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Night Series Final 14/7/81

1981 Night Series

Carlton would be Runners-Up in the 1981 Night Series Competition.

1981 ‘Night’ Series Third Round

Carlton 2.1 13 5.2 32 9.6 60 10.7 67
Footscray 1.5 11 4.6 30 5.9 39 8.12 60
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Tuesday May 19, 1981
Result: Won by 7 points Umpires: R.Sawers & K.Smith Crowd: 6,934
Goalkickers: Bosustow 4, Johnston 2, McConville 2, Harmes 1, & Kerr 1.
Best: Hunter, English, Maclure, Bosustow, Johnston & Harmes











Game Review


Team 1981 'Night' Series Third Round


B: 27 Des English 36 Mark Maclure 6 Mario Bortolotto
HB: 22 Robbert Klomp 9 Ken Hunter 24 Brendan Hartney
C: 29 Greg Sharp 12 Barry Armstrong 32 David Glascott
HF: 4 Peter Bosustow 38 Mark Kerr 7 Wayne Johnston
F: 5 Ken Sheldon 33 Peter McConville 16 Jim Buckley
Ruck: 48 Geoff Hocking 37 Wayne Harmes 35 Denis Lenaghan
Interchange: 45 Darren Linkins 49 Spiro Kourkoumelis
Coach: David Parkin




1981 ‘Night’ Series Quarter Final

Carlton 2.2 14 6.3 39 8.7 55 10.10 70
Richmond 1.3 9 4.6 30 6.8 44 8.13 61
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Tuesday June 9, 1981
Result: Won by 9 points Umpires: M.Dye & K.Smith Crowd: 6,394
Goalkickers: Bosustow 3, Marcou 3, McKay 3 & Kourkoumelis 1.
Best: Marcou, Glascott, Maclure, Bosustow, Keogh, Hocking & Harmes











Game Review

Former Reservoir-Lakeside player, Rohan Burke, played his first senior game with Carlton in the Escort night championships against Richmond. Rohan, who is the son of former Carlton player Dick Burke, was far from disgraced in his first senior appearance. The youngster was recruited from Reservoir-Lakeside and was residentally tied to Collingwood. But he went to the Blues under the VFL father and son rule. - Inside Football.

Team 1981 'Night' Series Quarter Final


B: 24 Brendan Hartney 6 Mario Bortolotto 19 Rohan Burke
HB: 9 Ken Hunter 48 Geoff Hocking 49 Spiro Kourkoumelis
C: 29 Greg Sharp 1 Greg Wells 47 Peter Francis
HF: 4 Peter Bosustow 36 Mark Maclure 34 Alex Marcou
F: 32 David Glascott 43 David McKay 35 Denis Lenaghan
Ruck: 40 Scott Howell 8 Trevor Keogh 5 Ken Sheldon
Interchange: 45 Darren Linkins 37 Wayne Harmes
Coach: David Parkin




1981 ‘Night’ Series Semi Final

Carlton 2.2 14 4.5 29 6.9 45 9.18 72
North Melbourne 2.4 16 3.4 22 3.5 23 4.6 30
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Tuesday June 30, 1981
Result: Won by 42 points Umpires: K.Dargravel & I.Robinson Crowd: 6,661
Goalkickers: Bosustow 3, McConville 2, Buckley 1, Keogh 1, Lenaghan 1 & Sheldon 1.
Best: Sheldon, Howell, Maylin, Bosustow, Waddell, Keogh & Harmes











Game Review


Team 1981 'Night' Series Semi Final


B: 27 Des English 6 Mario Bortolotto 29 Greg Sharp
HB: 1 Greg Wells 48 Geoff Hocking 9 Ken Hunter
C: 13 Phil Maylin 37 Wayne Harmes 30 Graeme Whitnall
HF: 16 Jim Buckley 40 Scott Howell 4 Peter Bosustow
F: 35 Denis Lenaghan 33 Peter McConville 5 Ken Sheldon
Ruck: 3 Mike Fitzpatrick 8 Trevor Keogh 10 Rod Waddell
Interchange: 34 Alex Marcou 18 Kevin Heath
Coach: David Parkin




1981 ‘Night’ Series Grand Final

Carlton 2.0 12 4.0 24 5.3 33 6.5 41
Essendon 0.1 1 1.2 8 4.10 34 9.11 65
Venue: VFL Park, Waverley (Night) Date: Tuesday July 14, 1981
Result: Lose by 24 points Umpires: P.Cameron & I.Robinson Crowd: 42,269
Goalkickers: McConville 2, Bosustow 1, Johnston 1, Marcou 1 & Wells 1.
Best: Sheldon, Howell, Hunter, English, Doull, McConville, Wells & Harmes











Game Review

Essendon staged a stunning fightback to charge from behind to defeat Carlton by 24 points. The final score of Essendon 65 to Carlton 41 does not truly reflect the standard of the battle. At half-time you wouldn't have backed Essendon with bad money. They trailed by 16 points against a Carlton side which had control in most positions around the ground. The Blues led 4.0 to 1.2 at half-time. Wrong-footed by the fierceness of Carlton's tackling, particularily on the backline, the Dons failed to goal in the first quarter and didn't score their first goal until 16 minutes into the second quarter. Carlton dominated the game so much in these two quarters that they should have been further ahead. Coach David Parkin would have been extremely happy with his defence. Bruce Doull, Mark Maclure, Wayne Harmes, Des English and Ken Hunter stuck to the Essendon forwards like their shadows. In front of goal the picture was nowhere near as bright. Even so, Carlton had every reason to be confident at this stage that they could go on and win.

But they hadn't reckoned on the coolness of coach Kevin Sheedy in the crisis, or on the 1981-style fighting spirit he instilled into his team. Sheedy swapped players around all over the ground until he could come up with team balance to provide drive. It would be true to say the Dons then stunned the Blues by slamming on 8.9 to 2.5 in a second half onslaught that had the crowd roaring.

This is also the match where Timmy Watson leapt over Bruce Doull's outstretched hands, and Wayne Harmes' desperate lunge, to form some footy folklore for our esteemed opponents.

Team 1981 'Night' Series Grand Final


B: 11 Bruce Doull 9 Ken Hunter 27 Des English
HB: 37 Wayne Harmes 36 Mark Maclure 33 Peter McConville
C: 32 David Glascott 1 Greg Wells 5 Ken Sheldon
HF: 7 Wayne Johnston 3 Mike Fitzpatrick 35 Denis Lenaghan
F: 10 Rod Waddell 48 Geoff Hocking 4 Peter Bosustow
Ruck: 40 Scott Howell 8 Trevor Keogh 34 Alex Marcou
Interchange: 29 Greg Sharp 30 Graeme Whitnall
Coach: David Parkin


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