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footyfan78

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We owed Hawks. Played them in twice in each of the 1982, 86 and 87 finals series. Beat them 5 times of those 6.
Pay back for 86 was done but still think most of our thoughts were around Motley and English and playing for likes of them than extracting revenge on Hawks for our poor showing in the grand final of 86.
 

Earls Smother

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We owed Hawks. Played them in twice in each of the 1982, 86 and 87 finals series. Beat them 5 times of those 6.
Pay back for 86 was done but still think most of our thoughts were around Motley and English and playing for likes of them than extracting revenge on Hawks for our poor showing in the grand final of 86.
I reckon we were that confident against them in 82 that we tanked the second semi against Richmond. If we'd won that, the Dominator would have missed the GF due to a 2 week suspension against the Hawks in the Qualifying Final.
There is every possibility that without Johnston in the big one, things may have been different.
 

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footyfan78

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I reckon we were that confident against them in 82 that we tanked the second semi against Richmond. If we'd won that, the Dominator would have missed the GF due to a 2 week suspension against the Hawks in the Qualifying Final.
There is every possibility that without Johnston in the big one, things may have been different.
Maybe, I think we had more than just Dominator out in the 82 Second Semi. Think there was 2 or 3 important engine room players missing which meant the small man supremacy was not able to be enforced on another top team of the time for that match up. We could have played North in prelim final rather than Hawks if North beat Hawks and I think North still had dangerous team around then and not to be taken lightly.
 

Earls Smother

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Maybe, I think we had more than just Dominator out in the 82 Second Semi. Think there was 2 or 3 important engine room players missing which meant the small man supremacy was not able to be enforced on another top team of the time for that match up. We could have played North in prelim final rather than Hawks if North beat Hawks and I think North still had dangerous team around then and not to be taken lightly.
Buzz missed with a one week suspension.
You're right, the whole order of things might have changed, but I reckon our heads weren't "in it" because of the Johnston implications.
 

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Earls Smother

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Ditchburn had been gone for 4 years by then. He played in 82 GF.

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Yeah I know. Brown was '79, Howell was '81.
Was more a general comment about talls who were lucky to play in flags due to fortunate circumstances. Bortolotto was another.
We seemed to have one in every flag from '79 to '87.
My opinion would be that we had Brown '79 (Hardly played that year, McConville was full forward, then went back late in the season).
Howell came in for '81 due to Southby injury. Bortolotto had hardly played that year either.
Bortolotto got a second flag in '82 due to Southby breaking down again in the finals.
Mckenzie was probably the beneficiary of Sartori's injury in '87.
I shouldn't have included Ditchburn in this category, as the spot was rightfully his, and it was only injury that meant he hardly contributed on the day.
Would love to see Levi be the next "lucky" tall to play in a premiership!
 

footyfan78

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I shouldn't have included Ditchburn in this category, as the spot was rightfully his, and it was only injury that meant he hardly contributed on the day.
Glad you corrected.
For some reason my mind always remember Ditchburn was on 61 goals from 12 games at one stage during the season, so he more than deserved his spot. Unlucky to get a head knock in the opening minutes.
 

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Walls mentioned that all 4 selection committee members did not want Rhys-Jones to play on Brereton in the 87 grand final but Walls stuck to his guns throughout grand final week. He was also questioned about the proposed move by big Jack during the week.
Walls also believes that if the plan backfired he would have been sacked.
The '87 grand final was special for me as it was the first grand final I attended so i was delighted that it resulted in a Carlton premiership.
When I turned up to the ground it felt like a summer day with the heat. 31 celsius. Different to our other recent premierships of 72/79/81/82/95 that were played in overcast or wet conditions. 1979 was 4 seasons in a day and when it pelted down with rain that morning I was feeling nervous about how our young mosquito fleet would handle the wet ground. The '78-82 teams proved we could win in any conditions.
 

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Found a few old jumpers in the drawer. I must have had about 50 over the years.

The third one in the middle row is Michael Sexton’s from 1996, and there are a couple of other player issue ones from when the Club shop sold them off at the end of 1997 because we were switching to Nike. One is Tony Bourke’s and the other is Julian Kirzner’s.

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Another stroll. I think this is probably Round 2 1973. The flag unfurls and we celebrate the 1972 victory. Barass clearly didn’t like losing that day. In the return match at Arden Street, North literally belted the Blues. Crozza ended up in hospital. Wallsy carried off on a stretcher. It was the day that spawned the Fowler and Balme ‘efforts’ in the 1973 GF.
 

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