|Date:||Saturday 31 July 1897|
|Result:||Win by 33 points|
|Goalkickers:||J.Aitken 3, W.O'Cock 2, S.Chapman 2, B.Casey 1.|
Carlton won their second game of the year over bottom placed St Kilda, to give us a two-game buffer over last spot. The win also boosted our percentage from 45% to 52% - obviously badly needed! The game was evidently rough, The Argus headline was "Assault and Battery":
"Carlton and St. Kilda played a characteristic Carlton-St. Kilda game at Prince's Park to decide which of them should not be last. It was a benefit to football that the issue was so unimportant, for had they played for first place with proportionate passion the strain on the accomodation of the adjacent hospitals would have been enormous. Thanks to the efforts of a few men, there was so much charging, swinging, tripping and generally unfair play, that the greatest kindness one can show to these afflicted twenties is to tear up one's notes and say nothing further about it, save that Carlton won comfortably, and that Aitken, who for the first time played forward, got three goals, while the smart little O'Cock and Chapman each accounted for a pair."
Carlton’s Jimmy Aitken played a captain’s game and kicked three goals, (the only career goals he would score for Carlton), Sam Chapman and Wally Ocock both scored two majors, and Bill Casey one, in Carlton's highest score for the season, and our greatest winning margin of the year.
This was Carlton's first victory at Princes Park, and Jim Goonan became the first Carlton player to win on debut there. Jim was the father of Jimmy Goonan, who would later play 22 games for Carlton between 1922 and 1927. As well as being part of the first Carlton VFL father and son combination, Jimmy later captain-coached Carlton’s second 18 in three Premierships between 1926 and 1928.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 7th spot on the ladder with a percentage of 51.8.
|B:||Henry Crane||Jim Lyons||Henry Dunne|
|HB:||Jack Reekie||Ernie Walton (vc)||Peter Williams|
|C:||Bob Armstrong||Brook Hannah||Bill Casey|
|HF:||Jim Goonan||Charlie Sweatman||Jimmy Aitken (c)|
|F:||Oscar Manchester||Chic Breese||Wally O'Cock|
|Rucks:||Bill Woodhouse||Sam Chapman||Bobby Walsh|
|Harry H Morgan|
|Coach:||No coach and the captain directed the side|
|Note:||4 Rucks, 20 players on the ground and no interchange|
Out: O.Buck, B.Weir, J.Caffery, J.Frost
Round 12 | Round 14