North Melbourne proved too good for the Blues this day, winning by 6 goals at Optus Oval.

Round 17, 1997

Carlton 2.4 16 4.8 32 7.12 54 7.16 58
Nth Melbourne 1.2 8 4.4 28 8.8 56 14.12 96
Venue: Optus Oval Date: Saturday 26-Jul-1997
Result: Loss by 38 points Umpires: Sawers, Nash, Ellis Crowd: 27,689
Goalkickers: S.Silvagni, A.Whitehead 2, M.Hogg, S.Kernahan, L.O'Sullivan 1.
Best: A.McKay, C.Bradley, M.Sexton, B.Pearce, A.Koutoufides.
Reports: S.Camporeale (Striking David King) - 2 weeks. Injuries: B.Pearce (ankle).

Game Review

Carlton were forced to go into this match without Greg Williams, after the AFL appealed the decision which had previously overturned the 9 match suspension handed out by the tribunal after Round 1. This meant he would be ineligible to play again until 1998- if he decided to play on (and ultimately he would never play an AFL match again).

The match was tight in the first half with inaccurate kicking proving costly for the Blues. They would be just 4 points up at half time despite having 4 more scoring shots. By 3/4 time they were down 2 points despite 3 extra shots. But the Roos took complete control in the final quarter, booting 6 goals to Carlton's 4 behinds to run out 38 point winners.

Anthony Koutoufides was busy with 29 possessions, while Craig Bradley had 23. Michael Sexton with 23 and Andrew McKay with 21 were solid in defence. Brad Pearce was lively with 11 marks before going down with yet another injury.


B: 5 Andrew McKay 35 Peter Dean 18 Justin Murphy
HB: 13 Mil Hanna 14 Michael Sexton 9 Adrian Hickmott
C: 16 Scott Camporeale 33 Matthew Hogg 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 6 Matt Clape 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 27 Luke O'Sullivan
F: 19 Brad Pearce 1 Stephen Silvagni 32 Adrian Whitehead
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 7 Brett Ratten 21 Craig Bradley (vc)
Interchange: 46 Mark Porter 36 Aaron Hamill 23 Dean Rice
Coach: David Parkin
In: Matthew Allan, Matt Clape, Dean Rice, Aaron Hamill
Out: Greg Williams, Ron De Iulio (suspended),
Glenn Manton (hamstring), Jacob Anstey


50 Games Matthew Allan

Brownlow Votes

3: David King (KAN)
2: Andrew McKay (CARL)
1: Mark Roberts (KAN)

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