|Date: Fri 2 May 2008, 6:40pm||Result: Won by 37 points|
|Umpires: Head, Margetts, McLaren||Crowd: 41,254|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 4; Betts, Gibbs, Simpson 2; Browne, Cloke, Ellard, Fisher, Simpson, Stevens, Wiggins|
|Reports: TBD||Injuries: TBD|
Game ReviewThis was a milestone game even before it began. The West Coast faithful got in quick and tickets had sold out in under 30 minutes once they went on sale. Of course, the focus was on Chris Judd's return to Perth and he received very close attention all game from Adam Selwood. The last five matches against West Coast were all at Subiaco.
Carlton dominated the first quarter but were unable to capitalise on their momentum and a lacklustre Eagles outfit did well to hang on and were just three points behind at the first change. However, the Blues clicked in the second quarter and broke the game wide open, piling on eight goals, while the Eagles could not manage one. Andrew Carrazzo was left alone by West Coast and they paid for it, he had 24 possessions to half time. In fact, it seemed as though West Coast had no interest in the game at all and they were as bad as Carlton was impressive. Some ill-disciplined play gifted Carlton goals courtesy of 50 metre penalties. This sapped all intensity from the proud Eagles and at half time they were not only 48 points down, but had their lowest ever half time score under coach John Worsfold. Going into the rooms at the main break Worsfold was interviewed by Channel 7 and he looked fit to kill. It really did look as though his team had given up.
Whatever their coach said at half time seemed to work as the Eagles were much harder at the ball and their willingness to run and create space saw them fight back hard. Two quick goals from Josh Kennedy gave them some hope and they built on that to close the gap to a more respectable 23 points at the last change.
The opening of the last quarter was tough uncompromising football and the quarter was well underway before a goal was scored. And it was the Eagles who applied the heat to Carlton working the margin to as little as 7 points. Somehow, against the play, the Blues strung together a thrilling running goal with great link up play from defence culminating in a team lifting goal by Kade Simpson. The game remained tight and while it was the likes of Carazzo, Scotland and Stevens who racked up plenty of possessions it was Chris Judd who won some telling ball in tough contested situations. With the game still in the balance Carlton were able to clog the ball up inside their forward arc for a few stoppages and eventually Judd broke free and set up Bryce Gibbs for an easy goal. After that the Blues lifted a gear and were able to hurt the Eagles on the scoreboard finishing up with a gutsy 37 point victory. This was the first time for the season that Carlton had won a last quarter, and Andrew Carrazzo collected a career-high 42 disposals.
Beforehand, Carlton had lost their last 11 games at Subiaco Oval (against both Fremantle and West Coast), and only one player in Brendan Fevola had managed over 100 senior games. Three other Blues however, in Judd, Scotland and Stevens, had racked up over 100 league matches.
David Ellard's rise continued with his senior debut this day. Only a fortnight previous, he had played 6 consecutive quarters against Williamstown Reserves and Tasmania in the VFL, when at half-time of the VFL Reserve game against Williamstown, he was pulled out of that side to replace Adam Bentick in the Bullant senior team getting ready to take on Tasmania. Bentick had been called into Carlton's team to play Melbourne at the last moment, as a stand-in for the injured Bryce Gibbs. Despite all this shuffling, Ellard seized his opportunity. He was named second-best for the Bullants against Williamstown (after playing only half a game), and then picked up the best player award against Tasmania.
Ellard had been promoted to Carlton's senior list only after a long-term injury to Andrew Walker, who was the last Blue to make his league debut in a victory against West Coast in Round 5, 2004.
|B:||40 Michael Jamison||30 Jarrad Waite||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín|
|HB:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||18 Paul Bower||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||15 Steven Browne||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||34 Simon Wiggins|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||7 Adam Bentick||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||6 Kade Simpson||8 Matthew Kreuzer||16 Shaun Grigg|
|46 David Ellard|
|Emg:||37 Jake Edwards, 22 Sean Hampson, 36 Darren Pfeiffer|
MilestonesDebut: David Ellard
Games: This was Carlton's 2250th VFL / AFL match.
Losing streaks: Carlton ended their losing streak, a record, against the Eagles with this win
Score Records: This was Carlton's third win in 4 matches, a feat not achieved since doing it twice in 2004.
Interesting Fact: This match was the first match of Chris Judd against his old club, conversely it was also Josh Kennedy's first game against Carlton
Interesting Fact: This was Carlton's first victory over the Eagles at Subiaco since 2000.
Interesting Fact: This was Carlton's first interstate victory since 2004
Brownlow Votes3. Nick Stevens, Carlton
2. Heath Scotland, Carlton
1. Marc Murphy, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes42 Andrew Carrazzo, 36 Nick Stevens, 35 Heath Scotland, 31 Kade Simpson, 27 Chris Judd, 19 Bryce Gibbs, 16 Adam Bentick, 5 Steven Browne, Brad Fisher
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