|Venue: VFL Park - Waverley||Date: Tuesday April 25, 1972|
|Result: Won by 15 points||Umpire: Bill Dellar||Crowd: 50,502|
|Goalkickers: G.Kennedy 4, T.Keogh 2, P.Jones 2, R.Walls 2, A.Gallagher 1, A.Jesaulenko 1, J.Nicholls 1.|
|Best: B.Crosswell, J.Nicholls, A.Gallagher, A.Lukas, G.Kennedy, B.Doull.|
|Reports: Peter Jones (abusive language to field umpire Bill Dellar) - 2 matches.||Injuries: P.Warburton (bruised leg) replaced by P.Fyffe at half time. B.Quirk (slight concussion) replaced by D.Dickson in last quarter.|
With Brent Crosswell's immediate future under a cloud, the Navy Blues reminded everyone that they were serious flag contenders by knocking Essendon off the top of the ladder in another high standard contest at Waverley Park. Crosswell was Best on Ground, and Greg Kennedy booted four goals to cement Carlton's sixth spot on the ladder - two points shy of fifth place. However, ruckman 'Percy' Jones put a dampener on proceedings by being reported for abusive language toward the field umpire, and his 2-week suspension seemed certain to create some headaches.
Essendon were hailed as an early season sensation team, but were beaten at VFL Park by the Blues. Over 50,000 fans attended the game in which Carlton, with John Nicholls directing things on the field took over in the last half. Greg Kennedy kicked four goals for the Blues, and Geoff Blethyn seven in what was described as a very entertaining game - Football Record.
|B:||19 John O'Connell||20 Geoff Southby||30 Vin Waite|
|HB:||15 Phil Pinnell||11 Bruce Doull||33 Paul Hurst|
|C:||8 Trevor Keogh||25 Alex Jesaulenko||32 Bryan Quirk|
|HF:||17 Brent Crosswell||42 Robert Walls (vc)||5 Syd Jackson|
|F:||28 Peter Jones||16 Greg Kennedy||23 Peter Warburton|
|Ruck:||2 John Nicholls (cc)||43 David McKay||10 Adrian Gallagher|
|Res:||7 Andy Lukas||27 David Dickson|
Out : B. Armstrong
Note : Andrew Lukimitis had changed his name to Lukas from 1971.
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