|Venue: Junction Oval||Date: Saturday June 10, 1899|
|Result: Win by 2 points||Umpire: Crapp||Crowd:|
|Goalkickers: D.Lanigan 2, W.O'Cock 1, A.McSpeerin 1.|
|Best: W.O'Cock, L.Morisson, W.Stucky, B.McNamara, E.Walton, B.Monagle, H.McShane, A.Thompson|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewSt Kilda had not won a game in the VFL in 36 attempts. Carlton too, had proved to be a poor side over the opening two seasons of the fledgling competition, but at least superior to the easybeat Saints.
Therefore, it was a shock when the Blues found themselves trailing by 22 points at quarter-time in this game. This was a massive margin in those days, and at half-time the position was little improved after Carlton added 7 behinds with the aid of the breeze, to St Kilda's one goal. The ignominy certain to be heaped upon the first team to fall to the Saints seemed certain to be coming our way.
In the third quarter, Carlton registered the only score - a goal, but still faced a deficit of 15 points. A massive effort was required, and St Kilda remained strong favourites. But the Blues attacked incessantly in the last quarter and the Saints' defence finally cracked, allowing us to dominate the closing stages and kick the three goals required to snatch victory. Relief, rather than jubiliation, was the order of the day.
Carlton leapt up to 7th place on the ladder after this welcome win, with a percentage of 38.52, while the Saints were last again, with no wins and a percentage of 36.62.
"Carlton's first goal against St. Kilda was got through a timekeeper dropping the bell. The St.Kilda men, thinking it was time, ceased playing, when one of the Carlton players passed the ball to one of his side in front of goal and it was put through after the umpire inquired if it were time." (Herald June 16)
Former Carlton captain Tom Blake played for St. Kilda in this match and scored one of the Saints' goals.
The poor old Saints had to wait until round 1, 1900, for their first win - by 1 point over Melbourne (and only then by protest!!!).
|B:||Arthur Thompson||Will Stuckey (vc)||Bob Bird|
|HB:||Dan Lanigan||Peter Williams||Bill McNamara|
|C:||Henry McShane (c)||Bobadil Hooper||Bill Casey|
|HF:||Ernie Walton||Wally O'Cock||Dick Walker|
|F:||Bill Churchyard||Artie McSpeerin||Pat Considine|
|Ruck:||Len Morrison||George Young||Billy Monagle|
|No Coach:||No coach and the captain directed the side|
From The Age, 12th June 1899.
MilestonesDebut: Artie McSpeerin
Last game: Bill Churchyard
Losing streaks: This game ended a run of 5 losses to start the year, a run that also commenced season 1897, 1989 and in 2018 - unfortunately in 2018 those waters broke and we went 0 and 6...
FootnoteThe Herald Friday June 09 (p4) published a list of 27 Carlton players from which the team was selected.
The players were to meet at the Melbourne Sports Depot at 2pm.
Archer, Bird, Casey, Considine, Cowell, Curtis, Churchyard, Chapman, Dohrman, Gorsuch, Hooper, Lanigan, Morrison, Monagle, McShane, McNamara, McSpeerin, O'Cock, Sweatman, Stuckey, Sharkey, Thompson, Williams, Walton, Walker, Wilson, Young.
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