Carlton lose to North Melbourne by 3 points at Arden Street

Round 10, 1954

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Venue: Arden StDate: Saturday June 26, 1954
Result: Lose by 3 pointsUmpire: BlumfieldCrowd: 25,000
Goalkickers: J.Chick 2, K.Hands 2, B.Milroy 2, J.Mills 1, B.Molony 1, M.Wenn 1.
Reports: Injuries: K.Warburton (shoulder) replaced by N.O'Brien in the first quarter. J.Brown replaced J.Spencer at half time.

Game Review

North kicked with the aid of a slight breeze and scored the first goal early on the quarter. The Northerners attacked again but was repelled after Keith Warburton took a freakish mark. George Ferry drove the ball into attack where skipper Ken Hands goaled from a sharp angle. Keith Warburton then attempted another spectacular mark but hurt his shoulder in the attempt. He was moved to a half forward flank and Ron Robertson took over the centre position. The home team attacked and scored two quick goals. They held a 14 point lead when Keith Warburton was replaced by Noel O'Brien. North's lead was reduced slightly to 12 points at quarter time, 1.4 - 3.4
North started the second term well with a snapped goal. The Blues were being beaten in the ruck and vice captain Jack Howell was sent into the ruck. Bill Milroy was sent to full forward and the moved soon paid off. Ken Hands passed to Bill Milroy who goaled from a long kick. Bill Milroy then added another goal when his angled kick went through to reduce the deficit to seven points. The Carlton little men were now getting into the game and providing drive around the ground. Max Wenn added the Blues' fourth goal. Carlton had lifted and when Brian Molony marked right in front and goaled, the Blues had hit the front. The move of Jack Howell into the ruck coupled with Ken Hands provided the spark the Blues were lacking. However North scored a goal to even up the score board. Tempers flared and players from both sides went down. Jack Howell was felled and went to full forward. The Shinboners went further ahead when they added another goal. Just before half time North's Aylett scored their seventh goal. At the main break the Blues trailed by 13 points, 5.6 - 7.7
Jack Howell resumed his position in the ruck with Ken Hands. North went into attack but good play by Bruce Comben and Peter Webster drove them off. North went forward again and this time goaled to lead by eighteen points. Again Bruce Comben and Peter Webster turned the tide and Webster's kick enabled the Blues to go forward where John Chick added Carlton's sixth goal. Tempers again were getting out of hand. Ken Hands marked on the goal square to boot the Blues' seventh. The Blues went forward but a comedy of errors first by Ken Hands when his shot missed completely and was marked by Brian Molony. Molony's shot was off target an it too missed, the ball being taken by Jack Howell and his attempt went out of bounds. Rover Jack Mills didn't miss and reduced the lead to three points. Peter Webster, John Brown and especially the work of captain Ken Hands halted many of North's moves. North clung onto a two point lead at three quarter time with the Blues having the use of the breeze in the last term, 8.8 - 8.10
John James kicked to Jack Mills alone near the behind post but he dropped the mark. John Chick snapped a behind to level the scores. Moments later John Chick was on target when his snap put the Blues six points ahead. The lead was reduced to five points with Carlton now hanging on and continuing to waste opportunities on the forward line. The lead was just four points and the back line repelling attack after attack. The standard of football was not great but the crowd was at fever pitch. North then added another behind. Again the Northerners went into their forward line and from a pack of players a North Melbourne player emerged with the ball and drove the ball through for a goal and a three point lead. Carlton went forward but the siren beat them, with Carlton losing by 3 points, 9.10 - 9.13.

Rafferty's Rules

Police rushed onto the North Melbourne ground during the North Melbourne-Carlton Rules football match yesterday to drag apart 25 struggling players. The game was rugged from the start. An incident between two players near the fence started the fight. Four umpires helped the police to quieten the men. (Sunday Mail, Brisbane 27 June 1954)


B: 15 Bruce Comben 25 George Ferry 37 Bernie Moran
HB: 30 George Stafford 33 Peter Webster 19 Denis Zeunert
C: 23 John Chick 7 Keith Warburton 11 Laurie Kerr
HF: 10 John James 18 Max Wenn 21 Ron Robertson
F: 1 Ken Hands (c) 13 Jack Howell (vc) 32 Jack Spencer
Ruck: 2 Bill Milroy 31 Brian Molony 9 Jack Mills
Res: 26 Noel O'Brien 16 John Brown
Coach: Percy Bentley

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