Future captain Ern Henfry became a Blue, and Carlton celebrated by hammering Geelong by 106 points at Princes Park.

Round 17, 1944

Carlton 5.9 39 9.12 66 20.18 138 23.28 166
Geelong 2.2 14 5.6 36 6.7 43 8.12 60
Venue: Princes Park
Date: Saturday 26 August 1944
Result: Won by 106 points
Crowd: 7,000
Goalkickers: A.Way 5, M.Price 4, C.McInnes 4, J.Wrout 3, J.Conley 3, P.Schmidt 3, R.Savage 1.
Umpire: Stan Morgan

Game Review

On this auspicious Saturday afternoon in the midst of World War II, future Carlton Premiership captain Ern Henfry played his first game for the Navy Blues, and starred in a record-breaking demolition of Geelong by 106 points at Princes Park.

Considered a future champion in his home state of Western Australia, Henfry was based in Victoria at this time, and training with the RAAF. His home club, the Perth Royals, had granted Carlton two match permits, and his slashing display in the centre in this game made the Blues even more determined to get him.

In a remarkable debut, Henfry roamed far and wide across the centre of the ground, and his strong marking and crisp disposal with both feet constantly set up scoring opportunities. Chief beneficiary was Blues' centre half-forward Alex Way, who kicked five goals amid an even spread of scorers for the Blues.

After this game, Carlton sat in equal third place on the ladder, two points clear of fifth-placed Footscray, and with a better percentage. The Bulldogs were the Blues’ next assignment.


B: 9 Bob Atkinson (c) 1 Frank Anderson 14 Rod McLean
HB: 25 Mac Wilson 6 Bob Chitty 18 Arthur Sanger
C: 8 Fred Fitzgibbon 5 Ern Henfry 12 Doug Williams
HF: 35 Jack Conley 4 Alex Way 31 Charlie McInnes
F: 21 Paul Schmidt 28 Jack Wrout 30 Mick Price (vc)
Ruck: 24 Ron Savage 3 Jack Bennett 16 Jim Mooring
19th Man: 22 Les Gregory
Coach: Percy Bentley


100 Games: Rod McLean
Debuts: Ern Henfry and Les Gregory
Last Game: Mac Wilson
Score Records: This remains Carlton's highest ever score against the Cats
Score Records: This is Carlton's second-highest third quarter score in the VFL / AFL

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