Carlton lost to Melbourne by 18 points on a poignant occasion - the last-ever VFL/AFL game at Princes Park.

Round 9, 2005

Carlton 2.2 14 7.4 46 7.8 50 13.14 92
Melbourne 4.7 31 10.13 73 15.17 107 15.20 110
Venue: Princes Park
Date: Saturday, 21 May, 2005 Result: Lost by 18 points
Umpires: Stevic, McLaren, Meredith Crowd: 30,052
Goalkickers: B.Fevola 2, D.Morrell 2, N.Stevens 2, A.Walker 1, A.Bentick 1, E.Betts 1, R.Houlihan 1, A.Koutoufides 1, M.Lappin 1, L.Whitnall 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: B.French (left knee)

Game Review


This was to be the last game of VFL/AFL football played at Princes Park. The Blues celebrated the occasion with a tear-jerking celebration of greats and their children before the game, a parade of its 16 premiership cups and a beautiful moment at the end between past great John Nicholls and current great Anthony Koutoufides. For more on the day's celebrations, click here, or for our Photo Gallery, click here.

The Blues couldn't match the mood for the first 3 quarters, making numerous skill errors but found their step in the last quarter, kicking 6 goals to nil, to minimise the damage to a more respectable 18 points. Melbourne, who were having an 'up' year in their up / down cycle, had too many midfield options and the most dangerous and effective forward on the field in Russell Robertson, who would kick 6 on Teague. He was always going to be dangerous on this day with their midfield supply too great to handle. The loss of ruckman Barnaby French in the first quarter did not help Carlton's cause and his loss would be felt for many weeks to come.

As a side-note, future Blue Brock McLean polled the 3 Brownlow Medal votes for Melbourne.


B: 44 Andrew Carrazzo 32 Bret Thornton 26 Adrian Deluca
HB: 20 Cory McGrath 15 David Teague 33 Ryan Houlihan
C: 40 Adam Bentick 34 Simon Wiggins 16 Scott Camporeale (vc)
HF: 30 Jarrad Waite 8 Lance Whitnall 19 Eddie Betts
F: 29 Heath Scotland 25 Brendan Fevola 12 Matthew Lappin
Ruck: 11 Barnaby French 43 Anthony Koutoufides (c) 24 Nick Stevens
1 Andrew Walker, 3 Digby Morrell, 6 Kade Simpson, 31 Jordan Bannister
Coach: Denis Pagan
Emg: David Clarke Brett Johnson Ian Prendergast
In: Jordan Bannister Andrew Carrazzo Digby Morrell
Out: Justin Davies Brett Johnson Ian Prendergast


200 Goals: Anthony Koutoufides
Celebration Matches: This was Carlton's last ever match at Princes Park

Brownlow Votes

3: Brock McLean (MEL)
2: Russell Robertson (MEL)
1: Anthony Koutoufides (CARL)

Best & Fairest Votes

Anthony Koutoufides (38), Nick Stevens (20), Scott Camporeale (19), Bret Thornton (8), Cory McGrath (6), Matthew Lappin, Jarrad Waite (5), Lance Whitnall (4)

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