|Venue: Waverley Park|
|Date: Saturday August 23, 1986||Result: Win by 79 points|
|Umpires: J.Russo & R.Castle||Crowd: 28,697 Receipts: $99,609|
|Goalkickers: W.Ralph 7, W.Blackwell 4, B.Evans 3, S.Kernahan 2, P.Meldrum 2, W.McKenzie 2, W.Johnston 1, C.Bradley 1, W.Harmes 1.|
|Best: W.Harmes, P.Meldrum, D.Rhys-Jones, W.Blackwell, B.Evans, W.Ralph.|
|Reports: P.Foster (Foots) kicking S.Kernahan in the third quarter||Injuries: Nil|
Wayne Johnston (150 games), Des English (100 games) and Fraser Murphy (50 games) were all due to reach career milestones against the Dogs. That was all but forgotten on selection night however, when a rash of injuries forced the match committee to make wholesale changes to the team. Out went Justin Madden, Jim Buckley, Ken Hunter, Tom Alvin and Shane Robertson; and in came Murphy, Warren Ralph, Mick Kennedy, Peter Rohde and Warren McKenzie. With those changes, the scales of probability swung heavily in favour of Footscray.
But as soon as the ball was bounced on that cool August Saturday afternoon, the Blueboys showed they had come out to play. Carlton’s fleet of midfield runners in Wayne Harmes, Paul Meldrum, Bernie Evans and Wayne Blackwell provided a constant supply of the ball to recalled full-forward Ralph, who capitalised on his opportunities to kick five first-half goals, and finished the match with seven. The Blues rattled on six goals in the first quarter, seven in the second, and another seven in the third to lead by a whopping 90 points at three-quarter time, before coasting in the last to end up winners by 79 points. It was an impressive, confidence-boosting victory for Carlton, but ultimately nothing changed, and we went into the 1986 final series still in third place.
This game was also significant for an incident in the second quarter when Footscray coach Mick Malthouse – angry and frustrated at his team’s inability to cope with a slick Carlton combination – decided to make a statement. He dragged the reigning Brownlow Medallist Brad Hardie off the ground, and Hardie reacted with equal anger. After ripping off his guernsey, he brandished it above his head in the direction of the Footscray coaches box - a gesture of defiance that ended his season - and his brief, meteoric career at the Western Oval.
|B:||32 David Glascott||11 Bruce Doull||27 Des English|
|HB:||37 Wayne Harmes||35 Peter Dean||2 Peter Motley|
|C:||41 Peter Rohde||43 Mick Kennedy||26 David Rhys-Jones|
|HF:||7 Wayne Johnston (acting capt.)||4 Stephen Kernahan||23 Paul Meldrum|
|F:||1 Stephen Silvagni||22 Warren Ralph||21 Craig Bradley|
|Ruck:||20 Rhett Baynes||8 Wayne Blackwell||15 Bernie Evans|
|Interchange:||45 Warren McKenzie||30 Fraser Murphy|
|Emgs:||19 Rohan Burke||38 Shane Robertson||5 Ken Sheldon|
Milestones150 games: Wayne Johnston
100 games: Des English
50 games: Fraser Murphy
Last game: Rhett Baynes
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