Memorable Moments at Carrara

AFL FOOTBALL AT CARRARA
FACTS & FIGURES / MEMORABLE MOMENTS

Total Games - There were 61 AFL games played at Carrara from 1987-1992. The Brisbane Bears had a 39-21 win/loss record, with 1 draw. Collingwood (5-0), Essendon (5-0), West Coast (4-0 and a draw) and Adelaide (1-0) were unbeaten at the ground.

Adelaide & Melbourne - Melbourne were 2-2 at Carrara - the lost by five points in 1987 to become the first visiting team to lose at the ground, won by 14 points in 1989, won by 64 points in 1990, and lost by 26 points in 1992. Adelaide won their only game at Carrara in 1992 by 33 points.

First Game - Easter Sunday, 19 April 1987 (round 5) Fitzroy 20-9-129 d Brisbane Bears 16-18-114. Richard Osborne and Doug Barwick kicked seven goals apiece for Fitzroy on what coach David Parkin described at the time as "the equal of any playing surface in the competition'. The official crowd was 17,795.

Last Game - Saturday night, 22 August 1992 (round 23) John Hutton kicked eight goals for the Bears and Matty Campbell, the lone survivor from the Bears' foundation playing list, was best afield with 33 possessions and two goals as a ruck-rover. Campbell had also played in the first game at Carrara; likewise Scott McIvor, who completed a unique double - he'd played in the first game at Carrara for Fitzroy and the last game for the Bears. Michael Voss, in his fifth game of AFL football, kicked his first two AFL goals.

Edmond Embarrassment - Bears full forward Jim Edmond was suspended for six weeks after an ugly incident in which he flattened Hawthorn's Russell Morris with an off-the-ball elbow in Round 12, 1987. At the time it was the stiffest suspension in the AFL for an incident not involving an umpire since 1974 and came a week after Edmond had been fined $2000 by the club for punching a Sydney journalist.

Beasley After The Siren - Footscray's Simon Beasley had a shot for goal from the boundary line after the siren to win in Round 7, 1988. The Bears' built a mini-pyramid on the mark, with Mike Richardson sitting on the shoulders of Matthew Campbell on the mark in a move which prompted the AFL to change the rules. Also, as Beasley prepared to take his kick, hundreds of spectators invaded the ground and did their utmost to put him off. Umpire Bryan Sheehan later admitted he'd threatened to award a 15m penalty against the home side, which would have put Beasley in the square, but eventually Beasley took his kick and missed. The Bears won by 1 point. Among the kids on the ground was Michael Voss. Footscray General Manager Dennis Galimberti questioned whether the Bears' security priorities were VIPs or players. "The Bears have a number of people guarding this pavilion. Perhaps they should divert some of those to crowd control and re-think their priorities. It is like Ford Knox trying to get inside for a beer, but when an opposition player is having a shot for goal the security go missing," he said.

First Night Game - The Carrara lights were turned on for the first time in Round 15, 1989. Geelong kicked 12 goals in the final stanza after the margin had been just 14 points 11 minutes into the final quarter to beat the Bears by 74 points and several days later Bears coach Peter Knights was sacked and replaced by Paul Feltham, who was the club's part-time sports psychologist at the time.

Ground Goals Record - Collingwood's Peter Daicos kicked 13 goals in 1991 - all on John Gastev, 1989-92 Bears club champion. Daicos kicked 13-1 in the Pies' 101-point win.

Record Score - Geelong kicked the highest ever AFL score in Round 7, 1992. It was the Cats' 37-17-239 to the Bears' 11-8-75. Gary Ablett kicked nine goals for the Cats; John Hutton eight goals for the Bears

The Only Draw - Queenslander Ray Windsor kicked a 50m goal after the siren for the only Carrara draw against Carlton in Round 5, 1992 - Bears 14-8-92 v Blues 13-14-92.

Carrara Crowds - The biggest Carrara crowd was 18,198 for the first night game in Round 15, 1989, against Geelong. This was the only game to top the 17,795 for the first Carrara game. The smallest crowd was 3,059 against Footscray in Rd 9, 1992, when Tony Liberatore was best afield in torrential rain after having flown to the Gold Coast on the morning of the match following the birth of his child. The last game at Carrara against Sydney pulled a crowd of 4,349.

