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2002 Pre-Season

This year's competition was a 3 match Round Robin series:

2002 Pre-Season Series First Round

Carlton 2.2 14 7.2 44 9.5 59 12.9 81
West Coast 4.2 26 9.5 59 15.9 99 17.14 116
Venue: Princes Park (Day)
Date: Saturday February 16, 2002 Result: Lost by 35 points
Umpires: H Kennedy, B Sheehan, J Baldwin & M Fussell Crowd: 5,217
Goalkickers: M Lappin 2, B Fevola 2, I Prendergast 2, J Plunkett 2, J Murphy 1, B Thornton 1, T Hotton 1 & A Franchina 1.
Best: M Lappin, I Prendergast, J Plunkett, J Murphy, T Hotton, M Allan, S Camporeale, A Eccles, M Mansfield & A Merrington.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil














Game Review

Carlton were missing a host of quality players and short on talent and experience. Scott Camporeale was his usual busy self and Jim Plunkett and Justin Murphy were solid in support but the Blues did not have enough players capable of stamping their authority on the game. Matthew Lappin, Ian Prendergast and Brendan Fevola were useful up forward with 2 goals each.

Team 2002 Pre-Season Series First Round

B: 45 Anthony Franchina 22 Glenn Manton 36 Trent Sporn
HB: 34 Simon Wiggins 29 Simon Beaumont 31 Simon Fletcher
C: 21 Craig Bradley 40 Jim Plunkett 10 Michael Mansfield
HF: 12 Matthew Lappin 37 Trent Hotton 20 Andrew Eccles
F: 28 Ian Prendergast 25 Brendan Fevola 19 Andrew Merrington
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 18 Justin Murphy 16 Scott Camporeale
Interchange: 27 Darren Hulme 14 David Gallagher 4 Luke Livingston
32 Bret Thornton 11 Lindsay Smith 26 Sean O'Keeffe
Coach: Wayne Brittain




2002 Pre-Season Series Second Round

Carlton 2.5 17 3.8 26 9.10 64 13.10 88
Geelong 4.4 28 5.4 34 9.5 59 11.10 76
Venue: Princes Park (Day)
Date: Saturday February 23, 2002 Result: Win by 12 points
Umpires: A Coates, M Head, D Humphery-Smith & A Coates Crowd: 5,069
Goalkickers: B Fevola 4, A Merrington 3, R Houlihan 2, S Camporeale 1, D Gallagher 1, D Hulme 1 & S Wiggins 1.
Best: A Merrington, B Fevola, R Houlihan, S Camporeale, D Hulme, S Freeborn, J Murphy & B Ratten.
Reports: Lappin (allegedly insulting the crowd) - Not Guilty Injuries: Camporeale (groin)
















Game Review

Geelong had the better of an inaccurate Carlton in the first half. The Blues kicked the first 4 goals of the third quarter however to take the lead. It was then goal for goal, the scores level in time on until 2 late goals sealed victory for Carlton.

Brendan Fevola kicked 4 goals, Andrew Merrington kicked 3 and took some good marks, while the opportunistic Ryan Houlihan kicked 2. Brett Ratten, captaining the Blues for the first time, had 25 possessions and was well supported by Darren Hulme.

Team 2002 Pre-Season Series Second Round

B: 37 Trent Hotton 22 Glenn Manton 17 Scott Freeborn
HB: 21 Craig Bradley 36 Trent Sporn 29 Simon Beaumont
C: 18 Justin Murphy 40 Jim Plunkett 10 Michael Mansfield
HF: 12 Matthew Lappin 31 Simon Fletcher 27 Darren Hulme
F: 34 Simon Wiggins 25 Brendan Fevola 19 Andrew Merrington
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 7 Brett Ratten 16 Scott Camporeale
Interchange: 6 Adam Pickering 14 David Gallagher 33 Ryan Houlihan
32 Bret Thornton 20 Andrew Eccles 45 Anthony Franchina
Coach: Wayne Brittain




2002 Pre-Season Series Third Round

Carlton 2.2 14 6.6 42 8.8 56 10.11 71
Richmond 2.2 14 6.5 41 8.9 57 14.13 97
Venue: Colonial Stadium (Night)
Date: Friday March 1, 2002 Result: Lost by 26 points
Umpires: M Vozzo, C Ellis, J Quigley & S McInerney Crowd: 16,375
Goalkickers: B Fevola 4, A Merrington 2, S Fletcher 2, M Lappin 1 & E Bray 1.
Best: B Fevola, A Merrington, S Fletcher, M Lappin, R Houlihan, D Hulme, A McKay & I Prendergast.
Reports: Brendan Fevola (Wrestling Ray Hall) - Not Guilty; Darren Hulme (Striking Clinton King) - 2 Matches Injuries: Scott Freeborn (ankle)
















Game Review

The match was extremely tight for the first 3 quarters, the margin not more than a point, but Richmond over ran an undermanned Carlton with 6 goals to 2 in the final quarter to run out 26 point winners.

Brendan Fevola kicked four goals while Andrew Merrington again impressed with 2. Ian Prendergast was given the job of containing Richardson and kept him to 3 goals. Matthew Lappin, Darren Hulme, Justin Murphy, Anthony Franchina ,Ryan Houlihan and Andrew McKay all battled hard.

The loss put Carlton out of the pre-season Wizard Cup race.

Team 2002 Pre-Season Series Third Round


B: 34 Simon Wiggins 28 Ian Prendergast 17 Scott Freeborn
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 37 Trent Hotton 21 Craig Bradley
C: 45 Anthony Franchina 40 Jim Plunkett 33 Ryan Houlihan
HF: 18 Justin Murphy 31 Simon Fletcher 12 Matthew Lappin
F: 11 Lindsay Smith 25 Brendan Fevola 19 Andrew Merrington
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 29 Simon Beaumont 27 Darren Hulme
Interchange: 10 Michael Mansfield 14 David Gallagher 20 Andrew Eccles
22 Glenn Manton 36 Trent Sporn 46 Ezra Bray
Coach: Wayne Brittain


Final Practice Match

Carlton 5.3 33 6.6 42 9.9 63 11.11 77
Hawthorn 6.4 40 11.9 75 16.15 111 23.18 156
Venue: Princes Park Date: Sataurday March 16, 2002
Result: Lost by 79 points Crowd: 1,200
Goalkickers: R Houlihan 3, M Lappin 2, S Camporeale 2, T Hotton 1, A Francina 1, B Ratten1 & B Fevola 1.
Reports: Injuries:













Game Review

Ryan Houlihan was the main scoring option with 3 goals. Scott Camporeale ran tirelessly, while Andrew Eccles turned in his best performance for the Blues since crossing from Adelaide.


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