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26 July 1919 | Round 12

  • Collingwood
  • vs.
  • Geelong

Victoria Park (Home)

  • 12.11 (83)

    • QT 12.5

    • QT 24.5

    • QT 38.6

    • QT 412.11

  • -

  • 4.7 (31)

    • QT 13.2

    • QT 23.6

    • QT 34.7

    • QT 44.7

Match Report


Up to half-time the game between Collingwood and Geelong, at Collingwood, was very even, with Geelong having a good deal the better of the general play, and gave promise of a close and interesting finish. After half time Collingwood, however, changed their game, and, taking complete possession, simply did what they liked, and eventually ran out easy winners.

The first quarter was hard and scrambling, with Geelong excelling in the air and in the ruck. Collingwood got going early, and in the first five minutes Lumsden scored two goal, one with a beautiful dropkick. Ellingsen, who was playing well forward, scored Geelong’s first goal. Towards the end of the quarter, Hagger and Ellingsen scored, giving them a lead of 13 points at quarter time.

In the second quarter Geelong continued their advantage, but the forwards were bunching and kicking badly. The play was fast and open, and Geelong’s change ruck was doing remarkably well. Hughes and Pannam got goals for Collingwood, while Geelong only added 4 behinds, the half time scored being Collingwood, 4 goals 5 behinds, to Geelong’s 3 goals 6 behinds, but on the merits the visitors should have led by at least a couple of goals.

In the second half Collingwood, who had shown little enterprise, changed their game, and, playing with great dash, combined with perfect short passing, left Geelong standing. Curtis, Lee, Lumsden, and Hughes scored goals in quick succession, while Geelong’s only goal was snapped by Reid, and at three-quarter time Collingwood had a winning lead of 23 points.

The last quarter continued to be in favour of Collingwood, who outclassed Geelong in all departments. Early in the term Craven, Geelong’s full back man, twisted his ankle, and had to be assisted off the field, and towards the finish P. Wilson retired with an injured hand. Collingwood added 4 goals, while Geelong failed to score a point. The final result was: – COLLINGWOOD 12 goals 11 behinds (83 points), GEELONG 4 goals 7 behinds (31 points).

For the winners, Hughes, who marked beautifully and hit out well from the ruck, was easily the best, and Lumsden, who received a good deal of assistance from him, roved well and played cleverly forward. P. Wilson and Rankin had some fine battles in the centre, the honours being even. Jore (following and back), Saunders (back), until hurt in a collision with Thomas, F. Wilson, Curtis and C. Lee were the pick of the others. Ellingsen, although he frequently tried to run too far, was Geelong’s best man. Gross (half-back) came through with fine dash. Rankin (centre) and N. and P. Brownless, Sutterby, Marsham, Hagger, Clemenger, and Johns were the best of the others. Reynolds umpire splendidly.

1919 ‘COLLINGWOOD’S SECOND HALF.’, The Argus(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 28 July, p. 7, viewed 24 September, 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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