Spread the Word and Win

The Spirit of Carlton Past and Present is taking the online world head on and wants to be seen by as many Carlton supporters as possible, we know there are thousands of us, so lets get involved.

In order to spread the word we are going to be running a competition. What we want from you is very simple, just tell other Carlton supporters about us, whether that is on twitter, facebook or your social media of choice.

There are several ways you can enter:

Retweet one of our tweets from our twitter account at https://twitter.com/SpiritofCarlton

Use our TELL A FRIEND page at our facebook fan page, let us know via email so we can include you in the draw.

If you have used other ways such as email, digg or anything else, let us know via email so we can include you in the draw.

At the end of April we will collect the names of those who have helped us spread the word and you will be in the running to win a Spirit of Carlton shirt and cap. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries we have collected to the 30th April.

The winner will be announced on the 1st of May.

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A Great Night at the Footy

Season 2011 began in the best possible fashion with a win and a wonderful night thanks to the Spirit of Carlton. Your humble correspondent took advantage of a ticketed night of entertainment from the Spirit of Carlton Past and Present, all the following for just $35.

The night began by finding the Ron Barassi room and settling down for a quiet drink (at bar prices) and speaking to fellow Blues supporters about the most interesting thing in the world, the Carlton Football Club! The night was generously sponsored by Cameron Knight of Jim’s Roofing Services, you can see the business details in the photos associated with this article. The album of pictures can be accessed here: http://spiritofcarlton.com/blog/photos/carlton-vs-richmond-march-24-2011/

Geoff Southby and Jimmy Buckley at the Spirit of Carlton function at the MCG in round one 2011. About 40 minutes before the game started the MC for the night, the famous Jimmy Buckely got things started with a few well timed gags and then introduced Geoff Southby who spoke about what the Spirit of Carlton had been doing in recent times. We were informed about the preservation of history program the SOC is building in association with the club and in particular Tony De Bolfo. The most obvious result so far to Carlton supporters is the spectacular new display case in the foyer at Visy Park. Geoff also kindly talked about developments such as this website and how the SOC is getting serious about connecting with supporters through the internet and social media (as an aside our twitter account ticked over 1000 followers this morning, check us out at https://twitter.com/#!/SpiritofCarlton). The support that the SOC has given the current playing group was also mentioned. The SOC has contributed over $330,000 so far to the club for use in specific projects to benefit the current playing group. Raffle prize of a Brent Crosswell signed guernsey at the Spirit of Carlton function at the MCG in round one 2011.Some of the items the club now has thanks to the SOC include, a new golf cart for the property steward to transport training gear, GPS units for the players to track their matchday performance, iPads and accompanied software that helps with their weights management training and support for the father and son training academy to name a few.

 After this I was eyeing off the raffle item in the corner, a signed Brent Crosswell guernsey. This is quite a rare item and would be a fine addition to any supporters memorabilia collection. The picture of Barassi and Croswell on the item was a beauty as well and reminded me of the interesting path these two men followed through three different football clubs together.

The views from a Spirit of Carlton allocated seat at the MCG in round one 2011. It was time to wander to my seat and I was happy to find a spot beautifully positioned on the ground level near the fifty. As usual the atmosphere at the MCG was magic and 60,000 Blues and Tigers supporters yelled and clapped and booed with gusto through the first half.

When the half time siren sounded I hightailed it back to the Ron Barassi room. Ken ‘Bomba’ Sheldon took the podium and gave a summary of the first half of the game. Also up on the stage were Peter McConville and Alex Marcou completing a trifecta of triple premiership players, the triple tripletts. Peter and Alex spoke with fondness about their time at the Blues and how close the team was as a unit back in those days. It was then time for the auctions and the raffle result. Alex Marcou at the Spirit of Carlton function at the MCG in round one 2011.By this time I had made my way through several vietnamese rolls and party pies, the SOC put on a big spread of food which was enthusiastically eaten by guests in attendance. Apart from over 100 SOC members and supporters there were a lot of past players in the room apart from those already mentioned including Syd Jackson and David Rhys-Jones.  The auction items were a guernsey signed by the entire 2011 playing list and another guernsey signed by the three amigos, Garlett, Yarren and Betts. The lucky winner of the raffle prize was non other than the best racing caller in the land (and Richmond supporter) Greg Miles.

It was time to return to the game and despite some nervous moments the Blues managed a win. It was then time to enjoy a quiet after the game drink in the Ron Barassi room with the SOC boys and chat about the game.

All in all a great night out at the footy!

