Carlton Takes Preliminary Final
Friday, March 14th, 1997
The Carlton Blues clubhouse was filled with glee and celebration tonight, while the South Melbourne Swans room was filled with despair and sadness after the Preliminary Final concluded.

"Someone's got to win and someone's got to lose, we're just glad we're on the good end of it tonight and can enjoy this," said Paul Brandon, who was named MVP for a strong series of offensive performance.

Carlton won the final game by a 4-2 count at Princes Park and the series 4-1.

South Melbourne manager Mike Wolfe was simple and to-the-point in his assessment of the series.

"They were the better team and deserve to move on," he said.

For the series, Brandon hit .429 with a .478 on-base percentage. He had 4 home runs, drove in 8 RBI and scored 6 runs.

The Carlton Blues will play against the Essendon Knights in the next round. Essendon won their series against the Collingwood Magpies 4 games to 1. The Grand Final schedule will be announced after the Preliminary Final finishes.

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Essendon Moves on to Grand Final
Friday, March 14th, 1997
It's not often a losing player is named MVP of a series, but that's the situation Luke Hagger found himself in tonight, as the Essendon Knights beat his Collingwood Magpies to advance to the Grand Final.

Essendon won the final game by a score of 9-2 at Essendon Recreation Reserve and took the series 4-1.

Despite his strong performance, Hagger was not taking many positives away from the series.

"I'm glad I played well, sure, but what good does it do us now?"

The Essendon Knights don't know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the Carlton Blues - South Melbourne Swans series. Carlton leads the series 3 games to 1. The Grand Final schedule will be announced after the Preliminary Final finishes.

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BNN Stats: The Rich Guys
Monday, March 10th, 1997
Who has the richest contracts in the Victorian Baseball League?

Jarrod Rice, GEE, $401,400
Jerad Williams, STK, $360,000
Mario Esteves, MEL, $350,000
Rylan Harley, MEL, $323,400
Dominic King, COL, $300,000
Paul Brandon - CRL
2 Apomurti Maiti ESS .351
3 Col Padbury MEL .321
4 Norm Moggs COL .316
5 2 tied with   .307
Paul Brandon - CRL
2 David Battams COL 36
3 Luke Hagger COL 32
4 Paul Heywood GEE 31
4 Boof Lutz SML 31
2 tied with
1 Paul Brandon CRL 107
1 Luke Hagger COL 107
3 David Battams COL 103
4 Boof Lutz SML 98
Gavin Dyer - CRL
2 Daric Drage SML 14
2 Clive Grenside COL 14
4 Norm Eva CRL 13
4 Marco Seeling SML 13
Daric Drage - SML
2 Diogo Gies GEE 2.30
3 Fred McDonald COL 2.88
4 Frank Quinton COL 2.93
5 Merle Murcott NML 3.13
Diogo Gies - GEE
2 Stephen Clarke GEE 182
3 Clive Grenside COL 151
4 Skip Thwaites NML 148
5 Daric Drage SML 147
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Northern Division W L PCT GB
Collingwood Magpies 77 49 .611 -
Carlton Blues 75 51 .595 2.0
Essendon Knights 70 56 .556 7.0
North Melbourne Kangaroos 54 72 .429 23.0
Southern Division W L PCT GB
South Melbourne Swans 66 60 .524 -
Geelong Cats 60 66 .476 6.0
St. Kilda Saints 51 75 .405 15.0
Melbourne Demons 51 75 .405 15.0
Away Team Home Team Time Starting Pitcher Away Team Starting Pitcher Home Team
Essendon (70-56, Road: 32-31) Carlton (75-51, Home: 42-21) 8:05 PM RHP D.Henley (5-4, 3.11 ERA) RHP R.Morgan (6-8, 4.35 ERA)
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