|Date: Sun 15 June 2008, 2:10pm||Result: win by 30 points|
|Umpires: L. Farmer, H. Kennedy, J. Schmitt||Crowd: 80,310|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 8, Waite, Scotland 2, Thornton, Armfield, Fisher, Wiggins, Stevens 1.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil||Ladder Position: 8th|
Now this was a ripping game and one that will well & truly stick in the minds for a long, long time. It wasn't just our second win against the Pies for Season 2008 (the first time we'd beaten them twice since 2004), but it was not only against a Top 8 team but a win that brought Carlton into the top 8 (as we sat in 8th at the end of Round 12, half a game up from the Kangaroos).
At first, Carlton were dominant but errant up forward. Brendan Fevola would kick our first 2 goals, but miss a number of others. Fev was no doubt dominant as he carved up Harry O'Brien and Pie wonderkid Nathan Brown, but he missed some in-range shots that gave the Pies the sniff they needed. Within the next quarter or so, the Pies would wrest the advantage as the Blues continued to struggle in front of goal. Indeed, Bret Thornton would be our only goalkicker in the second, when in his 118th Carlton game he scored his 2nd league goal his only other league goal was in his 20th Carlton against Fremantle at Subiaco in Round 10, 2003!
The Pies went in ahead to the main break, but Carlton swung the changes and put 2008 Centre Half Back Jarrad Waite up forward and trusted the young defence of Gibbs, Jamison, Carrazzo and Setanta to carry the day. And did they ever! But the storyline was in front of goal, as Brendan Fevola surged with a number of chances and Waite, Scotland and Armfield kicked important goals. The scores were all tied up at the last break.
And then there was party time... Simon Wiggins kicked a brilliant snap, Brendan Fevola scored two amazing goals from the goal square (one of which was awarded the AFL Goal of the Week) as he kicked his 6th and 7th and the Blues went ahead. Adam Bentick nailed the ball for Nick Stevens to kick us clear, and the game was as good as won!
Heath Scotland played his 150th league game and scored 2 goals and this was also his 97th Carlton game and was also the third player to play this double at Carlton with the other two players being Billy Dick in Round 14, 1917 against Geelong at Corio Oval (who was also the captain) and Jack Wrout in Round 1, 1943 against Richmond at Princes Park.
For the third time during the season and the second time in two weeks, Brendan Fevola scored a goal after the final siren and all were in Carlton victories with the first against Melbourne in Round 5, 2008. He has now scored 54 goals against Collingwood from 16 matches at an average of 3.375 goals per game and is now third on the list of goalscorers against Collingwood behind Harry Vallence with 84 goals (from 22 matches at 3.818 goals per game) and Horrie Clover with 55 goals (from 18 matches at 3.056 goals per game). The only other player to score over 50 goals against Collingwood is Stephen Kernahan with 52 goals (from 22 matches at 2.364 goals per game).
This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 2000's. For more games like this, please click here.
|B:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||30 Jarrad Waite||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||40 Michael Jamison||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||27 Dennis Armfield|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||4 Bryce Gibbs||14 Brad Fisher||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||8 Matthew Kreuzer|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||16 Shaun Grigg||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||7 Adam Bentick||22 Shaun Hampson|
|34 Simon Wiggins|
|Emg:||21 Mark Austin, 15 Steven Browne, 36 Darren Pfeiffer|
The Final 8: This game brought Carlton into the final 8 for the first time at the Round 12 stage of the year since 2001. Only Simon Wiggins would be in both Round 12 teams.
Goal kicking: Brendan Fevola kicked his 50th goal against Collingwood in this match.
Interesting Fact: Thornton's goal in this game was only the second in his career, the first being scored in Round 10, 2003
Brendan Fevola, Carlton
2. Marc Murphy, Carlton
1. Paul Medhurst, Collingwood
Marc Murphy, 44 Brendan Fevola, 34 chris Judd, 32 Andrew Carrazzo, 31 Heath Scotland, 27 Kade Simpson, 23 Bret Thornton, 21 Cameron Cloke, 6 Adam Bentick, Bryce Gibbs, 5 Setanta o'hAilpin
Round 11 | Round 13