|Venue: Western Oval||Date: Saturday June 8, 1935|
|Result: Match Drawn||Umpire: Coward||Crowd: 15,000|
|Goalkickers: H.Vallence 2, M.Crisp 2, C.Denning 2, G.Dougherty 2, J.Hale 1.|
|Best: R. Cooper, F. Anderson, J. Hale, M. Crisp, C. Davey, J. Francis|
Carlton ended 1935 with the best percentage in the League, but missed out on the double chance by 2 competition points. In hindsight, this game against tenth-placed Footscray at the Western Oval - in which the Blues had a 34-19 advantage in scoring shots, but were forced to settle for a draw – was surely the game that got away.
In a tense and frantic last term, Carlton and Footscray battled their way to a thrilling draw. After trailing for most of the day, Carlton caught up at the last moment to ensure the points were shared. At times brilliant and then indifferent, the Blues’ lamentable kicking at goal ultimately cost them victory.
Two changes were made to last week’s team. Ted Pollock was out suspended and Jim Park was omitted. Gordon Mackie was into the side, and a young Don McIntyre, a future Best and Fairest winner and premiership player, was included for his first game.
A strong breeze blew down the ground but Carlton, kicking into it, were constantly attacking early. A long shot by Crisp was well marked and cleared by the Footscray defence, before Cooper’s long drop kick dribbled through for a behind. Another behind was scored and then Crisp marked a poor kick from Dunn and snapped the first goal from a difficult angle. Carlton were looking good early, winning in the ruck and the air. Footscray’s first goal came from a free kick midway into the term. Cooper was constantly feeding the Blues’ forwards but only two behinds resulted. Footscray had lifted and their defence was very tight. They went forward, but the shot hit the post. Their second goal came from a lucky kick off the ground and two further goals late in the quarter gave them a 16 point lead at the first change.
Kicking with the wind, Carlton attacked immediately on resumption. Cooper missed with a long shot for a behind, but Crisp kicked the Blues’ second goal from a running shot moments later. Carlton were constantly in attack but only behinds were scored – five in fact. The Tricolours’ defence was very good, continually putting the forwards under pressure and forcing them wide. Footscray attacked and a good mark followed by a long drop kick brought up their fifth goal. Another was scored after a long shot rolled through an unguarded goal. It was an even game, being played at a very fast pace. Carlton were constantly trailing their quicker opponents to the ball. The Blues persisted with their ventures forward but could manage only four more behinds. After desperate play, Dougherty took a grand high mark and goaled to make the deficit only seven points at half time. Carlton had kicked a wasteful 2 goals 10 behinds in the quarter. Cooper, Davey, Anderson, Hale and Huxtable were good players in the first half.
From the bounce, Carlton swarmed forward but the Tricolours’ strong defence relieved and from the rebound set up a great mark and drop kick for their seventh goal. Vallence scored his first goal with an angle shot, after good work from Crisp and Denning. The tough Footscray defence caused Denning to miss shortly after. Attacking again, Footscray’s eighth goal was scored and their ninth came shortly after, following a great mark. Another goal followed after some great play and Carlton was on the ropes. Fortunately for the Blues, the Footscray defence was giving away too many frees from their overzealous play, enabling Carlton to mount forward thrusts. Carlton’s fifth goal came from Denning who scored from a wide angle. He was in action moments later, but kicked out of bounds after taking a fine mark. Shortly after he atoned, breaking free of a pack and kicking the sixth Blue goal. Another thrust forward resulted in yet another behind, when Vallence hit the post. Then a late behind to Footscray gave them an eleven point lead at the last break.
Carlton again attacked from the opening and Green passed to Turner. His kick went Anderson who then assisted Dougherty to goal. Now only a goal down, Carlton was finishing strongly with the wind at their backs. The Tricolour defence was now under pressure and errors crept in. Footscray packed the backline to assist but this had the effect of creating loose men for Carlton; Hale and Davey constantly attacking. A poor kick out was marked by Hale but his shot was rushed through for a behind. When Vallence goaled after receiving from Crisp, the Blues led by two behinds. Still attacking, Hale handpassed to the irrepressible Cooper but his wretched kicking continued and he scored only a behind. Eleven minutes remained, when a defensive error by Gill let Footscray in for their eleventh goal. It was a great, seesawing game of football, sending the crowd giddy with excitement. Footscray went forward and a freak mark resulted in their twelfth goal and a seven point lead. Carlton attacked and Hale, threaded his way through the defence but only got a behind. Moments later, after some great ground play, he kicked Carlton’s ninth, leaving only a two point gap as time on was entered. Finishing strongly, Cooper snapped at goal but missed again. One point down. Then Denning rushed through the forward line and kicked at goal. The shot just missed, but the scores were level. With seconds remaining, Footscray attacked and goaled from a great run. The crowd alternatively groaned and cheered as Umpire Coward ruled that the player had been caught holding the ball and disallowed the score. The bell sounded with the scores locked together. Poor Socks Cooper. He was Carlton’s best player on the day but kicked a regrettable seven behinds from his many attacks.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 4th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 122.7.
|B:||2 Don McIntyre||21 Frank Gill||6 Fred Gilby|
|HB:||9 Eric Huxtable||10 Jim Francis||1 Frank Anderson|
|C:||27 Clete Turner||8 Keith Shea||32 Bob Green|
|HF:||11 Jack Hale||35 George Dougherty||12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp (vc)|
|F:||24 Gordon Mackie||22 Harry Vallence||34 Clen Denning|
|Ruck:||17 Charlie Davey (c)||5 Keith Dunn||19 Ron Cooper|
|19th Man:||20 Alby De Luca|
MilestonesDebut: Don McIntyre
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