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Triumph and sadness at Princes Park, as Carlton defeated North Melbourne by 33 points. Hunter kicked 7, but the "The Buzz" and Bortolotto played their last game...

Round 21, 1983

Carlton1.396.84413.118918.18126
Nth Melbourne5.6369.76112.98113.1593
Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday August 20, 1983
Result: Win by 33 pointsUmpires: K.Smith & G.James Crowd: 32,610 Receipts; $80,166
Goalkickers: K.Hunter 7, R.Ditchburn 3, R.Burke 2, M.Buckley 2, F.Marchesani 2, P.Bosustow 1, R.Ashman 1.
Best; K.Hunter, W.Harmes, W.Johnston, R.Burke, K.Sheldon, M.Fitzpatrick, A.Marcou, D.Glascott.
Reports: P.Bosustow by boundary umpire S.Donohue for allegedy strking John Law (Nth Melb) with a right clenched fist to the head during the first quarter
P.Bosustow (Carlton) by field umpire K.Smith and boundary umpire P.Sutton for allegedly striking G.Dempsey (Nth Melb) with a right fist to the face during the first quarter (4 weeks in total).
M.Bortolotto (Carlton) by boundary umpire S.Donohue for allegedly strking D.McDonald (Nth Melb) with a right fist to the stomach during the first quarter. (2 weeks)
Injuries: Nil









Game Review

This terrific victory by the Blues over the current ladder leaders North Melbourne was sparked once more by Carlton's champion utility Ken Hunter. Originally named in the team on a half-back flank, Kenny was sent forward by coach David Parkin to form a two-pronged spearhead for the team alongside regular full-forward Ross Ditchburn, and the pair produced ten goals. Seven majors came from the boot of Hunter, and afterward the feeling was palpable that an Elimination Final was there for the taking for this great team - especially after Carlton's dominance in the third quarter which set up the win.

Rohan Burke was impressive in his best game for the Blues, but Mario Bortolotto was reported for striking Donald McDonald in the first quarter and was subsequently suspended for two matches. He missed both round 22, and the Elimination Final, and as a result this was the big-hearted defender's last VFL game.

Sadly, this was also the last game in Navy Blue for the brilliant Peter Bosustow. He was reported for striking North Melbourne defender John Law, and subsequently rubbed out for four weeks. This meant that he could only play again that year if Carlton made the Grand Final. In what turned out to be a prophetic statement, a clearly upset Bosustow stated after his tribunal appearance; "I am absolutely shattered, when the sentence was delivered I thought my career in Melbourne was all over". Unfortunately for "The Buzz" and every Blues supporter, it was. Peter returned home to WA the following year and, despite a brief comeback bid in 1986, never played for Carlton again.

This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 1980's. For more games like this, please click here. In fact, we would love to hear from anyone who can count down the seven third quarter goals we scored to take this game...


Carlton favourite Ken Hunter polled three votes for his fine display against North Melbourne. With his fine leading and courageous marking up forward for the Blues, Hunter posed a major problem for the Roo defence and booted seven goals. He was well supported by strong midfielders in Wayne Johnston and Wayne Harmes, who gave Hunter and other Carlton forwards a constant supply of opportunities by pumping the ball deep into the Blues forward line. - Inside Football Player of the Year.

Team


B: 27 Des English 20 Geoff Southby (vc) 11 Bruce Doull
HB: 9 Ken Hunter 6 Mario Bortolotto 19 Rohan Burke
C: 37 Wayne Harmes 7 Wayne Johnston 25 Frank Marchesani
HF: 4 Peter Bosustow 12 Scott Howell 32 David Glascott
F: 10 Mark Buckley 8 Ross Ditchburn 34 Alex Marcou
Ruck: 3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c) 5 Ken Sheldon 14 Rod Ashman
Interchange: 18 Allan Montgomery 28 Spiro Kourkoumelis
Coach: David Parkin


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Milestones

Last Games: Peter Bosustow and Mario Bortolotto


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