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In Ron Barassi's last match on the field, Carlton defeated Fitzroy by 52 points at Princes Park. John Nicholls then took over as captain.

Round 19, 1968

Carlton 4.3 27 8.10 58 15.12 102 21.17 143
Fitzroy 4.1 25 6.6 42 7.14 56 12.19 91
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday 24 August 1968
Result: Won by 52 points Umpire: Jolley Crowd: 16,123
Goalkickers: Gallagher 7, Kekovich, Robertson, Munari 3, Nicholls, Bennett, Jones, Quirk, Casey 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil
Ladder: 3rd with 14 wins, 5 losses (12 teams) and a percentage of 130.6














Game Review

It was a fast and furious opening with both forward lines on top. Carlton held an edge in the packs where Adrian Gallagher was in brilliant form. Fitzroy full-forward Searl kicked 3 goals in the first quarter and the Carlton fans were calling for Wes Lofts! The Blues had a narrow 2 point lead at the first change.

Carlton added 4-2 to 3-5 in the second quarter and at the long break Carlton were 14 points in front after a very fiery and willing quarter.

Carlton hit their straps in the third quarter and slammed on 7-2 to 1-8 and in the final quarter added another 6-5 to run out easy winners by 52 points in their best showing for weeks.

Best for Carlton were Adrian Gallagher (31 kicks, 2 handballs)) with a brilliant roving display, capping it off with 7 brilliant goals; John Nicholls, Robertson, Bennet, Crane and Silvagni. Fitzroy’s best were Wood, Murphy, Brown and Rhodes.

After this game Ron Barassi retired as a player (although he would return in 1969) and John Nicholls became Carlton's captain. The team's debut player, Gordon Casey, played his only game for Carlton before moving on to play 100+ games for Footscray.

At reserves level both Andy Lukimitis and McLean were reported.

Blueseum footnote: This write-up, and an associated Image Gallery, were donated to the Blueseum through a Supporter Journal.

Team


B: 19 Ian Collins 42 Robert Walls 30 Vin Waite
HB: 31 Ron Barassi (cc) 11 John Goold 41 Ron Auchettl
C: 36 Peter McLean 47 Neil Chandler 6 Garry Crane
HF: 32 Bryan Quirk 12 Bill Bennett 34 Ian Robertson
F: 28 Peter Jones 16 Brian Kekovich 8 Dennis Munari
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (vc) 1 Serge Silvagni 10 Adrian Gallagher
Res: 15 Gordon Casey 21 Barry Gill
Coach: Ron Barassi


Milestones

50 Games: Garry Crane
Debut and only game (Carlton): Gordon Casey
Retirement (although he would return for a game in 1969): Ron Barassi


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