Without Kernahan, Williams and Pearce, Carlton still managed to hold off Essendon by eight points at the MCG.

Round 7, 1995

Carlton 3.5 23 4.7 31 5.10 40 10.15 75
Essendon 2.5 17 4.7 31 6.11 47 9.13 67
Venue: MCG Date: Saturday May 13, 1995
Result: Win by 8 points Umpires: B.Allen, R.Sawers, P.Carey. Crowd: 73,753
Goalkickers: J.Cook 3, D.Rice 2, A.Gleeson 2, C.Bradley 1, E.Spalding 1, M.Clape 1.
Best: A.Gleeson, F.Brown, B.Ratten, M.Sexton, C.Bradley, A.McKay, E.Spalding.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil

Game Review

The Blues would take on our mid 1990’s nemesis in the Bombers without Captain Stephen Kernahan, 1994 Brownlow Medallist Greg Williams and 1995 surprise packet Brad Pearce yet come away with the points. In 1995, Essendon fans were still reminding us of the 1993 Grand Final (and others), but the Blues were out to shape a new chapter of our history in 1995 - a massive 5 goal 5 last quarter to almost double our score for the game was a testament to that. The goals would come through Craig Bradley, a magnificent banana from 50 on the run, James Cook from a set shot near the boundary, a classic Gleeson roving goal, Dean Rice from a free 40 metres out and finally the sealer back to Adrian Gleeson. Fans might also remember Troy Bond missing from about 10 metres out prior to Gleeson nailing the sealer....

At selection, Carlton had welcomed back Dean Rice for his first game of the year after a season-ending knee injury in 1994 – his only game for Carlton in his debut year. Ricey would be more than useful with 2 goals in a tight, behind-dominated game. With Kernahan and Pearce absent, James Cook managed 3 goals in one of his final games at Carlton. In midfield, the Blues were without Williams as above but Brett Ratten and Fraser Brown would carry the load, with 28 and 25 possessions respectively.

Carlton would stay on top of the ladder on percentage from the rampaging Richmond.

This would be Carlton's first home & away victory over the Bombers since 1992 (and first since the 1993 finals campaign), with the 'Kernahan' game, Grand Final loss and 2 close losses in 1994 interspersed which really saw the rivalry come to the fore.

This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 1990's. For more games like this, please click here.


B: 32 Adrian Whitehead 14 Michael Sexton 35 Peter Dean
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 1 Stephen Silvagni 39 Ang Christou
C: 13 Mil Hanna 20 Fraser Brown 16 Scott Camporeale
HF: 6 Matt Clape 11 Earl Spalding 21 Craig Bradley (acting capt.)
F: 8 Troy Bond 18 James Cook 12 Adrian Gleeson
Ruck: 44 Justin Madden 43 Anthony Koutoufides 7 Brett Ratten
Interchange: 23 Dean Rice 24 Matthew Allan 10 Barry Mitchell
Coach: David Parkin


In: Rice (first game for year), Mitchell, Cook
Out: Kernahan (inj, hamstring), Williams (inj, broken arm), Pearce (inj)


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