Carlton knocks over Collingwood by 20 pts at VFL Park. John Nicholls inspires the team to victory.

Semi Final, 1973

Venue: VFL Park - WaverleyDate: Saturday September 15, 1973
Result: Win by 20 pointsUmpire: Ian RobinsonCrowd: 60,072
Goalkickers: C.Davis 4, D.McKay 3, B.Walsh 3, J.Nicholls 3, R.Walls 1, K.Hall 1.
Best: G.Southby, C.Davis, B.Armstrong, G.Crane, R.Byrne, B.Walsh, P.Jones, D.McKay, J.Nicholls.
Reports: Injuries:

Game Review

The crowd for this game was a VFL Park record, and they saw a typically willing contest between the games' fiercest rivals. Halfway through the last quarter, the Magpies led by 12 points and were seemingly set for victory. But it was then that John Nicholls took control in the ruck, and kicked two team-lifting goals in quick succession. Collingwood's defence crumbled, and the Blues rammed through three more late goals to win by 20 points.


B: 26 Ray Byrne 20 Geoff Southby 30 Vin Waite
HB: 11 Bruce Doull 17 Brent Crosswell 15 Phil Pinnell
C: 27 David Dickson 12 Barry Armstrong 6 Garry Crane
HF: 23 Craig Davis 42 Robert Walls (vc) 3 Kevin Hall
F: 2 John Nicholls (cc) 25 Alex Jesaulenko (dvc) 18 Brian Walsh
Ruck: 28 Peter Jones 43 David McKay 8 Trevor Keogh
Res: 21 Rod Austin 32 Bryan Quirk
Coach: John Nicholls


Score Records: This win would be Carlton's last finals win until 1978, commencing a record equalling run of 5 consecutive finals losses


Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrSyHSL4arw
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66pBXNmA9W8

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