|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday July 10, 1897|
|Result: Loss by 29 points||Umpire: Keenan||Crowd:|
|Goalkickers: S.Chapman 1, E.Walton 1.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewThe Argus led with the headline "Too Many Guns" to describe Essendon's mauling of Carlton in this round, stating that "Carlton are in the midst of a hot series of matches on their own ground, for, having got through with South Melbourne and Essendon, they meet Geelong next Saturday. Essendon undoubtedly carried too many guns for the dark blues, though the losing team showed a capacity for turning their opportunities to good account that would have served them well with the strength more evenly balanced. Like St. Kilda, they can be credited at least with finishing pluckily under discouraging conditions for at several stages in the second half they fairly held their own. All this may be allowed without disparaging Essendon's all-round excellence".
As in Round 8, Carlton again failed to score during the first and third quarters. This time our centre half-back in Ernie Walton scored a goal, as did our full-forward Sam Chapman.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 7th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 47.8.
|B:||Henry Dunne||Jim Lyons||Bill Weir|
|HB:||Brook Hannah||Ernie Walton (vc)||Jack Reekie|
|C:||Bill Casey||Henry Crane||Bob Armstrong|
|HF:||Jack Roberts||Jim Caffery||Bobby Walsh|
|F:||Sam Reid||Sam Chapman||Jack Frost|
|Rucks:||Chic Breese||Bob Cameron||Oscar Manchester|
|Harry H Morgan|
|Rover:||Jimmy Aitken (c)|
|Coach:||No coach and the captain directed the side|
|Note:||4 Rucks, 20 players on the ground and no interchange|
ChangesIn: H.Dunne, J.Caffery, J.Frost, S.Reid
Out: C.Sweatman, B.Woodhouse, P.Williams, B.Patterson
MilestonesDebut: Sam Reid (Hawthorn (VJFA))
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