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William "Barlow" Carkeek (born 17 October 1878, at Walhalla, Victoria, and died 20 February 1937, at Prahran, Victoria) was an Australian sportsman who played Test cricket for Australia and first-class cricket for Victoria, as well as playing Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for Essendon.
Carkeek, generally known otherwise as "Bill", earned the nickname "Barlow" among the Australian cricketing community, because his batting style was reminiscent of Dick Barlow, the notoriously defensive opening batsman for England and Lancashire.
Principally played as a wicketkeeper, "Barlow" Carkeek was also a stolid, defensive left-hand batsman.
He played for Victoria for 10 years from 1903–14, and was rated as steady rather than spectacular.
He toured England in 1909 as the second wicketkeeper to Sammy Carter and came back in 1912 as first choice on the tour that was blighted by the dispute between Australia's leading Test players and the Australian Board of Control.
Australian rules football
He also played for Richmond in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) before and after his stint with Essendon. He left Essendon after the fourth home-and-away match of the 1905 VFL season; he returned to Richmond, and played in the 1905 Richmond winning VFA Grand Final Team.
Place of burial
Carkeek was buried on 22 February 1937 in the Cheltenham Memorial Park (Wangara Road).
Carkeek has recently acquired somewhat of a cult status by a group of Victorians that could only be described as lacking intelligence. The group generally commits their time to spreading the name of Barlow Carkeek and trying to protect his legacy. The group has (unofficially) made the 20th of February 'Barlow Carkeek Day', a day in which individuals are encouraged to stop and remember, or simply dedicate a beer (froffie) to the Victorian.
- He was also a regular member of the Richmond Team that won the VFA Premiership in 1902; however, in 1902, the premiership was simply awarded to the team at the top of the ladder at the end of the season — thus, no "Grand Final" match was played in 1902.
- Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-646-18748-1
- Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872–1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
- Cricinfo Player Profile: Barlow Carkeek
- Barlow Carkeek's statistics from AFL Tables
- Full Points Footy Biography: William Carkeek
- Brydon Coverdale, "Australia's Winter Allrounders: XI Test Cricketers who played Australian Rules football at the highest level", Cricinfo, 28 May 2007
- Friends of Cheltenham and Regional Cemeteries Inc.