Carlton defeated Sydney by 68 points at Princes Park.

Round 19, 1987

Venue: Princes ParkDate: Saturday August 8, 1987
Result: Won by 68 pointsUmpires: G.Dore & R.SawersCrowd: 32,058 Receipts: $98,705
Goalkickers: M.Naley 3, P.Sartori 3, M.Kennedy 2, S.Kernahan 2, S.Silvagni 2, I.Aitken 1, B.Evans 1, A.Gleeson 1, K.Hunter 1 & W.Johnston 1.
Best: J.Dorotich, I.Aitken, M.Naley, D.Glascott, M.Kennedy, J.Madden, W.Johnston, D.Rhys-Jones, T.Alvin, W.McKenzie.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil

Game Review

This was supposed to be a big game in light of Sydney's extraordinary good form over the preceding 3 weeks, but Carlton made light work of the Swans, who ended the year quite disastrously. Sydney had created history by kicking in excess of 30 goals in each of the three games leading up to this clash with Carlton.

However the Blues annihilated Sydney and ironically kept them to one of their lowest scores for the season.

''That stuck it right up the critics!
Where have the knockers gone? A week ago this year's finals series was a two-horse race between Sydney "Showponies" and Hawthorn, especially after our effort against Essendon. We lacked heart, courage and were suspect under pressure they said. What a load of rubbish! If there is one side others love to beat it is Carlton and the pressure that we are exposed to every week has steeled us throughout the years. How else do you explain Saturday's game? Surely the Swans threw everything they had at us and didn't we still come out clearly on top? The answers are simple. There are Hawthorn and Carlton - then there is the rest. It has been obvious all year and is even more so after the weekend's games. Take Capper away from Sydney and he is nothing. He feeds off the crowd's hype like a leech. Put him in front of Melbourne crowds and he is as potent as a toothless poodle. Williams was exposed again by Craig Bradley. "Braddles" cops a lot of unfair criticism from too many people about his willingness to contest. He puts in as hard as anyone duirng a game - you've only got to see him after the game to realise how "stuffed" he gets. He completely outrun Williams and it appeared as though the Sydney braintrust, was a little concerned. In the first half Williams was almost resigned to tagging Braddles and by half-time he was a beaten man. The plusses were tremendous. The form of our half-back line was outstanding. Dorotich, back to his best, Rhys and Tommy Alvin were impassable and they form the most attacking defensive line in football. Even without Stephnen Kernahan starring, our forward line had an imposing look about it. Justin Madden dominated the ruck and the little fellas relished the conditions with him spoonfeeding them the footy throughout the day. - Carl Toner Inside Football.''

You really have to take your hat off to the Blues. They were magnificent last Saturday, with their forward line looking every bit as dangerous as Hawthorn's. A lot of people say Hawthorn's forward line is far and away the best in the League, and certainly they have any number of options, but when you look at Carlton, it is not far behind. Of course there is Stephen Kernahan and Wayne Johnston, but when you throw in Peter Sartori, Ken Hunter, Stephen Silvagni, Richard Dennis, a couple of on-ball players, and occassionally Justin Madden, that's strike-power. Jon Dorotich's return to his best form made a huge difference to the Blues, and with the likes of Tommy Alvin back to his best, young Ian Aitken showing no after-effects of his broken jaw, and David Rhys-Jones and Warren McKenzie playing well, their defence doesn't look too bad either. And they've got a stack of good players in the reserves, including Peter Dean, Paul Meldrum, Wayne Harmes, Wayne Blackwell and Fraser Murphy making sure the senior players are on their toes. - Peter Knights Inside Football.

I had a drink with Carlton centre-half back Jon Dorotich after Saturday's game at Princes Park. Big Jon copped a lot of criticism during the week and gave one particuilar critic the perfect answer. Dorotich was easily best on ground against the Swans and played superbly. He took several tremendous marks, including a couple backing into the pack. That takes a lot of courage and I don't think anyone will be questioning Dorotich in future. Former Swan David Rhys-Jones also played well for the Blues, and don't those Carlton fans just love him! - Sydney Captain Dennis Carroll Inside Football

''Swans Away
The partisan Sydney crowd, which provides the Swans with much of their inspiration, was absent last Saturday. The team felt it and played accordingly. They were like a rudderless ship against Carlton at Princes Park. In Tinseltown they may be tops, but away from the glitter, glamour, girls and Disney productions, the Swans are just another side. If Sydney are to do well in September, they will have to learn to live without the roars of approval from their supporters. Even worse, their efforts at the MCG could be met with howls of derision. After three astounding victories, there seems to be no other plausible explanation for their sudden fall from grace. To dive some indication of the magnitude of the Blues victory, the home side had 58 more kicks, 38 more marks, 54 more handballs and 10 more hit-outs. Although the Swans had 41 tackles to Carlton's 18, it was not enough to stop the Blues. For Carlton, Mark Naley had 35 possessions (21 & 14), Craig Bradley had 18 kicks, nine marks and nine handballs and David Rhys-Jones had 26 disposals (13 & 13). - Footy Week.''


B: 41 Peter Rohde 45 Warren McKenzie 26 David Rhys-Jones
HB: 6 Jon Dorotich 22 Ian Aitken 31 Tom Alvin
C: 38 Shane Robertson 21 Craig Bradley 32 David Glascott
HF: 9 Ken Hunter 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 3 Richard Dennis
F: 43 Mick Kennedy 18 Peter Sartori 15 Bernie Evans
Ruck: 44 Justin Madden (vc) 7 Wayne Johnston 17 Mark Naley
Interchange: 1 Stephen Silvagni 12 Adrian Gleeson
Coach: Robert Walls

Brownlow Votes

3: Jon Dorotich (CARL)
2: Mark Naley (CARL)
1: Wayne Johnston (CARL)

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