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Carlton defeated Fitzroy by 63 points - Optus Oval. The last ever game between Carlton and Fitzroy (pre-merger).

Round 7, 1996

Carlton 3.6 24 8.11 59 12.13 85 18.17 125
Fitzroy 1.3 9 2.4 16 5.9 39 8.14 62
Venue: Optus Oval Date: Saturday 11-May-1996
Result: Carlton won by 63 pts Reports: Nil Crowd: 16,795
Goalkickers: R.Welsh 5, B.Pearce 3, F.Brown 3, C.Bradley 2, A.Koutoufides 2, B.Heaver 1, G.Manton 1, M.Allan 1.
Best: F.Brown, B.Ratten, M.Clape, C.Bradley, A.Hickmott, R.Welsh, A.Christou.
Umpires: Sawers, Mitchell, McKenzie Injuries: Spalding (knee)













Game Review

This was a re-enactment game of the first ever round of the VFL, played in the same style Guernseys, to celebrate the centenary season of VFL/AFL. Ironically it would also be the final time these two sides would meet, the Lions merging with Brisbane the following season. At that stage rumours of an impending merger were making it difficult for their young players to maintain their focus.

The reigning premiers went into this game against the winless, bottom placed Fitzroy as raging favourites, the result considered almost a foregone conclusion. Carlton's class advantage would result in a fitting result, although the young Lions would match them in endeavour.

Rohan Welsh (5 goals) and Brad Pearce (3) would shine up forward, while Fraser Brown would also run forward to kick 3. Brett Ratten dominated the midfield with a 36 possession, best on ground performance.

Carlton would unfortunately have yet another addition to its ever growing injury list, with Earl Spalding suffering a significant knee injury and having to be carried from the ground on a stretcher. That was expected to sideline him for the next 6 weeks.

Team


B: 34 Ron De Iulio 1 Stephen Silvagni 22 Glenn Manton
HB: 9 Adrian Hickmott 14 Michael Sexton 39 Ang Christou
C: 18 Justin Murphy 21 Craig Bradley (a/c) 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 6 Matt Clape 11 Earl Spalding 23 Dean Rice
F: 19 Brad Pearce 3 Rohan Welsh 17 Brent Heaver
Ruck: 44 Justin Madden 20 Fraser Brown 7 Brett Ratten
Interchange: 24 Matthew Allan 33 Matthew Hogg 32 Adrian Whitehead
Coach: David Parkin


Milestones

50 Carlton Games: Brent Heaver
Interesting fact: This was the last ever game between Carlton and Fitzroy.


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