I dont remember Sandy playing St Kilda in 1984 which was the first season of Bob Keddies coaching just missed out on the finals that year and premiers in 1985
easty jezza was coach i watched him come out of the rooms at the old grandstand end and he was on crutches think it was 79 or 80
The game I remember most was the one at Sandy and Jezza played in that game as he was CC at St Kilda and Marty Lyons played who had played at Melbourne was on him and beat him on the day
I also remember that Lindsey Fox insisted he have his RR parked in the ground even though he turned up at 1/2 time
South Melbourne played Port Melbourne in a practice match at North Port in 1981 or 1982, i can remember Wayne 'Christmas' Carroll trying to rough up Freddie Cook & coming off second best, courtesy of a few of Fred's teammates.
Clarry, Jezza on crutches would make it 1980 (he left Carlton after the 1979 GF). He started the 1980 pre-season on crutches which meant he missed St Kilda's practice match against the Blues (that would have been a heated affair if he'd played!).
@Billy - sounds like the same game you mentioned... can't believe Fox parked his Rolls there - he wouldn't have got away with that at most other grounds in that era!
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Cheers, Wally - sorry for the belated reply. I've had a dig through the The Age online archive and it turns out it was 1980.
North Melbourne and South Melbourne played each other in a practice game at Wagga that weekend. The South players who didn't make the trip combined with some of their Reserves players to form a 'B' team. They played Port Melbourne at North Port and the Borough won 25.23 (173) to South Melbourne 'B' 17.7 (109) - Fred Cook kicked 9.
The same day Coburg 21.19 (145) defeated North Melbourne 'B' 19.22 (136).
Both games have been added to the list on HardBallGet.net
Gosh, 42 goals in a game, wouldn't happen now, even if it was a practice match
Too true, and how stiff were North that day? They put through 19 goals and still got rolled by 9 points!!!
Round 19, 2015, Port Melbourne v Frankston, 43 goals for the match.
Even back in the '80s a combined tally like that would've been exceptional, but today it's beyond exceptional... it's more like Haley's comet or a rare eclipse!
I'd happily take regular 25-30 goal aggregates anytime over today's lockdown/defensive pressure style of football. And a 43 goal shootout (especially with full forwards on each side kicking a bag)... well that would just be manna from heaven!
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