Semi Final 1939

Semi Final, 1939
Melbourne vs Collingwood
Saturday 16 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 54,776

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 14 points

Goalkickers: Jack Mueller 4, Percy Beames 3, Norm Smith 3, Ron Barassi 2, Harold Ball 1, Les Jones 1, Keith Truscott 1

50 Games
Gordon Jones

The Magpies struck the first psychological blow of the week by winning a coin-toss for their pick of the rooms at the MCG, forcing the Demons into the unfamiliar visitors change rooms, Melbourne had struck an even more imposing blow earlier in the season by dealing Collingwood their biggest ever VFL beating. The away rooms were decorated by enthusiastic spectactors to give them a home feeling.

The minor premiers went in favourites on their home ground, but a blustery wind provided difficult conditions even if rain during the week hadn't affected the MCG surface. La Fontaine won the toss and kicked with a slight breeze, though most of the scoring in the Seconds curtain raiser had been against the breeze.

Melbourne held a one point lead at the first break, courtesy of three goals from Norm Smith, and in the early stages of the second quarter Jack Mueller was holding firm in defence to keep the Magpies out. Collingwood players began to target him, and later he was caught by an opponent in a hard collision. The Magpies held Melbourne's dangerous, high scoring forwards well for the first two quarters, and opened a 13 point lead at half time.

The burst before half time was the only time Collingwood dominated all day, and they couldn't hold Melbourne's forwards much longer. The best-on-ground Wartman, Jones and Mueller all dominated in the third quarter as Melbourne reverted to their usual style after trying to defend during the first half and they pulled in front to take a three point lead into the last quarter. A goal from a free kick to Percy Beames soon extended the gap to nine, before Ron Todd replied. After a period of both teams having chances but failing to kick goals, Melbourne extended the margin to 10.

Todd kicked his 100th goal of the season in the second half, but the Pies couldn't bridge the gap and were forced into a Preliminary Final against St Kilda while Melbourne went straight into the Grand Final.

O'Keefe was unused as 19th man. Emselle was a late withdrawal due to a thigh injury, replaced by Jack Maher.

Wally Lock was suspended for four matches after being reported for 'Jostling, pushing and tripping' and missed the Grand Final.

B: Roberts, Lock, Mueller
HB: Hingston, G. Jones, Maher
C: Wartman, La Fontaine, Anderson
HF: Truscott, Baggott, L. Jones
F: Ball, Smith, Barassi
Foll: Fischer, Furniss, Beams
19th: O'Keefe.


100th goal against

Sporting Globe and Argus give the crowd as 54,466.

Argus - 13/09/1939
Herald - 14/09/1939
Age - 15/09/1939
Argus - 16/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 16/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 16/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 16/09/1939
Weekly Times - 16/09/1939
Argus - 16/09/1939
Argus - 18/09/1939
Sporting Globe - 20/09/1939
Weekly Times - 23/09/1939

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