NAB Challenge, Round 1
|Date:||Thursday February 18, 2016|
|Result:||Lost by 21 points|
|Goalkickers:||Graham 2, Casboult, Everitt|
|Umpires:||R. Findlay, S. Hay, S. Meredith, B. Rosebury|
Game ReviewA raft of new players and a brand new Coaching team - in his town and against his old Club - provided particular interest to Carlton and football fans in this pre-season opener in Launceston. The Blues, coming off a Wooden Spoon the prior year, had traded and drafted heavily and were focussed on improvement. The mighty Hawks were reigning triple premiers and were playing in their second home.
A bright start to the game followed, with the Blues showing dash both-ways and a concerted effort. The Hawks began to get their groove in the second and third, before the spirit returned in the last.
Down by 21, but a lot of interest and a completely different game plan. Of the new boys, draftee Charlie Curnow played, whilst new Blue Sam Kerridge was clearly our best.
|B:||17 Sam Rowe||40 Michael Jamison||42 Zach Tuohy|
|HB:||15 Sam Docherty||43 Simon White||6 Kade Simpson (a/c)|
|C:||39 Dale Thomas||4 Bryce Gibbs||33 Andrejs Everitt|
|HF:||32 Nick Graham||37 Daniel Gorringe||22 Jason Tutt|
|F:||13 Jed Lamb||41 Levi Casboult||46 Matthew Wright|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||11 Sam Kerridge||24 Mark Whiley|
|Interchange:||35 Ed Curnow||34 Andrew D Phillips||12 Blaine Boekhorst|
|Interchange:||31 Matthew Dick||14 Liam Jones||30 Charlie Curnow|
|Interchange:||38 'Casey' Byrne||45 Andrew Gallucci|
Carlton used 22 players in the first half with Jones, C. Curnow, Byrne, Docherty & Gallucci not playing and used 24 in the 2nd half with Dick and Gorringe not playing in the 2nd half.
MilestonesFirst Game for the Blues: Sam Kerridge, Jed Lamb, Charlie Curnow, Andrew D Phillips , Daniel Gorringe, Andrew Gallucci , Matthew Wright
First Game as Coach: Brendon Bolton
NAB Challenge, Round 2
|Venue:||Ikon Park (Carlton / Princes Park)|
|Date:||Sunday February 28, 2016|
|Result:||Lost by 60 points|
|Goalkickers:||Super goal E. Curnow goals McKay, Smith, Gallucci|
|Umpires:||E. Glouftsis*, S. Jeffery, R. O'Gorman, J. Schmitt *First female field umpire|
Game ReviewAn even opening fell away for a poor second quarter, setting the tone for this game and depressing Carlton fans everywhere.
At selection the Blues were without any recognised mids, with Cripps, Gibbs, Kerridge and Murphy all out - instead Graham led the mids and a number of our new draftees were selected. Harry McKay in particular looked useful.
In the end Essendon fans were buoyed (having regard to their suspensions for pharmacological experimentation) and Carlton fans bemused. This seemed to extend to Footy Operations Manager Andrew McKay who noted that at selection we thought we were in with a show...
|B:||38 'Casey' Byrne||40 Michael Jamison||42 Zach Tuohy|
|HB:||23 Jacob Weitering||17 Sam Rowe||6 Kade Simpson (a/c)|
|C:||12 Blaine Boekhorst||35 Ed Curnow||33 Andrejs Everitt|
|HF:||30 Charlie Curnow||14 Liam Jones||22 Jason Tutt|
|F:||13 Jed Lamb||41 Levi Casboult||25 Clem Smith|
|Ruck:||37 Daniel Gorringe||24 Mark Whiley||28 David Cuningham|
|Interchange:||7 Dylan Buckley||32 Nick Graham||34 Andrew D Phillips|
|Interchange:||45 Andrew Gallucci||2 Jack Silvagni||10 Harry McKay|
|Interchange:||15 Sam Docherty||31 Matthew Dick|
Carlton used 22 players in each half with Silvagni, McKay, Docherty & Dick replaced Simpson, Jamison, Cuningham & Casboult in the 2nd half.
MilestonesFirst Game for the Blues: Harry McKay, Jack Silvagni, Jacob Weitering, David Cuningham
NAB Challenge, Round 3
|Date:||Friday March 11, 2016|
|Result:||Lost by 22 points|
|Goalkickers:||Kerridge 3, E Curnow, Graham, Boekhorst, Cripps, Buckley|
|Umpires:||Chamberlain, Donlon, Wallace|
Game ReviewCarlton impressed with a sprightly showing in this pre-season fixture, with a strong and defensive second half almost catching up on a second quarter filled with forward turnovers that led to Swan goals.
At selection the Blues bulked up from earlier pre-season rounds with Cripps playing his first for the year, and Gibbs and Kerridge recalled.
Our second half was indeed strong, with great defensive cover and some good forward entries. Alas, some poor forward entries in to what seems to be a confused forward line was the difference. Every time the Swans went forward they seemed to have a plan....
Now, it's for the main season and the Tigers in Round 1.
|B:||15 Sam Docherty||40 Michael Jamison||17 Sam Rowe|
|HB:||42 Zach Tuohy||23 Jacob Weitering||6 Kade Simpson (a/c)|
|C:||39 Dale Thomas||4 Bryce Gibbs||12 Blaine Boekhorst|
|HF:||7 Dylan Buckley||41 Levi Casboult||32 Nick Graham|
|F:||37 Daniel Gorringe||1 Andrew Walker||13 Jed Lamb|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||9 Patrick Cripps||35 Ed Curnow|
|Interchange:||11 Sam Kerridge||43 Simon White||46 Matthew Wright|
|Interchange:||34 Andrew D Phillips||33 Andrejs Everitt||24 Mark Whiley|