Vs Richmond

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May 30 1953

Jack Dyer in the Sun predicted that Collingwood would easily account for the young Tigers  in their round 6 clash at Victoria Park, which they did  by 23 points.The Magpie’s stocks were buoyed by the returns of Mocha Dunstan and Bill Twomey from injury. However vice-captain Neil Mann, a star in recent weeks, was out of the team to injury sustained in the match against Hawthorn.

Former Collingwood captain Dan Minogue wrote in the Sun that the Magpie’s strong back line, greater anticipation and intelligent handball were the main factors in Collingwood’s success. (1) The strong wind blowing across Victoria Park caused some congestion but the Maggies use of the whole ground was excellent. (2) The highlight of the match was the battle between Mick Twomey and Roy Wright in the ruck, with each player rising to great heights in ruck play and marking around the ground. (3) Wright in particular had no peer in the air but was forced to play defensively. (4) Minogue noted that despite the great ruck work of Twomey and Wright, the  rovers failed to capitalise by breaking free of the packs. (5)

Despite showing fighting spirit (6) and some fine defensive work (7) Richmond’s forward work was lamentable (8) and what Minogue called below League standard (9). The Tigers attacked the goals without purpose or plan and the Magpies were easily able to counter them. (10)

Scores

Teams

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

Final Score

Collingwood 2.1 5.1.31 7.7.49 9.8.62
Richmond 1.2 2.5.17 3.7.25 5.9.39

Goals

Collingwood – B Twomey 4, B Rose 3, M Twomey 2

Richmond – Branton 2, Wright, Ritchie, Hafey

Best

Collingwood – Merrett, B Rose, Dunstan, Finck, Lucas, Healey, Kingston, Hamilton

Richmond – Wright, Oppy, D Rowe, Wright, H Rowe, Patterson, Collins, D Rose

In Other News

Geelong remained at the top of the ladder with a 53 point thrashing of South Melbourne at Kardinia Park. Footscray cemented second spot by beating St Kilda, while North Melbourne dropped to fourth after being defeated by Essendon by 17, with Coleman kicking 3 goals for the victors and Marchesi 4 for the losers. Hawthorn recorded their first win of the season over a hapless Carlton by 20 points, with former Collingwood player Kevin ‘Skeeter’ Coghlan and Pat Cash kicking 3 goals each.

VFL Ladder after round 6

Team

Win

Draw

Lose

Premiership Points

Geelong 6 0 0 24
Footscray 5 0 1 20
Collingwood 4 0 1 16
North Melbourne 4 0 2 16
Fitzroy 4 0 2 16
Essendon 3 0 3 12
Carlton 3 0 3 12
South Melbourne 2 0 4 8
St Kilda 2 0 4 8
Melbourne 1 0 5 4
Richmond 1 0 5 4
Hawthorn 1 0 5 0

Leading Goalkickers

Player Team Goals In Round Goals For Season
J. Coleman Essendon 3 40
G. Goninon Geelong 2 30
J. Hickey Fitzroy 0 22
G. Marchesi North Melbourne 4 19
J. Collins Footscray 3 19
P. Bennett St Kilda 3 18
N. Trezise Geelong 0 17
B. Rose Collingwood 3 15
R. McKenzie Melbourne 4 15

In Royal News

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occurred at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. The entire ceremony was broadcast on television in the around the world and was the first major international event to be broadcast on the new medium. We Australians missed out, as TV would not arrive down under for another 3 years.

In World News

On May 29 Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the news of this remarkable event reaching the world’s media on June 2, with Queen Elizabeth knighting the New Zealander as a thankyou for this Coronation gift. The Herald headline to mark this event was “British Claim Everest”. I know that things were different then and that the British Empire was still shining, yet it is difficult to think of a New Zealand beekeeper and a Nepalese sherpa as being British.

The Potts went to London for the Coronation and got to watch it on television, something that their friends back home in Melbourne could not do!

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Footnotes

  1. Minogue. D – The Sun – Monday June 1 1953 – page 32
  2. Minogue. D – The Sun – Monday June 1 1953 – page 32
  3. Minogue. D – The Sun – Monday June 1 1953 – page 32
  4. Minogue. D – The Sun – Monday June 1 1953 – page 32
  5. Minogue. D – The Sun – Monday June 1 1953 – page 32
  6. The Herald – Saturday May 30 1953 – page 19
  7. The Herald – Saturday May 30 1953 – page 19
  8. The Herald – Saturday May 30 1953 – page 19
  9. Minogue. D – The Sun – Monday June 1 1953 – page 32
  10. The Herald – Saturday May 30 1953 – page 19

Round 5 – Collingwood Vs Hawthorn

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Saturday May 23 1953

Collingwood were expected to dominate their Round 5 encounter with Hawthorn at Victoria Park and ended up winning by 70 points. In front of just 9,627 people (1) in atrocious conditions both teams struggled with their being just 12 points separating the two teams at three quarter time. The Magpies finally broke the shackles with a devastating 9 goal final quarter.

