Round 3 1996

Round 3, 1996
Melbourne vs St. Kilda
Sunday 14 April
Venue: Princes Park
Attendance: 11,881

St. Kilda3.46.89.813.10.88
Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 10 points

Goalkickers: Craig Nettelbeck 4, Shaun Smith 3, Alastair Clarkson 2, Marcus Seecamp 2, Jeff Hilton 1, Andrew Obst 1, Todd Viney 1

Brownlow Votes:
3 - Andrew Obst
2 - Todd Viney

200 Games
Brett Lovett

After two thumping losses the Demons went in at long odds in without their injured captain in the first clash ever between the two sides at Princes Park but pulled off a stirring victory.

St Kilda hadn't won a game for the season either, but they were favoured simply because they hadn't lost by an average of over 20 goals two weeks in a row.

There was some suggestion that the match would have to be moved to Waverley as construction work was continuing at Optus Oval, but Melbourne made it clear that they preferred to stay at Princes Park no matter what and they were rewarded with victory.

After a week of criticism that they were too slow the Demons responded by playing hard at the ball football which helped them unsettle the Saints. Shaun Smith was looking dangerous at full forward, with four shots on goal in the first quarter, before he was stretchered off midway through the second term after suffering a bump.

The Saints almost snatched victory in the last quarter despite losing three players to injury, including Nicky Winmar who hurt his knee.

Best were G. Lovett, Viney and Turley. Jeff Hilton and Marcus Seecamp were reported for wrestling. Hilton was fined $2000 but Seecamp cleared.

As well as Smith Matthew Febey also suffered a concussion, while David Neitz had an eye injury and Glenn Lovett broke his hand. Paul Prymke had already been replaced in the selected side by Andrew Lamprill due to a back injury.

St Kilda 9.9.63 d. Melbourne 7.8.50
Goals - D.Yze 2, Polley 1, Gehling 1, Gaspar 1, Farmer 1, Bradly 1
Best - Irving, Cockatoo-Collins, Davidson


Newspaper lists the attendance as 11,878

"Optus Oval may not be finished" - The Age 04/04/1996
Football Record R4 1996

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