On the field, it wasn't a year for faint hearted Blues supporters with 10 of the 20 matches decided by less than 10 points, including 3 losses in a row between Rounds 3 and 5. Carlton managed a 14 win 4 loss record in the home and away season to finish second on the ladder, only percentage behind South Melbourne in first.
A strong win against Geelong in the Semi Final by 28 points was followed by another close game with Essendon in the Preliminary Final, this time unfortunately resulting in a 4 point loss ending the Blues season. The Bombers ran out eventual premiers beating South Melbourne in the Grand Final.
Mainly a try-out of juniors as so many senior players were away.
Argus April 08; "Challis a half forward, who can kick with either foot, and for whom it is claimed that 'he passes better than Valentine.' He comes from Tasmania. Moore, a ruck man of weight from Preston. Stearnes (half back) and Mills (half back and ruck) from Tasmania, via Adelaide where they have been playing for a couple of years, are the best of those with reputations who played on Saturday. In addition, there are a number of most promising juniors afield, but they have not been fully tried out yet.
Blue & White team;
Backs; Clarke, Bowen?, Tucker
Half backs; Cazaly, Williamson, Burton
Centre; Smith, Challis, Wilson
Half forward; Spring, Petheridge, James
Forwards; Stearne, Moss Haughton
Followers; Schuncke, Dowling
Parts of The Herald copy is very difficult to read.
Backs; McDonald, Dowling, Mathieson?
Half backs; Evans, Wilson, Stewart
Centre; Barningham? Mills, Fayne
Half forwards; James, unknown, Morgan
Forwards; Cail, Bruce, Wise
Followers; Topping, Joull,
Blues; 4.4 12.7
B&W; 1.3 3.4
no further details
"Carlton play a practice match to-morrow on the Royal Park lands - Blues v Blue and Whites
Intending players are requested to meet at the pavilion, Carlton, not later than 2.30 p.m."
Ten old players took part; Topping, Bruce, Barmingham, McDonald (rover), Clarke, Valentine, McDonald (forward), Payne, Bowen, Mathieson.
Others, Challis, Mills, Roy Stearne(s), Cazaly, and Jim Stewart (from St.Kilda).
Champion footballer Dave McNamara rumoured to be this years' Carlton coach and who was training with the Blues has decided to remain with Essendon A in the VFA.
Ten senior players took part; McGregor, Dick, Gardiner, Harris, Gotz, Marchbanks, Jamieson, Wilson, Clancy.
Traditionally the two premiers met, however, on this occasion the Victorian premier could not make the trip and Port Adelaide, S.A. runner-up invited it's Victorian counterpart Carlton, over for a match.
Carlton's average height 5ft. 9in. & weight 11st. 11lb
Umpire Carter was accidently knocked unconscious during the last quarter and was carried from the ground.
Backs; A. C. Ford (28), W. S. Johnson (29), F. J. McDonald (5)
Half backs; A. J. McDonald (14), W. J. Dick 18), H. L. Houghton (26)
Centre; G. Bruce (19), E. M. Jamieson (10), T. Clancy (4)
Half forwards; A. S. Barmingham (1), A. M. Baud (30), G. Challis (12)
Forward; R. Moran (7), V. G. Gardiner (13), F. A. Triplett (20)
Followers; J. Wells (3), E. Cochran (27), J. A. Bacquie (25)
Carl. 1.1 4.4 5.7 7.8.50
P.A. 0.2 1.3 5.5 9.6.60
Goals; Challis 2, Moran 2, Gardiner, Wells, Dick.
Best: Cochrane, Wells, Barmingham, Dick, A. McDonald, Moran, Triplett, Bruce, Bacquie.
The Carlton Football Club players along with South Australian players attended the play "The Sins of Society" at Theatre Royal on Monday night October 07.
Captain: Jack Wells
Vice Captain: Billy Dick (William)
Leading Goal-scorer: Vin Gardiner - 47 goals
Paddy Mills, Eric Cochran, Charles Rauber, Jack Loughnan, Richard Moran, Herman Bartlett, Alf Williamson, Bill Johnson, Harry Haughton, Jim Stewart, Frank Triplett, George Challis