|Venue: Gold Coast Stadium|
|Date: Sat 19 May 2007, 7:10pm||Result: Loss by 17 points|
|Umpires: S McLaren C Kamolins S Meredith||Crowd: 11,649|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 5; Fisher, Simpson, Whitnall 3; Lappin 2; Ackland, Bentick, Betts, Koutoufides|
|Reports: -||Injuries: Betts (hamstring), Fevola (corked thigh), Saddington (ankle)|
Game ReviewAnother high-scoring entertaining goalfest, which in comparison to some of the flooding games on in the AFL this week is to be commended, but yet another close loss - an honourable loss perhaps - that followed the game story of the week before almost to the letter. The Blues began well with drive from the middle and an accurate and composed forward line to take the lead in the first half by 20, before succumbing in the second half to a more desperate and skilled team.
But as always, there's more to that story. The Blues forward line in the first half was dynamic, with Brad Fisher continuing his fine 2007 with 3 majors, Fevola 2 and a good spread elsewhere. The experiment of Setanta in the ruck continued, leaving 150-gamer Jason Saddington to man the key defensive post with Thornton and Waite alongside him. The Blues looked powerful with substantial drive from Carrazzo in the middle. The Kangaroos at times only appeared to be in the game because of a rash of some very soft frees with 3 goals from frees in the first quarter. But it was that sort of game - lots of frees for infringements only seemingly paid in this era of football. Two goals in a row to frees against Houlihan for the slightest of hands in the back infuriated Carlton masses across the country. Nevertheless, the stats counts were similar and the Kangaroos were always within reach.
In the second half, the 'Roos rucking powerhouse Hamish McIntosh got on top and North kicked 7 goals to our 2 in the third. They began the last quarter well to get up to 30 points out but the Blues kept on coming; first to two quick goals from Kade Simpson, before another North surge, and then to two goals to Brendan Fevola, at this stage limping heavily due to a corked thigh. We continued to threaten, but the Kangaroos would continue to power away when it mattered, particularly through Brent Harvey who managed to evade Jordan Russell and Shannon Grant who, despite limited possessions, kept on bobbing up for goals against a variety of opponents.
Overall, another entertaining game with high scoring and no flooding, but one of extreme disappointment after being up by 20 points and having a forward line both threatening and accurate.
On the stats sheet, Andrew Carrazzo topped the table for the second week in a row with 28 possessions, followed again by Heath Scotland with 27. Adam Bentick laid a game high 13 tackles and Luke Blackwell, in only his second game for the year after a brief appearance in Round 6 (before losing his place for a week), racked up 21 stats with 6 Inside 50's.
|B:||29 Heath Scotland||9 Jason Saddington||1 Andrew Walker|
|HB:||4 Bryce Gibbs||32 Bret Thornton||2 Jordan Russell|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||7 Adam Bentick||12 Matthew Lappin|
|HF:||14 Brad Fisher||8 Lance Whitnall (c)||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||30 Jarrad Waite||25 Brendan Fevola||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||44 Andrew Carrazzo||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|Interchange:||11 Cain Ackland||13 Luke Blackwell||41 Ross Young|
|43 Anthony Koutoufides|
|Emg:||26 Joe Anderson||31 Jordon Bannister||23 Adam Hartlett|
|In:||Luke Blackwell, Bret Thornton|
|Out:||Paul Bower (omitted), Josh Kennedy (omitted)|
Milestones150 Games (AFL): Jason Saddington
Brownlow Votes3. Brent Harvey, Kangaroos
2. Shannon Grant, Kangaroos
1. Lindsay Thomas, Kangaroos
Best and Fairest VotesAndrew Carrazzo 25, Adam Bentick 17, Heath Scotland 11, Anthony Koutoufides 9, Brendan Fevola 7, Luke Blackwell 4, Kade Simpson & Lance Whitnall 1
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