The Hawks were tenacious for the first three quarters (2) and held a ruck advantage (3), with John Kennedy’s ruckwork being a highlight of the match. (3) Hawthorn also proved to be more adept at handling the greasy ball. (4) Unfortunately for the Hawks Kennedy’s efforts were often nullified by the roving of the Richards brothers Lou and Ron. (5)

The Magpie ‘Machine’ could not slip into gear until the final quarter when every player started producing his best. (6) Hawthorn were swept off their feet as Collingwood took control (7), the Hawks being unable to halt the sudden, systematic brilliance of the Magpies. (8) This final 9 goal burst boosted Collingwood’s percentage enough to put them into the four for the first time since Round 1. (8)

Bob Rose playing on the half-forward-flank proved to be the moving force behind the majority of Collingwood’s attacks with great ball-handling and kicking despite the conditions. (9)

Scores

Teams

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

Final Score

Collingwood 3.3.21 3.10.28 4.13.37 13.18.96
Hawthorn 3.3.21 3.3.21 3.7.25 3.8.26

Goals

Collingwood – Tebble 2, B Rose 2, Hickey 2, R Richards 2, Kingston, Merrett, Finck, Clarke, Healey

Hawthorn – McCann, Coghlan, Collins

Best

Collingwood – B Rose, L Richards, Healey, Merrett, Tebble, R Richards, Mann, Waller, Kingston

Hawthorn – Kennedy, Simmonds, Crane, O’Mahoney, Philp, Robison, Coghlan, Pearson

In Other Games

Footscray went to second place on the ladder with a 60 point victory over Fitzroy at the Western Oval that the Argus’ Hugh Buggy said resembled a swamp. (10) If it was not for a goal from Alan Ruthven late in the last quarter the Maroons would have had the dubious distinction of being the first team in VFL history to have gone through a match scoreless. (11)

Geelong beat Richmond by 54 points with Goninon kicking 11 goals. John Coleman could only manage 2 goals in Essendon’s 11 point loss to Melbourne.

In Financial News

Alf Brown reported in the Herald that whilst it costs Collingwood £250 to field a side each week, Collingwood lost £240 on this game. (12) The gate for the match in which less than 10,000 fans attended due to inclement weather and Hawthorn’s poor form, was just £212. (13)

In Injury News

Jock McHale was injured during the week when a log fell on his left foot and badly bruised his big toe. The former coach received treatment for this injury at half-time. (14)

VFL Ladder after round 5

Team

Win

Draw

Lose

Premiership Points

Geelong 5 0 0 20
Footscray 4 0 1 16
North Melbourne 4 0 1 16
Collingwood 3 0 2 12
Carlton 3 0 2 12
Fitzroy 3 0 2 12
Essendon 2 0 3 8
South Melbourne 

 

2 0 3 8
St Kilda 

 

2 0 3 8
Richmond 1 0 4 4
Melbourne 1 0 4 4
Hawthorn 0 0 5 0

Leading Goalkickers

Player

Team

Goals in Round

Goals For Season

J. Coleman Essendon 2 37
G. Goninon Geelong 11 28
J. Hickey Fitzroy 0 22
N. Trezise Geelong 0 17
J. Collins Footscray 3 16
P. Bennett St Kilda 3 11
G. Marchesi North Melbourne 2 15
A. Aylett North Melbourne 2 14
A. Walsh Carlton 2 13

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Footnotes

  1. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  2. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  3. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  4. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  5. The Age, Monday May 25 1953 – page 7
  6. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  7. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  8. The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  9. The Age, Monday May 25 1953 – page 7
  10. The Age, Monday May 25 1953 – page 7
  11. Buggy. H – The Argus, Monday May 25 1953 – page 12
  12. Brown. A – The Herald, Monday June 1 1953 – page 12
  13. Brown. A – The Herald, Monday June 1 1953 – page 12
  14. The Sun, Monday May 25 1953 – page 25

Round 4 – Carlton Vs Collingwood

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May 16, 1953

Collingwood ventured to Princes Park in May to meet their oldest foe Carlton. The Magpies‘s stocks were still depleted with injury, while Carlton were just outside the four after defeating Melbourne and Richmond and suffering a narrow loss to Footscray in round 1.

