|Venue: Princes Park||Date: Saturday August 25, 1990|
|Result: Loss by 31 points||Umpires: J.Russo, G.Dore||Crowd: 23,420 Gate: $77,213|
|Goalkickers: S.Kernahan 3, T.Alvin 2, A.Gleeson 1, P.Sartori 1, C.Bradley 1, J.Dunlop 1, D.Kernahan 1, S.Minton-Connell 1, A.McKinnon 1.|
|Best: A.McKinnon, C.Bradley, S.Kernahan, P.Dean, T.Alvin.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: S.Robertson (bruised hip), S.Kernahan (concussion)|
Rover Andrew Phillips was valiant in defeat for Carlton, collecting 37 possessions in his best game for the club. Tuck was also busy for Hawthorn with 30 disposals, but neither caught the eye of the umpires and both were denied Brownlow Medal votes.
Stephen Kernahan kicked three goals and was concussed during the game – courtesy of an elbow from Hawk full-back Chris Langford as Kernahan dived for a mark. Langford generally kept Saturday nights free after games against Carlton, as he needed the time to pick navy blue wool out from under his fingernails. It was also rare to see the CFC monogram on the front of Kernahans jumper when Carlton played Hawthorn - because it seemed to be scrunched up under Langford’s left armpit most of the time!
All the other matches in this round finished as expected, apart from the clash between Geelong and Sydney at Kardinia Park. Two players short through injury in the last quarter, the Swans held on to beat the Cats by two points. So, with one game to go in the home and away rounds, the five teams that would fight out the 1990 Premiership were confirmed; Essendon, Collingwood, West Coast, Melbourne and Hawthorn.
|B:||9 Stephen Edgar||1 Stephen Silvagni||35 Peter Dean|
|HB:||22 Ian Aitken||28 David Kernahan||36 Tim Rieniets|
|C:||38 Shane Robertson||21 Craig Bradley (vc)||13 Mil Hanna|
|HF:||31 Tom Alvin||18 Peter Sartori||12 Adrian Gleeson|
|F:||4 Stephen Kernahan (c)||29 Simon Minton-Connell||19 Andrew Phillips|
|Ruck:||44 Justin Madden||47 Andrew McKinnon||17 Mark Naley|
|Interchange:||20 Fraser Brown||24 Jamie Dunlop|
Mark Naley (65 games) and Jamie Dunlop (21 games).
50 Games: Ian Aitken
2: Gary Ayres (Hawthorn)
1: Chris Wittman (Hawthorn)
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