In Carlton's first VFL match on Anzac Day, the Blues lost to Fitzroy by 7 points at Brunswick Street.

Round 2, 1960

Venue: Brunswick StDate: Monday April 25, 1960
Result: Lose by 7 pointsUmpire: Crowd: 33,815
Goalkickers: L.Brereton 3, G.Donaldson 2, J.Heathcote 1, D.McCulloch 1, M.Sankey 1, S.Silvagni 1.
Reports: Injuries: J.Chick (torn leg muscle) replaced by B.Bryant in last quarter.

Game Review

This was an historic round, in that it marked the first time that official VFL matches were played on Anzac Day. This had only came about because torrential rain had swamped metropolitan Melbourne the previous weekend, forcing two scheduled round 2 games (Carlton versus Fitzroy at Brunswick St, and St Kilda versus Melbourne at the Junction Oval) to be postponed. However, the Victorian Government gave the VFL special dispensation to play those matches on the following Monday afternoon – Anzac Day - and the big crowds that both venues attracted started a tradition.

Recruit Des Lyons who was selected in the team, informed the club by phone on Sunday night that he would not be coming to Melbourne for this game. He played for Leeton on Sunday. Brian Buckley replaced him in the side.

As to the game itself, Carlton were the better side for most of the game, and led by 13 points at three-quarter time, but the Maroons found plenty when it mattered, and charged home to win by 7 points.

The Blues led at every change except the important one, the end of the game. The Lions were almost five goals down at half-time and still trailed by two goals at the final change. Their persistance paid off with a hard fought 7-point victory over the Blues. - Football Record.


Left image: Other Carlton player, possibly Barry Bryant



Note the straight sides of the Brunswick Street Ground.

Images: The Age April 26


B: 15 Bruce Comben (c) 25 George Ferry 34 Don Hall
HB: 19 Denis Zeunert 14 Bob Crowe 10 John James
C: 28 Graham Gilchrist 9 Berkley Cox 23 John Chick (vc)
HF: 12 Don Nicholls 1 Serge Silvagni 3 Dave McCulloch
F: 16 Maurie Sankey 18 Peter Barry 6 Leo Brereton
Ruck: 13 Graham Donaldson (dvc) 4 Brian Buckley 37 John Heathcote
Res: 11 Barry Bryant 36 Barry Smith
Coach: Ken Hands


In: J. Chick, B. Buckley, B.Bryant, B. Smith.
Out: G. Burke, B.Arch, C. Pavlou, D. Lyons.


Debut: Barry Smith, Barry Bryant

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