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The cohesive Blues defeated Richmond by 10 points at the MCG, and revived their slim finals chances.

Round 21, 2013

Carlton 3.2 20 9.4 58 13.4 82 16.10 106
Richmond 8.2 50 10.3 63 12.7 79 14.12 96
Venue: MCG
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2013
Result: Won by 10 points
Crowd: 60,825
Goalkickers: B. McLean, L. Henderson, L. Casboult (3), B. Gibbs, T. Menzel (2), M. Robinson, K. Simpson, Z. Tuohy (1).
Reports:
Umpires: S. McBurney, S. McInerney, S. Wenn
Injuries:
Ladder: 9th


Game Review

A week after suffering a shock loss to the Western Bulldogs, a revamped Carlton side redeemed itself with a gutsy 10-point victory over finals-bound Richmond in this willing contest at the MCG. The Tigers blasted out of the blocks to lead by 5 goals at quarter time, forcing Carlton coach Mick Malthouse (on the occasion of his 60th birthday) into a number of decisive positional changes. From then on, the Blues steadily fought their way back into the match, and went on to score their best win of the season to date.

In the aftermath of Carlton’s meek surrender to the Bulldogs, the match committee made five changes to the line-up to face the Tigers. Out went Chris Judd, Matthew Watson and Jeff Garlett (all injured) as well as Jaryd Cachia and Sam Rowe (omitted). In came Tom Bell, Mitch Robinson, Robert Warnock, Levi Casboult and 19 year-old first-gamer Nick Graham, whose form with the Northern Blues over the previous month or so had demanded his promotion. Graham was named as the Blues’ substitute, before Carlton skipper Marc Murphy won the toss, and chose to kick to the Punt Road end.

As the teams took up their positions, alarm bells started ringing at the sight of youngster Josh Bootsma at full-back for Carlton, manning-up on Richmond star Jack Riewoldt. It seemed like a boy had been sent on a man’s mission, and within five short minutes those fears were realised. By then, Riewoldt had taken four marks, and Richmond had kicked three goals to nil in a blistering start. Michael Jamison was immediately switched back to his regular position, and Carlton’s defence tightened up, although the Tigers were well on top at quarter time. An eight goal quarter with the wind gave them a commanding lead of 30 points.

After a fiery address by Malthouse during the break, Bryce Gibbs began Carlton’s resurgence with a brilliant goal in the first minute of the second term. After bouncing his way around the boundary line at right half-forward, he kicked long to the goal-square from outside the 50-metre arc, and watched with joy as the ball drifted right and through for full points. McLean (who booted 3 goals for the quarter) Robinson, Henderson, Walker and Simpson were outstanding for the Blues after that, in an entertaining quarter of hard, contested football from both sides. Carlton kicked 6.2 to Richmond’s 2.1 for the term, and at half-time trailed by only 5 points.

Richmond needed to score heavily in the third quarter, but it was the Bluebaggers who snatched the initiative with a goal to Kade Simpson after only 50 seconds of play, allowing Carlton to nose in front for the first time in the match. The Tigers were far from done however, and soon regained the ascendancy with a strong mark and goal by their ruckman Vickery. The intensity lifted again as Carlton’s midfield took control, and Levi Casboult kicked two late goals to see the Blues in front by just three points on the three-quarter time siren. Meanwhile, Josh Bootsma was subbed off, and Nick Graham came on to a warm reception.

Urged on by the seething 60,000-strong crowd, the final term opened with a big mark by ‘Sky’ Walker at half-back, quickly followed by a trademark long goal to Zach Tuohy. Playing his 50th senior game, the popular Irishman took a handpass from Eddie Betts on the 50-metre line, and drilled another of his trademark long bombs to give his side a 9-point break that was maintained through to the final siren. To their credit Richmond kept coming, but they were unable to get within one straight kick of the Blues, who were more poised, more determined, and thoroughly deserved their victory.

In a side that had few passengers, there were plenty of valuable contributors throughout for Carlton – none more so than Mitch Robinson, who tempered his aggression with real skill, and notched up 25 disposals at 88% efficiency, 9 marks and 5 tackles. Brock McLean collected 27 possessions and kicked three goals, while Ed Curnow continued to develop and seemed to have found his niche in a midfield run-with role. Given the huge task of controlling Richmond captain Trent Cotchin, Curnow applied himself with aplomb, restricting the Tiger playmaker to only 14 possessions (4 in the first half) while racking up 17 disposals, 6 tackles and four clearances himself.

Others who shone were Kade Simpson (25 disposals at 80%) Andrew Walker (27 possessions and 6 marks) Jarrad Waite - who steadied the Carlton defence, especially after half-time - and Bryce Gibbs (23 possessions, 6 marks and two goals). Lachie Henderson and Levi Casboult both provided viable targets in attack to finish with three goals apiece, while Nick Graham showcased his potential with nine last-quarter possessions.

