Carlton lose to South Melbourne by 5 points at the Lakeside Oval

Round 1, 1954

Sth Melbourne1.6123.8266.134911.1884
Venue: Lakeside OvalDate: Saturday April 17, 1954
Result: Loss by 5 pointsUmpire: BarbourCrowd: 38,000
Goalkickers: N.O'Brien 3, J.Howell 2, V.English 1, G.Ilsley 1, G.Kerr 1, J.Mills 1, B.Milroy 1, M.Wenn 1.
Reports: Injuries: Comben, bruised back.

Game Review

In one of the most exciting games seen for years, the lead changed three times towards the end of the game. Eventually South were out to an 11 point lead and looked home. But Max Wenn shot the ball out to Vin English who goaled and with a minute left reduced the lead to 5 points. There was time for one more Carlton onslaught and Doug Beasy flashed in from a flank and had a shot for goal but the ball dropped 20 yards short. Jack Howell and newcomer Noel O'Brien were there, and both flew for the mark unfortunately spoiling each other. The ball rebounded from their hands and was taken away by South.

The Blues best quarter was the second. With their long kicking game in full flow they smashed the Southerner's defence and scored 5 goals, 4 of them from moving the ball through the centre of the ground. "With long raking drop kicks the Blues hammered away with solid frontal assaults."

It was the debut of Noel O'Brien at full forward. For the first time in years the Bues had a spearhead who could kick straight. O'Brien played like a League veteran and cooly slotted a goal from a very difficult angle to give the Blues a 20 point lead at half time.

Carlton lead by 4 goals during the third term, but South had wasted their opportunities with scoring a paltry 4.13. The home side started to hit the target and they took the lead 17 minutes into the final quarter.


Mills, Warburton, Comben, Beasy, Howell, Brown, Kerr.


B: 15 Bruce Comben 6 Alex Boyle 14 Vin English
HB: 19 Denis Zeunert 16 John Brown 10 John James
C: 28 Graham Gilchrist 7 Keith Warburton 34 A. Max Thomas
HF: 17 Doug Beasy 18 Max Wenn 27 George Ilsley
F: 2 Bill Milroy 26 Noel O'Brien 9 Jack Mills
Ruck: 13 Jack Howell (vc) 1 Ken Hands (c) 35 Graham Kerr
Res: 25 George Ferry 23 John Chick
Coach: Percy Bentley


Jack Howell shepherds through Max Wenn's goal. Photos: Age April 19


Debut: Denis Zeunert, Noel O'Brien, Graham Kerr, George Ilsley

1954 | Round 2
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