|Venue: MCG (Twilight)|
|Date: Sun 1 April, 2007, 5:10pm||Result: Win by 17 points|
|Umpires: Mathew Nicholls, Chris Kamolins, Martin Ellis||Crowd: 59,847|
|Goalkickers: B Fevola 3; J Waite, B Fisher, A Bentick 2; A Walker, B Gibbs, E Betts, A Carrazzo, J Russell, J Kennedy 1|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewAfter winning the Pre-season Premiership, the big question for all Carlton supporters was whether it could continue this form into the season proper or see a repeat of 2005, when its Pre-season Premiership was followed up by a loss in Round 1. Fortunately this time it was able to follow up its Pre-season win with a 17 point victory over Richmond in a twilight Sunday fixture at the MCG- a new concept introduced in 2007, which appeared to be well received by the fans, with a crowd just short of 60,000 attending.
The Blues went in with a near full strength line up- almost the same as it had used during the Pre-season, with Anthony Koutoufides the only important player missing, after suffering a finger injury at training shortly before the match. It welcomed 3 newcomers including #1 Draft Pick Bryce Gibbs, while 2006 #1 Draft Pick Marc Murphy would play his first game since Round 13, 2006. Setanta Ó hAilpín would be given the task on Matthew Richardson.
We began well, with a huge roost from Brendan Fevola to open his account - from the centre square no less - and a weight of opportunities, including a goal to Gibbs with his first kick and a superb 50 metre shot from Andrew Carrazzo. But the Tigers fought back to score the last few of the quarter and be just 3 points behind at quarter time.
In the second, the game changed. Richmond, utilising a chip and retain possession game made famous in this decade by the Swans, stacked up the possessions and frustrated the Blues. Both teams would score 7 times but Richmond made the most of their opportunities with 5.2 whilst we scored 1.6. In addition, Fevola missed 3 shots from the forward pocket in the space of 3 minutes, leading to some frustration at half time. We were down by 17 with many of our playmakers well held: the exceptions being Nick Stevens, Andrew Walker and Andrew Carrazzo.
Richmond extended their lead to 27 points in the third but as had been the case throughout the Pre-season, the 2007 Carlton side (unlike in 2006) refused to give in. We became far more direct and enjoyed many centre clearances. The Blues continued to swap their defence around to quell Kane Pettifer, who would kick 4, but our 10 shots on goal demonstrated that the momentum had changed. Our impressive fitness, demonstrated throughout the Pre-season (under new fitmess coach Paul Ford) was again brought to the fore as we didn't stop running all last quarter. Jarrad Waite, now at half-forward after being soundly beaten in defence, would stir the Blues into action and the midfield would run amok. Nick Stevens, with 30 possessions, plus Adam Bentick with 22 and 2 goals led an impressive win against Richmond to bring a warm fuzzy feeling to start the year. The Blues would amass 40 scoring shots and 60 inside 50's, plus a few out of bounds on the full, to Richmond's 23 shots and 41 inside 50's, as a weight of scoring opportunities saw us take the lead in the last quarter and win the game.
|B:||33 Ryan Houlihan||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||29 Heath Scotland||30 Jarrad Waite||6 Kade Simpson|
|C:||1 Andrew Walker||24 Nick Stevens||12 Matthew Lappin|
|HF:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||8 Lance Whitnall (c)||14 Brad Fisher|
|F:||5 Josh Kennedy||25 Brendan Fevola||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||7 Adam Bentick||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange: ||2 Jordan Russell, 4 Bryce Gibbs, 34 Simon Wiggins, 28 Cameron Cloke ||Coach: ||Denis Pagan ||Emg: ||16 Shaun Grigg ||23 Adam Hartlett ||13 Luke Blackwell |
MilestonesDebut: Bryce Gibbs
Debut (Carlton): Cain Ackland, Cameron Cloke
Interesting fact: Gibbs' victory on debut would be the only Carlton victory on debut until Round 7, 2008
Brownlow Votes3. Nick Stevens, Carlton
2. Chris Newman, Richmond
1. Andrew Walker, Carlton
Best and Fairest VotesNick Stevens 25, Adam Bentick 17, Ryan Houlihan 12, Andrew Walker 10, Andrew Carrazzo 5, Brendan Fevola 3, Eddie Betts, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Brad Fisher 1
2007 | Round 2