1933 Carlton Women's Team

During the season on Saturday August 12, a Carlton Ladies' Team played Richmond at Princes Park.
This match was the highlight of the afternoon of events called "The Carnival of Football," which was organized to raise money for the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Two Chinese teams played, a Carlton veterans' match, a long kicking contest, and an amateur athletic race was also held.
The team was coached by current Carlton footballer 'Mickey' Crisp with the aid of former Carlton captain Ray Brew.
The match consisted of two 20 minute halves.
"E. Barbour (Carlton) was applauded for taking a clever mark in front, and, with a neat punt, kicking the first goal, which, incidentally, was the only one registered throughout." (Age Aug 14 p6)
10,000 people attended.
Umpire; McGuire
Carlton won
Carl; 1.6.12
Rich; 0.0.0
Goal; E. Barbour
Best; K. Kelly, M. Lane, D. Easton, E. Barbour, N. McKenzie
A trophy for the best Carlton player was awarded by Mr. L. Hayes to K. Kelly.
A few other Carlton players known, Bullock, McLaughlin & Barry.
If any one can identify any of the girls in the photos, please contact Blueseum.

"The most novel attraction of the programme, a match between the girls' teams from Carlton and Richmond, began half an hour behind schedule. The Richmond took the field accompanied by an Irish Setter mascot.
Four sturdy girls formed the ruck and both sides in accordance with tradition had the diminutive rover. The girls had no qualms about putting plenty of vigor into their game. They bowled one another over with merry abandon.
The Carlton girls had the height and several of them, especially P. Frawley who marked with all the polish and ease of League players. The teams wore the colors of the Richmond and Carlton League teams and the rivalry intensely keen." (Herald August 12 p4)


View the Pathe newsreel via youtube.Titled "soccer ... cricket...perhaps! but Rugby...well girls... really!!"




Merle Lane? leading the team out. Myra MacKenzie second?
Screenshot from Pathe newsreel

Carlton's Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp coach. Leader August 19

Merle Lane former Carlton womens team captain.
Carlton's Charlie Davey in the background
Trove; Advertiser (SA) Aug 05 p10

Miss Merlwyn (Merle) Lane, of Brunswick, social worker for the Carlton Football Club and former captain of the Carlton women's team, married South Australian footballer Jack Cockburn at St.Johns Church La Trobe street.
Carlton captain Charlie Davey was the groomsman. All Carlton players intended to attend the wedding.
Cockburn is playing at centre half-back next Saturday in the state game. (He went on to win the Magarey Medal in 1935)
(Herald August 01 p3/Advertiser SA July 29 p16 & August 06 p9)


There was a womens match played in 1921 on the Junction Oval St.Kilda July 30 between the women of Sydney and Melbourne.
Fleetwoods; red, yellow, black vs Chorleys; black and yellow.
A practice match was played on the oval in the morning of July 23. There are two photos in Saturday July 23 Sporting Edition of The Herald, pages 2 and 4 and Australasian July 30 p56 photos.


Carlton historian Tony De Bolfo has written two articles about this 1933 match.

When Women of Carlton took to the field


Carlton trailblazer Myra remembered



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