If you want to enjoy a night (or day) out like this one make sure to check out our upcoming home game functions on our calendar here: http://spiritofcarlton.com/blog/events/ The next home game event is for the round four clash against Essendon at the MCG. Be sure to secure your tickets by calling Justine Wratten on 0438 271 948 between 9am and 5pm weekdays.

Past Player Birthdays: 22nd – 31st March

Many happy returns to the following past players for their birthdays for the remainder of the month.

March 26th

Jon McCormick

Jon McCormick had a brief but thought provoking stay at Carlton. A great performer in the Murray league, McCormick was touted as a North rookie but Carlton snapped him up in the Rookie Draft nice & early, presumably on Pagan’s advice from their shared North days. McCormick had been recruited from the Murray Kangaroos, after stints with the Murray Bushrangers U/18’s and Wangaratta.

Given the #41, McCormick had a promising pre-season and was promoted for Round 1 of the year. And he made a huge impression, earning 19 stats and kicking 2 goals (with his first two kicks) as the Blues crashed to a large loss against the Swans. One of those goals was a pearler of a right foot snap, and it seemed that McCormick was a diamond in the rough that would help us through our draft penalties.

A right-footer, McCormick is also well remembered for his hairstyles which prompted many nicknames in the crowd. “Rockin’ Roddy” was one of my favourites, after his likeness for crooner Rod Stewart. As a player, his key strength was ball winning ability but he did not have a large frame or super strength to back it up, more relying on skill and footy smarts to get the ball out. His preferred right produced the odd grubber too.

He would play 21 games in 2003 and was presumably setting himself up for a permanent midfield role. Within the season were some stellar games, including a 26 stat game against the Bulldogs. Averaging 13.9 possessions a game, it seemed as though 2004 would be another strong year.

But McCormick would only play 5 games in 2004 as Pagan chose to prefer other players. With limited game time in those games, he would fail to gather more than 8 possessions and could only do one thing – excel at VFL level to try to get another crack. But he was delisted at the end of the 2004 season, after 26 games in the Navy Blue.

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

March 28th

Luke O’Sullivan

The story of Luke “Rhino” O’Sullivan is a pearler – was on the list for almost a decade, and only managed to reach his 50th game in his last year. A unique player, O’Sullivan was a 182cm barrel-chested, feet-pumping forward pocket / flanker who loved a goal. He was recruited from the Blues U/19’s, after originally playing for Xavier College (Kew) despite signing on for Footscray where his cousin Shane O’Sullivan had moved to a few years earlier.

Luke also had another brother affiliated with the Blues, older brother Brendan O’Sullivan played Reserve Grade footy with the Blues from 1978 to 1980, he was also later to be the Runner for the Senior team.

Wearing the #27, Rhino had these fantastic side-burns that he wore with pride. His signature move was to take a bounce, rock on to his left foot (preferred) and try to run through tackles. He gave away his fair share of holding the ball free kicks, but also ran over a few opponents. He was a unique player, a player with flair, and clearly a player the Blues loved to keep around despite injury.

First playing in 1988, and perhaps most memorable for a 4 goal burst in Round 6, 1992, O’Sullivan would ironically be delisted after his best year of football, 1997. In the 4 years up to 1997, Rhino would manage 0, 2, 6 and 1 game respectively, due to injury and our strong team a the time. Doing his knee at Waverley didn’t help – remember the surface giving way when he was wearing number 60 in the 1993 ‘Night’ game against Footscray when the Club left his jumper back at Carlton?

1997 was Rhino’s year. 15 games, kicking 12 goals 7 from the flank and occasional midfield role, provided a lot of enjoyment to the fans as Carlton slid out of the finals. Two cracking games – Round 9 versus Freo (26 stats, 2 goals) and Round 11 versus Brisbane are appropriate highlight packages for the man we all loved, the man we all wanted to succeed, the man with the sidies – “Rhino”.

Luke O’Sullivan is the uncle of Sydney Swans youngster Daniel Hannebery.

From: http://www.blueseum.org/tiki-index.php?page=Luke+O%27Sullivan

March 29th

Simon Verbeek

Simon Verbeek was a football journeyman. From his hometown at St Arnaud, he played in a Richmond 1985 U/19’s premiership, the next two seasons he played reserve grade football with the Tigers. He was then cut from the final list and then crossed to VFA club Oakleigh, Richmond again him and invited him to Punt Road for 1988 pre-season, but he was unable to break into the Tigers’ senior team. His coach at Oakleigh, was ex Blues premiership winger, Bryan Quirk, he notified Carlton and the Blues invited Verbeek to Carlton for a tryout.

The Blues gave him that opportunity by recruiting him with selection 12 in the 1989 Pre-Season Draft, and Verbeek responded with a solid debut season to win our Best First Year Player award. Verbeek’s strength was he had a good set of hands and was very strong overhead.

