|Date: Fri 11 July 2008, 7:40pm||Result: Lost by 32 points|
|Umpires: C. Donlon, M. James & M. Vozzo||Crowd: 55,658|
|Goalkickers: Fevola, Betts 3, Fisher 2, Gibbs, Browne, Cloke, Waite 1.|
|Reports: Waite (Striking)||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewMuch was at stake in this game, with the winner probably placing a foot inside the top 8 and the loser left in a position where it would take a very good run home to make the finals. In Marc Murphy's 50th and Heath Scotland's 100th club game, the Blues came out firing and dominated play in the first quarter. Unfortunately, they were unable to captalise on their dominance of play and went into quarter time only 4 points up, missing many very gettable chances. Eddie Betts roved beautifully and kicked the first goal of the game before Bryce Gibbs converted a set shot from 40 metres out to give the Blues an early 2-goal lead. The Saints then scored the next two and that would make up all of the goals in the first quarter. The Blues were frustratingly inaccurate and scored 8 behinds in the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Saints. Unlike the Blues, they were able to make the most of the shift in momentum and kicked 7 goals to 3 to go into half time with a 22-point lead. With Marc Murphy well held in his 50th, and Gram containing Chris Judd, the Blues were seeking midfield answers.
St Kilda were again the better team in the third quarter and kicked 5 goals to 3. But given the Blues incredible record in final quarters for the season so far, everyone expected a comeback from the Blues. And they were not let down. The Blues were devastating in the first half of the final quarter and cut back the margin to 7 points, mainly through the incredible work of captain Chris Judd who had an unbelievable 5 clearances in 9 minutes. But, like every other human, Judd had to have a spell on the bench to regain his breath and his absence was felt when the Saints kicked the next 4 goals and ran away 32 point winners. This win extended St Kilda's greatest ever winning streak against Carlton to 11.
Bryce Gibbs was best on ground in what was probably his best game yet for the club. He racked up a career-high 28 disposals, had 1 goal, 11 contested possessions, 5 clearances, 7 inside-50s and 2 assists. Chris Judd was also crucial to the Blues with 30 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 9 clearances and 4 tackles. Heath Scotland was very good in his 100th game with 28 disposals and 15 of his 19 kicks hitting the target. Unfortunately for the Blues, 22 players are required to win a game of football and despite the efforts of these three, the rest of the Carlton players had days they'd rather forget.
|B:||32 Bret Thornton||30 Jarrad Waite||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|HB:||15 Steven Browne||40 Michael Jamison||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||16 Shaun Grigg||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||6 Kade Simpson||14 Brad Fisher||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||37 Jake Edwards|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||7 Adam Bentick||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||8 Matthew Kreuzer||26 Joe Anderson|
|34 Simon Wiggins|
|Emg:||1 Andrew Walker, 17 Setanta Ó hAilpín, 36 Darren Pfeiffer|
Milestones50 Games: Marc Murphy
100 Games (Carlton): Heath Scotland
Last Game: Jake Edwards
Losing streaks: St Kilda extended their record winning streak over Carlton to 11 with this win
Brownlow Votes3. Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda
2. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
1. Lenny Hayes, St Kilda
Best and Fairest Votes35 Bryce Gibbs, 32 Chris Judd, 23 Heath Scotland, 22 Eddie Betts
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