|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday, July 9, 1910|
|Result: Won by 74 points||Umpire: Jim Smith||Crowd: 14,000 (approx.)|
|Goalkickers: V.Gardiner 4, A.Barningham 3, D.Fraser 3, J.Baquie 2, J.Marchbank 2, F.Elliott 1, A.McDonald 1.|
|Best: R.McGregor, A.Lang, J.Marchbank, F.Elliott, A.Barmingham, A.Ford, P.Sheehan|
Game ReviewIn their previous meeting at Corio Oval in May, Geelong had outplayed Carlton throughout the first half, only to fold under the pressure of the Blues’ inevitable comeback. Rival supporters at Princes Park for this return clash were hoping that the Pivotonians could summon that same kind of spirit again, but they were bitterly disappointed. With an imposing combination of skill, intensity and disciplined teamwork, Carlton demolished their third-placed opponents by over 12 goals.
Five goals up at quarter-time, and more than 50 points ahead at the long break, the Navy Blues coasted home to yet another percentage-boosting win on a weekend when three of the top four sides were beaten, and Carlton firmed into the hottest of flag favourites.
The Blues functioned as one all match, with champion centreman Rod McGregor (in his 100th game) outstanding as he controlled proceedings like a grand opera conductor. His precision passes rarely missed their target, and clever full-forward Vin Gardiner was just one of the beneficiaries. Gardiner landed four goals, with follower-forwards Doug Fraser and Alex Barningham adding three each. Others who shone in a very even Carlton team were Percy Sheehan, Arthur Ford, Alex Lang and captain-coach Fred Elliott.
There were a couple of huge upsets in this round, when University defeated Essendon at East Melbourne, and South Melbourne thrashed Collingwood by a whopping 60 points at the Lakeside Oval. As a consequence, Collingwood tumbled out of the top four to sixth place, and South Melbourne jumped to third.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 1st spot on the ladder with a percentage of 176.9.
|B:||Norman Clark||Doug Gillespie||Percy Sheehan|
|HB:||Arthur Ford||Billy Payne (vc)||Martin Gotz|
|C:||Tom Clancy||Rod McGregor||George Bruce|
|HF:||Jack Baquie||Jim Marchbank||Doug Fraser|
|F:||Alex Barningham||Vin Gardiner||Andy McDonald|
|Ruck:||Fred Elliott (cc)||Jack Wells||Alex Lang|
Milestones50 Games (VFL): Jack Wells
100 Games: Rod McGregor
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