Highest Carrara Score - Geelong - 37-17-239 - Rd 7, 1992
Lowest Carrara Score - Brisbane Bears - 6-6-42 v Footscray - Rd 9, 1992
Biggest Carrara Margin - Geelong d Brisbane Bears by 164pts - Rd 7, 1992

Most Brisbane Goals in a Game Warwick Capper - 8 v Richmond - Rd 11, 1988
Roger Merrett - 8 v Geelong - Rd 19, 1990
John Hutton - 8 v Geelong - Rd 7, 1992
John Hutton - 8 v Sydney - Rd 23, 1992

Most Opposition Goals in a Game Peter Daicos - 13 - Collingwood - Rd 20, 1991
Jason Dunstall - 11 - Hawthorn - Rd 12, 1987
Gary Ablett - 11 - Geelong - Rd 10, 1988
Simon Beasley - 10 - Footscray - Rd 21, 1987

CARRARA - THE POST-BEARS ERA * 1993-2004 - The ground was used for top level rugby league and baseball after the Bears' exit. It was during the rugby league era that the eastern grandstand (opposite side to the dressing rooms) was built because it was considered that the ground was too wide for rugby league and spectators were too far away. The grandstands on the western side of the ground are the Carrara originals.
* 2005 - Brisbane beat Essendon in a practice match at Carrara in front of about 15,000 people in the first `official' AFL game at the ground since 1992.
* 2006 - Brisbane beat Essendon in a NAB Cup game on 24 February, when Jared Brennan kicked the winning points in the final minute. Crowd was 13,269.
* Richmond beat Sydney (NAB Challenge) in front of 6,277 on 11 March.
* Brisbane beat Collingwood (NAB Challenge) in front of 10,117 on 18 March.
* The Gold Coast is now Australia's sixth-largest city, with a population of 500,000 and a catchment area of more than a million.
* The Bears were not the only top-level sporting team to `fail' on the Gold Coast. There was also four rugby league franchises - the Giants, Seagulls, Gladiators (who didn't even get on the field) and the Chargers - and two basketball clubs - the Breakers and the Rollers, who played next door.
* The Gold Coast City Council under Mayor Ron Clarke has spent $2.5million to help upgrade Carrara for the games this year - this is in addition to the AFL's $1million. This has been mainly spent on the playing surface, player and coaching facilities, and media facilities, which have been re-done since the pre-season.

THE BEGINNING ... AND THE END
TEAMS - THE FIRST GAME AT CARRARA Brisbane Bears
B: Peter Banfield, Mark Roberts, Brad Hardie
HB: Chris Waterson, Steve Reynoldson (dvc), Matthew Campbell
C: David O'Keeffe, Geoff Raines, Phillip Walsh
HF: Brenton Phillips, Mick McCarthy, Frank Dunell
F: Neil Hein, John Fidge, Mark Buckley
R: Mark Mickan (c), Mark Williams (vc), Mike Richardson.
INT: Rick Norman, Stephen Williams

Fitzroy
B: Ross Thornton, Grant Lawrie, Mark Trewella;
HB: Graeme Osborne, Paul Roos, Billy Lokan;
C: Mathew Armstrong, Scott McIvor, Darren Kappler;
HF: Tim Pekin, Gary Keane, Richard Osborne;
F: Doug Barwick, Mark Scott, Mick Conlan;
R: Matt Rendell (c), Scott Clayton, Leon Harris.
INT: Keith Thomas, Graham Hinchen


TEAMS - THE LAST GAME AT CARRARA Brisbane Bears
B: Shane Hamilton, Matthew Kennedy, Matthew Campbell
HB: John Gastev, Martin Leslie, Ashley Green
C: Michael Voss, Danny Noonan, Marcus Ashcroft
HF: Scott McIvor, Roger Merrett (c), Darryl White
F: Richard Champion, John Hutton, Nigel Palfreyman
R: Matt Rendell, Craig Potter, David Bain
INT: Adam Kerinaiua, Brendon Retzlaff.

Sydney Swans
B: Neil Brunton, Andrew Dunkley, Craig Nettlebeck;
HB: Dale Lewis, Dennis Carroll (c), Mark Bayes;
C: David Strooper, Paul Kelly, David Murphy;
HF: Troy Luff, Jason Mooney, Robert Neill;
F: Paul Atkins, Simon Minton-Connell, Darren Holmes;
R: Brad Tunbridge, Daryn Cresswell, Barry Mitchell.
INT: Troy Gray, Stephen Wright.


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