|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 ReviewAfter 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.
|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|
|Emg:||Justin Davies||Glenn Manton||Andrew Merrington|
Milestones250 Games: Brett Ratten
150 Games (AFL): Matthew Lappin
Debut: Brad Fisher
Brownlow Votes3: Chris Tarrant (COLL)
2: Anthony Rocca (COLL)
1: Nathan Buckley (COLL)
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