|Venue: VFL Park Waverley||Date: Saturday September 3, 1983|
|Result: Lose by 33 points||Umpires: I.Robinson & K.Smith.||Crowd: 65,881|
|Goalkickers: K.Hunter (5), M.Buckley (2), D.Glascott (2), K.Sheldon (1), R.Ditchburn (1), A.Montgomery (1).|
|Best; J.Buckley, K.Hunter, K.Sheldon, A.Montgomery, B.Doull, M.Fitzpatrick.|
|Injuries: D.Glascott (bruised thigh), J.Buckley (bruised ribs) & W.Johnston (broken ankle).|
Carlton entered the game without some of its stars, with Bosustow and Bortolotto suspended, Jones omitted, Ashman withdrawing on the morning of the match and Johnston was injured early in the first term. Essendon was not without its problems, with Neil Clarke and Ron Andrews both missing.
Essendon controlled most of the match, apart from the second term when Mike Fitzpatrick threw his weight around and distracted some of the Bombers players from going for the ball. A 5 goal to 3 second quarter got the Blues back into the match, but they were unable to sustain the effort and Essendon went on to win by 33 points.
It was a shock loss for many Blues fans who always believed that when it came to the crunch against Sheedy and Essendon, the Blues would finally prove that they were the superior team (especially with Essendon losing its past five Elimination finals).
But Carlton had finally run out of that 'something' that had led them to 3 flags in 4 years. The loss heralded a short period where the Blues made the finals but were only making up the numbers. In finishing this season, the grand career of Mike Fitzpatrick would also end in his 150th game.
|B:||27 Des English||20 Geoff Southby (vc)||37 Wayne Harmes|
|HB:||18 Allan Montgomery||15 Val Perovic||11 Bruce Doull|
|C:||25 Frank Marchesani||5 Ken Sheldon||32 David Glascott|
|HF:||7 Wayne Johnston||10 Mark Buckley||16 Jim Buckley|
|F:||9 Ken Hunter||8 Ross Ditchburn||33 Peter McConville|
|Ruck:||3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c)||28 Spiro Kourkoumelis||34 Alex Marcou|
|Interchange:||12 Scott Howell||19 Rohan Burke|
Milestones150th and Last Game: Mike Fitzpatrick
Last Game: Ross Ditchburn
Round 22 | 1984