Carlton defeated South Melbourne by 31 points at the Lakeside Oval

Round 17, 1955

Carlton 3.1 19 4.4 28 8.7 55 12.7 79
South Melbourne 1.5 11 4.7 31 5.9 39 6.12 48
Venue: Lakeside Oval Date: Saturday August 13, 1955
Result: Win by 31 points Umpire: Flanagan Crowd: 18,000 (approx.)
Goalkickers: G.Donaldson 3, D.Beasy 2, L.Berner 2, G.Burke 2, P.Aitken 1, J.Chick 1, N.O'Brien 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Brown (chipped ankle bone) replaced by Archbold three quarter time. Aitken (ankle) replaced by Gilchrist fourth quarter.

Game Review

Carlton earned their 8th win of the year in Round 17 by defeating South Melbourne by 31 points.

After the win, Carlton jumped up to 7th place with a percentage of 98.1

Reporting on this match Jack Cannon said of the Blues;
''Evidence of Carlton's bright future was made public at South Melbourne, where the Blues turned on a full treatment of polished, spectacular football."

"They developed the big-man power of Melbourne, the pace and endurance of Geelong, the tight defence of Essendon, and the tenacity and teamwork of Collingwood. In addition all Carlton players marked cleanly and drop kicked in copy book fashion."

South Melbourne was well in the game before half time where their defence lead by Freddy Goldsmith repelled many of Carlton's attacking moves. Perc Bentley made crucial moves, Laurie Kerr went to the centre where he outplayed his opponent Primmer and also provided drive into forward line. Leon Berner was moved from wing to half forward where he "gave the attack added sting with his fine position play and neat passing."

Noel O'Brien who was having an off day was used as a decoy full forward and took South's champion full back Goldsmith up the ground and away from the goals which allowed "sensational new player" Graham Donaldson to play full forward and score 3 goals.

Carlton coach Perc Bentley

"Our play was excellent, and it was a happy day for me to see the Blues hitting the high spots. We won because our teamwork was almost faultless. Our players went in hard and fast for the ball, and very few of them made a mistake all day. Conditions were ideal for our style of game, and few teams would have lived with us on the day."


Donaldson (BOG), Beasy, Chick, L. Kerr, James, Hands.


Donaldson 3.2, Burke 2.0, Berner 2.0, Beasy 2.0, O'Brien 1.1, Chick 1.0, Aitken 1.0, Hands 0.1, Bergin 0.2, Crowe 0.1
(Noel O'Brien also had 3 shots that failed to score.)


O'Brien had slipped to second on the VFL goalkicking list with 68 goals. Geelong's N. Rayson who booted 8 goals this week led with 74.

Runners Now Official!

Monday August 15, from The Argus;
"New League rule allowing one trainer from each team to carry messages on to the ground is most effective. It worked well on Saturday at Fitzroy, and did not cause any worry to umpires. Everone is glad to have the position legalised at last."


B: 15 Bruce Comben 3 Peter Webster 14 Vin English
HB: 19 Denis Zeunert 10 John James 16 John Brown
C: 23 John Chick 20 Leon Berner 21 Barry Beitzel
HF: 11 Laurie Kerr 34 Bob Crowe 17 Doug Beasy
F: 5 Gerald Burke 26 Noel O'Brien 29 Peter Aitken
Ruck: 13 Graham Donaldson 1 Ken Hands (c) 36 Kevin Bergin
Res: 18 Barry Archbold 28 Graham Gilchrist
Coach: Percy Bentley


Debut: Barry Beitzel
Last Game: Peter Aitken and Barry Archbold

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