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Round 16, 2010         Carlton's finals hopes were in tatters after this 39-point hiding by the Sydney Swans at Docklands.

Round 16, 2010

Carlton 1.0 6 3.1 19 8.3 51 10.8 68
Sydney 6.3 39 10.6 66 14.9 93 16.11 107
Venue: Docklands Stadium
Date: 1.10 pm, Sunday, July 18, 2010
Result: Lost by 39 points
Crowd: 31,915
Goalkickers: Hampson 2, Betts, Garlett, Judd, Scotland, Simpson, Waite, Yarran, Murphy 1
Reports: Andrew Walker (Carlton) reported by field umpire Donlon for front-on contact to Sydney's Ben McGlynn during the last quarter.
Umpires: C. Donlon, R. Findlay, S. Ryan
Injuries: Kane Lucas (hamstring)
Ladder: 8th


Game Review

They say a week is a long time in football, so by deduction it could be argued that two weeks are even longer. Long and painful would be a diplomatic description of Carlton’s last two rounds and I’m fairly confident most Blues’ supporters would agree, though possibly not all. Despite another lack lustre performance, this time against the Swans, Brett Ratten’s post match press conference was relatively up-beat. Ratten suggested that the Blues had won the battle that was the second half and, whilst statistically that is true, the game had been over as a contest before half time and the 39 point final margin (the most damning statistic) was most flattering.

Three changes to the team, so heavily defeated by the Bulldogs in round 15, seemed the minimum that could be made to many observers and no doubt several Carlton players would’ve sighed with relief at their retention in the team. As it turned out Bret Thornton and Setanta O’hAilpin didn’t get the lifeline that others did. The match committee appeared to run out of patience. Ryan Houlihan’s knee didn’t come up either, so he too missed. Jarrad Waite came back into the side having served his two week suspension, whilst Kane Lucas and Shaun Grigg got another chance after solid form in the VFL.

With another crucial four points up for grabs against a fellow finals contender a fast, confident start was all important. The Swans delivered that in spades. They snagged the first after an even opening few minutes but Chris Judd answered soon after to square things up again. That was pretty much where it ended for Carlton. The next twenty minutes was all Sydney as they slammed on five unanswered goals to take a 33 point lead into the first change. Largely due to Judd’s influence the stoppages and clearances have been a strength of Carlton’s, even in recent weeks when form has deserted them everywhere else. This time it was Sydney handing out the midfield lesson. Committed, desperate, focussed, hard at it - the Swans were all that and more as the Blues hardly got a look in.

Some of the more optimistic supporters in the crowd were heard recalling Sydney’s fade-out against the Tigers a few weeks earlier, succumbing after holding a 33 point lead during the second half. Sometimes you just need something to clutch on to, but sadly in this case it was all straws. The momentum stayed firmly with the Swans during the second quarter, though the flood of goals slowed a little. The Blues even managed a couple against the run of play, but each time the Swans responded quickly and stifled any thought of a comeback. By the main break their lead had extended to 48 points and, short of divine intervention, the Blues were gone.

Kade Simpson jagged the first after the resumption, but again the Swans responded almost instantly. The Blues had their best period, with the heat gone from the game, taking a minor victory five goals to four for the quarter.

The inroads Carlton made in the third were never going to be enough to give them a serious tilt at a come back during the last. In fact when Sydney kicked the opening two majors of the final term their lead had reached its zenith at a disconcerting 54 points. Mercifully, the Swans didn’t continue to run away it. The Blues added a hint of respectability to the scoreboard with the last two goals of the game before the siren finally put them out of their misery 39 points in arrears.

Another disappointing defeat left the Blues at 8-8 and hanging on to a finals berth by the skin of their teeth.

Team


B:27 Dennis Armfield 18 Paul Bower 2 Jordan Russell
HB: 1 Andrew Walker 40 Michael Jamison 45 Aaron Joseph
C: 29 Heath Scotland 5 Chris Judd (c) 44 Andrew Carrazzo
HF: 6 Kade Simpson 23 Lachlan Henderson 38 Jeff Garlett
F:19 Eddie Betts 30 Jarrad Waite 12 Mitch Robinson
Ruck: 39 Sam Jacobs 4 Bryce Gibbs 3 Marc Murphy
Interchange: 13 Chris Yarran 16 Shaun Grigg 22 Shaun Hampson
24 Kane Lucas
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 11 Robert Warnock, 31 Marcus Davies, 46 David Ellard


Milestones

50 Games : Paul Bower and Michael Jamison
Interesting Fact : Michael Jamison became the first Blue to rack up 50 games in guernsey 40 in this match.
Interesting Fact - Our Guernseys : Guernsey No. 1 topped the list of the most senior games played at Carlton in this match, when Andrew Walker brought up match 1328 for number 1, surpassing guernsey 21 with 1327 games. These two were followed by No. 12 (1324 games), No. 7 (1303 games), No. 8 (1298 games), No. 2 (1270 games), No. 11 (1267), No. 5 (1258 games), No. 10 (1241 games) and No. 14 (1207 games) as at round 16, 2010.

Brownlow Votes

3. Adam Goodes, Sydney
2. Heath Grundy, Sydney
1. Shane Mumford, Sydney

Best & Fairest Votes

25 Jordan Russell, 22 Chris Judd, 14 Jeffery Garlett, 13 Marc Murphy, 7 Heath Scotland, Andrew Walker, 6 Shaun Grigg, 4 Jarrad Waite

Ladder


. . P W D L For Agn
%
Pts
1 Collingwood 16 12 1 3 1699 1258 135.06 50
2 Geelong 16 12 0 4 1787 1252 142.73 48
3 St Kilda 16 12 0 4 1355 1117 121.31 48
4 Fremantle 16 11 0 5 1644 1383 118.87 44
5 Western Bulldogs 16 10 0 6 1575 1180 133.47 40
6 Sydney 16 9 0 7 1431 1286 111.28 36
7 Hawthorn 16 9 0 7 1436 1327 108.21 36
8 Carlton 16 8 0 8 1506 1441 104.51 32
9 North Melbourne 16 8 0 8 1330 1562 85.15 32
10 Adelaide 16 7 0 9 1341 1433 93.58 28
11 Melbourne 16 5 1 10 1274 1434 88.84 22
12 Essendon 16 5 0 11 1417 1695 83.60 20
13 Brisbane Lions 16 5 0 11 1317 1614 81.60 20
14 Port Adelaide 16 5 0 11 1217 1564 77.81 20
15 Richmond 16 5 0 11 1216 1639 74.19 20
16 West Coast 16 4 0 12 1318 1678 78.55 16
Game
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3
4
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6
7
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11
Posn
3
8
10
7
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9
7
5
6
6
5
% 187.5 122 106.39 120.25 125.96 108.82 117.81 119.18 110.44 112.81 116.328
Game
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13
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15
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18
19
20
21
22
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6
6
6
6
8
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% 112.03 110.24 114.24 107.8 104.51 . . . . . .


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