|Venue: Corio Oval||Date: Saturday August 8, 1908|
|Result: Won by 10 points||Umpire: Coombes||Crowd:|
|Goalkickers: H.Kelly 3, G.Topping 2, E.Kelly 1.|
|Reports:||Injuries: D.Gillespie (sprained ankle) left field in second quarter|
Game ReviewA week of dry, relatively warm weather leading up to round 16 saw most games played in near-perfect conditions – except this match at Corio Oval, where a cloudburst in the hours before the Geelong-Carlton game ruined it as a spectacle. The home side made five changes to the team well-beaten by St Kilda at its previous start, while the Blues made just one; including small forward George Topping in place of injured wingman George Bruce.
In a swirling wind and continuous drizzle, skilful play was near impossible. Carlton had the edge in size and strength, but the Pivotonians rose to the challenge of playing the ladder-leaders and would not be intimidated. Furthermore, Carlton’s dominance around the ground was squandered by erratic kicking for goal, and at three-quarter time Geelong’s better accuracy gave them a slender lead of 4.8 (32) to 3.12 (30).
However, great teams always find a way to win, and this Carlton combination is still rightfully regarded as one of the best ever. Once again, they summoned the will and the skill, kicking three goals straight in the last stanza to Geelong’s 1.2, and claimed victory by 10 points. Harvey Kelly booted 3 goals for Carlton, and Topping contributed 2.
There were high scores at most of the other grounds, highlighted by Essendon’s huge win over Melbourne, and Collingwood’s redemptive victory over St Kilda to put the Magpies right back into finals contention. With two matches to go in the regular season, the top two sides in Carlton and Essendon were certain finalists, while St Kilda, South Melbourne, Collingwood, Melbourne and University remained in contention for the other two places.
|B:||Norman Clark||Doug Gillespie||Les Beck|
|HB:||Martin Gotz||Billy Payne||Fred Jinks (acting capt.)|
|C:||Ted Kennedy||Rod McGregor||Alby Ingleman|
|HF:||Arthur Ford||Harvey Kelly||Andy Pattison|
|F:||George Topping||Vin Gardiner||Ernie Kelly|
|Ruck:||George S Johnson||Charlie Hammond||Alex Lang|
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