The 1947 Victory Carnival was held in Hobart and was the first Carnival conducted by the Australian National Football Council since the end of World War Two. It was also the first Carnival since 1933 where the 'B' Division teams had a chance to play. Poor weather caused disappointing attendances, and a muddy playing surface. It was no surprise that the Victorian Football League team was victorious, but the VFL did lose twice - once to Western Australia, and once (after the conclusion of the Carnival) to a combined South Australia/Western Australia team.
Table of contents
- The Event
- Opening Ceremony
- Match 01 to Match 04 - Which 'B' Division Team gets a shot at 'A' Division
- Match 05 - Sat 4-Aug-1947 S.A. v W.A., North Hobart Oval
- Match 06 to 08 Tasmania's Chance and Warm-Up Games
- Match 09 Wed 6 Aug-1947 W.A. v Victoria, North Hobart Oval - Victory for the West
- Match 10 and Match 11 'Final Round of 'B' Division Games
- Match 12 - Sat 9-Aug-1947 S.A. v Victoria, North Hobart Oval
- Charity Match S.A. and W.A v Victoria, York Park - Launceston
- Results and Awards
- Boyles Website Newsletter
- End Notes
- Victoria won 'A' Division of the Carnival on percentage.
- Tasmania won 'B' Division of the Carnival, and were elevated to 'A' Division for the 1950 ANFC Carnival.
- Before the final 1947 Carnival match, a dog ran on to the North Hobart Oval and buried a saveloy in the centre of the field.
- Two Test cricketers played in the 1947 ANFC Carnival. Australian Test all-rounder Keith Miller lined up for New South Wales, and future Australian Test wicket-keeper Gil Langley played for South Australia.
- Western Australia defeated Victoria (VFL). This was Victoria's first Carnival loss since 1921. Western Australia's Harry Carbon would be given the nickname 'Hobart Harry' for his efforts in this particular game.
- 21-year-old Arthur Hodgson from Queenstown (Tasmania), without ever having played in the three major Tasmanian football leagues, found his way into the 1947 Tasmanian team. Hodgson later represented Victoria (as a Carlton player) in 1950. He returned to his home state and played for Tasmania in the 1953, 1956 and 1958 ANFC Carnivals.
- Four Trewick brothers lined up for Queensland. They included future Stawell Gift winner Ken Trewick.
- Geelong's full-forward Lindsay White kicked eleven goals against Queensland, and then six goals in the Final against South Australia. He was equal leading goal kicker for the Carnival with seventeen goals. White kicked a further six goals against the combined WA/SA side in the Charity match, taking his total to twenty-three goals in three appearances. Tasmania's captain, Lance Collins, former Coburg and Carlton forward, was the other who kicked seventeen goals.
PreparationsWorld War Two caused the cancellation of many sporting events, including the 1940 ANFC Carnival scheduled to be held in Tasmania. When the War ended in 1945, and planning began for the first post-war Carnival, Tasmania remained the destination of choice.
The World in 1947
The whole world was unsettled and changing in 1947. Newspapers reflected the international turmoil. The Bill to partition India and Pakistan was debated in the British Parliament, and was passed only weeks after the ANFC Carnival was over. In Palestine, conflict between British forces and Jewish settlers intensified, leading to war and the eventual creation of the state of Israel in 1948. In what is now Indonesia, Dutch soldiers fought locals in an attempt to retain colonial control. In Britain, rationing continued. In Australia, post-war immigrants from Europe had begun to arrive. Sport boomed around the country, and as if to symbolise this, a number of football teams from other states arrived in Tasmania by aeroplane, embracing new technology and flying from Essendon Airport in Melbourne. It would however be another ten years before Television arrived in the antipodes.
SchedulingThe schedule of matches for the 1947 ANFC Carnival was rather complicated. It was certainly more complex than simply two separate divisions playing each other independently (intermingled with a few 'meaningless' games outside of the Carnival program proper).
Part One of the Carnival (July 30 to August 3) involved two Divisions, with each playing a knock-out competition. Firstly, the 'B' Division teams (New South Wales, Queensland, Canberra and Tasmania) played off. 'A' Division (South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria) followed. Allowance was made for the (albeit remote) possibility of a 'B' Division team winning 'A' Division.
Part Two of the Carnival (August 4 and after) is possibly best described as consisting of warm-up matches for the two teams in the Final, followed by consolation games for those teams not playing in the warm-up games - followed at last by the Final! The 'premiership' team in each Division was of course finally decided by wins against teams within the same Division, but the best-performed 'B' Division teams won the right to play matches against the 'A' Division sides.
The published schedule of the Carnival outlined three categories of matches: 'A' Division, 'B' Division, and potentially 'A' Division.
At the completion of the Carnival a Charity Day was held in Launceston, highlighted by a match between a combined Western Australia/South Australia team and Victoria.
Venue and Weather
North Hobart OvalOpened in 1922 and home of the North Hobart Football Club, the Oval was also League Headquarters for the Tasmanian Football League (TFL). This was the second of three times that North Hobart Oval would be the venue for an interstate Carnival. North Hobart hosted the 1924 Carnival and would later host the 1966 Carnival. North Hobart would also host the first VFL/AFL game played in Tasmania when Fitzroy defeated Melbourne in 1952.
