|Date: Fri May 17, 2002 (night)||Result: Loss by 9 points|
|Umpires: Coates, Dore, McInerney||Crowd: 39,142|
|Goalkickers: Carlton - L.Whitnall 5, R.Houlihan 3, M.Lappin 2, C.McKernan, J.Davies 1. |
Hawthorn - Lekkas 2, Vandenburg 2, Dixon 2, Barker, Chick, Hodge, Crawford, Barlow, Cox
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: S.Camporeale (corked thigh), J.Murphy (concussion), M.Mansfield (lacerated face).|
Game ReviewThis Friday night game was an exciting affair but as was usual for Carlton in 2002, it was so close, yet so far away for the Blues.
For the first quarter and a half, the Hawks dominated and after extending their 11 point quarter time lead by kicking 3 unanswered goals, they seemed set for a big win. Had it not been for their inaccuracy, they probably should have been leading by more than the 30 points that they were. Carlton's chances were not helped by injuries early to Camporeale (corked thigh) and Murphy (concussion), which put them out for the rest of the match.
But then the Blues stormed back into the match with 5 unanswered goals, to tie up the scores at half time. Lance Whitnall kicked two of them and Ryan Houlihan, in an electrifying burst, kicked 3 and could have kicked 4, had a clever, tumbling shot from outside 50 to a vacant goal square not hit the post at the last moment. Thanks to those two, the Blues were back in the match, after all had seemed lost and that really gave Carlton supporters hope at half time.
The third quarter was an arm wrestle that the Blues were winning near the end of the quarter, though the Hawks snuck a goal back to trail by 7 points at 3 quarter time. Carlton kicked the first goal of the final quarter to extend their lead to 13 points but the loss of two players from their rotations was always going to make it difficult to run out the match. Shane Crawford was unstoppable and would get the 3 Brownlow votes. The Hawks slowly got on top over a brave but undermanned Carlton, running out 9 point winners.
Whitnall was Carlton's best player and ended up with 5 goals. Craig Bradley was the leading possession getter with 23, while Ang Christou had 22.
Ladder: 16th. 1 win - 7 losses. Percentage - 73.2
|B:||14 David Gallagher||22 Glenn Manton||10 Michael Mansfield|
|HB:||5 Andrew McKay (a/c)||29 Simon Beaumont||39 Ang Christou|
|C:||17 Scott Freeborn||31 Simon Fletcher||20 Andrew Eccles|
|HF:||33 Ryan Houlihan||8 Lance Whitnall||45 Anthony Franchina|
|F:||37 Trent Hotton||18 Justin Murphy||12 Matthew Lappin|
|Ruck:||2 Corey McKernan||21 Craig Bradley||16 Scott Camporeale|
|Interchange:||6 Adam Pickering||13 Justin Davies||4 Luke Livingston|
|15 Sam Cranage|
|Emg:||Blake Campbell||Ian Prendergast||Sam Cranage*|
|In:||Scott Camporeale||Luke Livingston||Sam Cranage*|
|Out:||Andrew Merrington||Ian Prendergast||Jim Plunkett (knee)*|
-*late change Cranage for Plunkett
Brownlow Votes3: Shane Crawford (HAW)
2: Lance Whitnall (CARL)
1: Richard Vandenberg (HAW)
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