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Round 2, 2018         Carlton lost to the Suns by 34 points in this dispriting and fumbling loss

Round 2, 2018

Carlton 1.1 7 4.4 28 6.8 44 9.13 67
Gold Coast Suns 5.5 35 8.7 55 12.9 81 15.11 101
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Saturday March 31, 2018 (1.45 pm)
Result: Lost by 34 points
Crowd: 28,025
Goalkickers: C. Cunow 2, M. Wright 2, P. Cripps, Z. Fisher, J. Lamb, M. Murphy, J. Weitering 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: D. Harris, S. Meredith, A. Mitchell
Injuries: C. Byrne (quad), M. Kreuzer (groin) replaced by C. Polson in the selected team.
Ladder: 17th


Game Review

The Blues went in favourites but surrendered in a torrent of turnovers and fumbles in this home game against the Suns. In a game we needed to win, the Blues were no match for the hard working Suns and began the season with a second consecutive loss.

At selection the Blues lost Kennedy and Kreuzer to injury, and omitted Silvagni; we chose to bring in Cam O'Shea for his debut, plus David Cuningham and Cam Polson. The Kreuzer selection was a last minute selection and he was replaced by a small, requiring Casboult (and later Jones) to play in the ruck. In a game where we couldn't score one wonders whether this was a prudent choice but it's always easier in hindsight.

The Suns shot out of the blocks with the first 3 before we majored. We were fumbling through the lines and our forwards were crowded other than the truly emerging Charlie Curnow. At the other end young gun Tom Lynch was making a mockery of our defence, given too much space and often marking unattended.

We fought back in each of the second and third quarters to bring the margin back to the teens before the Suns again finished the quarters the better way. In fact a mark to Jed Lamb could have seen us back to single figure deficits, but he missed to the far side, and a goal was quickly scored at the other end. And another, as the Suns were too good for the Blues pushing the margin out beyond 50 before some consolation Blue goals to end the last, including 2 to Matthew Wright, and one from some lovely run from defence from Cuningham which saw Murphy score. Alas, consolation goals count in the history books alone.

Other than Charlie who slightly had the edge on gun defender Steven May, there was little to like about the Navy Blues here.

Team


B: 22 Caleb Marchbank 14 Liam Jones 38 Ciaran 'Casey' Byrne
HB: 6 Kade Simpson 20 Lachie Plowman 28 David Cuningham
C: 18 Aaron Mullett 35 Ed Curnow 21 Jarrod Garlett
HF: 25 Zach Fisher 30 Charlie Curnow 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton
F: 46 Matthew Wright 23 Jacob Weitering 39 Dale Thomas
Ruck: 41 Levi Casboult 9 Patrick Cripps (vc) 3 Marc Murphy (c)
Interchange: 2 Paddy Dow 13 Jed Lamb 24 Cam O'Shea
29 Cameron Polson
Coach: Brendon Bolton
Emg: 1 Jack Silvagni, , 10 Harry McKay*, 11 Sam Kerridge, 8 Matthew Kreuzer*

  • 12 Tom De Koning was selected as an emergency, but was replaced by Harry McKay on Friday and Cam Polson replaced Matthew Kreuzer (groin) in selected side before the game on Saturday

Milestones

Debut (Carlton): Cam O'Shea
50th League Game: Jed Lamb
100th Game as Carlton Captain: Marc Murphy

AFLCA Votes

10 – T. Lynch (GCS)
8 – J. Lyons (GCS)
4 – J. Martin (GCS)
3 – D. Swallow (GCS)
2 – N. Holman (GCS)
2 – J. Witts (GCS)
1 – Ed Curnow (Carl)

Brownlow Votes

3 - T. Lynch (GCS)
2 - J. Lyons (GCS)
1 - Ed Curnow (Carl)

Best and Fairest Votes



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