Situated on the hilly edges of the inland side of the Queens Domain bushland in central Hobart the ground was upgraded for the 1947 Carnival, but the sand covered cricket pitch in the centre would create a soggy area in throughout the rain drenched event.
North Hobart Oval Photos
TeamsThe selection of players in the 1933 carnival was limited to those playing in the relevant leagues. It was not State of Origin. Squads were limited to 25 players but other players and ex-players also came to the Carnival to watch and to catch up.
Team heights and weights were published in the Launceston Examiner on July 29 at the start of the Carnival.1 Although the final lists contained some slight variations in the teams, the list provides some interesting data. Victoria, the eventual winners of the competition were also the tallest and heaviest team, while Canberra, the worst performing team was also the shortest and lightest.
CanberraOddly the A.C.T. team was always referred to as the Canberra Team. Team captain A.Stevens was Newtown captain and winner of the 1946 Mulrooney Medal for Best and Fairest in the League. Any details on the Canberra team would be more than welcome.
Canberra Team List
|D Berry||22||5' 7||11s||Acton|
|H Madigan||23||6'||13s 7||Acton|
|J Backen||21||6' 1||12s 7||Ainslie|
|R Bloomfield||26||5' 10 ½||12s 7||Ainslie|
|J Connelly||27||5' 10||12s||Ainslie|
|R Furler||29||5' 8 ½||13s 4||Ainslie|
|A Stevens (c)||23||6' 1||12s 7||Ainslie|
|Alf Drayton||26||5' 7 ½||10s 7||Eastlake|
|H Edlington||21||6'||12s 7||Eastlake|
|R Hawke||24||5' 5||10s 7||Eastlake|
|K Hill||24||5' 11||12s 7||Eastlake|
|N Malone||22||6'||13s 7||Eastlake|
|R Noonan||27||5' 8||10s 7||Eastlake|
|V Ryan||26||5' 11||12s||Eastlake|
|J Brophy||22||5' 6||11s||Manuka|
|N Custance (vc)||25||5' 10 ½||12s 7||Manuka|
|J Dorman||28||5' 8||11s 2||Manuka|
|Kevin Flynn||25||5' 8 ½||9s 6||Manuka|
|J Hurley||23||5' 6||11s||Manuka|
|G Pini||21||5' 6||11s||Manuka|
|K Hogan||22||6'||13s 8||Queanbeyan|
|G Sherd||22||5' 6||11s||Queanbeyan|
|C Axelby||19||5' 11 ½||12s|
Source for Age, Height, Weight2
See SURPRISE SELECTIONS IN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM. (1947, July 7). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), p. 3. Retrieved August 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2719327
New South WalesNSW had recently defeated Queensland and Broken Hill and came into the Carnival with some confidence. Allan Smyth, the Newtown captain led the team. John "Ossie" Grose, a small 5’ 2" rover, and another Newtown player, would go on to be elected into the Sydney AFL Hall of Fame. Many players on all teams had seen war service. Fred Edwards had served in the RAAF in Europe and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. But the biggest name by far on the NSW team was Keith Miller, who had moved to Sydney after the war. Miller had started playing with Brighton in the VFA before playing with StKilda. But Miller was known as a Test Cricketer and would gain a reputation as probably the best All-Rounder to ever play for his country. NSW would be Tasmania's biggest rivals for 'B' Division honours.
NSW players were mainly from the Sydney League, but Gillespie, Simmons and Grose formed the combined Broken Hill team's centre line while Albury player Jim Matthews and SWDFL players Eddie Luhrs and Bob Dryburgh added to the mix and demonstrated that the NSW team was a combined State Team and not just a team representing the Sydney League.
