Carlton d Geelong by 7 pts - Princes Park. Ken Sheldon's debut

Round 12, 1977

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday June 18, 1977
Result: Win by 7 pointsUmpires: Crowd: 11,009 Receipts: $7,026
Goalkickers: T.Southcombe 1, R.Ohlsen 1, K.Sheldon 1
Best: R.Austin, G.Southby, B.Armstrong, P.Bedford, B.Doull, T.Pickett, T.Keogh
Reports: Nil
Injuries: Nil
Replacements: P.Jones by R.Ohlsen at half time & P.Pinnell by L.McConnon in the last quarter.

Game Review

In an uncharacteristicly low scoring game, in shocking conditions at Princes Park the emerging Blues would win by 7 points despite only kicking 3 goals. This match was played in shocking conditions and it was the first match since the 1927 Grand Final where both teams scored three of fewer goals. Both teams scores were lower than any score from any other game during 1977. In the same round, North Melbourne's Malcolm Blight missed a set shot for goal after the final siren at the Arden Street Oval, which resulted in Hawthorn winning the game.

Carlton full-back Rod Austin played superbly in the slush at Princes Park and was an unanimous choice in the match against Geelong. Austin was well supported by fellow defender Geoff Southby who continually repelled attacking moves by the Cats in very trying conditions. - Inside Football Player of the Year.

Geelong made hard work of the mud and water on Princes Park, but the Blues were not able to score much better - 2.2 to the Cats 2.6 in the second half, but the home side had already won this game. Geelong took until the 17 minute mark of the last quarter to score their first goal and the aggregate score between these sides had not been as low since 1900. The Blues recorded their lowest in any game since their 1.11 in 1968 against Essendon, while the Cats 2.12 was their lowest since their 3.3 in 1971 at Moorabbin. - Football Record.

Alex Jesaulenko writing in the Canberra Times said that the VFL should have called off this week's round of matches.
To read his article click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110851209


B: 7 Graeme Whitnall 20 Geoff Southby 18 Kevin Heath
HB: 15 Phil Pinnell 11 Bruce Doull 21 Rod Austin
C: 26 Ray Byrne 12 Barry Armstrong 8 Trevor Keogh
HF: 36 Mark Maclure 43 David McKay 6 Peter Bedford
F: 4 Tony Southcombe 42 Robert Walls (c) 30 Tony Pickett
Ruck: 28 Peter Jones (vc) 22 John Tresize 37 Ken Sheldon
Res: 24 Russell Ohlsen 32 Leigh McConnon
Coach: Ian Thorogood


Debut and First Goal: Ken Sheldon

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