Round 16 1926

Round 16, 1926
Richmond vs Melbourne
Saturday 28 August
Venue: Punt Road
Attendance: 15,000

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 26 points

Goalkickers: Harry Moyes 6, Stan Wittman 3, Dave Duff 2, Robert C Johnson 1, Ivor Warne-Smith 1


Despite their finals spot being all but sewn up, Melbourne had lost to top of the table Collingwood a week earlier and went across Yarra Park looking to get on a good run of form going into September with a win over their nearest neighbours.

They had been disappointing the previous Saturday, but reaffirmed themselves as premiership contenders with the highest score they'd kicked at the Richmond ground to that point. It was a second milestone for the year after kicking their highest score ever against the Tigers in their first meeting for the season.

Melbourne's improved form compared to the Collingwood match was helped by the introduction of Tymms and Collins from the Seconds amongst the replacements for the injured Mollison, Thomas and Coy. Tymms was one of the best on ground playing in defence and Collins also a valuable contributor.

It was not a high standard game, with scrambling and congested play featuring elbowing, tripping and a player knocked out with an uppercut. High marking saved the game for neutral spectators, but the two sides kicked wildly and hopefully throughout the game and failed to demonstrate good football.

Melbourne kicked four goals to three in the first quarter, racking up four in a row before Richmond registered any sort of score but once they did the Tigers dominated the remainder of the quarter.

Neither side scored in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter, until Moyes broke the deadlock. The Tigers soon hit back, but Wittman answered. The two clubs would kick three goals each in the third quarter.

Despite being within range Richmond ended the game with three players disabled. They kicked the first goal of the final term, but lacking fit players they didn't have enough in the tank to mount a comeback.

Tymms, Collins and Wittman were best. The victory left Melbourne in third, a game behind Geelong but with a superior percentage. They remained in front of the challengers for third and fourth by a game and a large percentage break.

Richmond led the free kick count 61 to 40.

Richmond 14.21.106 d. Melbourne 8.14.62
Goals - Davie 7, Unknown 1

Richmond Guardian - 28/08/1926
Argus - 30/08/1926
Richmond Guardian - 04/09/1926
Richmond Guardian - 04/09/1926
Football Record R17 1926
Football Record R12 1927

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