IN WHAT was an otherwise unremarkable contest, Carlton took the four points by the barest of margins over the Danny Frawley-coached Richmond, having actually conceded the first four goals of the game before a Scott Camporeale snap stopped the rot.
With ruckman/forward Corey McKernan an imposing presence up front, the Blues found a way late in the opening term and weathered an early second-quarter challenge to ultimately prevail with a seven-goal-to-four second half return when goals were hard to come by.
This game is remembered as much as anything else for a Matthew Richardson tantrum where the 'Richoman' pulled out of a lead to an incoming kick from Matthew Knights – not because he’d twinged a hammy, but because he didn’t consider the delivery to be silver service – and the Seven gamecallers Cometti and co. had great fun with that one.
McKernan and Simon Beaumont - the latter completely negating Richardson in the one on ones – featured amongst the Blues’s best, as did Andrew McKay and Blake Campbell across half-back, and Matthew 'Skinny' Lappin, whose final-quarter heroics from coast to coast are indelibly etched in the memory.
The play of the night was owned by Lappin, who chiefly orchestrated Carlton’s last telling goal. Having taken a massive grab in the last line, Lappin followed the footy up the field, found himself on the end of a clever Ryan Houlihan chip and fired in a brilliant cross-goal pass to the lunging Jordan Doering, who duly put the pill over the goal umpire’s hat.
Carlton v Richmond - Round 14, Friday 5 July, 2002, MCG
Carlton 3.5 6.6 10.6 13.8 (86)
Richmond 4.3 8.5 10.10 12.13 (85)
Carlton: McKernan 5, Wiggins, Doering 2, Camporeale, Hickmott, Fletcher, Whitnall
3: Corey McKernan (CARL)
2: Greg Tivendale (RICH)
1: Simon Beaumont (CARL)
The Carlton team
B: Andrew McKay (vc) Luke Livingston Adrian Hickmott (dvc)
HB: Craig Bradley Simon Beaumont Jordan Doering
C: Blake Campbell Brett Ratten (c) Justin Murphy
HF: Anthony Franchina Lance Whitnall Ryan Houlihan
F: Corey McKernan Brendan Fevola Matthew Lappin
Ruck: Andrew Merrington Simon Fletcher Scott Camporeale
I/C: Simon Wiggins Bret Thornton Andrew Eccles Sam Cranage
Coach: Wayne Brittain