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Round 20, 1997         Geelong's home-ground advantage was a big factor in the Cats' 28-point victory over the Blues at Kardinia Park.

Round 20, 1997

Carlton 1.2 8 3.8 32 6.10 46 9.13 67
Geelong 5.4 34 8.7 55 12.15 87 13.17 95
Venue: Kardinia Park
Date: Saturday 16-Aug-1997 Result: Loss by 28 points
Umpires: Sawers, McKenzie, McBurney Crowd: 23,007
Goalkickers: S.Silvagni 3, B.Ratten, L.Whitnall, M.Hanna, J.Murphy, C.Bradley, A.Hamill 1.
Best: C.Bradley, B.Ratten, A.McKay, S.Silvagni, M.Allan, G.Manton, A.Koutoufides.
Reports: Nil
Injuries: A.Whitehead (stress fractures foot) - this would prematurely end his career and he would only manage to play one more game in 1999.













Game Review

Carlton would have to battle a fierce wind in the opening quarter, as well as make a number of errors, to allow Geelong to race away to a 26 point lead at quarter time. The Blues had the wind after that but dropped marks and wasted shots at goal, to add 2 goals and 6 behinds, whiled the Cats were able to score 3.3 against the wind, to extend their margin to 29 points at half time. Fortunately for Carlton, the Cats scored 8 behinds, as well as 4 goals with the wind in the third quarter, while the Blues were at least efficient, scoring 3.2, to trail by 41 points at the final change. In the final quarter, Carlton had most of the play with the wind but continued to waste chances to add 3.3 to the Cats' 1.2, to reduce the final margin to 28 points.

Craig Bradley showed his class, kicking a 50 m goal against the wind and would be the leading possession winner with 29. Anthony Koutoufides had 24, while Brett Ratten had 21, including one inspiring goal against the wind. Stephen Silvagni spent the entire match in the same half of the ground, scoring 3 goals while in attack and spending the other 2 quarters in defence, when Geelong had the wind.

Team

B: 33 Matthew Hogg 1 Stephen Silvagni 35 Peter Dean
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 22 Glenn Manton 13 Mil Hanna
C: 9 Adrian Hickmott 7 Brett Ratten 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 6 Matt Clape 8 Lance Whitnall 18 Justin Murphy
F: 47 Darren Hulme 19 Brad Pearce 32 Adrian Whitehead
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 23 Dean Rice 21 Craig Bradley (a/c)
Interchange: 36 Aaron Hamill 45 Anthony Franchina 16 Scott Camporeale
Coach: David Parkin
In: Scott Camporeale Anthony Franchina
Out: Earl Spalding (calf) Jacob Anstey


Milestones

150 AFL Games: Matthew Hogg
Debut: Anthony Franchina

Brownlow Votes

3: Brad Sholl (GEE)
2: John Barnes (GEE)
1: Derek Hall (GEE)


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