Carlton defeated Hawthorn by 8 points at Glenferrie Oval.

Round 2, 1933

Venue: Glenferrie OvalDate: Saturday 6 May, 1933
Result: Win by 8 pointsUmpire: DevineCrowd: 16,000
Goalkickers: A.Clarke 3, A.Egan 3, T.Downs 2, J.Green 2, H.Vallence 1.
Best: J.Green, A. Clarke, F. Gill, C. Davey, M. Crisp, A. Egan
Reports: Injuries: E.Huxtable (ankle) replaced by A.Martyn during third quarter. T.Downs (broken wrist).

Game Review

In this thriller at Glenferrie Oval, a persistent Hawthorn side staged a remarkable late rally to get within 8 points of the Blues. Carlton had kicked away to a 4-goal advantage half way through the last quarter, before three majors in eight minutes by the Hawks set up a grandstand finish. Only Carlton’s steadiness and experience gave them victory in a game where honours for most of the day were with the losing side, Hawthorn. Lapses of concentration at vital times cost Hawthorn dearly, but overall they were the better side on the day.

Carlton was forced to make three changes to the side that defeated South Melbourne the previous week. Missing through injury were Little (ankle), Bullen (wrist) and Shea (thigh). Their replacements were to be Egan, Arthur and Aub Martyn.

Hawthorn opened the game with a shot at goal which hit the post. For the next twenty minutes, Hawthorn had almost a monopoly on the ball. They were quicker, lively and well on top and Carlton had not yet settled into any kind of play. The only place the Blues were winning was in aerial duels, where Davey was playing his usual good game. Three more behinds followed for Hawthorn, who were wasting opportunities near goal. Two quick goals followed and the Mayblooms were 16 points to nil on the scoreboard after twenty minutes. Carlton eventually settled down and Street and Arthur worked well together to get the ball to Clarke, who snapped the first Carlton goal. Hawthorn’s defence seemed to relax as the quarter progressed and Clarke kicked his second goal, to be followed by another from Egan near the bell, to give Carlton a four point lead at the first change.

The second quarter started as a battling game of errors, the high marking of Davey being the only standout feature. As the quarter progressed, Hawthorn’s excellent start faded as their team work fell away. Carlton had settled and were now outpacing Hawthorn. Egan kicked his second goal, which put the Blues ten points up. Crowe and Gill were defending well, forcing Hawthorn to kick under pressure at goal and not until very late in the quarter did they score their third goal to make the difference only five points at the long break.

The second half opened with Davey, supreme in the air, passing to Vallence, who kicked only a minor score. Davey repeated the process, and this time the crack forward kicked truly. When Egan followed up with the sixth Carlton goal, the Blues led by three goals. The standard of play from both teams had risen and it was now a very good game, with plenty of rugged play. Hawthorn lacked method going forward and two easy chances were missed. Gill was excellent in defence. Downs marked a Carlton attack directly in front and kicked the seventh goal and the Blues looked comfortable. However, two late goals to Hawthorn brought the difference back to ten points, before Green marked a pass from Davey and brought up the eighth goal. Hawthorn responded with a goal near the siren to cut Carlton’s lead to ten points at three quarter time.

Martyn replaced Huxtable (bruised knee) at the break. The last quarter was a thrilling affair, with both sides going all out for victory. Martyn was quickly into the play and his pass was received by Clarke who kicked his third goal. When Downs kicked another Carlton goal, after some good work from Crisp and Oprey, the issue seemed to be settled. However, the Mayblooms were not yet done and rallied with their seventh goal from a great snap. Hawthorn were finishing the better and two more goals in quick succession made their deficit only five points. A snap from Arthur scored only a behind, and Hawthorn attacked again. Oprey and Downs stopped Hawthorn attacks at crucial stages. Vallence, Crisp and Green now missed shots at goal, all three scoring behinds, giving a nine point lead with three minutes remaining. In a desperate finish, Hawthorn missed a shot at goal and from the Gill kick-out, Cooper collected, ran and passed to Oprey. His kick was marked by Green, who scored Carlton’s eleventh goal and the sealer. But the Hawks weren’t done. From the centre bounce, they stormed into attack one last time, and the final bell rang just as the ball sailed through the posts to cut the final margin to 8 points.

Three of the stars of the previous week’s victory over South Melbourne; Frank Gill, Jack Green and Ansell Clarke, were the Blues’ best players again, while in his second game back after a long suspension, vice-captain Tommy Downs suffered a broken wrist.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 2nd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 107.7.


B: 23 Jim Crowe 21 Frank Gill (c) 20 Charlie Street
HB: 9 Eric Huxtable 26 Jim Park 6 Fred Gilby
C: 7 Joe Kelly 30 Vin Arthur 5 Leo Opray
HF: 19 Ron Cooper 14 Jack Green 12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp
F: 27 Alf Egan 22 Harry Vallence 3 Tommy Downs (vc)
Ruck: 17 Charlie Davey 15 Maurie Johnson 31 Ansell Clarke
19th Man: 4 Aubrey Martyn
Coach: Dan Minogue


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