|Venue: Docklands (Etihad Stadium)|
|Date: Saturday, 22 August||Result: Win by 57 points|
|Umpires: L. Farmer, M. James, T. Pannell||Crowd: 37,433|
|Goalkickers: B. Fevola 7, J. Garlett 4, K. Simpson 3, H. Scotland, R. Houlihan 2, A. Carrazzo, S. O'hAilpin, B. Gibbs, M. Murphy, E. Betts, M. Kreuzer 1.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: R. Hadley (Broken Arm)||Ladder Position: 5th|
Game ReviewThe Blues headed into a traditional Saturday afternoon game against the Demons as red-hot favourites even though both sides had won comfortably the previous round. Some bookmakers were offering punters $13.00 for a Melbourne victory in a two horse race such was the Blues’ favouritism, and rightly so, as it panned out.
A single forced change was the only announcement on the Thursday evening leading into the game as first year player Mitch Robinson (diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot) was replaced by another first year player Jeffery Garlett. Robinson’s injury effectively ended what had been an encouraging debut season for the young Tasmanian. On game day another change would be announced as Dennis Armfield failed to come up from an ankle injury sustained at training during the week and Joe Anderson came in for his third game of the season.
The game started somewhat unexpectedly as the Demons got out of the blocks quickly and the Blues found themselves a goal down in no time at all. The Blues responded with one of their own (through Brendan Fevola) but struggled to get on top early. There was a noticeable drop in the game’s intensity from previous weeks. This seemed to give the Blues a signal to over possess and fiddle with the ball as they moved it forward resulting in some clumsy passages before slowly finding some rhythm. Find it they did, as they piled on six goals for the quarter (six different goal kickers) to Melbourne’s four to take a 13 point lead to the break.
The second term followed much the same pattern as the first, at least as far as the scoreboard was concerned. Another six goals for the Blues; another four for the Demons, and it was fair to say the respective forward lines were having a better time of it. Jeff Garlett and Heath Scotland alternated goals during the first 15 minutes of the quarter, each grabbing two. Garlett, with his lithe, snake-hipped build, proved to be particularly lively with each of this three goals coming from beautiful crumbing work and reading of the play. Brendan Fevola finished the half off nicely. Firstly, with a lovely chase and tackle which resulted in a free kick, where he dished off a cheeky handball to Kade Simpson lurking in the square who did the rest. Not two minutes later it was Fevola (receiving the handball from Chris Judd) poking a little check-side off the outside of his right boot which dribbled through precisely as he had planned.
Jeff Garlett, playing the best game of his short-career, opened the third term with a bang as he sped onto a loose ball deep in the forward pocket and slammed it onto his right boot to banana through his fourth and open up a 32 point break. Not to be outdone Brendan Fevola started a show of his own. During a fifteen minute patch in the middle of the quarter Fevola managed four goals, his fifth for the match was a beauty. After Garlett put a loose kick deep into the pocket Fevola ran onto it and somehow managed to hook it around his body from the boundary line and with a couple of agreeable bounces got full points.
Whist it was Garlett (four goals and seven tackles) and Fevola providing the highlights up forward for much of the game, the supply from the middle had come from the usual suspects as Chris Judd, Bryce Gibbs and Marc Murphy had a bout of leather poisoning, between them clocking up over 100 possessions. Gibbs in particular had a ripper of a game. It would be unfair not to mention Andrew Carrazzo in the midfield highlights. His 35 possessions may not have been quite as classy as those of the triumvirate just mentioned but combined with his five tackles and a precisely slotted goal it certainly was a quality game. Jordan Russell played another nice game in defence and provided some real drive across half back as did Andrew Walker in patches. Walker is still finding his feet after a long absence but is looking better each week.
The Blues closed out the game with another six goals in the last quarter. Kade Simpson was rewarded for a lot of hard running with two goals of his own (three for the match) and Ryan Houlihan bobbed up for the last two goals of the game late in time-on. It wasn’t a remarkable victory by any stretch of the imagination. It was a game the Blues were expected to win and win well, which 57 points says they did. The result allowed them to retain fifth spot on the ladder with one home and away round remaining. Mathematically, the Blues can still finish as high as fourth and as low as seventh depending on how the cards fall in round 22.
The average age of this Carlton team was 24 years and 134 days, with an average League experience of 95.4 games per player. Nick Stevens was the oldest, at 29 years and 231 days and the most experienced with 229 games. Jeffery Garlett was the youngest at 20 years and 19 days old and the least experienced with 9 games.
For the first time in a match Carlton scored 6 goals in each quarter of a match, while the opposition in Melbourne failed by one goal in the last quarter to score 4 goals in each quarter.
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|B:||34 Simon Wiggins||18 Paul Bower||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||2 Jordan Russell||33 Ryan Houlihan||26 Joe Anderson|
|C:||1 Andrew Walker||5 Chris Judd (c)||45 Aaron Joseph|
|HF:||3 Marc Murphy||28 Cameron Cloke||6 Kade Simpson|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||17 Setanta O’hAilpin|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||4 Bryce Gibbs||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||10 Richard Hadley||29 Heath Scotland||38 Jeffery Garlett|
|44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|Emg:||27 Dennis Armfield, 39 Sam Jacobs, 16 Shaun Grigg|
- Joe Anderson replaced Dennis Armfield in the selected side.
- Shaun Grigg replaced Chris Yarran in the emergencies.
Milestones4 in a row: This was the first time Carlton had won four matches in a row since 2001. Despite our improvement we wouldn't do it again until Round 13, 2011, some 2 years later.
Interesting Fact: This was our 6th highest score in this decade, equalling our score from mid-2001 and being 3 points higher than Round 1, 2009. Our highest score in the 2000's is Round 18, 2000 when we scored 28-12-180 against Collingwood at Optus Oval, Princes Park in the "Last Suburban Battle."
Brownlow Votes3. Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Brendan Fevola, Carlton
1. Marc Murphy, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes36 Marc Murphy, 36 Jordan Russell, 33 Bryce Gibbs, 32 Chris Judd, 30 Brendan Fevola, 30 Jeffery Garlett, 18 Kade Simpson, 12 Ryan Houlihan, 11 Andrew Carrazzo, 5 Heath Scotland
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