|Venue:||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Date:||Friday night, June 28, 2013|
|Result:||Lost by 22 points|
|Goalkickers:||D.Armfield, J. Bootsma, B. Gibbs, K. Lucas, Z. Tuohy (1).|
|Umpires:||R. Findlay, S. McInerney, B. Rosebury|
Game ReviewIn monsoon-like conditions under lights on a Friday night at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Carlton’s finals hopes suffered another heavy blow when the Swans prevailed by 22 points in an intense, physical contest. Having jumped their visitors from the first bounce, Sydney led by 27 points at quarter-time. From then on, the Blues reeled them in - closing to within two kicks early in the final term - before the Swans steadied and scored the last two goals of the game.
Ahead of their third Friday night match in succession, and rested after a mid-season bye, Carlton made two changes to the team beaten by Hawthorn in round 12. Captain Marc Murphy couldn’t be considered because of a cheekbone fracture, while big man Sam Rowe was omitted. Into the side came defender Simon White, and utility Chris Yarran – who had served his penance for some well-publicised petulance late in Carlton’s loss to Essendon in round 11. To reinforce the lesson, Blues coach Mick Malthouse handed Yarran the substitute’s vest again, with an unspoken message; “this time Chris, do it right.”
Given the conditions - cold and very wet after days of rain throughout the region - a healthy crowd of 25,000 turned up to the SCG for the opening bounce, only to be greeted by another heavy downpour. Playing his 100th game for the Navy Blues, full-back Michael Jamison was handed the daunting task of controlling the Swans boom recruit Joel Tippett, and did well in the opening exchanges.
Carlton opened the scoring with a behind to Kane Lucas (after some clever lead-up play on the boundary line by Andrew Walker) before Sydney’s Jude Bolton snapped the first major of the match after ten hectic minutes. That sparked a run-on by the Swans, and they added three more before the quarter-time siren to seize the initiative. Despite the conditions, the big men of both sides were influential; White, Pyke and Tippett for Sydney, and Henderson and Kreuzer for Carlton.
During the break, the heavens opened further and the ground became a rain-lashed lake. Still, players from both teams continued to throw themselves into the contest and the intensity was compelling. Tippett’s brilliant snap shot across his body from 45 metres out at the 22 minute mark put Sydney 33 points up, before an horrendous umpiring decision - given against Sydney defender Malceski for deliberately rushing a point for Carlton – gifted Josh Bootsma with Carlton’s first goal just a minute or so before the long break. At half-time, Sydney led by 28 points and it was a long road back for the Blues.
However, the rain eased back to steady showers as the second half began, and Carlton came out with real purpose. A desperate kick off the ground by Mitch Robinson was marked by Andrew Walker, and his pass to Armfield brought up a goal after nine intense minutes. Shortly afterwards, Simon White was subbed off with an ankle injury, and Chris Yarran took his place with immediate impact. After snapping a point with his first possession, Chris delivered the final pass in a chain that ended with Bryce Gibbs kicking Carlton’s second goal of the term after 21 minutes. Another major to each side, finished off by a great coast-to-coaster involving Judd, Betts, McLean and Lucas - cut Sydney’s advantage to 13 points at the last break, and Carlton were by no means out of contention.
When Zach Tuohy pounced on the ball and hooked it over his shoulder from a long way out for a sensational goal in the first minute of the last quarter, it got the Blues away to a perfect start. Suddenly, Carlton was only seven points adrift, but as the rain continued to pelt down and fatigue began taking a heavy toll, mistakes and fumbles became ever more costly. A string of near-misses by the Swans during the middle part of the quarter was a portent of things to come, and when their busy half-forward McGlynn brought up full points at the 19 minute mark, Carlton’s resistance finally broke.
The coup de grace was provided by Sydney youngster Tom Mitchell (son of former Swan and Blue Barry Mitchell) who threaded through a neat set-shot from deep in a forward pocket. Misses from Bolton for Sydney and Waite for Carlton were incidental, and the final margin was a true indication of the difference between the two teams.
Sydney won this game in the first quarter, when they kicked four of their eight goals for the match. By then it was painfully obvious that many Carlton players were unable to implement the game plan devised by coach Malthouse, and it was only when the team reverted to the basics of wet-weather football that a few outstanding individuals combined to drag the team back into the contest.
Chiefly responsible were Bryce Gibbs (26 disposals, 8 tackles) Chris Judd (22 disposals, 9 tackles) Lachie Henderson (21 disposals, 9 marks) Andrew Walker (19 disposals, 6 tackles) Kade Simpson (22 disposals, 4 marks) and Matthew Kreuzer (16 disposals, 40 hit-outs). And in his brief cameo late in the game, Chris Yarran went some way to redeeming himself with five possessions and seven tackles.
Subs: Chris Yarran replaced Simon White during the 3rd quarter.
|B:||43 Simon White||40 Michael Jamison||23 Lachlan Henderson|
|HB:||6 Kade Simpson (Acting Captain)||42 Zach Tuohy||1 Andrew Walker|
|C:||5 Chris Judd||4 Bryce Gibbs||9 Kane Lucas|
|HF:||19 Eddie Betts||12 Mitch Robinson||38 Jeffery Garlett|
|F:||41 Levi Casboult||30 Jarrad Waite||14 Brock McLean|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||37 Jaryd Cachia||35 Ed Curnow|
|Interchange:||21 Josh Bootsma||27 Dennis Armfield||29 Heath Scotland|
|Substitute:||13 Chris Yarran|
|Emergencies:||28 Tom Bell||31 Marcus Davies||10 Matthew Watson|
Milestones100 Games: Michael Jamison
Brownlow Votes3. Ryan O'Keefe, Sydney
2. Craig Bird, Sydney
1. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
Best & Fairest VotesLachie Henderson 8, Kade Simpson 5, Jaryd Cachia 4, Bryce Gibbs 4, Chris Judd 4, Ed Curnow 3, Joshua Bootsma 1, Matthew Kreuzer 1
FootnoteThe Carlton team wore black armbands into this match as a mark of respect for the late Corporal Cameron Baird of the 2nd Commando Regiment, who had been fatally wounded during a firefight in the Khod Valley, Afghanistan, on the previous Saturday afternoon. 32 year-old Corporal Baird was the son of Doug Baird, a six-game Carlton player through 1969 and the Premiership year of 1970.
Lest We Forget.
|7||Port Adelaid||13||8||5||0||1229||1040||+1||W 3||118.17||32|
|10||West Coast||13||6||7||0||1329||1208||+0||L 2||110.02||24|
|12||North Melbourne||13||5||8||0||1307||1144||+1||W 1||114.25||20|
|13||Gold Coast||13||5||8||0||1114||1225||-1||L 2||90.94||20|
|15||St Kilda||13||3||10||0||1059||1237||+0||L 1||85.61||12|
|16||Western Bulldogs||13||3||10||0||1015||1350||+0||L 3||75.19||12|
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