|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday July 8, 1961|
|Result: Win by 32 points||Umpire:||Crowd: 14,636|
|Goalkickers: M.Cross 2, S.Silvagni 2, P.Barry 1, T.Carroll 1, G.Collis 1, J.Heathcote 1, B.Williams 1.|
Already facing an uphill task against third-placed St Kilda, the Blues emerged from a tough week on the training track to face the Saints without their two first-choice ruckmen in Graham Donaldson and John Nicholls - who were both out injured. On a bleak Saturday afternoon in the rain at Princes Park, Maurie Sankey and Max Miers stepped into the breach, and led a committed Carlton combination to a much-needed win.
Although this was Carlton's first victory in six matches, remarkably, the Blues were still in finals contention - sitting eighth, but only four points behind the fourth-placed Saints. Although Tom Carroll kicked only one goal for the game, he remained in second spot on the goal-kicking table with 31 majors - three behind the leader, Doug Wade of Geelong.
Don Nicholls, older brother of future Carlton legend John, played his last game for the Navy Blues on this day.
|B:||15 Bruce Comben||12 Don Nicholls||4 Brian Buckley|
|HB:||32 Vasil Varlamos||14 Bob Crowe||10 John James (acting capt.)|
|C:||37 John Heathcote||9 Berkley Cox||35 Chris Pavlou|
|HF:||19 Ian Collins||17 Gordon Collis||18 Peter Barry|
|F:||26 Max Miers||22 Tom Carroll||23 Martin Cross|
|Ruck:||16 Maurie Sankey||1 Serge Silvagni||7 Bruce Williams|
|Res:||31 John Williams||20 Wes Lofts|
In: D. Nicholls, J. Williams, B. Williams, P. Barry
Out: J. Nicholls, G. Ferry, B. Arch, D. McCulloch
MilestonesLast Game : Don Nicholls
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