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11 August 1917 | Round 13

  • Fitzroy
  • vs.
  • Collingwood

Brunswick St Oval (Away)

  • 7.3 (45)

    • QT 12.0

    • QT 23.1

    • QT 34.2

    • QT 47.3

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  • 14.17 (101)

    • QT 13.8

    • QT 26.10

    • QT 310.14

    • QT 414.17

Match Report


Collingwood, despite handicaps of slush and rain, played their best game for many a day against Fitzroy. In fact, it is a long time since Fitzroy suffered such an eclipse. The Woodsmen were quicker and surer, better at marking and kicking; in fact, better at everything.

While the team played like a combination of champions there were only half a dozen players in Fitzroy who did themselves justice. The maroons only got the ball up their end three times in the first quarter, and one one of those occasions Wigraf, Parratt and Henny excelled in a passage, with Henney getting the goal. Soon afterwards Parratt scored again, so the average, two goals from three trips forward, was satisfactory. But their general play was not comparable with Collingwood’s exhibition, which yielded 3.8 for the term.

The second quarter was Fitzroy’s best, and it was not until the finishing rushes that the maroons found themselves lost. The Woodsmen scored 3 goals in quick succession, and had 27 points to the good at the long interval.

Collingwood ran away with the play in the third quarter, scoring no less than 4.4 to 1.1 Р10 goals 14 behinds to 4 goals 2 behinds being the scores at three-quarter time. In the final term the majority of the players were on the ball, and it was a  case of goal for goal. Collingwood ran out easy winners, the final scores being: РCOLLINGWOOD 14 goals 17 behinds, FITZROY 7 goals 3 behinds.

Wilson, of Collingwood, was the greatest man on the ground. Anderson, Laxton, Curtis, Drummond and C. Lee were the best of a very fine and fairly even lot. King, Keller, Millen, Freake, McDonald and Lenne were the most conspicuous players for Fitzroy. R. Lee kicked five goals for Collingwood and Freake four for Fitzroy.

1917 ‘COLLINGWOOD BEAT FITZROY.’, The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), 13 August, p. 9, viewed 21 August, 2015,

Team Stats

  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • HO Hit Outs
  • FF Frees For
  • FA Frees Against
  • T Tackles
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