1972 Carlton Football Club season

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Carlton Football Club
1972 season
President George Harris
Coach John Nicholls
Captain(s) John Nicholls
Home ground Princes Park
VFL season 1st (18–3–1)
Finals series Premiers
Championship of Australia Runners-up
Best and Fairest Geoff Southby
Leading goalkicker Greg Kennedy (76)

The 1972 VFL season was the 76th season in the Victorian Football League to be contested by the Carlton Football Club.

Under captain-coach John Nicholls, who assumed the coaching role this season after the departure of dual-premiership coach Ron Barassi at the end of 1971, Carlton won the VFL minor and major premierships, defeating Richmond in the Grand Final. It was the 11th senior VFL premiership in the club's history.

Following the VFL season, Carlton competed in the Championship of Australia tournament, finishing runner-up to the SANFL's North Adelaide. The club then embarked upon a world tour, playing three exhibition matches overseas against an Australian All-Stars team.

Club summary

The 1972 VFL season was the 76th season of the VFL competition since its inception in 1897; and, having competed in every season, it was also the 76th season contested by the Carlton Football Club. As it had been since 1897, the club's home ground was Princes Park in North Carlton; additionally, it was standard for all clubs in the league at the time to play three or four matches per year at the neutral VFL Park in Mulgrave.[1] In addition to its senior team, Carlton fielded teams in both the VFL reserves and under-19s competitions.

Senior personnel

George Harris continued as club president through 1972, a position he had held since after the 1964 season.[2]

Following the 1971 season, Ron Barassi stepped down as coach; at the time, he left to focus on his business career, although he ultimately returned to VFL coaching (at North Melbourne) after only a year.[3] Barassi had coached Carlton for seven seasons, and led the team to two senior premierships: 1968 and 1970. John Nicholls, who had been captain since mid-1968, took on Barassi's former role to become captain-coach.[2]

Squad and player statistics for 1972

The following is the final senior squad as announced at the start of the 1972 season. Numbers in parentheses represent games played and goals kicked for Carlton in the 1972 VFL premiership season. Only supplementary players who played a senior match during the season are listed.

Carlton Football Club
Senior list Supplementaries Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Source(s): [4][5]

Playing list changes

The following summarises player transfers to and from the club between the conclusion of the 1971 season and the conclusion of the 1972 season.[4]


Player Previous Club League Comments
Victoria (Australia) David Dickson Preston VFA
Tasmania Murray Dickson Hobart TANFL
Victoria (Australia) Greg Kennedy Eaglehawk Bendigo FL Country zone selection
Tasmania Greg Lethborg Scottsdale NTFA
Victoria (Australia) Eric Pascoe Northern United[6] Bendigo FL Country zone selection
Tasmania Gary Whitney City-South NTFA


Player New Club League Comments
Victoria (Australia) Mark Amos Fitzroy VFL On the Carlton senior list at the start of the year,[4] but later cleared to Fitzroy[7]
Victoria (Australia) Bill Barrot North Melbourne VFL Initially retired,[4] before attempting a return to league football with North Melbourne.[8]
Victoria (Australia) Ian Collins Port Melbourne VFA
Victoria (Australia) John Goold Retired
Victoria (Australia) Ted Hopkins Retired
Gary Lawson-Smith Retired
Victoria (Australia) Ricky McLean Richmond VFL
Victoria (Australia) Chris Mitchell Retired
Victoria (Australia) Sergio Silvagni Retired

Season summary

Pre-season practice matches

Carlton played three practice matches during March 1972 – including, as it turned out, matches against both of the teams it would face in Grand Finals later in the year: Richmond and North Adelaide. Carlton won all three practice matches.

Date Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance
Home Away Result
Sunday, 5 March South Melbourne 18.16 (124) 20.11 (131) Won by 7 points[9] Lake Oval (A)
Saturday, 18 March North Adelaide 12.7 (79) 23.19 (157) Won by 78 points[10] Prospect Oval (A) 3,000 (approx.)
Saturday, 25 March Richmond 14.14 (98) 13.19 (97) Won by 1 point[11] Princes Park (H)

Home-and-away season

Carlton finished the home-and-away season as the minor premiers in 1972, with a win-loss record of 18–3–1. The team sat as low as 6th after Round 4 with a record of 2–1–1, but lost only two of its remaining eighteen matches for the season, moving up to and holding first place from Round 12 until the end of the season. Two of Carlton's three losses were by fewer than six points; a 31-point loss against Richmond in Round 14 was the worst performance of the home-and-away season.

