|Venue: AAMI Stadium|
|Date: Sat 2 Aug 2008, 2:40pm||Result: Lost by 8 points|
|Umpires: S. Meredith, S. McInerney, H. Ryan||Crowd: 40,730|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 5, Scotland, Fisher, Walker, Cloke, Wiggins, Stevens, Simpson|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Betts (hamstring)|
Game ReviewMany of the Carlton themes for 2008 were viewed first hand in this game. A promising Carlton line-up in midfield, a wonderful match from Brendan Fevola, poor middle quarters and a barnstorming finish were all witnessed, but Carlton went down in the end by 8 points to perhaps permanently end their 2008 Finals Dream, although the season had already had a number of twists...
Carlton begun well with Nick Stevens providing substantial run in defence. Although play was even, Adelaide's behinds came from Carlton defenders and when Carlton did put it together through the middle we looked fantasic. Two great goals from Fev, including one on the opposite boundary line to his remarkable goal in Carlton's last win over the Crows at this ground put us up at the break.
The Crows came to life in the second and third, finding ways to score despite the missing Brett Burton and the injured Jason Porplyzia, who had been seemingly knocked out accidentally by first year player Steven Browne. Unnervingly Brad Moran and Maric kicked 6 between them as Carlton couldn't stop their resting ruckman from scoring. Carlton were losing from midfield with Chris Judd well held again by Shirley but Fev and Andrew Walker kept the majors up for Carlton.
The rush in the end came, of course, with 3 goals in 3 minutes to bring the margin back to 10 points. In the end Adelaide held on despite a number of misses in the last by Heath Scotland (2) and Dennis Armfield that could have increased the pressure on the Crows. Matthew Kreuzer missed his first shot on goal and kicked his first behind so far in his 16 league games he has scored 10 goals and 1 behind.
Interestingly, Brendan Fevola, who had signed a new 3 year contract with the club during the week, played his 160th Carlton game, equalling Ryan Houlihan, who had not played since round 3, after undergoing hip surgery, for the most Carlton games by a current player.
|B:||21 Mark Austin||40 Michael Jamison||16 Shaun Grigg|
|HB:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||30 Jarrad Waite||32 Bret Thornton|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||4 Bryce Gibbs||5 Chris Judd (c)|
|HF:||34 Simon Wiggins||1 Andrew Walker||6 Kade Simpson|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||2 Jordan Russell|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||3 Marc Murphy||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||14 Brad Fisher||15 Steven Browne|
|27 Dennis Armfield|
|Emg:||9 Jason Saddington , 22 Shaun Hampson, 36 Darren Pfeiffer|
MilestonesLosing streaks: Adelaide extended their record winning streak over Carlton to 5 in this match
Interesting fact: Fevola moved into the Top 10 goalkicking performances by a Blue in a season with 5 in this game
Brownlow Votes3. Nathan van Berlo, Adelaide
2. Tyson Edwards, Adelaide
1. Nick Stevens, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes33 Andrew Carrazzo, 32 Shaun Grigg, 30 Nick Stevens, 26 Brendan Fevola, 20 Bryce Gibbs, 9 Andrew Walker, 4 Kade Simpson
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