A Captain Cook at the Endeavour Room

The game on Saturday night between Carlton and Adelaide saw the first Spirit of Carlton home game function for the year at Etihad Stadium and the first time that the SOC has been able to use the magnificent Endeavour room. This room is available exclusively to SOC members and will be our main venue for the remaining five home game functions at Etihad this season.

When I walked into the room the very first thing that struck me was how similar it was in feel to the old Social Club at Visy Park. There was the bar at the back, plenty of standing room, large windows revealing magnificent views of the ground and rows of exclusive premium seating just outside the room for those who like to sit down and soak in the atmosphere. I have to admit it did bring back a lot of fond memories and the room along with the familiar faces of fellow Blues supporters made me feel like I was ‘home’ at the footy again.

Past players and officials in attendance on Saturday night included, David Rhys-Jones, Alex Marcou, Val Perovic, Ian Prendergast, Mil Hanna, Jamie Dunlop, Steve Da Rui, Tony Zoanetti, Frank Brosnan, Gary Higgins, Gary Vallence, Mark Naley, Mark Amos and Albert Millson.

The room can hold 300 people so there is plenty of room for anyone thinking of coming along. If you are a SOC member for just $50 you get a premium seat just out the front of the Endeavour room, drinks at bar prices, free finger food at half time, great raffle prizes and exclusive auction items and being able to mingle with past greats of the club. You get an experience at the footy that can cost some people thousands of dollars.

If you haven’t already get yourself a SOC membership. There are still 5 more home game functions at Etihad and another 3 at the MCG. For a small outlay you can get a big experience.


To see what happens at half time and interviews with Ian Prendergast and Mil Hanna please check out our video below.


Past Player Birthdays: 16th-22nd April

April 18th: Dennis Munari

Career : 19671970
Debut : Round 8, 1967 vs Geelong, aged 19 years, 45 days
Carlton Player No. 799
Games : 41
Goals : 20
Last Game : Round 22, 1970 vs Melbourne, aged 22 years, 132 days
Guernsey Nos. 37 (1967) and 8 (1968-70)
Height : 178 cm ( 5 ft. 10 in.)
Weight : 76 kg (12 stone, 0 lbs.)
DOB : April 18, 1948
Premiership Player 1968

Dennis Munari came to Carlton as a promising centreman from that wonderful football nursery of Assumption College at Kilmore. A stylish right-footer, he was solid in his debut season in 1967, only to be edged out of his preferred position early the following year by the arrival of Tasmanian sensation Brent Crosswell. Munari then found a niche as second rover to Adrian Gallagher, and was instrumental in Carlton’s drive to the 1968 Premiership.

Munari wore guernsey number 37 for his first senior appearance – off the bench – in round 8 of 1967, against Geelong at Princes Park. The Blues won a thriller by four points, then lost another cliff-hanger by 2 points to Richmond a week later. In captain-coach Ron Barassi’s third season in charge, Carlton had begun emerging as a force after years of mediocrity, winding up the home and away rounds just two points adrift of minor premiers Richmond… for more visit here.

April 20th: Mark Majerczak

Career: 1987 – 1991
Debut: Round 10, 1987 v Brisbane
946th Carlton Player
Games: 17
Goals: 20
Last game: Round 18, 1991 v Brisbane
Guernsey No. 33, 48
Height: 180cm
Weight: 75kg
DOB: 20 April, 1968

‘Magic’, as he was known to Carlton fans, was a goalsneak who played 17 games for the Blues in the late 1980s. He was an accurate left foot kick and a consistent performer in the reserves, but found it hard to crack a regular spot in the team during a time when finals were a given for Carlton. Had better than a goal a game ratio which indicates that he knew where the sticks were, but suffered in comparison to similar size players such as Mark Naley.

Mark’s first kick in senior footy with the Blues resulted in a goal – a classy pick-up, slight shimmy and a kick from about 40 metres out from the scoreboard end at Princes Park.

Recruited from St Marks/Fawkner, Mark has also played Little League Football for Carlton (in 1979). Those were the days when each club ran their own Little League Squads – at this time the Carlton Squad was coached/managed by Keith Duggan, who had an uncanny resemblance to Australian entertainer Rolf Harris…. for more visit here.

April 20th: Phil Maylin

Career : 1980 – 1984
Debut : Round 1, 1980 vs Collingwood, aged 23 years, 343 days
Carlton Player No. 881
Games : 89
Goals : 48
Last Game : Round 22, 1984 vs South Melbourne, aged 28 years, 134 days
Guernsey No. 13
Height : 175 cm (5 ft. 9 in.)
Weight : 76 kg (12 stone)
DOB: 20 April, 1956
Premiership Player: 1981, 1982

A hard-working, tenacious utility from South Australian club Woodville, Phil ‘Shark’ Maylin was a month short of his 24th birthday when he made his debut for the Blues in 1980, and went on to be a popular member of Carlton’s 1981 and ‘82 Premiership sides. Virtually from the day of his arrival at Princes Park in the late summer of 1979, his application and work ethic demanded that a place be found for him in the reigning Premiership team.

