Carlton and South Melbourne slugged it out at the Lakeside Oval, before the Blues broke away to win by 12 points.

Round 6, 1968

Carlton 2.1 13 10.6 66 11.8 74 12.11 83
South Melbourne 3.3 21 4.3 27 8.7 55 10.11 71
Venue: Lakeside Oval Date: Saturday 18 May 1968
Result: Won by 12 points Umpire: Crouch Crowd: 13,420
Goalkickers: Kekovich 5, Auchettl 3, Board 2, Gallagher, Jesaulenko 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Quirk (broken jaw), Edmond
Ladder: 5th with 4 wins, 2 losses (12 teams) and a percentage of 118.1

Game Review

Both teams started well with weight being used freely. South surprised me with their fierce determination. Ten minutes into the quarter during a scuffle on the grandstand wing, Bryan Quirk was knocked to the ground but had the ball underneath him. Eric Sarich, South’s acting Captain, tore into the pack in the most vicious act I have ever seen in a football match, kicked Quirk in the head in an attempt to get the ball. I am sure the incident was seen by the boundary umpire but no report. At the first change South led by eight points.

The second quarter saw a rejuvenated Carlton side. They slammed on 8-5 to 1 goal, due mainly to Kekovich who couldn’t miss anything. Nicholls was worried by tall Bennet at the centre bounces where he rarely won. However, Carlton’s rovers particularly Gallagher sharked everything. Had Skilton played it would have been very embarrassing. However at the boundary throw-ins Nicholls was able to manoeuvre his less experienced opponent out and create many chances on the forward line.

After the long break, South hit back hard and played good football for a patched up side. They rattled Carlton and added 4-4 to 1-2 and but for the great play of Collins, Goold and McLean, their score would have been higher.

South were stronger in the final term and some of the Carlton players did not play the game right out. They added 2-4 to 1-3.

Carlton’s best players were Silvagni (He played a kick behind play, had a million kicks and took marks on the half-back line to relieve when most needed), Gallagher, Crane (unbeaten on the wing), Goold, Kekovich, Collins and Nicholls. South’s best were Rantall, Davison, Priest, Cook and Bennet.

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B: 19 Ian Collins 20 Wes Lofts 38 Bob Edmond
HB: 37 Peter Smith 11 John Goold 36 Peter McLean
C: 6 Garry Crane 17 Brent Crosswell 32 Bryan Quirk
HF: 25 Alex Jesaulenko 42 Robert Walls 34 Ian Robertson
F: 41 Ron Auchettl 16 Brian Kekovich 24 Terry Board
Ruck: 2 John Nicholls (acting capt.) 1 Serge Silvagni 10 Adrian Gallagher
Res: 44 Ron Stone 9 Peter Kerr
Coach: Ron Barassi

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