|Venue:||Giants Stadium, Sydney.|
|Date:||Sunday 15th May, 2022 (3.20 pm).|
|Result:||Won by 30 points.|
|Goalkickers:||C. Durdin 2.1, S. Walsh 2.1, C. Curnow 2.0, J. Silvagni 2.0, Z. Fisher 2.0, L. O'Brien 1.2, M. Kennedy 1.1, S. Docherty 1.0, T. De Koning 1.0, J. Motlop 1.0, G. Hewett 0.2, M. Owies 0.2, J. Carroll 0.1, P. Cripps 0.1, Rushed 0.4.|
|Umpires:||Jamie Broadbent, David Harris, Brett Rosebury.|
|Injuries:||Z. Williams (calf).|
Top-four Blues play Giant party poopers in Cameron's farewell.Leon Cameron's final game as GWS coach didn't go to plan as Carlton overpowered the Giants - By Trent Masenhelder.
Carlton spoiled Leon Cameron's farewell party and cemented a spot in the top four after an impressive 30-point victory against Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium. The Blues notched up their seventh win of the season and are a game clear in fourth after defeating the Giants 15.5 (105) to 11.9 (75) in what was Cameron's final game in charge of GWS, following his decision to stand down earlier in the week. Cameron delivered an emotional pre-game address, but it was the Blues who burst out of the blocks, kicking the first four goals of the game. They dominated most of the opening term, but after leading by 27 points at the 25-minute mark, the visitors' advantage was just 12 points at the first change. Underlying Carlton's dominance, the Blues had 22 inside 50s to 11 in the first quarter, while it took the Giants 16 minutes to register their first goal. Carlton lost defender Zac Williams late in the quarter, with the former Giant helped from the ground after suffering a lower leg injury. It was a different story in the second quarter, with GWS on top for the majority, thanks largely to the influence of ruckman Braydon Preuss (44 hitouts), who had his way with Tom De Koning, and silky midfielder Josh Kelly (36 disposals and a goal).
After the Giants kicked four goals to two, the score was tied up at half-time. An entertaining and see-sawing third quarter was highlighted by Carlton debutant Jesse Motlop's first goal, the son of former Port Adelaide and North Melbourne player Daniel slotting a set shot from 20 metres out. After both sides kicked three goals for the term, Carlton swung for home six points to the good, but its advantage should have been greater after kicking 3.7. With the game up for grabs, Carlton's leaders stood tall, with skipper Patrick Cripps (26 touches, seven clearances, six inside 50s), Sam Walsh (31 disposals, two goals, four clearances), Jacob Weitering (19 possessions, nine intercepts) and Charlie Curnow (two goals) all pivotal in the final term. The Blues kicked five goals to one to notch their first victory at Giants Stadium, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Giants.
Jack Silvagni is better than you think
It’s time the footy industry recognises Jack Silvagni for what he is – a genuine star – rather than just a very good player. Into his seventh year at Carlton, the 24-year-old is having a stellar season. Ahead of Sunday’s win against GWS, Silvagni was averaging 13.9 disposals per game, 1.3 goals, 5.6 marks and 1.3 clearances, which all are career-best marks. The son of a gun was among the best afield against the Giants after tallying 20 disposals (seven contested) at 80 per cent efficiency, two goals, seven score involvements, eight marks, eight pressure acts and four inside 50s. Silvagni has long been admired for being a tireless worker, which he continues to be, but he is now more than that. And, he’s the ultimate team man, prepared to play whatever role is asked of him, which is another reason the Blues’ faithful love him.
After taking the reins of the Giants at the start of the 2014 season, Cameron bows out with a record of 101 wins, 88 losses and four draws. He led the Giants to finals between 2016-2019, and after missing September in 2020, they returned last year and beat Sydney in an elimination final. After consecutive preliminary final losses in 2016 and 2017, Cameron led the club to its first Grand Final appearance in 2019. Speaking to Channel 7 pre-game, Cameron said he remains comfortable with his decision to stand down. "I think the timing is right, I've been here for 10 years. It gives the breathing space to the club to then work out what's going to happen next," he said. "Those finals were great, that's why we play footy, we want to play finals footy; we played five out of six years and unfortunately just didn't get the result we were after."