Wearing guernsey number 13, Maylin went through a baptism of fire against Collingwood in his first senior game at Victoria Park in round one of 1980. Playing on a wing alongside Ken Sheldon and Peter Francis, Phil earned respect for his hardness at the contest, as Wayne Johnston kicked seven goals and Carlton won a torrid clash by 38 points. Former St Kilda defender Val Perovic also did well for the Blues in his first appearance for his new club, while Peter ‘Percy’ Jones made a good start to his senior coaching career….. for more visit here.

April 21st: Tom Alvin

Career : 19841994
Debut: Round 1, 1984 vs North Melbourne, aged 21 years, 344 days
Carlton Player No. 914
Games : 218
Goals : 95
Last Game: Qualifying Final, 1994 vs Melbourne, aged 32 years, 143 days
Guernsey No. 31
Height : 183 cm (6 ft. 0 in.)
Weight : 80 kg (12 stone, 8 lbs.)
DOB : 21 April, 1962
Premiership Player 1987
Carlton Hall of Fame : 1999

Tom Alvin was recruited by Carlton in 1984 from the strong Latrobe Valley club Bairnsdale, where he had developed into an outstanding country footballer under the guidance of his coach; ex Blue Trevor Fletcher. Fletcher placed a lot of faith in the club’s youth, and Alvin was one of the main beneficiaries. To this day Tom credits Fletcher as being one of the greatest influences in his career, while Bairnsdale won a Premiership in 1981 with Alvin playing a key role. By 1983, the 21 year-old had been tied to Footscray for a season or two, but when his contract lapsed, Carlton believed in his potential and offered him a second chance at a league football career. It was a winning punt by the Blues, and Alvin was eventually able to play for the team that he followed avidly throughout his childhood. Wearing guernsey number 31, Tommy turned into a popular, consistent and long-serving defender who was an integral member of three Carlton Grand Final teams…. for more visit here.

Get Your Tickets for Round Five


Tickets for the Round 5 Carlton V Adelaide match at Docklands will be on sale from 9.00 am Monday and will sell fast. The cost is $50.00 per ticket which includes entry to the ground a reserved seat and finger food in the Spirit of Carlton room. Your MC will be none other than Jimmy Buckley, there will be past player interviews, auctions and raffles on the day. Tickets will be sold on a first in best dressed basis. To book tickets call Justine Wratten on 0438271948, between the hours of 9am-5pm.

Please note : These tickets are only available to paid up Spirit Of Carlton members. If you have not yet joined and would like to take advantage of these wonderful tickets, please ring Justine to get your membership ASAP.

SOC Takes On The Top End

Join Syd Jackson, Ken Hunter, Val Perovic & other Carlton legends in Darwin for this very special event. 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.

Date : 27th of May 2011.

Time : 12.00pm

Venue: Kantilla’s Room, TIO Stadium, Abala Rd, Marrara.

Cost: $120.00 per person, Includes gourmet lunch by Karen Sheldon catering, beer, wine and soft drink.


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Syd Jackson


Playing Career : 19691976
Debut : Round 1, 1969 vs St Kilda, aged 24 years 278 days
Carlton Player No. 808
Games : 136
Goals : 165
Guernsey No. 5
Last Game : Preliminary Final, 1976 vs North Melbourne, aged 32 years 79 days
DOB : July 1, 1944
Premiership Player 1970, 1972
Carlton Hall of Fame (2006)

Ken Hunter

Career : 19811989
Debut : Round 1, 1981 vs Richmond, aged 23 years, 334 days
Carlton Player No. 889
Games : 147
Goals : 160
Last Game : Round 5, 1989 vs Hawthorn, aged 32 years, 1 day
Guernsey No. 9
DOB : 28 April, 1957
Premiership Player 1981, 1982, 1987
All Australian 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983
Best and Fairest 1981
Leading Goalkicker 1983 (43 goals)
Carlton Hall of Fame Inducted 1998
Carlton Team of the Century

Val Perovic

Career : 19801985
Debut : Round 1, 1980 vs Collingwood, aged 26 years, 185 days
Carlton Player No. 882
Games : 97
Goals : 1
Guernsey No. 15
Last Game : Round 10, 1985 vs Hawthorn, aged 31 years, 249 days
Height : 194 cm ( 6 ft. 4 in.)
Weight : 97 kg (15 stone, 4 lbs.)
DOB : 25 September, 1953
Premiership Player 1981, 1982

Get Your Tickets for Round Four


Tickets for the Round 4 Carlton V Essendon match at The MCG will be on sale at 9.00 am and will sell fast. The cost is $35.00 per ticket which includes entry to the ground a reserved seat and finger food in the Spirit of Carlton room. Your MC will be none other than Jimmy Buckley, there will be past player interviews, auctions and raffles on the day. Tickets will be sold on a first in best dressed basis. To book tickets call Justine Wratten on 0438271948, between the hours of 9am-5pm.

