Carlton defeated St Kilda by 87 points at Junction Oval.

Round 18, 1932

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Venue: Junction OvalDate: Saturday September 3, 1932
Result: Win by 87 pointsUmpire: BattCrowd: 15,000
Goalkickers: H.Vallence 4, A.Clarke 3, M.Crisp 3, J.Green 3, K.Shea 3, R.Cooper 2, J.Crowe 1, C.Davey 1.
Reports: Injuries: J.Kelly (injured arm) replaced by J.Crowe in final quarter.
Best: Shea, Crisp, Gilby, Bullen, Clarke, Green

Game Review

A water-tight Blues defence from the first bounce to the final bell, and a barn-storming 11-goal second quarter from Carlton's cohesive attack, were the keys to this huge win over the Saints at the Junction Oval.

Four changes were made to the previous week’s side. Carlton were without Gill (ankle) and Johnson (leg). Egan and O’Rourke were omitted. Into the side came Colin Martyn, Jack Green, Ted Pollock and Jim Crowe.

A choppy north wind made conditions unpleasant throughout the match. St Kilda, kicking with the wind, scored the first goal and added two more before Green kicked Carlton’s first goal. The wind was playing havoc with the ball and kicking from both sides was very poor. Carlton was the steadier and better side, but the wind was helping St Kilda’s attacks and they added two more goals to Carlton’s one, from Shea, to lead by 22 points at quarter time.

Carlton now produced one of the most impressive quarters of football in their long history. In superb form, Carlton completely outclassed their opponents and defended, attacked and scored almost at will. Playing with the wind, Carlton scored early with two goals to Clarke and one to Vallence. A behind to Vallence preceded an avalanche of goals, coming from Shea, Green, Vallence, Clarke and Crisp. A rare St Kilda attack was easily repulsed by Carlton and a long punt by Green produced the eleventh goal. Cooper, particularly effective, followed up with another and late in the quarter Davey scored the eleventh Carlton goal for the quarter to enable a 50 point lead at the main break.

After the break, St Kilda added to goals by the 10 minute mark. The Saints were trying hard and were the quicker side, but were being beaten in the air. Carlton’s defence, led by Huxtable, had stood up well and assisted Vallence to score the next two goals. With good team work and clever backing up, Carlton had negated any advantage the wind provided to St Kilda and led comfortably at the final change by 46 points.

Carlton opened the final quarter with two behinds before Cooper kicked their sixteenth goal. Playing well within themselves, Carlton were constantly on the attack and Shea produced another goal. A behind from Clarke was followed by Crisp’s second goal. Kelly, with an arm injury, was replaced by Crowe, who quickly goaled. Crisp kicked the 20th goal late in the game, and when the bell rang, Carlton, although adding a wasteful 5.12 for the term, had scored a crushing 87 point victory.

And so, the home and away season ended and Carlton looked confidently towards the finals. The Blues had finished two points clear of second placed Richmond and had shown themselves to be the team to beat for the flag. They had won at least once against every side and had enjoyed a reasonably injury free season. They had earnt a week of rest before the next game. The Blues had recruited well, with Shea, Opray, Bullen and Cooper all having fine seasons. More seasoned players like Crisp, Johnson, Green, Vallence, Gill, Clarke, Davey and Kelly had also played fine seasons. There remained only two games to win and the sixth premiership would be gained. Players, officials and supporters alike waited impatiently for the next game…………….


B: 18 Jack Young 9 Eric Huxtable 20 Charlie Street
HB: 2 Colin Martyn (c) 24 Gordon Mackie 6 Fred Gilby
C: 7 Joe Kelly 30 Vin Arthur 28 Eric Little
HF: 8 Keith Shea 14 Jack Green 12 Creswell 'Mickey' Crisp
F: 29 Horrie Bullen 22 Harry Vallence 19 Ron Cooper
Ruck: 17 Charlie Davey 16 Ted Pollock 31 Ansell Clarke
19th Man: 23 Jim Crowe
Coach: Dan Minogue


Score Records: This is Carlton's third highest 2nd Quarter score in the VFL / AFL

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