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Release 21/11/2003
Format DVD
Genre Motor Sport

AFL: '81 Premiers - Carlton Blues


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For the 3rd year in a row Collingwood qualified for the Grand Final and surely this would be the drought breaker. Flagless since 1958, their Magpie phobia had become all consuming and was starting to annoy this great old club.

Like '79 rain interrupted the match and made life tough for the players. The first half was scrappy, tight and tingled with nerves. Players from both sides were feeling this one. But it was Collingwood which drew clear as they approached three quarter time the margin was out to about 4 goals.

Memories of '79 came flooding back, Collingwood led by a similar margin that year just prior to half time but the Blues mowed them down. Surely it couldn't happen again. Just as Magpies the world over thought that thought, Carlton lifted. Its defence had been magnificent all day, bu it it was the skipper Mike Fitzpatrick who led the charge. Read more »

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