Carlton lost to Adelaide by 8 points at AAMI Stadium

Round 18, 2008

Adelaide1.7136.11 4712.148613.1694
Carlton4.4287.6489.8 6212.1486
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 Review

Many 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
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 9 Jason Saddington , 22 Shaun Hampson, 36 Darren Pfeiffer


Losing 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 Votes

3. Nathan van Berlo, Adelaide
2. Tyson Edwards, Adelaide
1. Nick Stevens, Carlton

Best and Fairest Votes

33 Andrew Carrazzo, 32 Shaun Grigg, 30 Nick Stevens, 26 Brendan Fevola, 20 Bryce Gibbs, 9 Andrew Walker, 4 Kade Simpson

Mike and Dan

Andrew Walker Play of the Week

This week’s Play of the Week has a few little oddities; first, we plucked it from the third quarter when Carlton were getting killed, second, we had to cut short the interview when a baby in the background demanded the said player’s attention, and third…we never got to finish the chat because said baby cried all night (and in doing so seriously impacted on the health of the original said player!). But in the end, Mike & Dan Incorporated remained ecstatic in not only talking to one of our favourite sons in Andrew Walker but also in welcoming him back to the seniors with open arms…

Andrew, nice goal - right foot banana eh? Do you practice that sort of stuff? Your snap goals are generally very accurate. Do you have a preferred style / type of kick for nailing goals?

From that sort of spot I have got to try something! We practice it at training and there is a comp between the players. Eddie is one who obviously excels - he kicks about 9 out of 10

How did the boys feel after the game? It was a frustrating last quarter to watch; was it frustrating to play?

Yes because we had control of the game in the last quarter and it was disappointing to lose by about a goal. So yes it was disappointing.

We seem to have a new habit of having to let the opposition get ahead before we really charge. Do we just like a challenge?

Not really, just the team losing concentration during the game. Once we manage to string four quarters it will come together.

Chris Judd was 'On the Couch' a few weeks back said he tries not to read media discussions on himself if possible. When you came to Carlton the press were labelling you 'Kouta Mark II'. Do you read media articles on yourself, or do you try to avoid them?

Early days you are excited by the idea of playing AFL and tend to read media, but as you progress, you don’t take too much notice. You sort of learn there will be good or bad stuff so it’s your choice on reading it.

You've obviously had the shoulder injury this year. We've heard a lot about Justin Cordy this season. Can you tell us how he is different to work with compared to other health experts, and what sort of influence did he have in helping you prepare for your senior return?

His background in physio and nutrition and strength and conditioning means he’s done lot of things we haven’t been able to experience before in a fitness coach.

There was some media talk about you being disappointed about not getting back earlier - what was that all about?

No, that’s not the case… not at all. The plan was to get to a level of fitness and playing potential before I slotted back into the side. I knew that may take 3 or 4 or 5 weeks. The problem with a shoulder injury is that when you come back you tend to favour your good shoulder, and I didn’t want to do that.

You had nearly a season away from senior footy, out of anyone in the squad you would have had the biggest chance to notice the change from the 2007 team to the 2008 team. What is the biggest change in the team in your opinion?

We’re gelling together a lot better. The leadership group is leading the team with that – especially obviously having Juddy and with Murph also stepping up the way he has this year. Also, across the board there has been a massive improvement in the team. This is especially the case with health and fitness in which Justin Cordy has helped all of us.

Is there a game in your career that stands out as a favourite?

A couple of wins against Collingwood. Beating Collingwood is always a big one, but the big comeback against Essendon was a massive one a couple of years ago where we were down at half time.

And then….waaaa!!!! waaaaa!!!! And it wasn’t just the Crows fans bleating about Steven Browne getting off, the Foxtel commentators cheering for the opponent (as always) or us Carlton fans complaining about the Umpires! Unluckily for us Andrew had to leave us but we’ll be at him for a follow up chat as soon as adult life allows….

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