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Round 12, 2012         Carlton lost to the Eagles by 10 points at Subiaco, and the umpires had a shocker - again.

Round 12, 2012

Carlton 2.3 15 4.4 28 8.8 56 10.9 69
West Coast 3.3 21 5.12 42 6.17 53 10.19 79
Venue: Subiaco
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012 (night)
Result: Lost by 10 points
Crowd: 34,224
Goalkickers: M. Kreuzer 2, L. Henderson 2, A. Walker, J. Garlett, D. Armfield, Z. Tuohy, K. Simpson & A. Collins 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: L. Farmer, D. Margetts & B. Rosebury
Injuries: Nil
Ladder: 9th


Game Review

Two contentious umpiring decisions – both paid against the Blues - tarnished this vital game against the West Coast Eagles played on a Thursday evening at Subiaco Oval. Although visiting teams have had to accept that umpires in the west are routinely influenced by vocal home crowds, Carlton supporters still came away highly aggrieved after this ten-point loss to the home side.

Contesting their third tough match in 12 days, against an Eagles line-up fresh from a bye, the Blues took it right up to West Coast and briefly hit the front after a determined third quarter surge. But mid-way through the last term, a controversial 50-metre penalty against Carlton captain Chris Judd gifted the Eagles a steadying goal, and stretched their advantage to 17 points. Although tiring in the last few minutes, the Blueboys gutsed the game out, and the final margin was a fair reflection of the difference between the two teams.

Six days on from their disappointing fifth loss of the season to Geelong, Carlton burst out into the twilight at Subiaco Oval strengthened by the welcome inclusions of running machines Andrew Carrazzo and Heath Scotland, both of whom had recovered earlier than expected from shoulder and calf injuries respectively. Josh Bootsma and Aaron Joseph were the original omissions, but Joseph earned a reprieve when Shaun Hampson was a late withdrawal. Andy Collins slipped on the red vest as his team’s substitute, and the match began at a frantic rate on a surface sodden by days of heavy rain, with more threatening.

Each side missed early opportunities, before Matthew Kreuzer snapped a neat left-footer from deep in a pocket at the six-minute mark. Quinten Lynch replied for the Eagles, but from that moment on the ‘Q-Stick’ was kept under a tight rein by tyro Matthew Watson, who gained in confidence the further the match unfolded. Late in the quarter Eagle Jack Darling blatantly (and unsuccessfully) staged for a free kick, and the ball was forced forward where Eddie Betts cleverly kicked it into the path of Andrew Walker for the Blues’ second. At quarter time, the Eagles were in front by six points.

The Weagles came out smokin’ in the second term, wresting the early initiative and bombarding the goal-front. Their radar was off however, and a succession of points was only broken when Darling was awarded a controversial free against Aaron Joseph directly in front of the Eagles’ goal. Fighting for the ball on the ground, Joseph was pounced upon by Darling and two others, who pinned him to the turf and held the ball underneath him. Aaron had no opportunity - and no means whatsoever - to move the ball on, but the umpire still penalised him.

Darling’s resulting goal snatched the initiative for the Eagles, and when Ashton Hams added another, West Coast skipped away to a 25-point advantage. Meanwhile, Carrazzo, Scotland, Dennis Armfield and Nick Duigan were all standing tall for the Blues, despite the dominance of Eagles ruckmen Cox and Natanui. Late in the quarter, the Blues rallied once more, and majors to Jeff Garlett and Armfield in the last few minutes saw the teams separated by 14 points at the long break, as rain began to fall.

Thankfully, the showers passed before play recommenced in the third quarter, and Kreuzer got the Blues rolling with the first goal of the term from a free kick. Carrazzo – who had started the match as a defensive forward on Shannon Hurn, before being switched into the midfield to shadow Daniel Kerr – continued to rack up possessions, while Kade Simpson and Mitch Robinson were creating real problems for the Eagles around the stoppages. On the other hand, Carlton captain Chris Judd was strangely subdued. Well-held by tagger Scott Selwood, Judd was lacking his customary acceleration through the contest, and more than once, fumbled the ball badly.

Another string of minor scores by West Coast made the difference one straight kick half-way through the third term. By then, the Eagles had scored 2.11 since quarter time, and Lachie Henderson’s big mark and goal – after some excellent lead-up work by Carrazzo – locked the scores. The next three minutes provided two of the game’s real highlights - the first when Natanui won the tap at the centre bounce, then swooped on the ball and charged forward on a jinking solo run. Had his shot split the posts it would have been one of the all-time great goals, but it just missed.

The second came immediately from the kick-in, when Carlton swept the ball to Robinson in the centre square. Robbo spotted Zach Tuohy, and hit him with a clever pass. Cool as you like, the pup from Portalois went back, and banged through a big right-footer from the 50-metre line to put the Blues five points up. Cox and Henderson added majors for their respective sides late in the quarter, and at the last change the Blues were clinging to a 3-point lead.

