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Carlton overpowers Richmond at the MCG, as Stephen Kernahan breaks Harry Vallence's club goal-kicking record.

Round 7, 1997

Carlton 2.4 16 5.8 38 10.12 72 14.14 98
Richmond 4.2 26 5.6 36 6.10 46 10.16 76
Venue: M.C.G.
Date: Saturday 10-May-1997 Result: Carlton won by 22 points
Umpires: Rich, Carey, McKenzie Crowd: 48,833
Goalkickers: S.Kernahan, L.O'Sullivan, A.Hickmott, A.Koutotufies 2, G.Williams, L.Whitnall, J.Murphy, C.Bradley, M.Allan, A.Whitehead 1.
Best: C.Bradley, A.Koutoufides, M.Sexton, L.O'Sullivan, A.Christou, S.Silvagni.
Reports: M.Allan striking P.Chaffey (cleared). Injuries: S.Kernahan (thigh).














Game Review

The week leading up to this match was dominated by controversy after Carlton announced a new boot sponsorship deal with Nike. This placed Anthony Koutoufides in conflict with a sponsorship deal of his own with rival company Adidas. His manager announced that he would not play in any other boots and for several days, it seemed as though Carlton would have to go into the match against the Tigers without him. A compromise was eventually reached, enabling him to play. This was fortunate for Carlton, as he was one of their best with 23 possessions and 2 goals. Brown, Hanna, Pearce and Spalding were all unable to play, although Richmond were also missing a number of its key players.

An aggressive Richmond had the better of Carlton in the first quarter, kicking 4 goals to 2. But Carlton's experience enabled them to gradually get on top of the Tigers, taking a 2 point lead at half time, which was extended to 26 by 3/4 time. The determined Tigers fought back in the last quarter, getting within a goal, but Carlton responded with 3 to run out 22 point winners.

Craig Bradley was Best on Ground with 34 possessions and a goal, as well as setting up a number for others. Stephen Silvagni, Ang Christou, Michael Sexton and Andrew McKay were resloute in defence. Luke O'Sullivan had 22 possessions and kicked 2 important goals.

Team


B: 33 Matthew Hogg 1 Stephen Silvagni 22 Glenn Manton
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 14 Michael Sexton 39 Ang Christou
C: 18 Justin Murphy 2 Greg Williams 32 Adrian Whitehead
HF: 43 Anthony Koutoufides 8 Lance Whitnall 30 Adam White
F: 36 Aaron Hamill 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 27 Luke O'Sullivan
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 7 Brett Ratten 21 Craig Bradley (vc)
Interchange: 6 Matt Clape 41 Jacob Anstey 9 Adrian Hickmott
Coach: David Parkin
In: Jacob Anstey, Adrian Hickmott, Luke O'Sullivan, Adrian Whitehead
Out: Brad Pearce, Mil Hanna, Earl Spalding (injured), Fraser Brown (suspended)


Milestones

Goals Records: Stephen Kernahan kicked his 723rd goal to break Harry Vallence's record as Carlton's greatest ever goal scorer.
100 Games (Carlton): Greg Williams
Debut: Jacob Anstey

Brownlow Votes

3: Craig Bradley (CARL)
2: Anthony Koutoufides (CARL)
1: Stephen Silvagni (CARL)


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