Contributed by: Brett Northey
After trailing early, Fremantle rallied to defeat Carlton in the ARTH AFL Challenge at SuperSport Park in Pretoria. Sadly the game was marred by an injury to Kepler Bradley resulting in an ambulance coming onto the field. It ultimately proved to be a simple concussion, but given the match was an exhibition to promote the sport in front of thousands of children and their parents, it was a terribly unfortunate incident. We can only hope it didn't dissuade too many spectators from wanting their kids to play the game. Bradley returned to the ground later in the match, so hopefully this was noted by the crowd.
Overall the night seems to have been successful, with an official crowd of 5222, both clubs getting a solid workout, and the Australian indigenous team not unexpectedly too strong for the locals in the curtain raiser. The match also saw Carlton's new Irish recruit, Michael Shields, play his first AFL game.
The match will be shown in Australia on Fox Sports 3 on Wednesday 6th February at 10 PM AEST and again on Thursday 7th February at 10 AM AEST (but check your viewing guides).
The scores and best players (courtesy of the AFL website) were:
Carlton: 2.4 5.6 5.9 9.10 (64)
Fremantle: 1.2 6.4 10.6 11.12 (78)
Goals: Carlton – Hartlett 3 Bannister Betts Cloke Kreuzer Russell Stevens.
Fremantle – Crowley 2 Headland 2 Mayne 2 Mundy 2 Gilmore Murphy Tarrant.
Best: Carlton – Murphy Hartlett Hampson Russell.
Fremantle – Headland Crowley Gilmore Schammer Murphy Johnson
Official crowd: 5222 at SuperSport Park, Pretoria, South Africa
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