|Venue: Telstra Dome|
|Date: Fri 4 May 2007, 7:40pm||Result: Loss by 43 points|
|Umpires: B Rosebury B Allen S Jeffery||Crowd: 45,513|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 6, Whitnall 3, Betts, Walker|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewA slow start saw the Blues concede the first three goals of the game. To their credit Carlton was able to get back into the game from there but inaccurate kicking really hurt them. Jarrad Waite started well on Nick Riewoldt and kept the big Saint pretty quiet early on. The second quarter followed much the same pattern with St Kilda scoring early forcing Carlton to work hard to get themselves back in it. A late goal to Brendan Fevola cut the margin to 21 points at the main break and gave the Blues a glimmer of hope.
For the third quarter running St Kilda got the first goal, and another one saw them extend their lead to 34 points. Carlton's fightback in the third quarter was their best of the game and the Blues played some good footy to kick 5 goals on end cutting the margin back to just 4 points. But they just could not get the better of the Saints who kicked on late in the quarter to go into the last change with a 15 point lead.
The last quarter was a pretty dogged affair with the first goal, St Kilda's again, coming close to the midway point of the term. Carlton did manage one goal but in what was a fairly lack lustre quarter of football St Kilda were just too strong. As the game developed they flooded Carlton's forward line and the Blues were unable to counter this tactic. Any ball that did get into Carlton's forward 50 was just worked out again by St Kilda's 8 man defence. There was no late fightback and the 43 point margin probably flattered St Kilda slightly, but the reality was Carlton was not in the game during the last quarter.
Waite continued his good work on Riewoldt throughout the game and was one of the better 4 quarter performers. Whitnall played a steady and solid game, continuing to improve from his slow start to the season. Luke Blackwell and Ross Young played well in patches during their first game of the year. Indeed, it was Young's senior debut and he offered his teammates a bit and didn't look out of place at this level. Fevola ended the game with 6 goals including some good contested marks, but he didn't really dominate the game at any stage. Overall it was a manful display from Carlton who were just outclassed by a better coached side.
For the trivia buffs, this was the first game in which Carlton wore their predominantly white clash guernseys.
In a disappointing weekend for the Baggers, back-up ruckman Dylan McLaren, David Teague and Jake Edwards would all suffer injuries for the Bullants, increasing our injury toll to Round 6 which already included Stevens, Fisher, Koutoufides, Wiggins, Grigg and Jackson. The run of injuries worsened at training through the week when Cameron Cloke hurt his shoulder in a ruck drill, ending his season, and Bret Thornton succumbing to injury received in this game. 5 players out in any one weekend of football was a massive hit to the Blues list.
|B:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||2 Jordan Russell|
|HB:||32 Bret Thornton||30 Jarrad Waite||29 Heath Scotland|
|C:||12 Matthew Lappin||7 Adam Bentick||1 Andrew Walker|
|HF:||4 Bryce Gibbs||8 Lance Whitnall (c)||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||28 Cameron Cloke|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||33 Ryan Houlihan||6 Kade Simpson|
|Interchange:||5 Josh Kennedy||13 Luke Blackwell||26 Joe Anderson|
|41 Ross Young|
|Emg:||18 Paul Bower||23 Adam Hartlett||9 Jason Saddington|
|In:||Luke Blackwell, Ross Young|
|Out:||Ryan Jackson (broken hand), Simon Wiggins (hamstring soreness)|
MilestonesDebut: Ross Young
Guernseys: This was the debut game for the white Carlton alternate strip.
Brownlow Votes3. Nick Dal Santo, St Kilda
2. Heath Scotland, Carlton
1. Luke Ball, St Kilda
Best and Fairest VotesJarrad Waite 25, Brendan Fevola 19, Heath Scotland 16, Lance Whitnall 9, Luke Blackwell, Bret Thornton 2, Ross Young & Andrew Walker 1
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