Jeanne Pratt AC New CFC Senior Vice President

The Spirit of Carlton Past and Present would like to congratulate Jeanne Pratt AC for joining the board of the Carlton Football Club and becoming Senior Vice President.

From CarltonFC.com.au

The Carlton Football Club is pleased to announce Jeanne Pratt AC has accepted an invitation to join the board as Senior Vice President.

“We are thrilled Jeanne has accepted this invitation from the Club and know she will provide tremendous expertise in a number of areas, including membership and business development, that will assist the Carlton Football Club going forward,” said Carlton President, Stephen Kernahan.

“Jeanne Pratt has been a long time supporter of the Carlton Football Club, in her own right as well as in conjunction with her late husband Richard. The Pratt name is synonymous with the Carlton Football Club through a 60 year association.

“In 2009, following the passing of Richard, Jeanne was made the Patron of the Carlton Football Club and has continued to provide advice and support in this role. Jeanne’s interests, as well as her obvious business acumen, have been helping build the Club membership and supporter base.

“In her role as Patron of the Club Jeanne has continued to provide advice and ideas on an informal basis and she has previously expressed a desire to be more involved. This appointment to the board, in the role of Senior Vice President, provides a more formal involvement with the Carlton Football Club, ensuring women are included in every aspect of the Club, and it further enhances the long relationship Jeanne and the Pratt family has had with Carlton,” added Kernahan.

“I’ve accepted this draft because it gives minority groups, which in this case are women and the old, a voice in football,” Jeanne said.

Past Player Birthdays: 15th-21st March

This is the beginning of a series where we acknowledge the birthdays of some of Carlton’s past players. Feel free to use the comments section to provide your memories of each player. Many happy returns to everyone featured here.

17th March

Dean Rice

Dean Rice was picked up by the Blues with Pick 19 of the 1994 Pre-Season Draft. Originally from St Kilda, Rice hurt his knee in 1992 and was let go by the Saints, despite playing 116 games, mainly on the wing. Prior to the Saints, he played with the Geelong U/19’s and Reserves, this was the club that his uncle Colin Rice played with in the 1963 Premiership. He played his junior footy with Essex Heights which was Richmond FC’s fourths, in his last year of high school he played with Longwood in the Benalla District League with his brothers who used to travel up there each weekend.

The blonde haired right footer was picked up the Blues despite the injury and set about resurrecting his career in the Navy Blue. And then, versus the Tigers in Round 8, 1994, Rice was picked for his first game. It was a promising start – playing from the forward pocket, Rice was leading hard and fast up ground and providing another option in the forward line. But then, and I can remember how sick I felt, let alone “Ricey”, Rice hurt his knee yet again, and was out for the season. He showed enough in less than a half of football to be persevered with and he returned to full fitness in 1995, playing his first senior game exactly one year later in Round 7. He played all but one of the remaining games that year, including the victorious Grand Final, mainly as a half forward. He kicked 21 goals from 18 games that year.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Dean+Rice

Glenn Hawker

Glenn Hawker, was recruited from Kaniva, he was one of Essendon’s prime movers throughout the Bombers’ string of finals appearances from 1981 to 1986. A hard-running ball magnet with excellent disposal skills, his fine career at Windy Hill brought him two Premiership medals, three Victorian state team appearances, and Essendon’s Best and Fairest award in 1986. In 1988, after 200 games and 172 goals for the Bombers, Hawker was traded to Carlton for our National Draft selection numbers 12 and 26. Essendon used these picks to draft Brad Fox (who subsequently played 12 senior games) and David Regan (who wasn’t selected at senior level). Hawker spent his final three seasons of elite level football at Carlton, playing 27 games and scoring 26 goals at a time when the Blues languished on the lower rungs of the competition ladder. These numbers alone show that Carlton had the better of this particular deal, but there can also be little doubt that Hawker’s professional attitude set a fine example for future stars like Brett Ratten, Fraser Brown, Michael Sexton and Ang Christou – all of whom were recruited to the Blues during Hawker’s time at Princes Park.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Glenn+Hawker

18th March

Ross Ditchburn

Ross “Farmer” Ditchburn was a tall, long-kicking forward from country Western Australia who topped Carlton’s goal-kicking list in 1982, played in a Grand Final, was knocked unconscious – and still picked up a Premiership medal. He spent just two seasons with the Blues, yet left his mark in 28 games that produced 91 goals.

