|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday August 31, 1946|
|Result: Win by 5 points||Umpire: Sawyer||Crowd: 27,000|
|Goalkickers: K.Hands 7, J.Conley 3, J.Baird 2, R.Garby 2, C.Wines 1.|
|Reports:||Injuries: H.Turner replaced A.Sanger (leg) second quarter|
Bob Chitty and Clinton Wines retired from VFL football after this typically tough encounter; a fighting win by sixth-placed Carlton over second-placed Collingwood in one of the games of the year at Princes Park. In front of a customary packed house, the Magpies broke away to lead by 32 points at the first break, but from then on the home side steadily pegged them back.
At half-time, Carlton coach Percy Bentley swapped his key forwards Ken Hands and Jim Baird, and Hands became the match winner. Ranging across half-forward or leading deep to either forward pocket, ‘Solvol’ provided a reliable marking target and kicked seven big majors – including the sealer, as the Blues piled on six goals straight in the last term to win by five points.
Although it was a great way to finish, there was no denying that the year had been a poor one for the Blues. Inconsistency had led to us missing the finals, and ruined any chance of consecutive flags.
|B:||18 Arthur Sanger (vc)||15 Vin Brown||24 Tom Eldridge|
|HB:||23 Bert Deacon||21 Ken Baxter||26 Jim Clark|
|C:||12 Doug Williams||10 Clinton Wines||8 Fred Fitzgibbon|
|HF:||4 Alec Way||25 Jim Baird||20 Ray Garby|
|F:||6 Bob Chitty (c)||1 Ken Hands||11 Ron Hines|
|Ruck:||13 Jack Howell||3 Jack Bennett||35 Jack Conley|
|Res:||9 Ron Boys||7 Herb Turner|
Milestones100 Games: Jack Bennett
50 Games: Jim Baird
Last Game: Bob Chitty and Clinton Wines
Round 18 | 1947