Round 4 1989

Round 4, 1989
Melbourne vs Brisbane Bears
Saturday 22 April
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 17,560

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 26 points

Goalkickers: Earl Spalding 4, David Flintoff 2, Darren Bennett 1, Tony Campbell 1, Simon Eishold 1, Greg Healy 1, Brett Lovett 1

Brownlow Votes:
3 - Jim Stynes
2 - Earl Spalding

50 Games
Earl Spalding

Melbourne struggled over the line against the Bears and got the four points, but the result gave no indication of whether or not they were going to contend again in 1989

After the game John Northey claimed the Bears had "dragged" his side "down to their level", but for the second year in a row on a Friday night his team had almost lost to the lowly Queenslanders and he was ropeable. "All aspects of the game were pathetic" he said, "the boys did not take any authority".

Luckily the Bears were abysmal after quarter time. A shock lead at the first break was followed by the failure of their forward line and a single goal in each of the second and third quarters. The dominance of Jim Stynes and Earl Spalding helped the Demons kick away, and while they were never truly out of the danger the Bears inability to score cost them any chance of victory. Spalding even kicked straight, registering 4.1 and Danny Hughes kept Warwick Capper goalless at the other end.

Best were Spalding, Stynes and Johnson


Brisbane 19.14.128 d. Melbourne 10.12.72
Goals: T. Viney 2, Atkins 2, Keipert 2, G. Lovett 1, Dean 1, Rennie 1, Tingay 1
Best: T. Viney, Tingay, G. Lovett, Ahern, M. Febey.

Under 19s
Footscray 22.13.145 d. Melbourne 7.6.48
Goals: Ford 3, Partington 1, Fanning 1, Howat 1, Bourke 1
Best: Lance, Marshall, Howat

Age - 22/04/1989
Canberra Times - 23/04/1989
Football Record R5 1989

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Friday 03 December 2021 09:46:01 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 10)

Donate to Demonwiki


Google Search