1958 Melbourne Carnival

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The stone laid at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to commemorate the Centenary Carnival

The 1958 Melbourne Carnival was the 14th edition of the Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football interstate competition. It was the last carnival to be hosted by the state of Victoria and was also known as the Centenary Carnival as it celebrated 100 years since the creation of the sport.

For the first time since the 1950 Brisbane Carnival, all nine eligible teams in both Section 1 and Section 2 competed at the carnival. Section 1 consisted of two Victorian teams from the (VFL and VFA), South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania; Section 2 consisted of New South Wales, Canberra, Queensland and the Australian Amateurs. In 1953 and 1956, only the Section 1 teams had travelled for the carnival, but the ANFC decided to bring all nine teams to mark the centenary celebration.

Prior to the carnival, the ANFC announced that Section 1 was to be reduced from five teams to four teams for the following carnival (held Brisbane in 1961); the team which finished last in Section 1 was to be relegated to Section 2 for 1961.[1]

The Carnival was held between 2 July and 12 July. Day matches were held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and night matches were held at the South Melbourne Cricket Ground. Overall, the ANFC made a loss of more than £11,000 on the carnival, similar in magnitude to the loss made on the previous nine-team carnival in 1950.[2]

Results[edit]

In Section 1, the Victoria (VFL) was the only undefeated team; forward John Dugdale was the carnival's leading goalkicker with 18. Western Australia and Tasmania each finished with records of 2–2; it was the most successful carnival result in Tasmania's history, with wins against both South Australia and Western Australia. Last place was decided in the match on 11 July, when South Australia's large win over the VFA saw the clubs equal on 1–3, and saw South Australia overtake the VFA on percentage.

In Section 2, the Australian Amateurs were undefeated. Canberra, which had contested the carnivals since 1933, recorded its first and second carnival wins of all-time.[3] New South Wales was the only winless team for the carnival.

Section 1
Wednesday, 2 July Victoria (VFA) 15.12 (102) def. Tasmania 13.16 (94) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 5,852) [4]
Wednesday, 2 July (night) Western Australia 11.12 (78) def. South Australia 7.18 (60) South Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 4,500) [5]
Saturday, 5 July Victoria (VFL) 25.17 (167) def. South Australia 7.7 (49) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 33,063) [6]
Saturday, 5 July (night) Tasmania 13.16 (94) def. Western Australia 11.12 (78) South Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 3,000) [6]
Monday, 7 July Tasmania 11.18 (84) def. South Australia 11.16 (82) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 2,760) [3]
Monday, 7 July (night) Victoria (VFL) 13.23 (101) def. Victoria (VFA) 7.10 (52) South Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 7,200) [7]
Wednesday, 9 July Western Australia 21.16 (142) def. Victoria (VFA) 11.8 (74) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 3,074) [8]
Wednesday, 9 July (night) Victoria (VFL) 25.14 (164) def. Tasmania 8.14 (62) South Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 3,500) [9]
Friday, 11 July (night) South Australia 16.15 (111) def. Victoria (VFA) 5.13 (43) South Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 1,750) [10]
Saturday, 12 July Victoria (VFL) 14.13 (97) def. Western Australia 11.12 (78) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 23,238) [11]
Section 2
Thursday, 3 July Queensland 11.18 (84) def. New South Wales 11.13 (79) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 1,874CR) [12]
Thursday, 3 July Australian Amateurs 18.15 (123) def. Canberra 9.15 (69) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 1,874) [12]
Monday, 7 July Canberra 12.10 (82) def. New South Wales 9.13 (67) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 2,760CR) [3]
Wednesday, 9 July Australian Amateurs 22.11 (143) def. Queensland 8.8 (56) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 3,074CR) [8]
Friday, 11 July Australian Amateurs 10.16 (76) def. New South Wales 9.12 (66) Melbourne Cricket Ground [13]
Saturday, 12 July Canberra 18.11 (119) def. Queensland 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground (crowd: 23,238CR) [11]

CR: indicates that this match was a curtain-raiser; the crowd figure given is for the main match.

