Garry Crane on Spirit of Carlton TV

You may not be aware that the Spirit of Carlton has a youtube channel where our videos are showcased. We expect to include more videos for 2011 as well, so we encourage everyone to subscribe to our channel, that way when new videos are added you will be the first to know. The easiest way to subscribe is to click on the red Youtube button on the top right hand corner of the website.

Today we highlight an interview from our archive of Garry Crane, who played in 3 premierships during his 148 game career at the Blues.

Membership is just a tick away

When filling out your Carlton Football Club membership form keep an eye out for the Spirit of Carlton optional extra box on the form, we have highlighted it in the following picture so you can see where it is:

Spirit of Carlton on Carlton Membership Form
Spirit of Carlton on Carlton Membership Form

This is the easiest way to become a member of the Spirit of Carlton, just one tick and all your details from your CFC membership will be used for your Spirit of Carlton membership.

Your money goes towards three main areas when you pay for a Spirit of Carlton Membership,

– Facilities for the current playing group.

– Assistance for past players and officials in the form of ongoing welfare and support activities (medical support, hardship support, general support).

– Preservation and promotion of the history of the club.

Already, nearly $300,000 has been provided to pay for specific items and activities including ice baths, training equipment, support for the Father and Son Development Academy and the upcoming display case in the CFC foyer.

As our membership grows we are able to provide more to the club, for the present and for the past so that the future will be stronger.

So Download a Carlton Football Club Membership form today and tick the Spirit of Carlton as well!

Carlton Towns: Benalla

Today the players head off to Benalla for a two day AFL community camp. No doubt current Carlton player Jarrad Waite will enjoy visiting his old home town. He is not the only product of Benalla to play for the Blues.

Jim Flynn

Captain twice in Carlton’s glorious Premiership treble of 1906, ’07 and ’08, James Edward ‘Jim’ Flynn was a skilful, versatile player for the Blues, and a dynamic on-field leader whose fine career stretched into his late thirties.

Born in Benalla in northern Victoria, Flynn began his VFL senior career aged 25 at Geelong in 1897 he also played for Benalla District, Collingwood in the VFA and Canterbury. In seven seasons with the Pivotonians, he racked up 72 games and 22 goals without experiencing finals football. Meanwhile, Carlton’s similar lack of success led to the master-stroke appointment of former Test cricketer Jack Worrall as club secretary. In fact, Worrall was to quickly become the game’s first coach – responsible for every facet of the team’s performance.

Worrall’s single-minded determination to lift the Blues from the doldrums had him scouring the country for football talent, and Jim Flynn was one of his prizes. Promised a real shot at football glory by Worrall, Flynn agreed to swap clubs and arrived at Princes Park in 1903.

Although not particularly tall at 179 cm, Flynn was an intelligent and versatile ruckman who was always looking for ways to counter larger opponents. A natural athlete with a good spring and sure hands, he often sharked the taps of his opponents by feigning to jump for the ball, but intercepting it himself.

In Flynn’s first season, Carlton climbed from sixth on the ladder to third, and Jim’s impact was such that he was appointed vice-captain for the following year – to fellow ex-Geelong ruckman Joe McShane. Then, when McShane stepped down at the end of 1904, Jim Flynn was his popular successor. Flynn’s debut was incidentally Carlton’s 100th game in the new VFL league.


Max Howell

Max Howell came down to Carlton from Benalla in 1948, setting himself the big task of breaking into the Blues’ reigning VFL Premiership team. A 26 year-old centreman with good pace and a raking kick, he eventually got the chance he craved in round seven, when incumbent wingman Fred Fitzgibbon was ruled out by injury. Howell was selected as Fitzgibbon’s replacement, and lined up against Melbourne at the MCG.

Howell’s second season never really got going. While Carlton set about redeeming themselves, he ran around with the Reserves again until round 12, 1949, when he made the first of his three senior appearances – all of them as 20th man in games prior to the finals. In September, Carlton fought their way through to another Grand Final, only to destroyed by a rampant Essendon.

Howell fronted up for his third year with the Blues in 1950, and seemed to get off to a promising start when coach Percy Bentley gave him an opportunity as first rover in round one – another test against Melbourne at the MCG. Max celebrated his first (and only) career goal that day, but the Demons proved too good again, and won by 20 points.

Victory eventually came Carlton’s way the following Saturday afternoon at Princes Park, when Ray Garby and Ken Baxter both kicked five goals in a high-scoring mid-table clash against North Melbourne. Howell played at half-forward in a 16-point win, but didn’t trouble the scorers.

Perhaps happy to go out on a winning note, Max retired from elite level football after that game, and headed back to the bush.


Blues, Magpies and Tigers Saturday Night Threesome

Saturday night saw the Blues take on the Magpies and the Tigers in an experimental first week of the NAB cup. While the one win and one loss most likely means that the Blues will be following the country town ciruit for the rest of the preseason the young team performed well and many of the youngest players showed great promise for the future. This is the best of what the net had to offer for the coverage of these games.