New South Wales Team Photo and Team List
|D Coleman||26||5' 8||12s 5||Eastern Suburbs|
|Roy Hayes||22||5' 10||12s 4||Eastern Suburbs|
|Fred Edwards||25||5' 7||10s 4||Eastern Suburbs||(DFC Medal Fighter Pilot)|
|Allan Smyth (c)||30||6' 2||13s 7||Newtown|
|John 'Ossie' Grose||23||5' 2||10s 7||Newtown||St Kilda|
|Roy Watterston||23||6' 0||13s 5||Newtown|
|Emrys Owen||26||6' 0||12s 13||Newtown|
|Joe Hughes||25||6' 0||12s 6||Newtown|
|Frank Larkin||25||5' 9||12s 6||Newtown|
|Ken Champion||26||5' 11||12s 10||North Shore||ex Subiaco WA|
|Andy Davidson||23||5' 8||13s 10||RAAF club||(Originally from SA)|
|Roy Matthews||22||6' 2||12s 10||South Sydney||(WW2 RAAF in Melbourne)|
|Fred Felstead||25||5' 7||10s 10||South Sydney|
|Roy Wilson||23||5' 9||11s 6||St George|
|Jack Browne||29||5' 10||12s 8||St George|
|Jim Cracknell (vc)||24||5' 10||13s 1||Sydney|
|Jack Thomson||28||6' 2||13s||Sydney||(Ex Glenelg)|
|L Grose||19||5' 9||10s 7||Broken Hill (Centrals)|
|A Gillespie||27||5' 6||10s 7||Broken Hill (Norths)|
|L Simmons||23||5' 8||11s 5||Broken Hill (Souths)|
|Eddie Luhrs||30||6' 2||13s 8||SWDFL - Leeton||(ex North Melbourne Club, possibly Seconds)|
|Bob Dryburgh||24||5' 11||13s 1||SWDFL - Narandera|
|Jim Matthews||27||6' 1||12s 1||O&M League - Albury (South Sydney )||Interstate Tennis Player|
|Keith Miller||27||6' 0||13s 8||Test Cricketer, ex St Kilda/ Brighton|
|J Stevens||29||5' 10||12s 11|
Source for Age, Height, Weight3
Brief Bio's on NSW players who played at Broken Hill June 1947 - N.S.W. LEAGUE TEAM HERE ON SATURDAY. (1947, June 11). Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved August 25, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48498952
QueenslandCaptain Dick Parton from the Windsor team led Queensland which also combined the four Trewick brothers hailing from the same club. Jim, the youngest brother was QFL Leading Goal kicker in 1947. Tom Calder had briefly represented South Melbourne in 1945 when he had been stationed in Melbourne when he was in the RAAF. Calder would succeed Parton as Queensland captain in 1948. Erwin Dornau was signed to South Melbourne after his performance at the 1947 Carnival. Doug Pittard was named in the Queensland Team of the Century and had broken his ankle while playing for Footscray reserves during the war. Pittand was another future State captain, captaining Queensland 1949-52.
Queensland Team Photo and Team List
|K Bone||25||5' 8||11s 9|
|Harold 'Mick' Byrne||31||6' 1||13s 10||Mayne|
|Tom Calder||29||6' 0||13s 6||Coorparoo||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|D Cranstoun||22||6' 0||12s|
|Erwin Dornau||23||6' 0||12s 8||Kedron||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|R Geschke||20||5' 9||12s||Windsor|
|F Giffin||27||5' 7||12s|
|À Hollingsworth||24||6' 0||11s 7|
|J Hopkins||26||5' 8||10s 2|
|L Jackson||24||6' 0||13s|
|Don Northover||23||5' 11||10s 6|
|Dick Parton (c)||29||6' 0||12s 5||Windsor||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|Gordon 'Frekles' Phelan||26||5' 8||11s 4||Kedron||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|Doug Pittard||33||5' 9 ½||11s 2||Western Districts||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|C Potter||32||5' 8||10s 1|
|L Sanders||19||5' 7||13s 7|
|Col Taylor||23||6' 1 ½||12s||Kedron||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|Phil Trewick||24||6' 0||11s 4||Windsor|
|Ken Trewick||21||5' 11||11s||Windsor|
|Jim Trewick||20||5' 9||11s 4||Windsor||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|Alan Trewick||25||5' 8||10s 5||Windsor|
|R Warren||19||5' 10||12s|
|R Wixted||24||5' 5||10s|
|George Nuss (vc)||29||5' 7||10s||Mayne||AFL Qld Hall of Fame|
|F Willetts||30||5' 7||10s|
Source for Age, Height, Weight4
For brief bio's see Queensland Side Includes Four Brothers. (1947, July 29). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved August 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26407302
South AustraliaIn an era where football players were payed less than the average weekly wage for playing football, non-Victorian teams remained strong. Many of the great names in this South Australian Team never played in Victoria. This team featured many South Australian Football Hall of Fame players including a young Fos Williams, a future State captain who was named in the 'Sporting Life' All-Australian Team of the Year in both 1950 and 1951. On both occasions he was selected in the Forward pocket. Team captain Bob Quinn had already won two Magarey Medal's and vice captain Bob Hank would equal that feat later in 1947 when he won his second. The biggest omission from the team was Norwood's Jack Oatey who had been injured during selection.
While at the Carnival, 19 year old Bernie Smith from West Adelaide would attract attention of the interstate scouts. He would play for Geelong in 1948 where he would win a Brownlow medal, captain Geelong in 1954 and find his was into the AFL Team of the Century in the back pocket.
Two South Australian players (Norm Headon and Lew Roberts) were injured and were replaced before the Carnival by Norm Betson and Lyall Kretschmer.
