|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday August 11, 1956|
|Result: Lose by 5 points||Umpire: Nunn||Crowd: 22,500|
|Goalkickers: J.James 3, K.Clark 1, D.Nicholls 1, J.Sullivan 1, P.Webster 1.|
|Reports:||Injuries: R.Ousely (cramp) replaced by K.Hamilton last quarter. B. Comben (cut over the eye and concussion).|
Carlton, needing to win to make the Four, were terribly off-target and eventually lost this game by a slender 5 points. Bad kicking is bad football. - 100 Years of Australian Rules Football.
Carlton threw away it's chance of winning with appalling goal kicking, 36 shots for only 7 goals. But is was not only the scoring that lost the game, the Blues slipped back to their comical handpassing and short game play of early in the season. Only in the last quarter did Carlton show any of it's recent good form. That was mainly down to one footballer, Johnny James who was magnificent all day. James played at centre half back in the first half an kept his opponent, Poulter, almost kickless. After half time he was switched to centre half forward where he kicked three goals off his own boot. However, the move left his early opponent Poulter off the leash and he kicked four straight in the second half to win the game for the Tigers.
After the game Bruce Comben was in a daze, he had played almost the entire game concussed and was unware of what was happening around him during the game.
He was one of the few Blues to show any fight.
Best; James, Comben, Milroy, Sullivan, Berner, Holt.
Scorers; James 3.4, Clarke 1.2, Sullivan 1.1, Webster 1.0, Nicholls 1.0, Ousley 0.4, Mills 0.4, Beasy 0.2, Hands 0.1, Kerr 0.1, Berner 0.1, rushed 4. (in addition 5 attempts failed to score.)
|B:||15 Bruce Comben||25 George Ferry||14 Vin English|
|HB:||19 Denis Zeunert||10 John James||27 Colin Holt|
|C:||20 Leon Berner||12 Don Nicholls||23 John Chick|
|HF:||11 Laurie Kerr (vc)||3 Peter Webster||17 Doug Beasy|
|F:||16 Kevin Clarke||33 Ross Ousley||30 Jack Sullivan|
|Ruck:||1 Ken Hands (c)||2 Bill Milroy||9 Jack Mills|
|Res:||35 Brian Buckley||5 Kevan Hamilton|
To read The Argus report click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71651419
Last game: Kevan Hamilton
Club Milestone: Carlton's League Game no. 1100
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