Carlton’s intensity in the first minutes of the last stanza was matched by the Eagles, who snatched back the ascendancy with two quick goals to Darling. The well-built youngster was being given plenty of space by the other Eagle forwards, and was proving a difficult assignment for Blues full-back Michael Jamison. Ten points in arrears after six minutes, yet still well in contention, Carlton coach Brett Ratten called his substitute Collins into the game, as Chris Yarran’s barren night ended early.

The most controversial moment of the game came at the 10-minute mark of the quarter, after Eagle Dean Cox earned a free-kick and lined up a shot on goal from the 50-metre arc at left half-forward. Nearby, Chris Judd and Matt Priddis were jostling each other, and Judd whacked a forearm into his tagger's bicep. Unbelievably, umpire Dean Margetts called “high contact!” and Carlton fans across the country fell off their seats in shock. Cox was marched to the goal-square, kicked the goal, and the match was all but over – more so when Eagle Brad Sheppard steered through the sealer shortly afterwards.

To their credit, the Blues kept fighting on, and majors to Simpson and Collins reduced the margin to ten points at the final siren. No-one could argue that the Eagles didn’t thoroughly deserve their win – after all, they had ten more scoring shots – but that ridiculous penalty imposed on Carlton’s captain in the last quarter will be long remembered.

On a more positive note, Andrew Carrazzo could scarcely have been more impressive upon his return. ‘Carrots’ collected 28 possessions, 5 clearances, 10 tackles - and set up two of Carlton’s goals while keeping a tight rein on the Eagles’ clearance maestro Daniel Kerr. He was clearly Carlton’s best contributor, along with Heath Scotland, Bryce Gibbs, Dennis Armfield, Kade Simpson and Nick Duigan.

Subs: Andrew Collins replaced Chris Yarran six minutes into the last quarter.

Team



B:10 Matthew Watson 40 Michael Jamison 45 Aaron Joseph
HB:42 Zach Tuohy 34 Nick Duigan 46 David Ellard
C: 6 Kade Simpson 5 Chris Judd (c) 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 19 Eddie Betts 23 Lachie Henderson 38 Jeffery Garlett
F:12 Mitch Robinson 8 Matthew Kreuzer 44 Andrew Carrazzo
Ruck:11 Robert Warnock 4 Bryce Gibbs 14 Brock McLean
Interchange: 1 Andrew Walker 13 Chris Yarran 27 Dennis Armfield
Substitute: 16 Andrew Collins
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 9 Kane Lucas, 21 Joshua Bootsma, 22 Shaun Hampson

-* Late Change Joseph for Hampson

Brownlow Votes

3. Scott Selwood, West Coast
2. Nic Naitanui, West Coast
1. Andrew Carrazzo, Carlton

Best & Fairest Votes

Andrew Carrazzo 33, Kade Simpson 25, Michael Jamison 17, Heath Scotland 17, Bryce Gibbs 14, Mitch Robinson 13, Nick Duigan 10, Dennis Armfield 8, Zach Tuohy 7, Eddie Betts 6, Matthew Kreuzer 5, Andrew Walker 5, Matthew Watson 3

Ladder


Pos 2012 Rd 12 P W L D Bye For Agst U/D Strk % Points
1 West Coast 11 9 2 0 Rd11 1166 863 +2 W1 135.11 36
2 Adelaide 11 9 2 0 Rd11 1129 902 +3 W2 125.17 36
3 Collingwood 11 9 2 0 Rd12 1102 882 -2 W8 124.94 36
4 Sydney 11 8 3 0 Rd12 1113 807 -2 W2 137.92 32
5 Hawthorn 12 8 4 0 Rd13 1331 976 +1 W3 136.37 32
6 Essendon 11 8 3 0 Rd12 1131 855 -2 L2 132.28 32
7 Geelong 11 7 4 0 Rd12 1054 947 +0 W3 111.30 28
8 St Kilda 12 6 6 0 Rd13 1270 1044 +0 L1 121.65 24
9 Carlton 12 6 6 0 Rd13 1114 985 +0 L3 113.10 24
10 Richmond 12 6 6 0 Rd13 1141 1050 +1 W1 108.67 24
11 Fremantle 11 6 5 0 Rd12 839 888 -1 W1 94.48 24
12 North Melbourne 11 5 6 0 Rd11 1149 1144 +0 W1 100.44 20
13 Western Bulldogs 11 5 6 0 Rd11 843 949 +2 W1 88.83 20
14 Port Adelaide 12 4 8 0 Rd13 954 1097 -1 L2 86.96 16
15 Brisbane 11 4 7 0 Rd11 889 1053 -1 L1 84.43 16
16 Melbourne 11 1 10 0 Rd12 699 1250 +0 L1 55.92 4
17 GWS 11 1 10 0 Rd11 637 1273 +0 L4 50.04 4
18 Gold Coast 12 0 12 0 Rd13 781 1377 +0 L12 56.7 0

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Carl
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154
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79
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63
62
109
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43
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124
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99
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79
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% 154.3 193.7 194.6 152.3 146.51 157.8 140.2 122.2 128.8 118.6 115.3 113.1
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