Injury woe for Williams
Carlton defender Zac Williams looks set for a stint on the sidelines after suffering what appeared to be a nasty lower leg injury during the first quarter. Williams' left leg seemed to give way while he was running by himself in the defensive 50m. He was writhing in pain and had to be helped from the ground by trainers. As he was having the injury assessed, Williams cut a forlorn figure on the bench with a towel covering his face as he fought back tears. In 2018, while playing for GWS, Williams ruptured his Achilles tendon at training. He missed the entire home and away season, before returning for two finals.
Best: J. Silvagni, J. Weitering, S. Walsh, S. Docherty, P. Cripps, Z. Fisher, G. Hewett.
Blues break Giants droughtCarlton have taken home their first ever win at GIANTS Stadium - By Rose Zarucky.
For the first time, Carlton has emerged victorious from Giants Stadium. Producing just its third win in New South Wales since 1994, the Blues burst out of the blocks and then took the game by the scruff of the neck in a 30-point victory: the first for Brodie Kemp and Jesse Motlop at the elite level. Sam Walsh set the tone with two early goals to go with 31 disposals, George Hewett produced 30 on return and the forward duo of Corey Durdin and Jack Silvagni were brilliant in the Blues' win.
It was all Carlton for the first half of the term, with a snap from Corey Durdin getting the game going from a scoreboard point of view. Snaps were the theme for the next five minutes, with Sam Walsh converting two in a row. A big mark from Tom De Koning resulted in the next goal for the Blues, with their intercept game - led by Sam Docherty (nine first-quarter disposals) - denying the Giants a forward 50 entry until the 16-minute mark of the quarter. Carlton’s structure around the contest was strong, recording the majority of possession: in his 50th Carlton game, Matt Kennedy was a chief instigator against his old side, gathering eight disposals and three score involvements. Greater Western Sydney found its feet in the back-end of the term, kicking the last two goals before the first break through Toby Greene. The Blues lost Zac Williams to a lower leg issue late in the term, replaced by Matthew Cottrell at the first change.
Greater Western Sydney owned the second term, with Jake Riccardi kicking a goal in the opening seconds of the term. Another goal from Durdin - who was clean at ground level - steadied the Blues, but the Giants ended up evening the score by the main break. The Blues struggled to find an outlet further afield as numbers ventured deeper towards Greater Western Sydney's goal, with Jacob Weitering standing strong as Carlton’s defence was under constant fire. Patrick Cripps was very influential in the second quarter, collecting 12 disposals as well as pinch-hitting in the ruck around the ground against Braydon Preuss. The Navy Blue highlight of the term was Jack Silvagni getting some reward for effort, shrugging a tackle, side-stepping another and then converting with another snap for one of the goals of the round.
Opening the quarter was Jesse Motlop’s first AFL goal, bringing a smile to the players and crowd alike: the Adams and Motlop families in the stands were the loudest of the bunch. Weitering continued to stand up in defence, managing 392 metres gained from his 15 disposals as the Giants continued to put the defence under pressure. Lachie Plowman continued his consistent intercept game, but the Blues continued to miss opportunities in front of goal, with inaccurate kicking leaving them ruing chances (3.7 for the quarter). The busy Lochie O’Brien managed a goal to give the Blues some breathing room but the Giants delivered a quick reply. Walsh got Carlton out of trouble in the defensive 50 with some hard running and clever ball-use, as the Blues entered the final change with a narrow lead.
Charlie Curnow was the one who stood up in the forward line for Carlton. The team's leading goalkicker slotted two majors in as many minutes, giving the Blues an 18-point lead early in the term. It was Silvagni who put the icing on the cake with a running goal, before Docherty kicked a monster goal from the centre square to truly seal the deal. The Blues had 15-9 inside 50s in the final quarter, proving to be much more accurate in front of goal in the final quarter than they had in the previous terms. Finishing the quarter with five goals, the Blues took home a 30-point win – their first win at GIANTS Stadium.
