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Colour Magazine - The Blues Yearbook 1972

From the Collection of Carlton Football Club Ikon Park 400 Royal Parade Carlton North Victoria

Description
Colour Magazine
Links
Object Registration
209cfc
Historical information
Record of 1972 Premiership Year
When Made
1972
Significance
Yearbook of 1972 Premiership Season. The foreword is by the Carlton President George Harris
Inscriptions & Markings
Front Cover many player autographs from 1972 playing list including premiership players.
1972 Summary
Carlton would win their 11th Premiership by defeating Richmond by 27 points at the MCG. This win would be our 3rd Premiership in 5 years, and from 4 Grand Finals (1968, 1969, 1970 and 1972) in one of the more successful streaks in our Club's proud history. In a high scoring game, Carlton scored 28.9.177 to Richmond, 22.18.150.

1972 marked the introduction of the final 5 for the first time in VFL history, one year too late for the club, which had finished fifth in the previous year. Carlton and Richmond were by far the best two clubs during the home and away season, with the Blues finishing 1st with an 18 win, 1 draw and 3 loss record, 2 points ahead of the Tigers in second place. The club played consistent footy all year, never losing two games in a row. Winning streaks included 5 in a row (rounds 5 to 9) and 8 in a row to finish the last eight home and away games.

With the introduction of the Elimination Final for the first time, Carlton was the only club to have a bye in the first week of finals. In the second week, we would meet Richmond after they had comfortably accounted for Collingwood in the Qualifying Final. The Semi Final would be a great game, with the Blues opening a 13 point lead by three quarter time. Richmond would kick 4 goals in the last term to level the match by the final siren, 8.13 (61) being scored by each side. In the Semi Final Replay the Tigers would kick away from the Blues in the second quarter, winning comfortably and advancing directly to the Grand Final.

St Kilda were slightly better than Carlton in the first half of the Preliminary Final, holding an 11 point half time lead. The Blues would show why they were currently a competition power in the second half, kicking 9 goals to 5 to beat the Saints by 16 points, and advance to the clubs fourth Grand Final in five years. Carlton would smash Richmond in the Grand Final, kicking 8 goals in the first quarter, 10 goals in the second, and 7 goals in the third to lead by 54 points at three quarter time. The Tigers would kick 7 goals to 3 in the final term to add some respectability to the final score, but the result was never in doubt.

Ladder

Pos Team Wins Draws Losses Points For Against %
1 Carlton 18 1 3 74 327.275.2237 228.298.1666 134.3
2 Richmond 18 0 4 72 358.321.2469 293.340.2098 117.7
3 Collingwood 14 1 7 58 343.280.2338 246.271.1747 133.8
4 St Kilda 14 0 8 56 283.291.1989 241.275.1721 115.6
5 Essendon 14 0 8 56 333.319.2317 307.298.2140 108.3
6 Hawthorn 13 0 9 52 324.333.2277 295.280.2050 111.1
7 Footscray 11 0 11 44 273.292.1930 289.304.2038 94.7
8 Melbourne 10 0 12 40 290.303.2043 276.273.1929 105.9
9 Fitzroy 9 0 13 36 282.305.1997 296.286.2062 96.8
10 Geelong 7 0 15 28 285.284.1994 344.305.2369 84.2
11 Sth Melbourne 2 0 20 8 206.277.1513 340.283.2323 65.1
12 Nth Melbourne 1 0 21 4 226.272.1628 375.339.2589 62.9


People of 1972
Captain: John Nicholls
Coach: John Nicholls
Leading Goal-kicker: Greg Kennedy - 76
Best & Fairest: Geoff Southby
Leading Brownlow votes: Alex Jesaulenko, Trevor Keogh - 11

Milestones
Debuts: Rod Austin, Eric Pascoe, David Dickson, Greg Kennedy

Lower Levels
Reserves: The Blues also competed in the Reserves Preliminary Final. The team can be viewed here.
Last updated
8 Oct 2019 at 2:04PM