Carlton blew a 20-point lead to fall to Melbourne by 1 point at Princes Park.

Round 18, 1961

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday August 26, 1961
Result: Loss by 1 pointUmpire: Crowd: 21,863
Goalkickers: T.Carroll 5, G.Collis 3, S.Silvagni 2, B.Buckley 1, G.Gilchrist 1, J.Nicholls 1.
Reports: Injuries:

Game Review

Carlton captain Graham Donaldson won the toss, and kicked with the aid of a strong breeze to the Lygon Street end of Princes Park in this game, allowing the Blues to set up a 20-point advantage at the last change. But the wind freshened further as the last quarter began, and the Demons overhauled a spent Carlton in the last few minutes to win by one point.

Afterwards, Carlton farewelled two stalwarts; George Ferry and Graham Gilchrist, as well as handy wingman Barry Bryant.

It was a disappointing end to the season - although first-year full-forward Tom Carroll welcomed his cousin Jim into Carlton's team, before booting another haul of 5 goals. Tom's tally of 54 for the year edged out Geelong's Doug Wade by three, and clinched the VFL top goal-kicker award for the exciting recruit from Ganmain, NSW.

A few days later, brilliant defender Johnny James lifted Carlton's spirits further when he was a deserving winner of the game's highest individual honour; the Brownlow Medal.


B: 10 John James (acting vc) 25 George Ferry 4 Brian Buckley
HB: 32 Vasil Varlamos 20 Wes Lofts 9 Berkley Cox
C: 11 Barry Bryant 28 Graham Gilchrist 30 Murray Kick
HF: 19 Ian Collins 17 Gordon Collis 18 Peter Barry
F: 1 Serge Silvagni 22 Tom Carroll 23 Martin Cross
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (acting capt.) 31 John Williams 37 John Heathcote
Res: 42 Jim Carroll 8 John Benetti
Coach: Ken Hands

In: B. Buckley, B. Cox, J. Carroll
Out: B. Arch, B. Crowe, B. Holcombe


Debut: Jim Carroll
Last games: George Ferry, Graham Gilchrist and Barry Bryant.

Round 17 | 1962
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