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Round 15, 2014         In front of their smallest crowd at the MCG since 1921, Collingwood held off Carlton by 15 points on a cold Sunday evening.

Round 15, 2014

Carlton 2.2 14 6.3 39 7.7 49 11.10 76
Collingwood 6.3 39 8.8 56 10.12 72 13.13 91
Venue: MCG
Date: 7.10 pm, Sunday June 29, 2014
Result: Lost by 15 points
Crowd: 40,939
Goalkickers: A. Everitt 2, L. Henderson 2, C. Judd, L. Casboult, B. McLean, B. Gibbs, D. Thomas, T. Menzel, M. Murphy 1.
Reports: Mitch Robinson for striking Taylor Adams in the first quarter.
Umpires: S. Jeffery, M. Nicholls, B. Ryan
Injuries: White (knee) replaced in selected side by Armfield
Ladder: 14th


Game Review

In front of the smallest crowd at a Carlton-Collingwood clash since 1921, the Navy Blues lost their fifth match in succession when they fell to Collingwood by 15 points on this Sunday night at the MCG. As football fans across the League continued to rebel against a raft of issues - including contentious fixturing and the ballooning costs of attending matches - Collingwood stamped their authority on the game in the first quarter, then withstood a late Carlton rally to further sour the Blues’ miserable season. Compounding Carlton’s despair, Mitch Robinson was reported for little more than a slap to the face of his Magpie opponent during the first quarter. The following day, the AFL Match Review Panel suspended Robinson for two matches because he had already accumulated penalty points from a number of previous transgressions.

Facing an in-form Collingwood for the second time in eight weeks, Carlton made two changes to the team beaten by GWS in round 15. Jarrad Waite and Dennis Armfield originally paid the price for indifferent form, making way for returning captain Marc Murphy and first-gamer Blaine Johnson. However, when defender Simon White was a late withdrawal because of a troublesome knee, Armfield won a reprieve, and Johnson was nominated as the Blues’ substitute.

On a cold, showery Melbourne Sunday evening, Rob Warnock won the opening ruck duel for the Blues and Chris Judd got his team rolling with the first goal of the match. But after that the quarter belonged to the Magpies, who proceeded to kick 6.3 to 1.2 and take a 25-point advantage in the first break. Meanwhile, after copping a short right to the ribs from his opponent, Robinson had retaliated without thinking and his name had gone straight into an umpire’s book. There was plenty of niggle from both sides, in the midst of a hard, bruising contest.

Judd was prominent again in the early stages of the second quarter, as Carlton began their counter-attack amid a swelling chorus of boos for Dale Thomas from the Collingwood cheer squad and the rest of the black and white intelligentsia. Thomas was working hard against his old side – at times, too hard – and while his ball-handling was not as clean as usual, his clever goal at the 22 minute mark of the quarter kept Carlton in the contest. In defence, Michael Jamison and Sam Rowe were holding a tight rein on Collingwood’s big forwards Cloke and White, although the Magpies were dominant in the midfield where Murphy was being closely marked by his regular nemesis Brent Macaffer. Still, Judd, Bryce Gibbs, Ed Curnow, Chris Yarran and Robinson were standing tall, and by half-time the efficient Blues had sent the ball inside their attacking 50 metre arc only 15 times to score 6.3, while Collingwood had penetrated 37 times and kicked 8.8 to hold a 17-point advantage.

Both sides began the third quarter with renewed intensity, and once again Judd was involved early when his slick handpass found Andrejs Everitt for Carton’s ninth major. The niggling between players continued and two minutes in, Magpie Dayne Beams was reported for striking Curnow. Carlton could have been closer than ever at three-quarter time, but gettable shots on goal by Thomas, Murphy, Gibbs and Levi Casboult all missed, and at the last break Collingwood’s advantage had stretched out again to 23 points. Late in the term, Armfield was called to the bench and 19 year-old West Australian Blaine Johnson was substituted into the game as his replacement.

Two key Blues – Marc Murphy and Lachie Henderson – came to life in the last quarter as Carlton surged one more time. Sparked by Gibbs, Yarran, Robinson and Warnock, the Blues clawed their way to within nine points of Collingwood as the clock ticked into time-on, before Curnow went for a 40-metre pass into the centre square. But instead of spearing to its target, the ball floated through the air and was spoiled by a Magpie defender. Collingwood midfielder Steele Sidebottom dashed onto the loose ball, and strolled into an open goal to seal the match.