Squads[edit]

Section 1[edit]

Victorian Football League - 1st
Owen Abrahams | Graham Arthur | Allen Aylett | Ron Barassi | Reg Burgess | Jack Clarke | Bruce Comben | Len Crane | Bob Davis (captain) | Paul Dodd | John Dugdale | Brendan Edwards | Ray Gabelich | Fred Goldsmith | John James | Bob Johnson | Geoff Leek | Ron McDonald | Laurie Mithen | Kevin Murray | Neil Roberts | John Schultz | Bob Skilton | Harry Sullivan | Noel Teasdale | Ted Whitten (vice-captain) | Don Williams | Norm Smith (coach)


Western Australia - 2nd
Don Byfield | John Colgan | Jack Clarke (captain) | Graham Farmer (vice-captain) | Brian Foley | John Gerovich | Keith Harper | Cliff Hillier | Percy Johnson | Ross Kelly | Laurie Kettlewell | Bill Mose | Les Mumme | Tony Parentich | Roy Porter | Alan Preen | Ray Richards | Norm Rogers | Paul Seal | Ray Sorrell | John Todd | John Watts | Barry White | Barry Wilson | George Moloney (coach)


Tasmania - 3rd
Len Adams | Roy Apted | Darrel Baldock | Roger Chapman | Neil Conlan | Brian Eade | John Fitzallen | Don Fraser | Don Gale | Rex Garwood | Max Griffiths | Geoff Hill | Arthur Hodgson | John Leedham (captain)| Trevor Leo | Geoff Long | Brian Loring | George Mason | Colin Moore | Joe Murphy | Derek Parremore | Jeff Patterson | B. Pierce | Jim Ross (vice-captain) | Terry Shadbolt | Stuart Spencer | Bill Williams


South Australia - 4th
John Abley | Barry Barbary | Dave Boyd | Haydn Bunton, Jr. | Graham Christie | Stan Costello | Neil Davies (vice-captain)| Don Gilbourne | Ian Hannaford | Neville Hayes | Lindsay Head | Max Hewitt | Neil Kerley | Ron Kitchen | Don Lindner | Ken McGregor | Geof Motley | Dennis Rattigan | Ralph Rogerson | Brian Sawley | Ken Tierney | Ted Whelan | Fos Williams (captain)| Glyn Williams


Victorian Football Association
Bob Atkinson | Reg Backman | Frank Bourke | Bob Bonnett | Peter Box | Jack Brennan | Alan Carey | John Coughlan | Len Crane | Terry Devery | Jack Evans | Dick Evans | Len Gilder (vice-captain)| Alan Gooch | Doug Hayes | Lin Huntington | Reg Lewis | Colin Love | Brian Manie | Barry Metcalfe | Ken Ross (captain) | Kevin Symons | Jack Whiley | Kevin White | Bob Withers | Col Austen (coach)

Section 2[edit]

Australian Amateurs
R. Bray (SA) | R. Burt (Vic) | A. Capes (Vic) | B. Dickson (SA) | R. Drew (WA) | L. Eborall (WA) | L. Eldering (Vic) | R. Featherby (WA) | D. Goldsmith (Tas) | L. Grant (Vic) | R. Hewitt (vice-captain, SA) | Geoff Hibbins (captain, Vic) | Ian Law (Vic) | K. Miles (WA) | J. Nelson (Vic) | R. Omond (Tas) | A. Pinkus (Vic) | R. Powell (SA) | R. Price (WA) | B. Rundle (SA) | B. Seppelt (SA) | N. Stokes (Vic) | K. Taylor (Tas) | J. Winneke (Vic) | Ray Martin (coach)


