|Date: Sat 26 April 2008, 2:10pm||Result: Lost by 30 points|
|Umpires: Chamberlain, Kamolins, Wenn.||Crowd: 41,033|
|Goalkickers:, Betts 2, Judd 2, Simpson, Stevens, Browne, Cloke, Fevola, Murphy & Fisher.|
|Reports: Pfeiffer (Carlton) reported by umpire Kamolins for rough conduct on Johncock||Injuries: Hartlett (hamstring) Thornton (knee) and Hadley replaced in selected side by Bentick|
Game ReviewThe Blues lost to the Crows by 30 points in this enthralling and tight contest, but the Blues fought hard, with the late withdrawal of the in-form Richard Hadley compounded when Bret Thornton and Adam Hartlett were both injured in the first half and were unable to take further part in the match.
The Blues came out firing and were leading by 16 points at quarter time. The Blues had 12 scoring shots to the Crows' 6 but were unable to convert well enough to hurt the Crows.
The second quarter belonged to the Crows who cut the margin back by 6 points. The third quarter saw the Crows pile on 6 goals and keep the Blues to only 2. The final quarter also belonged to Adelaide who eventually won the game by 30 points. Apart from having a really good run with the umpires (12 to 2 free kicks against), the Crows were just too fit and too disciplined for the inexperienced Blues and managed to extend their record winning run against Carlton to 4.
Heath Scotland was the leading ball-winner for the Blues with 25 disposals. Nick Stevens was influential with 24 disposals and a goal. Kade Simpson was arguably best afield for the Blues with 23 disposals, 9 marks and a goal. Marc Murphy picked up 24 disposals (including a then career-high 19 kicks), 10 marks and a goal. Eddie Betts and Chris Judd were the leading goalkickers for the Blues with two each.Steven Browne was impressive in his debut and scored a goal during the 2nd quarter from a set shot about 40 metres out on a slight angle. Brad Fisher kicked his 100th AFL goal in this match.
The Carlton injuries got worse over the VFL weekend, with Ryan Jackson and Dennis Armfield each suffering month long injuries.
|B:||40 Michael Jamison||30 Jarrad Waite||18 Paul Bower|
|HB:||4 Bryce Gibbs||32 Bret Thornton||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||24 Nick Stevens|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||23 Adam Hartlett|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||7 Adam Bentick||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||15 Steven Browne||16 Shaun Grigg|
|36 Darren Pfeiffer|
|Emg:||10 Richard Hadley, 17 Setanta Ó hAilpín, 27 Dennis Armfield,|
MilestonesDebut: Steven Browne
100 Goals: Brad Fisher
Losing streaks: Adelaide extended their record winning streak over Carlton to 4 with this win
Brownlow Votes3. Nathan Bock, Adelaide
2. Scott Thompson, Adelaide
1. Brett Burton, Adelaide
Best and Fairest Votes30 Jordan Russell, 20 Eddie Betts, 19 Marc Murphy, 8 Paul Bower, Chris Judd, 6 Andrew Carrazzo, 5 Heath Scotland, 2 Kade Simpson
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