|Date: Sun 22 April 2007, 2:40pm||Result: Loss by 61 points|
|Umpires: S McBurney D Sully T Pannell||Crowd: 41,016|
|Goalkickers: M. Lappin, B. Fisher, H. Scotland, B. Fevola 1.|
|Reports: B.Fevola for striking T.Stenglein (reprimand); L.Whitnall for tripping Matt Rosa (reprimand)||Injuries: B.Fisher (fractured cheekbone)|
Game ReviewThe loss of Nick Stevens with a season-ending neck injury could not have come at a worse time, with the Blues forced to take on the reigning premiers at their home ground. This left us with a very inexperienced midfield facing the AFL's best, led by Chris Judd and Daniel Kerr. Carlton began the game with six players of less than 20 games experience, and another five who had played less than 50.
The match began in torrential rain and hail, which didn't appear to inhibit the superior skills of the Eagles in the slightest. Although the weather cleared in the second quarter, the Blues were beaten all over the ground, managing just one goal each quarter to record their lowest ever score against West Coast. Carlton had its chances, but missed some gettable shots at goal from even our most skilful players, finishing up with a miserable 15 behinds from 19 shots. Matthew Lappin was probably the Blues' best, with 29 possessions and a nice checkside goal from deep in the pocket to nab our first major of the game.
This was the second time in our long history that, in scoring 4 goals for the match, Carlton scored one goal in each quarter. The first such incidence was some 90 years beforehand, in Round 17, 1911, and the third in the corresponding match in Round 17, 2009.
In the wash-up to this match, half-forward Brad Fisher was found to have a fractured cheekbone, putting him out for 3-4 weeks. This had ended 4 games in a row (the first of 2007) where Brad had kicked at least one major, including his long-range kick in this game that went right through the big sticks.
|B:||33 Ryan Houlihan||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||1 Andrew Walker||8 Lance Whitnall (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|C:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||4 Bryce Gibbs||26 Joe Anderson|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||30 Jarrad Waite||19 Eddie Betts|
|F:||14 Brad Fisher||25 Brendan Fevola||34 Simon Wiggins|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||3 Marc Murphy||6 Kade Simpson|
|Interchange:||11 Cain Ackland||7 Adam Bentick||5 Josh Kennedy|
|12 Matthew Lappin|
|Emg:||13 Luke Blackwell||23 Adam Hartlett||38 Ryan Jackson|
|Out:||Nick Stevens (neck)|
MilestonesDebut: Joe Anderson
Score Records: This is Carlton's lowest ever score against West Coast
Interesting Fact: This was also the second time in our long history that, in scoring 4 goals for the match, Carlton scored a single goal in each quarter. The first such incidence was some 90 years beforehand, in Round 17, 1911.
Brownlow Votes3. Chris Judd, WCE
2. Ashley Hansen, WCE
1. Shannon Hurn, WCE
Best and Fairest VotesMatthew Lappin 25, Bryce Gibbs 20, Heath Scotland 15, Setanta Ó hAilpín 8, Bret Thornton 6, Andrew Carrazzo 1
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