Carlton hammered Fitzroy by 52 points at Princes Park, with 'Nobby' O'Brien the star with 10 goals

Round 17, 1954

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday August 21, 1954
Result: Win by 52 pointsUmpire: BarbourCrowd: 12,100
Goalkickers: N.O'Brien 10, D.Zeunert 4, J.Chick 1, B.Crowe 1, G.Gilchrist 1, L.Kerr 1, B.Milroy 1, B.Molony 1, B.Moran 1, R.Robertson 1.
Reports: Injuries: Robertson (leg) replaced by Crowe, fourth quarter. Chick (leg) replaced by Beasy, fourth quarter.

Game Review

Bob Crowe scored a goal with his first kick, and Carlton thrashed Fitzroy by 52 points - but the real story of this game was the huge bag of 10 goals from Carlton's outstanding full-forward prospect Noel 'Nobby' O'Brien. More than fifty years afterwards, that haul still stands as a club record in round 17, and O’Brien’s average of 3.69 goals per game remains the best in the Blues history.

Fitzroy was on top early and if it hadn't been for the sterling work of Peter Webster, who was impassable at centre-half back, the Maroons would have been futher in front. The Blues defence gradually got the better of the Fitzroy forwards and the home side also began to win in the air. Despite the windy conditions the highlight of the third term was the accuracy of both side where 9 goals straight were kicked.

"The main feature of Carlton's win was "Nobby" O'Brien's grand exhibition of full forward play. His well earned 10 goals from accurate kicking showed that with a litle more experience he could become Carlton's match winner."

Carlton coach Perc Bentley

"Our display in the second half was premiership football at it's best. All players showed great pace, determination, and co-operation."


Webster, O'Brien, Zeunert, Brown, Milroy, Moran


O'Brien's 10 goal haul takes him to third with 44, which is 2 goals ahead of Essendon great John Coleman.
Noel is 8 goals behind Geelong's Fred Flanagan, who is 15 goals behind Footscray's Jack Collins on 67 goals.


B: 38 Frank Munro 6 Alex Boyle 14 Vin English
HB: 16 John Brown 33 Peter Webster 10 John James
C: 28 Graham Gilchrist 7 Keith Warburton 11 Laurie Kerr
HF: 19 Denis Zeunert 37 Bernie Moran 21 Ron Robertson
F: 31 Brian Molony 26 Noel O'Brien 23 John Chick
Ruck: 2 Bill Milroy 1 Ken Hands (c) 9 Jack Mills
Res: 27 Bob Crowe 17 Doug Beasy
Coach: Percy Bentley


Debut: Bob Crowe

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