Although Carlton fought this game right out, Collingwood held sway for all but a few minutes and it would have been a travesty had they lost. Once again, Carlton’s glaring problems in the midfield were laid bare in this match, as Warnock clearly won the ruck duels, but Collingwood’s ruckmen were more effective around the ground. The Magpies tackled relentlessly, used the ball better and controlled the clearances all match.

Despite his late in the game clanger, Ed Curnow (28 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles) was among Carlton’s better players. Chris Judd (27 disposals, 5 clearances, 1 goal) Chris Yarran (23 disposals, 6 bounces and 5 inside 50s) and Mitch Robinson (23 disposals and 8 inside 50s) were others who stood out. On debut, Blaine Johnson was steady, racking up 7 disposals and two inside 50s in just over a quarter of football.

Subs: Blaine Johnson replaced Dennis Armfield in the third quarter.

Team


B: 13 Chris Yarran 17 Sam Rowe 40 Michael Jamison (DVC)
HB: 6 Kade Simpson (VC) 42 Zach Tuohy 35 Ed Curnow
C: 15 Sam Docherty 5 Chris Judd 33 Andrejs Everitt
HF: 3 Marc Murphy (Captain) 41 Levi Casboult 2 Troy Menzel
F: 39 Dale Thomas 23 Lachlan Henderson 14 Brock McLean
Ruck: 11 Robert Warnock 4 Bryce Gibbs 44 Andrew Carrazzo (VC)
Interchange: 1 Andrew Walker 12 Mitch Robinson 27 Dennis Armfield
Substitute: 45 Blaine Johnson
Emergencies: 26 Andrew McInnes 30 Jarrad Waite 43 Simon White
Coach: Mick Malthouse


*- Dennis Armfield replaced Simon White in the selected side

Milestones

Debut: Blaine Johnson
Losses: This was our 5th loss in a row

Brownlow Votes

3. Steele Sidebottom, Collingwood
2. Scott Pendlebury, Collingwood
1. Chris Yarran, Carlton

Best & Fairest Votes

Chris Yarran 11, Chris Judd 6, Michael Jamison 5, Bryce Gibbs 4, Mitch Robinson 4, Sam Rowe 2, Kade Simpson 2, Sam Docherty 1,

Ladder


Pos Team P W D L For Agn Stk Chg % Pts
1 Hawthorn 14 11 0 3 1634 1105 5W U1 147.87 44
2 Port Adelaide 14 11 0 3 1521 1072 1L D1 141.88 44
3 Sydney 14 11 0 3 1346 976 10W - 137.91 44
4 Fremantle 14 10 0 4 1253 949 6W - 132.03 40
5 Geelong 14 10 0 4 1280 1199 1W - 106.76 40
6 Collingwood 14 9 0 5 1241 1088 1W - 114.06 36
7 North Melbourne 14 8 0 6 1200 1091 1L - 109.99 32
8 Gold Coast 14 8 0 6 1305 1290 1L - 101.16 32
9 Adelaide 14 7 0 7 1268 1208 1W U2 104.97 28
10 Essendon 14 7 0 7 1153 1099 1L D1 104.91 28
11 West Coast 14 6 0 8 1270 1148 1L D1 110.63 24
12 Western Bulldogs 14 5 0 9 1136 1379 1W U1 82.38 20
13 Richmond 14 4 0 10 1194 1237 1W U3 96.52 16
14 Carlton 14 4 0 10 1202 1380 5L D2 87.10 16
15 Melbourne 14 4 0 10 901 1154 2L - 78.08 16
16 GWS Giants 14 4 0 10 1168 1517 1L D2 76.99 16
17 Brisbane Lions 14 4 0 10 915 1477 1W - 61.95 16
18 St Kilda 14 3 0 11 910 1528 9L - 59.55 12

2014
Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Agst PA RI ES ME WB WC CO SK Bye AD BR GE HA GWS CO SK SY NM FR GC GE PA ES
Carlscr 87 86 57 58 119 92 70 101 ... 81 91 102 90 92 76                
OppScr 120 98 138 81 91 89 104 69 ... 76 98 107 118 100 91                
W/L -33 -12 -81 -23 28 3 -34 32 ... 5 -7 -5 -28 -8 -15                
Ladder 12 13 15 17 16 16 16 13* 13 12 12 12 12 12 14                
% 72.5 79.36 64.6 65.9 77.0 80.8 78.9 84.8 84.8 86.7 87.3 88.1 86.9 87.3 87.1                



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