In 1981, Ditchburn was the 24 year-old captain-coach of his hometown football club at Kukerin, in WA’s wheat belt south of Perth. His family were pillars of the local community and ran a large property outside the town. He had played WAFL football at Claremont, but by then Ross was a star of the strong local league; a powerful key forward with vice-like hands and a right foot that could, the locals said; “boot a bag of spuds over a wheat silo”.

One day, the Ditchburns had visitors – all the way from the other side of the country. Carlton coach David Parkin and Recruiting Manager Shane O’Sullivan had come to Kukerin with an offer that the big bloke found tough to resist, and that his parents encouraged him to accept. After tea and scones in the Ditchburn’s kitchen, Parkin and O’Sullivan left with the promise that Ross would be at Princes Park the following year…

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Ross+Ditchburn

21st March

Steve Da Rui

Steven Da Rui came to Carlton from East Perth in 1987 with good mate Richard Dennis. But it wasn’t until 1988 from where he had established a reputation as a reliable, hard, and honest performer. Originally a ruck-rover, he settled on a half-back flank for the Blues and proved a handy acquisition in his 55 games over four seasons. He was a great exponent of the legal ‘hip and shoulder’ – as evidenced when he once knocked out Melbourne’s Greg Healy with a perfectly-delivered shirtfront in a match at Princes Park. In the same season he also cleaned up opposition captains in Hawthorn’s Michael Tuck and Essendon’s Terry Daniher – a nice little trifecta.

A solid unit at 183 cm and 85 kg, Da Rui was no racehorse, but he ran all day. He was also a strong mark, and a fierce tackler who revelled in the physical challenges. He played off the bench throughout Carlton’s 1988 finals campaign, and represented WA against Victoria in 1990.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Steve+Da+Rui

Saturday Afternoon Footy at Princes Park

It was almost like old times at Princes Park on Saturday afternoon. All that was needed was the results of the other five games on the old scoeboard, the raffle results and of course the quaddie. Perhaps the club could organise for someone to walk along the boundary selling peanuts in paper bags to really bring back the memories.

Below are some of the reactions from the practise match.

Jeff Garlett interviewed post match for CFCTV.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”390″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbHC4ccTk84[/embedyt]

AFLPhotos from the match

From The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/cats-save-best-form-until-the-very-last-20110312-1bsad.html

Carlton wasted chances in the early part of both the first and last terms; similar to its effort against Collingwood in the opening NAB Cup match.

”I think it was a reality check that the game goes for the full 120 minutes and work-rate is really important,” Carlton coach Brett Ratten said. ”It probably just leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth [after] an outstanding pre-season.

”We knew we’d feel a bit heavy in the legs but I just thought across the board, we shouldn’t have lost that game and we did.”

ACP Photography pics from the match.

Yonniboys pics as usual are great.

 

Link to CFCTV highlights of the game.

Carlton Towns: Launceston

Australia’s third oldest city, Launceston is of course the home to Boag’s Brewery. You might not know that it was also the first Australian city to be serviced by undergound sewerage and the first to be lit by hydroelectricity. It has also been home to men who crossed the Tasman to play footy for the mighty Blues. We highlight a few here …

Stan McKenzie

A tall, versatile player from Launceston, Tasmania, Stan McKenzie spent just one season with Carlton Football Club in our Premiership year of 1914. He played 14 consecutive matches for the Blues, before losing his place in the team on the eve of that years’ Grand Final. Twelve months later, he died of illness while on active service with the AIF in Egypt.

He was outstanding in the centre, or as a follower in the Launceston Blues’ 1909 and 1913 NTFA Premiership teams, and also represented Tasmania in the 1911 Carnival in Adelaide. In the summer of 1912-13, he completed a unique double when he scored an impressive 59 runs for the Tasmanian cricket team in a match against the touring English Test squad in Launceston.

Stan’s credentials attracted many of the VFL teams to his door, but it was his former Launceston team-mate, George Challis, who eventually convinced him to join the Old Dark Navy Blues in 1914. McDonald was given the number 27 guernsey for his debut match against Geelong at Corio Oval in June. Named in a forward pocket, Stan joined a daunting attack that included Vin Gardiner at full-forward, George Topping in the other pocket and Challis at half-forward. Geelong weren’t ready to be intimidated however, and downed the Blues by 31 points in a high standard match.