Please note : These tickets are only available to paid up Spirit Of Carlton members. If you have not yet joined and would like to take advantage of these wonderful tickets, please ring Justine to get your membership ASAP.

Spirit of Carlton In Perth

By Wes King

On Friday, South Perth Bowling Club played host to our SoC function.

With a large turn-out of dyed in the wool Blues fans, plus a huge cast of past players, Richard Dennis (WA head of SoC and 87 Premiership player) was confident it was always going to be a great day.

Crowd shot.Jon Dorotich once again did a fantastic job as Master of Ceremonies, asking the right questions to get some great stories going. Guests of Honour for the day, Des English, Alex Marcou and Wayne Harmes, had the audience intrigued and amused with some of their fabulous tales of the premiership years of 79, 81 and 82.

Thirty years later there is still a belief among all of the boys that we should have won 80 as well.

Adding to the atmosphere of the afternoon, we were fortunate to have several other Blues from that era in attendance. Peter Bosustow, David McKay, Ross Ditchburn, Denis Collins and Allan Montgomery all made it, with Buzz and Swan adding their own comments in question time.

Players from the mid 80’s in Dorotich, Dennis, Shine, Da Rui and Povey all shared experiences from their time at the club with people on their tables. Given we were playing the arch enemy that night, a rousing reception was given to David McKay when Dorra announced that Swan is the only Blues player to have played in 3 winning grand finals against Collingwood! 

While we all went off after the event hoping for a win that night, alas it was not to be. But the signs are very promising….. If the current crop of players have a bond as strong as the past players share, one thing is a definite – the Spirit of Carlton is alive and well.

Thanks to the boys for flying across for the event, and Bob Lowrie for arranging it.

Thanks to all the supporters for coming along. Also a huge thanks to caterer Jo and her team for the great food, and the local committee (Paul, Ian, Garry, Warren) for your help on the day.

Carna Blues!

Click here to check out photos from the day!

The Spirit of Carlton would like to thank Wes King and everyone from the WA Blues for helping out with such a great day and for their continued support of the Spirit of Carlton. If you are in WA check out the WA Blues, one of the best supporter groups in the AFL. http://www.wablues.com

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Blues big man Sorrell dies

By Tony De Bolfo

Sorrell represented the old dark Navy Blues in 23 senior matches between the opening round of the premiership year of 1947 and the ’49 second semi-final, his last on-field appearance. He then turned out for Fitzroy for one senior game in 1950.

The second of three sons of Ralph & Marie Sorrell, Alan was born in Ivanhoe in 1923, and spent his formative years in Gardenvale. Following his marriage to Laurel in 1941, the newlyweds relocated to East Brighton, and it was there in February that they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

A dux of Melbourne University’s commerce faculty, Sorrell pursued a career as a public accountant. But with the outbreak of World War II he answered the King and Country’s call, ably representing the Royal Australian Medical Corps in its militia field ambulance unit.

Sorrell served in that unit for five years, and while he emerged without any physical scars, there was the mental anguish. As his son Ashley explained: “He had to help wounded soldiers and pick up dead bodies . . . he didn’t talk about it much, and although he used to catch up with his old cobbers at yearly reunions, he never went to the marches”.

Ashley termed his father’s playing career “quite unique”.         

“Dad came back from the war at the age of 23 in August of 1946, and he’d never played football before. He played three or four games for Melbourne High School Old Boys to get a bit of fitness and by ’47 was playing in the first round with the Carlton seniors. Not a bad achievement,” Ashley said.

“Dad wasn’t a superstar but he was very tall for that era (6’2″) – in fact he always thought of himself as a journeyman and he never boasted about his career.  But he loved his club.

“He was 90 per cent sight impaired at the end because of glaucoma, but in the old days we used to go to Carlton’s bigger games together. He always followed the Blues and knew all the current players because he was a terrific newspaper reader . . . and he was at the Spirit of Carlton’s last AGM.”

A contemporary of Sorrell’s the dual Carlton premiership centre half-forward Ken Hands, said that while he had only crossed paths with Sorrell twice in the years since, “I can remember him quite clearly”.

“Alan played as a follower, but he didn’t play for long. He was a quiet sort of player, rather gentle, and while he wasn’t a quick mover he moved smoothly,” Hands said.

“He was a very nice fellow.”

Sorrell is survived by his daughters Sharon and André, and son Ashley.

Tickets Still Available: Get Them While You Can!

