|Venue: Telstra Dome|
|Date: Sat 9 August 2008, 2:10pm||Result: won by 66 points|
|Umpires: S. McInerney, J. Mollison, K.Nicholls||Crowd: 29,696|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 4, Walker 3, Fisher , Kreuzer 2, Cloke, Gibbs, Grigg, Judd, Simpson, Stevens.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Betts (hamstring tightness) replaced in selected side by Hampson|
Game ReviewCarlton routed Port Power by 66 points to get a percentage boost in the run to the finals. With our fellow top 8 aspirants floundering (Richmond got pumped, Essendon lost and St Kilda surprisingly lost to the Magpies), the Blues' big win put us 1 game from 7th place and within percentage striking distance of the teams above us.
The game itself was rather disappointing in hindsight, with many fans thinking we should have won by more. We killed them for Inside 50's, killed them around the ground and missed a number of very easy shots on goal. 42 shots to 21 says it all.
Despite that, there were actually a few little records from this game:
- This was the first time that Carlton has defeated Port Adelaide in consecutive games;
- Carlton's first victory by over 50 points since Round 2, 2004; and
- Carlton's first 10 goal victory since Elimination Final, 2001.
In terms of the stats, young star Bryce Gibbs continued a great year and was comfortably best on ground with 30 disposals at 87% efficiency, 10 contested possessions, 9 clearances, 7 tackles and a goal. Promising youngster Shaun Grigg played his best game to date, gathering 25 disposals, 7 inside 50s, 2 assists and a goal on his way to winning the Round 19 Rising Star Nomination . Marc Murphy was outstanding with 28 disposals at 86% efficiency, 5 clearances and 4 assists as was captain Chris Judd who had 24 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 8 clearances, 7 tackles, 2 assists and a goal. Jarrad Waite gathered a career-high 29 disposals at 90% efficiency, took 11 marks and laid 5 tackles while reigning best and fairest winner Andrew Carrazzo managed to gather 34 disposals at 84% efficiency.
|B:||9 Jason Saddington||40 Michael Jamison||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||30 Jarrad Waite||16 Shaun Grigg|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||5 Chris Judd (c)||27 Dennis Armfield|
|HF:||34 Simon Wiggins||1 Andrew Walker||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||6 Kade Simpson||25 Brendan Fevola||8 Matthew Kreuzer|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||4 Bryce Gibbs||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||15 Steven Browne|
|22 Shaun Hampson*|
|Emg:||21 Mark Austin, 7 Adam Bentick, 19 Eddie Betts*|
-*Shaun Hampson replaced Eddie Betts (hamstring tightness) in the selected side
MilestonesRising Star Nominees: Shaun Grigg
Goal kicking: Brendan Fevola equalled his best goals tally in a year with 84
Records: Carlton won successive games against Port for the first time
Biggest wins: This was our first 10 goal win since we knocked Adelaide out of the 2001 finals campaign, some 7 years beforehand
Interesting FactThis was the largest crowd between these two clubs played in Melbourne, previous record was 29,678 in Round 11, 2007.
Brownlow Votes3. Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
1. Marc Murphy, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes40 Shaun Grigg, 38 Bryce Gibbs, Jarrad Waite, 36 Andrew Walker, 34 Andrew Carrazzo, 16 Chris Judd, Marc Murphy, 11 Dennis Armfield, Matthew Kreuzer, Kade Simpson, Simon Wiggins, 6 Michael Jamison
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