THE BROWNLOW votes for R.18, 1996 - three to Ang Christou, two to Scott Camporeale, one to Stephen Silvagni – carried a distinctly Mediterranean feel, and yet it’s 'Campo’s' 7.1 that’s most remembered, a quarter of a century after Carlton demolished Fremantle by 61 points on that magnificent home ground on Royal Parade.
That the Dockers’ acting captain Peter Mann took first use of the stiff breeze in winning the toss mattered little, as the reigning Premiers held sway by a point at the first change - and followed up with hauls of six, six and seven goals for the remaining three quarters.
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Just a few of the heroes of our 1970 Grand Final team who came together to reminisce on that famous victory 50 years ago.
@tony_deboflo shares a glimpse into an unforgettable gathering.
In the end, Carlton’s 23.7 (145) to 11.18 (84) reflected the seismic difference between the two competing teams.
Camporeale would accrue 26 possessions on an afternoon to remember, behind Barry Mitchell with 27 and Craig Bradley 28. Anthony Koutoufides banged on three goals in his 25-possession performance, and the defensive quartet of Christou, Silvagni, Michael Sexton and Glenn Manton held sway up the back.
On this day, Carlton Premiership centre half-forward Earl Spalding (who would later taken on a coaching role at Fremantle) also turned out for his 100th senior match for the club – and 1987 Premiership rover (and later director) Adrian Gleeson would complete his 176th and last appearance in the dark Navy.