|Venue:||East Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Date:||Monday 24 May 1897|
|Result:||Loss by 37 points|
|Goalkickers:||J.Caffery 3, C.Breese 1, W.O'Cock 1, C.Sweatman 1.|
|Best:||J.Aitken, E.Walton, J.Reekie, B.Weir, J.Caffery, P.Williams, T.Blake, C.Breeze, B.Hannah.|
Game ReviewA strange game for Carlton, with Essendon outplaying the Blues totally in the first quarter with their high marking. After quarter time, though, the plucky Carlton team really took it up to Essendon, and the 37-point margin probably wasn't a fair indication of how competitive the Blues were on the day.
The Argus' football writer even went so far as to say that the Carlton side had turned the tables completely by the end of the game, and if the match had of been extended they might have even been victorious, such was our expert play in the last quarter. Although Carlton had lifted, Essendon also were hampered by injury, with Forbes having twisted an ankle, Hastings hurt an arm and Officer off the ground having been knocked out.
Reporting of the time opined that the game was blighted by the inexperienced umpiring of Ivo Crapp, an ex-Carlton player, who blew his whistle too often.
The Leader (May 29 p18) said; "Crapp, the field umpire, seemed to have no grasp of the game, and I have never seen this usually capable umpire so entirely abroad."
Jim Caffery became the first Carlton League player to score three goals in a game when he scored his majors from the half forward flank - in this game that was played on a Monday.
After this round Carlton were in 6th spot on the ladder, with a percentage of 55.7.
|B:||Henry Dunne||Harry Howard||Bill Weir|
|HB:||Jimmy Aitken (c)||Ernie Walton (vc)||Jack Reekie|
|C:||Bill Casey||Peter Williams||Bob Armstrong|
|HF:||Sam Chapman||Charlie Sweatman||Jim Caffery|
|F:||Henry McPetrie||Wally O'Cock||Chic Breese|
|Rucks:||Tom Blake||Joe Paton||Bob Cameron|
|Coach:||No coach and the captain directed the side|
|Note:||4 Rucks, 20 players on the ground and no interchange|
ChangesIn: T.Blake, C.Breese, J.Caffery
Out: T.Heffernan, H.Gyles, A.Patterson
MilestonesDebuts: Jim Caffery (Carlton District/Rainbow), Chic Breese had previously played for Carlton in the VFA.
Last game: Harry Howard
Records: This is the first match played between these 2 Clubs
Footnote: Although this was the first V.F.L. meeting between these clubs, Carlton and Essendon first played in 1878 in the V.F.A., and up until the end of 1896 they had met 35 times with the Blues winning 20, losing 11, and drawing 4. (See Pre VFL)
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