|Venue: Corio Oval||Date: Saturday August 25, 1934|
|Result: Lose by 25 points||Umpire: McMurray||Crowd: 18,500|
|Goalkickers: A.Clarke 2, M.Crisp 2, T.Pollock 2, H.Bullen 1, J.Cashman 1, M.Johnson 1, K.Shea 1.|
|Best: A. Clarke, M. Crisp, M. Johnson, D. Arrell, H. Bullen, J. Hale|
Game ReviewA dazzling first quarter from Geelong left the Blues down by 44 points at quarter time and effectively finished Carlton’s chances of making the finals. Although outscoring Geelong for the rest of the game and trying hard, Carlton could not bridge the gap and went down by 25 points.
Three changes were made on Thursday night. Soapy Vallence and Joe Kelly were both unwell and were left out and Bernie Treweek was omitted. Jack Hale’s hand had healed and Jim Park had recovered from his ankle injury. George Dougherty was named 19th man. Both Frank Gill (flu) and Fred Gilby (ankle) would miss again.
Geelong won the toss and kicked to the southern end with the aid of a strong breeze. Carlton was into attack first but Geelong’s defence repelled and sent the ball forward, resulting in a minor score for the cats. Players from both sides were having trouble judging the ball early due to the wind but Geelong settled into a direct style of play and kicked two goals in as many minutes, both from fine marks. Johnson, De Luca and Francis fended off two attacks, before another attack through a chain of passes brought up a behind to Geelong. More attacks, this time from long kicks at goal saw the Cats kick another two goals. Carlton could not get into the game and were scoreless at this stage, down by 32 points. Johnson and Hale were working hard across the defence but the strong wind was making their work difficult. An intercepted pass near full forward brought up Geelong’s fifth goal and another soon after had the Kardinia park crowd in raptures. Finally, Carlton scored; a behind from Pollock following a good passage of play to trail by 44 points. Huxtable, Green, Johnson and Ron Cooper had been prominent but all Carlton players would have welcomed the quarter time bell.
Carlton’s first goal came from the bounce without a Geelong player touching the ball when Crisp eluded his opponent and scored but another thrust by Arrell was easily repelled. Geelong’s work against the wind was better than Carlton’s play in the first term. They were stronger, faster, winning the aerial battles and in defence and were displaying great teamwork. A clever snap resulted in their seventh goal. Carlton was not making good use of the wind, with most forwards not playing well and a congested forward line stymieing several promising moves. Clarke, good so far, dashed through a pack and kicked from a long way out to bring up Carlton’s second goal. Geelong answered quickly, their eighth goal coming from a snap at the sticks. Better play resulted in Pollock marking well and kicking truly for goal number three. Clarke was involved in most Carlton attacks and from one of these, Johnson passed to Cashman who marked nicely and kicked Carlton’s fourth goal, leaving the deficit 29 points at the main break.
Both sides realized that the game was to be won or lost in this term and applied pace, pressure and vigour into an already fine game. Arrell was playing well in the centre and the Blues were winning in the ruck and now running two rovers together. By contrast, Geelong were using the flanks well. Shea, very quiet, featured in an attack but Geelong’s tight defence repelled easily. Carlton was fighting desperately hard to stay in the hunt, but Geelong’s relentless attacking kept the Blues at bay. A minor score to Geelong preceded a great passage from Johnson, bursting fearlessly through a pack and goaling. Although playing their best football thus far in the game, Carlton could not prevent two more Geelong goals, both coming from very good play. But the Blues weren’t done with and showed some brilliance of their own with three goals in a five minute burst of clever handball and teamwork to bring the scores closer; the goalkickers being Johnson, Bullen and Shea. Carlton was creating and using a loose man well and Cashman was doing well in the ruck. Undoing some of that work, a late goal to Geelong made the difference 27 points at ¾ time.
It was noticeable that the wind had slackened considerably late in the third term and would not assist Carlton in the last quarter. An opening snapped goal from Geelong was immediately answered by Crisp, scoring his second and Carlton’s ninth goal. For a period, the ball stayed between the half back lines as each side attacked and was repulsed in turn. Shea and Clarke scored a behind each, but Geelong finally broke through and goaled to just about seal the game. Undeterred, Carlton swept forward and Clarke, excellent all day in his 100th game, goaled to make the deficit 25 points. The Blues were finishing strongly, but the powerful Geelong defence was proving very hard to penetrate and the Cats held that margin until the final bell. Geelong had been too well balanced all day despite a desperate Carlton challenge.
This loss left Carlton two and a half games and five percentage points outside the four. Playing finals was still mathematically possible but would rely on Carlton winning their last three games and Collingwood losing their last three by good margins.
Footnote. Football has always evolved. Interestingly, the Age reported on the Monday after the game that league delegates at their next meeting would be discussing the introduction of a final five (something which didn’t happen until 1972, 38 years later) to create more interest. They were also to discuss the lopsided draw, something which plagues the game to this day.
|B:||5 Keith Dunn||26 Jim Park||20 Alby De Luca|
|HB:||9 Eric Huxtable||10 Jim Francis||11 Jack Hale|
|C:||32 Bob Green||2 Dave Arrell||27 Terry Ogden|
|HF:||8 Keith Shea||1 Frank Anderson||12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp|
|F:||16 Ted Pollock||4 Jack Cashman (acting vc)||31 Ansell Clarke|
|Ruck:||29 Horrie Bullen||15 Maurie Johnson (c)||19 Ron Cooper|
|19th Man:||35 George Dougherty|
Milestone100th Game Ansell Clarke
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