The season got off to a bad start for the Blues, losing by 39 points to Geelong at Princes Park.

Round 1, 1962

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday April 21, 1962
Result: Loss by 39 pointsUmpire: Ron Brophy Crowd: 41,846 Receipts: £5,630
Goalkickers: T.Carroll 4.1, P.Falconer 4.0, L.Brereton 3.3, S.Silvagni 1.0, G.Donaldson, 1.0, J.Gill 0.1, .Greenwood 0.1, B.Arch 0.1, Rushed 0.3.
Reports: Injuries: G.Donaldson (twisted knee) replaced in third quarter by J.Reilly. I.Collins (thigh) replaced by M.Cross last quarter. M.Sankey (cut eye, broken nose & internal bruising)

Game Review

This game is remembered for the debut of Geelong's champion WA ruckman Graham 'Polly' Farmer. In the first five minutes of the match, he wrecked a knee after landing awkwardly from a boundary throw-in, but stayed on the field, went to a forward pocket, and kicked four goals in Geelong's big victory. Afterward, he underwent a full knee reconstruction, then returned to the game to begin a decade of rivalry with Carlton's John Nicholls for the title of the game's greatest ruckman.

Carlton were dominating the ruck contests despite not having John Nicholls available. However ruck man Graham Donaldson twisted his knee just after half time and was replaced by John Reilly. Fellow ruck man Maurie Sankey copped his fair share of treatment from the Cats receiving a broken nose, cut eye as well as internal bruising and the Blues were reduced to having Serge Silvagni as the go-to ruck man.

The Cats had their claws out on Saturday! Their winning tally of 19.13.(127) was the highest ever against the Blues in an 'away' game. In fact, it was the second highest in any game against Carlton, the highest being 22.12.(144) at Geelong in 1925. - Football Record.

Geelong barrackers who flocked to the Carlton ground were thrilled with the performance of 'recruit' ruckman "Polly" Farmer. He showed all the attributes of the champion he is and capped off a fine debut with four goals. Fred Wooller, Bill Goggin, Terry Callan and Eric Nicholls were others to shine. Blues skipper Graham Donaldson, was showing all his old skill and having a great battle with Farmer until injured in the third term. Serge Silvagni started the season in fine style and battled strongly. Tom Carroll kicked four goals, as did Peter Falconer, Carlton's new rover from Geelong. - Football Record.


B: 10 John James 4 Brian Buckley 16 Maurie Sankey
HB: 32 Vasil Varlamos 20 Wes Lofts 14 Bob Crowe
C: 37 John Heathcote 9 Berkley Cox 21 Bill Arch
HF: 19 Ian Collins 17 Gordon Collis 12 John Gill
F: 5 Ken Greenwood 22 Tom Carroll 36 Peter Falconer
Ruck: 13 Graham Donaldson (c) 1 Serge Silvagni 6 Leo Brereton
Res: 28 John Reilly 23 Martin Cross
Coach: Ken Hands

Early third quarter action, note old scoreboard, top right.
Peter Falconer on ground, Alistair Lord (Gee), Brian Buckley & Johnny James.
James was the reigning Brownlow Medallist and Lord would take out the 1962 Medal.
Images: Age April 23


Debuts: John Gill, Ken Greenwood, John Reilly
Debut (Carlton): Peter Falconer

1962 | Round 2
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