From then on, Simon always seemed to be on the verge of a good career, but unfortunately couldn’t take the extra step required to become an established League footballer. He spent three seasons at Princes Park, and despite occasional flashes of brilliance, was delisted in 1991.

Verbeek also played for the Victorian U/17’s team in 1984.

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

March 30th

Adrian Hickmott

Adrian Hickmott was a tough, hard-at-it and fair right foot utility who would play 134 games for the Blues between 1996 and 2003. Hickmott would play mainly as a forward with the occasional stint at half-back, and was renowned for his fearlessness and toughness at the ball.

Hickmott started off as a Cat and played 50 games and scored 24 goals, including Geelong’s 1995 Grand Final loss to Carlton, where it must be said he was one of the better players and arguably had the better of Ang Christou by leading hard all day. Whilst the Cat’s big named forwards like Ablett, Brownless and Handley were all being swamped by the Blues defence, this red-head in hoops kept on bobbing up.

Come season’s end, Hickmott would find his way to the Blues in a 3-way trade including draft picks to Carlton, with Troy Bond leaving the Blues for Adelaide. Whether it was his floppy boyish red hair, or his slightly different kicking action, few at Carlton realised how tough and courageous young Hicky was; but over his 8 year career with the Blues he would demonstrate it over & over again.

“Hicky” would make an immediate impact in his new number 9 guernsey with 22 games and 17 in 1997, before a serious knee injury deprived Hickmott of then entire 1998 season. But he would return in 1999 and play all but 2 games from Round 7. A hamstring strain would force him to miss the Preliminary Final but he would be immediately recalled for the Grand Final.

But it would be 2000 and 2001 where we would see the best of Hickmott, with 21 and 23 games respectively and 20 + goals each year.

Hickmott’s fearless attitude to the ball and cheeky grin would endear himself to the Carlton crowd, even if he had come from another club. Some mindless marking attempt where he would be knocked out only added to the cause. His courage and desire led Hickmott to be appointed as Deputy Vice Captain for the Blues between 2002 and 2003.

But Hickmott would retire in Round 16 of 2003 due to a serious groin injury, which had plagued him all year.

Hickmott’s retirement, together with Brett Ratten‘s earlier in the season, would rob the Blues of two courageous leaders. But these were only the starting steps of a serious amount of change at Carlton, with 2003 marking a record level of changes in an AFL list.

Hickmott would step into the coaching game at VFL level in 2008 taking charge of the Bendigo Bombers as well as being an assistant coach under Essendon coach Matthew Knights.

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

SOC Executive Meets at Visy Park

From left, David Rhys-Jones, Dennis Munari, Geoff Southby and Bob Lowrie.


The SOC executive held one of their regular meetings this morning in the salubrious confines of Visy Park. While there some members of the executive took time to appreciate the magnificent new display cabinet paid for in part by the Spirit of Carlton Past and Present.

30 years on, Ian Rice tells

By Tony De Bolfo originally for carltonfc.com.au

Former Carlton President Ian Rice has shed precious light on the tumultuous events of 1979 and ’80, as the club completes its preparations for the Hall of Fame Dinner and celebration of the 1981/’82 back-to-back Grand Final triumphs. Now living in London, and having been based in Europe for the past 23 years, Rice is an apology for Saturday week’s function at Crown Palladium, and will be represented by his son Richard – who as a seven year-old Carlton supporter was part of the Princes Park post-match pitch invasion for the mandatory kick of the footy. But Rice recently agreed to reflect on his four years at the helm at Carlton, and respond to a series of questions for carltonfc.com.au.

In the following Q and A, Rice talks candidly of;

 • initially refusing an offer from club powerbroker Wes Lofts to assume the Carlton Presidency;

• secret meetings with Ron Barassi, at which he offered Barassi first dibs at a return to the club as Senior Coach, replacing Peter Jones; and

• persuading the late Perc Bentley to crucially redirect his vote from Jones to David Parkin as Senior Coach on the day his (Rice’s) own casting vote secured Parkin’s place in history as Jones’ successor. 

The Rice interview is as follows;

Q: Thirty years on, what are your overriding memories of the 1981 and 82 years?

A: A mixture of pride that I was privileged to play a part in some of the most successful years in Carlton’s proud 147 year history.

Q: How did you come to be Carlton President and what do you believe was your greatest legacy?

