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Carlton defeated the Bulldogs by 28 points with a big finish at the Telstra Dome.

Round 17, 2008

Western Bulldogs3.32110.4 6415.69615.898
Carlton2.4165.83812.13 8518.18126
Venue: Telstra Dome
Date: Sun 27 July 2008, 4:40pm Result: Won by 28 points
Umpires: M. Avon, H. Kennedy, S. Meredith Crowd: 37,879
Goalkickers: Fevola 6, Wiggins 4, Kreuzer 3, Betts, Judd, Murphy, Scotland, Stevens 1.
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil













Game Review

In a match where the 11th-placed Blues took on the second-placed Bulldogs, Carlton supporters could have been excused for not being too optimistic about their chances. Luckily, the players didn't share this attitude and came out with every intention of winning the game. And that's exactly what they did.

In captain Chris Judd's 150th AFL match and Simon Wiggins' 100th for the Blues, Carlton came out hard early and kicked two of the first three goals, eventually skipping out to a 5-point lead at quarter time. The second term belonged to the Bulldogs, who kicked seven goals to three to go in at half-time with a 26-point lead, leaving the Blues to rue their inaccuracy in front of goal for the third time in as many weeks.

The third quarter saw a revitalised Carlton showing confidence and self-belief that was reflected on the scoreboard when they kicked seven goals to the Bulldogs five, setting up a very interesting last term with the Bulldogs 11 points up. Carlton had been down by 37 points at the 21-minute mark of the third quarter, but they had all the momentum as the last quarter began, and they kept the Bulldogs goalless while booting another six majors and run out 28-point winners in a major upset.

Blues captain Chris Judd was easily Best on Ground in a dominant display, while Nick Stevens was also outstanding with 31 disposals. Brendan Fevola had a remarkable finish to the game after a quiet first half in which he only kicked one goal. He was unstoppable in the final term, and ended the match with six goals, 5 behinds and 12 marks. In his landmark 100th match, Simon Wiggins played probably his best ever game for his club, kicking a career-best 4 goals (including three in the first half to keep the Blues in it) and finishing with 17 disposals, of which 9 were contested. With this unexpected win, the Blues kept their slim finals hopes alive, lurking only a game and percentage out of the top eight.

This remarkable game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 2000's. For more games like this, please click here.

Team


B:21 Mark Austin 40 Michael Jamison 32 Bret Thornton
HB: 15 Steven Browne 30 Jarrad Waite 34 Simon Wiggins
C: 29 Heath Scotland 5 Chris Judd (c) 6 Kade Simpson
HF:3 Marc Murphy 25 Brendan Fevola 1 Andrew Walker
F: 19 Eddie Betts 14 Brad Fisher 2 Jordan Russell
Ruck: 28 Cameron Cloke 4 Bryce Gibbs 24 Nick Stevens (vc)
Interchange: 8 Matthew Kreuzer 16 Shaun Grigg 23 Adam Hartlett
44 Andrew Carrazzo
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 7 Adam Bentick, 22 Shaun Hampson, 27 Dennis Armfield


Milestones

150 Games (AFL) & 150 Goals: Chris Judd
100 Games: Simon Wiggins
First Wins: Adam Hartlett and Mark Austin

Brownlow Votes

3. Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Simon Wiggins, Carlton - NB Wiggins' first Brownlow Votes
1. Brendan Fevola, Carlton

Best and Fairest Votes

44 Chris Judd, 42 Simon Wiggins, 34 Nick Stevens, 33 Brendan Fevola, 28 Marc Murphy, 27 Jarrad Waite, 26 Bret Thornton, 13 Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison, 12 Shaun Grigg, 6 Andrew Carrazzo, Matthew Kreuzer

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