Round 16 1959

Round 16, 1959
Melbourne vs Carlton
Saturday 15 August
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 53,479

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 45 points

Goalkickers: Alan Rowarth 4, Neil Crompton 3, Robert B Johnson 3, Ian Ridley 2, Ron Barassi 1


Three weeks without a win for the first time since 1953 had put the Demons on the verge of slipping out of the top two, but just when they needed to find form against the top of the table Blues they did - and leapt back in front of them into top spot.

Both clubs fielded powerful sides, with captain John Beckwith back for the Demons after a week's self-imposed exile in the Seconds due to perceived poor form and Carlton only having one injured player on their list.

In heavy conditions Melbourne's victory was set up with a magnificent first quarter into the wind, where they kicked four goals to one - including three to Alan Rowarth. Carlton were rattled, and while the Demons only narrowly extended their lead in the third they once again held the visitors in the third before running away with victory in the last quarter.

Carlton tried to match Melbourne's forceful play but as they attempted to enforce their will on the game they also lost their ability to play good football. The game threatened to explode in the second quarter after Laurie Kerr had gone onto Laurie Mithen to try and quieten him down and umpires had to break up two brawls between the two and one with Kerr against Hassa Mann.

The only time all day that the Blues threatened was in the third quarter when they got to within 12 points but Melbourne soon brushed them away. Playing three big ruckmen - Bob Johnson, Fenton-Smith and Lord, helped them outmark the Blues all day.

The welcome reversal of form sealed Melbourne's spot in the top four, and gave the chance to sew up their double chance the next week.

Best were Mithen, Dixon and Lord. Barassi was replaced by Tassie Johnson in the last quarter.

Melbourne 11.5 d. Carlton 6.12
Goals - Milner 2, Sheppard 2, Nilsson 2, Gleeson 1, L. Mann 1, Buswell 1, Webb 1, Stevens 1
Best - L. Mann, Milner, Turner

Melbourne 13.11 d. Carlton 4.14
Goals - Miller 5, J. Leahy 2, Clarke 2, Russell 2, Carroll 2
Best - Miller, Rolfe, Weidlich

The Age shows Brenchley being involved in a change in the last quarter but does not specify whether it was on or off the field or who else was involved.

"Powerful Demons swamp Blues" - The Age 17/05/1959
"Demons again the top league force" - The Age 17/08/1959
Football Record R17 1959

Blueseum match report

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