|Venue: Optus Oval|
|Date: Sat 24-May-1997||Result: Carlton won by 17 points|
|Umpires: Kennedy. McBurney, Sexton||Crowd: 18,274|
|Goalkickers: L.Whitnall, G.Manton 3, S.Kernahan, C.Bradley, L.O'Sullivan 2, A.Hickmott, S.Beaumont, J.Murphy, J.Anstey 1.|
|Best: C.Bradley, G.Williams, L.O'Sullivan, A.Hamill, P.Dean, A.McKay.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: M.Allan. (shoulder)|
Game ReviewAfter an even first quarter, the Blues outscored the Dockers 6 goals to 2 in the second quarter. They increased their lead in the third quarter with another 3 goals, before the Dockers fought back with 4 goals, to be 20 points down at the final change. With Allan off injured, the Blues had no real ruck man to counter the Dockers, who would get within 3 points, before the Blues responded with 2 goals, to run out 17 point winners.
Luke O'Sullivan and Craig Bradley each had 26 possessions and 2 goals. Greg Williams had 23 while the promising Adam White had 18. Aaron Hamill and Peter Dean were strong in defence. Lance Whitnall and Glenn Manton each kicked 3 goals.
The win put Carlton into the 8.
|B:||9 Adrian Hickmott||1 Stephen Silvagni||35 Peter Dean|
|HB:||5 Andrew McKay||14 Michael Sexton||39 Ang Christou|
|C:||33 Matthew Hogg||2 Greg Williams||29 Simon Beaumont|
|HF:||30 Adam White||8 Lance Whitnall||27 Luke O'Sullivan|
|F:||22 Glenn Manton||4 Stephen Kernahan (c)||18 Justin Murphy|
|Ruck:||24 Matthew Allan||43 Anthony Koutoufides||21 Craig Bradley (vc)|
|Interchange:||36 Aaron Hamill||41 Jacob Anstey||20 Fraser Brown|
|In:||Aaron Hamill||Fraser Brown|
|Out:||Adrian Whitehead||Brett Ratten||(both injured)|
Brownlow Votes3: Andrew Wills (FRE)
2: Luke O'Sullivan (CARL)
1: Aaron Hamill (CARL)
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