|Venue: M.C.G.||Date: Saturday May 2, 1953|
|Result: Win by 31 points||Umpire: McMurray||Crowd: 30,325|
|Goalkickers: J.Spencer 3, D.Beasy 3, J.Howell 2, M.Wenn 1, T.Walsh 1, J.Mills 1, B.Milroy 1, R.Robertson 1.|
|Reports:||Injuries: Bruce Comben (strained shoulder) replaced by Harry Sullivan last quarter. Bill Milroy (bruised thigh) replaced by Noel Evans last quarter. John James (ankle) replaced in selected side by Ron Robertson.|
The Blues' centre line of Laurie Kerr, Keith Warburton, and Max Thomas dominated the match.
"Carlton's forwards led intelligently, and made good use of short passing, combined with good backing-up and handball." Ruckmen Jack Howell and Ken Hands with rover Jack Mills constantly beat their opponents and provided the Blues with many opportunities. "Brilliant Carlton centreman Keith Warburton, with his spectactular marking and accurate passing, initiated most of his team's scoring moves. He was best afield against Melbourne."
|B:||15 Bruce Comben||6 Harry Dern||31 Brian Molony|
|HB:||16 John Brown||14 Vin English||4 Doug Guy|
|C:||34 A. Max Thomas||7 Keith Warburton||11 Laurie Kerr|
|HF:||21 Ron Robertson||18 Max Wenn||17 Doug Beasy|
|F:||2 Bill Milroy||12 Tony Walsh||32 Jack Spencer|
|Ruck:||13 Jack Howell (vc)||1 Ken Hands (c)||9 Jack Mills|
|Res:||3 Harry Sullivan||29 Noel Evans|
Noel O'Brien who was denied a clearance by Echuca to Carlton this year, booted a record equalling 13 goals against Kyneton.
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