Carlton defeated Hawthorn by 58 points - MCG. Ditchburn kicked 6.

Qualifying Final, 1982

Venue: M.C.G.Date: Saturday September 4, 1982
Result: Win by 58 pointsUmpires: Neville N.Nash & Ian RobinsonCrowd: 70,552
Goalkickers: R.Ditchburn 6, D.Clarke 4, W.Harmes 4, R.Ashman 4, W.Johnston 3, P.Bosustow 3, M.Maclure 1
Best: D.Glascott, K.Hunter, W.Harmes, D.English, R.Ditchburn, K.Sheldon, B.Doull
Reports: Wayne Johnston (Carlton) by field umpire Nash for striking David Polkinghorne (Hawthorn) with a right fist to the face in the second quarter - 2 Weeks suspension
Peter Bosustow (Carlton) by field umpire Ian Robinson for allegedy using abusive language toward umpire Ian Robinson - 1 Week suspension
Injuries: Nil

Game Review

Wayne Harmes turned it on during the third quarter with 4 goals (with one snap from the boundary line an absolute highlight) when Carlton took control of the game and scored 11 goals to 3 for the quarter.

A high quality match that should have received more acknowledgments. The 3rd quarter showcased Carlton's brilliance better than any other finals match in this particular era and without doubt our most spectacular effort since the 1972 Grand Final.

''Harmes' Way
What activated Carlton's explosive Wayne Harmes on that path of destruction against Hawthorn last Saturday? Harmes and Hawk skipper, Leigh Matthews, clashed and Harmes was nursing a thick ear. Immediately after the solid collision, Harmes went on a 10 minute burst and kicked four inspiring goals, also passing to Rod Ashman for a fifth. Before the incident, Hawthorn and Carlton were locked in an even battle, with the lead changing every few minutes and neither side gaining a decided advantge. But, in that short space of time, the Blues leapt to a five goal break due to Harmes' dominance over three separate opponents. He treated Geoff Ablett, Rod Eade and Russell Greene with scant respect. The soul destroyer for the Hawks was Harmes' last goal, when he was positioned on his wrong foot and right on the boundary line. Yet he brilliantly curved the ball between the main uprights, to the dismay of the Hawks backmen. Yes, "Lethal" Leigh will remember that tackle and so will coach Alan Jeans.

The Hawks gambled by playing Terry Wallace and Peter Knights, two recognised stars and unfortunately the decision came unstuck as Ken Hunter obliterated Knights. And, although Wallace gained many possessions, the gutsy centreman was a yard too slow on several occassions against the fleet-footed Blues. Carlton's strength is its ability to hold possession and, once Hawthorn's renowned tackling and vigor waned, the Blue boys dictated the terms with apparent ease. Flamboyant Peter Bosustow is back to his most dangerous form, which spells trouble for the other finalists, once he has served his one week suspension. Bosustow's role, which takes him onto the backline occassionally, allows him to shrug off his opponent - an excellent tactic by David Parkin. - Peter Hogan Inside Football''

Carlton's premiership hopes look excellent but much may depend on the performances of two players - Wayne Harmes and Bruce Doull. Harmes is a proven big occasion player, with a flair for individual spectacularism that makes him stand out. The former schoolboy champion played a leading role in Carlton's narrow 1979 premiership win over (ho hum Collingwood). Who would ever forget the way Harmes swooped deperately at the ball, knocked it back into play in the dying moments for Ken Sheldon to goal and give the Blues a five point victory? Certainly not those who argue that the ball was out of bounds but that doesn't detract from what was a desperate moment of desperation football. Harmes is in dazzling form at the business end of the season and should figure conspicuously again this year's finals. His game against the Hawks on Saturday was Harmes back to his explosive best, his explosive third quarter was as good as you are ever going to see in a final when he kicked four goals from the wing. Doull is, well, DOULL! The modest champion, the reluctant idol of not just Carlton supporters, hasn't had his best season ever but a few of the things I saw him do against Hawthorn in last Saturday's Qualifying Final against the Hawks were typical of Bruce's approach to the game - effective, solid, dependable and ever reliable. If he is in peak condition for the remaining games, his opponents will know they've encountered one of football's all time great defenders. - Doug Wade Inside Football.

''Ken caught his man!
Carlton's mercurial defender, Ken Hunter, says he went into last Saturday's Qualifying Final against Hawthorn about 90 percent fit. Hunter, whose future career looked in doubt midway through the year because of a severe hip and groin injury, has made a remarkable recovery. Last Saturday, he played a perfect defensive role on Hawthorn's Peter Knights and later, Michael Moncrieff keeping them both out of the game. Hunter said that coach David Parkin, had given him the assignment of picking up Knights, because Carlton was certain he would line up at centre half forward. The Carlton champion said that the rest, ultrasonic treatment and manipulation had helped him recover from the injury. "It doesn't restrict my movement, although it is a little tender sometimes" Hunter said. - Howard Leigh Inside Football''

Jim Buckley could be a surpise selection for this week's second semi final against Richmond at VFL Park. Buckley, 22, who was virtually ruled out on the eve of the finals because of glandular fever and hepatitis told me on Saturday he expected to be right to train on Thursday. I will be having some blood tests this week and I am confident I will be cleared to play, Buckley said. - Howard Leigh Inside Football.

''Clarke makes his mark in the Carlton camp.
It's fair to say that veteran star, David Clarke, would have been an extremely happy man on Saturday. David joined reigning premier team, Carlton, this year after an illustrious career with Geelong. But, due to injury problems and the enormous depth talent at Carlton, Clarke has found it difficult to cement a permanent senior place in the side. His luck, however, changed just before Saturday's Qualifying Final against Hawthorn at the MCG. Champion full-back Geoff Southby, was a late withdrawal from the Blues' line-up and David Clarke, named as an emergency, got the senior chance he'd been hoping for. He made the most of the opportunity by kicking four goals and combining to set-up a few others. On that performance, David seems certain to retain his place in the Carlton side for at least another finals match. Clarke's is a classic case of making every post a winner. - Geoff Raines Inside Football''

''Johnston to miss Grand Final?
Carlton took one step closer to back-to-back premierships with a solid win over Hawthorn. A win this week against the Tigers puts the Blues straight into the Grand Final. Over the past few weeks, they have gained the enthusiasm they lacked earlier in the year. Perhaps the smell of finals air has brought it on. One Blues player who will have the blues this week if Carlton do beat Richmond this week will be Wayne Johnston. His two match susppension would make him unavailable for the Grand Final, this would be a massive blow to Johnston who is rapidly building a reputation for performing well during the finals. - Graham Teasdale Inside Football''


B: 27 Des English 21 Rod Austin 9 Ken Hunter
HB: 33 Peter McConville 15 Val Perovic 11 Bruce Doull
C: 37 Wayne Harmes 13 Phil Maylin 32 David Glascott
HF: 7 Wayne Johnston 36 Mark Maclure 4 Peter Bosustow
F: 3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c) 8 Ross Ditchburn 34 Alex Marcou
Ruck: 2 Warren 'Wow' Jones 5 Ken Sheldon 14 Rod Ashman
Interchange: 22 Robbert Klomp 26 David Clarke
Coach: David Parkin


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