Carlton defeated Geelong by 39 points at Princes Park.

Round 1, 1912

Carlton 4.3 27 5.7 37 6.11 47 9.16 70
Geelong 0.3 3 2.4 16 3.6 24 4.7 31
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday April 27, 1912
Result: Won by 39 points Umpire: Field: Nugent, Boundary: Stainsby and W.L. Davies, Goal: F. Lucas and Franks Crowd: 10,000 (approx)
Goalkickers: G.Topping 3, B.Dick 2, V.Gardiner 2, A.Barningham 1, J.Marchbank 1.
Best: V. Valentine, G. Topping, V. Gardiner, A. Barmingham, G. Bruce, N. Clark, J. Marchbank
Reports: Injuries: Topping (knee)

Game Review

This was the first round for which the AFL Record, now a football institution was produced. The second edition reported that "The gate receipts at the Carlton-Geeiong match were £7 short of £200."

Numbers Worn

"To better enable the public to identify the players, numbers are afixed to the back of each jersey or guernsey in the alphabetical order of the names of the men. Red figures on blue and white jerseys of Geelong showed out clearly, but Carlton's numbers were even more distinct - white on a dark blue back ground.
Another feature this season is the appointment of stewards to closely watch for foul play. The public will applaud the action of the League in its determination to put down rough play and pugilistic exhibitions on the field."
(Geelong Advertiser April 29 p5)

"George Topping is not No. 13. yet he was the unlucky man at Carlton. He played beautiful football up to the third quarter, when he received an injury to his knee. Since Saturday he has been getting about on a crutch....Topping's injury will keep him out of Carlton's team for a week or two. Fluid has formed in the knee. Green will play in his place."
Topping was carried from the ground during the third quarter, however he did return to the field but he couldn't contribute, so the Blues were virtually playing with 17 men.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 2nd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 225.8.

Free Kicks 30 each.

"Carlton had 37 tries for goal, as against 18 by Geelong, and carried the ball over the centre line 31 times as against 28 by their opposition." (Age April 29 p11)


B: 14 Fen McDonald 10 Ernie Jamieson 2 Ned Bowen
HB: 3 Norman Clark (coach) 6 Billy Dick (vc) 16 Billy Payne
C: 4 Tom Clancy 11 Rod McGregor 8 George Bruce
HF: 12 Andy McDonald 15 Jim Marchbank 5 George Challis
F: 1 Alex Barningham 13 Vin Gardiner 17 George Topping
Ruck: 23 Archie Wilson 19 Jack Wells (c) 18 Viv Valentine
Coach: Norman Clark


Debut: George Challis

1912 | Round 2
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