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Round 22, 2014         Echoes of our appalling last decade as the Blues are humiliated by Port at the Adelaide Oval

Round 22, 2014

Carlton 1.2 8 2.4 16 3.7 25 5.7 37
Port Power 5.6 36 9.12 66 16.15 111 20.20 140
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Date: Friday night August 22, 2014
Result: Lost by 103 points
Crowd: 51,599
Goalkickers: J. Waite, B. Gibbs, S. White, L. Casboult, C. Yarran 1.
Reports:
Umpires: D. Margetts, M. Nicholls, J. Schmitt.
Injuries:
Ladder: 13th


Game Review

In front of the largest crowd yet seen at the revamped Adelaide Oval, the shell of a once-mighty football club was laid bare when Carlton was outclassed by Port Adelaide on this clear, calm Friday evening. Already heavily depleted by injury, the Blues lost their captain Marc Murphy to concussion midway through the second quarter. From then on, they were steamrolled by a relentless home side that primed their finals campaign with a huge, percentage-boosting win.

Carlton travelled to Adelaide without Dale Thomas and David Ellard, both of whom suffered ankle damage during the previous week’s narrow loss to Geelong - increasing the list of Carlton players who would not appear again in 2014 to more than a dozen. First-year recruits Blaine Johnson and Nick Holman (on debut) were called up as replacements, along with the all but forgotten Kane Lucas, who had been languishing in the VFL with the Northern Blues since early May. ‘Sugar’ won back his place at the expense of Dennis Armfield, but was once again named as Carlton’s substitute. The Power too, had suffered their share of injuries through the season, before returning to something like their best and consolidating sixth spot on the ladder by beating Gold Coast in round 21. Port coach Ken Hinkley promised that his team would go all out to beat Carlton at home, so a bumper home crowd of 51,599 packed into the stadium intent on helping him keep his word.

From the first bounce, some dills in crowd booed Chris Judd every time he was near a contest, which was often. Still, the first 13 minutes of the match were a stalemate, until the boos turned to cheers when Port midfielder Chad Wingard took an uncontested mark in the goal-square and kicked the first goal of the night. Jarrad Waite opened Carlton’s account from the 50-metre arc three minutes later, but Port seized the initiative from that moment on, and their fifth major for the term – 4 seconds before the quarter-time siren – put them comfortably in front by 28 points.

Two minutes into the second term, Bryce Gibbs kicked Carlton’s second major with a clever set-shot from deep in the left forward pocket. Blues fans found a brief flicker of hope, only for Port to ramp up the pressure. When Murphy was stretchered off the field after slamming his head into the turf in a marking contest, the Blues seemed to lose purpose, and at half-time Port Adelaide led by an imposing 50 points.

The pain continued in a miserable second half for the visitors. Carlton could add only 3.3 in an hour of football, while Port continued the rout and kicked 11.8. In winning by 103 points, the Power registered their biggest-ever victory over the Blues, and their first win by three figures. Carlton’s final score of 5.7 was their worst effort for the year, and their lowest total against Port Adelaide since the Powers’ entry into the AFL in 1997.

So ended another black night for Carlton, when Gibbs, Judd and Sam Rowe battled hard against the odds and Cameron Wood stuck to his task in the ruck. Apart from that, the less said the better.

Subs: 9 Kane Lucas replaced Marc Murphy during the 2nd quarter.

Team


B: 43 Simon White 40 Michael Jamison (DVC) 17 Sam Rowe
HB: 6 Kade Simpson (VC) 42 Zach Tuohy 47 Ciaran ‘Gus’ Sheehan
C: 35 Ed Curnow 5 Chris Judd 20 Nick Holman
HF: 3 Marc Murphy (Captain) 30 Jarrad Waite 13 Chris Yarran
F: 2 Troy Menzel 41 Levi Casboult 32 Nick Graham
Ruck: 36 Cameron Wood 4 Bryce Gibbs 44 Andrew Carrazzo (VC)
Interchange: 15 Sam Docherty 28 Tom Bell 45 Blaine Johnson
Substitute: 9 Kane Lucas
Emergencies: 10 Matthew Watson 16 Patrick Cripps 27 Dennis Armfield
Coach: Mick Malthouse

  • Chris Yarran started as a loose man in defence

Milestones

Debut: Nick Holman

Brownlow Votes

3. Robbie Gray, Port Adelaide
2. Travis Boak, Port Adelaide
1. Hamish Hartlett, Port Adelaide

Best & Fairest Votes

Bryce Gibbs 6, Sam Rowe 6, Cameron Wood 5, Levi Casboult 1,

Ladder


Pos Team P W D L For Agn Stk Chg % Pts
1 Sydney 21 17 0 4 2061 1420 4W - 145.14 68
2 Hawthorn 21 16 0 5 2337 1690 1W U1 138.28 64
3 Geelong 21 16 0 5 1890 1706 1L D1 110.79 64
4 Fremantle 21 15 0 6 1924 1459 2W - 131.87 60
5 Port Adelaide 21 14 0 7 2083 1573 2W - 132.42 56
6 North Melbourne 21 13 0 8 1903 1638 3W - 116.18 52
7 Essendon 21 12 0 9 1738 1629 2W - 106.69 48
8 Richmond 21 11 0 10 1819 1719 8W U1 105.82 44
9 Collingwood 21 11 0 10 1710 1755 1W U1 97.44 44
10 West Coast 21 10 0 11 1894 1651 1W U2 114.72 40
11 Adelaide 21 10 0 11 2034 1845 2L D3 110.24 40
12 Gold Coast 21 10 0 11 1818 1894 3L D1 95.99 40
13 Carlton 21 7 0 14 1801 2017 2L - 89.29 28
14 Western Bulldogs 21 7 0 14 1675 2062 2L - 81.23 28
15 Brisbane Lions 21 7 0 14 1451 2069 1L - 70.13 28
16 GWS Giants 21 5 0 16 1665 2211 1L - 75.31 20
17 Melbourne 21 4 0 17 1243 1831 9L - 67.89 16
18 St Kilda 21 4 0 17 1418 2295 4L - 61.79 16

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 76 151 51 109 78 97 76 37  
OppScr 120 98 138 81 91 89 104 69 ... 76 98 107 118 100 91 66 122 86 83 58 82 140  
W/L -33 -12 -81 -23 28 3 -34 32 ... 5 -7 -5 -28 -8 -15 85 -71 23 -5 39 -6 -103  
Ladder 12 13 15 17 16 16 16 13* 13 12 12 12 12 12 14 13 14 13 13 13 13 13  
% 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 93.5 89.5 91.4 91.5 94.0 93.9 89.2  



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