|Sth Melbourne||2.3||15||4.6||30||6.10||46||10.13||73||Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday July 4, 1953|
|Result: Win by 24 points||Umpire: Nash||Crowd: 29,688 |
|Goalkickers: G.Burke 3, J.Spencer 3, M.Wenn 3, J.Howell 2, J.Mills 2, D.Beasy 1. |
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Spencer (bruised thigh) replaced by Dern fourth quarter. Milroy replaced by Calder fourth quarter.|
This was a very even team performance from the Blues. Defeat in this match would have ended Carlton's finals chances, but the team responded to coach Percy Bentley's urgings and comfortably beat the Swans by four goals. We were back up into sixth spot on the ladder, one win and percentage short of a finals berth.
After an even first quarter the Blues got on top with their defence playing well especially McKaige and English. Ken Hands
was Carlton's best, his marking and long accurate kicks to his team mates made it difficult for South to intercept. The Blues rovers and half forward flankers were busy driving the ball into the forward line. The Swans added a few goals late in the game, but Carlton were well in control.
Hands, English, Mills, Burke, James, Spencer.
|B: || 30 George Stafford || 8 Ken McKaige || 14 Vin English |
|HB: || 25 George Ferry || 16 John Brown || 4 Doug Guy |
|C: || 11 Laurie Kerr || 7 Keith Warburton || 23 John Chick |
|HF: || 10 John James || 13 Jack Howell (vc) || 17 Doug Beasy |
|F: || 5 Gerald Burke || 18 Max Wenn || 32 Jack Spencer |
|Ruck: || 2 Bill Milroy || 1 Ken Hands (c) || 9 Jack Mills |
|Res: || 19 Don Calder || 6 Harry Dern || |
|Coach: || Percy Bentley |
Last game: Harry Dern
| Round 12