Carlton was too good for Melbourne by 31 points at the MCG

Round 2, 1953

Venue: M.C.G.Date: Saturday May 2, 1953
Result: Win by 31 pointsUmpire: McMurrayCrowd: 30,325
Goalkickers: J.Spencer 3, D.Beasy 3, J.Howell 2, M.Wenn 1, T.Walsh 1, J.Mills 1, B.Milroy 1, R.Robertson 1.
Reports: Injuries: Bruce Comben (strained shoulder) replaced by Harry Sullivan last quarter. Bill Milroy (bruised thigh) replaced by Noel Evans last quarter. John James (ankle) replaced in selected side by Ron Robertson.

Game Review

After an even first term, the Blues piled on six goals to one in the second quarter. From then on Carlton kept the Demons at bay, and ran out easy winners. The margin boosted Carlton's percentage, and lifted us to third on the ladder behind Geelong and North Melbourne.

The Blues' centre line of Laurie Kerr, Keith Warburton, and Max Thomas dominated the match.

"Carlton's forwards led intelligently, and made good use of short passing, combined with good backing-up and handball." Ruckmen Jack Howell and Ken Hands with rover Jack Mills constantly beat their opponents and provided the Blues with many opportunities. "Brilliant Carlton centreman Keith Warburton, with his spectactular marking and accurate passing, initiated most of his team's scoring moves. He was best afield against Melbourne."


Warburton, Hands, Thomas, Beasy, Kerr, Spencer, Mills, Dern, Brown


B: 15 Bruce Comben 6 Harry Dern 31 Brian Molony
HB: 16 John Brown 14 Vin English 4 Doug Guy
C: 34 A. Max Thomas 7 Keith Warburton 11 Laurie Kerr
HF: 21 Ron Robertson 18 Max Wenn 17 Doug Beasy
F: 2 Bill Milroy 12 Tony Walsh 32 Jack Spencer
Ruck: 13 Jack Howell (vc) 1 Ken Hands (c) 9 Jack Mills
Res: 3 Harry Sullivan 29 Noel Evans
Coach: Percy Bentley


Debut and only game: Noel Evans


Noel O'Brien who was denied a clearance by Echuca to Carlton this year, booted a record equalling 13 goals against Kyneton.

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