|Venue: Junction Oval||Date: Saturday May 12, 1906|
|Result: Won by 65 points||Umpire: Tulloch||Crowd:|
|Goalkickers: F.Caine 5, N.Grace 3, G.Johnson 2, G.Topping 2, G.Bruce 1, A.Lang 1, A.Snell 1.|
Game ReviewApart from a resounding victory, this game was notable because it was the first time the Carlton team had taken the field in all-blue stockings rather than the previous style of hooped blue and white. The Age made an observation that is often repeated in today's game about change to tradition:
'"The Old Order Changeth" and it is purely a matter of sentiment whether a time honoured uniform should be departed from. Many there who followed the brilliant play of Lacy, Donovan, Gunn, Coulthard, Robertson and other worthies of old, who will look upon the discarding of the hooped stockings with a feeling that grates on old associations. The effect, anyhow, is to make the team look more athletic and if it can command in it's new garb doubtless the innovation will be forgiven'. The Age, 14th May 1906.
Rather prophetic words, given that at the end of this season the Blues were destined to win their first premiership. No doubt the new stockings were well received after that!
On a fine day the Blues were without Grant and Boyle who were replaced in the side by Gillespie from Parkville and Johnston of North Melbourne. While the Saints were the better side at the start of play, their sloppy use of the ball in the forward line meant that they did not get value for possession on the scoreboard. As a result, the Blues had scored 2 goals to St Kilda's one at quarter time, despite having less of the ball.
The match was also notable for a very partisan home crowd. The Saints' supporters emphatically let their feelings be known to the umpire during the second quarter, especially after a couple of controversial decisions went against them. But the visitors got right on top, and the half-time bell rang with Carlton leading by 39 points to 10. The frustrated crowd attempted to mob the umpire, but the police and club officials prevented the situation from getting out of hand.
Carlton drew away in the second half to record a 65-point victory, taking the Blues to second on the ladder with a remarkable percentage of 201.1. Caine was best for Carlton with 5 goals, and was described as "cool, agile and deadly accurate within range". Other notable performers included Fred Elliot ("solid"), Gotz ("a perfect gem") and Snell ("everything that a rover should be"). A fitting result for George Topping's 50th game.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 2nd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 201.1.
|B:||Rod McGregor||Doug Gillespie||Alex Johnston|
|HB:||Martin Gotz||Billy Payne||Charlie Hammond|
|C:||Ted Kennedy||Norman Clark||George Bruce (vc)|
|HF:||George Topping||George S Johnson||Mick Grace|
|F:||Alex Lang||Frank Caine||Jim Kennedy|
|Ruck:||Jim Flynn (c)||Fred Elliott||Archie Snell|
ChangesIn: D.Gillespie, A.Johnston
Out: B.Boyle, B.Grant
MilestonesDebuts: Doug Gillespie and Alex Johnston
50 Games: George Topping
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