Carlton lost to Essendon by 58 points at Princes Park

Round 9, 1955

Carlton 2.0 12 3.1 19 4.4 28 4.4 28
Essendon 3.8 26 7.10 52 7.16 58 11.20 86
Venue: Princes Park Date: Saturday June 11, 1955
Result: Loss by 58 points Umpire: Roach Crowd: 29,555
Goalkickers: K.Bergin 1, B.Bosustow 1, J.Mills 1, B.Milroy 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Sullivan (strained shoulder ligaments) replaced by Molony final quarter. Brown (concussion) replaced by Paice final quarter.

Game Review

Carlton suffered its second huge loss in a row, this time to the sixth-placed Bombers who were only one game ahead of us on the ladder. Carlton took almost the entire game to match Essendon's first quarter score.

After this, we sat 9th on the ladder out of 12 teams, one win up on Richmond and North, and three games clear of the woeful St Kilda.

Kevin Bergin kicked one of our four goals on debut.

A dismal Carlton registered their lowest score in 20 years! The game was over by the end of the first quarter and if it wasn't for inaccurate kicking Essendon should have won by another 6 or 7 goals. The Blues left too much to too few. Harry Caspar returned to the side and was the only ruckman who provided any fire power. Carlton fielded a weak team and were without men of the calibre of Nobby O'Brien, Dennis Zeunert, Ken Hands, Ron Robertson, and Bob Crowe. "New Victorian representative Doug Beasy was hardly sighted for the whole game."

Carlton coach Perc Bentley

"Loss of several players through injuries crippled us. Absence of Nobby O'Brien was particularly serious and we fell down badly in the forward zone. There our players showed little devil or fight, and were too easily brushed aside. However, the performance of our backs and rucks was encouraging. The backs did well, and followers showed greater life. All round it seems our future cannot be assured unless more vigorous players are brought into the club."


James, Ferry, English, Bosustow, Caspar, Warburton.


Bosustow 1.1, Milroy 1.0, Mills 1.0, Bergin 1.0, Donaldson 0.1, Beasy 0.1, Aitken 0.1


After this round, North Melbourne's Jock Spencer led the VFL goal-kicking list on 39 goals, with Noel O'Brien of Carlton second with 37.


B: 15 Bruce Comben 25 George Ferry 6 Harry Caspar
HB: 16 John Brown 3 Peter Webster 10 John James
C: 30 Jack Sullivan 7 Keith Warburton 11 Laurie Kerr
HF: 36 Kevin Bergin 13 Graham Donaldson 17 Doug Beasy
F: 4 Bob Bosustow 8 Jack Ellis 29 Peter Aitken
Ruck: 2 Bill Milroy (acting capt.) 14 Vin English 9 Jack Mills
Res: 33 John Paice 31 Brian Molony
Coach: Percy Bentley


Debut: Kevin Bergin

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