Despite the strong performance, Carlton was in a constant fight for the minor premiership with Richmond, who finished with a record of 18–4–0. Richmond drew within half a game of Carlton after beating them in Round 14; both teams then won all of their remaining eight matches, maintaining that half-game margin until the end of the season. Carlton came very close to losing the minor premiership in the final round, eventually beating Footscray by three points with the significant assistance of Footscray's inaccurate goalkicking .[12]

Round Date and local time Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance Ladder
Home Away Result
1 Saturday, 1 April (2:10 pm) Fitzroy 11.15 (81) 10.10 (70) Won by 11 points Princes Park (H) 33,601 5th
2 Saturday, 8 April (2:10 pm) Collingwood 10.15 (75) 11.9 (75) Match drawn Victoria Park (A) 37,070 4th
3 Saturday, 15 April (2:10 pm) South Melbourne 14.10 (94) 18.18 (126) Won by 32 points Lake Oval (A) 20,491 3rd
4 Saturday, 22 April (2:10 pm) Richmond 15.14 (104) 15.19 (109) Lost by 5 points Princes Park (H) 28,377 6th
5 Tuesday, 25 April (2:10 pm) Essendon 10.13 (73) 13.10 (88) Won by 15 points VFL Park (A) 50,367 6th
6 Saturday, 6 May (2:10 pm) Geelong 22.15 (147) 14.14 (98) Won by 49 points Princes Park (H) 18,365 3rd
7 Saturday, 13 May (2:10 pm) Melbourne 10.15 (75) 5.8 (38) Won by 37 points VFL Park (H) 30,114 2nd
8 Saturday, 20 May (2:10 pm) St Kilda 10.12 (72) 14.15 (99) Won by 27 points Moorabbin Oval (A) 31,547 1st
9 Saturday, 27 May (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 16.13 (109) 6.11 (47) Won by 62 points Princes Park (H) 15,626 1st
10 Saturday, 3 June (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 11.22 (88) 13.7 (85) Lost by 3 points Glenferrie Oval (A) 26,585 3rd
11 Saturday, 10 June (2:10 pm) Footscray 7.9 (51) 7.15 (57) Won by 6 points Western Oval (A) 23,948 2nd
12 Saturday, 24 June (2:10 pm) Fitzroy 8.7 (55) 13.13 (91) Won by 36 points VFL Park (A) 29,258 1st
13 Saturday, 1 July (2:10 pm) Collingwood 10.10 (70) 9.8 (62) Won by 8 points Princes Park (H) 35,106 1st
14 Saturday, 8 July (2:10 pm) Richmond 17.17 (119) 13.10 (88) Lost by 31 points M.C.G. (A) 46,471 1st
15 Saturday, 15 July (2:10 pm) South Melbourne 20.8 (128) 8.15 (63) Won by 65 points Princes Park (H) 13,865 1st
16 Saturday, 22 July (2:10 pm) Essendon 20.13 (133) 17.15 (117) Won by 16 points Princes Park (H) 27,720 1st
17 Saturday, 29 July (2:10 pm) Geelong 9.13 (67) 17.17 (119) Won by 52 points Kardinia Park (A) 24,797 1st
18 Saturday, 5 August (2:10 pm) Melbourne 8.18 (66) 11.11 (77) Won by 11 points M.C.G. (A) 33,364 1st
19 Saturday, 12 August (2:10 pm) St Kilda 13.16 (94) 10.11 (71) Won by 23 points Princes Park (H) 22,109 1st
20 Saturday, 19 August (2:10 pm) North Melbourne 8.12 (60) 23.11 (149) Won by 89 points Arden Street Oval (A) 11,271 1st
21 Saturday, 26 August (2:10 pm) Hawthorn 24.12 (156) 11.22 (88) Won by 68 points Princes Park (H) 32,048 1st
22 Saturday, 2 September (2:10 pm) Footscray 13.8 (86) 11.17 (83) Won by 3 points Princes Park (H) 24,619 1st

Finals series

Under the new McIntyre Final Five, Carlton had a bye in the first week of finals, before playing qualifying final winner Richmond in the second semi-final. In a low-scoring match, Carlton held Richmond to only one goal in the first half, but Richmond was able to fight back and level the scores at 8.13 (61); Alex Jesaulenko had an unlikely set shot from 70m after the final siren to attempt win the game, but did not make the distance.[14] The match was replayed the following weekend, and Carlton suffered its heaviest loss of the season, by 41 points. In the preliminary final against St Kilda, Carlton overcome an 11-point half-time deficit to win by 16 points, and to progress to the Grand Final.

