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Carlton drew with Fitzroy at the Brunswick Street Oval. This was fourth time in seven years that Carlton shared the points in Round 1.

Round 1, 1917

Carlton 1.3 9 3.3 21 6.7 43 6.9 45
Fitzroy 1.2 8 3.4 22 5.8 38 6.9 45
Venue: Brunswick Street Oval Date: Saturday May 12, 1917
Result: Match Drawn Umpire: Elder Crowd: 6,000
Goalkickers: J.Shortill 2, E.Carter 1, P.Daykin 1, L.Downs 1, A.Lang 1.
Best: P.Daykin, V.Valentine, C.Canet, E.Carter, S.Leehane
Reports: Nil Injuries: C.Fisher (second quarter)












Game Review

Carlton drew the opening match of the 1917 season against Fitzroy.

"The final term began with great speed and dash, but there were no returns for a long time. Fitzroy fought strenuously to make up the leeway, but after half the term had passed Carlton increased the lead to 6 points. Then a special effort by the 'Roys won a chance, which Heaney turned to full account, and scores exactly balanced. Following up the rush, Fitzroy secured a one-point lead, but the Carltonians persevered, and collected an equalising point. As time drew close Fitzroy made a concluding dash, and might have gained a winning point, but the eventful kick went astray. In the midst of tremendous excitement, the time bell rang in a dead tie at 6-9 each.
Carlton's specialists were Martin,Canet, Lead (Lear), McGregor, Valentine, and Brown."
(Weekly Times May 19 p20)

Incredibly, this was the fourth time in 7 years the Blues had opened the season with a draw.

Witnessing this feat today were 4 debutants, including Lyle Downs who would score a goal on debut.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 4th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 100.0.

Team

B: 16 Darcy Lear 8 Mort Keily 25 Frank Martin
HB: 9 Ted Brown 14 Ern Carter 6 Steve Leehane
C: 12 Charlie Canet 11 Rod McGregor (acting capt.) 21 William Dunn
HF: 7 Charlie Fisher 23 Joe Shortill 26 Willis Hardy
F: 28 Lyle Downs 13 Vin Gardiner 18 Alex Lang
Ruck: 2 Percy Daykin 19 Harry Greaves 4 Viv Valentine
Coach: Norman Clark


Milestones

Debuts: Darcy Lear, Willis Hardy, Lyle Downs and Frank Martin


1917 | Round 2