S.A. Team Photo and Team List
|Allan Crabb||24||6' 2||13s 3||Glenelg||Magarey Medal 1949, SANFL Hall of Fame|
|Ross Lehmann||27||6' 1 ½||13s 4||North Adelaide|
|Frank O'Leary||25||6' 0||13s 1||North Adelaide|
|K.J. 'Sam' Gallagher||21||5' 10||11s 3||Norwood|
|Alan Giles||19||6' 1 ½||12s 3||Norwood|
|Doug Olds||20||5' 4 ½||9s 12||Norwood||South Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Neville Way||24||6' 0||13s 10||Norwood|
|William McFarlane||28||5' 8||12s 6||Port Adelaide|
|Bob Quinn (c)||32||5' 7||11s 7||Port Adelaide||Magarey Medal 1938,45 , SANFL Hall of Fame|
|Reg Schumann||28||6' 0||11s 8||Port Adelaide|
|A.R. Bob McLean||32||6' 4||16s||Port Adelaide||South Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Len Lapthorne||28||5' 6||11s 2||South Adelaide|
|Lyall Kretschmer||Port Adelaide|
|Colin Ingham||31||6' 0 ½||13s 8||Sturt|
|Gil Langley||27||5' 8||11s 10||Sturt||Test Cricketer|
|Jim Schober||25||6' 1||14s 12||Sturt|
|Edward George Tilley||26||6' 0||13s||Sturt|
|Colin Smith||30||5' 11||15s 4||West Adelaide||South Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Bernie Smith||19||5' 8||11s 6||West Adelaide||South Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Fos Williams||24||5' 7 ½||11s 7||West Adelaide||South Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Garth Burkett||20||5' 8||11s 4||West Adelaide||(Later Interstate for NSW)|
|C Cox||27||5' 9||12s 2||West Torrens|
|Bob Hank (vc)||24||5' 9||11s 10||West Torrens||Magarey Medal 1946,47, South Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Charlie Pyatt||24||5' 10 ½||12s 12||West Torrens|
|Norm Headon||27||5' 8 ½||12s 6||Sturt||(Injured in Warm up game and replaced)|
|Lew Roberts||29||5' 10||12s 10||Port Adelaide||(Injured in Warm up game and replaced)|
Source for Age, Height, Weight5
TasmaniaThe Tasmanian Team was led by Sandy Bay player and ex Carlton player Lance Collins and consisted of players from four different Leagues (The northern NTFA and NWFU Leagues, the Hobart centred TFL and 21 year old Arthur Hodgson from Queenstown whose efforts would soon see him recruited to Carlton. The Tasmanian squad had six players from 1947 TFL premiers North Hobart where the North Hobart Oval was their Home Ground. Seven players on the squad are recognised in the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame (Atkins, Chilcott, Leedham, Cashion, Rae, Eaton, Hodgson) including two Hall of Fame Icons (Noel Atkins, Terry Cashion and Arthur Hodgson).
The big scandal in the Tasmanian Team was when two NWFU players (Waldron and Castles) not selected for a match returned to their clubs to play and were subsequently removed from the squad.
Tasmanian Team Photo and Team List
|Noel Atkins||21||5' 6||10s 9||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame|
|Bert Chilcott||29||6' 0||15s||North Launceston NTFA||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame|
|John Leedham||19||6' 0||12s||North Launceston NTFA||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame|
|Ray Summers||20||6' 1||13s 8||North Launceston NTFA|
|Darryl Crosswell||21||5' 11||11s 9||Launceston NTFA||Tassie Medal 1950|
|Lance Crosswell||25||5' 11||12s 7||Launceston NTFA|
|Terry Cashion||26||5' 10 ½||11s 3||Clarence TFL||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame Icon|
|Jack Sullivan (vc)||27||6' 1||13s 11||Hobart TFL|
|Terry Pullen||28||6' 0 ½||11s 12||North Hobart TFL|
|Vern Rae||31||6' 0 ½||13s 8||North Hobart TFL||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame|
|Ernie Reid||23||5' 9||10s 10||North Hobart TFL|
|Darryl Challender||27||6' 1 ½||14s||North Hobart TFL|
|Darryl Eaton||19||5' 5||9s 13||North Hobart TFL||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame|
|Morrie Williams||23||5' 11 ½||12s||North Hobart TFL|
|Lance Collins (c)||29||6' 0||12s 4||Sandy Bay TFL|
|Lance Gaunt||27||5' 10 ½||12s 6||Sandy Bay TFL|
|Stan O'Neill||29||5' 10||12s 8||Sandy Bay TFL|
|Ernie Pinkington||27||5' 9 ½||11s 7||Sandy Bay TFL|
|Ian "Stumpy" Westell||21||6' 1||13s 5||Sandy Bay TFL|
|Roy Witzerman||21||5' 10||12s 12||New Town TFL|
|Bert Waldron||27||6' 0||12s 8||Wynyard NWFU|
|Reg Castles||23||5' 11||13s||Cooee NWFU|
|Jervis Stokes||19||5' 10||12s 8||Burnie NWFU|
|Lance Webb||23||5' 9||12s 9||East Devonport NWFU|
|Arthur Hodgson||21||5' 10||11s 13||Queenstown QFA||Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame|
Source for Age, Height, Weight6
VictoriaLed by Collingwood legend Phonse Kyne, Victoria sent a strong side to the Carnival. Each VFL club was represented by two players unlike other states were the best overall players were selected regardless of club. Nor was any attempt made to include the VFA who would return to the ANFC in 1950 but would play as a separate entity and not form part of a combined Victorian team.
