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Semi Final, 1943         Carlton lost to Fitzroy by 51 points at Princes Park.

Semi Final, 1943

Carlton 3.2 20 3.4 22 4.9 33 5.13 43
Fitzroy 5.3 33 7.9 51 12.10 82 13.16 94
Venue: Princes Park
Date: Saturday 4 September 1943
Result: Lose by 51 points
Crowd: 39,874
Goalkickers: J.Wrout 2, J.Bennett 2, M.Price 1.
Reports: Fred Fitzgibbon (attempting to strike Keith Stackpole) - 2 Matches.
Umpire: Hawkins.
Injuries: Chitty (broken nose).
Best: G.Gneil, R.Savage, B.Chitty, M.Price, T.Tuohill, F.Fitzgibbon, J.Howell, J.Clark.

Game Review

Carlton entered the game with injury problems, and both teams lined up with plenty of servicemen in their teams. Fitzroy had beaten Carlton by 15 points in round 16 and started the match as clear favourites. The teams had kicked 3.2 apiece halfway through the first term, but then Fitzroy started to pull away - having the better of the second half of the first quarter and all of the second term to lead by 29 points at half time.

Despite Carlton showing good intensity at the commencement of the second half, Fitzroy's defence was too strong and they controlled the game, with Stawell Gift winner Jack Grant kicking five goals for the Gorillas from at full-forward. Fred Fitzgibbon revealed his volatility in big matches (which would emerge spectacularly in 1945) when he and Keith Stackpole Snr found themselves outed for 2 games apiece for attempting to strike each other. Stackpole's son Keith Jnr was later a star player for the Carlton cricket club (as well as Australia, Victoria and Collingwood).

Team


B: 32 Bob Green 12 George Gniel 5 Ted Tuohill
HB: 27 Mac Wilson 15 Vin Brown 26 Jim Clark
C: 11 Ron Hines 6 Bob Chitty 8 Fred Fitzgibbon
HF: 31 Charlie McInnes 28 Jack Wrout 7 Tom Dillon
F: 13 Jack Howell 17 Jim Baird 30 Albert 'Mick' Price (vc)
Ruck: 24 Ron Savage 3 Jack Bennett 16 Jim Mooring (acting capt.)
19th Man: 22 Ron Boys
Coach: Percy Bentley


Milestones

Last game (Carlton): George Gniel, who returned to Geelong in 1944 when they re-entered the competition.


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