Canberra
Warren Barnes | Alex Bradley | Barry Browning | Peter Curtis | Pat Galvin | Mick Gaughwin | Ian Grigg (vice-captain) | Alan Hawke | Harry Heinrich | Ray Hincksman | Tony Irvine | John Moody | Alan Muir | Jim Muir | Ron Paton | Alan Ray | David Reid | Neil Robson | Alan Rogers | Gerry Walsh (captain) | Graham Werner | John Wheeler | Mal Wheeler | Ken Williams | Roy Williams | Ray Donellan (coach)


Queensland
T. Broadbent | J. Conlon | R J. Crosthwaite | R. Drabble | E. Ellison | B. Fallis | T. A. Gear (vice-captain) | B.G. Greinke | K.J. Grimley | K. Handley | R.E. Hughson | K.T. Hurley | L. D. Jewell | P.J. Kelly | K. Leach | A. McGill | N.B. McGuinness | D.J. Mclvor | Norm Reidy (captain and coach) | I. Richardson | A. Stewart | S. Thompson | G. Totton | R. Verdon


New South Wales
Lionel Byrnes | Phil Campbell | Jack Chester | Donald Clisby | Jerry Davidson | Jack Dean | Neil Dunn | Billy Free | Brian Groundwater | John Harding (vice-captain) | Doug Hoare | Neville Keating | Alan Kelly |Jack Kuschert | Peter Kuschert | Kev Little | Alf Penno (captain) | Noel Rickard | Brian Rontaunay | Keith Schow | Greg Schroder | Allison Terrell | Malcom Thompson | Brian Wells

All-Australian team[edit]

In 1958 the All-Australian team was picked based on the Melbourne Carnival.

1958 All-Australian Team

Melbourne Carnival

Name State/League Club
John Abley South Australia Port Adelaide
Donald Gale Tasmania Wynyard
Jim Ross Tasmania North Launceston
Stuart Spencer Tasmania Clarence
Barry Metcalfe Victoria (VFA) Mordialloc
Owen Abrahams Victoria Fitzroy
Allen Aylett Victoria North Melbourne
Ron Barassi Victoria Melbourne
Reg Burgess Victoria Essendon
Jack Clarke Victoria Essendon
Bob Davis Victoria Geelong (captain)
John Dugdale Victoria North Melbourne
Kevin Murray Victoria Fitzroy
Neil Roberts Victoria St Kilda
Ted Whitten Victoria Footscray
Jack Clarke Western Australia East Fremantle
Graham Farmer Western Australia East Perth
Alan Preen Western Australia East Fremantle
Norm Rogers Western Australia East Fremantle
Ray Sorrell Western Australia East Fremantle

Tassie Medal[edit]

Both Allen Aylett and Ted Whitten polled seven votes but Aylett was awarded the medal after a countback. Whitten was declared joint winner retrospectively in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rex Pullen (11 July 1958). "Unfit, but he'll try to save side". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 40. 
  2. ^ Kevin Hogan (14 July 1958). "Carnival shows heavy loss". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. pp. 40, 34. 
  3. ^ a b c Rex Pullen (8 July 1958). "Tasmanians add a new 'scalp'". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 40. 
  4. ^ "Victorian win opens football carnival". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. 3 July 1958. p. 38. 
  5. ^ Bernie Bretland (3 July 1958). "Big men pave way for WA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 38. 
  6. ^ a b "Carnival details". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. 7 July 1958. p. 43. 
  7. ^ Alan Auldrige (8 July 1958). "It was so easy for the VFL". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 44. 
  8. ^ a b Noel Carrick (10 July 1958). "Only 2 VFA players up to WA class". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 36. 
  9. ^ "102-point victory to Victoria". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. 10 July 1958. p. 40. 
  10. ^ "Down goes VFA". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. 12 July 1958. pp. 51–52. 
  11. ^ a b "Saturday's details". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. 14 July 1958. p. 39. 
  12. ^ a b Alan Auldrige (4 July 1958). "Stars weren't so amateurish". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 35. 
  13. ^ Michael Courtney (12 July 1958). "How to lose friends, amateur style". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 51.