At the Carnival Lindsay White from Geelong would star in full forward, but within a month of finishing the carnival, Fred Fanning would kick his famous VFL/AFL record of 18 goals in a single game (one more than White's Carnival total of 17). In the 1947 Grand Final Essendon's Percy Bushby and Bill Hutchison and Carlton's Bert Deacon and Jack Howell would all play in a nail biter that Carlton would eventually win by a single point.
Victoria were always the team to beat in the Carnival and had a reputation for a strong final quarter where their superior size and fitness would tell against other teams.
Victorian Team Photo and Team List
|Bert Deacon||24||5' 11||12s 6||Carlton||Brownlow Medal 1947|
|Jack Howell||22||6' 4||14s 9||Carlton|
|Phonse Kyne (c)||31||6' 2||14s 6||Collingwood||Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Lou Richards||24||5' 6||11s 10||Collingwood||Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Percy Bushby||28||6' 2 ½||14s 6||Essendon|
|Bill Hutchison||24||5' 8 ½||10s 10||Essendon||Brownlow Medal 1952, Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Noel jarvis||22||5' 8||10s 5||Fitzroy|
|Alan Ruthven||24||5' 9||11s 7||Fitzroy||Brownlow Medal 1950, Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Len McCankie||22||6' 0||12s 7||Footscray|
|Marty McDonnell||26||6' 0||12s 7||Footscray|
|Fred Flanagan||23||6' 1||13s 10||Geelong|
|Lindsay White||25||6' 1||12s 10||Geelong|
|Wally Culpitt||29||5' 10||11s 11||Hawthorn|
|Kevin Curran||27||6' 0||13s 10||Hawthorn|
|Fred Fanning||25||6' 3 ½||16s||Melbourne||Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Shane McGrath||28||6' 0||14s||Melbourne|
|Kevin Dynon||21||5' 11||13s 4||North Melbourne|
|Les Foote||22||5' 11 ½||13s 6||North Melbourne||Australian Football Hall of Fame|
|Leo Merrett||27||5' 8 ½||12s 2||Richmond|
|Max Oppy||22||5' 9||12s 6||Richmond|
|Jack Graham (vc)||30||6' 4||15s 11||South Melbourne|
|Bill King||26||5' 10 ½||12s 2||South Melbourne|
|Harold Bray||26||5' 10||11s 8||St Kilda|
|Keith Rosewarne||22||5' 8||10s 10||St Kilda|
Source for Age, Height, Weight7
Western AustraliaCaptain Merv Macintosh was the tallest player at the carnival and a three time winner of the Sandover Medal. The West ern Australians had a strong team including three future WAFL Hall of fame Legends Macintosh, Jack Sheedy and Stan Heal.
There were six East Fremantle players in the team. From 1945-47, including all matches in the 1946 season, East Freemantle had won 35 consecutive matches and had one of their all-time best teams.
The WA/SA match would be the biggest grudge match of the Carnival. WA had won both encounters in 1946, and would have come to the Carnival with very high expectations.
Western Australian Team Photo and Team List
|Les McClements||25||6'||13s 2||Claremont||Tassie Medal 1947, Later represented Tas|
|Bill O'Neill (vc)||29||6' 1||12s 7||Claremont|
|Vic French||25||5' 5||11s 5||East Fremantle|
|Jack Green||23||5' 8||10s 12||East Fremantle|
|Harold Jeffreys||24||5' 7||11s 10||East Fremantle|
|George Prince||29||5' 10 ½||13s||East Fremantle||WAFL Hall of Fame|
|Jack Sheedy||20||5' 7 ½||12s 9||East Fremantle||WAFL Hall of Fame - Legend|
|Norm Wendt||29||6' 1||13s||East Fremantle|
|Ray Starr||30||6' 1||13s||East Perth|
|Jack Sweet||28||6' 0 ½||13s 5||East Perth|
|Frank Sparrow||20||6' 0||12s 1||East Perth||WAFL Hall of Fame|
|Merv McIntosh (c)||25||6' 5||15s 7||Perth||Sandover Medal 1948, 53,54, WAFL Hall of Fame - Legend|
|Sid Shaw||24||5' 1||12s 4||Perth|
|Ron Tucker||26||6' 1||12s 4||Perth|
|Harry Carbon||24||5' 9 ½||11s 7||South Fremantle|
|Dave Ingraham||26||6' 1||13s 12||South Fremantle|
|Clive Lewington||27||5' 8 ½||10s 8||South Fremantle||Sandover Medal 1947, WAFL Hall of Fame|
|Jack Murray||34||5' 10||11s 10||South Fremantle|
|Bernie Naylor||24||6' 2||12s 9||South Fremantle||WAFL Hall of Fame|
|Jack Reilly||30||5' 10 ½||12s 3||South Fremantle|
|W 'Bill' Alderman||24||6' 3||12s 10||Subiaco|
|Fred Buttsworth||20||5' 11 ½||12s 7||West Perth||Sandover Medal 1951, WAFL Hall of Fame|
|Len Harman||22||5' 11 ½||12s 4||West Perth|
|Stan Heal||27||5' 7||10s 10||West Perth||WAFL Hall of Fame - Legend|
|Norm Lamb||25||6'||12s 8||West Perth|
Source for Age, Height, Weight8
Opening CeremonyAustralian Rules Football is not known for the quality or glitz of its opening ceremonies. Carnival tradition involved a march around the oval with team flags. A bit of spice was added by the appearance of famous cyclist Hubert Opperman who was nearing retirement, but most of the attention would be on the football.
