|Date:||Saturday 15 May 1897|
|Result:||Loss by 4 points|
|Goalkickers:||H.McPetrie 2, B.Cameron 1, W.O'Cock 1, C.Sweatman 1.|
|Best:||Hannah (BOG), Reekie, Sweetman, McPetrie, O'Cock, Cummins, Aitken and Howard|
Game ReviewAfter losing our first ever VFL game in round 1, Carlton put in a solid performance in Round 2 to nearly beat South Melbourne. Afterwards The Argus newspaper ran the headline "Improvement in Carlton". There were five changes to this team; Tom Blake and Bill Woodhouse were both missing after having been in the Blues best players the previous week. Experienced campaigners Peter Williams and Bob Cameron were both brought in and performed well. Henry McPetrie was the first Carlton player to score two goals in a League match.
In his only league game, Harry Gyles was the youngest Carlton player at 16 years, 321 days old. He had played for Carlton in The VFA in 1895, and was Carlton's youngest player until 1930.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 6th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 58.4.
Footnote:South Melbourne players wore crepe armbands owing to the death of D. Adamson, the father of two of South's players.
This was Dave Adamson who played in Carlton's formative years.
|B:||Henry Dunne||Harry Howard||Bill Weir|
|HB:||Peter Williams||Ernie Walton (vc)||Jack Reekie|
|C:||Bob Armstrong||Alby Paterson||Bill Casey|
|HF:||Arthur Cummins||Jimmy Aitken (c)||Charlie Sweatman|
|F:||Henry McPetrie||Wally O'Cock||Ted Heffernan|
|Rucks:||Sam Chapman||Bob Cameron||Joe Paton|
|Coach:||No coach and the captain directed the side|
|Note:||4 Rucks, 20 players on the ground and no interchange|
ChangesIn: S.Chapman, H.Gyles, H.Howard, A.Patterson, P.Williams
Out: B.Ahern, T.Blake, O.Buck, G.Johnston, B.Woodhouse
MilestonesDebut: Sam Chapman, Peter Williams, Harry Howard.
Debut and only game: Harry Gyles and Alby Paterson who both played their only League game (both had previously played for Carlton in the VFA)
Last Game: Ted Heffernan played his second and last League game.
Records: This is, of course, the first VFL / AFL match between these two clubs
Footnote: Although this was the first VFL meeting between these clubs, Carlton and South Melbourne had first played in 1879 in the VFA, and up until the end of 1896 they had played 37 times with the Blues winning 11, losing 20 and drawing 6. (See Pre VFL)
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