In Sectional Round 3, Carlton defeated St Kilda by 3 points at the Junction Oval, with Jim Marchbank on debut.

Round 17, 1903

Carlton 0.0 0 3.1 19 4.2 26 4.7 31
St Kilda 0.5 5 2.7 19 2.10 22 3.10 28
Venue: Junction Oval Date: Saturday August 29, 1903
Result: Won by 3 points Umpire: Crowd:
Goalkickers: J.Sullivan 2, M.Grace 1, B.Lithgow 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil

Game Review

Carlton barely escaped with the win in this third and last of the Sectional rounds, but that was perfectly understandable. The Blues had already qualified for the finals in third place, and their focus lay a fortnight ahead.

The most significant aspect of this game in the long term was the debut for Carlton of future dual Premiership ruckman Jim Marchbank. A few years later, Jim would be desperately unlucky to miss out on playing in all of Carlton’s first three flag sides.

St Kilda were probably unlucky in this game, too. They could have set up a big lead in the first quarter when they kept the Blues scoreless – but five shots at goal produced 0.5, and they were eventually beaten by three points.

The Prahran Telegraph of September 5 described the crowd as the largest to attend the Junction Oval that season.


B: Bill McNamara Frank Hince Jim Flynn
HB: Gordon Ross Ernie Walton (acting capt.) Albert Trim
C: George Bruce Arthur Ford John T Stephenson
HF: Henry McShane Mick Grace Bert Lithgow
F: Jim Marchbank Joe Sullivan Charlie O'Connor
Ruck: Jim Opie Fred Elliott Archie Snell
Coach: Jack Worrall


In : J.Flynn, A.Ford, G.Bruce, J.Marchbank, J.Stephenson
Out : J.McShane, C.Tough, M.Crowe, N.Hogg, A.Prentice


Debut : Jim Marchbank
Debut and Only Game : John T Stephenson
Interesting Fact: This game would end a record run of 116 games between finals for the Blues, a record that would last almost a century.

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