More Opening Ceremony Photos.
Match 01 to Match 04 - Which 'B' Division Team gets a shot at 'A' DivisionOn day one the four 'B' Division teams played off. The winners of the matches on the opening day then played off on day 2 for a chance at 'A' Division glory. On Day One NSW and Tasmania easily accounted for their rivals forcing themselves into the playoff game. Lance Collins kicked 9 goals for Tasmania in their 102 point win over Queensland and for New South Wales, Keith Miller and vice captain Jim Cracknell each bagged 5 goals in an 80 point win over Canberra.
In the playoff game Tasmania held on for a thrilling 10 point win over New South Wales. The following day Queensland accounted for Canberra by 10 points.
Match 01 to Match 04 Details
Match 01 - Wed 30-Jul-1947 NSW v Canberra, North Hobart Oval
|New South Wales||8.5 (53)||12.14 (86)||17.22 (124)||18.22 (130)|
|Canberra||2.0 (12)||6.1 (37)||6.3 (39)||7.8 (50)|
|NSW by 41||NSW by 49||NSW by 85||NSW by 80|
NSW: J.Cracknell 5, K.Miller 5, J Grose 3, D Coleman 2, J Hughes 2, E.Owan
Canberra: G.Sharp 2, N Custance, N.Malone, D.Berry, R.Hawke, J.Dorman
Umpire: J.Virth (Tas)
Match Review: The Mercury Hobart 31-Jul-1947 p20
Match 02 - Wed 30-Jul-1947 Tasmania v Queensland, North Hobart Oval
|Tasmania||5.7 (37)||13.11 (89)||15.15 (105)||22.26 (158)|
|Queensland||0.1 (1)||2.2 (14)||4.7 (31)||6.8 (56)|
|Tas by 36||Tas by 75||Tas by 74||Tas by 102|
Tas: L.Collins 9, T.Cashion 5, R.Summers 3, I.Westell 2, L.Webb 2, R.Castles
Qld: G.Nuss 2, J.Trewick 2, L.Sanders, P.Trewink
Umpire: D.Cronin (WA)
Match Review: The Mercury Hobart 31-Jul-1947 p20
Match 03 - Fri 1-Aug-1947 Tasmania v NSW, North Hobart Oval
|Tasmania||3.2 (20)||9.5 (59)||13.8 (86)||16.10 (106)|
|New South Wales||3.6 (24)||6.8 (44)||10.12 (72)||13.18 (96)|
|NSW by 4||Tas by 15||Tas by 14||Tas by 10|
Tas: T.Cashion 4, R.Summers 3, L.Collins, 2, I.Westell 2, R.Castles 2, D.Challender 2, V.Rae
NSW: J Grose (3), F.Larkin (3), J.Cracknell (3), J.Hughes 2, K.Miller, R.Dryburgh
Umpire: K.McAlpin (SA)
Match Review: The Mercury Hobart 2-Aug-1947 p24
Match 04 - Sat 4-Aug-1947 Queensland v Canberra, North Hobart Oval
|Queensland||1.1 (7)||2.5 (17)||5.7 (37)||11.10 (76)|
|Canberra||2.11 (23)||3.17 (35)||5.23 (53)||7.24 (66)|
|CA by 16||CA by 18||CA by 4||Qld by 10|
Qld: J.Trewick 5, R.Parton 2, D.Prittard 2, T.Calder, R.Geschke,
Can: H.Madigan 3, H.Edington 2, Sharpe, Hawke
L.Drayton Canberra left field early in third term with a sprained ankle and replaced by J.Harley?
Umpire D.J Cronin (WA)
Match Review: The Mercury Hobart 4-Aug-1947 p18
Match 05 - Sat 4-Aug-1947 S.A. v W.A., North Hobart Oval
|South Australia||5.4 (34)||9.10 (64)||13.14 (92)||20.18 (138)|
|Western Australia||2.5 (17)||5.7 (37)||11.10 (76)||15.12 (102)|
|SA by 14||SA by 27||SA by 16||SA by 36|
SA: Quinn 3, Hank 3, Way 3, Langley 3, McLean 3, Betson 2, Kretschmer, O'Leary, Williams
WA:McLements 4, French 3, Tucker 3, naylor 3, Carbon, Prince
Umpire F.Spokes (V)
Match Review: The Mercury Hobart 4-Aug-1947 p18
M.Macintosh WA probable fracture to left wrist, replaced by O'Neill
J.Murray WA bruised leg muscle in last quarter replaced by F.Sparrow
L.Harman WA pulled a tendon in the last quarter but finished the game
Match 06 to 08 Tasmania's Chance and Warm-Up GamesMatch 06 saw the winner of the 'B' Division get a chance at winning the overall competition by beating one of the 'A' Divsion teams. This pitted the strong Western Australian Team against Tasmania, which saw Tasmania play well, but Western Australia knocked them over by 48 points.
