Carlton lost to Fitzroy by 2 points - Brunswick St. The first time in League history that both teams scored more than 100 points.

Round 1, 1924

Venue: Brunswick StDate: Saturday April 26, 1924
Result: Lose by 2 pointsUmpire: PetrieCrowd: 30,000
Goalkickers: H.Clover 6, S.McLatchie 3, P.Kennedy 2, R.Brew 1, J.Davies 1, A.Duncan 1, F.Pringle 1.
Reports: Injuries:

Game Review

A truly remarkable match!

Fitzroy held a commanding 7 goal lead at half time and extended their advantage to a monstrous 66 points with the first 4 goals of the second half. Carlton came storming back and failed to overhaul the shell-shocked Maroons by only 2 points.

This was the first instance in League history of both teams topping the 100 point mark.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 5th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 98.1.

Sudden Brilliancy

"All interest in the game had gone, when suddenly, as though a bolt from the blue, Carlton dashed and dashed again and again, fortified by each effort that was successful, and before the crowd realised the Dark Blues were trouncing the Maroons, who were fighting for dear life for the advantage they held.
Thirty-eight points points behind - ten minutes to go! Two points behind, and a minute still left! The bell rang!
Carlton scored six goals in those few minutes - Clover three, McLatchie two, and Duncan one.
What a stirring finish! It sent home supporters of both teams dizzy with delight, for even is it sweet to win, it is scarcely less so in defeat when a team like Carlton provided such a feast of excitement, fighting hard against the great odds of a big score, rising to the occasion with that never-say-die spirit - the spirit of never being beaten until the last bell has rung.

Carlton A Great Side

Carlton gave one the impression right through that they lacked finish, and Fitzroy were much the better team. But no ordinary team could rise like that against such a powerful team as Fitzroy. This Carlton team is going to be a big proposition under the skilful guidance of P. Parratt, their coach. As a general criticism, Fitzroy were stronger in the ruck, faster to the ball, which they handled better, and picked their men out well. Too many of the Carlton men allowed their opponents to get in front, and their passing was very poor. In fact, the kicking of both teams were very faulty.
Moriarty, of Fitzroy, played a grand game, running finely into position, and showing judgment in anticipating the ball. His score of seven goals was the result of fine football. A little player, Batchelor, playing his first game, did not take long to convince the crowd that Fitzroy has gained a great player in embryo. He is fast, nippy, gets in front of his man, and is very resourceful. Cockram, and Corrigan also did get work for the Maroons.
For Carlton, Clover, who was not well, played grandly, and in the last ten minutes he was outstanding. He kicked six goals, Toole, Wilson, Brew, and Beasy came under my notice."
(Referee 30 April p13)


B: 30 Johnny Davies 33 Jim Watson 6 Bob Wilson
HB: 11 Maurie Beasy 10 Paddy O'Brien (vc) 31 Les Husband
C: 32 Pat Kennedy 15 Charlie Anderson 14 Harry Bell
HF: 4 Fred Pringle 1 Horrie Clover (c) 20 Alex Duncan
F: 26 Ray Brew 23 Hedley Blackmore 21 Stewart McLatchie
Ruck: 22 Harry Toole 5 Rupe Hiskins 3 Jimmy Goonan
Coach: Percy Parratt

Fullback Jim Watson in goal mouth, Paddy O'Brien (10), Les Husband (31) Rupe Hiskins (5)
Note the goal post, could it be padded? Was Fitzroy trialing out padding? The Ballarat League had padding on their posts in 1924.
On the City Oval Ballarat was playing Souths, The Ballarat Star June 10 (p2), match report said, "..... and Page hit the padding of the post."
It would be another 40 plus years before the VFL instructed that goal and behind posts must be padded.
Image: Sporting Globe April 30 p10


Debut and Only Game (Carlton): Charlie Anderson

1924 | Round 2
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