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Carlton knocked over Geelong by 50 points at Princes Park

Round 1, 1979

Carlton 6.4 40 11.7 73 16.12 108 23.13 151
Geelong 2.1 13 6.4 40 12.6 78 15.11 101
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday April 7, 1979
Result: Win by 50 points Umpires: Peter Cameron & Neville Nash Crowd: 24,771 Receipts: $32,236
Goalkickers: M.Fitzpatrick 4, R.Galt 4, K.Sheldon 3, M.Maclure 2, W.Johnston 2, V.Catoggio 2, P.Francis, P.Jones, D.Collins, B.Armstrong, A.Marcou, P.Pinnell 1.
Best: D.McKay, B.Doull, K.Heath, G.Southby, W.Harmes, A.Jesaulenko, M.Maclure, M.Fitzpatrick
Reports: Injuries:













Game Review

Don't let the round number surprise you - this was actually our second game of the year, for reasons explained here. The Blues crushed the Pussycats, to follow our win against the Bombers the previous week in a perfect start to the season. Mike Fitzpatrick controlled the rucks and kicked 4 goals, while full-forward Rod 'The Ghost' Galt added another four at the top of a pleasing spread of goal scorers.


Carlton have opened the season with faultless form by first defeating Essendon and following with a morale-boosting 50 points victory over Geelong. Geelong were not in the race as Carlton steamrolled ahead with brilliant teamwork, created by handpassing, and also held sway in aerial encounters. - Football Record


''Statistically Speaking
Carlton showed their complete dominance by gaining 78.8% handballs and 13.8% more marks. With 38.4% more scoring shots, this showed the overall dominance in their 50 point win over the Cats. - Ray Young Football Record.''

A team list from the time can be seen here.

Team

B: 37 Wayne Harmes 20 Geoff Southby 18 Kevin Heath
HB: 11 Bruce Doull 43 David McKay 22 Robbert Klomp
C: 15 Phil Pinnell 25 Alex Jesaulenko (cc) 1 Denis Collins
HF: 7 Wayne Johnston 36 Mark Maclure (dvc) 8 Trevor Keogh
F: 5 Ken Sheldon 17 Rod Galt 34 Alex Marcou
Ruck: 3 Mike Fitzpatrick 12 Barry Armstrong 4 Vin Catoggio
Interchange: 28 Peter Jones (vc) 47 Peter Francis
Coach: Alex Jesaulenko


Milestones

50 Goals: Mike Fitzpatrick


Round 3 | Round 2

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