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The bloodbath : the 1945 VFL grand final by…

The bloodbath : the 1945 VFL grand final

by Ian W. Shaw

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I'm pleased to say that the 1945 VFL Grand Final is somewhat before my time and almost as pleased to announce that "The Bloodbath" is a very good account of the 1945 VFL season and the Grand Final, which resulted in a surprise win to Carlton over South Melbourne amongst a lot of on-field violence (hence the "Bloodbath" of the title.

The highlight of the book is Ted Whitfield, the South Melbourne wingman whose pre-game preparation consisted of drinking six beers every Saturday morning before a game, followed by another at half-time, and who got into so many fights during the 1945 Grand Final he was not only sacked by South but also banned from attending South Melbourne games.

Also covered is the legendary Laurie Nash, of whom many witnesses have declared the greatest footballer of all time. Highly recommended. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Mar 31, 2014 |
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The 1945 VFl Grand Final between Carlton and South Melbourne was Melbourne's first major sporting event after the end of World war II. The game was advertised as 'the Victory Grand Final', and signalled the end to global violence and bloodshed. Ironically, those are the characteristics that will be forever associated with the game that has entered the folklore of Aussie Rules football as 'the Bloodbath'. lan Shaw has interviewed surviving players and researched contemporary accounts to produce this masterful account of the background, the players, and the game that came together to produce one of the most infamous days in Australian sporting history.… (more)

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