Entering the Grand Final, Richmond was the strong favourite, with bookmakers offering odds of 1-2. Richmond had a record of 11–0–1 from its last twelve games, and had a record of 3–0–1 in its four games against Carlton for the season, including inflicting Carlton's heaviest two losses. Some commentators thought Carlton was impressive enough against St Kilda to be a chance at winning, but most tipped Richmond for the premiership.[15] In an unprecedentedly high scoring game, Carlton kicked eight goals in the first quarter and ten in the second quarter to set up a match-winning 45-point lead by half-time, which Richmond never challenged; Carlton ultimately won by 27 points. In a strong display from its forwards, Alex Jesaulenko kicked seven goals, and Robert Walls and John Nicholls kicked six each.[16]

Week Date and local time Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance
Home Away Result
Week 1 Received first week bye for finishing as minor premiers
Second Semi Final Saturday, 16 September (2:30 pm) Richmond 8.13 (61) 8.13 (61) Match drawn VFL Park (H) 54,338
Second Semi Final Replay Saturday, 23 September (2:30 pm) Richmond 9.15 (69) 15.20 (110) Lost by 41 points M.C.G. (H) 92,670
Preliminary Final Saturday, 30 September (2:30 pm) St Kilda 16.13 (109) 13.15 (93) Won by 16 points M.C.G. (H) 96,272[17]
Grand Final Saturday, 7 October (2:50 pm) Richmond 22.18 (150) 28.9 (177) Won by 27 points M.C.G. (A) 112,393

Championship of Australia

The 1972 Championship of Australia series was played on the weekend following the VFL Grand Final. The tournament was held at the Adelaide Oval, with two semi-finals played on the Saturday, and the Final and third-place playoff on the Sunday. The tournament was contested by the premiers of the four state leagues: Carlton (VFL), North Adelaide (SANFL), East Perth (WANFL), and City-South (from the NTFA, winner of the Tasmanian State Premiership). The prize for the winning team was $10,000.

Carlton easily accounted for East Perth in its semi-final, a rough game from which several East Perth players earned suspensions.[18] The Grand Final against North Adelaide was a close contest; Carlton held a two-goal lead after five minutes of the final quarter, but did not score again and was overrun by North Adelaide by one point.[19]

Week Date and local time Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance
Home Away Result
Semi Final Saturday, 14 October (3:00 pm) East Perth 20.15 (135) 12.12 (84) Won by 51 points[18] Adelaide Oval (N) 19,599
Final Sunday, 15 October (3:00 pm) North Adelaide 10.13 (73) 10.12 (72) Lost by 1 point[19] Adelaide Oval (A) 23,213

World tour matches

In October and November, Carlton and a team of All-Stars embarked upon a world tour, playing three exhibition matches in different countries. The All-Stars won the series 2–1.

Week Date Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance
Home Away Result
1 Sunday, 29 October All-Stars 12.12 (84) 10.18 (78) Won by 6 points[20] The Oval, London, UK (N) 9,000 (approx.)
2 Sunday, 5 NovemberN 1 All-Stars 19.10 (124) 19.13 (127) Lost by 3 points[21] Athens, Greece (N) 3,000 (approx.)
3 Sunday, 12 November All-Stars 9.11 (65) 11.11 (77) Lost by 12 points[22] Singapore (N) 8,500 (approx.)


1972 VFL Ladder
Team P W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Carlton (P) 22 18 3 1 2237 1666 134.27 74
2 Richmond 22 18 4 0 2469 2098 117.68 72
3 Collingwood 22 14 7 1 2338 1747 133.83 58
4 St Kilda 22 14 8 0 1989 1721 115.57 56
5 Essendon 22 14 8 0 2317 2140 108.27 56
6 Hawthorn 22 13 9 0 2277 2050 111.07 52
7 Footscray 22 11 11 0 1930 2038 94.70 44
8 Melbourne 22 10 12 0 2043 1929 105.91 40
9 Fitzroy 22 9 13 0 1997 2062 96.85 36
10 Geelong 22 7 15 0 1994 2369 84.17 28
11 South Melbourne 22 2 20 0 1513 2323 65.13 8
12 North Melbourne 22 1 21 0 1628 2589 62.88 4
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points for, PA = Points against

Premiership team

The Carlton premiership twenty was as below.

