|Venue: Corio Oval
|Date: Saturday July 29, 1933
|Result: Lose by 73 points
|Goalkickers: R.Leffanue 2, H.Bullen 1, M.Crisp 1, T.Downs 1.
|Best: R. Cooper, T. Downs, C. Street, G. Mackie, C. Davey, A. Clarke
|Injuries: E. Huxtable (strained thigh) replaced by A.Martyn during the first quarter. A. Martyn (cartilege left knee) left the field prior to three quarter time
Eric Huxtable sustained a strained thigh during the first term and was replaced by 19th man Aubrey Martyn. Martyn himself injured his left cartilege late in the third term and left the field leaving the Blues with 17 men. It would turn out to Martyn's last game and it was certainly not a memorable one for him.
Carlton announced two changes to the side to play Geelong at Kardinia Park. Johnson returned after missing four weeks through injury and Aub Martyn was included. Pollock and Jack Green were omitted. In an ill omen for Carlton, Vallence was a late withdrawal through injury. His place was taken by Leffanue.
Conditions were very wet and the ground muddy, with patches of water showing after over one inch of rain had fallen in the morning. Winning the toss, Carlton chose to kick with the aid of a strong breeze. Geelong seemed to immediately adapt to the conditions well, but Carlton were the first to score, with behinds to Downs and Bullen. Downs was conspicuous and passed to Egan who could manage only another behind. Geelong opened their score with a goal and a behind, before disaster struck for Carlton. Top defender Eric Huxtable limped off with an injured thigh and was replaced by Martyn. Geelong were now well on top and were in control of the game from this point on. Three goals in quick succession gave a handy lead and Geelong, pacy and cohesive, were outclassing Carlton. Downs and Davey were working hard, and Downs and Cooper combined to get the ball to Bullen whose mighty kick provided the first Carlton goal. Carlton was attacking well, particularly through Cooper, but poor kicking at goal wasted many opportunities. Adapting well to the conditions, Geelong lead by 23 points at the first change.
Geelong opened the second term with a goal from a great snap within 30 seconds of the start. Carlton was clearly missing the stalwart Huxtable and Vallence and were struggling everywhere. Two Geelong goals extended their lead to 45 points and made it look very ominous for the Blues. Carlton was trying hard and providing some attacks but Shea and Crisp were both being beaten. Another Geelong goal further tightened their grip on the game. The game had become very congested and weight was being thrown about freely. Geelong emphasised their dominance with three more goals, before Crisp kicked our only goal of the quarter, from a free kick received just on the bell. Carlton trailed by ten goals at the main interval. It had been a powerful first half from Geelong and Carlton seemed unable to make any headway.
The midfield had become so sloppy that the ball was bounced to start the half 10 yards outside of the centre area. An opening goal to Geelong dashed hopes of any Carlton comeback. Bullen was now moved to full forward to provide some height, but Carlton could make no headway against a resolute Geelong defence. Bullen provided a behind for the Blues, but Geelong responded immediately with a goal. Davey was now tried at full forward in the hope of a marking option. A free to Leffanue resulted in Carlton’s third goal, but Geelong answered that with their fifteenth goal. Further misfortune for Carlton came when Martyn limped off with a knee injury. The quarter ended with Carlton 73 points down.
Carlton were now reduced to only 17 men and this helped Geelong to goal just after the resumption to extend their lead. Geelong were dominant all over the ground and spite was now coming into the game with some passages of play quite fierce. Another Geelong goal increased Carlton’s misery. Late goals to Downs and to Leffanue, marking on the bell, made the scoreboard look slightly better but the final bell was welcomed by all Carlton players. With better team work, by keeping the ball low and playing the conditions well, Geelong had handed Carlton a 73 point hiding. Once again, Carlton had failed to handle the wet conditions.
In other games, Richmond beat Footscray, and Fitzroy boosted their percentage by thrashing St Kilda. South Melbourne hung on to narrowly defeat Collingwood, but still couldn’t break into the top four which remained as Richmond, Geelong, Carlton and Fitzroy.
At the end of this round Carlton were in 3rd spot on the ladder with a percentage of 105.5
|23 Jim Crowe
|26 Jim Park
|20 Charlie Street
|9 Eric Huxtable
|24 Gordon Mackie
|6 Fred Gilby
|7 Joe Kelly
|19 Ron Cooper
|5 Leo Opray
|8 Keith Shea
|27 Alf Egan
|29 Horrie Bullen
|34 Rod Leffanue
|12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp
|3 Tommy Downs (vc)
|17 Charlie Davey (acting capt.)
|15 Maurie Johnson
|31 Ansell Clarke
|4 Aubrey Martyn
100 Goals: Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp
Score Records: This was a record winning margin by Geelong over Carlton, a record standing some 70 + years, until Round 2, 2007 when the Cats destroyed the Blues by 78 points.
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