Carlton were poleaxed by a bottom 4 team at the Gabba

Round 16, 2018

Carlton 2.5 17 2.6 18 4.8 32 7.13 55
Brisbane Lions 3.1 19 8.7 55 14.11 95 18.12 120
Venue: Gabba, Brisbane
Date: Saturday 7th July, 2018 - 1.45 pm
Result: Lost by 65 points.
Crowd: 21,074
Goalkickers: C. Curnow 3, S. Petrevski-Seton 2, J. Lamb, L. O'Brien 1.
Reports: O. McInerney (Bris) for striking M. Kennedy (Carl) in the 4th quarter.
Umpires: Eleni Glouftsis, Leigh Haussen, Matthew Nicholls.
Injuries: A. Phillips (hamstring), J. Weitering (calf), C. Marchbank (elevated heart rate), Kade Simpson (calf) replaced in the selected side by Darcy Lang
Ladder: 18th

Game Review

The Blues travelled up to Brisbane for this 'Bottom 4 Battle', and after a strong showing the week before. After an even first quarter, the wheels fell off and the Blues were smashed.

Blues cop heavy defeat
Brisbane has beaten Carlton by 65 points with a career day from Eric Hipwood and virtuoso showing from Dayne Beams helping the Lions to their first back-to-back wins since 2015. The Lions' 18.12 (120) to 7.13 (55) win was set up with nine unanswered goals after the 23-minute mark of the opening quarter until the Blues finally responded seven minutes into the third term. The loss means Carlton is now two games adrift at the bottom. Beams put on a midfield masterclass, racking up 40 disposals and one goal and seemed to run around without an opponent for most of the day. Hipwood delivered on every ounce of promise he has shown in his three seasons, kicking a career-high six goals. He took marks on the lead, scooped up an errant Liam Jones clearing kick to send it back over his head and even set up goals for teammates Tom Cutler and 100-gamer Lewy Taylor. The Lions dominated most statistics, winning disposals 442-297 and taking a staggering 24 marks inside 50 to Carlton's eight, despite having less entries (49-51). The Blues had the run of play in the first quarter but couldn't capitalise, and then totally fell apart with injuries to Andrew Phillips (hamstring), Jacob Weitering (calf) and Caleb Marchbank (elevated heartbeat) not helping.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton was disappointed in his team's performance. "The second and third quarter in particular, they won the contest battle inside," he said. "They got their hands on the ball and then once they got their hands on the ball they controlled it. "I thought they owned some uncontested marks … that then gave them the momentum. "We were disorganised behind the ball. The loss of Phillips then forced us to try and put (Sam) Rowe up forward, and Rowe's a real organiser down back so we've had a real makeshift defence." Brisbane out-worked them and over-ran the Blues. After 11 touches in the first quarter, Beams tore the game open in the second, adding 14 more, including a brilliant running goal from 50m on the right boundary line. In the most difficult personal year of his life, the former skipper is playing some of his best footy, backing up last week's best on ground against Fremantle with a similar outing. He had plenty of help in the midfield, with captain Dayne Zorko (25 touches, one goal and five goal assists) having a fine final three quarters, and Jarrod Berry keeping Patrick Cripps to 21 disposals with his second excellent tagging job in as many weeks. Darcy Gardiner (27) had the better of an enthralling duel with Charlie Curnow (three goals) who fought a lone hand in a Carlton forward line that saw precious quality football. - Michael Whiting for afl.com.au


B: 14 Liam Jones 17 Sam Rowe 13 Jed Lamb
HB: 39 Dale Thomas 23 Jacob Weitering 1 Jack Silvagni
C:3 Marc Murphy (c) 9 Patrick Cripps (VC) 22 Caleb Marchbank
HF: 16 Darcy Lang 30 Charlie Curnow 46 Matthew Wright
F: 33 Jarrod Pickett 8 Matthew Kreuzer 29 Cam Polson
Ruck: 34 Andrew Phillips 35 Ed Curnow 25 Zach Fisher
Interchange:4 Lochie O'Brien 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton 7 Matthew Kennedy
32 Nick Graham
Coach: Brendon Bolton
Emg: 6 Kade Simpson, 10 Harry McKay, 18 Aaron Mullett. 36 Patrick Kerr

  • Late Change Darcy Lang replaced Kade Simpson (calf) in the selected side.


First Goal: Lochie O'Brien
50 Goals: Charlie Curnow
50 Games (AFL): Darcy Lang
Interesting Fact (1) : It is the first time since the 1909 Grand Final that Carlton has had a Lang, Kennedy and Marchbank in the same side. Back then it was Ted Kennedy, Alex ‘Bongo’ Lang and Jim Marchbank and between 1906 and 1909 these three players played 32 times in the same Carlton side, including the 1906 and 1908 premiership sides.
Interesting Fact (2) : Matthew Kreuzer in his 172nd game registered his 100th loss whilst playing for the Blues, which is a 58% loss ratio for the big fella.
Interesting Fact (3): This was the 50th clash between Carlton and the Brisbane Lions (post Fitzroy merger)


10 - Dayne Beams (BL)
8 - Eric Hipwood (BL)
4 - Tom Cutler (BL)
3 - Jarrod Berry (BL)
2 - Luke Hodge (BL)
2 - Darcy Gardiner (BL)
1 - Dayne Zorko (BL)

Brownlow Votes

3 - E. Hipwood (BL)
2 - D. Beams (BL)
1 - T. Cutler (BL)

Best & Fairest Votes

Kade Simpson 12, Charlie Curnow 11, Patrick Cripps 9, Ed Curnow 8, Marc Murphy 8, Sam Rowe 6, Liam Jones 5, Nick Graham 4, Andrew D Phillips 4, Zac Fisher 2, Matt Kennedy 2.

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