|Venue: Colonial Stadium - Docklands|
|Date: August 24, 2002||Result: Win by 2 points|
|Umpires: Quigley, Wenn, Jeffrey||Crowd: 22,938|
|Goalkickers: C.McKernan (4), S.Beaumont (2), A.Hickmott, T.Hotton, R.Houlihan, M.Mansfield, S.Cranage, T.Sporn, S.Wiggins, J.Doering, J.Murphy (1).|
|Reports: S.Fletcher (misconduct) - cleared||Injuries: C.McKernan (knee).|
Game ReviewAn outstanding nine goal to one first quarter appeared to give the Blues a match winning lead. The previously struggling Blues suddenly played with confidence and passion and hardly looked like a bottom of the ladder side. They were winning the ball out of the middle into the forward line and scoring repeated goals. Corey McKernan dominated Darcy and kicked 4 goals in that quarter, before succumbing to a knee injury.
Darcy took control of the ruck after that and got the Bulldogs back into the match. The Blues could only manage six goals for the remainder of the game- 2 in each quarter. The Dogs, after being down by as much as 56 points early in the second quarter, gradually reduced the margin, with a 4 goal second quarter and a 7 goal third quarter, to be just 7 points down at 3/4 time. Fortunately for the Blues, the Dogs never quite managed to head them but did get as close as 2 points late in the match. The Blues responded with Ryan Houlihan calmly centering a pass from deep in the forward pocket to Jordan Doering, who was just 15 metres directly in front of goal. He had no trouble kicking a goal to increase the buffer to eight points. The Dogs goaled shortly after but the Blues were able to hold on to secure a 2 point victory, just their third for the year.
Scott Camporeale had 24 possessions. Houlihan returned to form with 23, in a new role- playing off half back for the first time. Justin Murphy had 22, while Matthew Lappin had 20. Simon Beaumont was shifted to full forward and kicked 2 goals.
It was a blow to Bulldogs coach Terry Wallace, who resigned a few days later and would not coach them again.
|B:||34 Simon Wiggins||4 Luke Livingston||45 Anthony Franchina|
|HB:||33 Ryan Houlihan||32 Bret Thornton||39 Ang Christou|
|C:||12 Matthew Lappin||20 Andrew Eccles||9 Adrian Hickmott (a/c)|
|HF:||15 Sam Cranage||37 Trent Hotton||31 Simon Fletcher|
|F:||36 Trent Sporn||29 Simon Beaumont||28 Ian Prendergast|
|Ruck:||2 Corey McKernan||18 Justin Murphy||16 Scott Camporeale|
|Interchange:||10 Michael Mansfield||48 Jordan Doering||11 Lindsay Smith|
|40 Jim Plunkett|
|Emg:||Adam Pickering||David Gallagher||Andrew Merrington|
|In:||Michael Mansfield, Lindsay Smith|
|Out:||Glenn Manton (broken leg), Andrew Merrington|
Milestones150 Games: Ang Christou
Brownlow Votes3: Robert Murphy (WB)
2: Trent Sporn (CARL)
1: Luke Darcy (WB)
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