Tickets are still available for this event it is not too late to book your spot. This Friday night the game is going to be huge, make it a massive day out by attending this special SOC event before the big game.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


Past Player Birthdays: 1st to 15th April

5th April: Mil Hanna

Milham Hanna was an extraordinarily well built but enigmatic wingman / defender for the Blues in between 1986 and 1997. As an outstanding junior footballer he always seemed destined as being a future senior player with the Blues. He was selected in the All-Australian Team for the 1983 Teal Cup after representing Victoria in the carnival. Hanna was a local lad recruited from East Brunswick.

Hanna’s debut is perhaps one of the greatest horror stories that can be suffered by a footy player. Much like the Carlton debut of Dean Rice, where he suffered a severe knee injury, but even worse as it was Hanna’s first game overall, Hanna busted his knee in Round 1 of 1986 against the Hawks. He was retained by the Blues but not seen again until Round 7, 1987.

Of Lebanese descent, Hanna had a long right foot kick on him but hardly ever used his left. Hanna’s pace and agility meant that he could be played in many positions across the wing or half back, plus the occasional stint up forward. A 5 goal game against the Hawks at Waverley in 1995 sticks in the mind – he was kicking them from everywhere on that day.

Hanna played 19 games in 1993, including our Grand Final loss to the Bombers, a game in which he was knocked heavily by tough-man Dean Wallis in what was arguably a defining moment of the match.

Hanna would play all games in 1994 and 1995, including playing on the wing in the Grand Final. Hanna’s brilliant opening quarter in the “Grannie” cannot be underestimated, with Hanna scorching the outer wing on Aaron Lord (our nemesis from the 1994 finals campaign) and delivering beautifully to Brad Pearce for one special goal in our first quarter onslaught. Geelong switched the wings in the second quarter, giving Kouta to chance to dominate – as he did. But there is no doubt Hanna was a key player at the start of the game.

Mil began to slow down over 1996 and 1997, departing in 1997 after only a handful of games for the year. But he would retire a 190 game Premiership Player for the Blues.

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

April 9th: Brad Fisher

Fisher was one of those draft pick gems that pop up late in the order. Taken at number 72 in the 2002 National Draft, he made 99 senior appearances and booted 127 goals for Carlton in eight injury-plagued seasons. Courageous, and an often freakish high mark, he richly deserved to be remembered as a 100-game Blue (and went to great lengths trying to achieve that honour) but in the end, his fragile body let him down.

Fisher’s path to Carlton led from his junior club East Burwood, to the Eastern Ranges in the elite level TAC Cup Under 18 competition. From there he was drafted by the Blues, and assigned guernsey number 14. He was carrying a completely different number however, when he created real excitement in his first match at VFL level by kicking six big goals on debut for the Northern Bullants. Typical of Blues-listed players at the lower level, “Fish” wasn’t wearing the number 14 that day, nor the number listed next to his name in the single page handout available at Cramer St Oval. Instead, he thrilled the crowd in jumper number 36 – which only added to the confusion, because that was usually carried by one the Bullants’ real stalwarts, Josh Vansittart!

That sparkling first-up effort brought an immediate call-up to Carlton’s senior side, and Fisher officially became a Blue on the huge stage of Friday night football at the MCG in round 2, 2003. Carlton took on Collingwood that night, putting up some spirited resistance before falling by 16 points. Brad started on the bench, came on to take a couple of impressive grabs, and kicked his first career goal.

He held on to his place in the side throughout the remainder of a bleak year for Carlton, and despite a couple of minor problems with a knee and shoulder, ended up playing 16 games in an excellent debut season, highlighted by his AFL Rising Star nomination for his solid effort in Carlton’s win over Richmond at the MCG in round 12…..

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

April 15th: Ron De Iulio

Ron burst on to the scene with 29 goals from 19 games as a pacy half-forward in the 1992 season, wearing the #34 guernsey. He was recruited from VFA club Box Hill, previous to that, he had played with VFA club Brunswick.

After battling with Luke O’Sullivan and the resting rovers such as Mitchell, Gleeson and Heaver for that role in subsequent years, Ron went back to the reserves and was was tried in defence. He eventually returned to the senior team, often picking up the opposition’s fastest and smallest forward. In this role, De Iulio had breakthrough years in 1996 and 1998 (playing 21 and all 22 games respectively) and began to make a name for himself as a defensive stalwart whilst the Blues struggled.

He had many battles with Sean Charles and later Jeff Farmer playing against Melbourne and was a valuable member of the team. But he struggled to maintain his place in the side in 1999, after playing the first 5 games, playing his final game in Round 21. He remained at the club in 2000 but spent the entire year in the VFL, where his career ended.

He ended up playing 104 games in the #34- a fair achievement and just enough to earn him a place on the locker, as only the third Blue to do so.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Ron+De+Iulio