Date: Sat 10 April, 2004
|Result: Loss by 5 points||Umpires: Rowe, Meredith, Avon||Crowd: 36,273|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 4, Fisher, Lappin, Whitnall 2, Deluca, Houlihan, Johnson, Kenna, Stevens, Scotland 1|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewThe Blues seemed headed for a narrow victory against the Kangaroos. But a controversial out-of-bounds on the full penalty against Ryan Houlihan, with just eight seconds to go, would enable Roo Daniel Wells to goal from the resultant free kick from outside 50 metres and result in a 5 point win to his team. The ball was ruled as having struck Houlihan's heel on the full but replays were inconclusive.
The Kangaroos had earlier raced away to a 5 goal lead, largely on the basis of incredibly accurate kicking, with 11 straight goals before registering their first behind, though there was little difference in scoring shots. The persistent Blues gradually reduced that margin, largely due to the good play of Matthew Lappin (28 possessions, 2 goals), Heath Scotland (26, 1), Houlihan (26, 1) and Brett Johnson (21, 1), while Brendan Fevola provided a constant target up forward, kicking 4 goals.
This match marked the debut of outstanding midfielder Nick Stevens for Carlton (with 22 possessions and a goal), after returning to his home town from Port Adelaide.
Karl Norman was omitted after turning up to a training session earlier that week in an unfit state, apparently a result of drug taking.
|B:||34 Simon Wiggins||32 Bret Thornton||36 Trent Sporn|
|HB:||33 Ryan Houlihan||8 Lance Whitnall (vc)||15 David Teague|
|C:||9 David Clarke jnr||16 Scott Camporeale (a/c)||12 Matthew Lappin|
|HF:||14 Brad Fisher||3 Digby Morrell||29 Heath Scotland|
|F:||26 Adrian Deluca||25 Brendan Fevola||17 Stephen Kenna|
|Ruck:||11 Barnaby French||31 Jordan Bannister||24 Nick Stevens|
|2 Daniel Harford, 10 Brett Johnson, 27 Darren Hulme, 28 Ian Prendergast|
|Emg:||Kade Simpson||Cory McGrath||Jonathon McCormick|
Milestone:Debut (Carlton): Nick Stevens
Brownlow Votes3: Heath Scotland (CARL)
2: Adam Simpson (KAN)
1: Shannon Grant (KAN)
Best & Fairest VotesMatthew Lappin (40), Heath Scotland (35), Adrian Deluca (34), Ryan Houlihan, Bret Thornton (31), David Teague (30), Brendan Fevola (25), Lance Whitnall(21), Nick Stevens (21), Brett Johnson, Trent Sporn (11), Brad Fisher (8), Jordan Bannister (5), Ian Prendergast (3)
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