|Venue: Kardinia Park||Date: Saturday July 24, 1965|
|Result: Win by 27 points||Umpire: Brophy||Crowd: 19,658|
|Goalkickers: A.Gallagher 2, K.Hall 2, W.Lofts 2, B.Cox 1, B.Gill 1, B.Quirk 1.|
|Best: J.Goold (BOG), A.Gallagher, J.Nicholls, C.Stewart, G.Collis, G.Anderson, K.Hall|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: I.Nankervis (torn shoulder muscle) replaced by T.Board at half-time. B.Buckley (suspected broken jaw)|
Game ReviewIn a weekend of upsets, the VFL top four underwent radical change after Melbourne suffered a shock loss to North Melbourne at Coburg Oval, and Geelong lost to Carlton at Kardinia Park.
In the wet at Geelong, the crowd was treated to another enthralling duel in the ruck between John Nicholls and 'Polly' Farmer. Honours were shared on the day, but Carlton's victory came because the Blues had two more reliable marking targets up forward in Wes Lofts and Kevin Hall.
This impressive win lifted Carlton back into finals contention in fourth place behind St Kilda, Essendon and Collingwood. Unfortunately, our stay in the spotlight would be all too brief.
The Cats were complacent and lacked the will to win once the Blues looked like running out victors. In the ruck, John Nicholls came up against Graham "Polly" Farmer and John "Sammy" Newman. Honours were even early, but Nicholls mastered the ruck duels and Adrian Gallagher took full advantage roving to a winning ruck.
"Nicholls proved himself physically stronger in the conditions than Farmer and still had command of the rucks in the closing stages." "Nicholl's clear edge in the rucks brought first rover Gallagher into the game. The pair were able to sweep the ball away from the backs whenever they wished, Nicholls deftly palming the ball and Gallagher picking it up cleanly, as on a dry day." (The Age)
Carlton's half back line led by centre half back John Goold and ably supported by John Benetti and Graeme Anderson dominated, and cut off the supply to Geelong's ace full forward Doug Wade. In the centre reining Brownlow Medallist Gordon Collis overshadowed Dennis Marshall who was Geelong's best player.
"Carlton's John Nicholls lined up the ball spinning in the mud in front of him and with the deliberation of a soccer player about to shoot for goal ...
Without putting his hands near the ball he kicked, and the ball spun like a perfect drop-kick.
It travelled about 20 yards to Brian Buckley, who marked about 30 yards from goal. However, Buckley's kick was off target." (The Age)
|B:||8 John Benetti||28 John Reilly||4 Brian Buckley|
|HB:||26 Graeme Anderson||17 Gordon Collis||11 John Goold|
|C:||39 Cliff Stewart||19 Ian Collins||30 Murray Kick|
|HF:||9 Berkley Cox||32 Bryan Quirk||21 Barry Gill|
|F:||44 Ron Stone||20 Wes Lofts||23 Ian Nankervis|
|Ruck:||2 John Nicholls (acting capt.)||3 Kevin Hall||10 Adrian Gallagher|
|Res:||34 Barry Schmidt||24 Terry Board|
In: G. Anderson, M. Kick, B. Schmidt
Out: S. Silvagni, J. Gill, J. Comben
MilestonesDebut: Barry Schmidt
Last game: Murray Kick
Brunswick StreetFitzroy played Footscray in one of it's last games at the venue. The 'Roys home crowd was a meagre 7,486, but one official happily remarked, "We had two worse gates last year." (The Age)
Next season Fitzroy would play it's home games at Princes Park.
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