Carlton defeated Brisbane by 19 points at Docklands.

Round 2, 2009

Carlton3.22011.5 7113.88618.11119
Brisbane3.3214.63010.8 6815.10100
Venue: Docklands
Date: 4 April, 2009 (Night) Result: Won by 19 pts
Umpires: Chamberlain, Keating, Roseberry Crowd: 42,496
Goalkickers : B.Fevola 5; E.Betts 3, M.Murphy 3, C.Cloke 2, B.Gibbs 2, R.Hadley, R.Houlihan, C.Judd 1.
Reports: None Injuries: Jamison (shoulder)
Ladder Position: first

Game Review

After our surprisingly easy round 1 win against a woeful Richmond, this game was always going to be a sterner test for the Blues. And so it proved to be. The final margin of 19 points doesn't tell the whole story.

The opening term was a tight and fierce affair, with both teams going hard at the ball. Carlton got the better start, but it didn't take long for the Lions to stem Carlton's influence on the game, and Brisbane ended the quarter with a one point lead. In the second quarter, however, Carlton played some stunning football. Our strong tackling and intensity continued from the previous week, enabling the team to control the play and score eight goals in the quarter. We weren't to know it at the time, but it was the luxury of a 41-point half-time lead that kept Carlton in the game.

After the main break there was no indication that the Blues would relinquish our grip. We began strongly and opened our advantage out to a game-high 48 points, before Michael Jamison (who had kept Daniel Bradshaw under a tight rein) suffered an injured shoulder and took no further part in the game. Meanwhile, Bret Thornton was doing a good job on Brisbane captain Jonathon Brown and Jarrad Waite was enjoying a free role in defence. As a consequence, Paul Bower was assigned to Bradshaw in a mismatch that proved costly. Brisbane, previously inept, started to win the clearances and stunned the Blues with an onslaught that brought six unanswered goals in 10 minutes of brilliant football. Bradshaw provided the spark, kicking two goals and providing a reliable target inside Brisbane's 50-metre arc. Carlton's lead at the last change was just 18 points.

Bradshaw continued Brisbane's charge with a another good contested mark in the first minute of the final quarter. This time, though, he missed his shot from a very gettable position. Carlton immediately worked the ball forward from the kick in. and Marc Murphy scored a much needed goal for the Blues. Brendan Fevola kicked another to steady the ship, but Brisbane still kept coming, and kicked the next three majors to loom as likely winners - but two further goals to Fevola - who finished with five for the match - finally put the game beyond Brisbane's reach.

Bryce Gibbs had the ball on a string all night, and notched his third consecutive game of 30 or more disposals. In all, he had a career-high 34 possessions, at an incredible 91% efficiency. Marc Murphy was also outstanding with 24 disposals at 88% efficiency and 3 goals, while Richard Hadley amassed 27 touches at 85% efficiency. Captain Chris Judd, who had struggled with the flu all week, ended up with 25 quality disposals. On the Sunday night after the completion of round two, Carlton maintained their hold on top spot on the ladder. With a percentage of 161.8, we were comfotably clear of the Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Geelong and Collingwood.

The average age of the players in this Carlton side was 23 years and 181 days, with an average League experience of 69.2 games per player. Heath Scotland was the the oldest at 28 years, 257 days while Brendan Fevola was the most experienced with 166 games.

In his 164th game for the Blues, Ryan Houlihan scored his 100th goal. The team wore black armbands as a mark of respect for 1968 Premiership player Peter McLean who died on the morning of the match in Queensland. McLean's last game was the 1968 Grand Final, after which he gave the club outstanding service in various administrative roles.


B: 45 Aaron Joseph 40 Michael Jamison 30 Jarrad Waite
HB: 18 Paul Bower 32 Bret Thornton 4 Bryce Gibbs
C: 6 Kade Simpson 10 Richard Hadley 2 Jordan Russell
HF: 34 Simon Wiggins 28 Cameron Cloke 33 Ryan Houlihan
F: 19 Eddie Betts 25 Brendan Fevola 12 Mitch Robinson
Ruck: 8 Matthew Kreuzer 5 Chris Judd 3 Marc Murphy
Interchange: 9 Chris Johnson 29 Heath Scotland 38 Jeffery Garlett
39 Sam Jacobs
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 1 Andrew Walker, 16 Shaun Grigg, 22 Shaun Hampson