Now two wins outside the top eight with two rounds to go, the Blues still had a slim chance of making the finals, so wins over Essendon and Port Adelaide in the coming fortnight were non-negotiable. After that, the future lay entirely in the laps of the footy gods.

Subs: Nick Graham replaced Josh Bootsma late in the third quarter.

Team


B: 40 Michael Jamison 21 Josh Bootsma 26 Andrew McInnes
HB: 42 Zach Tuohy 1 Andrew Walker 6 Kade Simpson (VC)
C: 3 Marc Murphy (Captain) 14 Brock McLean 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 4 Bryce Gibbs 23 Lachlan Henderson 12 Mitch Robinson
F:2 Troy Menzel 30 Jarrad Waite 27 Dennis Armfield
Ruck: 11 Robert Warnock 35 Ed Curnow 19 Eddie Betts
Interchange: 13 Chris Yarran 28 Tom Bell 41 Levi Casboult
Substitute: 32 Nick Graham
Emergencies: 9 Kane Lucas 17 Sam Rowe 37 Jaryd Cachia
Coach: Mick Malthouse


Milestones

Debut: Nick Graham
Last Game: Josh Bootsma
50 Games: Zach Tuohy
Interesting Fact: This was the 9th biggest comeback from a quarter-time deficit win in Carlton's history, with the Tigers going into the first break with an imposing 30-point lead.
Interesting Fact: This day also marked Mick Malthouse's 60th birthday.

Brownlow Votes

3. Brock McLean, Carlton
2. Brett Deledio, Richmond
1. Andrew Walker, Carlton

Best & Fairest Votes

Brock McLean 9, Ed Curnow 8, Andrew Walker 7, Mitch Robinson 6, Kade Simpson 6, Michael Jamison 5, Dennis Armfield 4, Levi Casboult 4, Bryce Gibbs 4, Marc Murphy 4, Zach Tuohy 4, Lachie Henderson 3, Andrew McInnes 2, Robert Warnock 2

Ladder


Posn Team Plyd Win Loss Draw For Agst U/D Strk % Pts
1 Hawthorn 20 17 3 0 2294 1656 +0 W 2 138.53 68
2 Geelong 20 16 4 0 2205 1617 +0 W 2 136.36 64
3 Sydney 20 15 4 1 2096 1490 +0 W 1 140.67 62
4 Fremantle 20 15 4 1 1860 1346 +0 W 4 138.19 62
5 Richmond 20 13 7 0 1887 1647 +1 L 1 114.57 52
6 Collingwood 20 13 7 0 1933 1704 -1 L 1 113.44 52
7 Essendon 20 13 7 0 1998 1820 +0 L 4 109.78 52
8 Port Adelaide 20 12 8 0 1888 1764 +0 W 1 107.03 48
9 Carlton 20 10 10 0 1945 1807 +0 W 1 107.64 40
10 North Melbourne 20 9 11 0 2079 1699 +1 W 1 122.37 36
11 West Coast 20 9 11 0 1956 1909 -1 L 1 102.46 36
12 Brisbane 20 9 11 0 1711 1939 +1 W 1 88.24 36
13 Adelaide 20 8 12 0 1815 1814 -1 L 1 100.06 32
14 Gold Coas 20 7 13 0 1702 1912 +0 L 1 89.02 28
15 Western Bulldogs 20 7 13 0 1726 2075 +0 W 2 83.18 28
16 St Kilda 20 3 17 0 1523 2009 +0 L 8 75.81 12
17 Melbourne 20 2 18 0 1316 2464 +0 L 7 53.41 8
18 GWS Giants 20 1 19 0 1419 2681 +0 L 2 52.93 4

2013
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 RI CO GE WC AD ME SK PA BR GWS ES HA Bye SY CO SK NM GC FR WB RI ES PA
Carlscr
101
100
103
89
115
121
77
109
98
148
77
102  
43
77
74
109 120 80 89 96    
OppScr
106
117
119
65
83
60
68
91
85
54
72
87  
65
118
110
108 77 116 117 106    
W/L
-5
-17
-16
24
32
61
-9
18
13
94
-5
-15
 
-22
-41
36
1 43 -36 -28 10    
Ladder
10
13
15
13
9
8
11
10
8
6
7
8
9
9
11
9
9 9 9 9 9    
% 95.28 90.13 88.89 96.56 103.67 114.36 111.16 112.26 112.58 122.75 120.34 116.89 116.89 113.9 109.19 111.45 110.64 112.99 109.79 107.48 107.64    



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