Carlton defeated Richmond by 28 points - MCG.

Round 20, 1982

Venue: M.C.G.Date: Saturday August 14, 1982
Result: Win by 28 pointsUmpires: K.Smith & R.Sawers Crowd: 71,203 Receipts; $171,834
Goalkickers: J.Buckley 3, M.Maclure 3, R.Ditchburn 2, R.Ashman 2, W.Johnston 1, W.Harmes 1, M.Buckley 1.
Best; R.Ashman, J.Buckley, W.Harmes, P.McConville, B.Doull, W.Johnston, V.Perovic, D.English.
Reports: M.Malthouse (Richmond) by field umpire K.Smith for allegedy striking D.Glascott (Carlton) with the left fist to the head during the first quarter.
Injuries: Carlton; G.Southby (hamstring), A.Marcou (cut head), K.Hunter (cut head), W.Harmes (cut head) Richmond; M.Malthouse (cut mouth) courtesy of a Jim Buckley square-up for Glascott

Game Review

After a 6 week period from hell due to form, injury and suspension, Richmond were hell-bent on avenging their lost to the Blues earlier in the season. After that game Francis Bourke and Geoff Raines publicly stated that the Tigers just didn't do play well enough and shouldn't have won but would turn the tables around in the rematch. Carlton had just been flogged by the Swans in Sydney and fronted up to the MCG with 70,000 fans to watch the the two teams that had won the last 2 GF's. Everything was set for a Richmond win e.g. current form, home game, wet conditions (we were still considered soft as we were so skilful) etc.

And the context was massive here - a double chance for the Blues was pending the end result. If we had have lost this one, the double chance would have been lost to Essendon and maybe we wouldn't have been good enough to come back from that...

But the Blues machine went in to action. Despite it being a physical game with Malthouse or Jess knocking out Glascott and then Buckley knocking out Malthouse later, we were too strong, too quick, too skilful and too bloody good and end up beating them in this season turning game for the Blues.

In the end, this was a virtual replica of the contest a year ago in Round 22. Wet weather and Carlton not favoured to win. But in both cases Carlton showed their mettle.

This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 1980's. For more games like this, please click here.

From Saturday's MCG blockbuster was one of last year's stars in Carlton rover Rod Ashman. Although injuries have kept him a litle quieter this season, Ashman responded to the challenge of media speculation last week, to blitz Richmond on Saturday at the MCG. Rod Ashman was the clearly the most outstanding player around the ground. His midfield partner in crime was the tenacious Jim Buckley who terrorised the Tiger small men throughout the course of the game constantly pumping the ball deep into the Blues forward line. - Inside Football Player of the Year.

''Tigers....take heed
Tigers take heed of the signs after your second defeat at the hands of Carlton this year. Conventional team placements, with the tactic of camouflaging your ace full forward, Brian Taylor, with Dale Weightman's presence, was far short of the planning to roll the Blues. Carlton coach, David Parkin, stole a march on the Tigers by placing Wayne Harmes on Geoff Raines' wing. Curly Austin, selected as an interchange, tagged Barry Rowlings and Peter McConville frustrated dance man, Kevin Bartlett, on the back flank. Elusive medium sized Mark Buckley positioned himself in the forward pocket on big Emmett Dunne. Mike Fitzpatrick opened on the ball and Wow Jones and Phil Maylin sat on the interchange bench. All moves worked and contributed greatly to the Tigers downfall as the smaller, fleet of foot Blues revelled in the conditions against the lumbering Tigers who, I felt, were top heavy. Richmond's single tactic was the secretive inclusion of Brian Taylor but, at 11.15am, the confidential secret was in the hands of Carlton. These manouvres usually backfire and they have the tendency to unsettle your team, not the opposition. Richmond must learn from the errors. Three quarter time is too late to attempt to restructure the team. - Peter Hogan Inside Football.''

''It is the BIG one that counts.
Is there such a thing as a psychological advantage in football? Top team Richmond's loss to Carlton at the MCG on Saturday convinced many people in the football world that the Blues have a clear psycholigical advantage over the Tigers. After all, it was Carlton's second win against Richmond this season and its fourth in a row in clashes with the Tigers. But finals football is a different ball game altogether. The pressure involved in the finals is unbelievable and cracks that may not have been evident during the home and away can suddenly appear. Psychological advantages can work both ways. Its good to enter a match in a confident way, knowing that you have the opposition's measure if you perform to a certain standard. On the other hand however, that advantage can backfire. A team can go into a match as the underdog, because of its previous performances against the opposition. But that acts as a spur for the players who are determined to knock the cockiness out of the other mob and prove the critics wrong. They get pysched right up and hit the turf desperate for success and a couple of quick goals and the underdogs are in business. You can sense an upset is about to take place.

I'm told that's what happened at the MCG on Saturday. Richmond went into the game as red hot favourite to win and secure top spot. But Carlton had other ideas. Right from the outset, the Carlton players were running around urging each other on and showing great emotion when a Blues goal was scored. That sort of thing really lifts a side and the opposition's confidence can diminish. There are some classic examples of a team being beaten by another side in all encounters during the season except the one that really counts. In 1972, Carlton faced Richmond in the Grand Final, fully aware of the fact that ut hadn't beaten the Tigers at any time during the season. But it made no difference as the Blues swept their way to the flag with a record premiership winning score. The message is clear - games are won on the day - not through previous clashes with your opponents. It will be interesting to see if there are a few upsets in this year's finals - I wouldn't be surprised at all. - Barry Cable Inside Football.''

More than 71,000 people saw a parachutist deliver the Commonwealth Games baton to Ron Clarke at the MCG then watched the resurgence of reigning premiers Carlton. The Blues defeated Richmond by 28 points and the Tigers grip on the '82 flag looked vulnerable. Jim Buckley and Bruce Doull were outstanding for Carlton while Geoff Raines and Barry Rowlings did well for Richmond. - Football Record.


B: 27 Des English 20 Geoff Southby (vc) 15 Val Perovic
HB: 33 Peter McConville 9 Ken Hunter 11 Bruce Doull
C: 13 Phil Maylin 34 Alex Marcou 32 David Glascott
HF: 7 Wayne Johnston 36 Mark Maclure 4 Peter Bosustow
F: 3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c) 8 Ross Ditchburn 16 Jim Buckley
Ruck: 2 Warren 'Wow' Jones 37 Wayne Harmes 14 Rod Ashman
Interchange: 21 Rod Austin 55 Mark Buckley
Coach: David Parkin


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