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Carlton no match for the Kangaroos.

Grand Final, 1999

Carlton 1.3 9 5.8 38 7.11 53 12.17 89
Kangaroos 3.3 21 9.4 60 15.6 96 19.10 124
Venue: MCG
Date: Saturday 25 September, 1999 Result: Loss by 35 Points
Umpires: Allen, Coates, McLaren Crowd: 94,228
Goalkickers: Camporeale, Lappin, Whitnall 2, Allan, Beaumont, Brown, Hamill, Ratten, Rice 1
Reports: Nil Injuries: Murphy (knee)













Game Review

After their amazing victory the previous week, Carlton went into their 29th Grand Final shooting for their 17th Premiership. The Blues had had a troubled week – Aaron Hamill had been reported and suspended for two weeks after the Preliminary Final, but was available to play after an appeal – and it was widely considered that the huge physical and emotional toll on the players would be too much for the Blues to overcome. But as everyone had seen the previous week, the Blues could never be counted out.

Carlton made two changes to its Preliminary Final team, Adrian Hickmott and Anthony Franchina returning from injury and suspension respectively for Adam White and Simon Fletcher. The Kangaroos brought in Shannon Motlop for only his 7th game of AFL Football. Carlton were first on the board in the match proper when Brett Ratten slotted a goal, but that was the only joy for Carlton fans in the first quarter – the Roos kicked three goals to nil after that point.

In the second quarter, Carlton lifted. Fraser Brown, Scott Camporeale and Matthew Lappin all goaled to give Carlton the lead. But Blue-to-be Corey McKernan lifted the Roos with two amazing goals – one from 65 metres out and one a banana kick two minutes later. When the dust had settled, the Kangaroos went into the halftime break 20 points up. From memory, Michael Sexton had time at half forward but missed 2 shots on goal which would have had us just that little bit closer.

In the third quarter, the teams swapped goals before Justin Murphy badly injured his knee, depriving the Blues of a strong runner. It seemed that whatever Carlton tried was failing when Lappin turned it over running towards goal – this resulted in a Peter Bell goal, which itself sparked 3 more for the Roos. At three quarter time, the Kangaroos were 43 points up and almost certain to be the 1999 Premiers.

The last quarter was a rather pedestrian affair. Early goals to Bell and Motlop cemented the victory before Carlton were allowed some junk time goals. In the end, despite both teams having 29 scoring shots, the Kangaroos ran out 35 point winners. Carlton’s best was probably Stephen Silvagni, who kept Wayne Carey almost kickless in the first half. But winners on the day were hard to find for Carlton, in a disappointing end to the 1999 season. The Kangaroos’ Shannon Grant won the Norm Smith Medal with 19 possessions and 4 goals.

This match was also notable as being the last for 1995 Premiership Player Matthew Hogg. Having been picked up in the 1991 National Draft, Hogg played 118 games for the Blues before hanging up the boots.

Team


B: 14 Michael Sexton 43 Anthony Koutoufides 39 Ang Christou
HB: 23 Dean Rice 1 Stephen Silvagni (vc) 21 Craig Bradley (c)
C: 15 Ben Nelson 7 Brett Ratten 18 Justin Murphy
HF: 29 Simon Beaumont 8 Lance Whitnall 5 Andrew McKay
F: 36 Aaron Hamill 22 Glenn Manton 12 Matthew Lappin
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 20 Fraser Brown 16 Scott Camporeale
Int: 3 Kris Massie 33 Matthew Hogg 9 Adrian Hickmott 45 Anthony Franchina
Coach: David Parkin
Emg: Brett Backwell Simon Fletcher Adam White
In: Anthony Franchina Adrian Hickmott
Out: Simon Fletcher Adam White

Milestones

Last game: Matthew Hogg
Interesting Fact: Little did we know, but Carlton was about to embark upon a record breaking period of games played between Grand Finals, with the current tally at 295 games (end of Season 2012).


Preliminary Final | 2000