'Big Nick' broke Carlton's games record, and Jezza bagged 9 goals as Carlton thrashed St Kilda by 39 points at Princes Park.

Round 16, 1970

St Kilda3.5235.6367.74910.1171
Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday July 18, 1970
Result: Win by 39 pointsUmpire: D.JolleyCrowd: 22,988
Goalkickers: A.Jesaulenko 9, J.Nicholls 2, D.McKay 2, A.Gallagher 1, B.Crosswell 1, I.Robertson 1.
Best: I.Robertson (BOG), A.Jesaulenko, K.Hall, V.Waite, P.Pinnell, J.Nicholls.
Reports: NilInjuries: Nil

Game Review

A four-game losing slump between rounds 6 and 10 had left the Blues teeteering at 5 wins and 5 losses, before the team recovered to post another five successive wins - albeit against mediocre opposition. This clash against one of the other flag favourites would reveal more, especially since the super star of the early-season, Alex Jesaulenko, had been held to ordinary games in in recent weeks, and Carlton would need more from him if they were to challenge for the flag.

After a tight, physical contest through the first half, Carlton - with Jesaulenko back to his brilliant best - got right on top in the third quarter and bolted to a 38 point lead. But the Saints weren't finished, and they struck back with three unanswered goals of their own, cutting the deficit to 18 points midway though the term. It was then that Jesaulenko, who had already proven too good for champion Saint full-back Bob Murray, added his eighth and ninth goals against his new opponent Barry Lawrence to seal the win. Jesaulenko's big haul grabbed all the headlines, but the laurels for Best on Ground went to the Blues' outstanding centreman Ian Robertson, whose strong marking and long, accurate kicking provided many of Jesaulenko's sscoring opportunities.


B: 21 Barry Gill 20 Wes Lofts (vc) 30 Vin Waite
HB: 3 Kevin Hall 15 Phil Pinnell 35 Barry Mulcair
C: 6 Garry Crane 13 Bert Thornley 34 Ian Robertson
HF: 17 Brent Crosswell 42 Robert Walls (dvc) 22 Neil Chandler
F: 43 David McKay 25 Alex Jesaulenko 7 Ted Hopkins
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (c) 1 Serge Silvagni 10 Adrian Gallagher
Res: 28 Peter Jones 8 Dennis Munari
Coach: Ron Barassi


Games Records: John Nicholls broke the then Carlton games record of 236 games, held by Rod McGregor.
200 Goals: Alex Jesaulenko

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