With this result Match 06 did not count toward either the 'A' Division or 'B' Division ladders. The other games were always just a warm up for the 'A' Division Teams. Victoria showed no mercy in a 202 drubbing of Queensland and South Australia easily accounted for New South Wales by 71 points.
Match 06 to 08 DetailsMatch 06 - Mon 4-Aug-1947 W.A. v Tasmania, North Hobart Oval
|Western Australia||1.5 (11)||7.15 (57)||10.17 (77)||17.24 (126)|
|Tasmania||2.4 (16)||5.6 (36)||9.10 (64)||11.12 (78)|
|Tas by 5||WA by 21||WA by 13||WA by 48|
WA: Nayor 4, French 3, Sheedy 3, Tucker 2, McClements 2, Prince, Ingram, Buttsworth
Tas: Westell 3, Atkins 2, Stokes 2, Collins, Summers, Gaunt, Challender
Umpire Spokes (V)
Match Review: The West Australian 5-Aug-1947 p5
J.Green WA injured muscle in arm replaced by H.Jeffreys at half time
C.Lewington (WA) injured arm, replaced by H.Carbon in 3rd quarter
Match 07 - Mon 4-Aug-1947 Victoria v Queensland, North Hobart Oval
|Victoria||7.5 (47)||16.11 (107)||24.15 (159)||36.17 (221)|
|Queensland||1.2 (8)||2.4 (16)||2.4 (16)||2.7 (19)|
|Vic by 39||Vic by 91||Vic by 143||Vic by 202|
Vic:White 11, Ruthven 7, Richards 5, Rosenwarne 4, Culpitt 4, Graham 3, Kyne, Howell
Qld: Jackson, K.Trewick
Umpire: J.Virth (T.) replaced by J.Cronin (WA at half time due to injury
Match Review: The Mercury 5-Aug-1947 p23
R.Warren cut forehead , replaced by R.Wixted in Second Quarter
Match 08 Wed 6 Aug-1947 S.A. v NSW, North Hobart Oval
|South Australia||3.2 (20)||10.5 (65)||14.9 (93)||17.9 (111)|
|New South Wales||2.3 (15)||4.5 (29)||4.5 (29)||5.10 (40)|
|SA by 5||SA by 36||SA by 64||SA by 71|
SA: H Lehmann 3, A.Crabb 3, Lapthorne 2, Langley 2, Way 2, McLean 2, F.Williams, Kretshmer, Schober
NSW: Smyth 2, J.Grose 2, Owen
Umpire : DJ Cronin (WA)
Match Review: The Mercury 7-Aug-1947 p24
Injured F.Larkin (NSW) 2md Quarter - Replaced by F.Felstead
Match 09 Wed 6 Aug-1947 W.A. v Victoria, North Hobart Oval - Victory for the WestThe carnival was organised to culminate with the best two teams in the competition playing off on the final day, but both South Australia and Western Australia produced strong teams. Western Australia's 4 point win was well deserved. It came by outscoring the Vic's in the final quarter where usually Victoria were the stronger finishers. The match of the Tournament.
|Western Australia||3.3 (21)||8.6 (54)||12.8 (80)||16.10 (106)|
|Victoria||7.4 (46)||9.4 (58)||14.9 (93)||15.12 (102)|
|Vic by 25||Vic by 4||Vic by 13||WA by 4|
WA: R.Carbon 2, F.Buttsworth 2, J Sweet 2, G.Prince 2, B.Naylor 2, D.Ingram 2, S.Heal, J.Reilly, R.Tucker, McLements
Vic: L.White 5, W.Hutchison 4, A.Ruthven 2, L.Richards 2, L.Merrett, J.Howell
Umpire K.L. Alpin (SA)
Match Review: The West Australian 7-Aug-1947 p6
Injured: J.Sheedy (WA) Broken Collarbone replaced by N.Wendt at three Quarter time
Injured Les Foote (Vic) Head Injury - replaced by Max Oppy at Half time
More W.A. v Victoria Photos
Match 10 and Match 11 'Final Round of 'B' Division GamesNo surprises as Tasmania accounted for Canberra by 76 points and New South Wales defeated Queensland by 54 points. Tasmania clinched the 'B' Division title and won all it's 'B' Division games.
