Carlton defeated Richmond by 23 points - MCG. Maurie Beasy became the first Blue to make his debut in a finals game.

Semi Final, 1920

Venue: MCGDate: Saturday September 18, 1920
Result: Win by 23 pointsUmpire: ElderCrowd: 62,220
Goalkickers: P.Daykin 2, E.Bickford 2, S.McLatchie 1, E.Carter 1, F.Martin 1.
Best: J.Greenhill, F.Johnson, P.O'Brien, F.Martin, N.Chandler, E.Bickford, C.Canet, B.Boromeo, M.Beasy, G.Green.
Reports: Injuries: Green (lacerated head) carried off in the first quarter, returned after half time.

Game Review

Champion rover Lyle Downs missed this vital game through suspension, and Carlton introduced Maurie Beasy for his first appearance. This was the first time in our history that Carlton had included a debutante in a final, and Beasy was a good performer in a strong defensive effort by the Blues. The only other Carlton player so honoured was Scott Howell, sixty years later in the 1980 finals.

This final was played in heavy conditions. The Blues adapted better in the first half, and kicked four goals to one to establish a handy 20-point half-time break, before a great third quarter by the Tigers gave them a sniff of victory. After kicking three goals to none in the term, they led by a point at the final change.

Carlton, however, steadied in the last quarter and ran away with the game by 23 points, in the Blues' first finals victory over Richmond since 1916.

The Albury Banner in its report lamented the fact that no one bounced, or drop kicked the ball.

Image Note: Some Carlton players are wearing their Geelong type practice match jumpers under their sleveless guernseys.


B: 18 Wally Raleigh 19 Fred Johnson 25 Frank Martin
HB: 11 Maurie Beasy 10 Paddy O'Brien (c) 29 Jack Greenhill
C: 12 Charlie Canet (vc) 15 Croft McKenzie 8 Newton Chandler
HF: 31 Edric Bickford 1 Horrie Clover 9 Ern Carter
F: 2 Percy Daykin 16 Gordon Green 24 Dick Wittmann
Ruck: 27 Bert Boromeo 5 Rupe Hiskins 21 Stewart McLatchie
Coach: Norman Clark


Debut: Maurie Beasy
Losing Streaks: This win marked the end of a record equalling run of 5 consecutive finals losses for the Blues

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