A: I had been a club Patron and as a Melbourne City Council chairman I was able to assist Carlton in its ground development and the arrangements for Hawthorn to share Princes Park. On Monday December 3rd, 1979 the Club President, George Harris dramatically resigned at the Annual Meeting. The Premiership club was in turmoil. The Captain-Coach, Alex Jesaulenko wrote to the Club that he would not continue in any capacity unless Harris was returned as President. Amongst the Harris/Jesaulenko comeback terms was ‘Jezza’s’ appointment as Chairman of the Match Committee, Captain and Coach . Subsequently at a meeting of players Jezza was advised this was not acceptable as Mike Fitzpatrick was appointed Captain , Mark Maclure vice captain and ‘Percy’ Jones Coach. On Tuesday 4th December the Chairman of the Match Committee, Wes Lofts bumped into me at Sydney Airport and asked if I would take on the Presidency. I said I was not interested. The club`s finances were in a mess, the Committee and Club were split over the Harris/Jesaulenko proposals and the chaos was front and back page every day. The Committee, split down the middle, was due to meet on Thursday 6th December to address the Harris/Jesaulenko proposals – without a President and with feelings running very high amongst the membership . Under these incredible circumstances, I was approached again hours before the crucial meeting and accepted the position with a lot of misgivings. The chaos surrounding Carlton dominated the national media for the summer. Harris and Jesaulenko called for an Extraordinary General Meeting of members to be held at Festival Hall on 7.30 pm Tuesday, 19th February. The Supreme Court ruled on which members were entitled to vote. There were eleven motions, the first of which was to remove me as a Director. Each side had four speakers to the motion. I received 72 per cent of the vote and Harris and Jezza left the club. It was such a tragic ending for one of Carlton’s all time greats. My greatest legacy was to bring order out of chaos which enabled the focus and attention to be placed on the people that most count – the team.

Q: Did you expect the spectacular successes to happen so quickly after the internal divisions?

A: I knew we had a great team, as I had consulted some of our former champions, but my major concern was how to unlock that ability. The squad of 30 was a well-bonded unit, with a strong club spirit , but we had an untried, inexperienced coach in Percy Jones.

Q: Obviously the appointment of David Parkin was crucial to the club’s turnaround after the disappointment of season 1980. Do you recall how Parkin’s name first appeared on the radar as a prospective Carlton coach and do you remember the chain of events leading to his appointment?

A: After our crushing loss to Richmond by seven goals in the Qualifying Final and the even greater disaster against Collingwood in the First Semi I knew that to win the Premiership we had to have a very successful, experienced coach who could bring out the world class ability that we squandered in 1980. The Committee wanted to give Perc another chance as one of the club’s most favoured sons. I was the only person opposed to his re-appointment. It was obvious that we needed Barassi or Parkin, both Premiership coaches. I first went after Barassi and had secret meetings in my Collins Street office which was embarrassingly discovered by Channel 10. Barassi decided to return to Melbourne so I turned to Parkin. He was interested. On the morning of the decisive committee vote I knew the count was 7 for Perc and 5 for Parkin. I met Perc at lunch to tell him it was my opinion that to maximise the team’s talent we needed a Premiership coach and tonight I wanted Parkin selected. Perc was not happy. On the way to Princes Park for the fateful committee meeting I saw Percy Bentley, a former champion player, premiership coach and committee member. We talked and I convinced him to change his vote to Parkin. The vote was 6-6 and I used my casting vote to select Parkin as the 1981 coach. The rest, as they say, is history. There is no doubt that the 1981 and 1982 teams rank in the pantheon of the greatest League teams.

Q: What message would you like to convey to the players who represented Carlton in those famous back-to-back years? What was it about the Carlton of this period that made it such a success story?

A: It was an honour to be their President. We had such fun together – the team, committee, backroom staff (who were all honorary then) and the members – they loved their club and showed it . Those four years were some of the happiest, most eventful of my life.

Q: For the record, where are you now living and what are you doing professionally? Do you still keep abreast of Carlton’s performances and how often to you get back to take in a game?

A: I live in London, have been living in Europe for 23 years and am very active in the investment business. I read The Age daily online, so am reasonably up to date on activities. I also see some games on TV here and occasionally I come back for a Grand Final. I have mates who ran other clubs – Craig Kimberley at South Melbourne, Wayne Reid at Melbourne, Bob Ansett and Albert Mantello at North Melbourne and Lindsay Fox at St. Kilda, and they also keep me up to date. I came home for the 1981 and ’82, 25th Anniversary celebrations, and when ‘Fitzy’ (Mike Fitzpatrick), (David) Parkin and I spoke to the boys it was just like it was yesterday. They haven’t changed. I am so proud of them

Get Your Tickets for Round One


Tickets for Round 1 24/3 Carlton V Richmond 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.

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.

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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