From that point, one could question how our club’s history could have differed. He was also skillful below his knees and a superb team player. The season's home-and-away draw was extended from 18 to 20 rounds. Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo six: Kekovich’s arm being pushed away in a marking duel. According to Epis, the Essendon coaching team had given clear instructions to their players, “If you get a chance, take him out”. This photograph is from either the second semi final or the Grand Final of 1968.

The major newspapers only have a dozen or so photos remaining in their possession and none of those that feature in this article are in their collection. On top of this, Essendon beat Carlton in both home and away games that season and in one of those matches, the Blues only kicked one goal! It was the 72nd annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1968 VFL season. This is an unusual shot from this collection as there is a marking duel and Kekovich isn’t up against two opponents, just one. Photo 12: Jezza and Bennett imposing their will. Without his four-goal contribution in the 1968 Grand Final, it is more than likely that the outcome of the game would have been a Carlton loss and an Essendon victory. Photographs were taken of Kekovich back in the day for the major newspapers, but other than a couple of shots of a melee (v Fitzroy in 1967), a photo of an accidental collision with Jesaulenko and some staged photographs, nothing remains in the major newspapers’ archives of Kekovich. However, the missed mark by Kekovich's teammate results in the ball spilling through to the back of the contest. Kekovich (in the number 16 guernsey) is front and centre waiting for the drop of the ball. This batch of new photos from Carlton’s premiership year of 1968 is a great find as so few photos from that year are still available.

In this instance, the punch from the Essendon player looks effective but with Jones coming through in support it looks like a Carlton victory here. He was also twice a runner-up in the Brownlow Medal with 19 votes in 1962 and 1964. Copyright © 2020 Stats Crew, Stats Crew - The Home of Sports Statistics.

He led the Dons superbly to the 1965 premiership in his first year as skipper - his second VFL flag after the 1962 triumph. It is Saturday, September 28, 1968; a fine, sunny Melbourne spring day, and almost 117,000 fans have packed into the MCG for another Carlton-Essendon Grand Final. Only one team have won four consecutive grand finals, Collingwood in 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930.

Kekovich at the drop as two players contest, 1968. Essendon did not participate in the 1916 and 1917 VFL seasons due to the First World War (indicated in grey), Known as the Victorian Football League from 1897–1989; no grand finals were held in 1897 and 1924, 1968 VFL Grand Final - Carlton v Essendon, Australian Football.com - Carlton v Essendon, Round 16, 2001 comeback vs. North Melbourne, South Australian National Football League. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. Based on watching the footage and the revelatory comments of Essendon’s Alec Epis, the Bombers were instructed to be bold in terms of taking Kekovich out of the action in the finals. The consolation night series were held under the floodlights at Lake Oval, South Melbourne, for the teams (5th to 12th on ladder) out of the finals at the end of the home and away rounds. Collingwood have played in the most Grand Finals.

This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. The 1968 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Carlton Football Club and Essendon Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, 28 September 1968.

For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program, This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. Take note of the different styles of boots worn by the players and how they compare to the modern-day equivalent. This photo captures a moment from the first quarter of the 1968 second semi final. Ken Fraser was an outstanding centre-half forward and a fine Essendon captain. That Essendon player also cleverly held one arm up in the air to make it look like he was making an attempt of marking the ball. One of the key features of this shot is how it has captured the crowd in the background. Hawthorn won their third straight grand final in 2015, making a total of 13 grand final … It is a useful addition to Carlton’s collection, as it is the only remaining of 1968 Premiership half forward, Bill Bennett.

We know this photo is from the second semi final as it was in that match that Kekovich wore a white wrist guard.

The season's home-and-away draw was extended from 18 to 20 rounds. Richmond Tigers 2020 AFL Premiers Supporters Wall Flag 90 by 150cm Pre Sale, Richmond Tigers 2020 AFL Limited Edition Premiers Scarf!

Jones (28) is the most promiment figure in this photo and he looks set to gain possession of the ball. Lacrosse Stats - MLL - NLL - Lacrosse Search A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.

