Keith Warburton starred on debut, as Carlton defeated Hawthorn by 30 points at Princes Park.

Round 1, 1951

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday April 21, 1951
Result: Win by 30 pointsUmpire: BarbourCrowd: 13,000
Goalkickers: K.Warburton 7, B.Comben 2, J.Mills 2, J.Baird 1, F.Davies 1.
Best: Warburton, Deacon, Grieve, English, Hands, Comben.
Reports: Injuries: F. Stafford replaced J. Brown (rib) in the last quarter.

Game Review

This game featured a brilliant debut from 21 year-old Carlton recruit Keith Warburton, whose spectacular marking and accurate shooting for goal at full-forward produced seven goals. Future club Best and Fairest Doug Beasy also began his senior career this day, while champion full-back Ollie Grieve celebrated game number 100 for his beloved Navy Blues.

Hawthorn had finished dead last and winless in 1950, but they had recruited extensively in the off-season and were confident of stretching the home side. However, Carlton’s aerial dominance and accuracy in front of goal proved too much for the visitors, who were beaten by 30 points in front of a disappointingly small crowd. The Blues sat third on the ladder with a percentage of 152.6 after this solid start, behind Collingwood and Geelong. Fitzroy were fourth, and Warburton shared top spot on the goal-kicking table with Essendon star John Coleman.


B: 33 Ritchie Green 27 Ollie Grieve 19 Don Calder
HB: 16 John Brown 23 Bert Deacon 26 Jim Clark
C: 8 Arthur Hodgson 6 Ern Henfry (c) 11 Laurie Kerr
HF: 17 Doug Beasy 14 Vin English 25 Jim Baird
F: 28 Fred Davies 7 Keith Warburton 15 Bruce Comben
Ruck: 1 Ken Hands (vc) 24 Harry Caspar 9 Jack Mills
Res: 34 Bernie Baxter 10 Fred Stafford
Coach: Percy Bentley


IN: B.Deacon, B.Baxter, B.Comben, D.Calder, D.Beasy, K.Warburton
OUT: K.Baxter, D.Williams, J.Conley, R.Garby, B.Huntington, H.Sullivan


Debut: Doug Beasy, Keith Warburton
100 Games: Ollie Grieve

1951 | Round 2
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