Semi Final 1937

Semi Final, 1937
Geelong vs Melbourne
Saturday 11 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 47,730

Match Statistics

Geelong win by 12 points

Goalkickers: Percy Beames 4, Jack Mueller 4, Ron Baggott 2, Norm Smith 2, Allan La Fontaine 1, John Lewis 1, Lou Reiffel 1, Keith Truscott 1


Despite drizzling rain before the match, the two sides played the highest scoring final in VFL history at the time. In the end the Cats, who had finished above Melbourne only on percentage, barely come out on top. They started well before Melbourne struck back with a burst of 6.2 in the second quarter, but Geelong steadied to take a handy lead into the second half.

Part of the high scoring could be attributed to the surprise move to play champion centre-half back Jack Mueller forward. He kicked four goals but left a gap in Melbourne's defence. Goals by Mueller and Beames kept Melbourne in it, but Geelong defused many of the Demon attacks and used them to make counter attacks of their own.

After a first half where the two sides had played the match as if it was in dry weather, the third quarter saw the scoring slow down after the Pivot had booted three goals to one to open the term. The Demons were missing Ray Wartman, Maurie Gibb, Lou Reiffel, Frank Roberts and Bert Chandler through injury and they couldn't bridge the gap in a last term when both teams booted six goals. Jack Metherall was the difference for Geelong, kicking eight goals. The margin got as close as 14 points before Geelong struck back with two quick goals.

Best were Buckley, Mueller and Baggott. 19th man Truscott replaced Reiffel, who injured his face running into the goalpost at the start of the last quarter.

Richmond provided support for their neighbours, sending two training staff, a property steward and a doorman to assist.

Weekly Times says Reiffel didn't play after half time due to a shoulder injury from a collision.

Herald - 07/09/1937
Herald - 08/09/1937
Sporting Globe - 08/09/1937
Herald - 10/09/1937
Herald - 10/09/1937
Sporting Globe - 11/09/1937
Argus - 11/09/1937
Weekly Times - 11/09/1937
Herald - 11/09/1937
Canberra Times - 13/09/1937
Sporting Globe - 15/09/1937
Argus - 15/09/1937
Referee - 16/09/1937
Herald - 17/09/1937
Football Record 1937 Finals

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