B: 19 John O'Connell 20 Geoff Southby 43 David McKay
HB: 30 Vin Waite 11 Bruce Doull 33 Paul Hurst
C: 34 Ian Robertson 12 Barry Armstrong 27 David Dickson
HF: 22 Neil Chandler 42 Robert Walls 5 Syd Jackson
F: 2 John Nicholls (c) 25 Alex Jesaulenko 8 Trevor Keogh
Foll: 28 Peter Jones 3 Kevin Hall 10 Adrian Gallagher
Reserve(s): 7 Andrew Lukas 6 Garry Crane
Coach: John Nicholls

Notable events

World tour

From 22 October until 13 November, the Carlton team went on a three-week world tour. The tour was organised during the season by president George Harris. In addition to a busy social calendar, the tour featured three exhibition matches between Carlton and a team of All-Stars from other senior teams around Australia.

When initially organised, the tour was to have featured matches at: The Oval in London, UK; on a temporary field in Stuttgart, West Germany; and at Lenin Stadium in Moscow, USSR – however, of these, only the London match went ahead. The Moscow match was abruptly cancelled by the Soviet Union, which cited "technical reasons" in its communication to the Australian embassy; Harris arranged for the Russian leg of the tour to instead be played in Athens, Greece. The Stuttgart match was then cancelled when it became apparent that an early winter would render the match unplayable; Harris organised for this leg of the tour to be played in Singapore.[23]

The All-Stars team which accompanied Carlton on the tour was announced in July. Twenty-two players were selected, each from a different club: eleven came from the other eleven VFL clubs, five came from SANFL clubs, five came from WAFL clubs and one came from Tasmania.[24]

1972 Carlton World Tour All-Stars
Peter Bedford (Sth Melb.) Bob Beecroft (Swan Dist.) Malcolm Blight (Woodville)
Mal Brown (East Perth) Tony Burgan (Sturt) Neil Button (Norwood)
David Clarke (Geelong) Peter Crimmins (Hawthorn) Gary Dempsey (Footscray)
David Dench (Nth Melb.) Gary Hardeman (Melbourne) Royce Hart (Richmond)
Glynn Hewitt (West Adel.) Jim Leitch (Scottsdale) Harvey Merrigan (Fitzroy)
Ian Miller (Perth) Barry Price (Coll'wood) Barrie Robran (Nth Adel.)
Ross Smith (St Kilda) Peter Stephen (East Frem.) Alan Watling (West Perth)
John Williams (Essendon) Coach: Keith McKenzie (Carlton)

The first match was played as originally scheduled at The Oval in London. A purpose-built cricket venue, The Oval was an appropriate size and shape for Australian rules football; the hard centre wicket area was covered over with coir mats for the match. HRH The Prince of Wales was in attendance at the match, and met with the touring party prior to the game. The match drew a crowd of approximately 9,000 people, almost all of whom were Australian expatriates. Carlton won the match 12.12 (84) to 10.18 (78).[20]

The second match in Athens was the most bizarre of the tour. The game was played on a soccer pitch, which is both rectangular and significantly smaller than a typical Australian rules football field; to accommodate this, the field for the exhibition match was aligned along the diagonal of the rectangle to maximise its length, and the match was played with eleven players per side instead of eighteen. This resulted in a high-scoring match, the All-Stars winning 19.13 (127) to 19.10 (124); Robert Walls kicked ten goals for Carlton and David Clarke kicked nine for the All-Stars. The attendance of 3,000 was described as being similar in size to that drawn by a midweek soccer match in Athens at the time, and the Greek crowd reportedly supported Carlton because its guernsey matched the Greek national colours of blue and white.[21]

The final match in Singapore was played on a temporary oval field, which was set up on three adjacent soccer pitches. The crowd of 8,500 was mostly a mixture of locals and Australian servicemen based in Singapore. The oppressively humid weather was the most significant difficulty with the match, which was won by the All-Stars, 11.11 (77) to 9.11 (65).[22][25] Additionally, laws in Singapore at the time prevented men from wearing long hair, so many players on both teams were forced to have haircuts before the tour.[26]

Upon return, Harris announced that the club intended to return to Europe for a second tour in 1973, including another match at The Oval, a rescheduled match in Stuttgart, as well as matches in Wales and Ireland; but, the second tour never went ahead.[27]

Other notable events

Greg Kennedy's omission from the Grand Final team

The most notable absence from the premiership twenty was that of full forward Greg Kennedy. Kennedy was the club's leading goalkicker for the season, and had played 22 matches; but he had kicked only one goal in each of the semi-finals against Richmond.[28] In a tactical change, Nicholls shifted Kennedy to 20th man in the preliminary final against St Kilda, and Alex Jesaulenko, who had been playing in the midfield throughout the season, returned to his former position at full-forward and kicked seven goals;[29] so, when Nicholls adopted the same strategy for the Grand Final, there was no longer a role in the team for Kennedy to fill and he was omitted.[30] Kennedy was replaced as 20th man by Gary Crane;[31] Jesaulenko kicked seven goals from full-forward in the Grand Final.[16]

