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Round 5 1921

Round 5, 1921
St. Kilda vs Melbourne
Saturday 6 June
Venue: Junction Oval
Attendance: 20,000

1st2nd3rdFinal
St. Kilda0.25.97.1012.18.90
Melbourne3.74.79.913.12.90
Match Statistics


Match Drawn

Goalkickers: Harry Harker 3, George Haines 3, Percy Tulloh 3, John Lord 2, Bill Allen 1, Jack House 1

Milestones:
Nil

After notching up their first win of the year with a shock one point victory over South Melbourne, Melbourne were involved in another surprise result when they notched their second draw of the first four matches of the year.

Melbourne started with a slight wind advantage and jumped out to a handy lead in the King's Birthday clash, but with ten scoring shots in the first term and the chance to put their opponents away they were wasteful with 3.7. They'd barely allowed the home side to cross the centre line in the first quarter, but by half-time St Kilda had a lead of eight points.

Neither side impressed throughout the match, which was described by The Argus as "the worst League game of the season" but it was saved by an exciting finish where either team could have won it. Melbourne were the better side in the third quarter, finally breaking through St Kilda's lines after the Seasiders had held firm in the opening minutes of the term and retaking a lead of 11 points.

With ten minutes to go the Reds were two goals behind and looked done for, but they rallied and took the lead through a Haines goal but with the last kicked of the kick St Kilda equalised.

Farrow was best on ground while Allan, Wilson, Thomas and Lethlean were also amongst the best. George Haines was down on his best after suffering a blow to the nose early but still put in a creditable performance.

St Kilda later put in a protest against the result, claiming that a point was wrongly credited to Melbourne. Both goal umpires had the score as tied and the protest was dismissed.

The four week gap between the two draws remains Melbourne's shortest in VFL/AFL history.

Lists
Draws

Seconds
St Kilda 7.9.51 d. Melbourne 6.8.44

Notes
Newspapers do not mention Melbourne being two goals behind with 10 minutes to play, suggesting they were five behind with 13 to play.

Media
Argus - 07/06/1921
Football Record 1921

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