There was one improvement on 1898 – a win in the ‘Sectional’ round ( played after the first 14 home & away games) at least provided some joy as another disappointing season ended.
"The club has acquired the plot of land in the Princes Park under terms of permissive occupancy, and this ground has been so far improved as to bring it up to the level of most other metropolitan playing grounds.
A large number of prominent footballers have promised to throw in their lot with the club. On Saturday the club play a trial match with the Royal Park Crescent club."
(Leader April 15 p18)
Carlton players to meet at the pavilion at 2.30pm.
Walton was elected captain for this match.
At the conclusion of the first quarter the Juniors were lined up and counted, two of their players left the field.
Bird bought up ther Blues' first score his running shot hitting the post. O'Cock scored two goals in the second term.
Carlton team (19) line-up (Herald)
Backs; Sharkey, McNamara, Walton
Half backs; Douglas, Gordon, Casey
Centres; Stuckey, Curtis, Hooper
Half forwards; Allender, McSperrin, Clements
Forwards; O'Cock, Manchester, Archer
Followers; Morrison, Young, Bird
Carlton won? No final score available.
Carl; 0.0 3.8 3.8
CJnrs; 1.2 1.2 1.2
Goals; O'Cock 2, unknown
Ernie Walton (Rds 1-4) / Henry McShane (Rds 5-14) / Will Stuckey (Rds 15-17)
Leading Goal Kicker: Harry Thompson - 8
Jack Gilbert, Victor Rapp, Harry Evans, Harry Thompson, Bill Collins, Dick Gorsuch, Harry Lewis, Artie McSpeerin, Arthur Thompson, Dick Walker, Bob Bird, Dan Lanigan, Henry Allender, Joe Archer, George Cowell, Alf Hearnden, John Hooper, Bill McNamara, Henry McShane, Billy Monagle, Will Stuckey