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Round 14, 1926         Carlton defeated Geelong by 7 points - Princes Park. Les Witto broke his arm which led to his death from tetanus 9 days later.

Round 14, 1926

Carlton 1.5 11 5.9 39 7.9 51 12.10 82
Geelong 2.4 16 2.9 21 5.13 43 10.15 75
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday August 14, 1926
Result: Win by 7 points Umpire: Crowd: 25,000 (approx.)
Goalkickers: H.Clover 5, H.Blackmore 2, T.Mullens 2, N.Collins 1, C.McSwain 1, P.Outram 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: L.Witto (Broken Arm).










Game Review

A superb drop-kick goal from near centre by Horrie Clover gets Carlton home against Geelong.

On a sad note, Les Witto, a Broken Hill recruit playing just his 6th game, would develop complications from his seemingly run-of-the-mill injury in the last quarter and die of tetanus some 9 days later. After the tragedy of Lyle Downs only 5 years previously Carlton people could be excused for thinking themselves cursed.

The result of the match seems inconsequential but at the time was cause of celebration as it was against one of the other top teams and gave the Blues an 10-4 record. It seemed Carlton were destined for finals action but an understandable collapse of 3 losses in the last 4 rounds meant it was not to be.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 4th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 116.1.

Team


B: 21 Frank Irwin 33 Jim Watson (vc) 13 Jack Morrissey
HB: 18 Frank Donoghue 32 Alex Duncan 31 Les Witto
C: 7 Joe Kelly 2 Norm Collins 14 Harry Bell
HF: 12 Tom Mullens 1 Horrie Clover 26 Ray Brew (cc)
F: 10 Harry McPherson 8 Hedley Blackmore 24 Percy Outram
Ruck: 29 Maurie Connell 3 Charlie McSwain 25 Harold Carter
Coach: Ray Brew


Milestones

50 Games: Jack Morrissey
Last Game: Les Witto
Last Game (Carlton): Harry McPherson


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