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Carlton defeat North Melbourne by 69 points at Princes Park

Round 1, 1955

Carlton 5.3 33 9.10 64 10.14 74 19.20 134
North Melbourne 6.1 37 7.4 46 8.5 53 10.5 65
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday April 16, 1955
Result: Win by 69 points Umpire: Barbour. Crowd: 25,041 Takings: £1717
Goalkickers: N.O'Brien 4.5, D.Beasy 3.3, P.Aitken 3.0, J.Mills 2.2, K.Warbuton 2.1, J.Cheffers 2.0, G.Burke 1.6, D.Zeunert 1.2, R.Robertson 1.1
Best: D.Beasy (BOG), R.Robertson, K.Hands, J.James, J.Cheffers, L.Kerr.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Webster (bruised thigh) replaced by Warburton at three-quarter time. Milroy (stomach cramps) replaced by Molony fourth quarter.











Game Review

Carlton got off to a great start in Season 1955 with a huge win over tha Kangaroos at home. This 69 point win was off the back of a mammoth 9 goal last quarter which blew the Roos away.

Despite the huge win, Carlton were second on the ladder after Round 1 on percentage from Footscray.

"Carlton outclassed North Melbourne with a dazzling display of lightning-fast, heady football which would have done justice to a premiership prospect in mid season."
The Blues played non-stop classy football from the first bounce. The centre line was on top and provided a lot of drive into attack which the forward line used to full advantage.

Carlton coach Percy Bentley;

"Two factors gave us the win - the workmanlike way the boys went about the game, and our condition, which was outstanding for this time of the season. When they went on with it in the last, I said something I've been wanting to say a long time: "This is our year."

Footnote

Highest winning margin (69 points) against North Melbourne since 1931.
Best score against North Melbourne since 1942.

Team


B: 15 Bruce Comben 25 George Ferry 14 Vin English
HB: 22 Frank Munro 3 Peter Webster 10 John James
C: 23 John Chick 21 Ron Robertson 11 Laurie Kerr
HF: 17 Doug Beasy 32 John Cheffers 19 Denis Zeunert
F: 5 Gerald Burke 26 Noel O'Brien 29 Peter Aitken
Ruck: 2 Bill Milroy (vc) 1 Ken Hands (c) 9 Jack Mills
Res: 31 Brian Molony 7 Keith Warburton
Coach: Percy Bentley

Image

9 year old Bruce Bentley would go on to play his only game for Carlton in Round 9, 1964 Photo: The Age April 18


Milestones

Debuts: Peter Aitken, John Cheffers


1955 | Round 2

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