In the first match between these two clubs, Carlton lost to Port Power by 38 points at Football Park.

Round 10, 1997

Carlton 3.4 22 4.10 34 7.12 54 7.13 55
Port Power 3.1 19 8.3 51 10.7 67 14.9 93
Venue: Football Park Date: Friday 30-May-1997 (Night)
Result: Loss by 38 points Crowd: 40,116
Umpires: Sawers, Scroop, Deller
Goalkickers: F.Brown 2, J.Murphy, B.Ratten, A.White, G.Manton, L.Whitnall 1.
Best: C.Bradley, J.Murphy, M.Sexton, S.Silvagni, M.Allan, A.White, G.Williams, B.Ratten.
Reports: S.Kernahan (striking M.Primus - cleared). Injuries: A.Koutoufides (head), D.Hulme (head) & S.Silvagni (thigh).

Game Review

Carlton met new AFL team Port Power for the very first time in an interstate trip. Prior to the game, the Blues lost Ang Christou with a severe back injury that would keep him out of football for almost 2 years. Hickmott was also missing with a groin injury. It had received good news the previous day, with the Supreme Court ruling Greg Williams' 9 week suspension by the tribunal invalid. The AFL vowed to appeal that again however.

For most of the night, Carlton had more scoring shots but suffered from poor conversion. 1 goal 6 in the second quarter to 5 goals 2 would be particularly costly, leaving the Blues 17 points down at half time. A 3 goal to 2 third quarter would narrow the margin to 13 points at the final break. But the Blues ran out of steam in the final quarter, adding just one behind, while the Power added 4 goals to run out 38 point winners. Skill errors and lack of pace hurt the Blues.

Koutoufides suffered a head injury early in the game, making him ineffective for the rest of the match.

Craig Bradley and Brett Ratten each had 28 possessions, while Fraser Brown had 27. Michael Sexton had 25 and 8 marks and was solid in defence.


B: 22 Glenn Manton 1 Stephen Silvagni 35 Peter Dean
HB: 5 Andrew McKay 14 Michael Sexton 33 Matthew Hogg
C: 18 Justin Murphy 2 Greg Williams 43 Anthony Koutoufides
HF: 27 Luke O'Sullivan 8 Lance Whitnall 29 Simon Beaumont
F: 30 Adam White 4 Stephen Kernahan (c) 20 Fraser Brown
Ruck: 24 Matthew Allan 7 Brett Ratten 21 Craig Bradley (vc)
Interchange: 36 Aaron Hamill 47 Darren Hulme 3 Rohan Welsh
Coach: David Parkin
In: Darren Hulme Brett Ratten Rohan Welsh
Out: Ang Christou (back) Adrian Hickmott (groin) Jacob Anstey


Debut: Darren Hulme
Records: This was the first match between these two Clubs

Brownlow Votes

3: Adam Heuskes (PA)
2: Stephen Paxman (PA)
1: Matthew Primus (PA)

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