|Fitzroy||5.3||33||7.9||51||12.10||82||13.16||94||Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday September 4, 1943|
|Result: Lose by 51 points||Umpire: Hawkins. ||Crowd: 39,874 |
|Goalkickers: J.Wrout 2, J.Bennett 2, M.Price 1. |
|Best: G.Gneil, R.Savage, B.Chitty, M.Price, T.Tuohill, F.Fitzgibbon, J.Howell, J.Clark. |
|Reports: Fred Fitzgibbon (attempting to strike Keith Stackpole) - 2 Matches. ||Injuries: Chitty (broken nose). |
Carlton entered the game with injury problems, and both teams lined up with plenty of servicemen in their teams. Fitzroy had beaten Carlton by 15 points in round 16
and started the match as clear favourites. The teams had kicked 3.2 apiece halfway through the first term, but then Fitzroy started to pull away - having the better of the second half of the first quarter and all of the second term to lead by 29 points at half time.
Despite Carlton showing good intensity at the commencement of the second half, Fitzroy's defence was too strong and they controlled the game, with Stawell Gift winner Jack Grant kicking five goals for the Gorillas from at full-forward. Fred Fitzgibbon
revealed his volatility in big matches (which would emerge spectacularly in 1945) when he and Keith Stackpole Snr found themselves outed for 2 games apiece for attempting to strike each other. Stackpole's son Keith Jnr was later a star player for the Carlton cricket club (as well as Australia, Victoria and Collingwood).
Last game (Carlton): George Gniel
, who returned to Geelong in 1944 when they re-entered the competition.