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2003 Pre-Season

2003 'Night' Series First Round -Pre-season Wizard Cup

Carlton2.3155.53511.77314.892
Collingwood2.4.1432.8.6723.10.996 4.16.16148
Venue: Telstra Dome
Date: Sunday February 23, 2003 Result: Loss by 56 points
Umpires: G. Dore, H. Kennedy, S. Ryan & M. Lee-ArcherCrowd: 20,893
Goalkickers: B Fevola, S Camporeale, D Hulme, A Hickmott, L Whitnall, B Campbell & J Murphy.
Best: B Fevola 4, S Camporeale 3, D Hulme 2, A Hickmott 2, L Whitnall 1, M Lappin 1 & R Houlihan 1.
Reports: NilInjuries: Nil













Game Review

This was Denis Pagan’s first official game as Carlton coach. Collingwood raced away to a big early lead but the Blues fought back, showing plenty of spirit, outscoring the Magpies 6 goals to 2 + a 9-pointer in the third quarter. But the Magpies proved too good in the end, with a 6 goal + a 9-pointer to 3 goal final quarter, to run out 56 point winners. They were aided by 4 '9-pointer' goals (kicked from outside 50m), while Carlton failed to kick any.

Brendan Fevola showed significant improvement from 2002, kicking 4 goals. Scott Camporeale also played well and kicked 3, while Darren Hulme and Adrian Hickmott each kicked 2.

The loss saw Carlton make an early exit from the pre-season Wizard Cup and go into the practice match circuit.

The League introduced new rules in the Pre-season Wizard Cup including 'Super' goals that were worth 9 points when scored outside the 50 metre arch.

Team 2003 'Night' Series First Round

B: 45 Anthony Franchina 4 Luke Livingston 32 Bret Thornton
HB: 34 Simon Wiggins 43 Anthony Koutoufides 29 Simon Beaumont
C: 13 Justin Davies 7 Brett Ratten 16 Scott Camporeale
HF: 9 Adrian Hickmott 8 Lance Whitnall 33 Ryan Houlihan
F: 12 Matthew Lappin 25 Brendan Fevola 41 Jonathon McCormick
Ruck: 11 Barnaby French 18 Justin Murphy 27 Darren Hulme
Interchange: 19 Andrew Merrington 35 Blake Campbell 36 Trent Sporn
30 Jarrad Waite 20 Andrew Eccles 14 Brad Fisher
Coach: Denis Pagan



Practice Matches

Carlton 0.112.3158.45212.779
Sydney 3.422 3.6243.927 5.939
Venue: Coffs Harbour
Date: Saturday March 1, 2003 - 1.30pm. Result: Win by 40 points
Umpires: M Head, M Lee-Archer, B SheehanCrowd: 2537
Goalkickers: B Fevola, R Houlihan 3, S Camporeale 2, J Davies 1, S Beaumont 1, J Waite 1 & S Wiggins 1.
Reports: NilInjuries: Nil










Game Review

Carlton started slowly but kicked 8 unanswered goals and kept the Swans goalless in the second and third quarters (with Hall off injured). Brendan Fevola with 3 goals and Scott Camporeale with 2 were instrumental in the turnaround. This was Carlton's first win in a match in 2003 under new coach Denis Pagan.

Carlton3.3215.93910.137313.1492
Richmond3.018 9.155 13.381 20.5125
Venue: Optus OvalDate: Saturday March 8, 2003
Result: Loss by 33 pointsUmpires: Crowd: 4,598
Goalkickers: B Fevola 4, L Whitnall 3, R Houlihan 2, M Lappin 1, J Murphy 1, S Beaumont1 & A Koutoufides 1.
Reports: NilInjuries: Nil









Game Review

A more accurate Richmond defeated the Blues despite having fewer scoring shots. Brendan Fevola kicked 4 goals- all in the first half- while Lance Whitnall kicked 3- all in the third quarter.

Carlton3.624 6.8449.116514.1599
Port Adelaide 5.333 6.743 8.1260 13.1492
Venue: AAMI Stadium
Date: Friday March 14, 2003 (night game) Result: Win by 7 points
Umpires: Avon, Rowston, Woodcock, DeyCrowd: 5603
Goalkickers: L Whitnall 3, T Sporn 2, A Hickmott 2, A Koutoufides 1, C McKernan 1, R Houlihan 1, B Fevola 1, S Beaumont 1, S Fletcher 1 & B Ratten 1.
Reports: NilInjuries: Nil










Game Review

Inaccurate kicking was again costly for the Blues, which saw them 9 points down at quarter time despite having more scoring shots. They had the better of the second quarter to take a one point lead at half time. Port kicked the first 2 goals of the third quarter to regain the lead but the Blues responded with the next 3 to take a 5 point lead at 3/4 time. Port again kicked 3 goals to regain the lead but the Blues fought back with 4 unanswered goals and ran out 7 point winners. Anthony Koutoufides, on the comeback trail from a knee injury which had restricted him to just cameo appearances in 2002, showed a great return to form.


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