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Round 22, 2018

Carlton 2.2 14 4.4 28 5.6 36 7.7 49
Western Bulldogs 2.1 13 4.2 26 6.4 40 10.6 66
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Sunday 19th August, 2018 (1.10 pm)
Result: Lost by 17 points
Crowd: 24,143
Goalkickers: C. Curnow 2, J. Silvagni, P. Dow, K. Simpson, T. De Koning, M. Wright 1.
Reports: J. Lamb fined $3000 for striking M. Bontempelli (this was upgraded from $2000 after a failed challenge at the tribunal), D. Thomas $2000 fined for misconduct for headbutting B. Lynch
Umpires: Nicholas Brown, Hayden Gavine, Shaun Ryan
Injuries: Nil
Ladder: 18th


Game Review

The Blues lost this game in the last quarter as the Dogs pulled away to win. In a close match, the Blues and Dogs were neck and neck all game until that last stanza.


Blues beaten in arm wrestle
The Western Bulldogs recorded their third-straight win in a low-scoring slugfest against Carlton at Etihad Stadium. The Blues led by one point at quarter-time and two points at half-time, before the Bulldogs held the advantage by four points with the game delicately poised at the final change. After no more than a seven-point margin separated the teams through the first three quarters, the Bulldogs booted four of the last five goals of the contest to kick out to a 10.6 (66) to 7.7 (49) victory. A controversial free kick paid against Jed Lamb for an elbow to the small of the Marcus Bontempelli's back that led to a Lin Jong goal from a 50m penalty was the piece of ill-discipline the Blues could not afford at a critical stage of the game. It started the ball rolling for the Bulldogs as the weight of numbers through the midfield got the better of a young Carlton side, with Josh Dunkley, Lachie Hunter, Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae's influence beginning to seep through. The Bulldogs dominated the clearances (44-19) and held a healthy buffer in the inside 50 count (47-37), but could not translate that advantage onto the scoreboard until the final term. Dunkley again starred in a midfield role, finishing with 36 disposals and six tackles for the afternoon. Bontempelli (36), Hunter (33) and Macrae (32) all chipped in to do their bit, with their experience and superior aerobic capacities coming to the fore late in the game. Jason Johannisen's run and carry from defence was important with 24 touches, and Caleb Daniel's poise and control with ball in hand emphasised his much-improved second half of the season. Despite their late fadeout,

Carlton fans would have been pleased with the effort their side showed and the makeup of a promising group of young talls leading their forward line. Charlie Curnow. Harry McKay. Tom De Koning – or as Carlton put it, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and The King (as De Koning translates from Dutch into English). They are players Carlton will bank on to hit their peak in three to four years' time and in a tough season that has produced just two wins getting a glimpse of all three in attack would have been a delight for Blues fans. The evergreen Kade Simpson (35 disposals and eight rebound 50s) was superb for the Blues as his commitment to the contest shone through, while after a relatively slow start by his standards Patrick Cripps ended the game with 29. Caleb Marchbank was a rock in defence with 11 marks (three contested) and the experienced Ed Curnow (28) and Dale Thomas (23) gave their all. Unfortunately for all of the pluck Carlton showed early in the contest, Bolton's team could not maintain that intensity across four quarters as elementary skill errors began to creep in and the Bulldogs' experienced players stood up to lead their side home. Sam Petrevski-Seton came off in the second quarter with the blood rule but quickly returned to the field. Charlie Curnow went down to the rooms at three-quarter time for some treatment and didn't reappear until four minutes into the quarter. Patrick Cripps copped a hit to the ribs late in the game but after a brief stint on the bench came back on and finished the match on the ground. - AFL.com.au

Team


B: 13 Jed Lamb 17 Sam Rowe 22 Caleb Marchbank
HB: 38 Ciaran 'Casey' Byrne 23 Jacob Weitering 39 Dale Thomas
C: 18 Aaron. Mullett 9 Patrick Cripps (VC) 6 Kade Simpson
HF: 3 Marc Murphy (c) 30 Charlie Curnow 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton
F: 12 Tom De Koning 10 Harry McKay 29 Cam Polson
Ruck: 27 Matthew Lobbe 35 Ed Curnow 2 Paddy Dow
Interchange: 1 Jack Silvagni 4 Lochie O'Brien 16 Darcy Lang
46 Matthew Wright
Coach: Brendon Bolton
Emg: 11 Sam Kerridge, 19 Angus Schumacher, 26 Harrison Macreadie, 33 Jarrod Pickett



Milestones

Debut & First Goal: Tom de Koning
Record Holder Wearing Guernsey No.46 at Carlton: Matthew Wright, replacing David Ellard

AFLCA Votes

9 - Marcus Bontempelli (WB)
6 - Lachie Hunter (WB)
6 - Jack Macrae (WB)
6 - Kade Simpson (CARL)
2 - Jason Johannisen (WB)
1 - Hayden Crozier (WB)

Brownlow Votes

3 - Kade Simpson (Carl)
2 - M. Bontempelli (WB)
1 - J. Dunkley (WB)

Best and Fairest Votes



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