Round 1 1899

Round 1, 1899
Melbourne vs St. Kilda
Saturday 13 May
Venue: MCG
Attendance: Unknown

St. Kilda2.
Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 93 points

Goalkickers: Tommy Ryan 5, Jack Leith 3, George Moysey 3, Dick Wardill 2, Fred Elliott 1, George Moodie 1, Charlie Young 1

First Game
Fred Elliott
Charlie Illingworth
Tommy Ryan
Arthur Sowden

First MFC Game
Dan Moriarty

First Goal
Fred Elliott
Tommy Ryan

After two seasons without a single win St Kilda entered the first round confident that they had finally put together a combination worthy of the VFL, and when they led by nine points at quarter time it looked as if they had some justification for their claims but after that they were obliterated. One of their best defenders was knocked out of the backline by a leg injury and the moment he was off the scene Melbourne ran riot.

They kicked eight goals to no score in the second quarter and seven to one in the second half to register a huge victory. It was the first game under the newly reduced team size of 18 on the ground instead of 20, and the extra space afforded Melbourne the opportunity to sweep down the ground almost unchallenged.

The highlight of the day was provided by Dick Wardill who kicked a goal after running at the last St Kilda defender and casually stepping around him to kick a goal.

Best were Lewis, Moysey and McGinis.

Argus - 15/05/1899
Sportsman - 16/05/1899

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