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Carlton defeated Collingwood by 2 points in a classic encounter at Princes Park.

Round 7, 1915

Carlton 2.4 16 4.5 29 9.7 61 11.9 75
Collingwood 2.2 14 6.4 40 7.10 52 10.13 73
Venue: Princes Park Date: Monday June 7, 1915
Result: Win by 2 points Umpire: Norden Crowd: 30,000
Goalkickers: H.Burleigh 3, V.Gardiner 2, G.Calwell 1, P.Daykin 1, C.Hammond 1, H.Haughton 1, A.Sharp 1, V.Valentine 1.
Best: A.Baud, B.Dick, G.Challis, C.Hammond, H.Burleigh, V.Gardiner, A.Sharpe, V.Vallentine
Reports: Nil Injuries: B.Dick injured finger









Game Review

Since their epic 1910 Grand Final battle, Collingwood and Carlton matches had become the most eagerly-anticipated games of the season, and this one was no exception. Held on the King’s Birthday long weekend at Princes Park, it attracted an enormous crowd of 30,000 spectators, who were treated to a close and skilful exhibition. Carlton eventually won by two points, in a match later described as one of the best games of the war years. One reporter wrote; ‘the marking was quite out of the ordinary, the pace something to marvel at, and the kicking, passing, grit and lasting power a glorious sight to see. It was as even and as brilliant a contest as could possibly be seen.’

Carlton’s win over the ladder-leading Magpies was their third in a row, lifting the Blues to equal second on the ladder with Fitzroy, just a meagre 2 points away from top spot. George Challis (destined to fall in France some 13 months later) played a magnificent game, generally regarded as the best of his career. His performance helped offset the efforts of star Magpie full-forward Dick Lee, who bagged 9 goals.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 3rd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 112.3.

Footnote

Around 3pm a pack of officials gathered at the centre of the ground as the ground staff had forgotton to paint the white circle in the centre of the ground. Carlton secretary J. Clinton with whitewash brush in hand completed the job.

The Winner sporting newspaper said of debutant Billy Robinson; "Robinson half back flank did exceptionally well for a beginner and promises to develop into a very fine player."

Magpie Lee

"Carlton performed a kind and thoughtful deed when they presented "Dick" Lee with the ball which he had steered nine times through the Blues' goal posts on King's Birthday.
A silver shield had the following inscription: -
'Carlton Football Club presents to R. Lee this ball to commemorate the unique feat of kicking nine goals against Carlton. 7/6/15.'
The presentation was much appreciated by the Collingwood Club."
(Punch, June 17 1915 p42)
Lee kicked the first 7 goals, Kerley the eighth, and Lee the ninth and tenth.

Team


B: 3 Andy McDonald 7 Ernie Jamieson 6 Steve Leehane
HB: 24 Billy Robinson 1 Billy Dick (c) 18 Alf Baud (vc)
C: 20 Jimmy Morris 11 Rod McGregor 9 Ted Brown
HF: 12 George Challis 5 Harry Haughton 2 Percy Daykin
F: 21 Herb Burleigh 13 Vin Gardiner 14 Athol Sharp
Ruck: 16 Charlie Hammond 19 George Calwell 4 Viv Valentine
Coach: Norman Clark


Milestones

Debut: Billy Robinson


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