A 4-goal win over Fitzroy at Brunswick Street Oval got the Blues' season off to a bright start.

Round 1, 1963

Venue: Brunswick StDate: Saturday April 20, 1963
Result: Win by 23 pointsUmpire: Robert NunnCrowd: 25,167
Goalkickers: T.Carroll 5, G.Hardie 3, J.Gill 2, I.Collins 1, G.Collis 1, B.Cox 1, J.Nicholls 1.
Best: M.Sankey (BOG), J.Williams, I.Collins, G.Hardie, J.Benetti, T.Carroll, S.Silvagni
Reports: Injuries: J.James (cork thigh) by B.Varlarmos in second quarter. B.Williams (bruised hip) by P.Falconer in last quarter.

Game Review

With our previous season's top goal-kicker; Tom Carroll, in good form, the Blues started the season with this emphatic win over Fitzroy at the Brunswick St. oval.

A dominant second quarter where the Blues outscored the Lions by 40 points set up a match winning lead.
"Tall follower Maurie Sankey was brilliant in the air for Carlton, and his good work was capped off by the grass-cutting passes of rover Bruce Williams. The Blues had a "find" in Leitchville recruit Greg Hardie, who filled the second roving berth with distinction and scored three goals.
At the spearhead, Tom Carroll, marking and leading well, found fine first match form. He kicked four of Carlton's seven goals in the second term. With the rucks and attack and a dominant back line, the Blues had put the "writing on the wall" by posting a 49 point lead at half time.
An angry third-term clash, which followed after Hardie, of Carlton, had been knocked down when marking near goal, was the turning point in Fitzroy's form.
Stung into action, the Lions slammed on three quick goals - two from rover John Bahen - to cut the Blues lead." (Age April 22)
In the final term Fitzroy inspired by it's captain Kevin Murray out scored the Blues 4.5 - 1.1; despite this revival Carlton ran out winners by 23 points.
"Carlton recruit Greg Hardie, 17, got initiated the hard way. Tempers became heated after this incident in which Hardie was sandwiched between Fitzroy players Gary Lazarus and Ian Powell at Fitzroy." (Age photo.)


B: 8 John Benetti 18 Peter Barry 4 Brian Buckley
HB: 10 John James 20 Wes Lofts 14 Bob Crowe
C: 25 John Comben 9 Berkley Cox 30 Murray Kick
HF: 19 Ian Collins 17 Gordon Collis 12 John Gill
F: 16 Maurie Sankey 22 Tom Carroll 15 Greg Hardie
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (c) 1 Serge Silvagni (vc) 7 Bruce Williams
Res: 32 Vasil Varlamos 36 Peter Falconer
Coach: Ken Hands


Debut: John Comben, Greg Hardie

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