Leading Goalkickers

Full forward Greg Kennedy was Carlton's leading goalkicker, in his first season of VFL football. Aged 22 at the start of the season, Kennedy was zoned to Carlton from Eaglehawk, after he kicked 139 goals and won the Michelsen Medal as Bendigo Football League best and fairest in 1971.[32] He kicked 76 goals in 22 VFL premiership matches,[5] and a further three goals in the Championship of Australia matches.[18][19] It was the only time that Kennedy led Carlton's goalkicking in the three seasons he spent with the club.[33]

Player Goals
Greg Kennedy 76
Robert Walls 47
Adrian Gallagher 34
Percy Jones 34
Alex Jesaulenko 33

Team awards and records

Game records
  • Round 16 – Carlton's second quarter score of 12.0 (72) against Essendon set a new VFL record for the most goals scored in a quarter without scoring a behind. This record still stands as of 2013.[34] It also set a new record for Carlton's highest second quarter score, which stood until 1975.[35]
  • Round 16 – Carlton's half-time score of 16.4 (100) against Essendon set a new record as Carlton's highest ever half-time score. This record stood only until this year's Grand Final.[35]
  • Grand Final – Carlton's score of 28.9 (177) set a new record for the highest score in a Grand Final. This record still stands as of 2013.[36]
  • Grand Final – Carlton's and Richmond's combined score of 50.27 (327) set a new record as the highest aggregate score ever in any VFL match, Grand Final or otherwise. This remained the record until 1978.[37]
  • Grand Final – Carlton's half-time score of 18.6 (114) set a new record as Carlton's highest ever half-time score. This record stood until 1982.[35]

Individual awards and records

Robert Reynolds Trophy

The Robert Reynolds Trophy for Carlton's senior best and fairest was awarded to Geoff Southby. It was the second consecutive time Southby had won the award, in only his second year at the club.[38]

Morrish Medal

Vin Catoggio, who played both under 19s and reserves football for Carlton during the season, was a joint-winner of the Morrish Medal, for the under 19s league best-and-fairest. Catoggio polled 23 votes to tie for the award with Ian Kilmartin (North Melbourne).[39]

Murie Cup

Gary Crane was the winner of the Murie Cup, an award which was, at the time, presented by the league to the player who had polled the most combined votes in the Brownlow Medal (seniors), Gardiner Medal (reserves) and Morrish Medal (under 19s), provided he polled votes in at least two of the different grades. Crane, who played in the reserves while recovering from injury for much of the season, polled three Brownlow votes and ten Gardiner votes to win the award.[40]

Representative honours

Three Carlton players represented the winning Victorian team in the 1972 Perth Carnival, which was held from 17–24 June at Subiaco Oval during the split Round 12 of the VFL season.[41][42]

Jesaulenko was selected in the All-Australian Team at the conclusion of the Carnival.[43]

Player records

  • Round 21 – Greg Kennedy kicked twelve goals against Hawthorn. It was the most goals in a match by a Carlton player since 1921, when Horrie Clover kicked the club-record thirteen goals.[44]

Lower grades

The Carlton reserves team finished third out of twelve teams, losing in the preliminary final against Hawthorn. After an average start to the season, the reserves team won its last eight home-and-away matches to finish fifth on the ladder with a record of 14–8, only just reaching the final five.[45]

The Under 19s failed to reach the final five.[45]

Reserves finals matches
Week Date and local time Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Curtain raiser to
Home Away Result
Elimination Final Saturday, 9 September (11:50 am) Essendon 14.9 (93) 15.10 (100) Won by 7 points[46] VFL Park (A) StK vs Ess (EF)
First Semi Final Saturday, 16 September (11:50 am) Richmond 9.15 (69) 12.8 (80) Won by 11 points[47] VFL Park (A) Carl vs Rich (2SF)
Preliminary Final Saturday, 23 September (11:50 am) Hawthorn 15.11 (101) 9.14 (68) Lost by 33 points[48] M.C.G. (A) Carl vs Rich (2SF Rep.)


:1.^ The date of the match is not explicitly stated in the reference. It is assumed that this match was played on Sunday, consistent with the other matches on the tour; however, the Herald did not report on the game until Tuesday 7 November,[21] so it is possible that the match was played on Monday 6 November.


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