Back in Melbourne, as the call to arms in defence of the Empire echoed across the country, Carlton recovered from some early setbacks to finish minor premiers over South Melbourne, Fitzroy and Geelong. Then the Blues leapt to favouritism for the Premiership with an emphatic 20 point victory over Fitzroy in one Semi Final. All that was then required was for the Blues to beat South Melbourne in the Final.

Alas, that didn’t happen. Showers swept across the MCG all match, and the Bloods adapted better to the conditions to beat Carlton by 19 points in a scrappy affair. Had South Melbourne finished as minor premiers, the 1914 Premiership would have been headed to the Lake Oval. But The Blues exercised their right under the VFL rules of the day, and challenged South Melbourne to a Grand Final rematch.

Stan McKenzie had been hardly sighted in the Preliminary Final, although he did manage one of Carlton’s three goals from a half-forward flank. On the Thursday night prior to the Grand Final, Stan and winger Frank Triplett paid the price of that defeat, and were left out of the team. Alf Baud and George Calwell were named in their place, and Carlton turned the tables in a thriller to win our fourth flag by six points.

Soon after that bitter-sweet game, Stan enlisted in the First AIF as a medical orderly. He spent some months tending to Australian casualties on the Gallipoli Peninsula, (where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant) and late in 1915 was posted to the 2/2nd Clearing Hospital at Alexandria, Egypt.

While serving there, he suffered a severe attack of appendicitis and, although the best possible medical facilities were on hand, Stan died on December 8, 1915.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Stan+McKenzie

Pat Farrelly

A tall, well-credentialled ruckman-forward from Launceston, Tasmania, Pat Farrelly played seven games and booted seven goals in his one season at Carlton in 1937. The following year he was ‘swapped’ to South Melbourne for Brighton Diggins, who stood out of football for twelve months before becoming Carlton’s captain-coach, and leading the Blues to the 1938 Premiership.

Somewhat ironically, Farrelly made his senior debut for Carlton against South Melbourne at the Lakeside Oval in round 12, 1937. Playing in the ruck and resting at full-forward, he booted two of the Blues’ seven goals for the match. His best return of four majors came a fortnight later, in Carlton’s round 14 victory over Melbourne at Princes Park.

Farrelly was cleared to South Melbourne in 1938. The Swans used him almost exclusively as a tap ruckman, so he added just one more goal to his career tally. In 1939 he moved on to VFA club Camberwell for greater reward, and played there until he enlisted in the Australian Army in 1941. Throughout World War II, Farrelly served on home soil as a signaller.

He returned home safely, and later found work on the Melbourne waterfront through his former Carlton team-mate and close friend, Jim Francis. A long and peaceful life ensued, until August 6, 2007, when Patrick Stanley Farrelly passed away at the age of 94.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Pat+Farrelly

Robert Dutton

After three years with Launceston in Tasmania, where he had played in a Premiership side and won a club Best and Fairest, ‘Major’ Dutton came to Carlton in 1979. His 192 cm frame ran out in the Carlton number 17 guernsey for his only game in season 1981.

His second and final League appearance was with Hawthorn – against Carlton in Round 14, 1982. The Hawks won by 34 points that day, but Carlton had sweet revenge by knocking them out of that year’s Preliminary Final before beating Richmond for yet another flag. Dutton parted ways with the Hawks at the end of the season and played for Clarence (Tasmania) in 1983.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Robert+Dutton

Only One Month To Go

There is only one month to go until the SOC holds a special function in Perth to coincide with the Blues playing Collingwood. It is not too late to book your seat. The details of the event are as follows:

In exciting news for WA blues supporters the Spirit of Carlton will be holding a matchday function in Perth on the day of the big Carlton vs Collingwood clash on the 8th of April. Perth Blues supporters are some of the most passionate and dedicated in the land and this event is sure to be very popular. So get in quick and secure your seat to enjoy another quality Spirit of Carlton event.

Your Host: Jon Dorotich


1987 Premiership Player for Carlton

1986-1993, 132 games, 103 goals


Jon Dorotich was a big, rugged, key defender from South Fremantle who enjoyed a notable football career on both sides of the continent for 17 seasons between 1981 and 1997. Blessed with vice-like hands and a raking left foot, he played in successive Grand Finals for Carlton against Hawthorn in 1986 and 1987; suffering a loss in the first, then taking sweet revenge in the second. After finishing at Carlton, he returned to WA and claimed more glory; as both a 100-goal full-forward, and captain of South Fremantle’s 1997 Premiership team.

