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BY OLD BOY.
At Collingwood during the first hour the game was a fine one, the Geelong men quite holding their own despite the absense of Flynn, M’Callum and M’Kenzie. Just before half-time, however, Coles, who was playing a magnificent game for Geelong, met with an accident and broke a small bone in his right arm, and, having to retire, left Geelong minus a good man.
Only four points separated the teams at the adjournment, but Collingwood in three minutes put on two goals. A. Leach and Pannam, and though Palmer immediately kicked one for Geelong, the Magpies had all the best of it, and put on two more goals (Tullock and Rowell), and led by 27 points at the final change.
Collingwood romped over the visitors in the final quarter, adding five goals (Incoll, Hailwood, Tulloch, Rowell 2) and five behinds to one behind. Please umpired well, and the crowd of 10,000 eople enjoyed the first half of the game immensely.
Rowell was the best man on either side, his play being superb and his kicking very good. He kicked three goals, one especially being a beautiful shot. His fairness all day was unquestioned, and his pace and judgement excellent. Pannam, on the wing, was at his best, E. Lockwood better than he was ever been and A. Leach (half-forward) always strong and sure. Boyack, Tulloch, Morgan and Fell exchanged in forward and ruck work, and all did well. Hailwood was invincible after half-time , and Monahan also showed his best after the interval, E. Leach, Proudfoot, Dummett (back), and M’Cormack (half-back) were also useful and bust all day.
Coles was easily first on the Geelong side until his accident, his ruck work, hitting the ball out, and marking and kicking being only second to those of Rowell. He kept Hailwood well in check. Bailiff beat Martin on the wing, and Bowey (centre) did some clever things. Newling was hard-working and dashing half-back, where Donaghy and Reid also did well. Burns, who was playing senior football 21 years ago, when most of the present-day players were children in arms, was sure and brilliant back, and Batty – not the Batty who represents Geelong on the league – a little fellow from the juniors, Holland (wing), Davey (half-forward and ruck), Rankin and Mahony (roving and forward), Young, who played a hard game up to half-time, and Bennion, who worked assiduously, were all noticeable.
1902 ‘FOOTBALL.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 19 May, p. 9, viewed 29 July, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9059398