Carlton lost to Footscray by 32 points at the Western Oval, in former captain Bruce Comben's last match for the Blues. Young star Pavlou was also lost to the Club through injury.

Round 14, 1961

Venue: Western OvalDate: Saturday July 29, 1961
Result: Loss by 32 pointsUmpire: Crowd: 21,639
Goalkickers: T.Carroll 4, I.Collins 1, M.Cross 1, B.Williams 1.
Reports: G.Chalmers (Foots) reported by goal umpire Miller for kicking G. Anderson (Carl)Injuries: M.Sankey (ankle) replaced by W.Lofts in first quarter. B.Comben (thigh) by J.Benetti in third quarter. Pavlou (strained knee ligaments), B.Cox (ankle) J.Benetti (groin). J.Nicholls (nose & groin)

Game Review

This wretched loss at the Western Oval didn't just signal the conclusion of Carlton great Bruce Comben's career, it also saw the end of promising youngster Chris Pavlou's all too brief foray into the VFL.

In the middle of his best year of football, Pavlou wrenched his knee in an incident on the boundary line, and was forced into premature retirement at the age of only 22. For more on Pavlou and this game, click here.


B: 15 Bruce Comben 14 Bob Crowe 2 John Nicholls (vc)
HB: 32 Vasil Varlamos 13 Graham Donaldson (c) 10 John James (dvc)
C: 37 John Heathcote 9 Berkley Cox 35 Chris Pavlou
HF: 19 Ian Collins 17 Gordon Collis 18 Peter Barry
F: 1 Serge Silvagni 22 Tom Carroll 7 Bruce Williams
Ruck: 16 Maurie Sankey 4 Brian Buckley 23 Martin Cross
Res: 20 Wes Lofts 8 John Benetti
Coach: Ken Hands

In: J. Nicholls, J. James, W. Lofts
Out: J. Williams, B. Bryant, M. Miers


Last games: Bruce Comben, Chris Pavlou

Round 13 | Round 15
Contributors to this page: blueycarlton , Bombasheldon , PatsFitztrick , molsey , WillowBlue , TruBlueBrad and admin .
Page last modified on Monday 15 of February, 2021 19:38:34 AEDT by blueycarlton.

Online Users

65 online users