1921 Grand Final details

Richmond  1.2  1.3  3.4   5.6 36
Carlton      2.2  3.4  3.6   4.8 32

Goals: Bayliss 2, H James, Morris, Turnbull.
Best: Hislop, Smith, Taylor, McIntosh, James, Minogue, Hughes, Hall.

The 1921 premiership team

Backs E Taylor V Thorp G Weatherill
Half Backs N McIntosh M Hislop J Smith
Centres F Harley M Morris R Carew
Half Forwards D Don R Weatherill N Turnbull
Forwards B Herbert G Bayliss C Hall
Ruck D Minogue H James  
Rover F Hughes    
Coach Dan Minogue

1921 Grand Final review

This game was played in very wet and muddy conditions before a crowd of 43,122 people. Carlton had a tall pacy side while Richmond were a strong physical side. Carlton won the toss and in the early part of this game appeared the more superior side. Although Carlton had most of the play they were unable to penetrate the Richmond defence led by Hislop and Thorp.

At quarter time, Richmond trailed by 1 goal and by half-time they trailed by 13 points.

During the half-time interval, a violent hailstorm hit the ground leaving puddles up to six inches deep in some places. After half-time, the game became a scramble and this is where Richmond’s ruckman took over. The Tigers outscored the Blues in this term 3.1 to 2 points to trail Carlton by 2 points at the last change.

Richmond hit the front early in the last quarter courtesy of a snap-shot goal by Hugh James, but the Blues were quick to reply. The ground was still very muddy and as such, the game had developed into a slog. With eight minutes left, Richmond rover Norm Turnbull marked and scored the winning goal from twenty yards out. After this score, the game became a battle of defences. In a tense finish, centre-half-back, Max Hislop, combined brilliantly with full-back, Vic Thorp, to keep Carlton out of the game. With less than a minute to play, the ball was kicked toward Carlton’s champion forward, Horrie Clover, who was near goal. A brilliant solo effort by Hislop saved the game.

He threw himself between the ball and his opponent in order to fist the ball away. This effort certainly saved the game and gave Richmond their second successive Premiership.