Round 1 1987

Round 1, 1987
Melbourne vs Fitzroy
Saturday 28 March
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 18,018

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 39 points

Goalkickers: Robert Flower 3, Peter Moore 3, David Williams 3, Adrian Battiston 2, Warren Dean 2, Alan Johnson 2, Bret Bailey 1, Tony Campbell 1, Greg Healy 1, Steve Turner 1

Brownlow Votes:
3 - Robert Flower
1 - Alan Johnson

First Game
Warren Dean
Earl Spalding
Todd Viney

First Goal
Warren Dean

The week started bizarrely for the Demons when new jerseys they had ordered arrived and found that they didn't fit. With the numbers already sewn on it was impossible to easily swap the jumpers over so a team of tailors had to be employed to unpick the numbers and swap them so everyone fitted their jumper in time for the match.

Back on field it was yet another Round 1 win, but this time there was a more subdued feeling in the rooms after the game. Perhaps everyone had finally learnt that a win in the first week meant nothing after numerous first-up wins in recent years had ended up going nowhere. Speaking like he’d just seen a thrilling victory Northey deadpanned: “luckily we came back in the last quarter in time to struggle in with a win”.

The Demons had fielded three debutants and the Lions four, but it was Melbourne's old stagers who won the game - Flower and Moore with three goals each. Fitzroy, preliminary finalists of 1986, were no match for a side who opened up a 41 point lead that they would not relinquish.

Best for Melbourne were Connolly, Johnson and Flower.

The win wasn't without casualties. Steven Stretch and Peter Giles both hurt ankles, while Alan Johnson and Bret Bailey were concussed. David Williams was reported for rough conduct for pushing Thornton of Fitzroy after he'd marked. He was cleared.

Melbourne 28.16.184 d. Fitzroy 14.10.94
Goals - Cordner 9, Wight 3, Eishold 3, Jackson 3, Fidge 3, Jarrott 2, Koop 1, Allardice 1, Kiel 1, Lawrence 1, Smith 1
Best - Rugolo, Jackson, Stynes

Under 19s
Melbourne 24.18.162 defeated Fitzroy 11.13.79
Goals - Minchington 8, Lane 3, Aitken 2, Peck 2, Febey 2, Normington 2, Beveridge 2, Ward-Ambler 1, Hewitson 1, Taglieri 1
Best - Peck, Normington, Minchington


Age - 30/03/1987
Age - 03/04/1987
Football Record R2 1987

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