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Guests: Wayne Harmes

Premiership Player: 1979, 1981, 1982
Norm Smith Medal: 1979
Victorian Representative : 1979, 1986
Carlton Hall of Fame (2000)

Like his predecessors Fred Stafford and Ted Hopkins, Wayne Harmes will forever be remembered for one inspirational passage of play in Carlton’s 1979 Grand Final victory over Collingwood. On that wet, cold day before 112,000 fans at the MCG, Carlton started warm favourites. But in a tough, slogging match, the Magpies simply refused to be shaken off. With only minutes remaining, the Blues were in front by just four points, with the black & whites finishing hard and looking a big chance to snatch victory. Enter Wayne Harmes. After playing superbly all day, he gathered the ball at half-forward, only to see his kick slew off his boot and skid toward the boundary in Carlton’s forward pocket. Instantly, he turned and chased, dived, and with a desperate round-arm swipe at the ball, knocked it into the goal square. Waiting there, clear of any opponent, was rover Ken Sheldon – who gleefully goaled to win another flag for the Navy Blues.

Alex Marcou

Premiership Player: 1979, 1981, 1982
Carlton Hall of Fame (2006)

Alex Marcou was a member of Carlton’s fabled mosquito fleet of brilliant small men of the 1970’s and ‘80’s, and a three-time Premiership rover for the Blues. Recruited within the Blues recruiting zone, from northern suburban VAFA club Thomastown, he was among four first-gamers for Carlton in the opening round of the 1979 season. The others were Wayne Johnston, Robbert Klomp and Peter Francis; all of whom were destined for Premiership glory. Marcou was a lightning-quick rover with sure ball-handling skills and excellent goal sense. Aged 20 on debut, by mid-season in ‘79 he was a regular in a powerful Blues combination that topped the ladder, then went on to beat Collingwood by 5 points in a see-sawing Grand Final on a boggy MCG. It was the perfect culmination to a great first year for the 178 cm, 76 kg speedster wearing number 34, and he was widely regarded as Recruit of the Year.

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Des English

Career : 19801987
Games : 104
Goals : 6
Premiership Player : 1981 & 1982

Another in a long line of courageous, reliable and tough back-pockets for the Blues, Des English was a valuable contributor in three Carlton Grand Final teams, including the 1981 and ’82 Premiership sides. One of the most respected players of his era, he was, sadly, forced into premature retirement when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

English came to Carlton from Bendigo League club Eaglehawk in 1980, following in the footsteps of champion rover Rod Ashman. Like “Ashy”, Des had also won the Two Blues’ Best & Fairest award, and was a regular Bendigo League representative, usually at half-back. At Carlton he found a niche in the back pocket, and began consolidating his place in one of the league’s power teams.

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Date : 8th of April 2011.

Time : 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Venue: South Perth Bowling Club – Mends St, Sth Perth

Cost: $100.00 per person, Includes meal, beer, wine and soft drink.

Hosted by Jon Dorotich, join Alex Marcou, Des English, & Wayne Harmes for this very special event and don’t miss your chance to rub shoulders with some of the greats of the game.

There will also be plenty of fantastic auction items available on the day.

Please CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM to get your seat!

Happy 90th Birthday Mick

Mick holding his signed birthday card

 Lifelong Blues supporter Mick Johnston celebrated his 90th birthday recently. The Spirit of Carlton would like to extend our best wishes to Mick and many happy returns. Mick is a veteran of World War II, in particular he was one of the famous ‘Rats of Tobruk’ who fought so bravely in holding off Rommel, the Desert Fox in the sands of Libya.

Lisa Domican and her Grandpa Mick

While Mick celebrated with family and friends in an RSL hall he was presented with a Carlton Football Club birthday card which had been signed by past and present players of the club. From all reports Mick was thrilled with his present. The Spirit of Carlton is delighted to have played a small part in celebrating Micks special day. We would like to thank Lisa Domican who contacted the Spirit of Carlton with an idea for her grandfather’s 90th birthday. Lisa is the creator of the Grace App, which is an iPhone application designed to help Autistic children communicate more freely.

http://graceappforautismoniphone.blogspot.com/

Carlton versus Adelaide Practise Match

It was like old times at Visy Park on friday when a big crowd of eager Blues supporters braved the cold and drizzle to watch the latest installment of pre-season 2011. The Blue boys put on a good display by overcoming Adelaide, in particular Chris Yarran dazzled opponents all afternoon with some scintillating dashes off half back. As usual I have wandered far and wide around the internet jungle to bring you some of the colour and comment from our latest game.

