Round 12, 1961         This was a much-needed win for Carlton, by 32 points over St Kilda at Princes Park.

Round 12, 1961

St Kilda0.441.8141.9153.1230
Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday July 8, 1961
Result: Win by 32 pointsUmpire: Crowd: 14,636
Goalkickers: M.Cross 2, S.Silvagni 2, P.Barry 1, T.Carroll 1, G.Collis 1, J.Heathcote 1, B.Williams 1.
Reports: Injuries:

Game Review

Already facing an uphill task against third-placed St Kilda, the Blues emerged from a tough week on the training track to face the Saints without their two first-choice ruckmen in Graham Donaldson and John Nicholls - who were both out injured. On a bleak Saturday afternoon in the rain at Princes Park, Maurie Sankey and Max Miers stepped into the breach, and led a committed Carlton combination to a much-needed win.

Although this was Carlton's first victory in six matches, remarkably, the Blues were still in finals contention - sitting eighth, but only four points behind the fourth-placed Saints. Although Tom Carroll kicked only one goal for the game, he remained in second spot on the goal-kicking table with 31 majors - three behind the leader, Doug Wade of Geelong.

Don Nicholls, older brother of future Carlton legend John, played his last game for the Navy Blues on this day.


B: 15 Bruce Comben 12 Don Nicholls 4 Brian Buckley
HB: 32 Vasil Varlamos 14 Bob Crowe 10 John James (acting capt.)
C: 37 John Heathcote 9 Berkley Cox 35 Chris Pavlou
HF: 19 Ian Collins 17 Gordon Collis 18 Peter Barry
F: 26 Max Miers 22 Tom Carroll 23 Martin Cross
Ruck: 16 Maurie Sankey 1 Serge Silvagni 7 Bruce Williams
Res: 31 John Williams 20 Wes Lofts
Coach: Ken Hands

In: D. Nicholls, J. Williams, B. Williams, P. Barry
Out: J. Nicholls, G. Ferry, B. Arch, D. McCulloch


Last Game : Don Nicholls

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