|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday August 28, 1965|
|Result: Win by 9 points||Umpire: Crouch||Crowd: 26,267|
|Goalkickers: J.Nicholls 3, A.Gallagher 2, I.Collins 1, B.Cox 1, K.Hall 1, B.Quirk 1, R.Stone 1.|
Game ReviewIn this tough contest, Carlton repelled a last-quarter fightback by a finals-bound Essendon, and lit up Princes Park with a victory at last after four straight losses. Concluding a very even season, the top four teams were were St Kilda, Collingwood, Geelong and Essendon, with Richmond and Carlton next. Essendon went on to win the 1965 Premiership - becoming only the second team in VFL history to snatch the flag from fourth position on the ladder, after Carlton in 1945.
Best on the ground, John Nicholls dominated the ruck. Monday's Age said;
"From the first bounce Carlton applied pressure to its more brilliant opponents. Every Carlton player was breathing down the neck of his opponent, but always managed to get to the ball first.
The Blues played a close hard-checking brand of football which worried the Bombers off their natural game, but it was Nicholls who almost sewed the game up single-handed in the first three quarters.
He gave one of the best exhibitions of ruck-work seen for many years, beating two opponents at every ball-up and throw-in from the boundary."
The home side withstood a withering comeback by the Dons. With time starting in the last quarter Essendon were 23 points down, the Blues held on to win by 9 points
After the game the celebrations were like Carlton had won the Grand Final, a sign of things to come.
Berkley Cox, Brian Buckley and Jeff Trotman all retired after this game.
|B:||12 John Gill||20 Wes Lofts||4 Brian Buckley|
|HB:||26 Graeme Anderson||11 John Goold||18 John Lloyd|
|C:||39 Cliff Stewart||31 Ron Barassi (cc)||6 Garry Crane|
|HF:||9 Berkley Cox||44 Ron Stone||32 Bryan Quirk|
|F:||3 Kevin Hall||5 Ken Greenwood||19 Ian Collins|
|Ruck:||2 John Nicholls (vc)||1 Serge Silvagni||10 Adrian Gallagher|
|Res:||21 Barry Gill||38 Jeff Trotman|
In: I. Collins, K. Greenwood, B. Gill
Out: M. Sankey, T. Board, B. Schmidt
Ian Collins replaced Terry Board (stomach upset) in selected team
Nearly 30 years later Alec would become a mentor for Carlton premiership player Glenn Manton
MilestonesLast Games: Berkley Cox, Brian Buckley, Jeff Trotman
Round 17 | 1966