|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday August 26, 1961|
|Result: Loss by 1 point||Umpire:||Crowd: 21,863|
|Goalkickers: T.Carroll 5, G.Collis 3, S.Silvagni 2, B.Buckley 1, G.Gilchrist 1, J.Nicholls 1.|
Carlton captain Graham Donaldson won the toss, and kicked with the aid of a strong breeze to the Lygon Street end of Princes Park in this game, allowing the Blues to set up a 20-point advantage at the last change. But the wind freshened further as the last quarter began, and the Demons overhauled a spent Carlton in the last few minutes to win by one point.
Afterwards, Carlton farewelled two stalwarts; George Ferry and Graham Gilchrist, as well as handy wingman Barry Bryant.
It was a disappointing end to the season - although first-year full-forward Tom Carroll welcomed his cousin Jim into Carlton's team, before booting another haul of 5 goals. Tom's tally of 54 for the year edged out Geelong's Doug Wade by three, and clinched the VFL top goal-kicker award for the exciting recruit from Ganmain, NSW.
A few days later, brilliant defender Johnny James lifted Carlton's spirits further when he was a deserving winner of the game's highest individual honour; the Brownlow Medal.
|B:||10 John James (acting vc)||25 George Ferry||4 Brian Buckley|
|HB:||32 Vasil Varlamos||20 Wes Lofts||9 Berkley Cox|
|C:||11 Barry Bryant||28 Graham Gilchrist||30 Murray Kick|
|HF:||19 Ian Collins||17 Gordon Collis||18 Peter Barry|
|F:||1 Serge Silvagni||22 Tom Carroll||23 Martin Cross|
|Ruck:||2 John Nicholls (acting capt.)||31 John Williams||37 John Heathcote|
|Res:||42 Jim Carroll||8 John Benetti|
In: B. Buckley, B. Cox, J. Carroll
Out: B. Arch, B. Crowe, B. Holcombe
Last games: George Ferry, Graham Gilchrist and Barry Bryant.
Round 17 | 1962