Melbourne inflicted another defeat on the Blues, this time by 28 points at Princes Park.

Round 10, 1963

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday June 29, 1963
Result: Loss by 28 pointsUmpire: Ron BrophyCrowd: 32,600
Goalkickers: T.Carroll 3, B.Williams 3, G.Collis 1, J.Reily 1.
Best: M.Kick, S.Silvagni, C.Stewart, B.Williams, J. James, B.Cox, G.Collis.
Reports: Injuries: T.Best (ill) replaced by P.Falconer in third quarter. P.Barry replaced by K.Greenwood in last quarter. G.Collis (concussion), B.Crowe (bruised knee), B.Cox (bruised calf).

Game Review

This was the defining game of the season for the Navy Blues. To keep our finals hopes alive, we simply had to beat the sixth-placed Demons on our home turf, but we weren't up to the mark.
The task wasn't made any easier by the absence of our captain; John Nicholls, and key defender Wes Lofts - both on duty with the Victorian state team, and in the end, their absence was crucial. Melbourne's rucks got on top after half-time, and their captain Ron Barassi was dominant as the Demons won by a comfortable five goals.
Melbourne's victory lifted them into the top four at the expense of an inconsistent St Kilda, who lost to Footscray at the Junction Oval. After ten rounds, the top four clubs were Essendon, Geelong, Hawthorn and Melbourne. The Blues were seventh - equal on points with Melbourne, but a massive 20% in arrears.

Trevor Best

"The match looked like developing into a "football gem" in the first five minutes when four goals were kicked - and it could easily have been five.
Those first few minutes were a real "first" for former Tasmanian rover Trevor Best ... in his first game with the Blues he got one of the first kicks of the game and helped Carlton to the first goal." (Age July 01)


B: 8 John Benetti 18 Peter Barry 4 Brian Buckley
HB: 26 Graeme Anderson 14 Bob Crowe 32 Vasil Varlamos
C: 39 Cliff Stewart 9 Berkley Cox 30 Murray Kick
HF: 10 John James 17 Gordon Collis 19 Ian Collins
F: 16 Maurie Sankey 22 Tom Carroll 6 Trevor Best
Ruck: 28 John Reilly 1 Serge Silvagni (acting capt.) 7 Bruce Williams
Res: 5 Ken Greenwood 36 Peter Falconer
Coach: Ken Hands

In: G. Anderson, K. Greenwood, T. Best
Out: J. Nicholls, W. Lofts, G. Hardie


50 Games: Tom Carroll
Debut: Trevor Best
Last game: Peter Falconer

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