|Venue: Princes Park||Date: May 9, 1936|
|Result: Win by 102 points||Umpire: Blackburn||Crowd: 25,000|
|Goalkickers: H.Vallence 9, M.Johnson 3, A.Clarke 2, G.Collard 1, R.Cooper 1, M.Crisp 1, C.Davey 1, G.Dougherty 1, R.McLean 1, K.Shea 1.|
|Best: K. Shea, H. Vallence, M. Johnson, J. Hale, R. Cooper, J. Francis|
|Reports:||Injuries: Anderson (illness) replaced by Gilby in selected side, McLean (cut above eye) replaced by Denning last quarter.|
Carlton continued its barnstorming start to the season with a massive 102 point victory over Essendon. Playing a long kicking game, which combined accuracy with pace and teamwork, the Blues were again brilliant and increased their lead at every quarter. This 102 point smashing of the Bombers remains our biggest victory over Essendon (as at March, 2009). The win was earned on the back of the great Harry Vallence, who kicked a then club record against the Dons of 9 goals. Vallence's feat was later matched by Ken Baxter and Alex Jesaulenko, in Round 18, 1939 and Round 1, 1970 respectively.
A cold wind kept everybody moving at training on Thursday night. Coach Frank Maher played a firsts team against the seconds and finished the session with a series of sprints. Among new faces at training was a young Don McIntyre, who would go on to an illustrious career with the Blues. Ron Cooper was back and was included in the side at the expense of Fred Gilby, with Clen Denning named 19th man. North Melbourne had been keen to secure Cooper, but luckily were not successful.
Prior to the game, Frank Anderson (ill) was a late withdrawal and so Fred Gilby was reinstated. Carlton kicked to the grandstand end, which was slightly favoured by the cross breeze. Essendon began well, playing fast football and goaled from the university side with a nice screw punt out of a pack. Carlton went forward but were repelled and Park stopped the follow up Essendon attack. Carlton’s opening goal came after Hale, Carney and Shea combined well for Vallence to goal with a swinging punt. At this stage, Essendon was winning in the ruck and on the wings, from where their attacks were mounted. The Dons were fast, and Carlton defenders were hard pressed to stop numerous forward thrusts. Carlton attacked and Collard passed to Clarke, who scored a running goal in front. Hale pressed Carlton forward where Cooper snapped truly from a scrimmage for the third goal. Responding smartly, Essendon goaled from the centre, despite desperate defence from Gilby and Hale. Well down on the wings, Carlton were directing traffic through Shea in the centre, who was providing many opportunities further forward. Keeping the pressure on, Green sent the ball to Davey who kicked the Blues’ fourth with a running goal. Cooper just missed with a set shot following a brilliant one handed mark, before Vallence received from the centre and kicked a lovely 60 yard goal. By quarter time, the Blues had gained the ascendancy and were leading by 21 points.
Essendon was first into attack again, but their shot at goal went wide. Carlton’s sixth goal came after Crisp eluded his opponent and featured in a chain of passes with Park and Cooper, resulting in Dougherty goaling. Despite their ground play lacking, Essendon were trying hard and got their third goal. Now firmly in control, Carlton were playing a steadier game, using long kicking to advantage. By contrast, Essendon was coming unstuck playing a short passing game, with Hale, Francis, Mackie and Gilby almost impassable in defence. Carlton was giving a masterful display and Essendon was winning only on the wings. Shea was still dictating from the middle and was involved in two goals; the first setting Johnson up for a low skimming drop kick goal and then scoring himself from a lofty punt. More goals came with Vallence and Johnson each goaling before the half time bell to give a 49 point lead. It had been a strong half, with Carlton’s teamwork, defence and accurate kicking to the fore.
From the bounce, Davey gained the hit-out and sent the ball to Johnson, who goaled within 30 seconds of the resumption with another low drop kick. In a quick follow-up, Vallence marked over a pack and kicked his fourth. Still winning in the middle, Carlton pressed home, but Essendon’s determined defence repulsed the Blues four times. Carlton’s long kicking had the Don defence under enormous pressure. By contrast, Carlton’s defenders were well on top, restricting Essendon to minor scores. Another Carlton attack gave Collard his first goal for the day and an unassailable lead of 70 points. Doggedly, Essendon pressed forward for their fourth goal. They were still persisting with the short passing game, which to date had not worked. Carlton’s 14th goal came after Carney, Shea, Crisp and Cooper combined for Vallence to score. With a lead of 65 points at the last change, the Blues looked very comfortable.
Carlton made two early attacks but strong defensive work by the Dons held them out. Rebounding, Essendon attacked but only two behinds resulted. Carlton responded in the best way, with Francis kicking to Davey, who passed to Vallence. His 50 yard punt kick gave the key forward six goals for the day. Carney, quiet all day, marked twice and set up two attacks. But Vallence just missed from a set shot and Johnson’s kick didn’t carry. Carlton was finishing strongly, further straining Essendon’s already overtaxed defence. Cooper streaked through and found McLean for the 16th goal. Shea was still the source of most attacks. Trying until the end, Essendon scored their fifth goal, but it was their last gasp. Carlton, irresistible now, slammed on five unanswered goals, three of which went to Vallence and one each to Clarke and Crisp to win decisively by 102 points.
Carlton’s two big wins to start the season had scored a total of 308 points and given them top spot with a healthy percentage of 236.9. Harry Vallence led the goalkicking table with 16 goals. In addition, 750 Carlton membership tickets were sold at the match.
The Age reported, "Reynolds (Ess), handicapped by an injured back, played strongly in the centre, but Shea, playing wide, was a driving force for the Blues, whose uncanny anticipation, slick passing, peerless position play and effortless long-range kicking completely disorganised the visitors. The Blues could do no wrong. Chain passing from man to man with dexterity and system, they always contrived to have loose men handy, and their leading out to position was treat to witness. The electrifying Vallence, the polished Shea, and the ruggedness of Johnson, Cooper, Davey and others thrilled the crowd, and Carlton led by 21 points at quarter-time, 49 at the interval, 65 at the third change, and 102 points at the bell." "All the Carlton men were prominent, but Vallence with his tremendous torpedo punts, scored freely from all angles and distances, and his marking was the best on the ground. Shea led countless moves from the centre, and Crisp, Gill, Johnson, Hale, Gilby and Collard all gave tip top performances."
|B:||6 Fred Gilby||21 Frank Gill||26 Jim Park|
|HB:||11 Jack Hale||24 Gordon Mackie||10 Jim Francis (c)|
|C:||7 Jack Carney||8 Keith Shea||32 Bob Green|
|HF:||15 Maurie Johnson||35 George Dougherty||12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp (vc)|
|F:||13 George Collard||22 Harry Vallence||19 Ron Cooper|
|Ruck:||17 Charlie Davey||14 Rod McLean||31 Ansell Clarke|
|19th Man:||34 Clen Denning|
greatest winning margin against Essendon
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