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Round 4, 2004         Carlton started well but were over ran by Essendon in the third quarter to lose by 37 points - MCG.

Round 4, 2004

Carlton 3.3 21 6.6 42 7.7 49 12.8 80
Essendon 1.3 9 5.8 38 13.11 89 17.15 117
Venue: MCG
Date: Fri 16 April 2004 (night) Result: Loss by 37 points
Umpires: McLaren, Dore, Wenn Crowd: 60,864
Goalkickers: Sporn, Whitnall, Bannister, Fevola 2, Fisher, Houlihan, Lappin, Morrell 1
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil













Game Review

Carlton dominated the first half of this match, led by former hawk Brett Johnson, who seemed to have the ball on a string, with 19 possessions to half time. Nick Stevens and Heath Scotland also contributed to the Blues' early midfield dominance. However this was not translated onto the scoreboard and the Blues went to half time just 4 points clear, after some costly turnovers.

However the Bombers took control of the game in the third quarter, kicking 8 goals to one. The Blues persisted to outscore the Bombers in the final term and go down by 37 points.

Trent Sporn was Carlton's best, minimising the influence of James Hird (who earlier in the week had publicly criticised umpire Scott McLaren, who ironically officiated in this match) and also contributed 2 goals. Bret Thornton kept Matthew Lloyd to just 2 goals, although he also kicked 7 behinds.


Team

B: 15 David Teague 32 Bret Thornton 33 Ryan Houlihan
HB: 36 Trent Sporn 37 Karl Norman 12 Matthew Lappin
C: 31 Jordan Bannister 10 Brett Johnson 2 Daniel Harford
HF: 16 Scott Camporeale (a/c) 26 Adrian Deluca 3 Digby Morrell
F: 8 Lance Whitnall (vc) 25 Brendan Fevola 17 Stephen Kenna
Ruck: 11 Barnaby French 29 Heath Scotland 24 Nick Stevens
Interchange:
27 Darren Hulme, 28 Ian Prendergast, 14 Brad Fisher, 9 David Clarke
Coach: Denis Pagan
Emg: Glen Bowyer Andrew Walker Jon McCormick
In: Karl Norman
Out: Simon Wiggins


Brownlow Votes

3: Adam McPhee (ESS)
2: Dean Solomon (ESS)
1: Brett Johnson (CARL)

Best & Fairest Votes

Trent Sporn (39), Brett Johnson (29), Jordan Bannister (26), Nick Stevens (24), Karl Norman (23), Matthew Lappin, David Teague (17), Barnaby French (11), Ian Prendergast (4)


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