The Herald Sun reviewed game one,

Senior players Marc Murphy, Kade Simpson, Heath Scotland and Andrew Walker lifted after half-time and the form of younger players was encouraging. Little known second year player Rohan Kerr booted two goals and provided a strong option inside 50. Also showing potential for Carlton was Kane Lucas in the midfield and Levi Casboult who moved well in the ruck alongside Robbie Warnock, but clearly needs to work on his kicking. Jeremy Laidler and Nick Duigan will be handy finds for the defence.It wasn’t a high standard game but just a small appetiser ahead of Round 1.

… and also the game against Collingwood.

The Blues got off to an ideal start through Andrew Walker who also kicked a classy goal to start the second half.
Chris Yarran on Andrew Krakouer was a match up highlight, with Krakouer’s genius right foot snap goal earning him the points. Kirk Ugle was also putting forward his case to oust Leon Davis with a nice snap of his own from the boundary. Carlton rested some senior players for game three and brought in one, Michael Jamison, who played forward and didn’t seem to mind the change from defence.  Midfielder Jaryd Cachia, who tackled hard in the first game, put in another eye-catching effort. The only hiccup was an ankle injury to Setanta O’hAilpin who was substituted.

See an interview with Rohan Kerr (and his prawn tattoo) here:

Carlton Football Club provided some great behind the scenes photos of the changing rooms via their facebook page,

Over at BigFooty  OldBlueFan had this to say –

Laidler was the most impressive IMHO, the poise that he showed and his disposal were really impressive. If he can keep that up when the real stuff starts, I can see him being best 22 easily. Lucas seems to have improved on what was a really good start last year. I think it was him that weighted that hand pass beautifully in the Richmond game for a certain goal to Kerr. To do that in traffic when the heat was coming from everywhere showed impressive instinctive smarts.

Watson impressed me with his kicking (naturally) but also his strength when the ball was on the ground. This guy has great strength in his legs and hips already, so when his upper body grows to match, look out! Curnow looked to be at home in and under, but we were on the wing in the second tier stand so it was hard to see properly. He didn’t seem to be on the ground much, did he get injured?

Kerr’s performance in the Richmond game was excellent too. Kicked the goals he should have, missed everything once from a difficult angle, but what footy player hasn’t done that? I agree with Zee, will definitely be one to watch as time goes on.

Happy Birthday to Wayne Harmes

The Spirit of Carlton would like to wish Wayne Harmes a big happy birthday and many happy returns today. Wayne is a great supporter of the SOC and always willing to get involved in SOC functions. He is much loved by Carlton supporters around the country.

Wayne Harmes will be one of the guests at the upcoming SOC function in Perth on the 8th of April. CLICK HERE for more details and to secure your seat to what will be a super event.

For your entertainment here are some of Harmesy’s greatest moments.


Please use the comments section to tell us your favourite memories of Wayne Harmes!

Carlton Family Day: Feb 13th

Just a reminder to Spirit of Carlton readers and members that the Carlton Football Club family day is now only one week away.

On Sunday, February 13, all the Carlton players will be at Visy Park for the Hyundai Blues Family Day. The Family Day will commence at 11.00am and conclude at 2.00pm with activities for all the family including interactive activities with the Carlton players and involvement with many of Carlton’s key sponsorship partners.

Entry to the Hyundai Blues Family Day is free for 2011 members with membership on sale outside the ground. The Carlton Shop will be open from 10.00am.

Non-members are also welcome; entry is Adults – $10, Children Under 16 – $5 and Children Under 6 – Free. A family ticket, 2 Adults and 2 Children will also be available – $25.00

Carlton Family Day

We encourage those who have not already done so to get your memberships for the 2011 season. Don’t forget to tick the Spirit of Carlton option on your Carlton membership form.

Carlton Towns: Castlemaine

About 120 clicks northwest of Melbourne, the town of Castlemaine boasts nearly 7000 residents, but back in the gold rush days of the 1850s it could boast that it had a bigger population than Melbourne. Those days are long gone, as is the majority of the gold. However, over the years the Carlton Football club has found more than a few of their own golden nuggets in the form of fine players.

Warren Jones

Warren “Wow” Jones added more than his share to the rich tapestry of the Carlton Football Club in his 92 games for the Blues between 1978 and 1985. Perhaps best remembered for the myth that grew from his nickname, Wow was a heavily-tattooed giant at 200 cm and 102 kg – but one whose forbidding appearance hid a surprisingly gentle nature off the field.

