|Venue: Colonial Stadium - Docklands|
|Date: Sun July 14, 2002||Result: Loss by 44 points|
|Umpires: Vozzo, Coates, Baldwin||Crowd: 37,915|
|Goalkickers: B.Fevola, A.Koutoufides 3, R.Houlihan 2, L.Whitnall, J.Murphy, A.Merrington, S.Beaumont, C.McKernan, J.Doering 1.|
|Injuries: C.McKernan (corked knee), L.Whitnall (AC joint).||Reports: Nil|
Game ReviewCarlton fans finally got to see their hero Anthony Koutoufides, playing his first game of the year after sustaining a serious knee injury in the 2001 first semi-final against Richmond. Although he spent much of the game on the interchange bench, he still managed to kick 3 goals.
Carlton started well, kicking the first 2 goals of the match, before the Demons responded with 4 unanswered goals. Both teams would kick 6 goals by quarter time. But the Demons then took control with 7 goals in the second quarter while keeping the Blues goalless, to take a 44 point lead at half time. The Blues battled on gamely in an even second half, keeping the Demons to that same margin at game end. Neitz' size and accurate kicking was a major headache for the Blues with the spearhead kicking 9.
In even worse news for Carlton fans, Lance Whitnall suffered a very nasty shoulder injury when Brendan Fevola crashed into his back trying to take a mark in the 2nd quarter. This would prove to be a big blow for Carlton as he was the teams best player in 2002 up to that point. The only good news was that the player who replaced him on the ground was Anthony Koutoufides who had a 'golf bag' over his injured knee and leg.
Scott Camporeale (23), Justin Murphy (19), Ryan Houlihan (18) and Brett Ratten (17) were the major possession winners.
Blueseum Footnote: This game has been selected by the Blueseum as one highlighting the career of Anthony Koutoufides. To read more, click here.
|B:||34 Simon Wiggins||29 Simon Beaumont||9 Adrian Hickmott (dvc)|
|HB:||5 Andrew McKay (vc)||4 Luke Livingston||48 Jordan Doering|
|C:||16 Scott Camporeale||7 Brett Ratten (c)||18 Justin Murphy|
|HF:||45 Anthony Franchina||8 Lance Whitnall||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|F:||2 Corey McKernan||25 Brendan Fevola||12 Matthew Lappin|
|Ruck:||19 Andrew Merrington||31 Simon Fletcher||21 Craig Bradley|
|Interchange:||20 Andrew Eccles||35 Blake Campbell||43 Anthony Koutoufides|
|32 Bret Thornton|
|Emerg:||Sam Cranage||Michael Mansfield||Sean O'Keefe|
MilestonesInteresting fact: This was Anthony Koutoufides' return match after his knee injury.
Brownlow Votes3: David Neitz (MELB)
2: Adem Yze (MELB)
1: Clint Bizzell (MELB)
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