|Venue: MCG||Date: Saturday October 15, 1921|
|Result: Lost by 4 points||Umpire: McMurray||Crowd: 43,122|
|Goalkickers: A.Duncan 1, S.McLatchie 1, B.Boromeo 1, J.Stephenson 1.|
|Best: B.Boromeo (BOG), S.McLatchie, P.O'Brien, C.Fisher, E.Jamieson, J.Greenhill, R.Hiskins.|
Game ReviewAs with the previous week, conditions were less than perfect for the Grand Final, with strong wind and rain affecting the match. Carlton won the toss in the Grand Final and took a gamble by kicking against a strong wind. An early goal to Horrie Clover helped the Blues to make the most of this strategy, kicking 2 goals to 1 in the first quarter. Another goal with the wind in the second quarter helped extend the lead, Carlton up by 13 points in what looked like a match winning lead. The Blues had made every post a winner in the first half, with only the strong Richmond defence keeping them in the game.
Richmond knew that they must make a move with the breeze in the third term, and their defence was again excellent, holding the Blues to only 2 behinds. Meanwhile Richmond's talls started to get into the game, and they managed 2 goals to get back within 2 points of Carlton at the final change.
After being the form team all year, and only dropping one home and away game to Richmond's four, the Blues looked to be in a good position since they were kicking with the wind in the last term. The Tigers goaled early in the last term through Hughie James, but Carlton responded to take a 2 point lead, before Norm Turnbull kicked another for the Tigers to put them in front with eight minutes to go in the last quarter. With the ground turning into a quagmire, both sides slugged it out for the remainder of the match. The Blues swept forward inside the last minute, and Alex Duncan seemed set to mark within a gettable distance - but the ball was brilliantly taken by Richmond's vice captain Max Hislop. Carlton ran out of time, and the Tigers hung on to win by a bare four points.
In the wash-up to the match, a previous captain of the Blues; Charlie Fisher, as well as the current captain, Gordon Green, both announced their retirement.
Free Kicks - 106Carlton 55
FootnoteAn incident occurred behind play during the first quarter when Jack Greenhill was found lying on the ground, with Richmond's Don walking away from him. Ambulance men attended Greenhill and managed to get him to his feet, he attempted to get across to Don, but was restrained. Greenhill tried again and approached him, but Don walked away. Three police constables walked onto the field to prevent further trouble and Richmond's captain Minogue spoke to the two players and calmed things down.
No offical saw the incident, but thousands of fans did. Later as the players came off the ground Carlton barrackers attacked Don and knocked him down.
|B:||15 Croft McKenzie||4 Ernie Jamieson||22 Harry Toole|
|HB:||18 Wally Raleigh||10 Paddy O'Brien||6 Jack Greenhill (vc)|
|C:||3 Jack Stephenson||13 Billy Blackman||8 Newton Chandler|
|HF:||20 Alex Duncan||1 Horrie Clover||27 Bert Boromeo|
|F:||2 Percy Daykin||16 Gordon Green (c)||7 Charlie Fisher|
|Ruck:||25Frank Martin||5 Rupe Hiskins||21 Stewart McLatchie|
MilestonesLast games: Percy Daykin, Charlie Fisher, Gordon Green, Wally Raleigh
Preliminary Final | 1922