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In Anthony Koutoufides' 100th game, Melbourne steamrolled Carlton in the second half to beat the Blues by 19 points at the MCG.

Round 15, 1997

Carlton 5.0 30 10.3 63 13.5 83 15.10 100
Melbourne 4.3 27 10.7 67 16.8 104 18.11 119
Venue: M.C.G.
Date: Saturday 12-Jul-1997 Result: Loss by 19 points
Umpires: Mitchell, Ackland, McBurney Crowd: 27,992
Goalkickers: S.Silvagni 5, J.Anstey 2, S.Kernahan, A.Hickmott, S.Camporeale, J.Murphy, B.Pearce, L.O'Sullivan, P.Dean, A.Koutoufides 1.
Best: G.Williams, G.Manton, S.Silvagni, M.Sexton, A.Hickmott, B.Pearce, B.Ratten.
Reports: Matthew Allan (Charging Leigh Newton) - 1 Match; Aaron Hamill (Charging David Neitz) - Not Guilty. Injuries: Pearce (calf).














Game Review

Stephen Silvagni was welcomed back and as he had done so successfully in Round 13 was played at full forward. It once again paid off and he kicked 5 goals. Despite being bottom of the ladder, Melbourne would take it right up to Carlton, as they always seemed to do, regardless of ladder positions. It was goal for goal throughout the first half, with the Demons 4 points up at half time. In the third quarter, Melbourne took control, booting 6 goals to 3, to take a 21 point lead at the final change. Carlton were unable to bridge the gap in the last quarter, both teams kicking 2 goals, to go down by 19 points.

The midfield was well held and outpaced, other than Greg Williams, who had 32 possessions. Kernahan was also well held, while Brad Pearce was showing signs of returning to form but then went down with a calf injury. The defenders struggled without Silvagni, with Michael Sexton gaining 27 possessions.

To add to Carlton's woes, Allan was reported and suspended for a week, leaving Carlton's ruck stocks severely depleted.

Team

B: 33 Matthew Hogg 22 Glenn Manton 35 Peter Dean
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 14 Michael Sexton 9 Adrian Hickmott
C: 16 Scott Camporeale 7 Brett Ratten 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 19 Brad Pearce 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 18 Justin Murphy
F: 36 Aaron Hamill 1 Stephen Silvagni 41 Jacob Anstey
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 2 Greg Williams 21 Craig Bradley (vc)
Interchange: 8 Lance Whitnall 27 Luke O'Sullivan 34 Ron De Iulio
Coach: David Parkin
In: Ron De Iulio Stephen Silvagni Lance Whitnall
Out: Adrian Whitehead, Simon Beaumont (injured), Earl Spalding


Milestones

100 games: Anthony Koutoufides

Brownlow Votes

3: Todd Viney (MELB)
2: Glenn Lovett (MELB)
1: David Schwarz (MELB)


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