Carlton defeated North Melbourne by 11 points at Arden Street

Round 18, 1953

Nth Melbourne3.5235.7378.85614.1094
Venue: Arden StDate: Saturday August 29, 1953
Result: Win by 11 pointsUmpire: RoweCrowd: 14,000
Goalkickers: K.Warburton 3, J.Howell 3, J.Spencer 3, B.Milroy 2, J.Mills 1, M.Wenn 1, J.James 1, G.Gilchrist 1.
Reports: NilInjuries: Gill (ankle) replaced by Molony at half time. Stafford (knee) replaced by Bevilacqua fourth quarter.

Game Review

In a skilful, entertaining contest at Arden Street, both sides kicked six goals in the last quarter as Carlton edged out North Melbourne by 11 points.

Overall, fifth place on the ladder was a just outcome from another disappointing season for the Navy Blues.

Some consolation, the Argus said Carlton was the best team outside the top four. North were five goals down late in the final term, but they put on four quick goals and were trailing by just 4 points with five minutes to play. The Blues' defenders repelled another Northern thrust and Carlton managed to add a point to their total. Bill Milroy then marked as the siren sounded and added a goal for the Blues to win by 11 points.

The Blues' drive came from having a winning centre line with Ron Robertson giving a best on the ground performance. He was ably supported by his wingers, Laurie Kerr and Graham Gilchrist. Jack Howell was given close attention by North's backman Martyn which required the goal umpire's intervention. Defenders Doug Guy and Bruce Comben played well as did rovers Jack Mills and Jack Spencer.


Robertson, Comben, Spencer, Hands, James, Howell, Mills


Carlton's J. Spencer finished tenth on the VFL goal kicking list with 32 goals.
J. Howell was twelfth with 28, The Age reported that Bill Milroy had scored 28, and Max Wenn seventeenth with 26.


B: 15 Bruce Comben 20 Dick Gill 14 Vin English
HB: 30 George Stafford 8 Ken McKaige 4 Doug Guy
C: 11 Laurie Kerr 21 Ron Robertson 28 Graham Gilchrist
HF: 10 John James 18 Max Wenn 17 Doug Beasy
F: 2 Bill Milroy 7 Keith Warburton 32 Jack Spencer
Ruck: 13 Jack Howell (vc) 1 Ken Hands (c) 9 Jack Mills
Res: 31 Brian Molony 39 Peter Bevilacqua
Coach: Percy Bentley


50 Games: Keith Warburton
Debut and Only Game: Peter Bevilacqua
Last Game: Doug Guy, Dick Gill

Round 17 | 1954
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