Jones was born in Wellington New Zealand, before growing up in Queensland. He learned the Australian game with Morningside Football Club, and later moved south to Castlemaine in central Victoria. When Carlton recruited him, he was a match-hardened 24 year-old whose determination and ruck skills – especially his palming of the ball to his rovers – made him the ideal back-up for Mike Fitzpatrick. Jones was handed the fabled number 2 guernsey, and didn’t disappoint. During his eight seasons with the Blues, he represented Queensland in 1979 and played in seven finals, including his finest moment; the 1982 Grand Final. In an epic match, Wow was one of the keys to Carlton’s upset win over Richmond when he almost single-handedly took on and subdued the Tiger ruck duo of Mark Lee and David Cloke.’Wow’+Jones

Adrian Bassett

Adrian Bassett was a lightly-built and pacey left-footed defender who was one of two players drafted by Carlton from VFA club Coburg in the 1990 VFL Pre-Season Draft. The other was Tim Rieniets, who like Bassett, had been a dominant force in Coburg’s 1988-89 Premiership double triumph over Williamstown. Bassett was taken at selection 13, and Rieniets at number 27.

When Bassett was drafted by the Carlton, it was his second stint at the Blues. He had previously played with the U/19’s and Reserves but had been delisted, the Blues had drafted him from Castlemaine (he had previously played with Campbell’s Creek). His move to Southport (QLD), and then to the Phil Cleary led Coburg gave him the experience and confidence for another crack with Carlton.

Stephen Oliver

The highlight of his brief career was surely the Round 14 game in 1993 away to West Coast. An early injury in the game to ‘Sticks’ Kernahan provided Oliver with a rare chance to start out of the goalsquare, and he showed Carlton fans what the hype was all about. He dismantled the premier backman of the competition at the time, Glenn Jakovich, with a display which highlighted his aerial prowess and eye for goal. Two of his nine marks for the day were out and out ‘screamers,’ whilst he kicked two goals and provided assists for another two.

The game is also remembered for another vintage display from Greg Williams (30 possessions, 3 goals) and the last-minute, boundary line set shot from Eagle wingman Chris Mainwaring which struck the post. The one-point victory to Carlton over the reigning premiers would go a long way to establishing the team as genuine finals contender.

Alas for the Blues, Oliver had had enough of city life and the grind of commuting to Melbourne for each training session, and so decided to stay home in the bush for good. In 1995 he took up the role as playing coach for his beloved Castlemaine.

Peter Hall

Peter rounded off his career at Carlton in 1974, playing another 11 games before he and fellow fringe dweller Lance Styles were cleared to West Australian club Subiaco, as part of the wheeling and dealing to get champion ruckman Mike Fitzpatrick to Princes Park. But after only a brief stay in the west, Hall returned to Victoria and graduated from Monash with majors in Mathematics and Psychology. He then accepted an offer to captain-coach prominent LaTrobe Valley club Traralgon for the 1976 season, while also beginning a new working life in the provincial centre as a secondary school teacher. His new adventure in the bush was to prove spectacularly successful.

At Traralgon, he twice won the league’s Best and Fairest player award, while coaching his team to the 1978 and 1980 Premierships. He then switched clubs to Morwell, and took the Latrobe Valley Tigers to another flag in 1985.

In 1988 – on the back of his high profile and sporting success – he stood for election to Parliament as a National Party candidate and won his seat with a comfortable majority. Since then, he has risen to hold a number of senior positions with the Nationals – in particular, as Party Leader in the Legislative Council, holding the shadow portfolios of Education and Resources and Environment. On election to Government in November 2010, Peter was appointed Minister for Higher Education and Skills and Minister responsible for the Teaching Profession

Arthur Cummins

Arthur Cummins’ short playing career was remarkable on two counts. First, because he was a member of Carlton’s original VFL team, and second because his seven consecutive games were played against seven different opponents at seven separate venues.

Born in Castlemaine in central Victoria in 1876, Arthur Edward Cummins was already established at Princes Park by 1897, when the Blues defected from the Victorian Football Association to become one of eight foundation clubs in the Victorian Football League.

The VFL played its opening round of matches on Saturday, May 8, 1897. Carlton met Fitzroy at the Brunswick Street Oval, with Cummins in a forward pocket – apparently as an optional marking target alongside our fast-leading full-forward Wally O’Cock. However, that strategy wasn’t successful. Fitzroy were too good all over the ground and won by five goals. In succeeding weeks, as the Carlton Football Club took its first faltering steps on the long road to eventual glory, defeat followed defeat. In round four against Geelong at Corio Oval, Cummins had a rare moment of joy when he slotted his only career goal, and a fortnight later celebrated his one victory as a Blue when Carlton beat St Kilda by 11 points in a torrid encounter at the Junction Oval.

His seventh and last game provided another first for Cummins when he took part in Carlton’s debut match on the hallowed turf of Princes Park on June 22, 1897. Inspired by the occasion, the Blues put up one of their best performances of the season, before falling to Collingwood by four points in a high-quality encounter.

Matchday Function in Perth: April 8th

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.


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.



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