Three things from the game
1. Michael Voss flagged a mosquito fleet on Friday, and that's what came to the table. Without Harry McKay as a focal point and Jack Martin also out of the side, Carlton’s small forwards got to work, putting pressure not only on the scoreboard but using their tackle pressure to keep the ball living in their half. Corey Durdin was particularly strong in this area in a performance which produced 19 disposals and two goals.
2. Carlton's clearance work is what kept them in the game, topping Greater Western Sydney 36-28. The return of George Hewett certainly helped, gathering a game-high eight clearances. Alongside Cripps' seven clearances, Carlton was able to make the most of its work at the source, stemming from a +34 differential in contested ball.
3. It was Carlton's turnover game tonight which got the job done. Despite usually scoring the majority of their scores through clearances, the strong games from the likes of Jacob Weitering, Sam Docherty and Lachie Plowman set the Blues up behind the ball and they capitalised: 79 per cent of their scores came after winning the ball back from the opposition.
Moment of the match
It was a deadly moment when Jesse Motlop slotted his first AFL goal in his first AFL game. Taking a strong mark in the forward 50, Motlop kicked truely for an important set-shot goal for the Blues.
Best: S. Walsh, J. Silvagni, S. Docherty, J. Weitering, C. Durdin, G. Hewett, M. Kennedy.
These Blues are different under Michael Voss - Damian Barrett.No Coleman medallist even before the game started, no worries.
No Zac Williams for most of the game against GWS in Sydney. No problems.
No standout ruck. No issues.
In 2022 under Michael Voss, Carlton just finds a way. The Blues are 7-2 after their controlled win against the Giants. If he wasn't already before Sunday's win, Sam Docherty is THE story of the year. Multiple cancer episodes and multiple knee injuries can't stop him, so what hope does an opposition player have? Another 28 disposals and a game-sealing goal is becoming his norm this year. Under Voss, nothing has been impossible to this stage of the season. Charlie Curnow was without Batman, or maybe he was without Robin, either way, it didn't matter. He only managed two goals in Harry McKay's absence but he stood up when it counted most, in the final quarter of a game which was still in the balance. A lot of footy people have been slow to embrace Jack Silvagni. He is a star. Sam Walsh was very good, Matt Kennedy too. And Patty Cripps, by his 2022 standards, was quiet. And that's a good thing in the big picture.
|B:||17 Brodie Kemp||23 Jacob Weitering||20 Lachie Plowman|
|HB:||6 Zac Williams||15 Sam Docherty||42 Adam Saad|
|C:||32 Jack Newnes||9 Patrick Cripps (c)||25 Zac Fisher|
|HF :||18 Sam Walsh||30 Charlie Curnow||16 Jack Carroll|
|F:||3 Jesse Motlop||1 Jack Silvagni||19 Corey Durdin|
|Ruck:||12 Tom De Koning||29 George Hewett||5 Adam Cerra|
|Interchange:||4 Lochie O'Brien||7 Matt Kennedy||24 Nic Newman|
|44 Matthew Owies|
|Medical Substitute:||46 Matt Cottrell|
|Emergencies:||2 Paddy Dow||8 Lachie Fogarty||37 Jordan Boyd|
Med-sub: Matthew Cottrell (replaced Williams during first quarter).
In: Brodie Kemp, George Hewett, Jesse Motlop, Lachie Plowman
Out: Lewis Young (Health & Safety protocol), Harry McKay (knee), Jack Martin (calf), Jordan Boyd (omitted)
MilestonesDebut and First Goal: Jesse Motlop
50 Games (Carlton): Matt Kennedy
Rising Star Nominees: Corey Durdin
Interesting FactsAt this ground: This was Carlton's first win at Giants Stadium (Sydney Showgrounds) after losing their previous five games played at this venue.
Versus the Giants: This was our first win against the Giants since 2017
AFLCA Votes10 - Sam Walsh (CARL)
8 - Sam Docherty (CARL)
3 - Matt Kennedy (CARL)
3 - George Hewett (CARL)
3 - Jacob Weitering (CARL)
2 - Sam Taylor (GWS)
1 - Braydon Preuss (GWS)
Best and Fairest Votes
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