There were lots of people taking photos on the day and we have quite a few albums which have been uploaded.

Nice slideshow of over 100 photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oaks101/sets/72157626193275782/show/

Official CFC photos of the day: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=292494&id=108959538333

Some pics from ACP Photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/acphotography18/archives/date-posted/2011/03/04/

Gerald Bartels take of the day: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=377463&id=527572574

CFCTV interviewed ‘Dangles’ Armfield after the game.

Herald Sun Article: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/double-blow-for-crows/story-e6frf9jf-1226016034677

CFC Article written by Jason Phelan: http://www.carltonfc.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/4311/newsid/108790/default.aspx

 Over at TalkingCarlton, the poster aboynamedsue had this to say:

The 3 players who brought a smile to my face yesterday were Yarran, Hammer & Duigan. Yarran looks a million bucks at the moment. His run out of defence and ball use was first class. Hammer carried the can in the ruck in the 2nd half after Warnock went off early in the 3rd term. I think Warnock might have suffered a minor injury and was kept off the ground for the rest of the 2nd half as a precaution (by the way, I thought Warnock was fairly dominant in the ruck in the 1st half – made one or two clangers with the ball, but he controlled the ruck contests well). We’ve been saying for a few years now that Hammer will be handful if/when the marks start sticking…well, he clunked a few beauties yesterday and his workrate was excellent. And Duigan….looked very determined to have an impact yesterday (obviously fighting for a spot in the Rd 1 team + I suspect he wanted to prove a point to the Crows…) and I think those that compare him to Andrew McKay are pretty close to the mark. Time will tell if he gets to the AA level that Macca did, be he certainly seems a similar type player to Macca. Pencil him in for Round 1 now.

At Carlton Supporters Club, the poster Baggers2011 observed:

Although we have to temper pre season games with the reality of just what it is – a pre-season game, I really saw positives in our effort against Adelaide.

Adelaide came to play and they were crisp, purposeful, smart and direct…early, and also early in the 3rd. During this time they were all over us. We looked like a gangly teenager trying to come to grips with his growing body. But mostly, we worked hard and maximized our opportunities.

When we consider that we were minus around 6 players in our best 22, I was cautiously optimistic in regards our application and response to being down. This time last year, Adelaide got over us and at times on Friday it looked like they would again. I thought the difference this year compared to last was a few defenders who made good decisions under pressure and delivered the pill with precision – an imperative in a top team.

Specifically – Laidler (what a deadly left foot), Diugan (continues to impress, though looked a little lost at times) and White – his attack on the aggot and opponent is great. Jamison seems to be learning (I bet one ex ColliWobbler, G. Brown is having an impact there!!) though he must stop giving away free kicks – this will be the make or break year for Jammo. And then there was Yarran…he’ll cop a negating forward for sure, but dream on opponents, this guy will grow and find a way to cut a swathe through many a defensive press. 

Display Case Completed

Wonderful news today as the new display case in the Visy Park foyer is now complete. The final touches were made this morning in time for the practice match against the Crows. Many hundreds of people got to see the display cabinet today and based on seeing their reactions the display seemed to be very well appreciated. If you saw the cabinet today please leave a message in our comments section to tell us what you think.

For those Blues supporters not able to make it into Visy Park we have produced a video to show you what the display cabinet contains. The contents of the cabinet will change from time to time, at the moment the display is of memorabilia from the 1981 and 1982 premierships.

Twenty Together Always Wins

A new video has been released showing the development of the new Jamie Cooper painting of the combined 1981 and 1982 premiership teams entitled ‘Twenty Together Always Win’. To see the painting close up please play the video below. To purchase your copy of the limited edition copy of this painting click here. To purchase a ticket to the upcoming Carlton Hall of Fame dinner on March 26th please click here.

New Footage of 1981 Grand Final Celebrations

You may have noticed this article in yesterdays Herald Sun.

The video it mentions will be appearing in the new display case in the Visy Park foyer this week. From over two hours of footage an eleven minute video will feature in the display, six minutes of which are scenes from this newly discovered 1981 premiership celebration video.

The Herald Sun was given access to a small snippet to whet our appetite. Enjoy the video below.