|Venue: Docklands Stadium|
|Date: Sat 28 July 2007, 2:10pm||Result: Loss by 10 pts|
|Umpires: M Ellis, S Meredith, M Nicholls||Crowd: 32,327|
|Goalkickers: B Fevola 5; B Fisher 3; S Ó hAilpín 2; C Ackland, J Bannister, P Bower, M Lappin, J Saddington|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Wiggins (hamstring), Koutoufides (hip)|
Game ReviewIn Brett Ratten's first game as Carlton's caretaker coach, the Blues put in a spirited effort to prove to the football world that they weren't tanking (as had been suggested in the previous weeks) by running the in-form St Kilda to 10 points at Docklands. The team came out hard in the first quarter and finished the game off well with a six goals to two final quarter, but the twin towers of Fraser Gehrig and Nick Riewoldt (who booted 10 goals between them) proved too big a hurdle for Carlton's defence.
Matthew Lappin was impressive for the Blues in his 250th career game, and Andrew Carrazzo continued his stellar season by racking up a career-high 38 disposals. Ryan Jackson, in only his third senior game was brilliant, keeping Saint star Robert Harvey to 19 possessions while picking up 23 himself. Marc Murphy was tried in a tagging role on Leigh Montagna and kept him to 13 disposals, while Brendan Fevola was outstanding with 5 goals, including one in the third quarter where he ran down Sam Fisher, then gathered the ball and kicked a super goal from about 65 metres out.
Sadly, the great Anthony Koutoufides struggled to run freely throughout the second half, and after a scan on his hip during the following week, announced his retirement after a stellar Carlton career of 278 games, including the 1995 Premiership.
|B:||18 Paul Bower||32 Bret Thornton||29 Heath Scotland|
|HB:||9 Jason Saddington||30 Jarrad Waite||38 Ryan Jackson|
|C:||3 Marc Murphy||44 Andrew Carrazzo||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||12 Matthew Lappin|
|F:||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||25 Brendan Fevola||34 Simon Wiggins|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||31 Jordan Bannister||6 Kade Simpson (a/c)|
|Interchange:||4 Bryce Gibbs||13 Luke Blackwell||19 Eddie Betts|
|43 Anthony Koutoufides|
|Emg:||7 Adam Bentick, 16 Shaun Grigg, 10 Dylan McLaren|
|In:||Eddie Betts, Jason Saddington, Ryan Jackson|
|Out:||Josh Kennedy (thigh), Andrew Walker (shoulder), Adam Bentick (omitted)|
MilestonesLast game: Anthony Koutoufides
250 Games (AFL): Matthew Lappin
Stand-in Skipper: Kade Simpson continued in the role of skipper for this game
Debut (Coach): Brett Ratten. Ratten would go on to coach the Blues for 120 games, starting today, and ending in 2012 with a similar loss to the Saints.
Interesting Fact: This would be one of the closest losses in a record losing streak against the Saints.
Brownlow Votes3. Nick Dal Santo, St Kilda
2. Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda
1. Andrew Carrazzo, Carlton
Best and Fairest VotesRyan Jackson 18, Andrew Carrazzo 17, Marc Murphy 14, Brendan Fevola 13, Jason Saddington 6, Brad Fisher, Kade Simpson, Heath Scotland 2, Matthew Lappin 1
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