Carlton knocked over ladder-leaders Essendon by 15 points at VFL Park.

Round 5, 1972

Venue: VFL Park - WaverleyDate: Tuesday April 25, 1972
Result: Won by 15 pointsUmpire: Bill DellarCrowd: 50,502
Goalkickers: G.Kennedy 4, T.Keogh 2, P.Jones 2, R.Walls 2, A.Gallagher 1, A.Jesaulenko 1, J.Nicholls 1.
Best: B.Crosswell, J.Nicholls, A.Gallagher, A.Lukas, G.Kennedy, B.Doull.
Reports: Peter Jones (abusive language to field umpire Bill Dellar) - 2 matches. Injuries: P.Warburton (bruised leg) replaced by P.Fyffe at half time. B.Quirk (slight concussion) replaced by D.Dickson in last quarter.

Game Review

With Brent Crosswell's immediate future under a cloud, the Navy Blues reminded everyone that they were serious flag contenders by knocking Essendon off the top of the ladder in another high standard contest at Waverley Park. Crosswell was Best on Ground, and Greg Kennedy booted four goals to cement Carlton's sixth spot on the ladder - two points shy of fifth place. However, ruckman 'Percy' Jones put a dampener on proceedings by being reported for abusive language toward the field umpire, and his 2-week suspension seemed certain to create some headaches.

Essendon were hailed as an early season sensation team, but were beaten at VFL Park by the Blues. Over 50,000 fans attended the game in which Carlton, with John Nicholls directing things on the field took over in the last half. Greg Kennedy kicked four goals for the Blues, and Geoff Blethyn seven in what was described as a very entertaining game - Football Record.


B: 19 John O'Connell 20 Geoff Southby 30 Vin Waite
HB: 15 Phil Pinnell 11 Bruce Doull 33 Paul Hurst
C: 8 Trevor Keogh 25 Alex Jesaulenko 32 Bryan Quirk
HF: 17 Brent Crosswell 42 Robert Walls (vc) 5 Syd Jackson
F: 28 Peter Jones 16 Greg Kennedy 23 Peter Warburton
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (cc) 43 David McKay 10 Adrian Gallagher
Res: 7 Andy Lukas 27 David Dickson
Coach: John Nicholls


In : P. Warburton
Out : B. Armstrong

Note : Andrew Lukimitis had changed his name to Lukas from 1971.

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