|Date: Fri 5 July, 2002 (night)||Result: Win by 1 point|
|Umpires: Kennedy, Morris, McKenzie||Crowd: 36,941|
|Goalkickers: C.McKernan 5, S.Wiggins, J.Doering 2, S.Camporeale, A.Hickmott, S.Fletcher, l.Whitnall 1.|
|Injuries: L.Whitnall (cut head), S.Camporeale (broken nose).||Reports: Nil|
Carlton and Richmond would slug this night game out, almost goal for goal, congested pack for congested pack. The Wayne Brittain coached Blues of 2002 were a short kicking / chip style team with long kicks only to sure bets or on entry to the forward 50, most usually when Corey McKernan was making a lead. The Blues would cross the ground from defence, chipping away, to try to find a forward. It was hard to watch, and I can only assume, pretty hard to play. Both teams would play this style, and it would drag down the game to ball up after ball up. This game was also famous for a Richardson tantrum where he simply pulled out of a lead to Matthew Knights, suggesting he'd hurt his hamstring, but instead he'd pulled out as the kick wasn't good enough. The commentators had great fun with that one.
To the credit of this Carlton team, they were tenacious in continuing to drag Richmond in when the Tigers threatened to run away with it. The tackling was also pretty intense throughout the game, and well, it was a Carlton victory in a year of only 3, providing a highlight for the players and the suffering fans. Best players were Corey McKernan up forward and in the ruck with 5 goals, Simon Beaumont who would beat Richardson hands-down, Andrew McKay and Blake Campbell at half-back, Matthew Lappin plus two other youngsters who showed a lot - Luke Livingston at full back and Ryan Houlihan, who would create a number of opportunities up forward. Simon Wiggins and Jordan Doering each kicked two goals.
Carlton would rack up their second win of the season by one point, providing the first win in the careers of Livingston, Campbell and Bret Thornton.
|B:||5 Andrew McKay (vc)||4 Luke Livingston||9 Adrian Hickmott (dvc)|
|HB:||21 Craig Bradley||29 Simon Beaumont||48 Jordan Doering|
|C:||35 Blake Campbell||7 Brett Ratten (c)||18 Justin Murphy|
|HF:||45 Anthony Franchina||8 Lance Whitnall||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|F:||2 Corey McKernan||25 Brendan Fevola||12 Matthew Lappin|
|Ruck:||19 Andrew Merrington||31 Simon Fletcher||16 Scott Camporeale|
|Interchange:||34 Simon Wiggins||32 Bret Thornton||20 Andrew Eccles|
|15 Sam Cranage|
|Emg:||Callan Beasy||Jim Plunkett||Sam Cranage*|
|In:||Andrew Eccles||Sam Cranage*||*late change|
|Out:||Jim Plunkett, Michael Mansfield*(chest infection)|
-* Late change Cranage for Mansfield
Brownlow Votes3: Corey McKernan (CARL)
2: Greg Tivendale (RICH)
1: Simon Beaumont (CARL)
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