Round 6, 1915
St. Kilda vs Melbourne
Saturday 29 May
Venue: Junction Oval
Melbourne win by 24 points
Goalkickers: Roy Park 4, Harry Brereton 2, Jack McKenzie 2, Tim Collins 1, Alex Fraser 1, Johnny Hassett 1, Jack Huntington 1, Bill McKenzie 1
After two disappointing losses in a row, the Reds were expected to crash to another defeat against one of the league's best sides but came out of the Junction Oval with a shock victory.
The previous year St Kilda had registered their highest score against the hapless Fuschias, but this week the visitors mastered the wind beside the sea to spring the surprise of the day and register the highest score of the round.
St Kilda had the wind in the first quarter but failed to use it appropriately, only taking a slight lead into quarter time. Melbourne played an extra man back and still managed to kick two goals of their own, and took over in the second quarter to kick 7.3 to 1.3 thanks to long kicking, clever handball and quick running.
In the third quarter the home side used the wind much better than they had in the first, and though Melbourne's defence remained strong they were behind by four points at the last change.
With most of the scoring having been done to one end of the ground Melbourne should have run away with victory, but after they'd failed to take advantage of a similar situation against Carlton there was no guarantee that they would do better. The supporters needn't have worried, they booted six goals and ran out comfortable victors to get their season back on track.
St Kilda had been handicapped throughout the day by the inability of their forwards to convert numerous chances generated by the midfield. By half time, they'd lost their lead and were almost four goals behind, but with the breeze in the third quarter they struck back, taking a four point lead into the final term before Melbourne ran over the top of them in the second half of the quarter.
The standard of umpiring was a hot topic, and The Argus said Interference by the umpire for technical breaches of the rules was so frequent that players became exasperated and bewildered. They interpreted the rules in their own way, and on one occasion threatened to get out of hand
McKenzie was Melbourne's best in their first win at St Kilda since 1912. The entire Melbourne forward line was in form, while Brake and George were amongst the best in the midfield. Hassett was also notable as rover.
In what would be his last game before departing for the war, and ultimately losing his life, Percy Rodriguez suffered a heavy knock in a collision. Bill McKenzie was also hurt during the game, sparking a melee where one Melbourne player is said to have ran wild and downed men in all directions.
Argus - 31/05/1915
Football Record 1915