Brad Pearce's 5 goals were a highlight of Carlton's impressive victory over Sydney at Optus Oval.

Round 21, 1997

Carlton 3.2 20 4.4 28 5.8 38 11.10 76
Sydney 0.0 0 0.6 6 4.8 32 5.11 41
Venue: Optus Oval
Date: Saturday 23-Aug-1997 Result: Carlton won by 35 points
Umpires: Sheahan, Wenn, McInerney Crowd: 27,292
Goalkickers: B.Pearce 5, M.Allan, J.Murphy 2, P.Dean, A.Hamill 1.
Best: S.Silvagni, B.Ratten, B.Pearce, C.Bradley, D.Hulme, P.Dean.
Reports: Nil Injuries: J.Murphy (back spasms).

Game Review

Carlton hosted 4th placed Sydney, who needed to win to ensure a home final. Carlton were 2 games outside the 8 and needed to not only win its remaining 2 games but hope that other results went their way.

The game was played in pouring rain, which would make scoring difficult- for the Swans especially- who failed to score at all in the first quarter, though the Blues were able to manage 3 goals. Only one goal was scored in the second quarter- by Carlton. The Swans could only manage 6 behinds and remained goalless at half time. Carlton kicked the first goal of the second half after Stephen Silvagni cleared the ball from winning a contest with Lockett- as he did all day- to give the Blues a 5 goal advantage. But in the second half of the third quarter, the Swans kicked 4 unanswered goals and the margin was just a goal at 3/4 time, with the Swans coming home with the aid of the breeze and all the momentum. But the Blues kicked 6 unanswered goals in the final quarter and it took the Swans until the last minute of the game to score their only goal, going down in the end by 35 points.

Brett Ratten continually won the ball out of the packs, gathering 36 possessions and Best on Ground. Craig Bradley showed penty of run and carry with 24, as did Darren Hulme. Silvagni kept Lockett to just one fortunate kick for the day (which should have been a free kick agaimst him after he pushed Silvagni)- from which he goaled. Peter Dean provided plenty of run off half back and late in the game, ran as far as the goals. He had 22 possessions. Up forward, Brad Pearce, in his 50th game for Carlton, proved too elusive for the Swans defence, kicking 5 of Carlton's 11 goals.


B: 33 Matthew Hogg 1 Stephen Silvagni 22 Glenn Manton
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 35 Peter Dean 36 Aaron Hamill
C: 9 Adrian Hickmott 7 Brett Ratten 16 Scott Camporeale
HF: 23 Dean Rice 8 Lance Whitnall 18 Justin Murphy
F: 24 Matthew Allan 19 Brad Pearce 47 Darren Hulme
Ruck: 46 Mark Porter 43 Anthony Koutoufides 21 Craig Bradley (a/c)
Interchange: 34 Ron De Iulio 45 Anthony Franchina 25 Sam Smart
Coach: David Parkin
In: Ron De Iulio Mark Porter Sam Smart
Out: Matt Clape (knee), Adrian Whitehead (foot), Mil Hanna


Debut and Only Game: Sam Smart
50 Games (Carlton): Brad Pearce
100 Goals (AFL & Carlton): Brad Pearce
Interesting Fact: It would not be until Round 13, 2020 when the Blues played the Gold Coast Suns in Darwin that the Blues would hold an opposition team scoreless in the first quarter

Brownlow Votes

3: Brett Ratten (CARL)
2: Darren Hulme (CARL)
1: Paul Kelly (SYD)

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