Semi Final 1936

Semi Final, 1936
Melbourne vs Carlton
Saturday 12 September
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 55,094

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 9 points

Goalkickers: Ron Baggott 3, Eric Glass 3, Les Jones 3, Lou Reiffel 2, Bert Taylor 2, Ray Wartman 1


With Governor Lord Huntingfield looking on, the Blues scored first with a point and it was to tell the story of their day. Their next two scores were points as well, and they were missing out on a golden opportunity to steal an early lead in front of the big September crowd. They got the first 1.3 before Melbourne opened their account, but over the next 10 minutes the Redlegs replied with 2.4 to take the league.

The defence of both teams was sound early and the game became a physical struggle. It took until late in the quarter for Melbourne o kick away with three goals. The lead was out to four goals early in the second term before Carlton reduced the gap to 11, but for the second quarter all the late goals went with the Reds and despite losing Maurie Gibb to injury early on with a compound dislocation of the thumb they jumped to a 22 point lead at half-time.

Te Blues had more of the ball in the third term they were unable to capitalise and kicked just 3.7 to Melbourne's 3.4.

Harry Vallence kicked his 600th goal for the Blues in the last term, but the inaccuracy of his teammates found them 11 points down midway through the quarter. A Jack Mueller screamer which "brought down the house" seemed to fire the Blues up but they missed two more chances to cut the margin to under a goal and Melbourne held on. Muller took 16 marks for the day and was best on ground.

In a match which the Age described as "one of the grandest fighting finishes seen for years", the Carlton president was reported to have "almost burst into tears" at the final bell.

The win set up a preliminary final clash with South Melbourne, who they had put in their best performance of the season against.

Maurie Gibb suffered a compound dislocation of the thumb, Frank Roberts hurt this thigh and Allan La Fontaine was treated for a leg injury.

Mueller, Ray Wartman and Lou Reiffel were adjudged Melbourne's best and awarded trophies by Mr T.B Guest. Deague was 19th man.

Jack Mueller and Harry Long attempt to spoil Harry Vallence with no luck

Labor Call gives the crowd as 54,693

Herald - 08/09/1936
Labor Call - 10/09/1936
Herald - 11/09/1936
Herald - 11/09/1936
Herald - 12/09/1936
Weekly Times - 12/09/1936
Age - 14/09/1936
Argus - 14/09/1936
Labor Call - 17/09/1936
Football Record 1936 Finals

Blueseum match report

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