|Venue: VFL Park Waverley||Date: Monday April 20, 1981|
|Result: Win by 28 points||Umpires: James and Fellows||Crowd: 27,299 Receipts $52,979|
|Goalkickers: M.Fitzpatrick 2, B.Armstrong 2, G.Whitnall 2, B.Doull 2, P.Bosustow 2, P.McConville 2, G.Wells 1, W.Jones 1, M.Maclure 1.|
|Best: V.Perovic, P.Maylin, K.Hunter, R.Ashman, G.Southby.|
|Reports: I.Hampshire (Foots) by field umpire James on a charge of having struck K.Hunter with a right clenched fist to the right side of the head in the second quarter.|
Game ReviewAt VFL Park where Footscray gave Carlton a real battle, the Blues ever-reliable Val Perovic was judged best afield. - Hutton's Inside Football Player of the Year.
This nondescript game nearly provided the Goal of the Year by none other than new recruit Mario Bortolotto!
He started from the half-back line (that was a long way from goal at VFL Park!) took 4 or 5 bounces and shot for goal....and it hit the post! Because Mario missed, and it was not a telecast match (although I daresay some sort of footage was probably taken) a great solo effort has been all but forgotten about.
Footscray stayed close to Carlton all day but eventually the Bulldogs lack of a key forward let them down. - Football Record.
|B:||27 Des English||20 Geoff Southby (vc)||6 Mario Bortolotto|
|HB:||9 Ken Hunter||15 Val Perovic||11 Bruce Doull|
|C:||13 Phil Maylin||1 Greg Wells||47 Peter Francis|
|HF:||33 Peter McConville||4 Peter Bosustow||30 Graeme Whitnall|
|F:||2 Warren 'Wow' Jones||36 Mark Maclure||34 Alex Marcou|
|Ruck:||3 Mike Fitzpatrick (c)||12 Barry Armstrong||14 Rod Ashman|
|Interchange:||35 Denis Lenaghan||29 Greg Sharp|
MilestonesDebut: Greg Sharp
100 VFL Games: Val Perovic
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