Carlton defeated Collingwood by 24 points - Princes Park. Lyle Downs played his final game for the Blues before passing away at training the following week.

Round 9, 1921

Carlton 4.4 28 6.10 46 11.13 79 12.16 88
Collingwood 2.1 13 7.3 45 8.3 51 10.4 64
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday July 2, 1921
Result: Won by 24 points Umpire: McMurray Crowd: 35,000/52,000* Takings: 890 pounds
Goalkickers: H.Clover 6, G.Green 2, P.Daykin 1, A.Duncan 1, S.McLatchie 1, H.Morgan 1.
Best: B.Boromeo, R.Hiskins, H.Clover, A.Duncan, C.Canet, McLatchie, W.Raleigh, P.O'Brien, W.Morgan
Reports: Injuries: L.Downs (shoulder) moved to the forward line

Game Review

Ernie Jamieson Returns
Jamieson returned to the Carlton line up after a 5 year absence.
He fractured his arm in the Preliminary Final, 1916 and with further complications it seemed his football career was over.
Ernie would go on and play 11 of the 12 remaining games this season including the Grand Final. He then played 4 games next season before retiring in Round 5, 1922 where he was acting captain.

In this top-of-the-table clash, the Blues easily beat the Magpies and claimed outright ladder leadership.

Huskies? - the reporter twice refers to Carlton as the huskies. Although it is not spelt with a capital letter as the Magpies are.

"Forty-five thousand* people saw the Carlton huskies out bump Collingwood on Saturday. The big men won the game for the Dark Blues by sheer weight. Clover, up on the forward line, was magnificent, and on the day was a veritable champion. He, as much as anyone, was the dominant factor in the third quarter, when he booted four goals with punts and drops, and marked every old way, twisted and turned, and completely changed the outlook in that quarter, and put Carlton in a safe position.
Coventry, of Collingwood, scored the first goal after exhilarating play by the dashing Toumey. Curtis quickly repeated the success. Fisher was early noticeable in strenuous endeavour, and scorned to dodge when weight would carry through. Green, for Carlton, was clever, and Saunders, of Collingwood, great in defence. Drummond, on the wing, was a bright particular football star, and big Boromeo was marking splendidly.
Play was up and down the ground like lightning, and Daykin scored a goal from a place shot. Collingwood attacked with celerity, and Jamieson "a comeback," repulsed well. Boromeo carried on, and Green and Greenhill each scored a goal. A lovely pass from Curtis to Lee, and the champion forward scored well.
At quarter time the scores were:-
Carlton 4 goals 4 behinds
Collingwood 2 goals 1 behind
Collingwood bounced into the game with their famous system, and Con McCarthy booted a goal. Pannam shone out in tricky work. Coventry annexed another goal, and then the great Lee quickly added two more. Then the crowd roared with excitement. Carlton were at this period outclassed, but Duncan obtained a fluke goal, and then the shock tactics were commenced. The huskies threw themselves into the fray. Paddy O'Brien, at a pinch, was defending in remarkable fashion. It was all O'Brien, and he stemmed the Magpie onslaughts time after time. Curtis, of Collingwood was hurt in a melee, and retired with bruised ribs. At half-time Carlton had a point lead only, although all the honors had been with Collingwood.
Carlton 6 goals 10 behinds
Collingwood 7 goals 3 behinds
After the interval, Harry Curtis of Collingwood, did not reappear, while Downes, whose shoulder was hurt, was almost useless for Carlton. The home team now took possession and outslugged 'Wood, and Clover came into his own and did as he liked. Daykin, Morgan, Fisher, and Boromeo all scored, and Coventry for Collingwood, snapped another; but it was seen that the Dark Blues held control, and in the last quarter it was just a case of how much Carlton would win by. Lee obtained a goal right at the termination of hostilities.
Carlton 12 goals 16 behinds
Collingwood 10 goals 4 behinds
Boromeo, Hiskins, and Clover were the best for Carlton."
(Advocate July 07 p22)

Image: Herald July 02 p2


Collingwood were one player down from half time. Former Carlton player Harry Curtis was believed to have suffered a broken rib and did not return to the field.
Later in the week it was found to be a bruised lung.

* Crowd

The Weekly Times September 09 1942 (p22);
"Largest attendance at a Carlton football match was 52,000 Carlton v Collingwood, July 2 1921. Estimated capacity of the ground 60,000."
The Herald (sporting edition Sept 17 p1 1921) reporting on the return Round 18 match at Victoria Park said Rnd 9 was the record crowd to attend a home and away match and the crowd was 52,000.

This match is remembered for its tragic aftermath, when star Carlton rover Lyle Downs collapsed and died at training the following Thursday evening. Downs had played for three years knowing that he had a weak heart, and that he was taking a grave chance by continuing his football career - but chose to do so.

On the following Sunday afternoon, more than two thousand mourners paid their last respects when Downs was laid to rest at Carlton cemetery.

At the end of this round Carlton were in 1st spot on the ladder with a percentage of 128.5.


B: 19 Fred Johnson 4 Ernie Jamieson 27 Bert Boromeo
HB: 18 Wally Raleigh 10 Paddy O'Brien 6 Jack Greenhill (vc)
C: 12 Charlie Canet 13 Billy Blackman 28 Lyle Downs
HF: 7 Charlie Fisher 1 Horrie Clover 20 Alex Duncan
F: 2 Percy Daykin 23 William Morgan 16 Gordon Green (c)
Ruck: 25 Frank Martin 5 Rupe Hiskins 21 Stewart McLatchie
Coach: Norman Clark


Last game: Lyle Downs

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