Carlton snatch thriller
From BERNIE SLATTERY in Melbourne
WEST Coast Eagles lost the chance to play at home in the first week of the Australian Football League finals when they went down in a thriller at Subiaco yesterday.
Carlton's one point win over the Eagles - 15.15 (105) to 16.8 (104) - means the Blues have firmed dramatically in Premiership betting.
They have lost only two matches in the entire season and next week tackle Essendon in the final round.
The loss means the Eagles cannot now finish in fourth sport which would have earned them a final at their home ground in the first week of the play-offs.
Described by commentators as the 'match of the season', highlights included the quicksilver hands of Carlton centre Greg Williams, electrifying dashes by Eagles' winger Peter Matera and the scoring composure of part-time Carlton forward Anthony Koutoufides and his Eagles' counterpart Ashley McIntosh.
Meanwhile, Sydney's champion full-forward Tony Lockett yesterday became the fourth player to kick 1,000 goals in football's top competition.
Regrettably, his teammates failed to spread icing on the cake as the Swans went down at home to Fremantle, 20.24 (144) to 19.13 (127).
The four men who have kicked 1,000 goals are: Gordon Coventry (Collingwood) 1,299; Jason Dunstall (Hawthorn) 1,071; Doug Wade (Geelong and North Melbourne) 1,057; Tony Lockett (St Kilda and Sydney) 1,001.