Carlton defeated Geelong by 27 points at Kardinia Park

Round 13, 1965

Venue: Kardinia ParkDate: Saturday July 24, 1965
Result: Win by 27 pointsUmpire: BrophyCrowd: 19,658
Goalkickers: A.Gallagher 2, K.Hall 2, W.Lofts 2, B.Cox 1, B.Gill 1, B.Quirk 1.
Best: J.Goold (BOG), A.Gallagher, J.Nicholls, C.Stewart, G.Collis, G.Anderson, K.Hall
Reports: NilInjuries: I.Nankervis (torn shoulder muscle) replaced by T.Board at half-time. B.Buckley (suspected broken jaw)

Game Review

In a weekend of upsets, the VFL top four underwent radical change after Melbourne suffered a shock loss to North Melbourne at Coburg Oval, and Geelong lost to Carlton at Kardinia Park.
In the wet at Geelong, the crowd was treated to another enthralling duel in the ruck between John Nicholls and 'Polly' Farmer. Honours were shared on the day, but Carlton's victory came because the Blues had two more reliable marking targets up forward in Wes Lofts and Kevin Hall.

This impressive win lifted Carlton back into finals contention in fourth place behind St Kilda, Essendon and Collingwood. Unfortunately, our stay in the spotlight would be all too brief.

The Cats were complacent and lacked the will to win once the Blues looked like running out victors. In the ruck, John Nicholls came up against Graham "Polly" Farmer and John "Sammy" Newman. Honours were even early, but Nicholls mastered the ruck duels and Adrian Gallagher took full advantage roving to a winning ruck.
"Nicholls proved himself physically stronger in the conditions than Farmer and still had command of the rucks in the closing stages." "Nicholl's clear edge in the rucks brought first rover Gallagher into the game. The pair were able to sweep the ball away from the backs whenever they wished, Nicholls deftly palming the ball and Gallagher picking it up cleanly, as on a dry day." (The Age)
Carlton's half back line led by centre half back John Goold and ably supported by John Benetti and Graeme Anderson dominated, and cut off the supply to Geelong's ace full forward Doug Wade. In the centre reining Brownlow Medallist Gordon Collis overshadowed Dennis Marshall who was Geelong's best player.

"Carlton's John Nicholls lined up the ball spinning in the mud in front of him and with the deliberation of a soccer player about to shoot for goal ...
Without putting his hands near the ball he kicked, and the ball spun like a perfect drop-kick.
It travelled about 20 yards to Brian Buckley, who marked about 30 yards from goal. However, Buckley's kick was off target." (The Age)


B: 8 John Benetti 28 John Reilly 4 Brian Buckley
HB: 26 Graeme Anderson 17 Gordon Collis 11 John Goold
C: 39 Cliff Stewart 19 Ian Collins 30 Murray Kick
HF: 9 Berkley Cox 32 Bryan Quirk 21 Barry Gill
F: 44 Ron Stone 20 Wes Lofts 23 Ian Nankervis
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (acting capt.) 3 Kevin Hall 10 Adrian Gallagher
Res: 34 Barry Schmidt 24 Terry Board
Coach: Ron Barassi

In: G. Anderson, M. Kick, B. Schmidt
Out: S. Silvagni, J. Gill, J. Comben


Debut: Barry Schmidt
Last game: Murray Kick

Brunswick Street

Fitzroy played Footscray in one of it's last games at the venue. The 'Roys home crowd was a meagre 7,486, but one official happily remarked, "We had two worse gates last year." (The Age)
Next season Fitzroy would play it's home games at Princes Park.

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