100 AFL Goals: Ryan Houlihan

Brownlow Votes

3. Marc Murphy, Carlton
2. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
1. Richard Hadley, Carlton

Best and Fairest Votes

40 Bryce Gibbs, 35 Chris Judd, 34 Bret Thornton, 32 Marc Murphy, 27 Jarrad Waite, 26 Ryan Houlihan, 25 Matthew Kreuzer, 25 Jordan Russell, 20 Richard Hadley, 5 Brendan Fevola

Mike and Dan

Fevola's Fifth: play of the week

The ground was tense; the excitement immense - fists clenched and you were on the edge of your seat. Another forward entry was progressing, with Lions zooming in to defend. One man took the ball, spun and kicked – straight through the middle. The noise we all made as Big Fev ran round the forward 50 with his finger in the air was astounding – we almost lifted the roof. That moment wins this week’s Play of the Week.

Fev, you win Play of the Week for those Final Quarter goals, and the last one in particular. 40 metre no look snaps something you practice at training?

Plenty of practice at training, no doubt about that. Our change rooms at Visy Park are about 50 metres out from the goals down near the redevelopment so there are plenty of freakish snaps when we are leaving the ground.

After the goal you ran around on a big arc with your finger in the air, celebrating as 40,000 Carlton fans cheered for you. Do you ever get sick of that?

No! And I hope the fans love it also.

Play of the Day could have also gone for your chase-down of Mitch Clark in the opening minutes of the game. How much of a buzz was it to get the first goal off your own hard work?

It’s always a buzz, its something I pride myself on and I have worked pretty hard on it. I think its something that footy fans love seeing, you hear the crowd lift when you’re out there and it can change the momentum sometimes.

There's a big milestone coming up for you - 500 goals. Is that something you aim for?

I haven't really thought of it. It's a fair few goals and it’s probably something I'd look back on once my footy career is over.

You're a bit off Kernahan and Vallence for goals - are you aiming to be Carlton's #1 goal-kicker? If so, how long is it going to take you to kick another 250 or so?

They are two pretty special names around the Carlton Footy Club aren't they. I hope to get there as soon as possible, because that would mean I'm kicking plenty of goals! But really, if I get there I would be really honoured. There is no bigger name than Stephen Kernahan at Carlton, he is so highly respected by everyone in the football community.

The forward line in 2009 seems to be working really well, with more runners and only the 2 big marking targets in you & Cloke. Are we giving you more space?

Yeah, there's a bit of that, Clokey and I are pretty big targets, and then we have our smalls, Eddie, Jeff Garlett and Robbo followed by our midfielders pushing down kicking goals. The greater spread of goal kickers we get, the better it is for the footy club.

What about delivery to you this year - a few went over your head in the first half in particular. Any noticeable improvements?

I love having Hoops back in the team, his kicks generally come down lace out. Yeah a couple went over my head, I think a few went over Browny's head at the other end, but I think its fair to say, like many other areas of our game that we have improved in that area as well.

Would you knock Cloke over if he got in your way?

Yes! And he'd probably knock me over as well!

Does the game these days need more speedy forwards like Eddie and Garlett, and do we have the right mix? Could we play Yarran up there when he's ready as well?

The Kangaroos have shown what an important role the small forward can play, if you're a small forward who can kick goals and can add to the forward defensive pressure you'd be really valuable to a team. I think Eddie and Jeff have also shown that this year and I don't think there is any reason why Yazz couldn't play that role either.

Marc Murphy has suddenly become a gun goalkicker as well, with 5 majors straight to start the year. Is that something the club has worked on?

We are pretty fortunate now at the Blues with our development area, Darren Harris, Harves, Teaguey and through in Braddles and Diesel. It's something Murph, like all players has worked on and it looks to be working for him. The more goalkicking midfielders we have the better we'll be.

Last year you kicked some bags against the Bombers. Fletcher is sure to be near you again - how do you think you'll go?

I'd like to kick a bag! A massive crowd at the 'g' it's always a good feeling when you go well. The bombers beat us twice last year, and I kicked a few in both games, if it means we win and I miss out on a bag, I'll take that.

Where will Carlton win or lose this match?

Everyone has been talking about our midfield, there is no doubt its been important for us, I think if we win it out of there it should mean we go well!

Fevola has a ripping game in the Round 2 win over the Lions, and looks set to be a key player against the Bombers. Although normally the boys at Mike & Dan like to show calm restraint and a little modesty before a game, we hope the Bluebaggers smash them.

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