Match 10 and Match 11 DetailsMatch 10 - Fri 8-Aug-1947 NSW v Queensland, North Hobart Oval
|New South Wales||5.4 (34)||8.8 (56)||12.12 (84)||14.12 (96)|
|Queensland||2.5 (17)||4.5 (29)||5.8 (38)||5.12 (42)|
|NSW by 17||NSW by 27||NSW by 46||NSW by 54|
NSW: J.Cracknell 4, R.Dryburgh 2, D.Coleman 2, J.Grose 2, J.Hughes 2, R.Watterson, A.Smyth
Qld: P Trewick, A.Trewick, J.Trewick, R.Parton, T.Calder
Umpire: F. Spokes
Match Review: The Mercury 9-Aug-1947 p24
R.Dryburgh (NSW) injured thigh in closing stages of match
Match 11 - - Fri 8-Aug-1947 Tasmania v Canberra, North Hobart Oval
|Tasmania||6.3 (39)||11.6 (72)||15.8 (98)||21.10 (136)|
|Canberra||2.1 (13)||6.2 (38)||8.4 (52)||9.6 (60)|
|Tas by 26||Tas by 34||Tas by 46||Tas by 76|
Tas: L Collins 6, I.Westell 3, D.Challender 3, T.Cashion 2, J.Stokes 2, J.Leedham 2, R.Summers 2, E.N. Reid
Can: G.Sherd 2, N.Malone, V.Ryan, J.Dorman, R.Furler, G.Sharp, H.Edlington, C.Axelby
Ump: K.M. Aplin (SA)
Match Review: The Mercury 9-Aug-1947 p24
L.Collins injured ankle and replaced by D.Eaton in Final Quarter
G.Shard (Can) cut hand and replaced by G.Pini in Final Quarter
Match 12 - Sat 9-Aug-1947 S.A. v Victoria, North Hobart OvalWith Western Australia's victory over Victoria days before, South Australia were in a position to win the tournament if they won, or narrowly lost this game. South Australia's heavy 76 point loss was therefore a disappointment to those that had hoped for a closer game.
|Victoria||9.5 (59)||15.10 (100)||18.15 (123)||18.19 (127)|
|South Australia||2.3 (14)||2.5 (17)||3.5 (23)||7|
|Vic by 45||Vic by 83||Vic by 100||Vic by 76|
Vic: White 6, Graham 4, Ruthven 3, Richards 2, Howell 2, Hutchison
SA: Lehman 3, Schober 2, Lapthorn, Quinn
Match Review: The Daily News (Perth) 9-Aug-1947 p18
More Photos from S.A. v Victoria
Charity Match S.A. and W.A v Victoria, York Park - LauncestonWith the Carnival over, a charity day was organised in Launceston. South Australia and Western Australia produced two combined sides, with one playing Victoria and the other playing a combined local team. This became a terrific match and the combined team held on for an 11 point victory.
|S.A. and W.A||6.4 (40)||10.6 (66)||17.13 (115)||21.14 (140)|
|Victoria||6.2 (38)||12.6 (78)||13.9 (87)||19.15 (129)|
|WA/SA by2||Vic by 12||WA/SA by 28||WA/SA by 11|
Comb WA/SA: Naylor 8, French 4, McClements 3, Carbon 2, Quinn, Hank, Tucker, Betson
Victoria: Richards 8, Fanning 5, Rosewarne 4, Nutchison, Bray
Umpire: F Spokes
Match Review: The West Australian 12-Aug-1947 p6
Match Review: The Mercury 12-Aug-1947 p19
Results and Awards'A' Division
|Victorian Football League||2||1||1||229||157||145.8||4|
|New South Wales||3||2||1||322||198||162.6||8|
Tassie Medal and All Australian Selection
The best and fairest medal for the Carnival was called the Eric Tassie Medal and was named after a South Australian administrator. It was awarded by votes made by the central umpire after each game.
Les McLements was a ruckman from Claremont WA, who would represent WA again at the 1950 Brisbane Carnival, but then moved to Tasmania where he played for Clarence and would represent Tasmania at the 1953 Adelaide Carnival.
Bob Furler represented Ainslie in the Canberra League but was originally from South Australia where he had played with North Adelaide. (Furler was the nephew of Percy Furler, Ex South Australian Captain) During 1945 Bob played eight games with Hawthorn in the VFL.
List of Tassie Medal Vote Getters
|Equal 1st||Les McClements||7||Western Australia|
|Equal 1st||Bob Furler||7||Canberra|
|Jim Matthews||5||New South Wales|
|Stan Heal||4||Western Australia|
|Lyall Kretschmer||2||South Australia|
|Fos Williams||2||South Australia|
|Neville Way||1||South Australia|
|Bob Hank||1||South Australia|
Source:TWO WILL SHARE TASSIE MEDAL. (1947, August 11). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 20. Retrieved August 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26408113
All AustralianThe 1953 Carnival would be the first where an Official All Australian Team would be selected. But in 1947 the concept was already on the table.
Leading Goal Kicker
Geelong's Lindsay White kicked 11 goals against Queensland, followed by 6 goals in the final against South Australia making him equal leading goal kicker for the Carnival with 17 goals. White kicked a further 6 goals against the combined WA/SA side in the charity game taking his total to 23 in three appearances. Tasmanian captain Lance Collins was the other who kicked 17 goals.
List of Goal Kickers
Colour and Funny Stories from the CarnivalThe Carnival provided it's share of odd stories. The most famous is the story of the dog who wandered out into the middle of the Oval and buried a saveloy which being watched by the crowd.
Add to that local beauty queens, the local food and pub celebrations and you can see that the event was not quickly forgotten.
ReviewThe carnival achieved a record crowd but did not achieve financial success. There were a number of one sided games, but overall the carnival concept brought everyone together provided an opportunity for some to play in a representative team, and an opportunity for scouts and players to make deals.
The 11th Carnival would be held in Brisbane three years later, in 1950
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