Carlton defeated Essendon by 17 points at Princes Park.

Round 9, 1909

Carlton 3.3 21 4.6 30 5.12 42 6.14 50
Essendon 0.4 4 1.5 11 1.7 13 4.9 33
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday 19 June 1909
Result: Win by 17 points Umpire: Tulloch Crowd: 33,000
Goalkickers: F.Caine 2, H.Kelly 2, V.Gardiner 1, G.Topping 1.
Reports: Frank Caine* (Unduly Roughing-up Bill Busbridge) - Not Guilty and (Striking Billy Griffith) - 2 Matches.
Injuries: A.Lang (wrenched knee) third quarter

Game Review

The Argus' match report was used to compile this review. The Argus differs in the goal kickers, perhaps the disadvantage of players not wearing numbers.

After the opening ceremony of the Gardiner Stand, the game got underway on a heavy, slippery ground. Alex Lang passed to George Topping and registered the Blues' first goal. Straight away Harvey Kelly received a free kick, kicking long to the goal square where Billy Payne took a nice mark and goaled. A chain of marks by Fred Elliott, Harvey Kelly and Frank Caine took the ball deep in Carlton's forward line, but Essendon cleared the ball. The Blues were playing two rovers Charlie Hammond and Alex Lang and they were troubling the opposition. Alex Lang then gave Vin Gardiner a chance and his snap bought up the Blues' third goal with scores now 3.3 to nil. The Dons mounted some attacks towards the end of the quarter but only bought up behinds. The Blues led by 17 points, 3.3 - 0.4
(The Australasian gave the goal scorers for the term as George Topping, Frank Caine and Vin Gardiner)
Just after the resumption Essendon scored it's first and only goal for the second term. Behinds to Jim Marchbank and Frank Caine were soon followed by a goal to Harvey Kelly. Vin Gardiner added another behind and at half time Carlton led by 19 points, 4.6 - 1.5
Harvey Kelly with a fine place kick hit the post. George Johnson added a behind, Frank Caine hit the post, and Vin Gardiner's dribbled shot just missed. Only one goal was added in the third term, which was from a long punt kick by Frank Caine. With Alex Lang being injured the Blues lost a lot of drive from their best player. The lead was now out to 29 points, 5.12 - 1.7
With game looking all but over, Essendon surprised the Blues by kicking two quick goals. Harvey Kelly steadied the ship with a snapped goal. Essendon answered with their fourth goal, and then they missed a couple of easy chances. Essendon were now on top and the Blues' backline had to work hard. However time was slipping by and the Blues ran out winners by 17 points, 6.14 - 4.9

*Boundary Umpire First

"The Victorian Football League has disqualified Griffiths (Essendon) and Cain (Carlton) for having struck each other in a recent match. This is the first time that a boundary umpire has reported players to the league." (Colac Herald June 28)

Grand new stands opened for huge crowd comfort

The big crowds have put ground managers under a lot of pressure, and Carlton and Collingwood have responded with new grandstands. The Carlton stand, which will seat 1400 people, was opened today by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr James Burston, before a group of dignitaries and the big crowd who had come to see the Carlton and Essendon game, which Carlton fittingly won by 17 points. The President of Carlton, John Urquhart, said Carlton was the second oldest club in Melbourne and had a membership of 5,000. It was surprising that it had been without a grandstand for so long. - 100 Years of Australian Rules Football.
A new grandstand opened at Princes Park, built at a cost of 2500 pounds and seating 1400 with standing in front.

"The Lord Mayor said that he had been a Carlton boy in his youth, and the old club was naturally very near to his heart. The old Carlton footballers were his heroes. Many of them, including George Robertson, R. Frayne, and J. McCutcheon*, were present. Among the party, too, was Mr. George Ievers** , whose only offence is that he still writes poetry about the Carlton worthies of to-day, just as he did in the historic times of Coulthard, Guy, and Gunn."
"Carlton, with its old-time memories and latter day deeds, occupies an enviable position in the world of football."
(Argus June 21)
.*former committeeman 1886-1892
.**former vice president 1895, 1896

Sydney's sporting newspaper The Referee June 23, said about the Carlton ground;
"The present unfinished structure cost £2,500, and is the nucleus of a larger construction scheme. Over £8,000 has been spent on the ground in 10 years, the oval being formed in 1898. The arena is surrounded by an embankment 15ft. high in places and runing back 150ft, and there is sufficient space thereon for over 50,000 people. For 40 years the Carlton Football Club could not persuade the Melbourne Council to alienate a portion of Prince's Park as a sports oval, and it was only when the cricket club generously gave up its ground* on Sydney road, over which it had full control, and joined forces with its sister club, that the present fine ground was obtained."
.*The Triangle

At the end of this round Carlton were in 2nd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 116.1.


B: Martin Gotz Les Beck Jim Marchbank
HB: Billy Payne Arthur Ford Norman Clark
C: Ted Kennedy Rod McGregor George Bruce
HF: Alex Lang Harvey Kelly Jack Baquie
F: Frank Caine Vin Gardiner George Topping
Ruck: George S Johnson Charlie Hammond Fred Elliott (c)
Coach: Jack Worrall

First quarter action Lygon St end - note the score board 2.0.12, and the angled posts propping up the fence - a OH&S concern?
Frank "Silver" Caine - second from left - foreground
Image: Trove; Punch June 24

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