Soccer Stats - MLS - Women's - Division II & III - NASL - MASL - MISL - Search In 1968, he was ruled out of the Grand Final with a leg injury and his loss was a devastating blow to the Dons. Fraser represented Victoria in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 - the latter as captain. The next best was Adrian Gallagher who kicked 30 goals. In contrast, with Kekovich participating, Carlton won their two finals matches against Essendon. The Blues emerged victorious despite Essendon kicking more goals, the only time that happened in a VFL Grand Final. [4] The new record was broken at the 1969 VFL Grand Final, and that record was broken in turn at the 1970 VFL Grand Final. This is a significant find because until now, there were no proper action shots of Kekovich in circulation. The 1968 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Carlton Football Club and Essendon Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, 28 September 1968. Carlton defeats Essendon at MCG Grand Final Saturday, 28th September 1968 AFL match statistics : AFL Statistics Home: AFL Fixture Players Teams Player Rankings Team Rankings Rising Stars AFL Draft Brownlow Medal AFL Ladder Coaches Attendances Supercoach AFL Fantasy AFL Highlights AFL Team Selections Past Players AFL Player Contracts AFL Betting: AFL Injury List: Records : Carlton … Photo eight: Kekovich is off balance and falling back into the pack whilst Jones takes good position. No additional import charges at delivery! Photo four: Kekovich’s arm being held in a marking duel. Essendon Football Club seasons ticket / membership card for the 1968 VFL season, when the team made it all the way to the Grand Final, only to be beaten by Carlton. The 1965 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Essendon Football Club and St Kilda Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 25 September 1965.

These 12 photographs provide an insight into Carlton during the finals of 1968 and in particular are useful as they give Carlton supporters a photographic record of Brian Kekovich. Official AFL Print Framed BRAND NEW, VINTAGE ESSENDON BOMBERS FOOTBALL CLUB TIE CLIP BAR AFL VFL SPORTING MEMORABILIA, ✺Signed✺ DYLAN SHIEL Football Boot PROOF COA Essendon Bombers 2020 Jumper AFL, 1956-2015 Collingwood Football Club Membership Badges plus 25+50 year badge, COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 1958 GRAND FINAL Premiership Flag/Pennant VFL FINALISTS, ✺Signed✺ JOE DANIHER Essendon Football COA Bombers 2020 Jumper AFL, ✺Signed✺ DYSON HEPPELL Essendon Football PROOF COA Bombers 2020 Jumper AFL, ESSENDON : DYSON HEPPELL SIGNED ADIDAS FOOTBALL BOOT UNFRAMED & C.O.A, ESSENDON : MICHAEL HURLEY SIGNED FOOTBALL BOOT UNFRAMED & C.O.A, ✺Signed✺ BRENDON GODDARD Football PROOF COA Essendon Bombers St Kilda 2020 AFL, ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB GREAT MOMENTS Signed by 14 LEGENDS COA, ✺Signed✺ TIM WATSON Football Boot PROOF COA Essendon Bombers 2020 Jumper AFL, Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Merchandise, Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Memorabilia, Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Flags, Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Scarves, Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Trading Cards, Patch Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Memorabilia, Poster Essendon Bombers AFL & Australian Rules Football Memorabilia, Essendon Bombers 1960s AFL & Australian Rules Football Memorabilia. Sam Walsh and Will Setterfield speak on their close Carlton bond. Known as the Victorian Football League from 1897–1989; no grand finals were held in 1897 and 1924, South Australian National Football League, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1968_VFL_season&oldid=945917273, Use Australian English from December 2017, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Here we see Kekovich being escorted around the ground by a trainer. This will be the fifth time these two teams have met in a Grand Final since 1897, with honours even at two wins apiece. 1968 Essendon Bombers Roster. The best snaps from the first official night of AFLW pre-season. Also featuring in the photo is Essendon defender John Williams and Bryan Quirk - one of Carlton's greatest midfielders. Jack Clarke coached the team. Final: Hawthorn 16.15 (111) defeated North Melbourne 6.14 (50).

Kekovich, Carlton’s leading goal scorer, was absent from both match-ups.

This item will be posted through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Kekovich off balance during the contest, 1968. Of all the photos in this collection, this is the one that gives the clearest facial features of Kekovich as the other photos have him in action on the field and are obscured by other players. At this moment, Kekovich is being pushed out of the action by Essendon’s Geoff Pryor. Aided by the opening during the year of the ground's new Western Stand, the attendance of 116,828 was the highest at a VFL premiership decider up to that time, breaking the record of 115,902 spectators who witnessed the 1956 VFL Grand Final.

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