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Henry Dunne

Career : 1896 - 1897 - 1898
Debut : Inception Blue - Round 1, 1897 vs Fitzroy
Carlton Player No. 10
Games : 24 (plus 13 VFA games)
Goals : 6 (plus 2 VFA goals)
Last Game : Round 17, 1898 vs South Melbourne
Height : ?
Weight : ?
DOB : Born in 1872


Another of the core group of Carlton players who made the transition from VFA football to the VFL in 1897, Henry Francis Dunne gave the club honest service in his 24 games over two seasons.

Born in Ballarat and recruited from the local Austral Football Club, Dunne was a pre-VFL Carltonian, having represented us in our final VFA season. (1896 CFC Annual Report: Henry Dunne scored 2 goals during the year.)
Dunne/Dunn is mentioned in three games this year. He could have played in all eighteen matches but records for 1896 are incomplete.
("Origins of Australian Football" Vol 4 has H. Dunne playing 13 games and scoring 2 goals in 1896)

Dunne was 25 years of age when he was named to play at centre half-forward in Carlton’s first VFL game - against Fitzroy at the Brunswick Street Oval in May, 1897. The Blues approached that auspicious occasion with confidence, but proved no match for the Maroons and were beaten by five goals.

Unfortunately that was just a foretaste of things to come for Carlton, and over the following two years victories on the field were few and far between for the Old Dark Navy Blues. Yet through it all, Henry Dunne was consistent and durable at both ends of the ground.

After that first game in attack, Henry was switched back into defence and played out the rest of the season minding opposition ruckmen in a back pocket. In 1898 he was sent forward again, and kicked all of his six career goals from half-forward or the forward pocket.

He retired from top level football in September 1898, having celebrated just four wins and a draw in his VFL career.

Footnote:

The Age on April 09 1895 reported that Collingwood played the Carlton Juniors at Victoria Park. Collingwood won 4.11 - 2.5
The Carlton Junior goal kickers were Henry Dunn and O'Cock.

Blueseum: Summary of playing statistics for Henry Dunne | Pre VFL Players | Dunne's Blueseum Image Gallery

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