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1997 Pre-Season

In 1997, the Blues brought up their second Pre-Season / Night Series Premiership. Below we outline the stories of the games that brought us the Flag, including the Grand Final:

1997 ‘Night’ Series First Round

Carlton 2.3 15 5.5 35 11.6 72 13.9 87
Melbourne 2.2 14 4.5 29 6.7 43 9.10 64
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Wednesday February 26, 1997
Result: Won by 23 points Umpires: A.Coates, G.Deller & S.Wenn Crowd: 14,043
Goalkickers: Koutoufides 3, Murphy 2, Whitnall 2, Allan 1, Camporeale 1, Dean 1, Hanna 1, Manton 1 & Whitehead 1.
Best: Koutoufides, Murphy, Allan, Manton, Beaumont & Sexton.












Game Review

Carlton won its opening game of the Pre-season Ansett Cup against Melbourne. This came at a heavy price, however, with Stephen Kernahan injuring a tendon in his hand, which would sideline him for 6 weeks and force him to miss the opening 3 games of the home and away season.

Team

B: 34 Ron De Iulio 1 Stephen Silvagni 39 Ang Christou
HB: 22 Glenn Manton 14 Michael Sexton 5 Andrew McKay
C: 29 Simon Beaumont 7 Brett Ratten 13 Mil Hanna
HF: 32 Adrian Whitehead 4 Stephen Kernahan 36 Aaron Hamill
F: 18 Justin Murphy 8 Lance Whitnall 41 Jacob Anstey
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 43 Anthony Koutoufides 16 Scott Camporeale
Interchange:
30 Adam White, 35 Peter Dean, 33 Matthew Hogg, 40 Tony Bourke
Coach: David Parkin


1997 ‘Night’ Series Quarter Final

Carlton 2.2 14 6.6 42 10.8 68 15.13 103
Fremantle 4.5 29 6.7 43 9.9 63 9.11 65
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Saturday March 8, 1997
Result: Won by 38 points Umpires: K.Nicholls, M.Prince & T.Shearer Crowd: 8,135
Goalkickers: Beaumont 3, Clape 2, Koutoufides 2, Camporeale 1, De Iulio 1, Dean 1, Hamill 1, Murphy 1, Ratten 1, Rice 1 & Whitnall 1.
Best: Sexton, Christou, Allan, Hamill, De Iulio & Beaumont.












Game Review

In its next game it defeated Fremantle: 15.13.103 to 9.11.65.

Simon Beaumont was reported for wrestling Tony Delaney and fined the princely sum of $52 (don't ask me how that sum was arrived at).

Team 1997 'Night' Series Quarter Final

B: 34 Ron De Iulio 1 Stephen Silvagni 39 Ang Christou
HB: 22 Glenn Manton 14 Michael Sexton 5 Andrew McKay
C: 29 Simon Beaumont 7 Brett Ratten 13 Mil Hanna
HF: 16 Scott Camporeale 35 Peter Dean 36 Aaron Hamill
F: 18 Justin Murphy 8 Lance Whitnall 41 Jacob Anstey
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 43 Anthony Koutoufides 21 Craig Bradley
Interchange:
30 Adam White, 23 Dean Rice, 6 Matt Clape, 40 Tony Bourke
Coach: David Parkin


1997 ‘Night’ Series Semi Final

Carlton 0.5 5 6.7 43 10.9 69 12.11 83
St.Kilda 1.4 10 3.5 23 3.10 28 10.13 73
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Saturday March 15, 1997
Result: Won by 10 points Umpires: D.Goldspink, H.Kennedy & M.Norden Crowd: 25,940
Goalkickers: Murphy 3, Hamill 2, Rice 2, Allan 1, Beaumont 1, Camporeale 1, Dean 1 & Hogg 1.
Best: Ratten, Sexton, Christou, Koutoufides, Bradley & Murphy.












Game Review

It then defeated reigning champions St Kilda 12.11.83 to 10.13.73 to advance to the final. This would also come at a cost, with young ruckman Tony Bourke rupturing his spleen, which would force him to miss the entire season. In addition, Simon Beaumont was reported for kicking Austinn Jones and suspended for 3 matches, including the opening 2 premiership matches.

Team 1997 'Night' Series Semi Final

B: 32 Adrian Whitehead 1 Stephen Silvagni 22 Glenn Manton
HB: 39 Ang Christou 14 Michael Sexton 5 Andrew McKay
C: 29 Simon Beaumont 7 Brett Ratten 16 Scott Camporeale
HF: 6 Matt Clape 35 Peter Dean 23 Dean Rice
F: 18 Justin Murphy 8 Lance Whitnall 36 Aaron Hamill
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 43 Anthony Koutoufides 21 Craig Bradley
Interchange:
33 Matthew Hogg, 30 Adam White, 40 Tony Bourke, 2 Greg Williams
Coach: David Parkin


The 1997 Ansett Cup ‘Night Preseason’ Grand Final

Carlton2.1136.64210.86814.1397
Geelong0.331.5113.8265.1040
Venue: MCG (Night)
Date: Friday March 21, 1997 Result: Win by 57 points
Umpires: G.Dore, M.Nash & B.Sheehan Crowd: 74,786
Goalkickers: J.Murphy 4, M.Clape 2, A.Hamill 2, L.Whitnall 2, A.Koutoufides 1, S.Camporeale 1, C.Bradley 1 & G.Williams 1.
Best: C.Bradley (Michael Tuck Medal), J.Murphy, M.Clape, A.Koutoufides, S.Camporeale, G.Williams, M.Sexton, A.Christou, B.Ratten, A.Whitehead & M.Allan.
Reports: Nil
Injuries: M.Hogg (ankle).















Game Review

This was a rematch of the 1995 Premiership, with another ruthless demolition of Geelong. Craig Bradley was best afield and was awarded the Michael Tuck Medal.

Images from the big night can be found here.

1997 Ansett Cup 'Night Preseason' Premiership Team


B: 34 Ron De Iulio 22 Glenn Manton 23 Dean Rice
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 14 Michael Sexton 39 Ang Christou
C: 43 Anthony Koutoufides 7 Brett Ratten 32 Adrian Whitehead
HF: 6 Matt Clape 35 Peter Dean 16 Scott Camporeale
F: 36 Aaron Hamill 8 Lance Whitnall 18 Justin Murphy
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 33 Matthew Hogg 21 Craig Bradley (c)
Interchange:
2 Greg Williams, 13 Mil Hanna, 25 Sam Smart, 30 Adam White
Coach: David Parkin



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