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In the first-ever AFL night final, Stephen Kernahan's 6 goals lifted the Blues to a 2 point victory over Essendon.

Qualifying Final, 1993

Carlton 4.3 27 7.6 48 12.7 79 15.10 100
Essendon 3.4 22 7.6 48 11.7 73 14.14 98
Venue: MCG Date: September 4, 1993 (Saturday night)
Result: Win by 2 points Umpires: P.Carey & A.Coates. Crowd: 79,739
Goalkickers: S.Kernahan 6, B.Heaver 4, A.Gleeson 2, T.Powell 2, A.Christou 1.
Best: S.Kernahan, B.Heaver, G.Williams, A.Christou, S.Silvagni.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil












Game Review

In a game that history would record as the first ever night final, Carlton would win their second nailbiter in a row in this Qualifying Final win against the Bombers. In our third encounter against Essendon for the year, Carlton would go 2-1 up but the win would remain unconvincing – the Bombers had youth and pace on their side, the Blues had the settled and skilled midfield plus the brilliance of Stephen Kernahan. The irony leading up to his historic night final was that playing at night would impact on its champion captain Stephen Kernahan, whose sight at night wasn't the best. As the results would indicate, it didn't stop "Sticks" from being the difference between the two teams after he booted six goals.

Essendon had lost 5 quality players to injury before this game including young guns James Hird, Dustin Fletcher & Joe Misiti. So while winning was a great result, the margin being less than a kick left lingering doubts for some as to whether things may have been different had they played.

These 2 teams were neck and neck all game. Kernahan would kick 6 goals 4, and Heaver would have one of his better games against Bomber Gavin Wanganeen with 4 goals. Williams would earn 32 possessions and be the driver out of the middle. Tim Powell would kick 2 important goals and remind the selectors of his value.

Greg Williams was prolific as usual with 18 kicks and 14 handballs, next best was Craig Bradley with 17 kicks and 8 handballs and Brent Heaver with 17 kicks and 5 handballs.
















































Team

B: 7 Brett Ratten 1 Stephen Silvagni 33 Matthew Hogg
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 14 Michael Sexton 39 Ang Christou
C: 13 Mil Hanna 2 Greg Williams 9 Brett Sholl
HF: 31 Tom Alvin 11 Earl Spalding 34 Ron De Iulio
F: 20 Fraser Brown 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 17 Brent Heaver
Ruck: 44 Justin Madden 21 Craig Bradley (vc) 12 Adrian Gleeson
Interchange: 38 Rohan Welsh 22 Tim Powell
Coach: David Parkin


Milestones

150 Games (AFL): Earl Spalding
500th goal: Stephen Kernahan


Round 22 | Semi Final