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Carlton lost to Collingwood by 16 points - MCG. Ratten's 250th and Fisher debuted.

Round 2, 2003

Carlton 4.1 25 8.7 55 9.10 64 13.13 91
Collingwood 5.4 34 8.5 53 12.10 82 16.11 107
Venue: MCG
Date: Fri 4 April, 2003 (night) Result: Loss by 16 points
Umpires: Avon, Corcoran, McBurney Crowd: 51,894
Goalkickers: Fevola, Hickmott 5, Fisher, Houlihan, Waite 1
Reports: Nil Injuries: McKernan (jarred knee)













Game Review

After a disappointing loss to the Swans in Round 1, the Blues put in a much better effort in Denis Pagan's second game as coach. Anthony Koutoufides began showing a return to his excellent form prior to the knee injury that sidelined him for most of 2002, dominating the midfield and gathering 24 touches with Scott Camporeale, who had 26. Up forward, Brendan Fevola, looking a different player under the new coach, kicked 5 goals, as did Adrian Hickmott.

After an even first half, the Magpies' forwards would prove too strong for Carlton's undermanned defence to break the game open in a 4 goal to 1 third quarter. In the final quarter the Blues matched it with the runners up to go down by a respectable 16 points.

The match also marked the debut of Brad Fisher, who would demonstrate his deceptive marking ability and top this off with his first AFL goal.

Team


B: 29 Simon Beaumont 32 Bret Thornton 36 Trent Sporn
HB: 5 Andrew McKay (vc) 28 Ian Prendergast 12 Matthew Lappin
C: 30 Jarrad Waite 7 Brett Ratten (c) 16 Scott Camporeale
HF: 41 Jonathon McCormick 8 Lance Whitnall 18 Justin Murphy
F: 33 Ryan Houlihan 25 Brendan Fevola 27 Darren Hulme
Ruck: 2 Corey McKernan 43 Anthony Koutoufides 34 Simon Wiggins
Interchange: 11 Barnaby French 9 Adrian Hickmott (dvc) 45 Anthony Franchina
14 Brad Fisher
Coach: Denis Pagan
Emg: Justin Davies Glenn Manton Andrew Merrington
In: Brad Fisher
Out: Glenn Manton


Milestones

250 Games: Brett Ratten
150 Games (AFL): Matthew Lappin
Debut: Brad Fisher

Brownlow Votes

3: Chris Tarrant (COLL)
2: Anthony Rocca (COLL)
1: Nathan Buckley (COLL)


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