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On return from WA, an injury-depleted Carlton was thumped by the Western Bulldogs at Optus Oval.

Round 14, 1997

Carlton 3.1 19 5.2 32 8.4 52 11.8 74
Western Bulldogs 2.2 14 5.8 38 12.11 83 16.14 110
Venue: Optus Oval Date: Saturday 05-July-1997
Result: Loss by 36 points Umpires: McKenzie, Coates, Rich Crowd: 32,092
Goalkickers: J.Murphy 3, B.Pearce, S.Kernahan, M.Sexton 2, S.Camporeale, L.O'Sullivan 1.
Best: G.Williams, S.Kernahan, B.Ratten, A.McKay, S.Camporeale, G.Manton, J.Murphy, M.Allan.
Injuries: S.Camporeale (shoulder). Reports: M.Croft (WB) striking S.Camporeale.














Game Review

The Blues would be without Silvagni, who failed to recover in time from his concussion in Round 13 for this clash against the top of the ladder Bulldogs. They would welcome back Spalding and Brad Pearce, who would kick the first 2 goals of the match and get the Blues off to a 5 point lead at quarter time. But the Bulldogs began to dominate the second quarter and only inaccuracy kept Carlton in the game, kicking 3.6 to 2.1 to be 6 points up at half time. They would find their kicking boots in the third quarter however, scoring 7 goals to 3 to take a 31 point lead at 3/4 time. They ended up extending that slightly to run out 36 point winners.

The Blues' midfielders were well held by the Bulldogs' taggers, although Greg Williams had 27 possessions. Michael Sexton was moved to centre half forward after being unable to contain Chris Grant and while he was able to kick 2 goals from 21 possessions, this move robbed the defence. The Blues would be further embarrassed by reject James Cook's 4 goals, making most of Carlton's forwards look ordinary.

Team


B: 32 Adrian Whitehead 22 Glenn Manton 35 Peter Dean
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 14 Michael Sexton 9 Adrian Hickmott
C: 16 Scott Camporeale 7 Brett Ratten 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 27 Luke O'Sullivan 11 Earl Spalding 36 Aaron Hamill
F: 19 Brad Pearce 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 18 Justin Murphy
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 2 Greg Williams 21 Craig Bradley (vc)
Interchange: 41 Jacob Anstey 29 Simon Beaumont 33 Matthew Hogg
Coach: David Parkin
In: Simon Beaumont Earl Spalding Brad Pearce
Out: Stephen Silvagni (injured) Ron De Iulio Lance Whitnall


Milestones

50 Carlton Games: Glenn Manton
100 Games: Andrew McKay

Brownlow Votes

3: Chris Grant (WB)
2: Paul Dimattina (WB)
1: Rohan Smith (WB)


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