|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday June 28, 1924|
|Result: Win by 48 points||Umpire:||Crowd: 27,770|
|Goalkickers: A.Duncan 4, P.Kennedy 2, E.McAlpine 2, S.McLatchie 2, S.Trebilco 2, M.Beasy 1, H.Carter 1, G.Goodrick 1.|
Horrie Clover pulled out of this game because of illness, the Maroons became unbackable favourites. But under threat of a coup at board level, and inspired by the vigour of their captain Paddy O'Brien, the Navy Blues played hard, skilful football in front of their home crowd to thrash the League leaders by eight goals.
O’Brien played with aggression from the first bounce. He ran through Fitzroy’s Brian Cosgrove in the first quarter, sending him off the ground. Then he skittled Cosgrove’s roving partner Tom Corrigan in the second term, and the determined Blues answered every challenge by Fitzroy from that point on.
Carlton’s defence was rock-solid, with Maurie Beasy outstanding. Alex Duncan kicked four goals from centre half-forward, and was well-supported by his flankers Pat Kennedy and Stan Trebilco. Billy Blackman in the centre, and rover Ernie McAlpine got plenty of the football, and were constantly creative in a mighty effort by the Blues.
The turnaround may have had something to do with a new captain. This was Paddy O'Brien's first game as captain for the Blues, replacing Horrie Clover. The Football Record of the time said "Horrie Clover's illness will prevent him playing for a long time. He has sent in his resignation as captain, and Pat O'Brien will be elected leader of the side, with McLatchie his vice" - Football Record, July 5, 1924.
After Carlton had lost five consecutive matches in 1924, a reform group issued pamphlets to members. The Blues reply was to overwhelm the leaders, Fitzroy, who were up to then undefeated with eight wins. Carlton ran up 15.14 (104) to 8.8 (56) at Princes Park, and club members tore up their pamphlets and trampled them in the mud. - Football Record.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 8th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 96.1.
|B:||26 Ray Brew||33 Jim Watson||4 Fred Pringle|
|HB:||11 Maurie Beasy||10 Paddy O'Brien (c)||27 Aub Charleston|
|C:||2 Newton Chandler||12 Billy Blackman||14 Harry Bell|
|HF:||32 Pat Kennedy||20 Alex Duncan||7 Stan Trebilco|
|F:||22 Harry Toole||28 Ernie McAlpine||21 Stewart McLatchie (vc)|
|Ruck:||5 Rupe Hiskins||29 Garney Goodrick||25 Harold Carter|
Captaincy: This was Paddy O'Brien's first game as Captain for the year, replacing Horrie Clover. O'Brien had previously captained the Blues in 1920.
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