|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 ReviewCarlton 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.
|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|
MilestonesDebuts: Darcy Lear, Willis Hardy, Lyle Downs and Frank Martin
1917 | Round 2