Carlton's 2008 effectively ended with a 51 point loss to a rampant North Melbourne - Telstra Dome

Round 20, 2008

Carlton6.2389.3 5710.56514.690
Kangaroos5.23213.58317.8 11022.9141
Venue: Telstra Dome
Date: Sun 17 August 2008, 2:10pm Result: Lost by 51 points
Umpires: S. Jeffery, S. Meredith, M. Vozzo Crowd: 43,406
Goalkickers: Fevola 6, Cloke, Fisher 2, Judd, Kreuzer, Russell, Scotland 1.
Reports: Wiggins (Carlton) for charging Harding (North Melb.) Injuries: Nil

Game Review

The first quarter was a very exciting shoot out, with a combined total of 11 goals. The Blues went into the quarter time break with a one-goal lead and all signs pointed to a close game. The next 3 quarters proved anything but with the Kangaroos playing like a team vying for a top 4 spot. Poor skills and loose checking cost the Blues dearly, as the Kangaroos ran away 51-point victors and all but ended any chance the Blues had of playing finals.

It was the 8 goal burst in the second that won the game for the 'Roos - a mix of hard running and great skills, but it has to be said that Carlton fans were left scratching their heads over some rough umpiring. From one particular kick-in, an Umpire up the ground awarded a 50 metre against Grigg, but the Umpire near Fevola did not hear this and called the North player to play on. Fev, looking a little confused but following the nearby Umpire, strips the ball from Port player. Rather than recalling the ball or showing some common sense, a second 50m was paid against Fev gifting the Roos a goal. People may get frustrated at Fevola giving up frees occasionally, but this wasn't his fault at all. By the end of the game Brendan Fevola actually became only the third Blue to kick 90 goals in a season!

In team stats, Marc Murphy was one of the few Carlton players who had a good game, finishing with 29 disposals, 9 contested possessions, 5 clearances and 2 assists. Captain Chris Judd had 23 disposals at 87% efficiency, 8 contested possessions, 6 clearances and a goal while Andrew Walker continued his good form since returning from his shoulder injury with 24 disposals. Brendan Fevola made the most of the limited opportunites he had and managed to boot 6 goals, including 5 in the first half.


B: 44 Andrew Carrazzo 40 Michael Jamison 9 Jason Saddington
HB: 32 Bret Thornton 30 Jarrad Waite 27 Dennis Armfield
C: 16 Shaun Grigg 5 Chris Judd (c) 29 Heath Scotland
HF:34 Simon Wiggins 1 Andrew Walker 6 Kade Simpson
F: 3 Marc Murphy 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
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 7 Adam Bentick, 19 Eddie Betts, 18 Paul Bower


Last game: Jason Saddington
Goal-kicking records: Brendan Fevola kicked the 3rd biggest bag by a Blue in our history with 90 goals in a season
Opponent Winning Streaks: This loss equalled Carlton's greatest ever losing streak of 6 against North Melbourne.
Attendance: The crowd attendance of 43 406 was the greatest ever between these two teams at the Telstra Dome.

Brownlow Votes

3. Brent Harvey, North Melbourne
2. David Hale, North Melbourne
1. Daniel Harris, North Melbourne

Best and Fairest Votes

30 Andrew Carrazzo, 24 Brendan Fevola, Marc Murphy, 13 Shaun Grigg, 11 Andrew Walker, 10 Cameron Cloke, 7 Matthew Kreuzer, 4 Chris Judd, Kade Simpson, Simon Wiggins

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Contributors to this page: molsey , WillowBlue and true_blue24 .
Page last modified on Thursday 13 of November, 2008 10:36:35 AEDT by molsey.

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