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West Coast v Carlton
Round 13, 1997
Fri, 27 June 1997 (6:40 PM WST)
Lost by 7
CAR 12.14.86 - 11.13.79 WCE
3 Pe.Matera (WCE)
2 S.Silvagni (CAR)
1 C.Bradley (CAR)

Carlton leapt out of the blocks but West Coast fought their way back into a compelling contest, ending up going down by just seven points. Wingman Paul Symmons kicked two goals from 22 possessions and Guy McKenna had a team-high seven tackles to go with 25 disposals.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 1.5.11 6.7.43 10.8.68 11.13.79
Carlton 6.2.38 8.3.51 11.9.75 12.14.86

Goals: Symmons 2, Evans, Gehrig, Grgic, Kemp, Lovell, Pe.Matera, Morrison, Turnbull, Wooden

Best: Pe.Matera, Symmons, McKenna, Braun, Jakovich, Kemp

Injuries: Nil

Reports: Gehrig for charging M.Hogg

Named sides[]

West Coast Carlton
B: 50.Turnbull 11.McIntosh 17.McKenna B: 32.Whitehead 1.Silvagni 35.Dean
HB: 6.Banfield 27.Jakovich 24.Worsfold HB: 9.Hickmott 14.Sexton 5.McKay
C: 30.Pe.Matera 10.Braun 16.Symmons C: 33.Hogg 2.Williams 16.Camporeale
HF: 1.Heady 22.Stone 42.Morrison HF: 22.Manton 43.Koutoufides 27.O'Sullivan
F: 33.Ph.Matera 7.Gehrig 26.Ball F: 8.Whitnall 4.Kernahan 41.Anstey
R: 14.Grgic 21.Schofield 2.Kemp R: 24.Allan 7.Ratten 21.Bradley
I: 18.Evans 5.Lovell 13.Wooden I: 34.De Iulio 36.Hamill 18.Murphy
E: 32.Blurton 29.Donnelly 4.Sumich E: 47.Hulme 3.Welsh 30.White

In: Ball

Out: Donnelly

From the papers[]

The Sunday Age[]

"Carlton extended the margin to 31 points 25 minutes into the third term and suddenly the Eagles were galvanised into action. Wingman Paul Symmons, the most-improved player in the club, goaled after a 50-metre penalty and then Chad Morrison, Ilija Grgic and Tony Evans cut the deficit to seven points.

The four goals in eight minutes were the response to 24 minutes of dominance by the Blues that had returned a disappointing 3.6.

In the tense 32 minutes that was the final term, both sides kicked 1.5. The Eagles closed to three points, but then the Blues got out to 10 points before the margin came back to that final seven."[1]

WAFL and State of Origin[]

State of Origin (20-21 June)

WA (McKenna (c), Jakovich, Peter Matera, Phil Matera, Symmons, Turnbull) vs Allies

SA v Victoria

Round 13 (21-22 June)

West Perth (Fewster, Blurton, Smoker, Webb) vs Subiaco (Schofield, Simpson)

Perth (Spinks) vs South Fremantle (Sumich, Hart)

East Fremantle vs East Perth (Wirrpanda)

Swan Districts vs Claremont (Marshall)

Bye: Peel

Round 14 (28-29 June)

South Fremantle (Sumich) vs Swan Districts

Perth (Spinks) vs Claremont (Marshall, Gardiner)

East Perth vs Peel

Subiaco (Simpson) vs East Fremantle (Waterman)

Bye: West Perth

Injury list[]

In the lead-up to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:[2]

Player Injury Expected duration
Mainwaring Knee Season
White Knee Season
Dunstan Ankle Season
Lewis Suspension 4 weeks
Fewster Knee 4 weeks
Cousins Fractured leg 3-4 weeks
Metropolis Groin 2-3 weeks
Cummings Knee 2-3 weeks
Jakovich Hamstring 2 weeks
Hart Hamstring 2 weeks
Sikora Groin 1-2 weeks
Waterman Neck 1 week
Ball Ankle 1 week
Pe.Matera Groin Test
Heady Calf Test



  1. Alan East, The Sunday Age (29 June 1997, p.SPORT12), "Blues hit jackpot"
  2. The Age (25 June 1997, p.B12), "AFL injury list"