Carlton come from behind to defeat North Melbourne by 9 points - Arden St.

Round 11, 1982

Nth Melbourne6.5418.115911.168213.1896
Venue: Arden StDate: Saturday June 5, 1982
Result: Win by 9 pointsUmpires: P.Cameron & J.MorganCrowd: 26,206 Receipts; $45,531
Goalkickers: F.Marchesani 4, R.Ashman 4, P.McConville 3, P.Bosustow 1, K.Sheldon 1, W.Johnston 1, A.Marcou 1.
Best; P.Maylin, W.Harmes, B.Doull, K.Hunter, K.Sheldon, F.Marchesani, R.Ashman, G.Southby, V.Perovic.
Reports: Keith Greig (Nth Melb) by boundary umpire Nicholls for allegedy striking Mike Fitzpatrick (Carlton) with the left forearm to the face during the third quarter.Injuries: Nil

Game Review

The Blues were behind all day only to steal a victory with minutes remaining. Marchesani kicked 4 goals and was our only dominant forward for the day.

North were livid over 2 incidents in the last quarter that may have cost them the match. Phil Maylin clearly ankle tapped Xavier Tanner with an open hand in front of umpire Peter Cameron's eyes. The ball eventually found its way forward where Bosustow executed a superb double-handed tap between his legs which was picked up by a teammate Rod Ashman for goal.

The 1st incident was a clear error but I think the second incident was play on. North were just so upset by the 1st one, that the second one made it seem like some sort of conspiracy!! To top it off it happened in front of the North Melbourne social club which made its feelings known!!!

The feelings didn't just run hot on the field either. Rod Austin had clashed with Phil Krakouer during the game in which Phil was left a bit groggy from the clash that was deemed has hard but fair. In the social rooms after the game Jim Krakouer confronted Rod Austin over this and had to be restrained from this boiling over into a brawl.

Football, as they say, is a funny game. Anything can happen, and, invariably it does. I have long held the view, however, that football is a far more conclusive sport than soccer, with the best team usually winning. It was different in Football. So I thought, until the North Melbourbe - Carlton clash at the Arden Street Oval on Saturday. North was clearly the better side, yet it went down to the Blues by nine points following atrocious luck in the last quarter. Yet Carlton always looked like pegging the Roos back, even though there seemed no logic for this. The Blues looked a desperate combination in the last quarter, all players lifting because of pride in their own performances and the team's splendid record and never say die attitude.

It's part of the ingredient of being a top side - and there can be no doubt Carlton is a top side. But North supporters were entitled to howl at the umpires after the match, even though most observers thought the Roos had more than a fair suck of the sauce bottle in the first three quarters. That trip decision (or non-decision) on Xavier Tanner was the turning point in the game and it was unfortunate that the umpire Peter Cameron made such a vital mistake.

Cameron was big enough to admit he made a mistake, however, and let us accept that fact. Cameron is one of the VFL's best umpires and mistakes like the one he made on Saturday are few and far between for any umpire. What was refreshing was that Cameron accepted responsibility and owned up to a mistake. That attitude deserves credit, especially in comparision to another umpire's continual excuses in previous seasons.

Still the match points are Carlton's and there is nothing North can do aboout it. But it's funny how there always seems to be tense finishes in Carlton - North matches, with that famous Roo victory over Carlton at Princes Park a few years ago the most memorable. That was when Malcolm Blight kicked a 70-metre goal after the final siren to give the Roos victory after Carlton looked the better side for most of the match. Perhaps Saturday's result was just evening the balance of luck. - Jim Main Inside Football.

The match of the round between Nth Melbourne and Carlton was an absorbing contest indeed, but I couldn't help but wonder how the Blues emerged with the points. They were thrashed in the ruck by Gary Dempsey, outpointed on the forward line and elsewhere, but still emerged victorious. One glaring weakness at both North and Carlton is the lack of a CHF. Phil Kelly, North's surprise selection for the position, started the game in electric style, but disappeared after quarter time, while Ross Glendinning obliterated Peter McConville. Carlton coach David Parkin eventually was forced to switch Bruce Doull to CHF yet again. The Blues can thank brilliant back pocket Wayne Harmes and the consistent Phil Maylin for their victory. Both players performed for the full four quarters but the same cannot be said for Peter Bosustow, who, for the second week in a row, was conspicuous by his absence. Fewer acrobactics and more of the front position could be the order of the day, Peter. - Peter Hogan Inside Football.

''Finding chinks in Carlton armor
Carlton is not invincible! The reigning premier team is on top of the ladder with just one lost at the half way mark of the season and it's hot favorite to win the flag again. But the Blues can be beaten - make no mistake about that. They defeated us on Saturday but, on the day, I thought we were the better side. Right throughout the game, I felt that we were good enough to win it but we just missed out in the end. Certainly, next time we play Carlton, I'd be confident of success and the same would apply if we were to meet in the finals. That's not saying I am dismissing the Blues chances of becoming the first team since Richmond to win back-to-back flags (1973-74). Such a prediction would be foolish.

Carlton is an extremely good side with an abundance of talented players - particularily in the small man department. The Blues main strength is their brigade of running players. They aren't a big side, so they place a lot of emphasis on running power. Players such as Rod Ashman, Alex Marcou, Jim Buckley, Ken Sheldon, Phil Maylin, Frank Marchesani, Wayne Johnston and David Glascott run their socks off during the course of a match and they provide the side with plenty of drive.

Probably the key player in the Carlton line-up is ruckman captain, Mike Fitzpatrick. Fitzy is a fine leader, who thrives on pressure situations. The Blues look to him for inspiration when the going gets tough and he rarely, if ever, lets them down. Because of Carlton's lack of height, Fitzy's role is vital to the Blues success. His ruck work at the centre bounces consistently gives Carlton first use of the ball. And the Blues rely on his marking skills in attack and further afield when he's on the ball.

Winning succesive premierships is an extremely difficult task. Most sides suffer some sort of hangover the season after taking the flag and slide a few rungs down the ladder. You sometimes find that a few players get satisfied with winning just the one premiership and, the year after, their desire for success is nowhere near as intense. At this stage of the season, there's no sign at Carlton slipping like Richmond did last year, following its premiership triumph in 1980.

The Carlton players are obviously very keen about their football - and the business of winning. That added incentive of secuirng two premierships in a row is acting as a real spur for the Blues. Coach, David Parkin. has his charges mentally tuned to the tough task at hand. They are able to respond to his calls for a maximum effort when the game is hanging in the balance. Hungry footballers make the best footballers - and Carlton's players still have a huge appetite for success. How can Carlton be beaten? Well, firstly it will take a good side to do it and one with good attitude. Importantly, you must make the most of any opportunities you get against Carlton because you don't get that many. The Blues seize on any mistakes opposing sides make and they ram home the advantage. That's exactly what teams must do against them. I know that we didn't win and that's really all that counts but, on the day, I don't believe we were the inferior side. - Barry Cable North Melbourne Coach - Inside Football''


B: 37 Wayne Harmes 11 Bruce Doull 20 Geoff Southby (vc)
HB: 22 Robbert Klomp 15 Val Perovic 21 Rod Austin
C: 25 Frank Marchesani 13 Phil Maylin 32 David Glascott
HF: 7 Wayne Johnston 3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c) 4 Peter Bosustow
F: 9 Ken Hunter 33 Peter McConville 34 Alex Marcou
Ruck: 2 Warren 'Wow' Jones 1 Greg Wells 14 Rod Ashman
Interchange: 16 Jim Buckley 5 Ken Sheldon
Coach: David Parkin


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