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Discussion in 'Carlton' started by Aphrodite, Oct 12, 2013.
coz I can - the 5 best
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You put neat casual on the invite, that's what Jezza's gunna give ya'.
I reckon that is actually quite formal for Jezza! How good a player was the worm!
Jezza looks good for someone who will be turning 72 this year & this would have to be the biggest smile I have ever seen on Big Nick's face.
Never seen Jezza in person but I suspect he is our best player ever in terms of just pure talent. Before my time but the hlghlights of him in grainy old black and white tv show he had cat like balance like few have had in this great game. Saw Doully once going down escalators in Doncaster Shopping Centre or somewhere in that part of Melbourne about a decade ago and one of few people in life I just looked on in awe and amused that most people under 30 would not know a true legend just walked by.
Once found myself standing next to Big Nick at the G. Even as an old guy very intimidating looking fellow.
I would have had Wayne Johnston in this pic before Sticks and get a frame of it at home.
If you too young to see Bruce Doull play some decent highlights of his 1984 season by the wonderful Spirit of Carlton group.
Incredible footballer. I was born in 89 so I missed Doull but he just looks like one of The most balanced and intelligent footballers ever. We would kill for him now
The thing with Doull is that you could play him in the backline next week and I know he would be our best defender.
I'm always wary of comparing players from different eras, but I do think the champions would be champions playing at anytime throughout history.
But even using "Big Nick" as an example, we now have midfielders that are 4 to 5 inches taller than he was as a ruckman.
But this is where The Doormat stands out, he played the game with an eternal finesse, it was timeless.
Simply the greatest, most consistent, elegant defender to have ever played the game.
All kinds of awesome right there.
2 points - he gave me more joy as a spectator than even Judd, Kouta and Cripps - and geez Bob Skilton was an appalling commentator.
Skilton was an absolute shocker. I really disliked his commentary.
Doull was an out & out champion. Best defender of our time, not just for Carlton but the entire competition. You look at the highlights in that video & he was providing run from defence long before it became fashionable.
That cheeky spin - he seemed to read the play well before his opponent.
I'd forgotten the spin - almost slow-mo but he was rarely caught - any memory of him is my favourite memory of carlton and footy.
Doull was usually cool as a cucumber in defence, only once did I see him get flustered and back away from making contact..... Helen D'Amico in the 1982 GF.
there was one other time when that dick from the Essendon took his headband he lost his shit, I was a kid that day and was yelling out to Doully to knock his head off!
cameron clayton - who was the hawk idiot? kevin ablett - cheers thy - sweet........
Was only 8 when he retired, but my favourite player as a kid. Was never out of a contest. Even when he went to ground and the ball moved on, a couple of seconds later and he'd be right back in it and probably winning the ball.
He sure did ...... was there!
... and some nice players from nice teams gave the headband back.
nice feather in the cap, Aph - you've seen some games - aside from finals has there been one incident or game that stands out above the others?
Carlton use to play games on ANZAC day. On this very day Tuesday April 25 1989 Carlton played Essendon at Princes Park in front of 33,000. It was a Round 4 game and Wallsy was feeling the heat from Carlton's awful start to the season. What a day to bounce back? I readied myself for the clash anticipating an exciting game of footy. My wife killed all that by saying she was in the early stages of labour. I gave it some thought before agreeing to stay home! I listened on the radio. Who knows? ABC, 3AW maybe 3KZ is football. We chased Essendon all day but couldn't get the better of them. A big last quarter saw the final score at 15.20.110 to 21.12.138. Things would get worse for Wallsy with the Brisbane Bears and Warrick Capper to come. Looking at the stats the skipper had a fair game. 20 kicks, 6 handballs, 16 marks and 3 goals (that's about our forwards output for one game now although 16 marks is a stretch). He was well supported by Naley, Rhys-Jones, Blackwell and Bradley. My wife lasted until the game had finished and we arrived at the Mercy at around 6PM. At 8.18PM my son was born. He's 28 today and a fierce Carlton supporter. It was a great day for the family but not so great for the Blues.
In fact from 1980 to 1990 Carlton played in 8 Anzac Day games. Most were on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays. Only one MCG game and that was against Melbourne, most of the rest were at PP or Waverley.
Essendon and Collingwood happened to arse a high scoring draw in 1995 and capitalised on rising patriotism.
I remember one year out at VFL Park we played Essendon. We were kicking against the wind in the last quarter and Tommy Alvin drilled through a low goal. Was a great game and we got up!