1985 Fosters Cup Round 2
Carlton vs Melbourne
Wednesday 13 March
Carlton win by 32 points
Goalkickers: David Cordner 2, Mark Withers 2, Alan Johnson 2, Gerard Healy 2, Rod Grinter 1, Danny Hughes 1, Brian Wilson 1, Michael O'Sullivan 1
Melbourne unveiled Robin White, a defender from Adelaide and Irishman Sean Wight who had graduated from the Under 19s. Greg Healy (broken finger) and Kelvin Templeton (broken toe) were missing.
A much improved Melbourne gave the Blues some nervous moments, but were eventually beaten comfortably. They kicked the first goal of the game but trailed at half time. The lead was regained in the third quarter, before a rusty Carlton kicked three goals in the last three minutes to lead by 11 at the last change. A spirited last quarter comeback fell short and the Blues eased to victory.
With the city in a run of eight days over 30 degrees, and local temperatures peaking at over 35 degrees, the game was played in a near tropical environment. For a pre-season match there was a lot of feeling, with several players lucky not to be reported.
Ron Barassi said: "We had a few problems with players being unavailable, but that's not an excuse for some of the awful things we did. It was bitter sweet for me because I was pleased with most of things we did."
Best were Giles, Moore and Healy. Robert Flower broke his thumb and missed four weeks, while Gerard Healy was also injured with a groin strain.
Flower, Moore, Wilson, Cordner, Battiston, Dickson, Connolly, Gerard Healy, Hughes, Johnson, Icke, Giles, Allday, O'Sullivan, Kol, Payne, Wright, White, Withers, Yeates, Smith, Jarrott, Grinter.
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