Carlton defeated Collingwood by 22 points at the MCG

Round 1, 1996

Carlton 5.3 33 9.6 60 14.11 85 16.13 109
Collingwood 2.2 14 6.7 43 9.13 67 12.15 87
Venue: MCG Date: Sunday March 31, 1996
Result: Win by 22 points Crowd: 70,152
Goalkickers: B.Pearce 4, S.Kernahan 3, G.Manton 2, S.Camporeale 2, E.Spalding 2, J.Murphy 1, B.Heaver 1, G.Williams 1.
Best: G.Manton, J.Madden, P.Dean, M.Hogg, B.Ratten, A.Hickmott, A.Christou, S.Silvagni.
Umpires: Mitchell, McKenzie, Sheahan
Reports: C.Kelly (Coll) striking G.Williams - cleared, J.Hassall (Coll) charging - 1 week. Injuries: Nil

Game Review

Carlton rolled into Season 1996 as it had ended Season 1995, after unfurling their flag – supreme, strong, and on the back of the forward efforts of Stephen Kernahan and Brad Pearce, who would kick 7 goals, 6 between them. The Blues shot to the lead early, kicking the first 3 goals and were able to hold the Pies at bay throughout the game, in one of those matches that seemed to always sit at a 3 goal margin.

Former Tiger Justin Murphy set out to impress in his first game at Carlton, knocking up 19 possessions, one goal and 7 tackles, something he seemed to only be able to achieve against Collingwood (on 3 occasions- including both meetings in 2002). Also in the team for his first game was Adrian Hickmott, the former Cat and one of our opponents in Carlton’s previous game, the 1995 Grand Final.

Other than these changes, it was business as usual for the Blues – Stephen Silvagni, Michael Sexton, Peter Dean & Glenn Manton leading the defence, Greg Williams, Brett Ratten, Scott Camporeale and Anthony Koutoufides in the midfield and the Pearce / Kernahan / Spalding combination up forward, making the most of their opportunities.


B: 32 Adrian Whitehead 1 Stephen Silvagni 14 Michael Sexton
HB: 9 Adrian Hickmott 35 Peter Dean 39 Ang Christou
C: 16 Scott Camporeale 2 Greg Williams 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 22 Glenn Manton 11 Earl Spalding 23 Dean Rice
F: 19 Brad Pearce 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 17 Brent Heaver
Ruck: 44 Justin Madden 7 Brett Ratten 33 Matthew Hogg
Interchange: 18 Justin Murphy 15 Tony Lynn 24 Matthew Allan
Coach: David Parkin


400 Games (as Coach): David Parkin
Debut (Carlton): Justin Murphy, Adrian Hickmott
Last Game: Tony Lynn
Interesting Fact: This game would mark the first game of a record run of games played by Carlton without a flag..... God knows when it will end

Brownlow Votes

3: Greg Williams (CARL)
2: Michael Sexton (CARL)
1: Gavin Brown (COLL)

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