|Date: Fri August 27, 2004 (night)||Result: Win by 1 point|
|Umpires: McLaren, Ellis, Jeffery||Crowd: 60.898|
|Goalkickers: Davies, Fevola, Koutoufides 3, Bannister, Waite 2, Camporeale, Scotland, Stevens, Whitnall 1|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewCarlton won their third game in four matches to finish off Season 2004 on a high - 10 wins in a year in which we sought the help of a number of 'retreads.' Even though this was a largely meaningless game, with neither team in finals contention, a crowd of more than 60,000 attended - the largest for the year.
The Magpies were in control in the first half and had a 19 point lead at half time. But the Blues then fought back, with Anthony Koutoufides both dominating the clearances and providing a target up forward, kicking 3 valuable goals from strong marks. While Ryan Houlihan was everywhere, picking up 10 possessions for the quarter, including setting up a goal for Jarrad Waite in the final minute- their fifth for the quarter to the Magpies' one- to give the Blues the lead for the first time in the match. They then kicked the first 2 goals of the final term, to open up a 16 point lead. It was then goal for goal and some remarkable accuracy from the Blues saw them kick 5.0 for the quarter, while the Magpies missed 3 shots at goal. The lead was 13 points with 3 minutes remaining but then the Magpies kicked 2 goals in the next 2 minutes, to reduce the margin to just one point with a minute remaining. Carlton managed to hold on to that lead until the final siren.
Koutoufides and Houlihan each finished with 22 possessions. Brendan Fevola and Justin Davies also kicked 3 goals.
Blueseum Footnote: This game has been selected by the Blueseum as one highlighting the career of Anthony Koutoufides. To read more, click here.
|B:||15 David Teague||4 Luke Livingston||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|HB:||33 Ryan Houlihan||32 Bret Thornton||12 Matthew Lappin|
|C:||30 Jarrad Waite||20 Cory McGrath||31 Jordan Bannister|
|HF:||16 Scott Camporeale (vc)||43 Anthony Koutoufides (c)||3 Digby Morrell|
|F:||8 Lance Whitnall (vc)||25 Brendan Fevola||13 Justin Davies|
|Ruck:||11 Barnaby French||40 Adam Bentick||24 Nick Stevens|
|1 Andrew Walker, 2 Daniel Harford, 26 Adrian Deluca, 29 Heath Scotland|
|Emg:||Callan Beasy||Glen Bowyer||Brett Johnson|
MilestonesLast game: Daniel Harford
Interesting Fact: This would be the last time for almost 2 and a half years that the Blues would win 2 games in a row. Given our wooden spoons for the next 2 years, the Blues would have to wait until mid-way through 2007 to repeat this feat.
Interesting Fact: This would be the second time in 2004 that the Blues would win 3 out of 4 matches (Rounds 11-13 were consecutive wins), a feat not replicated until 2008.
Brownlow Votes3: Anthony Koutoufides (CARL)
2: Jordan Bannister (CARL)
1: Chris Tarrant (COLL)
Best & Fairest VotesAnthony Koutoufides (40), Matthew Lappin (36), Justin Davies (30), Ryan Houlihan (27), Andrew Walker (25), Jordan Bannister, Jarrad Waite (22), Digby Morrell (17), Heath Scotland (15), Nick Stevens (13), Barnaby French (11), Andrew Carrazzo (5)
Round 21 | 2005