Carlton defeated Hawthorn by 17 points - Princes Park

Round 20, 1983

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday August 13, 1983
Result: Win by 17 pointsUmpires: A.Bryant & I.Robinson Crowd: 28,504 Receipts; $83,468
Goalkickers: W.Johnston 4, R.Ashman 4, A.Marcou 3, P.Bosustow 2, K.Hunter 2, F.Marchesani 2, S.Koukoumelis 2, M.Maclure 1.
Best; W.Johnston, A.Marcou, G.Southby, S.Kourkoumelis, W.Harmes, K. Hunter, D.Glascott, F.Marchesani, D.English, M.Bortolotto.
Reports: Jim Buckley (Carlton) by field umpire A.Bryant for allegedy striking Peter Schwab (Hawthorn) with left clenched fist to the head during the second quarter - 2 Week suspension
Injuries: V.Perovic (ribs), B.Doull (back), R.Ashman (leg)

Game Review

A great victory in what would prove to be our last "Championship quarter" against the hapless Hawks. Bruce Doull like the cat he was, dodged a Leigh Matthews elbow during the last quarter celebration of this victory. For such a great player, Matthews was unnecessarily violent.

Spiro Kourkoumelis played probably his best game for the Blues, starring in the midfield during the 2nd half comeback.

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. In fact, we would love to hear from anyone who can count down the 10 third quarter goals we scored to take this game...

Wayne Johnston's performance in the centre during the third quarter against Hawthorn on Saturday had to be seen to be appreciated. Johnston not only picked up 12 kicks in that quarter but was the driving force behind the Blues getting back into the match. He was here, there, everywhere in an effort to lift his side. Hawthorn centreman, Terry Wallace, certainly knows how to pick up possessions but, being creative is just as important as winning the ball. Johnston, of course, is a great finals player and, when he sets his mind on something in football, he can be devastating. He could have a big say in this year's finals - if the Blues can hold off the Collingwood challenge over the next fortnight. - Jim Main Inside Football

''Dynamo Johnno sparks Blues!
It's no wonder they call Wayne Johnston "The Dominator". He dragged Carlton from the depths of despair to beat Hawthorn by 17 points at Princes Park on Saturday. Johnston was well held by Peter Schwab in the first half, but took over when he was shifted to the centre. Yes, he absolutely dominated the position. Carlton players who had been on the missing list suddenly appeared - no doubt by his brilliance. The poor old hawks didn't have a feather to fly with after a magnificent third quarter during which Carlton kicked 10 goals to Hawthorn's two. But it wasn't just the Johnston move that turned the tide for the Blues. Switching Ken Hunter to the forward line and Wayne Harmes into defence also worked wonders. Well-tagged in the first half, there was no holding them in the second. Carlton has become famous for many facets of the game, but it has a great reputation for third quarter bursts. I believe Carlton fans lie in wait expecting their heroes to show up at that stage. They certainly didn't let them down on Saturday. The Blues played the sort of football I defy any team to counter. When they got their run-on game going, little men like Alex Marcou, Wayne Johnston, David Glascott and Rod Ashman seem to have twins on the ground. There's no doubt that the way Carlton is playing at the moment, winning the flag from fifth place could be a piece of cake. I bet the rest of the five hopes Collingwood takes its place in the next two weeks. The difference would be like strawberry jam compared to bread and dripping. I've come to the conclusion the only way to stop the Blues is to leg rope them. If any side is to have a chance, it has to be a 100 per cent concentration job, man on man, not giving an inch for the entire game. The Hawks did that for half the game on Saturday, then sat back and relaxed because they were 32 points points in front. They became over-confident, started backing their judgement and chasing kicks and trying to do all those weird wonderful things that make a team look pretty. Unfortunately, that doesn't win games against the Blues. - Lou Richards with Michael Horan The Sun Newspaper.''

Carlton certainly has turned around the tables after some very ordinary form mid year. Everyone had given them away and it seemed likely that the Blues were going to miss out on a berth in September. But it simply took a backs-to-the-wall situation to snap some of those sleepy Blueboys into reality. They have had their fair share of injuries, which has taken the edge off the incredible depth that Carlton has. Then they had to battle with the flu epidemic, which divided the club. On top of that, Collingwood is just one win behind the Blues just waiting for them to falter. So it's easy to understand why the Blues have been a little nervous over the past few weeks. Carlton's little men are there to lead their charge for that one day in September. Wayne Johnston and Alex Marcou are two players that Carlton rely on heavily to set up play. The third quarter blitz by the Blues was a trademark of their's that they owned and beacome to be known as the premierhip quarter. But, more importantly, in the clapping departments, they have got the best in the business. Justin Madden has more than adequately filled the gap left by the great Peter "Percy Jones" who clapped his way through some of Carlton's best years. - Graham Teasdale Inside Football.

Speaking of Carlton greats, the Blues camp must surely be pleased with the form of Geoff Southby in recent weeks. The veteran full back has looked like being forced into retirement by nagging injuries over the past two or three years, but appears to be back to his best form. I can assure you that, at his top, Geoff Southby is a tough, close-checking backman who makes you earn every kick. Apparently, his form against Hawthorn was great and spells headaches for forwards of other clubs in the five. He was able to nullify the Hawks tall forwards with excellent judgement and spoling techiques. Southby also provided rebound from the defensive half to set up many goals for the Blues midfielders and forwards against the Hawks on Saturday that resulted in a great come from behind win. - Michael Roach Inside Football.

Carlton half-forward, Wayne Johnston, set the Blues alight with another superb performance and picked up three votes with his outstanding display. He was well supported through the mid-field by the lighting quick Alex Marcou who set up a lot of Carlton forward thrusts. The ever reliable Geoff Southby was rock soild in defence with his best work being the early part of the game where he steadied the ship and allowed the Blues to stay within touch early before over-running the Hawks in an enthralling game at Princes Park. - Inside Football Player of the Year.

Carlton still looms as a package of excitement. No team in the competition comes close to the devastation on opposition that the Blues can implement. Their demolition of the Hawks with a devsatating burst of power football was a sight to behold, no team can stop the Blues when they are in this mood. There is enormous interest in whether they can manage three in a row and the fact that they would have to do it from fifth place gives the speculation another dimension. They seem to have come back from the dead and with their famed mosquito fleet firing on all cylinders, they are ready to take on anyone. No other team in the League can go outplay the Blues small men in a head to head shoot-out. - Barry Richardson Inside Football.

''Rest will do Buckley good
Carlton star, Jim Buckley's two match suspension this week could be a blessing in disguise. Buckley had a groin injury for most of the year and was told earlier this year that the remedy was rest. Buckley also developed a worrying back injury and will see a specialist to determine the cause. He also had his nose broken against Hawthorn on Saturday. Carlton believes Buckley will return a much fitter and fresher player for the finals. The only problem is Carlton has to hold off Collingwood for fifth spot whilst Buckley is sidelined over the next two weeks. - Jim Main Inside Football.''


B: 27 Des English 20 Geoff Southby (vc) 11 Bruce Doull
HB: 37 Wayne Harmes 15 Val Perovic 19 Rohan Burke
C: 25 Frank Marchesani 28 Spiro Kourkoumelis 32 David Glascott
HF: 4 Peter Bosustow 36 Mark Maclure 7 Wayne Johnston
F: 44 Justin Madden 9 Ken Hunter 14 Rod Ashman
Ruck: 3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c) 5 Ken Sheldon 34 Alex Marcou
Interchange: 16 Jim Buckley 6 Mario Bortolotto
Coach: David Parkin


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