37,500 crammed into the Blues’ home ground to see the Magpies prevail by just 8 points in a fiery clash in which Collingwood was in charge for the whole game despite the closeness of the scoreline. Carlton’s Jack Howell had a great ruck duel with Neil Mann, with the Blues’ big-man just prevailing in this evenly fought battle, showing a brilliant display of marking power. (1) In the end however, Collingwood simply played smarter, faster and more expert football in snatching the win from their rivals. (2)

The Magpies showed great fighting spirit and in the last desperate few minutes they overcame a 4 point deficit to ultimately win by 8 points. (3) Jack Finck was a success at full-forward in Bill Twomey’s absence, kicking 4 goals including the match-winner after Carlton’s George Stafford kicked into the man on the mark. (4) Even when the pressure was great in the last few minutes the Magpies’ players kept their cool heads to hold on. (5)

Throughout the match the Magpies used handball to devastating effect, although this was occasionally overdone. (6) For much of the game Collingwood showed superior pace and a slight superiority in the air and across the centre, while Mann was slightly more effective in the ruck for much of the match. (7)

Scores

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

Final Score

Carlton

2.1.13 6.5.41 9.5.59 14.11.95

Collingwood

5.5.35 7.10.53 11.17.83 14.19.103

Best

Collingwood – Mann, Healey, Parker, R Richards, B Rose, Kingston, Tuck, Clarke

Carlton – Hands, Howell, Beasy, Dern, Spencer, Ferry, Malony

Goal Kickers

Collingwood – Finck 4, B Rose 3, R Richards 2, Kingston 2, Tebble 2, Clarke

Carlton – Spencer 5, Beasy 3, Warburton 2, Mills, Walsh, Milroy, Kerr

In Other Football News

Geelong kept up their unbeaten run with a 14 point victory over Essendon. Goninon kicked 6 goals and Trezise 3 while the Bombers’ Coleman had an off day by his standards and could only manage 4 majors, in what was the battle of the VFL’s best goal-scorers. North Melbourne suffered their first defeat of the season to Fitzroy who had crept into fourth place on the ladder, while Footscray was now placed second with a 45 point win over lowly Melbourne, with Ted Whitten being amongst the best on the ground.

Hawthorn and Melbourne were languishing on the bottom of the ladder winless while Richmond were 10th with just one win.

VFL Ladder after round 4

Team

Win

Draw

Lose

Premiership Points

Geelong 4 0 0 16
Footscray 3 0 1 12
North Melbourne 3 0 1 12
Fitzroy 3 0 1 12
Essendon 2 0 2 8
Carlton 2 0 2 8
Collingwood 2 0 2 8
South Melbourne 2 0 2 8
St Kilda 2 0 2 8
Richmond 1 0 3 4
Melbourne 0 0 4 0
Hawthorn 0 0 4 0

Goalkickers

Player

Team

Goals in Round

Goals For Season

J. Coleman Essendon 4 35
J. Hickey Fitzroy 8 22
N. Trezise Geelong 3 17
G. Goninon Geelong 6 17
J. Collins Footscray 5 13
G. Marchesi North Melbourne 3 13
A. Aylett North Melbourne 1 12

Oddities

In his preview of the match the Sporting Globe’s H.A. de Lacy referred to Collingwood’s Mick Twomey as Mike Twomey. I’m not sure if this is his fault or that of his editor/subeditor though.

Mick Twomey did not play the match due to a torn ‘monkey’ muscle according to Percy Taylor in the Argus. Google told me that a ‘monkey muscle’ is a calf muscle.

Jack Finck only kicked 8 goals in his entire career at Collingwood, with half that tally coming in this match.

In Other Sports News

Rocky Marciano retained the World Heavyweight Boxing Title with a knockout victory over Jersey Joe Walcott in the first round of their highly anticipated bout in Chicago.

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Footnotes

  1. The Argus – Monday May 18, 1953 – page 10
  2. Taylor. P – The Argus – Monday May 18, 1953 – page 10
  3. Taylor. P – The Argus – Monday May 18, 1953 – page 10
  4. The Age Monday May 18, 1953 – page 7
  5. Taylor. P – The Argus – Monday May 18, 1953 – page 10
  6. Taylor. P – The Argus – Monday May 18, 1953 – page 10
  7. Taylor. P – The Argus – Monday May 18, 1953 – page 10